About the brake rotors:
The brake discs (or brake rotors) are a vital part of the braking systems in most modern cars. They are made of metal and are connected to the hub for each rim and spins alongside the wheel.
When the brakes are applied, the brake pads are pushed against the brake discs on each wheel. This creates friction, which causes each wheel to slow down and allows your car to safely come to a stop.
Eventually, the brake discs will become worn, warped or uneven. This can lead to them needing replacement, or re-skimming to even their surface.
How often should brake discs be replaced?
In most cases, brake rotors will last anywhere between 50,000 and 100,000 km. Due to varying lifespans, it is best to look for symptoms as a means of determining if the brake discs are damaged.
The lifespan of brake discs will often be affected by maintenance and driving habits. You can keep your brake rotors in good condition by:
- Braking smoothly, allowing your car to gradually slow down and not overheat your brake disc rotors
- Ensuring wheel bearings are not loose.
- Replacing the brake pads when necessary – Worn brake pads can cause the disc to warp or crack.
Symptoms of damaged or worn brake discs:
Below are some of the most common symptoms associated with bad brake rotors:
- Brake vibrations – You may notice vibrations when the brakes are applied. These vibrations can be felt throughout the whole car, or they may be felt through the brake pedal or steering wheel.
- Increased brake noise – A warped or uneven brake rotor will often produce a loud squeaking or squealing noise when the brakes are applied. As the problem becomes worse, you may notice louder scraping or grinding noises.
- Visible damage to the disc – Upon examining your brake disc(s), you may notice grooves, scratches, discoloring or inconsistencies. These are a sign that your brake disc may need skimming or replacement.
- Increased stopping distance – If your car is taking longer to stop than normal or pull to one side, the problem is likely to do with your brakes. An increased stopping distance or uneven or imbalanced brakes can greatly affect the safety of your vehicle, or lead to it failing its Warrant of Fitness.
Brake Disc / Rotor Replacement in Hamilton
Is your car in need of new brake discs / rotors? If so, we can help!
At Grimmer Motors, our mechanics can examine your brake rotor discs for warping, cracks and other forms of damage. We can then organise to resurface (skim) the brake discs to provide an even, consistent surface. If the brake discs cannot be repaired via resurfacing, we can install new discs for you.
For brake rotor disc replacement in Hamilton, contact Grimmer Motors today!