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What causes pulsating brakes in a 96 subaru outback legacy 2.2?

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  • janemusd Jul 19, 2009

    not while abs is engaged. we are gonna change out front rotors as they are under discard spec of .866. front brakes measure good still, and rear rotors and breaks are still measuring above discard.
    hopefully replacing the rotors will alliviate this problem.

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Assuming you are not referring to the pulsation experienced when the anti-lock braking system engages, you should replace the rotors and the pads while you are at it. The days of turning or resurfacing rotors are over. They are cheap.

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I have a 2001 chrysler sebring coupe and the brakes pulsate when I brake. However as I start to drive they aren't so noticeable and as I have been driving for a while they get worse. Everywhere I look it seems to say that warped rotors are to blame. any comments?

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Your description indicates warped rotors, if that is the case the rotors would need to be resurfaced (if they are above minimum thickness) or replaced.

Is there an electric motor noise in conjunction with the pulse? That would be an issue with the antilock braking system (ABS).

Either condition should be addressed by a qualified technician.

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One of the biggest things is that your rotors are warped and out of shape. Take it to somewhere, Les Schwab for instance. And if they aren't too warped they wont have to replaced, just re-surfaced. Trick is to do this as soon as possible so you wont have to replace the rotors. Hope it helps!

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Use emmergancy brake to see if problem is in front or rear warped rotors in front or warped drums/rotors in rear or bad cv joint

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Pulsating brakes when the pedal is applied usually indicates the brake rotors are warped. This can be repaired by having the rotors turned if they are within spec.

Posted on Jul 19, 2009

  • Moe Jul 20, 2009

    I think you will solve your pulsation with changing rotors.

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