How Do Brake Rotors Become Warped?

Brake rotors are the round metallic discs that you can see through your vehicle’s rim. The brake pads clamp on them to make your car, SUV, or truck stop. When they are in good condition, rotors should be smooth and flat. However, a common brake problem is warped brake rotors.

How Do Brake Rotors Become Warped?

You might be wondering, “how does that even happen”. Below are some instances where your brake rotors can get damaged:

  • Poor braking habits - If you overwork your brakes by driving in uneven terrain and partaking in stop-and-go traffic, your rotors can get damaged easily. 
  • Bad brakes -  Sticky calipers and worn pads can force your brakes to overwork themselves. When they’re overloaded, they heat up quickly.
  • Inadequate wheel installation - The brake rotors can be put under a lot of stress when a wheel is improperly installed.

You can tell if your brake rotors are distorted by being aware of how your car reacts when you apply the brakes. Your brake pedal might shudder, and the steering wheel may feel shaky. Therefore, your drives will become unstable and unsafe. 


If you are experiencing the signs of warped brake rotors, please bring your car to the brake professionals at Nortex Lube and Tune. Brake rotors can be repaired by resurfacing, but sometimes they may need to be replaced altogether. Feel free to give us a call or visit our auto repair shop if you have any questions.