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Brake Rotors & Brake Discs Function

How Brake Rotors & Brake Discs Systems Work

Brake Rotors are an important component of the braking system that brings your vehicle to a stop when you apply your brake pedal. In simple terms, when you apply your brake pedal it sets a series of events into action. Your brake pedal works within a sealed hydraulic system. When you apply pressure to the brake pedal it forces the brake fluid to the four corners of your vehicle. This pressure change in the brake lines engages the calipers which in turn engages your brake pads. The brake pads on each wheel simultaneously press against your brake rotor and depending on the pressure applied to your brake pedal either slows down or stops the vehicle completely. The Brake Rotors (also referred to as Brake Discs) are typically made from cast iron and have a machined surface to ensure synergy between the brake pad and brake rotor during braking. Most Brake Rotors incorporate a venting design that increases overall brake rotor cooling and provides protection against thermal cracking.

It is important that your brake rotors are inspected periodically to ensure they are in peak operating condition.

Brake Rotors should always be replaced in pairs (front or rear). Replacing a single rotor leads to uneven pad wear, steering pull, and ultimately, costly damage.

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