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Sorry for the long title:

Here is the issue; when driving in wet conditions, after about 30-40 minutes on the road, all highway driving, when breaking, my front passenger wheel wobbles terribly. It starts as a shudder, and as distance becomes greater, it becomes a down right nasty wobble. I noticed it a few times about 6 months ago, but have noticed it much more lately (New England weather has been extremely rainy lately). If I pull over and chill for about 4 minutes, it seems to get better for a bit, until mileage begins to build up again. In this 4 minute pause, I used my torque wrench to make sure the lugs are properly torqued (75ftlbs).

Specs of car:

2008 Forester 2.5xt Sports 42,350 miles
Original factory installed brakes
Swift Springs
recent alignment
15" black steelies with Blizzaks

What is causing this?

I appreciate in advance any advice.


Ryan
 

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Only when braking. I have not jacked it up, but could. I also only really notice it when in wet weather. In dry, it doesn't seem to be a problem.
 

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Okay, Jacked the offending wheel up. No wobbling or anything loose. Wheel would turn as far as normal in both directions, attempted forced wiggling produced nothing strange.
 

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Could the caliper be hanging up causing pad to stay in contact with the rotor and warping it when hot?
 

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Could be broken belt in tire that gets worse as it warms up. Just about time to change to the summer/all season rubber anyways, so maybe try that. It would rule out possible tire problems. If it still persists after trying that then maybe it is a sticking caliper or the brake sliders are seized after being in the salt and sand all winter.
 
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