Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: I have break pads that I want installed on my 2010 acura tl

asked by on

I get a sort of vibration I feel when applying breaks and was told it might be the abs driving application.

My car has 51000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

It is unlikely that the vibration is due to an ABS malfunction. If you do suspect that, remove the fuse powering the ABS system and test drive the car. More likely than not, the vibration will be unchanged even with ABS out of the picture. Vibration on braking is typically due to excessive thickness variation in the brake rotor, pad defects, or excessive rotor runout as installed on the hub. Thickness variation on a rotor can NOT exceed .001 inches (one-fourth the thickness of a human hair), otherwise you will feel vibration on braking and pedal pulsation. Furthermore, as installed on the wheel hub, rotor run-out must be measured by the mechanic using a dial indicator and verified to be less than .002 inches (one-half the thickness of a hair). If run-out exceeds .002 inches, the run-out must be corrected by shimming or re-indexing the rotor. Pads cannot be installed on used rotors or the pads will quickly develop irregular wear. Rotors must be resurfaced or replaced preferably with OEM (dealer supplied) rotors. To have the root cause of the brake vibration identified, and obtain an estimate of the cost of restoring your brakes to like new condition, please request a brake and suspension system diagnostic. If you have further questions or concerns, do not hesitate to re-contact YourMechanic as we are always here to help you.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Car lunges forward when gear is engaged

Hi there, thank you for writing about your 2010 Audi S5. There is a software update for the transmission/clutch controller that is supposed to correct this problem. Check with your Audi dealer for this fix. If you want to have...

Q: Brake Pedal feels loose have to push all the way down pumping it helps stop it but mostly it keeps sliding until I pull E-brake.

Hello. After replacing any brake hose or line, the brake system has to be bled of any air. Did your friend do that after installing the hose? Try bleeding the entire brake system. If the seal under the brake fluid...

Q: Car vibrates while idling

The crankshaft damper has been known to cause an engine vibration, due to it separating and getting out of balance, causing the engine to vibrate. If this is the case, it may need to be replaced. I recommend having a...

Related articles

Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.