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How Do I Know if I Need New Rotors

Ellie Dyer-Brown, 3 years ago

5 min read

  • Advice
  • tips
Mechanic working on car brakes

Brakes are one of the most vital components in your vehicle.

Your brakes system is made up of many components, including pads, calipers and disc/rotors. The brake rotor (also known as the disc) is the rotating component which brake pads are applied against to create friction and stop the car, making it arguably the most important safety feature in the vehicle.

How can you tell when your brake rotors are worn out? Well, the rotors will emit a number of warning signs which indicate that they need replacing.

Additionally, its worth bearing in mind that rotors usually need to be replaced around every 50,000 to 70,000. Therefore, if you are approaching that milestone, you may be looking at sorting out a replacement in the near future.

Nearly 20% of MOT failures are caused by faulty brakes. To avoid any issues, inspecting them beforehand could earn you that pass and ensure further road safety.

Signs of worn brake rotors

Listen for unusual brake noises such as squeaking or squealing. A grinding noise is most serious and should prompt you to see a mechanic immediately as it is an indication that the rubber brake pads have worn down to the metal.

  • ABS warning light. If this appears, it should be dealt with as soon as possible.

  • A vibration or wobble when you push down the brake pedal.

  • Visible wear and deterioration on your brake rotors and pads.

  • Vibrating steering wheel.

  • Grooves or score marks on the rotors.

  • Increased stopping distances.

Brake disc and rotor repair costs

Getting your brake discs replaced costs more than getting your brake pads replaced; the parts themselves are more expensive. Often, pads are replaced at the same time as the discs are replaced. If a mechanic advices you to replace your brake discs, they will likely suggest replacing the pads at the same time. This due to the low cost of the part and the little extra labour time needed.

The repair prices of brake pads and discs varies dependent on make, model and your location within the UK. On WhoCanFixMyCar the average cost of brake pads and discs repair is £246.41. A summary of the average costs across car makes can be found in the table below.


Finding trusted rotor repair

If you do not replace your rotors you will face much larger problems and see further damage. They are a very important part of the entire braking system and are critical to your safety when driving.

Post your rotor repair job live on Who Can Fix My Car to receive instant quotes from reliable garages near you. You can then review these transparent quotes along with past customer reviews to choose a garage and get booked in.