Your vehicle's braking system is a necessary component when it comes to safety and control on the road. Among the key elements of the brake system are the brake rotors. Over time, these rotors can wear down due to friction and heat, compromising their performance and potentially posing a risk to your safety. That's when rotor resurfacing comes into play.
Understanding the Brake Rotor
Before we dive into the importance of rotor resurfacing, let's first grasp the function of the brake rotor. The rotor, also referred to as the brake disc, is a flat, circular metal component that attaches to your vehicle's wheel hub. When you apply the brakes, the brake pads press on the rotors, creating the friction to slow down or stop your vehicle. Due to this constant contact and immense heat generated, the rotors can develop uneven surfaces, known as "warped" or "scored" rotors, which then require resurfacing.
Signs that Rotor Resurfacing is Needed
Several indicators suggest that your brake rotors may require resurfacing. Pay attention to the following signs:
- Vibrations or pulsations in the brake pedal
- Squealing or grinding noise
- Reduced braking performance
How Does Rotor Resurfacing Fix the Problem
Rotor resurfacing is a process that involves removing a thin layer of material from the rotor's surface to restore its evenness and smoothness. Here's why it's important:
- Restored braking performance: By resurfacing the rotors, you ensure a flat and even surface for the brake pads to grip onto.
- Extended brake pad life: Uneven rotor surfaces can cause brake pads to wear poorly as well, leading to premature pad replacement.
- Cost-effective solution: Rotor resurfacing is a cost-effective alternative to replacing the rotors altogether. If the rotors are still within the manufacturer's specifications and have enough thickness remaining, resurfacing can restore their functionality without the need for replacements.
Determining whether rotor resurfacing is necessary or if rotor replacement is required can be challenging for the average vehicle owner. Instead, please bring your vehicle to Neighborhood Tire Pros . We will evaluate the condition of your rotors, measure their thickness, and determine whether resurfacing or replacement is the appropriate course of action.