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When I apply the brakes while driving I experience shaking. My steering wheel shakes rapidly when I apply the brakes. When I'm coming to a complete stop after driving, lets say around 45 MPH, I notice that I DONT have a smooth stop, but rather my stop choppy. Someone told me that the 'disk' could have a dent of some sort making my stops choppy? Help?

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Generally that is an indicator of a warped disc, odd on a car that new. if is is still under a 5 year bumper to bumper, and the mileage has not been exceeded, then a dealer will most likely give and install you some new discs. go ahead and pay for a new set of pads as well as they will not be covered under warranty, and the additional labor will be zero. I would definitely take this to a dealer in case there is some type of recall on a caliper or something, toyota brakes should be good much longer before a service. if you have a bazillion miles on it though you will be paying the whole bill.

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The brake rotars are probably warped, have them turned or replaced.

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