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Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Brake Rotor/Disc
Common signs of faulty car brake rotors include noisy brakes, vibrations that can be felt through the pedal, and score marks on the rotor.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Distributor Rotor and Cap
Common signs include engine misfires, car not starting, the Check Engine Light coming on, and excessive or unusual engine noises.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Wheel Hub Assembly
Common signs include a roaring sound from the tires area, vibrating steering wheel, play in the tire/wheel combo, and clicking sound from the wheels.
How to Buy a Good Quality Rotor
The rotor exists to send power from your ignition coil over to your spark plugs – which make sure that your plugs ignite to start the fuel combustion process. Each time it goes...
Is it Safe to Drive With Warped Rotors?
The rotors are part of the disc brakes that allow your vehicle to stop once...
How Long Does a Brake Rotor/Disc Last?
Bringing your car to a stop is a vital part of staying safe while behind the wheel. Most car owners fail to realize just how many components have to work together in...
How Long Does a Distributor Rotor and Cap Last?
The distributor rotor and cap pass voltage from ignition coils into the engine’s cylinders. From here, the air/fuel mixture is ignited and powers the engine. The coil connects to the...
How to Install New Rotors
A brake rotor is one of the key components to helping bring your car to a stop. The brake pads squeeze together against the rotor, which spins with the wheel, to...
How to Replace a Distributor Rotor and Cap
Distributor caps and rotors keep the distributor clean and separate from the engine. Distributor caps may need to be replaced if the car won't start.
Top 10 Brake System Issues Every Car Owner Needs To Know
Every driver should know how to check for problems with car brakes. Warped rotors, leaky brake hoses, and squeaky brakes are among the most common.
What Are Brake Pads Made of?
Brake pads are an essential component of the braking system of your car. Every time you press the brake pedal, this force translates by way of a hydraulic system to...
Why Do Brake Rotors Warp?
Brake rotors are the large metal discs visible behind the wheels of a car. These spin...
How to Buy Good Quality Brake Rotors
Also known as brake discs, rotors are the component of your braking system that get squeezed between the calipers/pads in order to stop the wheels from turning. Think of a big metal...
How to Buy a Good Quality Distributor Rotor and Cap
When your distributor cap or rotor goes bad you could be left stranded and unable to start your vehicle. The rotor is a whirling dervish of power distribution, transferring energy from the ignition...

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Do you need to have wheels aligned after having a rotor replaced?
Hello - a front-end alignment is neither required or useful after replacing a brake rotor. Replacing the rotor will not enhance, or detract from, your existing wheel alignment.
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2014 Nissan Alltima 53,000 miles, had brakes replacedo about 16 months ago, now I am told I need brakes again?? $720.00 This does
Brake pads are replaced when the amount of friction material on the pad falls below a certain minimum depth, generally around 1 to 2 millimeter depth of pad material. You should first confirm that the pads are actually worn to...
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how do you know if you need to replace rotors
When brake pads are replaced, the brake rotors MUST either be re-surfaced on a brake lathe OR the brake rotors must be discarded and new rotors installed. If the old rotors are NOT worn below the legal minimum thickness, and...
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What should my rotors measure at if replacement is needed?
The front rotors minimum thickness is 23 mm and for pads is 2 mm. The rear rotors minimum thickness is 9 mm and pads is 2 mm.
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how to install front disc brake pads
Brake pads can be accessed by unbolting the brake caliper from the torque plate. If you are installing new brake pads, though, such must be done at the same time that the brake rotors are re-surfaced or replaced and all...
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New brakes squealing bad new rotors replaced and all lines bled and all shims in place
If you are not using OEM pads, rotors and shims, that can account for the squealing. If you want to attempt to resolve it as is, Permatex Disc Brake Quiet (Part No. 80729) might work. Use that compound sparingly though...
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Can you resurface the rotor?
You can not install new brake pads on a vehicle without either re-surfacing the brake rotor on a lathe or replacing the rotor with a new one. This is because allowed thickness variation on a rotor (new or used) is...
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Rear brake job
Hello, thank you for writing in. These situations are understandably questionable. The service providers at a lot of common oil changing and tire repair centers will quote you for a variety of things that can be updated. This does not...
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Breaks don't work without a lot of pressure, and is puttering when it is on
If unusual effort is required to depress the brake pedal, to get the vehicle to stop, that is often due to a fault in the brake booster or the vacuum supply and check valve in the booster circuit. If you...
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My brake pads and rotators are uneven
Congratulations for using the right parts and being concerned about the details, especially when brakes are involved. I suggest you play it safe and have a technician inspect your brake pads and brake rotors. There is no substitute for an...
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Cause of steering wheel vibration at 40
If you are getting a braking vibration that seems to be present above 40 mph when braking is most likely the front rotors are slightly warped. As the warpage gets worse then the pulsation will be felt at even slower...
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When I am applying brakes at the speed of 60 to 70mph my steering wheel starts to shake?
If you are getting a pulsation in the brakes when applied at high speeds then you most likely have warped front brake rotors or they have hot spots on them that cause the pulsation. Inspect rotors and look for discolored...
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Steering wheels move to the right when applied the brake.
Causes of brake pull include worn or warped rotors, a stuck caliper, a collapsed brake hose, worn suspension parts and uneven tire inflation. Vibration on braking is typically due to excessive thickness variation in the brake rotor, pad defects, or...
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Rotor specifications?
Front rotors are BMW part number 34116864047. You will need 2 of course. Rear rotors are BMW part number 34216864052. You will need 2. If you input these part numbers on-line, you will find the rotors easily. Shipped they are...
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What are the best brake pads to get for my volvo c70? I am in rushhour traffic and I travel to the beach.
The best brake pads and rotors for your car are those supplied by Volvo. Nowadays, those parts can be obtained from legitimate Internet Volvo dealers at a discount off of what you would pay at a local Volvo dealer. If...
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I have a Toyota Venza. Are my Brake lines connected to my rotors?
The brake lines are connected to the brake calipers not the rotors. If you are hearing a noise from the rotor area when the brakes are applied, then there could be an issue with the rotors being too thin or...
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Is the wheel bearing and rotor made all together? How do I get the rotor off?
Hello, thank you for writing in. False, the rotor and the wheel bearing are two separate components. The rotor just becomes incredibly hot and dirty fusing it into place. If you have a lot of dust, snow, or rain in...
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What is minimum thickness for rear brake discs on 2004 Cadillac SRX?
Hello, thank you for writing in. The minimum thickness for the brake rotor should be listed on the rotor itself towards the center beyond the braking surface. It will vary depending on what rotors have been installed on the vehicle....
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Is it mandatory to replace the rotors with a front brake pad replacement? 2010 BMW
Hi there - if the brake rotor is worn below a minimum rotor thickness (stamped on each rotor), then yes, it can be mandatory to replace the rotor. This is for safety reasons. If the rotor is grooved and requires...
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I purchased performance brake pads and rotors however I only have a front pair of rotors.. 2014 Ford Mustang
Hi there - while there may be a very slight performance gain to be had by also replacing the rear rotors, you will be fine without doing so unless the rear brake rotors are severely grooved or otherwise worn. The...

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