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Q: Where Are Rotors Typically Located?

A: Rotors are found on vehicles with disc brake setup. They are connected to your vehicle’s wheel through the axle. Depending on your specific vehicle and the design of your hubcaps, rotors can be visible from the outside.

Brake rotors are rare circular discs that are connected to your wheels. Most vehicles have one rotor for each wheel. These discs are specially engineered to help put the vehicle to a stop using friction.

Once you step on the brake pedal, the brake pads will compress against the rotors. This will create the friction needed to slow down your wheels—and eventually put your ride to a stop.

Tips on How to Access the Brake Rotors

Install wheel chocks and park the car on a dry, flat surface. Wear safety goggles and gloves at all times.

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As a safety precaution, you also have to check your vehicle’s brake fluid level. If your fluid reservoir is full, some of the fluid needs to be drained so that it won’t overflow in case you do repairs and compress the brake caliper piston.

You’ll have to remove the wheels to gain access to the rotors. But before that, you’ll have to loosen the lug nuts on the wheels (don’t remove it yet) and jack up your ride.

After that, you can now remove the lug nut on the wheels. Take the wheels off. You can now remove the rotors at this point. Some rotors can be stuck due to rust. You can try to hit them with a rubber mallet so that you can remove them.

Remember that these steps and tips are only meant to guide you in accessing and removing your rotors. If you’re not sure about anything, you can ask the help of a trusted mechanic.

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John F

Brake rotors are “rare” circular discs…

What does the the “rare” refer to here? I have never heard that term used to describe brake rotors.

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