The factory brake rotors in your Toyota car, van, truck, or SUV are the discs in the disc brake system that are attached to your wheel hubs. They're essential when it comes to slowing the rotation of your wheels. This happens when the brake calipers, protected by brake pads, clamp down onto the rotors and produce friction.
Types of Brake Rotors
There are four kids of brake rotors. Most cars use the kind referred to as smooth, which can either be solid or vented. They're ideal for everyday driving, since they're easy on your brake pads and resistant to rust or cracks. SUVs and trucks typically use slotted or drilled. Slotted rotors have spiral grooves that make it easier to get rid of dust and contaminants, keeping the surface clean.
Drilled rotors, also known as cross-drilled rotors, have large surface areas and holes drilled all the way through them. This makes it easier for them to dissipate heat, while also offering more reliable performance in wet conditions. Then there are the drilled and slotted brake rotors that are found on some sport cars and performance vehicles. These combine the best features of the slotted and cross-drilled rotors, offering the outstanding performance you want.
When to Replace Your Brake Rotors
Check your owner's manual for the recommended schedule for your model. In general, you can expect that you'll need to change yours after 70,000 miles or so. However, you'll want to pay attention to any signs that yours are damaged or warped, since driving with failing rotors is dangerous. Symptoms include:
- Visible surface damage
- Unusual noises when you're braking
- A wobbling or bouncing brake pedal
Choose Genuine Toyota Brake Rotors
Your manufacturer makes brake rotors that designed specifically for your model. That means you enjoy the peace of mind that comes with unmatched guaranteed compatibility. Find everything you need for the project right here in our online Toyota auto parts catalog. Buy now and we'll ship directly to your front door!
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