Not sure if you saw the amazing “lip sync” of the Dash Cam Confessional of a Dover Police Office doing his rounds belting out Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” but with more than 38 MILLION views….it was a bit of a sensation that made its rounds around Social Media. If you haven’t…a link to it is at the bottom of this post.
Many things in our life we can and should “Shake It Off” and not let it get to the point of stressing out about it but when it comes to your Brakes…well that is definitely something you should not wait for or put off for another day. If you are experiencing any amount of vibration when you apply your brakes (also known as shudder or pulsation) this is an indication that the rotor is becoming unevenly worn and when the brakes are applied, the pads will be pressed against the high and low spots that you feel through the brake pedal.
A rotor’s thickness needs to vary by only a few thousandths of an inch for you to feel it when you brake and in more serious cases, the whole car may shake.
There are several causes of brake rotor distortion but one common cause is that the brake pads (made of friction material) is not fully released when you remove your foot from the pedal. If the pads “drag” on the rotors too long, the rotor and/or the pads can become damaged.
In some cases, the rotors can be resurfaced (machined) on a brake lathe to create a smooth, even finish and extend the life of your braking system (provided that there is enough thickness left in the rotor itself. Resurfacing rotors requires the scraping of the top layer of metal. If too much of the rotor thickness has already been used up…then the rotor should be replaced.
Here at VIP AutoPro, our Service Advisors will guide you through the process of what needs to be done to ensure that you and the precious cargo that you transport is safe…and able to stop!
We include a visual inspection of your Brake System with our Seasonal Maintenance Package and regular checks of the health of your brakes can both minimize the expense but also extend the life and ultimately the value of your vehicle.
Book your appointment today and take advantage of the VIP Service Difference!
As for the Video…we salute all those who work so hard to protect us all: