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Stearing wheel is shaking when brakes applied

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Hi and welcome to FixYa I am Kelly. This is most often caused by out of true disc rotors for the brakes. Most brake shops have equipment that will turn the rotors will still installed on the car. The cost should not be more than $35.00 to just have the rotors turned. Keep in mind that they are a brake shop and will be looking for "extra" work while doing the lathe work on your rotors.

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  1. shake is caused by brake calipers tring to follow warped rotors.
  2. rotors warp when they are overheated
  3. resurface or replace front disc rotors
  4. does your altima have rear disc brakes?
  5. if not your rear brakes maybe out of adjustment
  6. rear drum brakes have a self adjusting mechanism
  7. to actuate self adjusters>
  8. While backing up at approx 20mph SLAM down hard on the brake pedel.
  9. repeat proccess 5 times
  10. if self adjusters are working the brake pedal should be firmer

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I believe you need your disk brake rotors turned to be true again or have them replaced. Whe you use your brakes a lot and kit puddles of cold water then it will warp the rotors which will cause the violent shaking. You may not feel it in the brake pedal even if it is warped rotors. If you don't think you have warped rotors then you should be very careful driving it because it will probably be in the steering sector arm or the idler arm on the steering shaft.
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Posted on Jan 04, 2009

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