Kittrell CARQUEST: Brake Rotors
Ready to buy a new set of brake rotors but confused about what type of rotor would work best for your car or driving style? Come by Kittrell CARQUEST at 4106 Arendell St or call 252-726-6106 and our auto parts specialist will be happy to help you select new brake rotors.
Four Types Of Brake Rotors
- Blank - Features a smooth surface
- Drilled - Offers multiple holes drilled into the surface of the rotor for better "bite"
- Slotted - Has the appearance of smooth grooves that cover the diameter of the brake rotor
- Drilled and Slotted - Offers the benefits of both drilled and slotted brake rotors combined in one
Most OEM factory installed brake systems use a blank rotor. But some high-performance cars or heavy-duty trucks use slotted and drilled brake rotors. Slotted grooves or drilled holes are used to vent heat away from the brake pad. As the rotor spins, heat build-up escapes. By removing extra heat the brakes may perform better under challenging conditions.
6 Reasons To Choose A Blank Smooth Brake Rotor or OEM Brake Rotor
- Most common brake rotor used by most car manufacturers
- Very cost-effective
- Preferred by "around town" luxury car drivers and long-distance endurance racers
- Quiet - smooth blank brake rotors produce very little street noise or rumble
- Produces very little brake dust but may increase brake pad glazing
- Lasts longer than other brake types
6 Reasons To Choose Drilled Rotors
- Great for general use in street vehicles
- Best known for performing well when raining because drilled holes give the water a place to escape
- Holds up well over the life of the brake rotors
- Delivers more friction causing the brake rotor to dry off quickly in wet conditions
- Wears unevenly and may require frequent maintenance
- Develops cracks when used for racing because the brake rotor cannot withstand repeated heat and cool cycles