Wobble braking

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  1. MajorChally

    MajorChally Member

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    Hi all,

    For the last few months, I have been experiencing steering wheel wobble while breaking. Noticeably more so when breaking hard, seems less when just a short stop when coming to a light. I have heard that the factory rotors tend to warp easily. I have 67k on my 2012 SXT so I might expect the warping.

    Is it easier/less costly to have them pulled and resurfaced or just purchase new rotors and pads? If the latter is preferred, does anyone have ideas on brand/manufacturer? I do a lot of drag racing in the spring, summer months. I am thinking of going with the vented type, no drill or slot.

    Appreciate the knowledge input!
     
  2. IntimidatorRT

    IntimidatorRT Moderator Staff Member

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    i have the drilled and slotted rotors on mine front and rear. love them, no problems at all, dont see why you can run them on your sxt. but with that many miles you have , they may be warped and also check your pads to see how worn they are.
     
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    Rotors and pads are so easily changed on these cars. Nothing at all like the old days when the job required mucking with tapered roller front wheel bearings. Now it's just remove the wheel, unbolt the caliper, HANG IT UP WITH A COAT HANGAR OR WIRE SO IT WON'T PUT WEIGHT ON THE BRAKE LINE, slide the rotor off. After pads are removed, use a piece of wood across each piston and a clamp to push the pistons back into their bores. Hopefully, you never added brake fluid so doing this will not cause the master cylinder to overflow. Personally, I never allow anyone to take the cover off my master cylinder.
     
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    It's not uncommon for rotors to form what is referred to as Hot Spots.These spots tend to cause the rotor to warp when heated due to hard braking. They are not necessarily warped when not heated due to braking. So it's hard to determine which rotor is the culprit.
    Not knowing how much they charge for turning the rotors these days, and considering the fact that turning removes material, which degrades the rotors further, together with the fact that the price of new rotors is not that bad, I typically just buy new ones and replace the pads while I'm at it.
     

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