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Nissan Xterra Brake Rotors

Nissan Xterra Brake Rotors: Finding the Root of the Problem

Your Nissan Xterra brake rotors are capable of slowing down and stopping your wheels as soon as you step on your brake pedal. Generally, these rotors can withstand extreme conditions with their tough construction. But even if they're built extra tough, your Xterra's rotors will probably still go bad and perform poorly at some point in their lifespan. If your brake rotors are acting up lately, you need to check on them and do some troubleshooting right away. Finding the root of the problem can be challenging, but we're here to help you out. Read the troubleshooting guide below to determine the symptoms of brake rotor damage and the common causes behind them.

Pulsating sensations and grinding noises

Bad brake rotors pulsate and produce low grinding noises when you step on the brake pedal. The pulsating sensation will be present even if you're not pumping the brakes. This is usually matched by a low grinding noise that gradually becomes louder as the condition of your Xterra's rotors worsens. As soon as your brake rotors start to pulsate and become noisy, have them checked right away or replace them before they jeopardize the operation of your Xterra's brake system.

Vibrations

Aside from these warning signs, damaged rotors may also cause your vehicle to vibrate or shake when the brakes are applied. Your steering wheel may also vibrate when you have bad rotors. Check your brake pedals if you're encountering these problems. Chances are the pedals are already worn out, and their metal screws are rubbing against the surface of the rotor, forming ridges. Replace the damaged pedals before they completely destroy your rotors. Better yet, replace your rotors if they're already damaged beyond repair. You can also use a micrometer to gauge the thickness of the grooves on the rotors. A mechanic can help remove these grooves, but it would be best to replace the entire rotor if the grooves are already too deep.

Warping

Damaged brake pads, defective brake calipers, and a bent hub assembly can cause your brake rotors to become warped. Extreme heat and brake pad friction, along with excessive turning and squeezing action from the hub assembly and calipers, can severely damage and warp your Nissan Xterra brake rotors. Replace these parts if they're damaged to prevent the rotors from warping.

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  • Maintaining the Good Condition of Your Nissan Xterra Brake Rotors 04 March 2014

    Stopping your prized Nissan Xterra when the red light comes on and when the car in front of you suddenly halts won't be easy if you have bad brake rotors. To prevent unfortunate road accidents and serious injuries, you need to ensure your Nissan Xterra brake rotors are always in good working condition. Keeping your brake rotors in tiptop shape requires regular maintenance and constant effort, but don't worry because you will definitely benefit from this in the long run. Aside from providing better brake performance, well-maintained brake rotors will also spare you from expensive repair costs in the future. We've listed a few tips below to help you maintain the good condition of your Nissan Xterra brake rotors.

    • Replace damaged brake pads right away.
    • Replacing defective or damaged brake pads will not only improve your Xterra's performance, but it will also prevent your brake rotors from cracking or becoming warped. Worn brake pads grind against the rotors' smooth surface and cause excessive friction that can severely damage your rotors. Defective brake pads can also warp and decrease the thickness of brake rotors, preventing them from effectively absorbing and transferring heat. To save your rotors from wear and tear, inspect your brake pads regularly for signs of damage and replace them if necessary.
    • Clean the rotor surface regularly.
    • Cleaning your brake rotors regularly is one of the easiest and most economical ways to keep them in tiptop shape. You can use a commercial rotor cleaning spray or an aerosol-based brake cleaner to remove stubborn dirt and grime from the rotor's surface.Lubricating your Nissan Xterra brake rotors regularly can help improve their performance and prevent rust buildup. Oil-based or aerosol-based lubricants can effectively combat rust and prevent it from spreading on the rotors. Apply lubricant only on parts that do not come into contact with the brake pads when you're driving. Make sure the solution is evenly applied and completely wiped off before driving your vehicle. To prevent rotor damage, use only the right lubricating solution.