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How Long Do Brake Rotors Last?

The brake rotors are a part of the brake system that stops the wheels when you press down on the brake pedal. They spin with the wheels and help slow their motion as the brake pads clamp down on the rotors. You will brake countless times while on the road, which is why the brake rotors and other brake components tend to wear down over time. They are constantly withstanding a lot of heat and pressure.

The brake rotors can often become warped over time due to the immense amount of heat they endure. The surface of the brake rotors can become uneven, which can affect your braking system's efficiency and performance. With that information, how long do you think brake rotors last?

Brake rotors typically last anywhere between 30,000 to 60,000 miles on average. Warped or damaged rotors can sometimes be resurfaced, which can leave them operating like new again. There are a couple of different ways that the brake rotors can be damaged, so let's take a look at them.

Brake rotors can actually be glazed with material from your car's brake pads. When the brake pads are very hot from using them constantly, the pad material can actually rub off onto the brake rotors. This can lead to an uneven brake rotor surface which can affect your car's braking ability.

The brake rotor’s surface can also be worn down and raised in certain areas due to excessive heat. If you are constantly on your brakes, this can happen. The metal will be soft due to the heat, which allows it to deform and wear.

In order to prevent your brake rotors from becoming warped or worn down is to be mindful of your braking habits. Avoid resting your foot on the brakes at all times and try not to brake excessively. Also, slamming on the brakes can cause a lot of heat so try to keep a safe distance between your car and the cars around you.

If your brake rotors are worn or warped, you may notice one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Your brakes are squeaky
  • You smell burning rubber when braking
  • When you brake, you notice a vibration
  • Car takes longer to slow or stop

When you notice any of these symptoms, don't hesitate to bring your car into our shop for thorough inspections. You never want to find yourself on the road with a vehicle with bad brakes, and we can help ensure that your system is safe and reliable for the road.

For brake service, bring your car to Edmonds Import Auto today!

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