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simiglen

join:2001-04-30
Simi Valley, CA

Steering wheel shakes when brakes applied

Last week I had some extra weight in my car that I usually don't have. It was in the neighborhood of 400 pounds.

When I applied the brakes the steering wheel would shake. What would cause this?


Hall
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join:2000-04-28
Germantown, OH
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400 pounds should make no difference unless you drive a "smart". I wouldn't presume that this is related.

Shaking through the steering wheel when brakes are applied is typically warped rotors.

PrntRhd
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join:2004-11-03
Fairfield, CA
reply to simiglen
Weight does not matter, shaking means pad deposition is uneven on the rotors. Needs the rotors cleaned or resurfaced depending on the severity.


TheTechGuru

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reply to simiglen
said by simiglen:

Last week I had some extra weight in my car that I usually don't have. It was in the neighborhood of 400 pounds.

When I applied the brakes the steering wheel would shake. What would cause this?

Your rotors are warped. Replace rotors with new ones. End of story.
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cdru
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said by TheTechGuru:

Your rotors are warped. Replace rotors with new ones. End of story.

Repeat after me: Rotors "warping" is a myth


mattmag
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said by cdru:

Repeat after me: Rotors "warping" is a myth

+ 1

Or even 1,000,000


EGeezer
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Several years ago my brother had a problem with a car that would do that, but only after driving several minutes without touching the brakes. the steering wheel and whole car would shudder.

It was under warranty, so he took it to the Ford dealer, who replaced the front brakes. That didn't work. He took it back several more times and even got a regional manager involved. They ultimately threw up their hands and said it was his problem.

As a stab in the dark, he took it to the guy who did my dad's auto work. He took a test drive, then a look under the hood and immediately discovered the power steering V-belt was the wrong size and was bottoming in the pulley, causing it to slip intermittently. He replaced the belt with the proper size and the problem never resurfaced.

You may not have the wrong size belt, but it could be loose or worn and stretched. Check the belt.
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neonhomer
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said by cdru See Profile
Repeat after me: Rotors "warping" is a myth
[/BQUOTE :

Did... not... know... that.

Seriously... I didn't know... I had a truck that the rotors kept "warping" on. Dealer kept telling me it was because I would get the rotors hot and then drive though water. How do you drive through water on a dry road?

What's funny though, is I remember seeing a TV program with someone from either Brembo, or another high performance brake company, and learned the break-in procedure. Every vehicle since then (this had to be around 1998 or so), I have done this to when I replaced pads, and haven't had an issue since.
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