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I have 163K miles on my 2003 Taurus. Over the past 2-3 years, I've had my brakes replaced and the front rotors are warping like crazy. They warp about 1,500 miles after they are replaced and they have been turned or replaced under warranty several times. I drive mostly highway and make it a special point not to heat up the brakes with heavy braking. I could use some help with the diagnosis as my mechanic has exausted his ideas.

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If you can see if they make an afternarket conversion kit upgrade your braking system it might cost some money inthe beginnig but in the long run you will be better off

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