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Signs Of Bad Rotors: How To Tell When You Need New Ones

If any part of the braking system is not functioning properly, it can have serious consequences. One of the most critical components is the brake rotor. They are large metal discs that the brake pads clamp down on in order to slow down or stop the car. Over time, brake rotors can become worn or damaged, or if maintained improperly, they can get bent and warped. If you want to avoid problems down the line, you should know a couple of warning signs they give off. Continue reading to find out exactly that.

Vibration When Braking

If you feel a vibration through the steering wheel or brake pedal when you use the brakes, it could be a sign that your brake rotors are warped or worn out. This can cause you to lose control of the vehicle if ignored, so make sure you check it out ASAP.

Squeaking Or Squealing

While some noise is normal when the brakes are engaging with the rotor, excessive or persistent squeaking or squealing can be a sign of bad rotors. This noise is caused by the brake pads vibrating against the rotors due to uneven wear or aging.

Scoring Or Grooves On The Rotor

Grooves or scoring on the surface of the rotor can be spotted if the brake pads have worn down to the point where they are scraping against metal. This can also be caused by debris or rust buildup on the rotor surface.

Reduced Braking Performance

If your vehicle is taking longer to come to a stop or the brakes don't feel as responsive as they used to, it could be a sign that your brake rotors are bad. This can be a serious safety issue, especially in emergency situations when you rely on them the most.

Burning Smell

A weird smell after using the brakes a lot can be caused by the worn-out surface material used in the rotors. This can be caused by the brake pads being worn down too much and causing additional friction on the rotor surface.

Rotor Replacement At Griffin Muffler & Brake Center!

If you have noticed any of the signs listed above, make sure to visit our shop! Griffin Muffler & Brake Center offers some of the best rotor replacements in the state, so your car will be in the right hands!

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