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Q: Car shimmies when braking

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My 2004 Lexus shimmies when braking.

A: Hello, there is a good chance that you have...

Hello, there is a good chance that you have warped rotors. Warped rotors can occur due to overheating or the rotors being too thin, but most often, it’s a combination of both. Warped rotors should be repaired sooner than later, since it can cause premature wear to wheel bearings and the suspension, and an unsafe driving condition. The safest way to repair this condition is to replace the pads and rotors on the front axle. During the repair, the suspension and wheel bearings should be inspected for safe operating condition. You may need the aid of a mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, who can help inspect the suspension and replace the brakes.

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