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1998 Ford Taurus, CONSTANT trouble with the rotors overheating, and causing the to warp after VERY LIMITED DRIVING!! I have had it in for trouble shooting and repairs 9 TIMES in 14 mos (???approx)

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    Did you have the rotors turned or replaced? Did you do the work yourself or have a shop do it? If you took it to a shop, find a new competent mechanic to do the work!

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Over torqued wheels[when bolted on rotors]will do this -very important to observe wheel lug nut torque specs.

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My son has a 1997 SHO with the same issue. The VERY easy fix is to get drilled rotors for the front. Simply put, the stock rotor (same on many Taurus's of this series) is finicky if you don't keep the tires perfectly inflated and/or watch how you break, temperature variations, etc. Since putting the drilled rotors in (Pep Boys under $90 each), there have been zero problems.

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Was the fluid pressure checked in the system?Find out.That could be a bad master cylinder,regulator,colapsed lines,bad calipers,brackets,suspension ect.Was the car ever in an accident?It sounds more hydraulic but it rough from here.Have a specialist check it out.It sounds like your overdoing something pretty easy

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