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Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Brake Rotor/Disc
Common signs include noisy brakes, vibrations that can be felt on 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 the vehicle is in motion. If the rotors are warped, your vehicle may not be able to...
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
Are the brakes on your car squealing, is the car pulling to one side, or is there a giant puddle on the garage floor? All of these problems point to an issue...
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 along with the wheels so that when the brake pads clamp down on them, they stop the car....
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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Does my car need new brake pads and rotors?
Hi there: In most instances, if the brake pads have not fully worn out, the rotors will not suffer scarring or pitting which typically means the rotors need to be surfaced or replaced. However, it really depends on the damage...
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Braking
This may be a sign of warped brake rotors. As you may know, when you press on your brake pedal, this activates a hydraulic pressure which forces small pistons inside your brake calipers to push the brake pads against the...
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Brake pad is vibrating Toyota IST
Hello. This vibration or pulsation in the brakes would require a complete brake inspection in person, but the problem is most likely going to be warped rotors and the pads worn down. The front rotors and pads would need to...
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Brakes locked up on an 1980 Shay model A
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My rotor button is not pointing in the right direction
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My car is vibrating and shaking; is this related to the brakes and rotors?
What you're describing may be a sign of warped brake rotors. As you may know, when you press on your brake pedal, this activates a hydraulic pressure that forces small pistons inside your brake calipers to push the brake pads...
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2004 Nissan Xterra rotor is not turning
Hi there. It does sound you have a broken timing belt. But before you immediately go out to replace the timing belt, the cover should be removed and the belt inspected to confirm that it is actually broken. Even after...
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How can I make sure I am not being ripped off for repairs to my 2004 Camry?
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Dealer where I purchased the vehicle stated my rotors were "all rotted" at my last service. Quote - $375.00 per axle? High?
Hello. 'Rotted' is an unusual term for brake rotor problems, but here we are. With your mileage, especially if you have lots of stop-and-go driving, brake service may be required. Dealers have a fairly high cost structure (building, test equipment,...
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GRINDING NOISE WHILE BRAKING
This may be a sign of warped brake rotors. As you may know, when you press on your brake pedal, this activates a hydraulic pressure which forces small pistons inside your brake calipers to push the brake pads against the...
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Rotors and brakes were replaced only 6 months ago, but have now been making noise again for 3 months.
Hi there. Brake squeaks and squeals are a result of pad vibration, unless it's a sensor touching letting you know it's time for brake pad replacement. All brake pads vibrate, whether it's audible depends on the frequency at which the...
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Do I need brakes or rotors? I was told I needed rotors and a wheel alignment
This may be a sign of warped brake rotors. As you may know, when you press on your brake pedal, this activates a hydraulic pressure which forces small pistons inside your brake calipers to push the brake pads against the...
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I changed the brake pads recently, there is now a knocking sound when applying the brakes
You are hearing the brake pads moving up and back in the caliper bracket. This is caused by the front rotors being warped, and it is also possible that the pads' anti-rattle clips were not installed correctly. The rotors should...
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Brakes, rotors, or something else?
This may be a sign of warped brake rotors. As you may know, when you press on your brake pedal, this activates a hydraulic pressure which forces small pistons inside your brake calipers to push the brake pads against the...
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All four brakes locking up after being driven for about 45 minutes
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Can a bad bearing mess up the brakes and rotors in the front?
If the wheel bearing is defective, that will not damage the brake rotor or the brake assembly. However, when installing the new bearing, the factory procedure must be carefully adhered to. In particular, the hub retaining nut has to be...
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Rear rotors on a sienna 2013 too thin
Any time a brake rotor is resurfaced to get rid of surface grooves or warpage the cutting off of a layer of the metal is removed until a flat smooth surface is achieved. After the surface is resurfaced the rotor...
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Does my car have rear disc or drum brakes?
The rear brakes on this vehicle will have rotor discs. If you suspect that you have a problem with the rear brakes then you should have a brake safety inspection done by a mechanic. One of our technicians can come...

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