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car shakes when put on the brakes

On my 1998 Mercury Mountaineer the car is now shaking when I use the brakes.


  • edited August 2010
    You most likely need new front rotors. Have your brakes inspected.
  • edited August 2010
    Most likely your brake rotors are warped. Although it's sometimes possible to turn your existing rotors, they often warp again pretty quickly because they're now thinner, so it's usually best just to replace them from the start.
  • edited August 2010
    As others have said, it sounds like warped rotors. Have your mechanic check the brakes.
  • edited August 2010
    Is it ok to drive for a few days til I can get it looked at?
  • edited August 2010
    If you're careful - your braking distance is increased when you have this problem and it does abuse other parts in the front end.
  • edited August 2010
    Had the same problem on my Taurus, but with no pulsing in the brake pedal I knew it was'nt the rotors. Turned out the inner tie rod ends were shot.
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