Cincinnati Auto Repair

(513) 427-5000
5591 Wooster Pike , Cincinnati, OH 45227
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What Causes Brake Rotors to Warp?

Brake rotors are an important part of your vehicle; they spin with and stop the wheels when the brake pads fasten down on them. There is a lot of heat that the brake rotors withstand in the process of braking; the need to dissolve the heat in a quick manner is there so the brake pads can be pressed down again.

The surface of the brake rotors can become uneven over time all due to the mass amount of heat… this is also known as warping. When your brake rotors warp it can cause the brakes on your vehicle to become jittery and they will be less effective.

When you think of brake warping you should know it means there is an uneven surface that is caused by heat. There are several ways in which your brake rotors can be warped; they include:

  1. Your brake rotors can become glazed with material that comes from your brake pads. This can happen when the brake pads get extremely hot which can cause the pad material to rub off onto the brake rotors. This will cause the surface of your brake rotor to become uneven and lower the efficiency of your brakes.
     
  2. The surface of your rotor can wear down and metal areas can be raised higher. This will happen with excessive heat, which can happen if you always apply pressure to your brakes. Heat will cause the metal to soften and that can lead to the meal wearing down in certain areas which will make the surface uneven.

You can prevent your brake rotors from warping - a good way to do this is by being mindful of your braking habits. Whenever you constantly pressing on the brakes or holding them down for an extended period, you can cause more heat than needed and that can warp the surface of your brake rotors. This may be happening if you smell burning rubber, hear excessive squeaking when you brake, or your vehicle vibrates when you're approaching a stop.

If you need brake repair, we invite you to bring your vehicle into our auto repair shop today!

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