I have the same issue. And it is a serious safety issue especially in the snow - you cannot stop smoothly.
I have completely re-done the front brakes. New rotors, pads etc. Run-out is <.002". Completely bleed/flushed the brakes (I have a pressure bleeder).
Last night I noticed and verified the issue is worse when the rear brake shoes are out of adjustment. Basically I get a long pedal with a sudden jolt. If I adjust the brakes it is much more progressive stop. Now that I think about it perhaps that is why after a long trip (like a 4 hr drive to the beach in stop and go traffic) the harsh braking seems to be worse. I'm using Performance Friction pads on the front and they tend to be soft when cold. Add that to a rear that tends to be harsh and you have a making for brake problem.
I'm going to measure the run-out on my rear axle (on the flange) and then install new brake drums (unless I can figure out how to measure the roundness of the current brake drums.)
BTW, my rear brakes and shoes look perfect - in fact maybe look too good. Have your dealer check the run-out on the drums and check the drum for roundness.
Just an FYI, Stainless Steel Brakes makes a disk brake conversion kit. If you search the web I think you can find if for $600. Make this whole problem go away. (And get a new, different set of problems :) )
The next question that I have no idea about is: How did it get this way?
Wednesday, September 9th, 2009 AT 2:37 PM