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The Ultimate Brake Rotor Buying Guide

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On average, brake pads & rotors need to be replaced after about 50,000 miles. Some need to be replaced after 25,000, while others can last for 75,000 miles. It all comes down to your driving style and the quality of the brake pads & rotors used.

When it comes to figuring out when is the exact time to change your brakes, there are 3 signs that should help to make the decision easier: Look, listen & feel.

Look

The first sign to replace your brake pad is by LOOKING at your brakes. To find the brake pads, you would look through the spaces between the wheel’s spokes, to then find the caliper location. The caliper plays the function of pressing the brake pad against the metal rotor causing the car to stop when pressing on the brake. Once looking inside the calipers there should be at least 20% inch of brake pad life. If you see less than 20% inch of brake pad, this is sign #1 where you should go get your brake pads inspected or replaced.

When inspecting the brake rotors, there are 2 things to look for. First, you should check for rust in the middle section of the rotor. If you see any discoloration or purple look to the rotor, this shows a sign of replacement. This is why we at ONZO offer extra layers in order to extend the life of the rotor. The second place to look is the rotor surface area that is being exposed to the brake pad and caliper. When inspecting the rotor, you are looking for signs of wear, rust, and discoloration. Remember that these rotors come in a shiny metal material, so once you start seeing any sort of discoloration to grey or purple, this is a sign to go get your rotors inspected or replaced.

Listen

The second sign to replace your brake pad is by LISTENING to your brake pads. When brake pads are thin and near the end of their life, it causes a metal-on-metal scenario as the brake pad metal shim rubs against the rotor. Whenever you hear any sort of screeching or squeaking coming from you brake pads this should be sign #2 to get them inspected or replaced.

It is also important to understand that there is one exception to when you hear squeaking coming from your brakes. If your car is exposed to any type of water, whether from washing your car or rain, you can expect to hear squeaking when first applying the brakes. This squeaking occurs due to rust forming on the brake pad after being exposed to water. Once you press on the brakes, it is expected to hear squeaking until the rust is worn off, which then leads to the sound disappearing.

When noise comes from your rotors, it is very obvious you need to change them due to the specific noise they make. The noise of worn out rotors have this screeching, squealing, grinding, or growling noise to it, where not only you can hear it with your windows up, but all cars around you will also be able to hear it.

Feel

The third sign to replace your brake pad is by FEELING your brake pads. If you feel any lose of brake strength, this means your brakes or some part of your brake system needs to be replaced. This sign should require immediate inspection or replacement.  Damaged rotors may cause the steering wheel to vibrate or there may be a pulsing sensation while braking. If you feel a vibration or pulsing from the brake pedal, this is a clear sign that your rotors need to be replaced. This is a sign of warped rotors because the brake pads are not able to grab the surface of the rotor evenly causing a vibration to be felt. That is sign #3 where you should go get your brake pads inspected or replaced.

 

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