On your Ford vehicle, the brake rotors are the round discs that are attached to the wheel hubs. They're an essential part of your disc brake system. Together with your brake calipers and brake pads, they create the friction – or resistance – that slows the rotation of your wheels.
Types of Brake Rotors
There are four kinds of brake rotors found on most vehicles today. Cars typically feature blank and smooth, which are sometimes just referred to as smooth. They can be either solid or vented, and are great for everyday driving due to their crack-resistant, long-lasting nature and the fact that they are easiest on your brake pads.
SUVs and truck tend to use slotted or drilled brake rotors. Slotted rotors feature spiral grooves to keep dust and contaminants away. Drilled rotors, which are also known as cross-drilled rotors, offer larger surface areas and have holes drilled through them. They're more reliable on wet roads and disperse heat better.
Finally, sports cars and other performance tend to have drilled and slotted rotors. These rotors offer the best features of both slotted and cross-drilled brake rotors.
How to Detect Brake Rotor Issues
Signs of failure include:
- A vibrating brake pedal
- Noisy brakes
- Obvious surface damage
If you're not having any problems, consult your owner's manual for your vehicle's recommended maintenance schedule. When you do need to replace your old brake rotors, do it in pairs to ensure that your vehicle brakes consistently. You'll also want to replace them with the best parts for your vehicle. Those are always the genuine Ford parts that are guaranteed to be compatible with your model. Find them in our online auto parts catalog, along with any other parts you may need. Buy today and we'll ship your order out right away!
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