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Front bake judder

I have just bought a cougar and as soon as you put the brakes on it has real bad judder a job to stop the car. could you tell me what the problem is likely to be many thanks

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  • bretthw Mar 28, 2009

    I have the same shudder/growling sound coming from my right front brake. Could this be a worn sensor ring? Pads and rotors have aleady been replaced.

  • bretthw Mar 31, 2009

    A judder is when your break is coming on and off quite fast, in my case with a nice old quite loud growl sound with it.

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    What is a judder??

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I presume you mean shudder..... replace the rotors they are warped.... while you are at it put new pads on and make sure the calipers are not seized.

Robert

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