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Old 01-27-2009, 08:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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ok so i secretly own nd drive a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox SUV as a daily driver. lately wen i brake as to stop 4 a traffic lite or stop sign the steering wheel shakes and sum times the the vibration is felt by the passengers. can any of u guys clue me in as to wat it might be before i drive it to the shop 4 a brake inspection.
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Old 01-27-2009, 09:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
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First possibility, it could be brake pad material deposited on your rotors. You can try re-bedding your pads/rotors as a first step to avoid spending any money (search for how-to).

Second, could be your rotors warped, although most people these days say that's extremely unlikely (more likely to be prob # 1 mentioned above). You could have the rotors turned and new pads, though new rotors might only cost a few bucks more so might as well do that rather than turning them and having the problem come back shortly.

Finally, you could have a caliper piston, slide pin, etc. seizing and causing the warped rotors. Happened recently on our Honda Odyssey (of course, it has 135k miles on it). Uneven pad wear (one side more than the other on the same wheel, or when comparing right to left wheel pads) would be a sure sign, but mine didn't appear that uneven. I just realized when compressing the caliper piston that it was about impossible to move = seizing.

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Actually, some other possible causes:

1. If your lug nuts are not torqued properly (shoud be cross pattern using a proper torque wrench - NOT an air wrench by the tire monkey) it could cause this feeling or cause the rotors to be warped.

2. Rare chance it could be the wheels are warped. Happend on my 99 Foz with around 135k miles on it. Long story short, I narrowed it down to the steel OEM steel wheels when I put them back on after a year of no problems and the vibration/shimmy/warped feeling came back within a week. Warped wheels were causing problems on the rotors.

With it being such a new car, you can probably assume it's not a lot of these, but it's always good to check over everything. It's when you have recurring problems that you want to start looking at the calipers, slide pins, wheels, etc. as the root culprit.

P.S.S. Search on here for warped rotors, shaking steering wheel, and other related terms and I bet you'll find plenty of threads and advice / experience. Good luck!
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I highly enjoy doing brake work myself so I can check all these things out and avoid paying someone else $$$ for a few hours worth of work. I'd suggest you do the same; however, I've ran into unexpected problems doing brake work on previous cars (non-subies) so you've got to consider your comfort level.

Think caliper slide pin breaking off in the caliper. The night before an anniversary trip. And the local auto parts place doesn't have the slide pin for a 96 Saturn, just a 95.
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Hmm, I think the easiest solution is the get rid of it for a Forester...
Hahaha, kidding.

The above posts have pretty much summed up what it could be.
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When and where was the vehicle last serviced?
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When and where was the vehicle last serviced?
i just got this truck in november 2008. i already took it to Les Schwab Tire and Brake center for one of those free brake inspections and they told me that the truck was fine dat it actually had new pads.

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Hmm, I think the easiest solution is the get rid of it for a Forester...Hahaha, kidding.

The above posts have pretty much summed up what it could be.
psh as soon as i get the chance i will. i hecka want a Forester.
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ok so i got my brakes thoroghly inspected 2day and it just so happens that my rotors are warped
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ok so i secretly own nd drive a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox SUV as a daily driver. lately wen i brake as to stop 4 a traffic lite or stop sign the steering wheel shakes and sum times the the vibration is felt by the passengers. can any of u guys clue me in as to wat it might be before i drive it to the shop 4 a brake inspection.
We drove a chevy van like that. The brakes would heat up and warp. I'd say go buy some better pads and rotors.
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That's a good point. Ask what brand and model of pads/rotors they're going to use at the shop or bring your own based on your own research. Years ago, when I used to shop for the cheapest shop, I would also end up with the cheapest pads which would EASILY overheat. You don't have to go high-end, but avoid the bargain pads
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yeah i actually spoke directly to the mechanic doing the inspection and he said that it looks like the previous owner did the pads but didnt turn the rotors or got them refinished. the quoted me $145 for the rotors installation included in price. i would do the work myself because since its got ABS im a lil skeptical on doing the work cuz im not to familiar with the ABS "hardware". i just know its job thats it.
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