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Warped Rotors: A Driver's Guide

Last updated 4 years ago

If the steering wheel of your newer model vehicle shakes during braking, the vehicle’s brakes are probably warped. Fortunately, this problem can be fixed easily at your local car repair shop. Continue reading to see why brake rotors warp, why they should be fixed as soon as possible, and how to get them fixed.

Why Brake Rotors Warp

The most common cause of brake rotor warping occurs when the brakes of a vehicle generate too much heat under heavy application of the brakes. When this heat isn’t given sufficient time or space to disperse, the rotors will begin to warp. Another less common cause of brake rotor warping occurs when damaged brake pads apply an uneven amount of pressure on the rotors. In any case, a warped brake rotor will have a few patchy areas that prevent the rotors from spinning in a perfect circle.

Why It’s Important to Get Warped Brake Rotors Fixed

Warped brake rotors will usually function for a few hundred miles, but should never be left unaddressed for that long. For one thing, warped brake rotors wear out the other parts of the braking system, such as the calipers, pads, and bolts. To avoid unnecessary damage to these brake components, head to an automotive repair shop to get warped brake rotors fixed as soon as possible.

How Brake Rotors Are Fixed

Many car repair shops will suggest that warped brake rotors be replaced. But in some cases, depending on the circumstances, the warped rotors can be cut and resurfaced so that the imperfections on the surface of the rotors are removed. A qualified mechanic will explain the difference to you and recommend the option that’s best for your vehicle.

For high-quality, affordable brake service for any brand of vehicle, come to Dekalb Tire and Automotive Repair. With five locations in Atlanta and almost 50 years of experience, we are qualified to work on your vehicle’s braking system. Call us at (404) 252-9895 or visit our website for more information.


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