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Hi everybody,

I just bought a 2002 Ford Taurus SE with ABS brakes ( two front disc brakes and drum brakes in the back). When I apply the brakes at 40mph, the steering is shaking. The front tires are pretty new and brakes pads are still thick. Any suggestion, thanks in advance.
 

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You might try rotating your tires. I know when mine are in need of a rotation my steering wheel will shake.
 

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Originally posted by Racer X@Jan 20 2004, 05:39 PM
Your rotors are warped. Resurfacing them should alleviate the shimmy you're experiencing.
Unless the pads have uneven wear from the warped rotors. Then you might have to replace the pads as well as resurfacing the rotors.
 

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The only thing that could be is warped rotors. This is caused by excessive heat(stop and go traffic, high speed stops), hitting puddles or hosing the rotors down when they are hot, or uneven torque applyed to the lug nuts.

What I usualy do is just buy all new rotors and pads, and take neccessary precautions to prevent it again. Resurfacing the rotors is temperary and they usually warp again within 6 months. Another thing you can do is have your new rotors cryogenically treated, but that is expensive. I think it was about $75/rotor plus the cost the rotors.
 
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