Shaking upon braking

Tiny
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  • 2008 ACURA MDX
  • V6
  • 4WD
  • 159,000 MILES
I have had my shares of cars that needed rotors and brakes in the past. This one, the steering shakes upon slowing down, I have the feeling it isn't the rotors and brakes as it feels a bit different. Checked axles, they look good and no free play. Only a little free play in one of the wheels at 3 and 9 o'clock, usually that is what the ball joint or the tie rod? It isn't enough play to cause such vibration. I also hear clunking, so I checked the stabilizer links and both have some play that I can hear some clicking, replacing those in few days to eliminate. Tires in good shape. Rear brakes are about 15%, could that cause vibration in the front?
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Thursday, July 29th, 2021 AT 2:46 PM

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Tiny
JOE F
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Hi,

Usually, when you feel it in the steering, it is related to the front wheels/brakes. The rear are more likely to cause shaking that can you feel in the seat or floor of the vehicle.

Are you sure the ABS isn't actuating at low speeds? Is there anything you can think of that makes it better or worse?

Also, what you described (3 and 9 o'clock) is normally done when checking tie rods or other steering components not on this type of vehicle.

Do you notice any clicking if you turn the wheel when pulling out from a stop? Is there any humming sounds when driving? Does this only happen when applying the brakes?

Here is some general info about CV joints you may find of interest.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-a-cv-joint-works

Let me know.

Joe
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Thursday, July 29th, 2021 AT 10:54 PM

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