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    Thumbs up Solved my Front end shake during Braking!!!!!!

    So I am taking my wheels off to paint them (just the stockers) and I finally got some nice weather to get the front set off. Well I found my problem!!! My rotors up front are warpped as shit. When you spin the rotor it gets coaught on the pads and then releases in other spots, so I know the heat has gotten to them. It was such a relief to figure out the problem and know it wasn't as complicated as originally thought by myself. I need to pick up new rotors and pads, so if anyone knows where I can get a pretty good deal for front rotors and pads let me know. I'm looking for just OEM replacement parts right now. I'll upgrade later. I just don't have a lot of money because my wife and I just got our loan approved for our new townhouse!!!!! I'll be moving to WVa. sometime this summer, so I just want to get the problem fixed, so I can drive the GOAT without the shakin'.

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    I'm glad to hear good news for once... I'm getting ready to change the leaking head gaskets on my mother's Alero, wish me luck, I hope it goes smoothly

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    Good to hear. Did you look at anything else under there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PartsGedder View Post
    Good to hear. Did you look at anything else under there?
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    I'm glad to hear good news for once... I'm getting ready to change the leaking head gaskets on my mother's Alero, wish me luck, I hope it goes smoothly
    PartsGedder, no I haven't seen anything else besides the warped rotors, but I'll know a lot more when I get in there to take the caliper off to paint. Once I do that I can take a look at the hub and the bushings. I've just been wrapped up in getting the front wheels ready for paint, so I haven't poked my nose in the wheel well a whole lot.

    Mark21742, Good luck with the head gasket. I had to pull the heads off my wife's '96 Ford POS Taurus and it wasn't pretty. It ended up taking a couple of days on the weekend to get it done. Funny thing is about a week and a half later we traded it in for our '05 Toyota Corrolla. All that work for a $500 trade in, LOL!!!!!!! Anyways....at least it is a GM because I've always found them more easily accessible and put together in an understandable way where Ford just throws shit into the engine bay on some of there vehicles. Just make sure you have a six pack of tasty beer in the fridge because you will definately need a cold one when your done, actually more like a cold six, LOL!!!!!

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    lol thanks, I know what you mean about the fords, my (future) wife has an 02 Ford Escort and i HATE working on it. Everytime I goto do something it fights me the whole way

    On the front end shake I agree, take the rotors in and have them turned. I know around here its around $12, defenately worth it. $104 for new ones from autozone, if yours are too bad.

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    Heh I know the feeling. I know mine are shot (big surprise!). I used to go through rotors every six months in the Camaro because of my driving style and the backroad I live on. Yours get worse in the rain? Mine for some reason feel and sound like the front end is comming apart in the rain. When it is dry just a slight shake while braking. When it rains I use the shifter alot more until I fix mine because it shakes badly.

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    if no one has, somebody should come out with a massive 4 piston caliper and 15 inch rotor for our cars

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5.7literMustangEater View Post
    So I am taking my wheels off to paint them (just the stockers) and I finally got some nice weather to get the front set off. Well I found my problem!!! My rotors up front are warpped as shit. When you spin the rotor it gets coaught on the pads and then releases in other spots, so I know the heat has gotten to them. It was such a relief to figure out the problem and know it wasn't as complicated as originally thought by myself. I need to pick up new rotors and pads, so if anyone knows where I can get a pretty good deal for front rotors and pads let me know. I'm looking for just OEM replacement parts right now. I'll upgrade later. I just don't have a lot of money because my wife and I just got our loan approved for our new townhouse!!!!! I'll be moving to WVa. sometime this summer, so I just want to get the problem fixed, so I can drive the GOAT without the shakin'.
    your the sec. i might be the third,lol. yeah thats crazy cause i think its my brakes too. not only is my braking terrible, waaaayy worse than it used to be but also when i brake to a complete stop you hear a loud grabbing noise. not like really scraping a grinding but you can feel it throughout the whole car..i believe the rotors or pads are the problem as well. And after hearing this it rrreeaaly gives me hope..also when i brake at speeds at 50+ it amplifies the shaking by three times or more
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    Some of the braking issues with the GTO are directly related to the ABS system. The only way to really bleed the ABS pump is with a Tech II tool that cycles the pump. If you don't use a Tech II you are banging your head against the wall...

    The other issue is the composition of the brake pads. Our T2 and now American Sedan Racer Chris Brannon is a raving fan of Carbotech Brake Pads. I also have a street / track pad from Carbotech and really like them on my wide-body GTO with AP Racing calipers and DBA rotors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mark21742 View Post
    if no one has, somebody should come out with a massive 4 piston caliper and 15 inch rotor for our cars
    If the available 14" dimpled & slotted Baer,Wilwood, etc brakes aren't good enough for the street...........u need some full on racing parts.
    I have just purchased & am currently waiting on my dimpled/slotted rotors (in black) for my goat. The dimpled versions are a little bit more than drilled, but have a LIFETIME warranty against warping, unlike the drilled is 2 yrs. Price was better than the cheapest Baer Decellarotors to the door. Stock size though, but with the good pads & also steel lines...........see what a diference that 6-7 hundred $ will do for ya as opposed to say $4k for a full baer set up. Just tryin to help.
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    thanks for the info madbar. now that I dumped several hundred into her ford escort I have to wait a bit to save up some money again, but when I do I defiately want to upgrade my brakes and suspension. lol I had bigger brakes on my honda civic than the stock ones on my goat and the civic was less than half the weight of the goat!

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