How Long Do Brake Rotors Last?

Brake rotors, sometimes called discs, are an important component of the braking system on any vehicle. The brake rotors are the part of the braking system that gets clamped down on by the brake pads, stopping the wheel from spinning.

There are several different types of rotors:

  • Drilled: These have holes drilled into them to allow for the release of heat and gas buildup. These are also helpful for driving through wet weather, the drilled holes allowing water to move through the rotors, but not pool.

  • Slotted: Brake rotors are slotted for the same reasons that rotors are drilled but are also stronger and less likely to crack. These make them the most popular option for vehicle owners.

  • Smooth: Smooth brake rotors are best when used on cars that aren’t subjected to aggressive driving conditions such as rush hour traffic. They are often used on luxury cars.

  • Slotted and Drilled: Slotted and drilled brake rotors give the stability of slotted rotors with the heat tolerance of drilled. Previously only available as an aftermarket upgrade, they are being included in stock packages on some models today.

  • Two-Piece Floating: These brake rotors are best used on vehicles that are driven in high-heat situations, such as in cities with many hills. Two-piece floating brake rotors do not do well in areas where salt is a standard winter road treatment.

The rotors on a vehicle can last anywhere from 30,000 to 70,000 miles and sometimes more. A licensed mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, can evaluate the rotors and advise you on their status; they may not need to be changed as often as the brake pads. Like brake pads, they should be replaced in pairs.

Rotors can sometimes be resurfaced, depending on the amount of wear. When rotors are resurfaced, a mechanic grinds down the surface of the rotors and makes them smooth and flat again. This will only work if the rotors are not warped or cracked.


Next Step

Schedule Brake Rotors/Discs Replacement

The most popular service booked by readers of this article is Brake Rotors/Discs Replacement. YourMechanic’s technicians bring the dealership to you by performing this job at your home or office 7-days a week between 7AM-9PM. We currently cover over 2,000 cities and have 100k+ 5-star reviews... LEARN MORE

SEE PRICING & SCHEDULING

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Recent Brake Rotors/Discs Replacement reviews

Excellent Rating

(2,789)

Rating Summary
2,659
68
19
8
35
2,659
68
19
8
35

Chuy

14 years of experience
277 reviews
Chuy
14 years of experience
Toyota Camry - Brake Rotor/Disc Replacement (Front) - Chicago, Illinois
As usual, Chuy was quick and professional. My car stops effortlessly now. He is my car's PCT (Primary Care Technician)
Volkswagen Tiguan - Brake Rotor/Disc Replacement (Front) - Chicago, Illinois
Chuy came to change the front brake pads and rotors on our car. He was extremely professional, friendly and gave excellent explanations. He made our first experience with yourmechanic really great and we wont hesitate to use him again! Thank you!

Bryant

12 years of experience
485 reviews
Bryant
12 years of experience
Chevrolet Impala Limited - Brake Rotor/Disc Replacement (Rear) - Indianapolis, Indiana
I love having Bryant do the work! He shows up in time, checks the parts before starting and completes the repairs in no time flat. Awesome mechanic!
Chevrolet Express 2500 - Brake Rotor/Disc Replacement (Front) - Indianapolis, Indiana
Bryant was excellent, very thorough. He also pointed out services that were recommended by another auto shop that I didn't need. This saved me over $800. Highly recommend!

Michael

27 years of experience
295 reviews
Michael
27 years of experience
Kia Sedona - Brake Rotor/Disc Replacement (Front) - Chandler, Arizona
Michael has been to my home numerous times to fix my older car and every time he is on time and gets the work done as promised and cleans up after he is done! 5 star.. 2 thumbs up! Amazing!!
Kia Sportage - Brake Rotor/Disc Replacement (Front) - Phoenix, Arizona
Michael was on time and completed all the work we requested while we got some more sleep! Very happy with his work and this service.

Claud

8 years of experience
298 reviews
Claud
8 years of experience
Lexus RX300 - Brake Rotor/Disc Replacement (Front) - Clinton Township, Michigan
Second time Claud has fixed my vehicle. Claud has been on time and demonstrates outstanding customer service skills. I would recommend Claud with no hesitation. He saved me 125.00 as well. Super guy!
Saturn Astra - Brake Rotor/Disc Replacement (Front) - Clinton Township, Michigan
Claud was punctual, friendly and professional. Quickly diagnosed my brake problems and fixed them with no issue. Car runs smoothly now after months of problems!

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.

GET A QUOTE

Related articles

What Causes a Car to Shake?
You’re driving down the interstate, and as you come up to cruising speed, the steering wheel starts to vibrate in your hands. You grip...
How to Break in Brake Pads
Having new brake pads and rotors installed happens on a regular basis. Once those brake pads and rotors are mounted, it is...
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Hydraulic Brake Booster
Common signs include less braking power, a brake pedal that is hard to press, and fluid leaks.

Related questions

Gascap warning on 2007 Caravan

For the first issue, the gas cap will need to be replaced sometimes. I had a 2009 Dodge Charger that this happened to also. It's not something you can control. As for the second issue, it seems like it is...

Shift lock button releases stuck gear, but re-sticks

Hello. It sounds like you may just have a bad brake switch on the brake pedal. Both the brake lights and the shift lock use this switch. I usually remove the switch and test it with an ohm meter, but...

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...

How can we help?

Our service team is available 7 days a week, Monday - Friday from 6 AM to 5 PM PST, Saturday - Sunday 7 AM - 4 PM PST.

1 (855) 347-2779 · hi@yourmechanic.com