I drive a 2006 Chevy Cobalt. I will simply list the symptoms I am experiencing:
- I get a horrible vibration/rattling sound in the front end of my car when I use my brakes.
- This vibration can be felt in the steering wheel and the clutch pedal
- The intensity of the vibration and the loudness of the rattling are greatest when I brake while going between approximately 40mph and 55mph. For example, if I am driving at 70mph and use my brakes, as my speed falls from 70mph to 55mph the vibration and rattling sound are minimal, perhaps even nearly nonexistent. However, as my speed approaches 55mph, the vibration and rattling sound intensify dramatically, and it’s not just the strength of the vibration, but also the rapidity at which it occurs. Then, as my speed falls from 40mph, the vibration and rattling sound dramatically fall off, quickly becoming nonexistent.
- The vibration/rattling is better or worse at a given speed depending on the terrain I’m driving on. For example, braking from 55mph to stopped on one stretch of road might cause intense vibration, while braking from 55mph to stopped on a different stretch of road might cause a vibration that is only half as intense. This can be the case even when there is seemingly no difference between the two stretches of road.
- Slowing the car by downshifting does not cause this vibration or rattling sound.
I have had the car looked at by my mechanics. I had two brand new tires put on the front of my car, and I had my alignment done. The mechanics said that my passenger side front rotor was bad, but seemed to think that the vibration was too intense to be caused by the bad rotor. They are baffled as they said they can’t find anything that is loose or that would be causing the problem.
Any help on where to have them look would be greatly, GREATLY appreciated.