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Brake Rotors Replacement

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BRAKE ROTORS 101

Brake rotors are the 2nd part of the brake equation. Brake rotors allow a surface for your brake pads to ride on. When you apply the brakes, your brake caliper squeezes the brake pads together. The brake rotor is sandwich in between the brake pads; just like catching a frisbee with your hand. When this even occurs it creates friction; and friction generates heat. Brakes don't like heat. Most of the time, the brake rotors are the components which absorb the most heat.

TYPES OF ROTORS

There are many different types of brake rotors made today. Which brake rotor you use depends on the application of the vehicle your driving. We always recommend using OE grade brake rotors. Here's some typical brake rotor variations: 

  • Vented: Vented rotors are by far the most commonly used rotor design. Vented rotors have two sides which are forged together. Every rotor has 2 faces and in between these faces are ribs. These ribs help with air flow to dissipate heat. You'll typically find vented rotors are most commonly used on the front axle. Vented rotors are also generally bigger in design than their solid counterparts.

  • Solid: Solid brake rotors are generally used on the rear axle. Typically less heat is generated in the rear brakes. Solid rotors are a 1 piece design. They are also generally thinner than vented rotors.

  • Cross-Drilled: Cross drilled rotors are generally more prevalent on high performance vehicles with larger brakes. They offer the best cooling ability of the prior 2 types of rotors. These can also be more expensive than solid or vented rotors.

SIGNS OF WORN ROTORS

  • Vibration When Braking: Brake rotors vibration is by far the most common brake rotor complaint. Brake rotor faces should be flat and even. Over time, the faces of the rotor distort (we call this Lateral Runout). Lateral runout is when the face of the brake rotor is uneven; think of driving down a bumpy road. When the higher portion of the rotor makes a revolution, it contacts the brake pad. This inevitably makes the rotor thinner in that section. The end result is a vibration when applying the brakes.

  • Cracks: Brake rotors can develop cracks. Heat are rotor's worst enemy. Neglecting brake maintenance or the use of low quality parts may result in not enough heat dissipation. Cutting rotors or drums may also result in cracks. Many shops cut rotors to save the customer money from buying new ones. Cutting rotors makes them thinner and more susceptible to heat, cracks and distortion.

  • Discoloration/Heat Spots: Heat spots are generally the net symptom of bad heat dissipation. If the brake pads are not bedded in correctly or properly maintained, the pads transfer heat to the part of the rotor they're contacting. When temperatures are hot enough, this permanently distorts that area of the rotor. Vibration or squealing can result from heat spots on the brake rotor.

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Frequently Asked Questions

DO YOU COME TO ME?

Yes. We're a completely mobile brake repair company. We do not have a physical shop location.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO FIX MY BRAKES?

Most brake services take 1 to 2 hours to complete.

WHY ARE MY BRAKES GRINDING?

When you're experiencing brake grind, it means you waited too long to replace the brake pads. Once the brake pads wear out past he point of no return, the metal backing will start to contact the rotors. This metal on metal friction creates the grinding noise and destroys the rotors.

WHICH BRAKE ROTORS DO I NEED?

In this Houston weather, we highly recommend using fully or partial coated brake rotors. Coated rotors help prevent rust & corrosion from prematurely eating away the rotor.

HOW DOES MOBILE BRAKE REPAIR WORK?

  • Simply fill out our free estimate request form and we'll get you a repair estimate pronto.

  • Upon estimate approval, set a date convenient for you to have your vehicle serviced.

  • On the day of, we'll text you with an ETA. Upon arrival, our technician(s) will confirm your vehicles' symptoms and begin the repair.

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