When Do You Need a Brake Rotor Replacement?

Brake rotors are a vital component of your vehicle's braking system. When the brake pads wear down, they no longer work as effectively and need to be replaced. At this point, you may also want to have your brake rotor inspected for any signs of damage or corrosion. This is important because if there are any issues with the rotor, it will not perform well in stopping your car and could cause sudden and unexpected failure while driving. In our post today, we will discuss when you should replace your brake rotors so that you can avoid these kinds of problems.

Brakes Pulsating

The brakes should be silent and smooth as long as the rotors are less than a few thousandths of an inch out-of-round. Brake pedal pulsation is not always indicative that replacement to brake rotors may be needed, but it can still mean something isn't right with your car's braking system.

Brakes Overheating

Riding your brakes or braking downhill can easily warp the brake rotors due to overheating. In most cases, resurfacing or machining a warped rotor will solve the problem, but uneven removal of material may make it worse again. If this is what you're dealing with, then replacement might be necessary.

Warped Rotors

Finally, if you have a warped rotor, it is usually characterized by a wavy or uneven surface. Warped rotors can be resurfaced with success, but it often doesn't last, and they will eventually need to be replaced permanently.


The brakes are the most important safety mechanism on your vehicle. But, if you've been driving around with worn brake rotors for too long, it can be a problem when you need to stop quickly or in low-traction conditions like snow and ice. That's because they wear down over time until there is nothing left but an exposed metal surface that will grind away at your wheel-bearing seals and pads – all of this means expensive repairs. Make sure to schedule routine maintenance so we can replace your old brake rotors before they end up costing you more than what new ones would cost. Contact us today.

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