What’s the Difference Between Drilled and Slotted Brakes?

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Brake rotors are a fundamental part of a vehicle’s braking system. They’re a simple system, but made up of many different parts. The driver applies the brakes by pressing on the brake pedal, which signals the rest of the braking system, located near the tires. The brake rotor is what the brake pad clamps down on when the driver applies the brakes. The two main types of brakes are drilled and slotted.

What are the differences?

  • Drilled brake rotors:

    • Have holes drilled into them to release heat and gas build-up.
    • Are considered better for driving in wet conditions, as they allow for better water drainage and aren’t as likely to rust.
  • Slotted brake rotors:

    • Have slots cut into, but not all the way through, the rotor.
    • Are more durable, and less likely to break.

The rotors on a vehicle last, on average, from 20,000 to 70,000 miles. A licensed mechanic can evaluate the rotors and advise you on their status. They should not need to be changed as often as the brake pads, but should be replaced in pairs.


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Fabrice

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Fabrice
18 years of experience
Toyota Yaris - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - Orlando, Florida
My appointment was late in the day, so being late was expected. Fabrice notified me ahead of time about his tardiness. When he arrived, he was apologetic, courteous and professional. He got to work right away and let me know of other work that was needed for future appointments

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Nissan Frontier - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - Miami, Florida
The best ever!!!! Will not use anyone else in future .. very knowledgeable and explained every thing to me .very professional, well spoken .

Breck

18 years of experience
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Breck
18 years of experience
Jeep Patriot - Brake Pads Replacement (Front, Rear) - Houston, Texas
Becks was very informative about things that I didn't know needed to be looked at with my car. He fixed little hick ups quickly and had me ready to get back on the road sooner than I thought he would.

Miguel

19 years of experience
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Miguel
19 years of experience
Audi allroad - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - Fair Lawn, New Jersey
Miguel is very professional mechanic. He called me in advance about his coming. He brought the quality parts (brakes pads and rotors) and done his job quickly and of great quality. I tested the brakes after the replacement and they were efficient and very silent. I would recommend him very much.

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