Bad brake rotor I didn’t hear a thing
As a New Hampshire State Safety Inspection Station we get to see a lot of interesting vehicle problems. It’s the ones that come in for an oil change that can be interesting. When your vehicle comes in for an oil change we do much more than drain the oil and change the filter. Our oil change includes a 50 point inspection and often times we find things that are not on the list, just part of the job. In the image to the left you can see an acceptable brake rotor and rotor finish. The scary part is to follow.
Where did the brake rotor go?
During an oil change, if possible, we visually inspect the brakes and report our findings to the customer. When the technician servicing this vehicle went to the driver side rear brakes he had a bit of a surprise. Half the brake rotor was missing! It had worn away. When the customer was told, they replied that the brakes felt okay and they had not noticed any noise or braking problems. As you compare the image before it’s clear that there’s quite a bit of the brake rotor missing! This vehicle was with in moments of a brake failure. Fortunately the customer this problem was found before they lost their brakes.
What else is missing
In this image, most all of the rotor and only a small part of the protective shielding remains. Originally the shielding covered most of the brake rotor from view. New England salt had rotted away the shield. Below is a picture of a complete “new backing plate shield”. This vehicle required a replacement, protective shield, brake caliper, rotor and brake pads.
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