When Should You Replace Brake Rotors?

Brakes are way too important to take shortcuts in quality. You never want to lose even the slightest degree of safety by delaying or avoiding necessary service. Just because your vehicle remains operational does not mean it’s at optimal safety. “Good enough” is not acceptable for brakes. Drivers that pay attention to braking system’s condition recognize simple warning signs like squealing noises. When they hear this early on, they can be proactive and get brake pads replaced. This is the best practice for extending the effective use of your brake rotors

Procrastination Leads to Compromised Brakes

What often happens is drivers will delay or avoid brake service for far too long. When brake pads have been worn down for too long, the rotors will eventually be compromised. Acting quickly can usually avoid rotor damage, but the metal-on-metal friction will grind down the rotor. This can quickly make this unsafe for driving.

Be Proactive

Our first thoughts might be to just replace the brake pads, regardless of rotor condition. This is definitely a mistake, and any quality mechanic should be able to diagnose the condition of your rotors. When rotors have been worn to an uneven thickness, they will be ineffective at reaching the brake pads. They can even end up doing more damage to the pads.

You and Your Mechanic Can Tell

Drivers can tell if they’ve been driving too long without proper brake pads. When brake pads are allowed to wear down to, or close to, the metal often rest assured that the rotors are being compromised. This means your braking system is being compromised. If you know your driving habits and maintenance practices have been compromising your brake rotors, get a brake inspection. You should replace the rotors if it’s suggested

Written by Spotlight Automotive