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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 20,000 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.


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Zachery

6 years of experience
10 reviews
Zachery
6 years of experience
Hyundai Elantra - Brake Rotor/Disc Replacement (Rear) - Columbus, Ohio
Great mechanic with a good attitude. Explained everything as he was going along and wouldn’t let me make a bad decision with what my car needed. Went out of his way to get my job done.
Nissan Xterra - Brake Rotor/Disc Replacement (Rear) - Grove City, Ohio
Zach was very knowledgeable, he knows what he's doing, finished the job in a timely manner. I would recommend him 100%. Good job Zach!!! And thanks so much...

Todd

24 years of experience
95 reviews
Todd
24 years of experience
Hyundai Veloster - Brake Rotor/Disc Replacement (Front) - Williamsburg, Virginia
Superb service from a genuine, hard-working professional; definitely a competent and moral man who takes pride in his work and ranks among the most experienced, reasonable, and understanding mechanics I've ever had the pleasure to interact with. Highly recommended!
BMW 535i - Brake Rotor/Disc Replacement (Front, Rear) - Yorktown, Virginia
Excellent service and kept me informed at all times. Ensured i got the correct and high quality parts for my car. Will definitely use Todd and Your Mechanic again.

Andrew

10 years of experience
23 reviews
Andrew
10 years of experience
Ford Ranger - Brake Rotor/Disc Replacement (Front) - Naples, Florida
Andrew was fantastic! He was able to come to my office and repair my truck while I was working - this helped me to avoid missing anytime off work which was a huge help! He was able to fix my issues and explain everything for me. I would highly recommend him and will definitely use his services again in the future!!!

Travis

11 years of experience
309 reviews
Travis
11 years of experience
Subaru Forester - Brake Rotor/Disc Replacement (Rear) - Rosemount, Minnesota
Thank you Travis for your fast, easy, honest work on my vehicle today!! The first thing you did upon arrival to my home was find me a discount coupon for $50 off my service estimate. You did only what needed to be done in record time. You not only saved me lots of money, but did things in a profession manner. I've been looking for an honest auto mechanic for my whole life and would love for you to be it!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!! You're the best!!!

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