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Shake in steering wheel

Side to side shake in steering wheel when applying brakes cannot feel anything in brake pedal,shake gets progressivly worse after each application.Vehicle has a hydra vac brake system.Becomes quite violent after 5 or 6 brake applications repeatedly

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  • mhbowen May 11, 2010

    yep,,, that would be it,,,, getting the rotors hot and running through water,,, called a quick cool,,,, results in what is known a tempered steel,,,, where the cool flash hardens the steel,,, but in this case only part of the rotor.... so when you apply the brakes part of the rotor holds and the other parts slips

    change the rotor on the front for new one's and the brake pads,,, do not have a shop grind them,, the problem will be back in a couple of months,,, try to find some rotors that have drilled,, slotted,,, groved,,,, any of the above to reduce the hard braking problems and heat buildup on the rotors

    heat buildup can be caused, if you are like my father and have learned to drive with you left foot on the brake and the right for gas,,, you or someone else that has driven the vehicle,,, is causing the problem with the rotor's overheating....

  • Stan Muller
    Stan Muller Mar 06, 2014

    could be a tire problem rotate tires one at a time see if there is any change to pin point the one causeing the problem

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What can likely cause shaking of steering.
1)-if the tyre is not at equal guage.
2)-15 xterra tyre rim is the best that came with the car.
3)- may be one tyre is bigger than another.
4)-sudden force apply of brake can cause it check brake pad.

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Sounds like your brake rotors.You dont have to feel it in the pedal to get a shake in the wheel.

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