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While heavily applying the brakes at high speed the truck shakes.

When going (45+) while applying the brakes moderate to heavy the truck shakes bad. I had new front brakes and rotors put on and the problem continues...any ideas?

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  • davee2448 Feb 26, 2009

    They replaced the front brakes and rotors twice and it still does it. Is it possible that it could be it the rear brakes? (drum type)

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If the front of the truck is doing all the shaking then the front brakes are doing all the stoppong. You need to check the rear brakes and change if neccessary. If they do not need to be changed then you should adjust them accordingly. I hope this helps. Don.t forget to rate my answer, thanks.

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Could be excessive play in your bearings as this would give you a swaying effect while breaking. if not that do you bang up and down curbs a lot? if so then you can damage the track rod ends. hopefully not the case. did you also slam on the brakes shortly after having them changed? if so then you might have manged to warp the discs.

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    scott rimmer Feb 26, 2009

    not really? if ywhile stopping you should feel vibration throuhg the steering wheel or something like indicating that it is the front, ive never seen back brakes make the vehicle shudder while braking? you should be able to feel either through the wheel or through the floor if the front is to blame.

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