Brake Rotors: Buying Guide and FAQs
What are They?
A critical part of your vehicle's brake system. They're the discs attached by ribs to the wheel hubs.
What Do They Do?
They help create friction by fastening to the brake pads mounted on top of the brake calipers; this resistance is what helps slow and stop the vehicle. They also help scatter the heat the braking process produces.
How Many and What Types are There?
Four total: blank & smooth (i.e., smooth), slotted, drilled (i.e., cross-drilled), and drilled & slotted.
Many cars use smooth brake rotors, as they're easy on brake pads, they resist corrosion and cracks, and best of all, they're affordable. Many SUVs use slotted brake rotors, as they provide better airflow and channel away dust and debris better. Many trucks and sports cars use cross-drilled brake rotors because they dissipate heat better, they're more reliable in wet weather, and they work great both on the track and for towing applications. Some high-performance vehicles use drilled & slotted brake rotors because they combine the best features from both slotted and drilled rotors.
When Do You Replace Them?
When they begin to show symptoms of failure. Otherwise, every 70,000 miles.
What are the Signs They've Gone Bad?
Strange noises and/or wobbling when braking, and damaged rotor surfaces, primarily. If you experience these, do a brake rotor inspection and replace any problematic parts. Be sure to change them out in pairs to keep your ride braking properly. When it's time to get new rotors, be sure to order genuine.
Why Buy Genuine OEM Brake Rotors?
They're designed to fit the brand and model you drive perfectly -- a guarantee you may not get from the aftermarket.
Where Can I Order Brake Rotors for My Subaru or Volkswagen?
From our auto parts store. We've got a complete online catalog. To make finding what's compatible faster and easier, be sure to browse by make, model, and model year. Buy now and enjoy fast shipping and delivery to your door.
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