Brake rotors, also called brake discs, are essential to your vehicle's braking system. The rotors are attached to your vehicle's wheels and spin along with them. When you press on the brake pedal, brake pads clamp down on the rotor to create friction that slows the wheel and brings your car to a stop.
Over time, brake rotors can become warped or damaged from excessive heat and friction. Warped brake rotors can cause your vehicle to vibrate when you brake and may decrease braking performance. In some cases, warped brake rotors can also cause premature wear of your vehicle's brake pads. If you suspect your brake rotors may be warped, it's essential to have them checked by a qualified mechanic as soon as possible.
What Causes Brake Rotors to Warp?
There are several reasons why brake rotors can become warped. The following are the most common causes:
1. Excessive Heat
One of the most common causes of warped brake rotors is excessive heat. Every time you press the brake pedal, the brake pads clamp down on the rotor to create friction. This friction generates heat, which can cause the rotor to warp if it becomes too hot.
2. Hard Braking
Another common cause of warped brake rotors is hard braking. If you frequently brake hard or drive in stop-and-go traffic, your brake rotors may become warped from the excessive heat and friction.
3. Improper Maintenance
Improper maintenance is another common cause of warped brake rotors. It's essential to regularly check your vehicle's brake pads and Rotors for wear. If the brake pads are worn too thin, they may not be able to dissipate heat properly, which can lead to warped rotors. In addition, if you don't regularly clean your vehicle's brake system, brake fluid and other debris can build up on the rotor and cause it to warp.
4. Driving on Rough Roads
Driving on rough roads can also cause your brake rotors to warp. Potholes, speed bumps, and other obstacles can stress the rotors and cause them to warp over time.
5. Manufacturing Defects
In some cases, brake rotors can warp due to manufacturing defects. If the rotors are not made correctly, they may be more susceptible to warping under heat and stress.
Other causes of brake rotor warping include:
* Driving in mountainous terrain where you have to use your brakes frequently
* Towing a heavy trailer or load
* Frequent hard braking
* Riding the brake pedal (keeping your foot on the brake pedal for too long)
* Driving in stop-and-go traffic
* Not allowing enough time for your brakes to cool down after driving at high speeds
If your brakes are vibrating when you press on the pedal, it's essential to have them checked as soon as possible. Warped brake rotors can decrease braking performance and cause premature wear of your vehicle's brake pads. If you suspect your brake rotors may be warped, we invite you to bring your vehicle to Lawrenceville Auto Center today for an inspection.