Signs You Need To Replace Your Brake Rotors And Brake Pads
While you may be diligent about changing your brake pads, the condition of your brake rotors is equally important. Neglecting these components can lead to decreased stopping power, compromised safety and a costly repair. Here are five signs that it’s time to replace both your brake rotors and brake pads.
- Squealing or grinding noises. Unusual noises when you apply the brakes are often an early indicator that something is wrong. A high-pitched squeal or grinding noises when braking are common signs that your brake pads have worn down to the point where they may be damaging the rotors. Quick action is crucial. Book a brake inspection to prevent further damage and an expensive brake repair.
- Vibrations or pulsations. If you feel vibrations or pulsations in the brake pedal or steering wheel when you brake, it could indicate warped brake rotors. Warping can occur due to excessive heat generated during braking, and it compromises the contact between the brake pads and rotors. This issue affects your vehicle’s stopping performance and can also lead to uneven wear on the brake pads.
- Increase braking distance. When your brake pads and rotors are in good condition, your vehicle should come to a smooth and controlled stop. If you notice that your vehicle takes longer to stop, requires more pedal effort or exhibits a loss of braking power, both the brake pads and rotors may need replacing.
- Your car pulls to one side when braking. If your vehicle pulls to the left or right when you apply the brakes, it’s a sign of uneven brake wear and that your brakes need attention.
- Visible damage. Look for deep grooves, cracks or significant wear on the rotors. If you can see these issues, it’s time to replace both the brake pads and rotors. Ignoring visible damage can lead to more extensive problems and increased repair costs.
- Warning light. If your brake dashboard warning light illuminates, have your brake system inspected promptly by a professional. This warning may indicate problems with both the brake pads and rotors, or an issue related to a brake fluid leak.
If you notice any of the above warning signs, you should replace both the brake rotors and brake pads simultaneously. This ensures a complete and balanced braking system, optimizing safety and performance.
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