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When I apply brakes and slow to around 40 mph I have vibration in steering. I replaced brake pads and tires but did not help any suggestions?

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Most of the time, this vibration is caused by warped brake rotors.
It's also possible that the steering or suspension joints are worn.
These should be checked when the brakes are inspected.

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