If you’re like most people, your vehicle came with stock brakes that have been fine for years. But as you drive the vehicle up and down the road, the brakes will begin to fail for a variety of reasons. As such, you need to know the symptoms of failing rotors to know when it’s necessary to change them.
Brakes that don’t work are usually very subtle. You may not even know they aren’t working. When you start to notice the need for brake repair, it’s usually because you’re driving erratically or trying to figure out why the brakes are giving you trouble. To know if you really need to replace the brakes, you need to get them checked out by a professional mechanic.
How to identify broken brakes?
Damaged or worn rotors can be very noticeable. The rotors will lose their edge and the braking mechanism could no longer take hold of the wheel. If you’re not sure why the brakes are giving you trouble, ask a family member or friend for assistance. They may be able to help you diagnose exactly what’s going on with your car’s brakes. Once you know the cause, you can work on getting them fixed.
If your car needs new brakes, it will likely need to be disassembled. Sometimes the brake pads can be removed from the rotors. If the pads are removed, you will need to know how much space is available under the rotors for the pads to fit. If the space is too small, the rotors may not be able to take an impact without rubbing against each other.
What pads to choose
Brake pads made from metal have less friction than those made from plastic, so they will wear faster. Rotors made of metal have been known to wear at an alarming rate because they’re so hard to clean. Plastic will wear much more slowly because it’s much easier to scrub off dirt and debris.
Can the brake pads be repaired?
If your brakes are showing signs of wear, you should probably have them repaired immediately. They don’t cost very much to replace, and you don’t want to risk injuring yourself while trying to do it yourself. In the meantime, there are several ways to get optimum braking force without buying a new set of tires.
Some of these include: Changing your breaks if you use them frequently; wearing a tire gauge to monitor the pressure in your brakes; and changing your oil regularly to keep your brakes healthy. These measures might seem minimal, but you might actually save money in the long run because you won’t have to repair your brakes as often.
If you still aren’t convinced that you need new brakes, you can always take them for a test drive. Get on an old-school bike that isn’t loaded down with today’s fancy technology and see if you feel a little bit more comfortable with the brakes. If everything looks good on paper, ride a few laps around a parking lot to get used to the different breaks and pads.
If everything looks good on paper but feels a little bit wrong on the road, consider installing some old-fashioned Brembo brakes. The discs on older braking systems are generally made of plastic and they work just as well as the new stuff.
Lastly, if you haven’t changed your brakes in months, you should definitely schedule an appointment with a mechanic. Even if you think that your current system is fine, an auto shop can check the calipers and pads for deterioration and give you an idea of what’s coming. If you’ve already got a brand new set of brakes installed, there’s no need to spend the money on a new set of rotors and disks.
You might also want to have your brake fluid checked out and it can be used as an indicator of how long your brakes have been in good shape. It would be bad enough to have your brakes break down while you’re riding, but it’s a whole lot worse to know that you don’t have the right brake fluids to keep them running in the event of a problem.