Hello, my name is Walter. Over the past few months, I have been working on my car. I never used to think much about my car. I would just jump into it and hit the road. Things were fine at first, but soon I realised that things were starting to go wrong. Strange white smoke started to appear from the exhaust. Sometimes when I changed gear, I could hear a strange noise. Foolishly, I ignored all of this until my car broke down. When I got to the auto repair shop the mechanic repaired my car and then gave it a full service. As he did so, I began my auto servicing education.
One thing that most motorists can agree on is that you cannot be safe on the road if your brakes are not in optimum condition. But while some people will concentrate on the health of their brake pads, it is important to know that your brake rotors are just as critical to the functioning of your braking system. And while the rotors are designed to last for a long time, they are not immune to eventual wear.
With time, factors such as the weight of your car, the quality of the rotors, the position of the axle and even your driving style will all contribute to the gradual degradation of the rotors to the point that they will need replacing so that they do not jeopardise the performance of your braking system. So how do you know if the time has come to see your mechanic? Check out the following ways your senses can alert you to the urgent need for brake rotor replacement.
What can you hear?
Weird noises are usually the first indicators of an underlying issue with your vehicle, and they are not limited to your braking system. Hence, your sense of hearing will typically be the first to prompt you to seek auto repairs. If you are hearing squealing noises each time you engage the brakes, it usually means that the surface and edges of the brake rotors are compromised. Thus, every time you apply force to the brake pedal, the rotors will emit a piercing noise.
Grinding noises when you engage the brakes, on the other hand, is usually indicative of the brake pads rubbing against the rotors. Resultantly, the rotors acquire damage in the process. This symptom means the brake pads are also worn, and they would need replacing when you are getting new rotors.
What can you feel?
Your sense of touch will also come in handy when trying to diagnose if your brake rotors are compromised for a couple of reasons. For starters, you should be wary of any signs of resistance from your braking system. Each time you engage the brakes and feel a degree of resistance, you should be concerned about damaged rotors When the rotors start to degenerate, they can warp. As a result, when the brakes are engaged, the callipers force the brake pads to make awkward contact with the rotors and this leads to rough braking.
You will feel this push back against the brake pedal and this should alert you to an underlying problem with the rotors. If this issue goes unaddressed, you will start to feel vibrations on your steering wheel when you are trying to brake. Left unchecked, it could affect your handling of the vehicle. Therefore, you must seek brake repairs post haste.
For more information, contact a local brake repair service.Share