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What Causes Uneven Brake Rotors?

Brake rotors are a crucial part of your car's braking system because they help stop the wheels when the brake pads and calipers clamp on them. Due to their nature, brake rotors need to withstand heat and dissipate it quickly so that you can use the brake pads again repeatedly. A common problem that many drivers share is uneven brake rotors, also known as brake warping. Your car ride becomes shaky and jittery when this happens, and your braking becomes less effective. You might wonder how it even happens. When exposed to excessive heat, brake rotors can warp in the following ways:

  • The brake pads may first experience the damaging heat effects and break down. Then, its hot material will cause the rotors to glaze.
  • Another way that rotors can become warped is if you allow your brake pads to wear down to the rotor surface. This often leads to rough and uneven patches on the rotor.

To prevent your brake rotors from warping, you should be extra mindful of your braking habits. Brake too frequently or harshly increase your chances of overheating your brakes. 

Signs of Warped Brake Rotors

  • Loud squealing or squeaking when braking
  • A strong smell of burning rubber
  • Inconsistent timing with braking
  • Car vibrates and shakes when braking

If you're experiencing any of the tell-tale signs of bad brakes, please bring your car to the brake experts at Bud's Auto Repair & Transmission. Our technicians will carry out a visual inspection of all your brake parts and determine whether your rotors need to be resurfaced. 


For all your brake repairs and maintenance, look no further than Bud's Auto Repair & Transmission.