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    Jr. Apprentice bUCKOLA's Avatar
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    Question Brakes Pulsing ?

    Hi folks,
    I was getting the typical brake pedal pulsing/ steering wheel shimmy that happens when the rotors go bad,so I changed the front rotors and discs. The pulsing/shimmy continued.
    My question is ...will the rear ( 4wheel discs) old or warped rotors also cause the steering wheel and pedal pulsing as well?
    I can see how it will make the pedal pulse but can't see how it would cause the steering wheel to shimmy.


    thanks Steve
    Last edited by bUCKOLA; 11-12-2009 at 07:24 AM.
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    you hit the first thought of warped rotors, but also check the front steering/suspension for warn parts (idler, pitman, tie rods etc). those can give you some shimmy and in the steering wheel during braking.
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    Check the tie rod ends closely, as well as the hub unit bearings. Both trouble spots on these trucks. Rear brakes can cause pulsing in the pedal too.
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    You can easily take your rotors off, and take them into a shop and have them re surfaced, i had rear brakes that did this on my 02, i just replaced everything to do with my brakes(calipers, pads, rotors). It was expensive, but fixed my problem. And really helped with my braking power.
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