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Constant replacement of rear rotors

I have a 2002 Chevrolet Camaro SS. The car has approximately 41,000 miles. I have replaced the rear rotors four times. I also feel like the car does not brake properly because it takes too much effort. When I brake, the car vibrates and seems like its hard to stop. If I replace the rear rotors, not the pads or the front, it will brake fine for about 7.000 miles. I first felt like I was sold a bad set of rotors, but it's hard to believe every set has been bad. Can anyone help? Thank you Chuck.

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  • badcompany1 Nov 19, 2008

    I replaced the calipers, rotors, and center hose. I manually bleed the brakes and everything works great. thanks

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First i would the car to a professional auto repair shop and have the brakes evaluated. you may have to pay a small fee, but it will pay for itself in the long run. it sounds like the rear calipers are sticking or dragging, or the parking brake is also dragging. the rear calipers are actuated, they stop the car in normal braking and they also are used when the parking brake is applied, the caliper piston will move out and keep the car from rolling when the parking brake is applied. worst case senerio you may need to replace the rear calipers, caliper brackets, rear brake hoses and both rear rotors, unless they can be resurfaced. the vibration or pulsation is more than likely excessive runout or thickness variation in these rotors from the calipers dragging (not releasing). also if the car takes too much effort to stop and you have had to replace these rotors 4 times, that is not normal. have a repair shop check to see if the brake fluid is contaminated. a good and quick sign to check for contamination is if the rubber under the brake fluid cap is distorted.please do not drive this vehicle until it is checked out by a professional auto repair shop. thanks

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