How to Tell When Your Brake Rotors Need to Be Replaced
Next to a house, a car is probably the most expensive item you will ever purchase in your life. Once you invest that much money into purchasing an car, it makes sense that you’ll want to keep it in the best condition possible.
Of all of the components of the car that require routine maintenance, the brakes are probably the most overlooked until a major issue occurs, especially the rotors. The rotors are a vital part of the brake system, as the brake pads and the calipers press up against them, creating the friction that stops the vehicle. With regular use of your car, the brakes will eventually wear down, and if they’re not replaced, so will the rotors. Fortunately, there are ways that you can tell if you car requires brake rotor replacements. Being aware of these signs will help to keep you safe and will prevent even further damage from occurring. These signs include:
• Squealing. If you hear a squealing sound when you step on the brakes that is a sure sign that the rotors are damaged.
• Mushy Brakes. When you step on the brakes, if they have a mushy feel, that’s another sign that the rotors are damaged.
• Pulling. If the car pulls to one side when you step on the brakes, that’s another sign of a problem with the rotors.