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#61 of 113 Re: Brake chatter [szirger]
Dec 08, 2006 (4:36 pm)
overtorqued lug nuts. They should be at 65 ft lbs.
#62 of 113 Re: Brake chatter [once_for_all]
Dec 08, 2006 (10:31 pm)
Thanks, I'll check it myself tomorrow and make any adjustments as needed.
#63 of 113 Re: Brake chatter [szirger]
Dec 09, 2006 (9:48 am)
I adjusted the torque and the problem still occurs when braking over bumps or semi-rough road. Any other ideas?
#64 of 113 Rotor Thickness
Dec 09, 2006 (12:40 pm)
I have a 2004 Forester 25XS. Can anyone tell me the Original Equipment thickness of the Front Rotors & Rear Rotors -- new ?? I know the Fronts are thicker -- but, that's all. Also, what is the minimum thickness allowed -- if they were to be surfaced ?? I just did my 60k service, and my dealer told me that my pads were at 2mm -- and, needed replacing. I should have waited until they squeeled, but I didn't. Instead, I stupidly took the car to "Break Team." They tried to sell me new rotors. Seems a scam to me. Anyway, that's another story. Thanks for the rotor specs. Joe
#65 of 113 Re: Rotor Thickness [joe4ther]
Dec 09, 2006 (1:19 pm)
60,000 certainly isn't too soon for brakes. Personally, I usually replace the rotors with the brakes, as they aren't that much "extra", and as long as I have it all apart, why not?
Same applies to having them done, you have already paid two-thirds of the labor cost just replacing the pads.
#66 of 113 Re: Brake chatter [szirger]
Dec 09, 2006 (7:06 pm)
well, maybe a wheel bearing. I would jack up the wheels and start checking for something loose.
I am doing my brakes in a month or two so maybe I will have a better idea then.
#67 of 113 Re: Brake chatter [szirger]
Dec 11, 2006 (7:46 am)
With new pads, make sure you go through a break-in cycle.
Basically you find an open, empty road and slow down from 60 or so down to about 5 mph without stopping. Then speed up, wait a minute for them to cool, and repeat. Don't come to a full stop, though.
Sorry that's a bit vague, but I read about that when I changed my pads and did that to get them seated properly. My brakes are perfectly quiet and smooth.
I don't think the bumps are good, get them broken in first on a smooth road.
Worth a try.
#68 of 113 Re: Brake chatter [szirger]
Dec 11, 2006 (11:56 am)
It's probably a tire issue, not a brake issue. If you are going over bumps while applying the brakes on a car with bad tires, you'll get the jitteryness.
#69 of 113 Re: Brake chatter [paisan]
Dec 12, 2006 (7:48 pm)
Thanks to all for the replies. I am going in the day after tomorrow to get new tires and will update you then.
#70 of 113 01 Forester won't stop on ice or snowpack.
Jan 19, 2007 (2:33 pm)
I have an 01 Forester S (MT) that has never stopped very well on slippery winter roads and it seems to be getting worse. The ABS is very slow to kick in and even pumping the brakes doesn't seem to make much of a difference. The brakes lock up too easily and I've rear ended other cars as a result. One thing I noticed recently is that the weight doesn't appear to be shifting to the front of the car like it should. Anyone had a similar problem or have any thoughts. Needless to say, the dealer was no help when I complained.