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Truck shakes when braking.

I have a 2005 F150 with 60K miles. When I apply the brakes at 45mph or higher the whole truck shakes as if something is out of balance. The shaking gradually goes away but not completely, as the truck slows. Also I cannot keep the front wheels clean, a brown dust covers them within 2 days of washing them. Any suggestions to fix this would be a great help.

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  • bf2863 Jan 23, 2009

    I have a Ford F-150 the when I apply the brakes the rear end shakes. I had the brakes changed 4 months ago.

  • Rick Byrd
    Rick Byrd May 11, 2010

    sounds like ya got a set of warped rotors there . have you had your brakes checked lately ? most shops will do a free brake inspection . johnny .

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The problem could be from the brake disk in the front that is worped, try different brake pads with different material that could have less brake dust on the rims

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