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At times when brakes are apply at freeway speed there is a shimmy on the steering wheel
Seems like the brake rotors are out-of-round, or warped from excessive heat build up when braking. The brake pads may be fine actually. Eventually, it wears out other parts, such as ball joints, bearings, rack and pinion and other steering components. This is a huge thing with taurus's and sable's with how the car just is. Especially when going down hill, these cars just go. I had a 99 taurus.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
One thing to check before you spring for new rotors - with a torque wrench, set to the proper setting as prescribed by Toyota, loosen and then retorque all your wheel studs. If someone put them on and just tightened them by hand without a measured torque wrench, or used an air gun on them, they could very easily put too much torque, or uneven torque, on the nuts, which would then distort the rotors and create the sensation of warpage that bear001 is talking about. If you don't have a torque wrench, stop by a garage and ask them to torque your lugs for you with the torque wrench (don't let them use an air gun, or you are wasting your time). Most places will do it for you for free, or give the guy a few bucks for the few minutes it'll require for him to do it. You have nothing to lose by trying it, and if your rotors haven't been like this for long, chances are you haven't damaged them. If doing this doesn't fix the problem, you'll have to get new rotors.
Posted on Jul 30, 2008
I hace a 19196 sable-the problem is the transaxle speed sensor-this part sends all speed info to the computer ..-First symptom(speedometer stops working and then transmission shifts erratacially and power steering becomes hard and engine light comes on..The computer on this all eletronic car cannot send proper signals to the speedo-trans-power steering and other functions without knowing how fast or slow the car is going..Have the SPEED SENSOR mounted on top of the tranaxle replaced and all will be well.Part is not to expensive.labor can vary depending whether you have 3.0OHV or DOHC engine-some cars have to have exhaust dropped to get at it-Good Luck All
Posted on Sep 15, 2008
It sounds like either warped rotors or grease/oil on the pads. Jack up the front and pull the wheels off. Turn the rotors by hand to see if the rotors turn freely, then drag, then turn freely. If there is no grease or oil on the rotor surfaces, you need to either turn or replace the rotors. The job is a royal pain in the ****, so you may want to take it to a reputable shop.
Posted on Apr 04, 2009
99% of the time this condition is caused by out of round brake rotors. You will have to either have the rotors machined if they are thick enough or replace them. If you price them out you will find that machining the rotors will only save you maybe $10-20 each.
Posted on Jun 18, 2010
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