How Do I Know If I Need New Rotors

Apr 20, 2021

How Do I Know If I Need New Rotors

How Do I Know If I Need New Rotors

Brake rotors tend not to wear as quickly as brake pads, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be checked regularly. One way to determine if they are at the end of their lifespan is to measure the thickness to determine if they are too thin. You will be able to find the minimum thickness in the vehicle’s service brook or engraved on the brake rotor’s surface.

You don’t need us to tell you that brakes are one of the most vital parts of your car and are the most important safety feature. Just like any other car parts, brake rotors emit many warning signs to indicate they need to be replaced.

Signs of brake rotor wear

Vibration in the steering wheel and or brake pedal

If you press on the brake and start to feel a vibration in the steering wheel and/or the brake pedal, this is a tell-tale sign of rotor trouble. When you step on the brake, the brake presses down on the rotors and they can become extremely hot. Naturally, this heat can cause the rotors to become warped and uneven over time. You then feel this wobble due to brake pads making contact with an uneven surface.


Intermittent screeching happens when the braking system engages with rotors that have developed grooves over time.

Excessive wear

As we mentioned, it’s natural for brake rotors to wear out over time and if you have a feeling that you’re dealing with bad brake rotors, you can visually inspect them for any grooves or scoring.

You should also check your service records to indicate when they were last inspected and/or replaced. Generally, brake rotors will need to be replaced between every 15,000 -75,000 miles but that all depends on several different factors such as brake pads and driving habits.

Blue rotors

If you visually inspect your rotors and notice they have turned blue, this is a sign of excessive heat and need to be inspected straight away to ensure the braking system has not been compromised.

Need a brake rotor replacement?

The average cost of brake repairs in the UK is around £250, if you need to find a reputable garage to inspect and replace your brake rotors, get quotes with today! Get your quotes!

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