What Factors Affect Brake Rotor Wear?

Brakes are one of the most important components when it comes to protecting you and your loved ones inside your vehicle. They keep everyone safe by allowing you to stop in a matter of seconds. So, if your car can't stop or slow down as quick as it used to, it may be time for brake service.


Today, we will be discussing brake rotors. Though there are many parts that makeup today's vehicle brake system, the rotors are among the most critical and strongest parts. They look like metal discs and are typically located in the tire. The brake calipers clamp onto the rotors to create enough friction to slow down your tires and wheels. If you're especially harsh on your brakes, the rotors are likely to wear out sooner than you think. Brake rotors can last anywhere between 50K-70K miles.

What Are the Factors That Affect Brake Rotor Wear

  • Type of Rotor 
  • Driving Conditions
  • Brand and Materials Used
  • Position of the Axles
  • Weight of Your Car

Signs that Your Vehicle's Brake Rotors Need to be Repaired

  • Shaky Steering Wheel - If you notice your steering wheel vibrate when you apply pressure to the brakes, it could mean that your rotors are compromised. In worse cases, your rotors were exposed to high heat long enough to warp or distort.
  • Loud Screeching or Grinding Noise - You overhear a disruptive noise every time you slow down, indicating that your brakes are worn.
  • Physical Damage on Rotor - Brake rotors may be durable, but they are resistant to intense damage. When they are exposed to high heat or high pressures, they can crack and break. This can lead to outright brake failure if left unnoticed.

If you need brake repair or service soon, we welcome you to bring your vehicle to TOS Auto Repair soon!

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