Brake rotors that unfairly get wonky and vibrate

I have two Nissan Versas of nearly identical make (2007 and 2010).
On both, the OEM brake rotors both got wonky at about 70K miles. They started vibrating when brakes applied at say 45mph+.
When it happened to the 2007, I replaced discs with “Max” brand non-OEM discs and pads, which still work smoothly at 120K+, though I think I’ve replaced the pads once since.
However, when it first happened to the 2010, also at about 70K miles, I replaced them with the same make of “Max” discs and pads, but the vibration has started again after only about 10K or 15K miles.
These are nearly identical cars, so it’s “not fair” for the 2010!
Any suggestions on:
(1) What else could cause rotors to go wonky so early on the 2010?
(2) What non-OEM brands might be best for resisting this sort of wonkiness?

  1. crappy rotors
  2. buy the best quality rotors you can find. Generally those are the most expensive.

The quality of aftermarket rotors has gotten very poor, especially the cheap ones.


You also could have sticking calipers or parking braked that can overheat the rotors, especially if you live where they salt the roads.


Possible corroded wheel hub face and or wheel not allowing the rotor is be flush up against the wheel hub??..

1 Like

Do any of the wheels seem overly hot after a drive where you didn’t use the brakes very much? Vibrations like this are usually caused by warped rotors, & excess heat is what warps the rotors. Driving habits can also be a factor. Are the driver & vehicle a consistent pair? As far as rotor quality, they are made of some sort a steel alloy I presume; but there are many different types of steel alloys, and more than one way to manufacture them; some are more expensive than the other.

1 Like

Who drives the 2010 Versa? Some of our customers warp their brake rotors in the first 10,000 miles on a new car.

Hi George–
How do you tell if a wheel is overly hot?

Drivers on both cars are a comparable mix of myself, my wife, and a son. But probably we have taken the 2010 on more long distance highway trips (higher speeds, perhaps higher temperatures on braking??) The 2007 we use mostly in town.

OK, will check for that on replacement.

I’ll lube the caliper slides on replacement. Would brake pad wear be uneven if caliper is sticking?

Anything that can measure temperature would work. I do it by touch myself, I start by just holding the back of my hand near the wheel to tell if it is really hot, b/c if the wheel is very hot it could cause a skin burn by actually touching it. Since you have one vehicle with the problem and the other without, you could compare one against the other.

Both vehicles use automatic transmissions I presume.

1 Like

A bit of advice . . .

Do NOT install Wagner Thermoquiet brakes

Under no circumstances

I’ve never had as many problems as with that brand

Noise AND warped rotors

They’re absolutely horrendous


I regularly warped the rotors on my old 2013 Camry, But I know it was my driving :wink:

Hi George, or anyone reading. I just realized a probably important factoid. The car with the current warped rotor sometimes pulls to the left slightly. This happens intermittently and resolves quickly, so I just stopped thinking about it. I suppose that’s evidence of partial caliper sticking. If that’s the case, then I suppose I would notice higher temperature on the left rotor than on the right, and probably more pad wear on the left brake than on the right. Is that correct? If I just replaced the whole left caliper, then are there any good non-OEM brands that might be worth considering?

Centric is usually okay

1 Like

The mainline Centric stuff is quality parts that I regularly used without issues. The economy C-Tek line is for used car lots and I recommend you stay away from that.


Sometimes not properly bedding in the new brake pads into the new brake rotors will cause brake pedal vibration.


1 Like