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What Is The Primary Cause of Warped Brake Rotors?

Brake rotors are an essential part of your braking system because they are the piece that stops your wheels from spinning when the brake pads clamp down on them. Brake rotors are designed to withstand high temperatures during the process of braking. They need to dissipate the heat quickly so that you can press down on the brake pads again. Because of this intense heat, the surface of the brake rotors can get warped over time. As a result, your brakes may feel jittery and less effective. 


Brake rotor warping isn't always as bad as it sounds. Warping simply means that there is an uneven surface brought about by heat. Brake rotors can be distorted for the following reasons: 

  • The brake rotors can become glazed with substances from the brake pads. The glazing can occur when the brake pads get too hot, which causes the pad material to rub off. As a result, the brake rotor surface will become uneven and decrease the overall efficiency of the brakes. 
  • The surface of the brake rotor can also wear down, making other metal areas rise higher. If you are constantly applying pressure to your brakes, the heat may cause the metal to become weak and soft. 


An excellent way to stop brake rotors from becoming warped is by being cautious of your braking habits. When you constantly step on the brakes or hold them down for an extended time, you create extra heat. The excess temperature can warp the rotor surface. If you're unsure of whether or not you are dealing with warped brake rotors, here are some symptoms to look out for: 

  • Excessive squealing when braking
  • The unusual smell of burning rubber
  • The braking process is jittery and inconsistent
  • Your vehicle vibrates when coming to a stop


If you're experiencing any of the signs listed above, please bring your vehicle to Crompton's Auto Care for a professional brake inspection. Our skillful team of technicians can determine if your rotors need resurfacing. Give us a call or stop by our shop today!

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