Can I Just Replace Brake Pads and Not Rotors

The short and easy answer is: you can. But the slightly longer, but still easy answer is that you probably don’t want to. The reason for this has nothing to do with functionality or safety and everything to do with longevity and economics.

You see, your brake pads are what we call a wear item. As they are used they gradually wear down. This is entirely normal, expected and shouldn’t be considered a defect of any kind. After all, if they didn’t wear out you’d never be able to stop your car! The issue though is that there isn’t much braking surface on a brake pad and when it’s gone, it’s gone for good.

As your brake pads are worn down your rotors become worn as well as the abrasive nature of pressing these two metal surfaces together causes them both to slowly deteriorate over time. Eventually the rotors will become too thin from this process and must be replaced as well or else you risk causing serious damage to them by continuing to use them in their damaged state such as warping which cannot be resolved by machining the rotor like the other issues I mentioned above can be fixed by machining.

You can’t do just one of these two parts, however.

You can replace just one of the two parts, but it’s not recommended. Brake pads and rotors work together to stop your car—so if one part is worn down, the other part will follow suit quickly. Replacing just one of the two will end up costing you more in the long run.

Brake pads and rotors are an example of wear items, which means that they need to be replaced over time with regular use. These parts are made from different materials (disc brake pads are usually made from steel and ceramic composite), but they’re designed to press against each other as you drive, so replacing one without replacing the other will cause friction that leads to excessive wear on both pieces.

So while you might save a few dollars by doing only half of your brake service at a time, it won’t last long before you have to go back for the second half—which is why we recommend replacing both brake pads and rotors at once as needed.

But when to change them at the same time is another matter.

Brake rotors and brake pads work together to stop your car. The brake rotor, which is basically a thick disc attached to the wheel hub, is what gets slowed by your brake pads. While you can replace only one or the other if need be, in most cases, it’s recommended that you replace them at the same time. There are a few reasons for this:

  • It’s cheaper to change both at once than replacing them separately.
  • If you have to get new brake rotors anyway, you might as well just get new pads too rather than waiting until later when something happens with those old ones.
  • You would only want to not replace your rotors when they are still in good condition—in other words, if they don’t have visible grooves or cracks on their surface—and you want to save money by using less expensive parts; however this will shorten their lifespan significantly since they’re such an essential part of braking system performance at all times! If either component wears out prematurely without being replaced soon enough (and often), then one could cause problems with another while driving which would make it unsafe for drivers everywhere around you too.”

Making sure that your car’s brakes are functioning properly is essential.

A properly functioning brake system is essential. Your brakes are what allows your vehicle to stop quickly and safely. The brake system consists of a number of different parts that work together to bring your car to a stop. These parts include the pedal, master cylinder, brake lines, calipers, rotors and pads. Each part plays an important role in stopping your vehicle.

The main components of the braking system are the pads, rotors and calipers. These three pieces make up the actual physical aspect of the braking system that engages when you apply pressure to the brake pedal inside of your vehicle. The rotor is a disc that spins with your wheel while driving down the road, while calipers and pads press against it to create friction which slows or stops rotation of your wheels.

Your particular driving habits will affect when you need to change brake pads and rotors.

Your particular driving habits will affect when you need to change brake pads and rotors. For example, if you drive fast and hard on open roads or in the mountains, you will wear out your brakes faster than someone who drives mainly in the city.

Along the same lines, if you drive a high-performance vehicle that needs to stop quickly from high speeds, you’ll need to replace your brakes more often than someone whose car is not built for speed.

Signs that tell you it’s time to change your brakes include vibrations and squeaking noises.

  • First, you need to be able to identify when it’s time for a brake pad change. So, how do you know if the pads need to be replaced?
  • If your brakes squeak and/or vibrate while they’re being applied, that’s a sign that the pad is getting low.
  • If your car pulls to one side while braking or the brake pedal feels spongy or soft when pressed, there may be an issue with the brakes.
  • Finally, if you notice a light on your dashboard labeled “BRAKE” chances are it means exactly that—you need new brakes.

It’s also important to have a good grasp on how braking works generally in order to have a clearer understanding of what exactly is going on with your brakes.

The first thing to understand is how the braking system works. As you press your foot on the brake pedal, a series of events occurs:

  • The brake fluid in your car’s master cylinder moves toward the calipers, causing them to close and push against the movable pads.
  • The brake pads put pressure on the rotors to stop them from spinning.
  • The wheels are prevented from turning by the rotors being stopped by the pads.

How many miles should I drive before replacing worn brakes is a question that can only be answered in specific circumstances.

Most people need to replace their brake pads every 50,000 miles. When you don’t have your brakes properly maintained, you can be forced to get them replaced more frequently. When you’re wondering how many miles should I drive before replacing worn brakes is a question that can only be answered in specific circumstances.

There are many things that affect how long your brake system lasts, such as the road conditions that you regularly drive on and your braking habits. If you take care of your car and drive smartly, then it’s possible to put off getting new brakes for longer than if you were careless about maintaining your car and made frequent hard stops.

It’s also important to remember that whenever one part of your brake system goes bad, this means it’s likely other parts will soon follow suit. Because of this, whenever you have new brakes installed it’s good practice to replace the rotors at the same time as well. This way when the calipers press down on the rotor they’ll cause no damage to the new pads because they’re both being used together for the first time

Steven Hatman
Steven Hatman

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