Cadillac Owners Forum banner

Warped Brake Rotor?

1266 Views 13 Replies 6 Participants Last post by  Slipgate
I have a shaking or vibration when applying the brakes from a moderate to high speed. The front brakes were done by the dealer 2 - 3 years ago but only 7 or 8 thousand miles, maybe less put on the car since then. The dealer says warped rotors are causing the vibration which means they probably didn't turn them when they did the brakes.

Is it better to replace the rotors or can I have them turned, assuming they have never been turned and if they have that there is enough left to turn? It seems I read somewhere that it is better to just replace them on a cadillac but I can't find that thread so don't know if I read that or not.

Any issue's with O'rielly or Autozone rotors? I did read on this forum that all rotors are made in China. Probably at the same plant...

What about the pads? There should be alot of pad left (haven't looked yet), if so is it alright to reuse them or might warped rotors have damaged them in some way that is not easily visible?

Thank you for any and all advice. This is my folks car and I want to do it right (unlike the Cadillac dealership)

1 - 1 of 14 Posts
The most common problem for what you described is the rotors. For the cost of them just replace them and go from there. If they look smooth you can get away without replacing the pads like Ranger said, if they have grooves worn in them at all replace the pads too. For the cost of pads I always replace them with the rotors if they're needed or not.

The dealer isn't trying to sell you anything by saying it's warped rotors other then trying to fix the problem. Whether it can happen or not that's the most common name for that problem because of the way it feels. If they tell you the problem is dirty rotors you'd instinctively think why don't just clean them instead of trying to sell me the new part. Usually if a front caliper is sticking the car will try to pull to one side.
1 - 1 of 14 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.