I have a 2010 Honda Pilot that had a brake vibration at 30,000 miles, every time I would brake on the freeway the steering wheel would shake. The dealer replaced the pads and surfaced the discs. About 15,000 miles later it did it again! Is this normal? Did they do something wrong?
You may be looking at a sticking brake caliper, you also should lightly "pump" your brakes when stopping. I hard constant brake pedal press when coming to a complete stop can wear a set out quick.
The rotors may need to be replaced rather than resurfaced.
〉 Answered on May 7th, 2014 by Gelina Aquilina, Service Advisor / Mechanic at
The pulsation not normal, but it does happen. It is more likely to reoccur quicker after rotors are resurfaced.
The rotors (discs) are designed to dissipate heat. In order to do that, the rotors need to be above a minimum thickness. If the rotors do not cool off and get too hot. they warp. This is what causes the pulsation you are feeling.
Resurfacing the rotors will temporarily solve your pulsation, but because they are thinner after being resurfaced, it is more likely to happen again sooner than later until the rotors are replaced.
Brand new rotors are now thinner out of the box to begin with. The manufacturer's are trying to increase fuel economy by decreasing the overall weight of the vehicle, so every ounce counts.
Unfortunately, this means that the rotors are prone to warping under less severe braking than the repetitive hard stopping that used to cause this issue. You may be better off replacing the rotors when you replace the pads to prevent having to go back every 15,000 miles or less.
〉 Answered on May 7th, 2014 by Helaine Kurot, Owner/Technician at 360 Automotive