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How to Tell If Your Brake Rotors Are Failing and How to Fix Them



One thing that may eventually cause you trouble is your car's brakes. While it is generally known that brake pads will wear down a few times over the life of your automobile, there are other wear items on a vehicles brake system that you need to be aware of. For example, if you have ever been driving and hit your brakes and the brake pedal starts to bounce and the whole car, for a moment, starts to shake, then you will need to probably take a look at your Brake Rotors.

Brake Rotors are thin pieces of metal that the brake pads squeeze in order to slow the car down; these sheets of metal are generally smooth. The may have grooves in them from the brake pads but if those grooves are uniform then there is generally no issue. However, over time, these rotors can wear unevenly, whether by design or due to metal wearing on the rotors from worn down brake pads. In these cases, you may be able to turn the rotors and prolong their life, but in most cases, it is just easier and safer to simply replace them.

If you are mechanically inclined then you will be happy to know that the job is actually quite easy. If you are not comfortable with doing the job yourself you can always have a shop do it for you.

First, order some rotors for your vehicle from an online Discount Auto Parts store. Jack up your vehicle and remove the wheel. After you remove the wheel You will want to remove the brake caliper. This is the housing where the brake pads reside. When removing the caliper, you have to be careful to not damage the break line that is attached to it.

Once the caliper is removed the rotor should simply slide off. It may take a little work to get them off, especially if the rotors have never been removed. Once it is off, place the new rotor on and make sure that the rotor is firm against the back of the axle plate. Then replace the caliper and the wheel. Repeat on the other wheels as necessary.

The braking system on a car is vital to its safe operation, and therefore, your safety.. Having a failure can be costly, and not just in terms of money. However, there are a few things to look out for to let you know that problems are around the corner. Your car will tell you if your Brake Rotors are on the skids or if your brake pads are wearing. Knowing the signs can help you in the future.

Shane White has over 30 years' hands on experience in the Auto Repair and Aftermarket Auto Parts industry. As a fully licensed mechanic Shane ran a successful garage for over 10 years. Over the past 9 years Shane has focused on the managerial side of the Auto Repair and Replacement Auto Parts industry. Currently Shane is Vice President Operations with Prime Choice Auto Parts a Factory Direct to consumer, online store, specializing in High Quality - High Value Aftermarket Auto Parts like Hub Bearing Assemblies, Complete Strut Assemblies, Brake Pad Set, Car Starter Motors and Alternators for all makes and models.

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