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#1 Pirategirl

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 10:47 PM

Hi guys!

 

I was hoping to come back with pics of mods and something more cheerful!  Sadly I seem to have another problem!

 

My car has started juddering when applying the brakes.  Mainly when slowing down on motorway or dual carriageway as opposed to city driving.

 

Any ideas of what this could be?  It only started happening today and really hope that it is not quite as costly as the 'glow plug' incident.

 

Any thoughts greatly welcomed.

 

 

Amanda :)



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Posted 04 July 2013 - 02:04 PM

unfortunately it sounds like you have warped discs!

 

If you take the wheels off and rotate the disks watching the brake pad, you may well see that one point rolls closer to the pad than the rest of the disk, even a milimeter of warp will cause a bad wobble!



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Posted 04 July 2013 - 04:37 PM

The alloys are bad for buckling may need balanced

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 05:32 PM

does the pedal judder?



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Posted 04 July 2013 - 07:41 PM

Could be warped disks, a damaged disk (chunk out of it), unbalanced alloys, combination of 2 or more :P

 

That'd be where I'd start looking!



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Posted 06 July 2013 - 07:58 PM

unfortunately it sounds like you have warped discs!

 

If you take the wheels off and rotate the disks watching the brake pad, you may well see that one point rolls closer to the pad than the rest of the disk, even a milimeter of warp will cause a bad wobble!

 

Hi Jeebowhite,

 

Thanks for your response.  Is it expensive?  I have found a good garage since my last issue, so could take it there.  They are on the trusted traders website, so do trust them.

 

Also, is it detrimental to continue driving it?  I only usually drive a mile or so to work, and not noticing it then.

 

 

Amanda :mellow:



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Posted 06 July 2013 - 08:00 PM

The alloys are bad for buckling may need balanced

 

Hi Arthur,

 

Is this common on F Focus?  If it's just balancing I would be happy with that. Could take it to my local 'selecta tyre' to get that sorted.  I suppose it is a good place to start.

 

Thank you for responding to me.

 

 

Amanda :)



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Posted 06 July 2013 - 08:01 PM

does the pedal judder?

 

Hi John,

 

No judder on the pedal that I have noticed, but will check for that next time I am in it.

 

So would that be re balancing or worse?

 

 

Amanda :(



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Posted 06 July 2013 - 08:02 PM

its not expensive to have the wheels checked and balanced and since there off the guy can spin the disk and see if its warped sounds like the wheels though



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Posted 06 July 2013 - 08:03 PM

Could be warped disks, a damaged disk (chunk out of it), unbalanced alloys, combination of 2 or more :P

 

That'd be where I'd start looking!

 

Thanks David!

 

Will have a look.  Think I may take it to my local 'Selecta Tyre', I have been to the with my last 2 cars and seem on the level so shall start there and see what they say!

 

 

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Posted 06 July 2013 - 08:06 PM

its not expensive to have the wheels checked and balanced and since there off the guy can spin the disk and see if its warped sounds like the wheels though

 

Hi Arthur,

 

Sounds like a good place to start then!  The car is not terribly old, but old enough to start having issues I suppose.  I would rather get things checked as and when they happen, rather than run the risk of causing further damage.

 

Payday next week so shall take it in and post the diagnosis!

 

 

Thank you :D



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Posted 07 July 2013 - 09:04 AM

The focus alloys are easy to buckle pot holes are a prime cause if the wheel isnt balaced it causes vibration through the steering wheel more noticeable at low speeds if thetes vibration when using the brakes its a warped brake disk again common mainly caused by sitting in traffic with youre foot on the brake also worn ball joints or wishbone bushes can cause this they should find it easily enough whatever it ends up as

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Posted 07 July 2013 - 09:20 AM

Thanks Arthur, a few possibilities then. Will have to see what they say when I take it in.

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Posted 07 July 2013 - 10:48 AM

Most likely the disks

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Posted 07 July 2013 - 01:49 PM

I have experienced this numerous times and it wasn't the discs at all. It was just the pads. I found that new pads if they are not bedded in properly before heavy braking, overheat and cause this juddering effect every time you brake from high speeds afterwards.

 

If your discs look ok, just change the pads and take it easy for the first few hundred miles.



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