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Brake Rotor

Brake Rotor

Brake Rotor Replacement – What you Need to Know

What are Disc Brake Rotors and what do they do?

Brake rotors are an important part of your braking system. That flat disc (or rotor) is what the brake pads press against to slow your wheels and bring your vehicle to a complete stop. They can wear out as your car ages and should be replaced or re-surfaced when needed to keep them smooth and working well.

When should I replace my Brake Rotors?

When you apply your brakes and they begin to vibrate or shudder, your rotors are possibly warped or deeply scored and no longer flat and smooth -- they need maintenance. You can check the shop manual for your particular brake disc rotors to see what the minimum thickness should be before they need to be replaced.
Keep in mind that the need to replace of your disc brake rotors can vary depending on where you live. With snow and icy winter weather you may experience salt or other road treatments that will reduce the lifespan of your brake components.

What happens if I don’t?

Because the rotors have to lie smoothly against the brake pads to effectively stop your car, it can be dangerous to ignore shuddering or vibrating brakes. Warped or scored rotors will not allow the brake pads to seat securely so be sure to have them replaced when needed.

Basic Instructions:

  1. Safely elevate the vehicle (don’t rely solely on a jack) and take off the wheel.
  2. Check the wear on the rotor for thinning, warping or scoring.
  3. Siphon off about one-third of the brake disc fluid from the master cylinder (can be re-used when kept in clean container)
  4. Depress the caliper using a clamp. Keep checking the fluid level in the master cylinder and make sure it doesn’t overflow.
  5. Take off the caliper bolts – be careful not to nick the rubber brake line connected to the caliper. Carefully remove the brake pads located inside the caliper – you should replace the pads whenever you replace car brake discs.
  6. Support the caliper so it doesn’t twist or rub against the brake fluid line.
  7. Take the rotor off pulling straight back towards you. It’s supposed to come off, so if it’s difficult, you may need to twist hard or remove some rust to get it free.
  8. Slip on the new rotor and seat it firmly against the axle plate. Put the brake pads/discs back inside the caliper and put the caliper back over the rotor in the same position as before removing it. Replace and tighten the bolts to hold the caliper in place.
  9. Clean the new rotor surface with Brake Kleen or something similar to clean off any oil or dirt. Do not wipe off the spray – it will dry quickly. Be sure there is no oil on the surface. Turn the rotor completely to ensure full coverage.
  10. Put the wheel back on and change the rotor on the other side of the car (same axle). Always replace both rotors at the same time.
  11. Refill the brake fluid in the master cylinder after you’ve installed both new rotors.

Anything else I need to know?

Some newer cars have a very thin brake disc rotor and may not last as long as older models. They may not be candidates for re-surfacing at all. Be sure to check the minimum thickness required in the manual to determine if you need to replace them.

Many high-performance brakes may purposely have holes drilled in them to assist with dissipating gasses and reducing heat. These particular drilled or slotted Rotors may crack due to metal fatigue, please be sure to check with a professional before replacing your vehicles Rotors which these particular high performance parts.

Brake Rotor replacement can be done safely and cost-effectively. Get your questions answered with Live Support, select the parts you need and we’ll quickly ship them so you can get started on your repair.
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