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You need to first isolate the breaking problem between the front and the rear . Here's how to do it: While driving about 30mph on a straight road , put the transmission into neutral . Then , while holding the emergency brake lever in the release position , gently apply pressure to the emergency brake . Do you feel the vibration ? If yes , then you probably have out of round drums or desks on the rear axles . If you don't feel any vibration while using the emergency brake , then your problem is the front rotors . They are probably not true . Or they could have hot spots which are little bumps on the rotor surface. Have them turned on a brake lathe to correct the problem . I'm assuming you don't have a bent rim or bad wheel bearings . I hope you have already checked these things before posting your question . If not , do that first .

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