What does this mean?
We’re reasonably sure your front brakes rotors are warped. The brake rotors spin with the wheel. The brake pads squeeze the brake rotors to slow the car. When the rotors become warped, the car will shake when slowing down. Common causes are from over tightening the wheels or excessive heat built up from driving (high speed stops, emergency stops, or down long hills or mountains). It can also occur from a brake caliper (the part that pushes the brake pad onto the rotor) is stuck, essentially leaving the brakes on all of the time at one wheel.
On a scale of 1 to 10, we rate this to have an urgency of 4. Some repairs have very low urgency, and we give those a 1. With these repairs, you can wait for as long as you would like, because it will not ever result in harm to you or your vehicle. These are usually cosmetic damages.
We consider a 5 to be something that will eventually need to be done, but you can likely get away with holding off for a while if other things are more pressing. However, if a repair is close to a 10 (or at a 10), this means you should NOT be driving the vehicle, and should get this repaired as soon as possible.
What happens if I wait?
Get it fixed if it shakes all of the time.
How complicated is this repair?
- This job has no tools required, and can be completed by just about anyone.
- This requires a relatively handy person, but little experience working on cars exclusively.
- This warrants an average person who’s done a fair amount of car repair. Think the weekend mechanic who’s done a brake job or two!
- At this difficulty, the average mechanic could do the job, but you wouldn't want to do it yourself without a fair amount of experience.
- This job is very specialized, requiring very expensive tools only a specialty shop has and a high level of expertise.