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When Should You Replace Your Brake Rotors?

Brake rotors are integral to the vehicle’s braking system. They play a role in helping cars slow down and come to a full stop. When you press on the brake pedal, force is transferred to clamp the brake pads onto the rotors. Over time, brake rotors go through wear and tear and eventually fail. Here is a guide on how to tell when you need to replace your brake rotors:

1. Your Vehicle Shakes When Braking

If your steering wheel and/or seat vibrates when you apply the brakes, there’s a good chance that you need brake service. While you should hope that it is just the brake pads, warped brake rotors often cause this uneasy feeling.

2. You Hear Squealing or Grinding Noises

Squealing noises during braking often point to worn brake pads. However, squealing or scraping when you’re not braking is a sign that your brake rotors need attention. Have a professional mechanic inspect your brakes to be sure.

3. You Notice Grooves on the Rotor

You can walk around to physically inspect the rotors for random grooves. Generally, brake rotors should always look and feel smooth. But if you see deep marks or grooves on it, you most likely have warped rotors.

4. Your Vehicle Takes Longer to Stop

Overall, if your car takes longer to stop, it is a clear indication that you need brake service. When your brakes aren’t performing like normal, you should never ignore the signs. Otherwise, you can put yourself and your loved ones at risk.


If you are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above, we invite you to bring your vehicle to Hagin’s Automotive today. When you properly take care of your braking system, it will take care of you!


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