Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Winston Salem, NC
Car Year: 2011
Car Model: VW GTI
Transmission: 6 MT
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.
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!
04 Foz XT
11 VW GTI + 13 FJC
Last edited by problemcat13; 01-27-2009 at 10:14 PM.