2005 Dodge Stratus Vibrates when braking

Tiny
CLAUD076
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  • 2005 DODGE STRATUS
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 64,395 MILES
My car is vibrating when braking. You can feel it in the front end of the car and in the steering wheel. It, of course, is worse when braking from higher speeds. I took my car in for brake work in Feb. And March 2009 for this problem. I got new rotars, new brake pads, new brake shoes, new struts and probably got screwed on the price. $635.70 total for all the work. I have also had the tires balanced and rotated, and I am still having the same problem. I feel like it has to be a brake problem and I am wanting to take it back to them for them to fix it right, but I am not sure if there could be somthing else that is causing this problem. Any suggestions? Could the CV joints have anything to do with it?
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Thursday, May 28th, 2009 AT 11:57 AM

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Tiny
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When did it start, did it start after the work, check your tires for bulges or out of round, the major causes of vibration is warped rotors
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Saturday, May 30th, 2009 AT 8:01 AM
Tiny
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It started before the brake work, which is why I took it in. Then a month later I took it back in because it was still vibrating, that's when they told me I needed the brake shoes also. They resurfaced the drums and replaced the brake shoes, and told me if I still have problems then it's not the brakes. And I'm still having the same problem. I'm taking it back in to have them fix again because they need to fix it right. It's only been a couple of months since I had all this brake work done, and I can tell there are already grooves in the rotars. So I don't know if they are just not doing a good job or if something else could be causing the brakes to mess up so quickly.
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Saturday, May 30th, 2009 AT 8:06 PM
Tiny
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The rotors are warp then
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Saturday, May 30th, 2009 AT 8:49 PM
Tiny
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Did you ever figure this out? I'm having the same issue, I have done he same thing I went to 4 diffrent places including the dealer and they all say my brakes are fine & my rotars are fine, what ever became of yours?
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Wednesday, June 17th, 2009 AT 8:49 AM
Tiny
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I have not found a solution just yet. I know the rotars are warped again since you can actually see grooves in them but have not taken it back in yet, because I've lost trust in the company I took it to.
I'm not sure if something else could be causing the brakes to mess up so quickly (such as CV joints, bearings, alignment) or if the place I took it to just did a bad job.
I did write a letter to the corporate office of the company to see if they are going to help me out with some sort of a refund so that I can get it fixed somewhere else.
In the meantime, I will be taking it elsewhere to see if I can get a complete brake inspection so that I will have my proof to show them when they tell me to take it back in for them to take a look at it.
Sorry that you're having the same problem. If I find a solution, I will post it so that it can possibly help someone else with a similar problem.
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Wednesday, June 17th, 2009 AT 9:41 AM
Tiny
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Thanks, I will also look for something I had a family member who I trust look at it and we could not seem to figure it out we plan to buy new rotars next weekend and put them on to see if it changes, but so far 3 places have told me nothing wrong. I will look into the CV Joints and otehr things that you mentioned to see if that may be a cause. Who ever finds the answer first please shar, thanks
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Friday, June 19th, 2009 AT 2:45 PM
Tiny
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Well I took my car to another place to have them check it out and tell me what was going on. I told them the situation that I had went through with this other company and I needed to know what was going on so I can try to get a reimbursement or something to get it fixed right somewhere else. After checking out me car, they called and told me I needed new rotars and brake pads and that would fix my problem. I told them I had just paid for this at the other company in February and have not even driven the car 6000 miles since, and they told me that the rotars and brakes did not look new.
So, I contacted the District Manager from the first business that I took it to and told him what the other business said and that apparantly I had paid for work that wasn't done. Of course he defended his company and said that another business is going to say whatever to get the business. I told him they knew they weren't getting the business because I had already paid for this with a lifetime warranty at the other company.
He of course told me to take it back in for them to have a look at. We dropped off the car and after they looked at it, the store director called me and told me that they had put new rotars and brakes in February, but that the calipers were bad and had warped the rotars. He said the calipers needed to be rebuilt, it needed an alignment, it needed the tires rotated and balanced, along with new rotars and brakepads and that should take care of it. I told him I had a place that I would get the alignment and tires rotated and balanced. He said they could rebuild the calipers for $58.95 with a lifetime warranty (since I already had a lifetime warranty on the rotars and the brakepads), then they would put on new rotars and brakes and flush the system. Sounds like a very good deal, but since I don't trust them. I told him I would take it somewhere else to fix the calipers and just to put the new rotars and brakes on. He said he wouldn't put the new rotars and brakes unless the calipers were fixed. So I told him I'd call him back, because I was going to offer the job of rebuilding the calipers to someone else and told him not to do any work because I wasn't going to pay them any more money (and because I didn't trust them). I was waiting for a return call from the other person I was getting a quote from, when the store director called me back and said they went ahead and cleaned up the calipers and put them back on and they put new rotars and brakepads and test drove it, and it was running fine for now and we could pick it up "no charge today". But he said if it starts to have the same problems, then we know it's the calipers. When we picked up the car we asked the man who was working at that time what exactly they did to the calipers, and he said we checked it out and they're fine.
It all sounded pretty fishy to me! But for now my brakes are working. I'll be taking it in to get the alignment and the tires rotated and balanced and we'll see what happens from here.
Thanks.
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Tuesday, July 14th, 2009 AT 4:22 PM
Tiny
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So do you think that I should just go ahead and replace the rotars and pads even though I have been told they were fine and the calipers also or should I just replace or have the calipers fixed?
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Wednesday, July 15th, 2009 AT 1:05 PM
Tiny
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Well, I wouldn't replace everything without being sure what is causing the problem. This type of work can really start adding up. You might just be throwing away your money if there is something deeper going on that is warping your rotars.
You probably should find someone that can do a thorough check on the whole brake system. It's hard to know who to trust though. You are probably like me and don't have someone that you can trust or else you would have already taken it to them. Even the big, chain businesses that supposedly specialize in brake systems and guarantee customer satisfaction can't be trusted. That's who I've been dealing with. And have had a horrible experience with them too!
Anyway, my guess would be that no one is probably going to give you a good and thorough brake system check for free (unless they know they are going to get your business- and even that worries me, because how do you know they are being honest in telling you what is really wrong. They want to make money). Ask around for a referral for a good mechanic in your area. When you find someone you can take it to, ask them to do a thorough check. The calipers, rotars, brakepads, and even the alignment, tire wear, etc.
I hope you find your problem. Sorry, I couldn't help you out more. Good luck!
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Wednesday, July 15th, 2009 AT 2:29 PM

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