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What Causes Brake Rotors to Warp?

Brake rotors are components in a vehicle that help the wheels brake properly when the brake pads push on them. Brake rotors can last a long time, but eventually, they can wear out. If a brake rotor warps, it's time to replace them. Let's look at what can cause brake rotors to warp.


While driving, you are expecting a smooth ride. That also means when you brake, you do not want to feel you are on an uncontrollable massage chair. If the brake rotor is wearing out or completely done, you will experience jittering as you slow down and brake.

Wear and Tear

This is the most common reason brake rotors end up warping. No matter how gentle you are on the brakes, the rotors will eventually wear down. If you are extra heavy on the brakes, the rotors will end up warping faster.

Glazed with Material

Highway driving or driving at higher speeds often means generating a lot of heat between the tires and the brakes. With slowing down, the material from the brake pads may get on the rotors, causing them to warp. This means that you should look at both brake pads and rotors to see if they need to be replaced.

How do I know if my brake rotors need to be replaced?

Inconsistent Jittering

This is the most common sign that the brake rotors need to be replaced. If the brake rotors are in good shape, they do not vibrate at all. If they are, it may be worth checking out if they need to be replaced or not.

Squeaking or Squealing Sounds

When you brake, it should not have any sounds. However, if the brake rotor is on its way out, it may make a sound. Sometimes it'll squeak or squeal. If that is happening almost every time you brake, you'll want to look at your brake rotors to see if they need to be resurfaced.

If your car is experiencing any of the above, it's time to repair your brake rotors. If you need brake repair, we invite you to bring your vehicle into Eddie's Northside Sinclair today!

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