Put simply a brake disc (rotor) is the metal plate that your
brake pads squeeze against to stop the motion of your wheels. In drum brakes a
brake shoe squeezes against the brake drum with the same effect. For effective
stopping the brake pads/shoes need to fit flush against the surface of the disc/drum.
Any problems with the surface of your brake discs or drums can cause premature
wearing of your brake pads, vibrations or grinding noises when braking and
dangerously effect your braking distances.
Often the surface of the disc or drums can be machined or resurfaced rather than requiring a replacement.
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Just like brake pads, rotors and drums have a minimum required thickness. If they are too thin, rusted, warped or cracked they cannot be resurfaced and will need to be replaced.
Signs you need might a rotor/drum resurface:
When your brake rotors or drum are too thin or damaged and resurfacing is not an option – you need a replacement.
Signs you need might a rotor/drum replacement:
Brake Calipers are a really important part of a vehicles disc brake system, they are like clamps that hold the brake pads and push them against the brake disc to cause the friction that makes your car stop. Caliper replacement is necessary if the caliper is leaking brake fluid, if a caliper piston is damaged or if the caliper is worn, rusted or damaged. During a brake caliper replacement, it is also recommended that your brake hoses/lines be checked and replaced if leaking, cracked or worn and that your brake fluid is flushed.
Signs you might need a brake caliper replaced or repaired:
Your brake lines and hoses carry the hydraulic fluids that transfer the pressure you put on the pedal through to the brakes themselves. Any leaks or cracks in your brake hoses or lines means you will lose brake fluids or your brake fluid will become contaminated– and that not only leads to expensive repairs but it also puts you at risk of brake failure. Blockages in your brake lines/hoses can also cause problems with braking.
Signs that you might need your brake lines replaced include:
If your brake system is aging or has been neglected over a long period of time it might be that you require a complete brake system overhaul. Just replacing one or two broken parts of a system that has other faulty or worn parts might seem economical at the time, but as each part relies on the other – one malfunctioning part can damage other parts leading to complete failure and a dangerous situation.
If your technician has prescribed a complete brake job – it is wise to heed his warnings as it is not something they would recommend lightly.