If you are a Land Rover driver, you don’t need to be told of the high performance and rugged abilities of this car brand. However, you should remember that your Land Rover is not immune to faults or wear. Land Rovers are built to survive any terrain, and for you to enjoy the unlimited driving experience, you have to keep up with the maintenance. The brake rotor is one of the parts that will wear out over time.
Unlike the brake pads, the brake rotor in your Land Rover can last much longer. Even though brake rotors last longer than brake pads, they are not meant to last forever. Every car owner wants to know how long the brake rotors can last so as to track their service or replacement time, but a variety of factors can cause the brake rotors to fail early. How to check rotors, as well as being alert to signs of rotor failure, is important for a car owner not to run into safety problems. When rotors fail, there are some underlying issues that might have caused it, or at least sped it along.
Causes of Brake Rotor Failure
Your car rotor will wear faster if your car is driven frequently in stop-and-go traffic, or if most of your driving is in town where you often stop for red lights and stop signs. This arises from the strain placed on the rotor by the brake pads and braking system every time you step on the brake. A frictional force is needed to stop the car, and as a result, the gliding of rotors with the brake pads will result in wear since harder and more frequent work is done.
Rough or aggressive driving can also cause a decrease in the lifespan of your car brake rotors. Forceful braking creates additional strain on the rotors. The stress of forceful brake application reduces the lifespan of the car brake rotors.
Brake pads are made of ceramics or semi-metallic materials, which must glide with the rotors. Routinely checking the brake pads to make sure they don’t damage the rotors when they are worn out is important. If the brake pads wear down excessively, the metallic surfaces upon which the ceramic or semi-metallic substance is attached begin to tear and wear the rotors.
Under normal and regular maintenance, brake rotors may last between 30,000 & 70,000 miles.
One common reason the brake rotors may fail fast is warping. Warped rotors become ineffective, and it is difficult to brake or stop a car due to uneven contact with the surfaces of the brake pads. Overheating is one of the causes of warping brake rotors. Heat causes stress on the rotor and causes a warp effect. Some of the factors that may generate heat in the rotor include:
- Rough or aggressive braking
- Using your brakes on a slope or downhill
Brake Pad Wear
Another reason your car brake rotors may fail is worn brake pads. This results from the friction between the worn-down metallic surface of the brake pads themselves. The force of gliding metal-on-metal can cause the rotor to develop cracks and wear.
Rust is another reason a brake rotor may fail. If the rust is not too advanced, it may not affect the working of your brakes, but in advanced rusty situations, rust can wear off the metal surfaces, creating an uneven gliding surface with noisy and ineffective brake rotors.
Failure of the car’s brake rotor can reduce the braking power of your vehicle since the brake pads do not properly grip the vehicle’s rotors. The worst thing to result from the failure of the rotors is the inability to bring the vehicle to a stop. This is very dangerous and can lead to an accident.
Let The Experts At Terry Sayther Automotive Help You
At Terry Sayther Automotive, our customer’s safety is a priority; as a result, we ensure that we carry out the best maintenance on your vehicle. A faulty or worn brake rotor can be a safety hazard if not fixed immediately. If you notice any sign of a worn brake rotor, bring your Land Rover to our garage. Our ASE-certified technicians are always ready to help car owners from Buda, Kyle, Lakeway, Tarrytown, and Austin, TX. Schedule an appointment with us today!