Did you know you wear down your brake rotor every time you brake? When you brake, the pressure applied to the brake pedal gets transferred to the brake pads, which clamp the brake rotor to reduce the speed. They continue to wear, and after about 70,000 miles (112,654.08 km), you will need to replace them. But how do you know when you need a brake rotor replacement?
Signs You Need to Replace Your Brake Rotor
The lifespan of your brake rotors depends on how you treat them and how often you use your car. However, keep an eye on the following signs;
The Brake Pedal Vibrate When Braking
The vibrations may be caused by pad deposits that collect on the surface of the rotors. The high spots created increase friction and can cause an overheated braking system.
Loud Noises When Braking
You may hear loud noises due to increased grinding and dragging effects. The corrosion on the brake rotor triggers the mechanical wear sensor that is supposed to draw your attention to worn brake pads. However, the sensor can also remind you to replace your brake rotor.
Development of surface cracks
These cracks are usually caused by excessive heat. The expansion and compression during heating and cooling form cracks on the surface. These cracks are normal. However, when the cracks extend to the edge of the rotor, you must replace them immediately.
Other Factors that Shorten the Brake Rotor Lifespan
While brake rotors wear out with time, you can accelerate the process of going bad. Hard stops are a common cause, as is resting your foot on the brake pedal. Extreme stops when the brake rotors are cold can also result in accelerated wearing. But not all factors depend on you. Environmental factors also contribute to the damage, most notably road salt.
Get Brake Replacement and Services
You can prolong the lifespan of your brake rotors by avoiding resting your foot on the brake pedal and stopping gently. But you can only do so much to preserve your brake rotors. If you need brake repair, we invite you to bring your vehicle into our auto repair shop today!