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Drum Brakes on a 99 Taurus; wobble the car?

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    Hey guys,

    My fiance's car's drum brakes wobble the car and shake the steering wheel pretty fierce when we brake anywhere above 60 mph. Thoughts?

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    Loose or bad steering components come to mind

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    My guess is that the drums have nothing to do with the steering, as they'd be on the back of the car. Perhaps some SERIOUSLY warped rotors? Had a cousin with an Olds Alero that had a stupid-bad steering wheel wobble while braking, the rotors were way warped, needed replacing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zapper2003 View Post
    My guess is that the drums have nothing to do with the steering, as they'd be on the back of the car. Perhaps some SERIOUSLY warped rotors?
    +1 A lot of alignment shops offer free inspections. If the car's brakes have never been serviced while she's owned it I would get new brakes pads/shoes and rotors/drums and ask the mechanic to check for loose/worn suspension and steering components.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zapper2003 View Post
    My guess is that the drums have nothing to do with the steering, as they'd be on the back of the car. Perhaps some SERIOUSLY warped rotors? Had a cousin with an Olds Alero that had a stupid-bad steering wheel wobble while braking, the rotors were way warped, needed replacing.
    Well guess again

    http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Why_would_...g_wheel_wobble

    We're talking steering wheel shake I believe
    May be the rotors.....but with the age of the vehicle I would definately check for bad steering components
    Struts, tie rod ends, pitman arm, ball joints, wheel bearings etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rbob93 View Post
    Well guess again

    http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Why_would_...g_wheel_wobble

    We're talking steering wheel shake I believe
    May be the rotors.....but with the age of the vehicle I would definately check for bad steering components
    Struts, tie rod ends, pitman arm, ball joints, wheel bearings etc.
    I don't think anybody disputed worn out suspension components, as a matter of fact, I suggested that in post #4. Out of balance rotating assemblies such as bent or unbalanced rims would be felt regardless of brake application. I believe Zapper was referring to rear drums affecting steering wobble. The link you posted does specify front for most of its causes.
    Last edited by LS1_TA_2002; 05-08-2007 at 10:38 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LS1_TA_2002 View Post
    I don't think anybody disputed worn out suspension components, as a matter of fact, I suggested that in post #4. Out of balance rotating assemblies such as bent or unbalanced rims would be felt regardless of brake application. I believe rbobb was referring to rear drums affecting steering wobble. The link you posted does specify front for most of its causes.
    I agree the drums are on the rear.....I felt we were missing the point of bad steering components as a possibility

    But it's not the first time I've been mistaken
    And my apologies if I appeared rash

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    No harm no foul. I actually meant to use zappers name not yours, sorry.

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    sounds like warped or chipped rotors. I've seen rotors have a chunk missing out them but if it's that bad you would be able to feel it at slower speeds. I would look at the front rotors first. Not that it can't be suspension components just that in my experience any problems you feel in the steering wheel when the brakes are applied are normally a front brake issue.

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