Whether you drive a new car such as the 2016 Porsche 911 or you have one of our pre-owned Porsche cars, you should always pay attention to how your brakes sound and behave. When your brakes make strange noises or they don’t act the way they normally do, it could be an indication that something is wrong with one of your automobile’s most vital systems. Brake rotors are critical to your braking system and it’s important that you recognize the signs that they need to be replaced.

As you use your brakes over time, your brake pads get worn down. Your brake pads should have at least a quarter-inch of pad to prevent them from causing a groove in your brake rotors. If a groove is already visible, you may have to replace your rotors. A healthy rotor has a smooth surface that is free of debris, grit, and grooves. You can check to see if your brake pads are thick enough to protect your rotors by turning your wheels to the left or right and looking at them. You can also check to make sure your rotors look healthy at the same time.

Sometimes, a vehicle will provide an audible sign that your brake rotors need to be replaced. If you hear a grinding sound coming from your wheel wells when you use your brakes, head right over to our Porsche service center near St. Augustine, FL. A grinding sound indicates that your pads are worn down to the metal which is rubbing against your brake rotors. This is not only dangerous, it can lead to an expensive repair if you ignore the grinding noise for too long while you continue to drive your automobile. If you have an anti-lock braking system on your automobile, you may have to replace the system’s sensor in addition to your brake rotors if you ignore a grinding noise for an extended period of time.

If you feel a slight vibration when you apply pressure on your brake pedal, it could be a sign that your brake rotors are twisted or warped. Because of the heat that your rotors are exposed to every time you stop your car or slow it down, they can become warped fairly easily. If your brake rotors are warped, it may be difficult for your brake pads to make contact with them the way they should.

If you think you need to have your brake rotors replaced, bring your automobile to Porsche Jacksonville. We’ll inspect your automobile, including your brake rotors, and let you know if any work needs to be done. Go online, give us a call, or stop by Porsche Jacksonville to make your next service appointment today.