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Armyboy

Steering wheel shakes when using the brakes at 65 mph - what could it be?

My Honda Accord's steering wheel shakes significantly when the brakes are applied at high speeds, like 65 mph. What could be causing this?
BlueManta:

Along with the other fine answers, I am going to add one thing, that sometimes it is a maladjustment in the automatic break mechanism, especially if it is a barely noticable quaver....peace

?mom?:

hunny says if it does it ONLY when you hit the brakes its a warped rotor...

Linda:

I thought the rotor was on the starter.

Albert Page:

Yeah it would be from a warped rotor. Essentially this can happen from regular wear and tear from the breaks or something such as it expanding and contracting really quick. (Driving on the freeway for a long time and then breaking after going through a water puddle on an exit ramp. Hot and cold)
So what happens is your rotor is turning with your wheel and on high and low areas - the break pads will pulsate inside the caliper. This causes your wheel to shake - which in turn - you feel in your steering wheel.
You have two options - get the rotor fixed if it can be. A mechanic will basicially shave off a portion of the rotor. (I forget what this is called) or you'll have to buy new ones. Your rotors will probably cost about 50 bucks a piece if you just buy new ones.
You can check prices at http://autozone.com I think or just call a mechanic if you like to spend more money. :)

Albert Page:

BTW - the rotor is basically the part you see when you take the wheel off. The shiny metal disc thing. Here is a link to autozone for a break rotor for an Accord. I don't know what year or model you have - but this will at least give you a picture.
http://www.autozone.com/selectedZip,33990/initialAction,partProductDet​ail/initialpartType,00854/initialR,1866794/initialvehicleId,2586801/sh​opping/selectZip.htm

Armyboy:

Interesting. Thanks!

Linda:

Its probably the hub. Did it just start?

Linda:

You know it could also need an alignment or balancing.

?mom?:

thats a different rotor.... brakes have rotors.... but what do I know.... hunny is a mechanic and the boys are too... and thats what they said... :)))

Linda:

I used to be a mech in the Navy and I knew that!!!
See in the Navy we had a name for idiotic slip ups like that... we called them brain farts! I generally refer to them as Blonde moments.

Suzy570:

ROTORS!..... i am no mechanic, but i have been there and done that!.... get them checked right away... dont wait like i did.... i had to replace mind instead of them being able to smooth mine out or what ever it is that they do... i ruined mine... dont wait okay

.......:

Yep. Warped rotors! Replace them and put on quality pads. DON'T get the rotors turned. If they are heat warped, the problem will return. Front brakes do 70% of your stopping and your life and other folks lifes depends on them. Get the job done right.

Melissa:

Had the same problem with my Lexus and it was a frozen calipher. I would have it checked right away.

Ed:

Probably a warped rotor.

John P:

You need a front end alignment.

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