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2002 Dodge Durango R/T 4dr 4WD

2002 Dodge Durango
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4-Wheel Drive, 4 Door, 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
12 mpg city / 16 mpg hwy
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February 18, 2013, 10:18 am

Tom W
 

Question: When I apply the breaks in my car, I get a shimmer. Why?

When I apply my breaks, I get a shimmer that I can feel in the seats and in the steering wheel. A while back,, probably about 4 months or so, I replaced the rotors in the front, break pads in the front, and the tires. All of a sudden, the shimmer became much more noticeable. Just today, I took off the rotors and had them cut. I put them back on, and put the breaks back in, put the tires on, etc... I am still getting that shimmer after all of this work. What else could it be?


February 20, 2013, 11:36 am

Elizabeth K
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If the mounting area of the rotor and the hub were not cleaned of rust and very smooth, it would cause a pulsation. And if the hubs were warped (usually caused by over-torquing of the lug nuts) that could also cause a pulsation (but you wouldn't only feel it when the brakes were applied). Assuming the rotors were resurfaced by someone who did a good job, if someone not trained installed them, you could still have the same problem.


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