My car shimmies and shakes like hell when I brake.
Well, when I brake, going anywhere from 55-80 mph, the car will shimmy and the steering wheel will shake badly. Anything under 50 mph, the car feels fine. I have some abnormal tire wear, due to the fact that I have not had an alignment for three years, but it is really not that bad. For the brakes, I have stock Accord rotors up front with stock pads, and there is still a lot of pad left. For the rear, I have the stock POS drums with some cheap Rebestos pads. They are relatively new. I am thinking that maybe my rotors are warped and need to be turned. Is there a way to tell visibly if the rotors are warped? What can be causing the shimmy? Thanks.
Re: My car shimmies and shakes like hell when I brake. (accord55)
I would bet the farm that your rotors are warped up front. You can't see the warping, but my 94 Prelude had a similar but less pronounced problem. I figured the rotors were shot so I just replaced the rotors. I would suggest at the least getting them resurfaced or examined. The tech will recommend a replacement or a resurfacing based on how bad it is.
Just one of those sucky things. Don't let it get'cha down.
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