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Saturn L200 Brake Rotors

Causes of Bad Saturn L200 Brake Rotors

Signs of bad Saturn L200 brake rotors are easy to spot. It's hard not notice the symptoms associated with problematic components in the brake assembly. However, it's a totally different story trying to figure out what those signs really mean. You may replace the rotors again and again, only to find the problems returning without an end in sight. Read this troubleshooting guide to find the solutions you need to stop this vicious cycle. These help you pinpoint the problems associated with bad Saturn L200 brake rotors.

Judder and shimmy

These are some of the terms used in the brake industry to describe the vibration felt whenever the brakes are applied. The common cause for this sensation is a warped rotor. One reason is overheated brakes. This can also happen because of jammed calipers, worn bushings, or improper bedding-in procedures. Replace the necessary parts, and Saturn L200 brake rotor itself to solve the problem. To isolate the vibration to the brakes, make sure that the tires are properly rotated as these could also produce the same vibrations when driving the L200 at a fast speed.

Whistling and squeaking noise

The noise from bad brakes is one of the annoying symptoms of bad Saturn L200 brake rotors. A layer of rust and/or material deposit from the brake pads may also be visible. This is a sign of a rotor that has worked beyond its expected lifespan. Other than that, the noise may also be caused by too much water or road salt may have also come into contact with the rotors.

Cracks on the hub and face

Saturn L200 brake rotors are designed to be tough and reliable even under extreme operating conditions. With that being said, any appearance of cracks anywhere on the disc is a sure sign of something wrong with the assembly. Rotors that are stressed too much have a tendency to become even hotter when you press the brakes. If overheating is not the cause, check if the bolts holding the rotors are secured too tightly. It's important to tighten the bolts only up to Saturn's recommended torque.

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  • Three Tips Care for Saturn L200 Brake Rotors 04 March 2014

    Your Saturn L200 brake rotors are half of what gives your car the braking power it has. As you step on the brake pedal, the brake pads are pressed on the rotors to stop your car. Regular wear and tear lessens its braking ability the more you drive your car. If you are negligent, you may find yourself at the mercy of a speeding car while you forcefully step on the brake pedal to no avail. That's why it is very important that you take care of and regularly inspect the discs to ensure that no danger such as that happens to you. Here are some of the things you can do to care for your Saturn L200 brake rotors.

    • Prevent warped rotors.
    • It is important for your Saturn L200 Brake Rotors to have a flat surface as much as possible. This ensures that the pads have a tight grip on the discs every time you step on the brakes. Once the rotors become warped, this is an accident waiting to happen. To prevent this, it starts with proper installation of the rotors' retaining bolts. Never use electric or air tools to secure the bolts as doing this may result to over tightening. Instead, manually screw in the bolts in such a pattern-this is in the car's manual-that they are installed evenly.
    • Avoid rusted rotors.
    • New rotors-because of their clean surface-have the tendency to accumulate rust which greatly diminishes braking ability. If you regularly use your car, this shouldn't be a problem on your Saturn L200 Brake Rotors because the constant friction between pad and disc automatically does away with the rust. This only becomes a problem on rotors that are yet to be installed. A surefire way on limiting rust for idle rotors is brake cleaner on them. Putting any other material to solve the issue may result to a disc getting rust quicker than one without anything on it.
    • Replace brake pads when needed.
    • Brake pads get thinner as they get older. If used beyond its intended lifetime, the screws on the pad's base grind and scratch the rotors. Rather than simply needing new brake pads, you end up with scarred Saturn L200 Brake Rotors as well. Don't delay replacing brake pads once you hear the faintest sign of screeching or grinding noise.