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I have a 2005 VW TDI. I have a significant shake when I apply the brakes. The shake is most noticable when the pressure is first applied. I have replaced the front rotors, and pads, also balanced and rotated the tires. I'm looking at replacing the rear pads and drain and renew all brake lines. Any other sugestions before I have to resort to the delearship?

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It can be worn control arm bushings or bad tie rods. Can also be a worn or loose wheel bearing. Look at all suspension & steering parts.

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