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    Vibration after rotor change

    Hi all, got a question for you. I had my front brakes and rotors changed about a week ago and, yesterday when I took the old Dingo out on the freeway, I noticed a vibration at around 70 mph. Both the car itself and the steering wheel where vibrating, I felt the steering wheel vibrating and my passengers said they felt the vibrations in their seats (before you ask, no, they weren't "good vibrations.")

    I don't feel any vibration when braking, only at cruising speed on the freeway.

    Could something have happened when they were changing my rotors? I never noticed any vibration before having the rotors changed.

    Thank you. Daniel.
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    Always a good idea to make sure all your lug nuts are tight. It's quick to check by hand and then verify with a torque wrench later if needed.
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    That was my first thought and the lug nuts are tight (checked by hand.) I even thought they might have knocked one of the wheel balance weights off, but they all seem to be there, the outsides ones anyway.
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    Check for a broken belt or a blister in one of the tires, all 4 tires not just the front ones.
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    I may have my vibration issues crossed up, but I seem to remember something about the front hub/spindle bearings not being interchangeable between sides and causing vibration if switched?? If the shop pulled the bearings during the rotor replacement, they may have gotten them crossed between sides.

    Of course, I may be way off base here as well? not enough coffee yet!
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    Any other symptoms? or just the vibration?

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    No other symptoms, just vibration. I inspected my tires though and noticed this on the rear driver's side wheel. Not sure if it's the reason for the vibration, but it can't be normal, right?!?
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    OH SNAP! I'd remove the tire and replace it with the spare and run it around the block. While you're out, get another tire.
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    Could be one of a few things.
    1. The calipers are hit and miss with these Durangos so you may need to clean it up. When you had it off, it may have knocked some dust/dirt loose that's causing it to stick a little. I had this issue with my previous 04.
    2. It's possible one of the rotors or pads may be bad or out of spec. Cheap pads can cause this too.
    3. May be as simple as needing to flush the brake lines of air, a small bubble may be close to the end of the line.
    Since the vibration is only at highway speeds and only when braking, that tends to point to a brake issue. However, that rear tire does need to be replaced SOON!
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    That tread has a broken belt in it. Get it off the road ASAP for your own safety.
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