When I go to slow down and step on my brakes the front end shimmies, is it the brakes? I also have 18" rims and low profile tires on my car, someone had told me that when u have those there are certain brakes or something is that true?
If you can feel it in the brake peddle when you push on it, then your brake rotors are warped. Putting new pads and rotors in will solve this. Is caused by braking too hard (driving really fast to a stop sign and stopping in the last few feet). I have heard a few times that some people upgrade to a better brake when they increase wheel size, but I do not think that is a problem in you case.
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You should check the dust shield on the caliper. Sometimes they get bent inward especially if driving in deep snow. It is just a thin piece of sheet steel that protects the inside of the brake rotor. Hope this helps.
Ther is usually no warning light, but if you hear squeeling they might need to be changed. Another way to check them is if when you step on the brakes to slow down you may feel a little shimmy in the front wheels which mean that the front brakes are doing most of the slowing down and that the rear brakes are worn.