Last post on Jun 24, 2013 at 5:12 PM
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#57 of 64 Re: 2003 Matrix - pulsating brakes [mwc979]
Jan 24, 2011 (4:51 pm)
I posted exactly the same problem before. I finally found another personal with the same experience. Mine is 2003 Matrix xR, too. I still have not figured out the cause. It shakes like crazy when I brake at above 55MPH. I am about to change the front brakes and rotors. Not sure if this will work. Any advice from anyone?
#58 of 64 Re: 2003 Matrix - pulsating brakes 
Feb 14, 2011 (8:04 am)
I have the same problem but on a 2003 Vibe. 139k miles on it. This will be the fifth set up brake pads for the front as I today am having new brake pads put on again and turning rotors (which are new in last year) again. I did have a bad brake caliper which was causing wear on the front driver side brake pad. Did you find anything with the wheel hubs. Other than the door lock actuators this is the only problem Ive really had.
#59 of 64 Re: 2003 Matrix - pulsating brakes [kathychung]
Feb 14, 2011 (8:07 am)
Replacing front brakes and/or turning or replacing rotors does fix it....but it seems to come back within 15,000 miles for me. It didn't start happening on mine until about 80k. Mine is about 55mph and I believe that is a sign of warped rotors. What I can't figure out is why they are warping so quickly and I do seem to go through front brakes much faster on this car than my other vehicles in the past.
#60 of 64 Re: 2003 Matrix - pulsating brakes [mwc979]
Jun 15, 2011 (12:39 pm)
My 2003 Matrix AWD has a similar brake problem, but mine will act like warped rotors only part of the time! The first few times they acted like this was in the rain and after I had been driving for miles without touching the brakes! Weird! Now they act up after continued braking, I live in the Ozarks we have hills! So, I've never had warped rotor symptoms on any vehicle that go away. Once the rotor are warped, they are warped! What the heck is going on? I'm ready to buy after market front brakes, rotors calipers and all. Anyone know a good brand? You can spend as much as you want, I don't want to buy another car, just fix the brakes.
#61 of 64 Re: Matrix brakes [floorshift]
Nov 29, 2011 (9:16 am)
Just replaced Back brakes 40,000 km and now need to do the front 46,000 km. never in my life have I replaced back brakes before the front 2009 matrix bought new
#62 of 64 Re: Matrix brakes [ravor]
Dec 03, 2011 (7:38 pm)
Before they did the back brakes the only way to remove the back wheels (to put snow tires on) was with a rubber hammer as the wheels would not come off. After the brake job they come off like a normal wheel does - think the wheels interacted with the brakes cover and may be causing problems with them
#63 of 64 Re: 2003 Matrix - pulsating brakes [fritz49]
Apr 15, 2012 (11:34 am)
I have a 2002 Matrix and have the same intermittant. Did you ever find out what was causing this?
Jun 24, 2013 (5:12 pm)
I just bought a used Matrix today. 2006 38K miles. Brakes seem fine but I have been reading about the warped rotor syndrome mentioned in MANY of the posts here. I have a 1999 Jeep Cherokee that did the same thing. It was common for that vehicle. It is a problem with the aluminum materials used to manufacture the rotors. The aluminum rotors heat up with normal driving, braking, or both and the problem occurs when you drive through cold puddles, ice and snow, or both with the hot rotors. Instant warp. I replaced the rotors in my Jeep MANY times before my mechanic decided to try cast iron rotors made in China. Problem solved. Haven't had the problem in over 6 years now. If my Matrix acquires the problem, I will immediately go with the cheaper cast iron rotors. Hope this helps.