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Shaking steering when braking

When I am going over 50mph (more or less) and i press the brake pedal the steering wheel starts shaking

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  • fernan08 Mar 03, 2009

    only in the steering wheel, also it seems to be braking fine.

  • fernan08 Mar 04, 2009

    thanks! i hope this fix my problem!

  • cxy7758 Apr 25, 2009

    I have the same problem with '98 Toyota Camry EX 4 cyl 2.2L. If I brake when speed is 40mph or over, the steering wheel and whole car will be shaking. I checked brake pads and brake shoes are good.

  • ccn7 May 11, 2010

    Do you feel it on break peddel too?or just steering wheel.

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Your front brake rotors are most likely heat distorted. When the rotors get hot, they "warp" slightly. Then, as you brake, the rotors runs in and out of true, high spot/low spot, if you will. This is transmitted up the steering column into the wheel. Replace the front pads and rotors, and get the back brake cleaned ans adjusted properly, if you do not have rear discs. This will eliminate all of your vibrations.

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