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.
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.
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.
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.
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.