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(210) 520-0608
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(210) 432-4000

What Causes Brake Rotors to Warp?

What Causes Brake Rotors to Warp

When you stop, do you notice a vibration in your car's brake pedal or steering wheel? This may be a sign of warped brake discs. We'll go into what it is, what causes warped brake discs, how to avoid it, and how to repair it in this post.

What Are Warped Brake Discs?

From the factory, brake discs are perpendicular. Since brake discs are straight, the braking surface of the brake pads is uniformly distributed around the disc. This guarantees the car's linear braking. The braking surface of the brake pads no longer contacts the brake disc equally when a brake disc becomes warped or deformed.

Curved Discs Are Easy To Spot.

Curved brake discs are easy to spot, as we've already said. When you brake, do you notice a vibration in your steering wheel or the brake pedal? You could have crooked brakes if this is the case. When braking, you can also hear a noise.

What Causes Brake Discs To Warp?

Cause 1: Malfunctioning caliper

The most common source of warped brake rotor complaints is faulty calipers. A rigid brake cylinder is a common issue. The brake pad is pressed against the brake disc for too long if the brake cylinder cannot shift properly, allowing the brake disc to overheat. The brake disc can be warped as a result of this. In the vast majority of instances, you would not be aware of this. In certain situations, though, the cylinder becomes so trapped that the car pulls to one side and the brake disc can also smoke.

Cause 2: Slow down often, for a long time, or forcefully.

Another factor is the driver's behavior. Do you want to be known as a sporty driver or a notorious tailgater? Then there's a fair chance you'll have to contend with warped brake discs throughout your driving career. Fans of mountainous areas, on the other hand, must deal with this on occasion. Brake discs cannot cool enough in the meantime due to frequent and aggressive braking in a short period of time. Of course, brake discs are designed to heat up, but if they aren't given the opportunity to cool down in the meantime, they can warp over time.

Cause 3: At a traffic light, keeping your foot on the brake.

Have you just exited the highway and had to slam on your brakes to get to the traffic light? When the car is totally stationary, remember to take your foot off the brake pedal. Because of the friction created by going from 100 to 0, the brake discs have become very hot. Do you have a habit of leaving your foot on the brake pedal? The brake pads are then left on the brake disc. As a result, the heat cannot escape, and the brake discs can warp as a result of the excessive heat.

If you notice any of the symptoms listed above, don't hesitate to bring your vehicle into our shop for an inspection today!

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