The fact of the matter is that brake rotors are not designed to last the life of your vehicle. They need to be changed. They need to be changed more frequently if you go through brake pads often and if you are an aggressive driver. Your rotors wear every single time that you apply the brakes, but there are other factors that can cause them to wear out even faster. Exposure to things like road salt and moisture, which are common here in the SouthCoast area, can cause them to require replacing at a rate almost double the national average.
LaCava Auto Supply & Services in Fall River, MA has a full line of car parts and accessories available for sale to our customers, but we also offer a wide variety of professional services, such as hydraulic hose services, rotor turning services, free battery checks and free windshield wiper installations tend to top the list. When you install new brake pads, it is important to have your rotors checked. They may need to be replaced and, if that is the case, the work should be done when you get the new pads. However, there is another alternative to replacing your rotors: rotor turning services.
What are Rotors?
Your rotors are an important part of your overall braking system. The viability of your rotors is key to the safety of your brakes and your ability to stop safely to avoid accidents. Brake pads that are made of semi-metallic materials contain a high percentage of steel fiber, which can lead to more wear and tear on the rotors. Brake pads made from non-asbestos organic (NAO) materials will cause less wear and tear on the rotors. The amount of wear and tear, as well as the materials used to make the original rotors, will play a heavy influence on whether or not rotor turning services are appropriate when you install new brake pads at LaCava Auto Supply & Services in Fall River, MA.
What are Rotor Turning Services?
Until recently, most vehicles were designed with quality rotors designed to have enough thickness to last through two or maybe three instances where the owner needs to install new brake pads. However, today’s rotors are now thinner than they were before, which can require replacement after just one time of installing new brake pads. Rotor turning services help to resurface the rotors for even braking, as long as the minimum thickness specifications are met. The thinner a rotor becomes, the less mass it has. The less mass a rotor has, the less likely it will be able to absorb the heat that occurs during braking. Rotors must be a certain thickness in order to prevent dangerous instances, such as cracking or breaking.
Get the Thickness Measured
Whenever you install new brake pads, make sure to get the rotors measured. Rotor turning services may be able to help save you money, but you don’t want to push the issue beyond what is considered safe. Some states have laws regarding the minimum thickness of the rotors to help improve safety for everyone out on the road. If the rotor is worn down too far, it must be replaced. Most experts recommend replacing both rotors at the same time, even if one is worn down more than the other. This helps to provide even braking to avoid the vehicle from pulling toward one side when stopping.
If your rotors are wearing out unevenly, it might indicate additional problems are at play. Uneven wear can ruin a rotor. If the rotor wasn’t mounted properly, enduring less than .002 inches of wobble as it rotates during use, it could cause uneven wear. If you suspect uneven wearing, make sure a professional service provider like LaCava Auto Supply Services in Fall River inspects your rotors, determines whether rotor turning services are right for you, and replaces the rotors if rotor turning services are not an option.
Visit LaCava Auto Supply & Services in Fall River, MA
If you are interested in learning more about the auto supplies and professional services available at LaCava Auto Supply, visit our local store on Bedford Street in Fall River or give us a call at 508-676-1951. Our technicians can help you with a wide variety of services, including hydraulic hose services and rotor turning services when you install new brake pads. Call today to schedule an appointment with one of our technicians or stop by to speak with one of our customer service agents about our auto supply and services in Fall River, MA.