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Ford chunky braking

My car had a pulling to the left problem when I first got it, then some leaking near the transmission drivers side. Three months total in the shop under warranty and now its a residual disorder when every revolution there is a jerking motion. On the rotor are two distinct vertical marks about 10 millimeters apart. The rotor always eventually warps this way and braking jerks me once per revolution. All of Ford's loaners do the same thing. I've gone through one axle and three rotors. Mechanics swear there's nothing wrong with my car but when I jack it up and run the wheel, there's a once per revolution grinding noise, and the axle chunks the transmission forwards once per revolution. Now that I have 136000 miles on it not sure its not best to just keep replacing axles and rotors.

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    Richard M. Nov 07, 2012

    Did the concern go away when the rotors are changed?

  • David Wivagg Nov 09, 2012

    Yes, but not yes. The problem goes away only for about 3000 miles.



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I see the rotor keeps being replaced; was the caliper ever replaced? A caliper piston sticking (release very slowly or doesn't release all the way) can create all kinds of problems such as: pulling to one side, glazing and warping of rotor and uneven pad wear. Grinding noise could be pads sensor digging into rotor which will also give the rotor the vertical line you mentioned. I recommend having caliper checked to see if it's working properly. A note on purchasing rotors; you don't want to buy the cheapest ones. Go for the premium ones as they dissipate the heat better, lessening the chance for warping and glazing. Same thing goes for the pads. A majority of braking is done by the front brakes therefore you want the better quality stuff on the front. Also it's best to replace calipers, pads and rotors on both sides at the same time. If you replace one side only you will end up replacing the other side not long after. If it has not been done, you may want to have steering components checked and greased. If these parts are not greased properly it can cause grinding noise, pulling to one side just to name a few. I hope this was helpful.

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Since the rotor isn't warped. Do you have grooves in the rotor? Are the pads evenly worn? You a bad front 4X4 C/V shaft will also cause this reaction.
I would just unplug the ABS fuse and it will bypass the system to regular old-fashioned brakes.

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SOURCE: Recently had front & rear brakes replaced

Its a good idea to turn your rotors if your putting on new pads so that you get a good seat.  The steering wheel vibration may be your new pads wearing in and trying to find a good seat.  Give it another 500 miles for break in period and if you still get the problem, then replace the pads with better ones and check to see if your rotors are not warped.  Your pads will never seat correctly if your rotors are warped and make sure you use plenty of that shim goop they give you in the package before putting on the pads.

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With everything you have fixed did they start with the most common. Being a bent wheel, . Good luck on it. Sorry not much help but just hate to see some people start with the most exspencive thigs first.

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