Vibration up front


#1

My Toyota Tacoma front end/steering wheel vibrates when braking. Especially noticable downhills @ 30/40mph. Its a two wheel drive,not 4. I put on NEW rotors. No change. I jacked it up and lifted the tires a bit to check front susp.& balls and steering, and that appeared ok. Anyone have anything in mind?

I’ve searched our site, but discussions usually come up with rotors. Thanks.


#2

Did you actually put on the brand new rotors with your own hands? I had a shop once that tried to put somebody else’s old rotors on my car and tell me they were new! I trust brake shops less than I trust Quicky Lube shops LOL.


#3

Yes. I had previously had both a tire shop, then a Toyota dealer work on them. I had been replacing every 6 months. Then I just had them cut the last time and decided that this time I’d do the work, just in case. There was a high spot on the one’s I replaced, slight rub, so I put on new vented rotors (oem)myself. Still vibrates thru steering upon braking. So now I’m at a loss of my next step. Your experience deserves a note of whom that mechanic was to be posted here! Glad you caught him!


#4

how many miles between brake jobs? how many miles on tires.

have you rotated the tires front to back?

that would help eliminate tire separation as a contributing factor too.

have you hit any BIG potholes lately?


#5

Hi and thank you. Usually about 3-6 months between the symptoms and that’s less than 6k each time. They’ve either changed rotors or when I got dollar frustrated, I had them cut 'em to see if it would clear it up, and each time it did stop the vibration in the steering wheel upon braking. I have rotated tires. No big potholes nor emergency slams on brakes to heat them up either. The rotors on there now are less than 2 weeks old and the pads are in great shape. The vibration in the steering upon braking did not change this time with the new rotors. A friend suggested that I have ABS issues?


#6

If your ABS is activating, you would definitely feel it in the brake pedal. If the brake pedal is not pulsing rapidly, then I think that you can rule out the ABS.


#7

How many miles on the truck?


#8

Guys…this just in…tire shop says my newly installed rotors, that I did myself, were severely warped…
is this possible? Brand new, out of the box. Shop says possibly warped when I put lug nuts back on…I used a pneumatic driver…lugs on loosely, then tightened in opposite formation…any thoughts how this happened? Sound feasible???