It’s common knowledge that most vehicles require maintenance in order to keep them in good condition, such as oil changes and other various items. Yet, one area that most people seem to overlook is the brake rotors. After all, just replace the pads and it’s all good right?
If that’s the philosophy you live by, it might be time to change, as brake rotors are just as important as pads at stopping your vehicle. Brake rotors are the parts within the wheels of an automobile which brake pads squeeze in order to slow the rotation of the wheel and bring the vehicle to a stop.
There are several ways in which your brake rotors can get damaged. Excessive rust is a hazard in rotors made with iron, but warping seems to be the most common issue. When a rotor becomes warped, excessive heat causes a disproportionate expansion of the braking surface of the rotor. This can lead to vibration in the steering wheel and elsewhere while braking.
When replacing your pads, it’s best to check out the rotors, calipers and the brake lines as well. After all, new rotors aren’t going to make much of a difference if your pads are worn. If you need any replacement component for your braking system, look under the “braking” section.
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