Rusted Brake Rotors – Hidden Danger

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If you feel a vibration in your steering wheel each time you brake, the brake rotors may be damaged. Don’t risk your family’s safety! Have your brakes inspected as soon as possible.

One of the biggest factors affecting your brake’s rotors is rust. Because brakes are exposed to outside elements, including road debris, mud, and salt from winter roads, oxidation can occur. You may not notice the rust initially, but as it continues to grow you’ll start noticing problems with your brakes.

Rust on the brake rotor can cause pitting. A few imperfections here and there may not seem like a big deal, but they can have serious consequence.

The surface of the rotor should be smooth so it can have full contact with the brake pads. Brake pads must be the exact size to perfectly match the rotor. The more contact the brake pad has with the rotor, the more braking power your vehicle will have.

If your rotors are rusted, you’ll lose braking power. It may not be noticeable at first, but as more oxidation occurs and more rust grows, your brake pads will no longer have the same power to stop the rotor and wheel from spinning.

Your brakes should be regularly inspected by ASE-certified technicians, like the ones at AM-PM Automotive Repair. Our technicians will check all of the components on your vehicle and look for safety concerns. They will be able to spot warning signs and the first sign of rust to catch it early.

With proper maintenance, including regular inspections and brake fluid flushes, your vehicle’s brakes will keep your family safely on the roads in White Bear Lake!

Your vehicle’s brakes are a system, including the brake rotors, pads, and fluid. Damage to any one component can put the entire system at risk. Our technicians thoroughly inspect the entire system to ensure your safety.

If you have questions about your vehicle, suspect a problem with the brakes, or would like to schedule a brake inspection, call our team at 651-426-0462 or request an appointment online.

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