What Do Brake Rotors Do?

Brake rotors, also known as brake discs, are vital to the operation of your brake system. Rotors sit between the wheels and your brake pads; when you engage the brakes on your vehicle, the pads clamp down on the rotors, causing your vehicle to stop. How does it work? Brake fluid passes through your vehicle's master cylinder, with its pressure forcing the brake pads to engage and help your vehicle stop by clamping down on the rotors and creating friction. As you know, friction means heat is expelled, which means that over time, that rotor will become worn and its ability to respond to the heat placed upon it becomes impaired; that, in turn, could cause your brakes to completely fail and put you at the risk of a genuine accident, rendering your vehicle unsafe to operate. If you suspect that your rotors need to be replaced, bring it into Mike Shaw Subaru immediately for a full brake inspection and brake repair. We use genuine Subaru-certified parts, which are specifically designed to work to the precise specifications required for your Subaru. Using aftermarket parts is an option, but for the very finest results for your brake system, come in to Mike Shaw Subaru today.

Signs of Warped, Worn Or Damaged Rotors

You'll want to be on the lookout for these signs or symptoms on your vehicle's brake rotors:
  • Wobbling or shaking vehicle
  • Grinding, whistling, squeaking or squealing sound
  • Vehicle takes longer to stop
At times, the rotors may not even need to be replaced right away. Sometimes, they may need to simply be turned, which means taking a thin layer off of the surface to make it smooth again. This is a less expensive alternative to having them replaced altogether. However, if the rotor is severely warped or corroded (especially if the vehicle has been sitting for a elongated time), you do need a rotor replacement. Bring your vehicle in to Mike Shaw Subaru immediately for brake rotor replacement, or, if needed, pad replacement. Not sure if it needs replacing outside of that? We perform a multi-point inspection to identify vehicle issues before they crop up.

How Long Do Subaru Brake Rotors Last?

Typically, brake rotors are designed to last up to 30,000 miles, so you are certainly able to make use of them for a relatively elongated period of time. Of course, depending on driving conditions - especially in situations where you may have to frequently stop the vehicle, like in high-traffic areas - as well as road types you operate your vehicle on, you may be able to get a scant added life out of your rotors or may need to change them a scant added frequently than one does under normal, ideal driving conditions. The team at Mike Shaw Subaru are Subaru brake experts, which means that they can identify key issues and recommend repairs or maintenance as needed. See us today if you believe that your brakes are in poor or questionable condition.