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Acura RL Brake Rotors

Troubleshooting your Acura RL Brake Rotors

Your braking system is arguably the most important system in your vehicle, as it keeps you accident free. With that in mind, you'll want to ensure that all your braking system components are in fighting form. And when it comes to your Acura RL brake rotors, you'll have to be very vigilant in checking their condition. These rotors are subjected to tremendous pressure and high temperatures on a regular basis, which causes them to wear out. If you'd like to diagnosing the condition of your brake rotors, then here are some signs to watch out for and helpful troubleshooting tips to live by.

Noises

Try driving with the radio off and the windows down; do you hear a grinding noise from the wheels when you hit the brakes? If this is the case, then your rotors have gone bad. The padding material on the brake pads has worn away and that the metal underneath it is rubbing against the rotors. In this case, replace your brake pads and damaged rotors.

Abrupt stopping

When the metal surface from the brake pads digs into the rotor, it may cause abrupt stopping. Your rotors are likely damaged at this point and will need replacing.

Pedal vibrations

If there's pulsating or vibrations coming from the brake pedal as you press down on it, then your brake rotors may be damaged. Sometimes, your foot on the pedal will be moving up and down as you press on it, which is a sign that you should check your rotors.

Rotor ridges

Park your ride then take a look at your rotors from the side of your tires; there's no need to remove the tires or jack your ride up. If you can feel ridges on your fingertips, then your rotors are already in the process of wearing out. These ridges are similar to those on the side of a coin and aren't a need for worry. They are a sign of wear, but not that you must have them replaced right away. However, if you think the ridges are quite deep, get a micrometer and use it to measure how deep the ridges on your rotors are. If the ridges exceed the maximum measuring depth of the micrometer, then they are deeper than deemed safe and need replacing.

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  • Maintenance Tips for Your Acura RL Brake Rotors 04 March 2014

    Your brake rotors helps you gradually reduce speed and stop on a dime. Having the ability to do so is very important simply because it helps you avoid road mishaps. Be that as it may, you'll want to guarantee that all your braking components are in tip-top shape. One way of doing so is through some steady maintenance of all components. And when it comes to your Acura RL brake rotors, there are several specific methods of taking better care of them for prolonged functionality and reliability.

    • Don't let your ride marinate.
    • Or in other word, use your ride regularly and don't let it just sit there and collect dust. By regularly using your vehicle and its brakes, you can prevent them from braking. This is very important to keep in mind if you live in humid conditions as rust is more likely to build up. By using the vehicle more often, you effectively remove rust from the brake rotors.
    • Clean your rotors.
    • Jack your ride up and prop it on stands. Remove your tires and calipers (optional) to be able to clean the entire rotor. Clean your rotors using an aerosol brake cleaner. Warning: never use compressed air on brake parts because these contain asbestos.
    • Lubricate the rotor.
    • Be sure to apply an oil-based lubricant on any parts of the rotor that touch the pads. This should only be done once you notice the buildup of rust on the rotors. An aerosol-based lubricant like WD-40 would be ideal. Apply it and wipe it, along with the rust, away with a piece of cloth. Make sure to wipe away all of the applied lubricants before driving.
    • Check your rotors for visual damage.
    • You can simply check your rotors from the sides of your tires and feeling if they have ridges. If they do, then these are clear signs of wear. If the depth of these ridges are too deep to be measured using a micrometer, then have the rotors replaced ASAP. Also check the thickness of the pads so that you can have them changed out before it's too late.