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Are The Rotors in Your Vehicle Warped?

Signs and causes of warped rotors

AAMCO Lee's Summit  | 03/29/2015  | Auto Repair & Maintenance

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Are The Rotors in Your Vehicle Warped?

Are The Rotors in Your Vehicle Warped?

Rotors are the round discs that you can see through the spaces in your rim. When you brake, your brake pads clamp onto the rotor and this is what makes your vehicle stop. Rotors work best when they are in good condition, which is flat and smooth. They can often become damaged, which can make driving more difficult.

What Causes a Warped Rotor? 

Braking system issues. 

A few things that can add to issues with your rotors can include sticky calipers and failing back brakes. These issues can force your front brakes to work even harder, which can result in them heating up and causing damage to your rotors.

Your driving habits. 

If you are often driving in hilly terrain or are constantly in traffic it can take a toll on your vehicle’s rotors.


If a wheel on your vehicle wasn’t installed correctly, a rotor tends to become stressed.

All of these issues are contributing factors to the overheating and damage to the rotors on your vehicle. It’s important in helping you to avoid costly repairs by knowing what warps your rotors and do what you can to help prevent it from occurring.

Signs of a Warped Rotor:

  • Your brake pedal shudders.
  • Your steering wheel vibrates.
  • Your hands or foot shakes when you brake.

If you are experiencing any of the signs above, it’s important to get your vehicle checked out as soon as possible to avoid further damaging your rotors. Brakes are a critical safety feature in your vehicle. Without them working right, the chances are better for accidents to occur.

Fixing Warped Rotors:

In order to fix warped rotors, you have 2 options. 

1. Replacing them.

Replacing your rotors can be more expensive, but they are a good investment because the likelihood of rotors warping again any time soon is unlikely.

2. Machining them.

Machining your rotors is done to correct the issue by smoothing the rotors. The rotors aren’t replaced, they are fixed. Machining is can be a cost-effective solution that may fit better within some people’s budgets.

Now armed with this information, you are better able to understand and deal with a warped rotor issue. Keeping your rotors in good condition is important because without them, steering and braking would be impossible.

Call the rotor experts at AAMCO Lee’s Summit today for an appointment or if you simply have some questions regarding warped rotors. We can handle all of your vehicle’s maintenance and repair needs.

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