As you may know, your brakes generate a lot of heat when carrying out the process to stop or slow your vehicle. Because of this excessive heat, the surface of brake rotors can become distorted with use. The rotors get glazed and deformed from the material of the brake pads. Other times, normal wear and tear can also cause the rotors to bend. This problem is commonly known as warping.
Can you drive with warped brake rotors?
While you can still operate your vehicle, it is not safe to drive with warped rotors. They run the risk of breaking, which could lead you to outright brake failure. The steering wheel can also be affected in some cases. You could risk losing complete control of the steering wheel on top of the ineffective brakes.
Signs of warped brake rotors
Some signs that indicate your brake rotors are warped include wobbly or shaky braking and loud squealing sounds.
The shakiness symptom may not be as pronounced depending on the severity of the warping. However, most people can tell they have a brake problem by detecting a loud squeal. Braking should be a quiet activity on regular days with normal conditions. However, if it squeals or squeaks every time you engage your brakes, you should have your brake rotors looked at by a professional.
We can repair warped brake rotors by turning or resurfacing them. The process involves scraping down the warped metal to become a smoother surface. If your car is experiencing any of the above and needs brake service, we invite you to Springdale Automotive today. We have 4 convenient locations in Louisville, KY, and Prospect, KY!