Nissan Brake Rotors Buyer's Guide

Are you a Nissan owner who’s looking for more information about brake rotors? This buyer’s guide is just what you need. Here, you’ll learn all about what rotors are, how to identify a bad one, how to replace one, and more.

What are Brake Rotors and Why are They Important?

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Brake rotors are an essential part of your Nissan's disc brake system. They're metal discs that are about 12" in diameter. Each wheel has one rotor connected to it, and the rotor turns along with the wheel. When the brakes are applied, the brake pads squeeze the rotor and create enough friction to stop the rotor in a matter of seconds. When the rotor stops turning, the wheel stops turning. This chain of events causes the vehicle to stop moving.

This article has more information on rotors and their important role in the vehicle's braking system.

How to Diagnose Failing Brake Rotors

Brake rotors wear out after a while (more specifically, usually between 50,000 and 70,000 miles). It’s inevitable. That’s why, as a car owner, you should check your rotors as soon as you suspect that they’re no longer good to use. Checking your rotors is a simple and straightforward process, so you can certainly do it at home. This tutorial will guide you through the process. In a nutshell, you just have to take off the wheels and then visually inspect the rotors.

OEM Vs. Aftermarket Brake Rotors

The first question car owners usually ask after diagnosing bad rotors is, "Should I buy aftermarket rotors to save some money?"

It's common knowledge that OEM brake rotors are the better option. However, aftermarket rotors are usually cheaper. You might be wondering if dealing with a subpar set of aftermarket rotors is worth saving a few bucks. The answer is definitely not. Aftermarket rotors may be built with incorrect specs and the wrong material makeup. That can create excess heat that damages the calipers or even the hub. Cheap rotors can reduce the vehicle's braking performance, and/or lead to early rotor failure.

This article goes into more detail about why aftermarket rotors are bad news.

How to Replace Nissan Brake Rotors

If you have a floor jack, jack stands, and a 19mm wrench, you have everything you need to change the rotors right at home. We put together a set of thorough instructions for you to follow.

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