Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Brake Rotor/Disc

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Cost of Replacing 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. Our certified technicians can come to you and diagnose the problem. You will receive a $30 credit towards any follow-up repairs that result from the diagnostic. Following are example prices for Brake Rotors/Discs Replacement. Click on the button below to get an upfront quote for your car.

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2006 Kia Optima $245 $160.67 $84.00 15% $289.67
2007 Volkswagen Eos $381 $296.96 $84.00 10% $425.96
2005 Ford Escape $236 $152.17 $84.00 16% $281.17
2005 BMW 325xi $334 $214.77 $119.00 16% $397.52
2011 Infiniti EX35 $262 $150.03 $112.00 18% $322.03
2003 Porsche Cayenne $650 $544.90 $105.00 7% $706.15
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How to Diagnose a Bad or Failing Brake Rotor/Disc?

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Disc brake rotors are metal discs that work together with the brake pads and calipers to slow the vehicle. Brake rotors bolt directly to the wheel hub, so they spin in direct relation to wheel speed. When the brake pedal is depressed, the calipers squeeze the brake pads against the spinning rotors to slow and stop the wheels and the vehicle. Since rotors work to slow the vehicle by using friction from direct contact with the brake pads, they do wear out over time and will eventually need to be replaced. Usually when rotors have a problem, they produce a few symptoms that alert the driver they require attention.

1. Noisy brakes

One of the first symptoms commonly associated with bad brake rotors is noise. If the rotors are warped (meaning not perfectly flat) or severely worn, they may produce squealing or squeaking sounds. Usually warped rotors will produce a squeak, while severely worn rotors will produce a scraping sound. However, the squealing noise could originate from worn brake pads as well.

2. Vibrations from the brakes

Another symptom of bad brake rotors is excessive vibration or pulsation coming from the brakes. Warped or excessively worn rotors may vibrate irregularly and cause vibrations that can be felt in the pedal, and sometimes through the vehicle’s chassis. Warped rotors may also produce a pulsating feel that will be felt in the pedal when the brakes are applied.

3. Grooves or score marks on the rotor

Another symptom of bad or failing rotors is visual scoring or grooves on the face of the rotor. Over time, grooves or scoring marks can develop on the rotor from repeated contact with the brake pads. Scoring and grooves in a rotor can take away from its capacity to slow the vehicle, as well as cause vibration and pulsation that can be felt in the pedal. Generally, scored or grooved rotors require replacement.

The disc brake rotors are a very important part of the braking system, and as a result are critical to the overall safety and handling characteristics of the vehicle. If you suspect that your rotors may be worn or damaged, have the vehicle inspected by a professional technician from YourMechanic to determine if your car needs a brake rotor/disc replacement.

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