Common Signs of Warped Brake Rotors

An automobile has a number of different systems, but it can be argued that the brake system is one of the most important when it comes to safety. The brake system consists of many different things, but the aspect of the brake system that typically needs the most maintenance and repair are the brake pads and rotors. Brake pads wear down over time and need to be replaced. If a person continues to drive on worn out brake pads, it is possible for the rotors to become warped and need to be replaced. It is never a good idea to drive a car that has warped brake rotors, as it can lead to brake problems and create a lot of damage to the brake system. Some signs of warped rotors include the following:

Strange Noises

Brake pads are designed to make a squealing sound when they are near the end of their lifespan in order to alert the driver that new brake pads are needed. But, if the brake pads are completely worn out and the brake rotors have become warped, you may notice different sounds. Some of the sounds you may notice with warped rotors include a low-pitched groaning, thumping, or grinding. Ideally, brake pads should be changed before the rotors become warped, but if you notice any odd sounds while braking, it is important to have your rotors checked by an experienced mechanic.

Vibration from Brake Pedal

Brake rotors are round metal discs, but warped rotors can become misshaped or develop grooves or dents in the metal. When this happens, it can disrupt the way the car brakes, and you will most likely notice a vibration coming from the brake pedal. In some cases, you may only notice the vibration from the brake pedal if you're slowing down suddenly from a high rate of speed. But, if your car's brake rotors are severely warped, you are more likely to notice the vibration even when only applying light pressure to the brakes.

Steering Wheel Vibration

The brake rotors and brake calipers are attached to the wheels of a car, so when either of these things is not working properly, you will most likely notice something different with your steering wheel, since it is also on the same spindle that is attached to the wheels. When it comes to brake rotor problems, you may notice that your steering wheel begins to vibrate when you apply pressure to the brakes. Steering wheel vibration can be caused by several different things, but if it is most noticeable when braking, it is important to have your rotors checked out. 

Go to an auto repair shop for assistance with or information about your car's brakes.