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Question steering wheel shakes when braking

Why is this ? What do i need to do to fix this ?
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post #2 of 18 Old 05-08-2014, 10:55 AM
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95% of the time, this means your brake rotors are warped and need to be resurfaced or replaced. When you do that it would also be a good idea to have the pads inspected and/or replaced.
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95% of the time, this means your brake rotors are warped and need to be resurfaced or replaced. When you do that it would also be a good idea to have the pads inspected and/or replaced.
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also as a side note install preferably slotted rotors, drilled/slotted are ok. They reduce heat and reduce break wear and reduce warpage.

I wouldn't run drilled rotors on a street car they take longer to warm up the pads so you wont stop as well. Also install a good quality pad. I would recommend EBC ultimax(60$) or for a little more aggressive pad ebc greenstuff pads (80$)

Ebc also offers slotted rotors they are more on the high end starting around 210$ but I see no reason to try out some ebay ones first around 80$
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I forgot to add, depending on how you will use your car and/or how long you intend to keep it, there are several options you can go with your brake job. The very basic is using "OEM quality" parts, which is quite adequate for normal everyday driving. Not advisable to go any cheaper (i.e. "economy" parts), its not worth it. If you plan to keep your car for a while (say 50K+ miles), I'd recommend using conventional "Premium" rotors and pads. If you plan to drive the car hard, you can go all out and get slotted rotors, etc. Obviously there is a sliding scale for the part prices. Fancy parts can cost 2-3X higher than conventional parts. Labor should be the same for what ever level parts you use.

BTW, unless you know the seller, I would strongly recommend AGAINST eBay parts as there are just too many low quality knock-offs out there. I would suggest getting your parts locally from a NAPA Store or equivalent, if you do it yourself. Nothing wrong also with going to a nationwide brake service chain (Speedy, Midas, etc.) . I'm sure you can find a coupon online to save a few bucks.
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You have to realize most parts on ebay now have a warranty? So if the seller sells a bad part and wont warranty it ebay will take the money directly from there acct and put it in yours. Ive had no problems with parts off ebay you just have to know what your buying.

A lot of times the parts you get off ebay are the same ones you get at napa with a different box.

A large percent of products in this county are shipped over in containers sent to a repackaging facility to remove the chinese written boxes and labels into english ones then sold to distributors across the country.

Unless your buying name brand parts like acdelco or etc, napa/echlin, duralast, and whatever orielys are are all cheapo chinese crap, period and your paying 20% just for them to stock it in there store. I know as I ran a shop and have bought thousands of parts over the years. Ill explain how the auto parts world works.

Heres how it works I buy brake pads from o'reilly's for 50$ they would sell them to you for 60$ but since you want me to supply them i wont tell you how much i pay. Ill mark them up 40% to you cuz hey i need to make a profit of of everything i do and your to lazy to go buy your own parts. So those pads now cost 70$. But Hey you coulda got the identical ones off ebay for 35$ there just no name parts.

Also midas and jiffy lube and whoever call up napa or o'reilly's to get there parts.

But basically you have to buy what you comfortable with.

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.....But basically you have to buy what you comfortable with.
Your statement is absolutely right, jswilson.

However in my case, if my brakes fail and I hurt or kill someone, I just don't want my money back, I want to be able to sue someone.
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Markup is the trade's bread and butter... always will always has been. It applies to anything you can sell really, but it is specifically important in the automotive trade. An oil change is a loss leader in the industry, it's why you always get recommendations to do this and that every time you go in for a LOF.
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Vibration from steering column flex coupling

In my 2009 Versa, I am getting wobble and vibration in the steering wheel when I brake. A local tire dealer diagnosed steering column flex coupling and gave a hefty estimate of over $500 and also said I needed a new engine mount. Any info on this forum on how to replace the flex coupling?
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In my 2009 Versa, I am getting wobble and vibration in the steering wheel when I brake. A local tire dealer diagnosed steering column flex coupling and gave a hefty estimate of over $500 and also said I needed a new engine mount. Any info on this forum on how to replace the flex coupling?
The price quoted is in the ball park, but first make sure that in needs to be changed out. This is an old thread, but another poster mentioned the possibility of warped rotors, which would have been my first guess also. Don't know the last time your brakes were serviced, but it may be time to have them checked prior to taking on the flex coupling. I looked around on to see if I could come up with a step by step video or the shop manual on making the repair, but came up empty. Good luck!!!
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