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Common Signs that Brake Rotors Need Replacing:
- Squealing or Otherwise Noisy Brakes
- A Pulsing or Vibrating Feeling in the Brake Pedal
- Grinding Noise Coming From the Wheels
- Rotors are Grooved, Warped, or Uneven
How Long Do Disc Brake Rotors Last?
Brake rotors, sometimes called brake discs, work alongside brake pads and brake calipers to slow down and stop a vehicle. When the brake pedal is pressed, calipers squeeze the pads around the rotor, creating friction and slowing the wheel.
Brake rotors are designed to be wear items and will need replacing anywhere from 25,000 - 100,000 km, depending largely upon driving style, road conditions, and type of brake pads used.
Over time, contact and friction created by the brake pads wear the rotors down, until they eventually become no longer able to stop the vehicle efficiently and safely. If this happens, it is important to replace the rotors right away. Maintaining a properly functioning brake system is critical to staying safe on the road, so make sure to inspect the brake rotors regularily.
When replacing rotors, it is strongly recommended that you replace the vehicle’s brake pads as well, as worn rotors have a tendency to wear pads unevenly. Replacing these parts together can be more beneficial to braking performance than replacing only one.