Steering wheel shakes when braking 2006 Odyssey

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4 years 7 months ago - 7 months 4 weeks ago #116711 by Jim5468
Last year replaced the brakes on 2006 Honda Odyssey. The rotors were turned down. Recently the steering wheel begins to shake while applying the brakes approximately 20 - 30 mph. Are the rotors warped or is it something else?

Replaced the rotorsl with new premium namebranded aftermarkets. To my surprise, there shaking wheel returned after like 500 miles. The brakes were replaced again entirely with Honda OEMs and after 3000 thousands are fine. The dealer did suggest some time ago that the power steering rack needed to be replaced. This was not done and the steering is currently fine.

The reason aftermarket did not work on this van was because these vehicles are heavy like trucks. They harder on the brakes than cars. Aftermarkets are not as thick on the rotors and heat up and warp under the heat of friction. This causes the steering to shake and does put stress on the rack n pinion steering.
Last edit: 7 months 4 weeks ago by Jim5468.

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4 years 7 months ago #116771 by Tri9SS
I would check the rotors. sometimes when you get them turned they are thiner and there is more of a chance of warpage. I would start there, check them if warped I would replace with new ones. good luck.

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4 years 7 months ago #116796 by RogueTeddy
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More then likely it will be your rotors being warped and your pads "skimming" across the unever surface of the rotor. ☺

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4 months 4 weeks ago #201219 by Jim5468
Well same vehicle and steering wheel shaking again. The 2006 Odyssey with 140k miles has maybe 15000 miles on these brakes. New tires were installed about 6000 miles ago and I suspect the torque applied to the wheel nuts were uneven. Apparently properly torqued wheel nuts can cause uneven wear on front brake rotors. Moreover, Honda’s do have a history of brake pads and rotors prematurely warp or wear unevenly. Can someone comment on this issue? Thanks.

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4 months 4 weeks ago #201234 by hondaguy453
Replied by hondaguy453 on topic Steering wheel shakes when braking 2006 Odyssey
It sounds like your rotors are warped once again. Does the vehicle pull to the left or right during braking? If it does, your caliper could be seizing, either due to the caliper itself or the soft brake line.

A bad wheel bearing can also cause heat to build up on one wheel, thus causing the rotor to warp. I've seen this a few times.

Driving habits, location, freeway compared to street driving can all affect how long your brakes will last. Especially driving habits.

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4 months 4 weeks ago #201239 by rahuljones
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One tire shop near my place kept warping my brake disc by using impact on putting the wheels back. Later I switched shops to a shop where they torque the wheel nuts and I never had the same problem again.

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4 months 4 weeks ago - 4 months 4 weeks ago #201245 by hondaguy453
Replied by hondaguy453 on topic Steering wheel shakes when braking 2006 Odyssey
As I mentioned above, does the vehicle pull to the side while you’re braking?

Do you hear any low frequency humming while driving? If you do, does it get louder when you turn left or right?

For some reason I thought you were the OP rahul lol. I apologize. I had the edit the comment hahaha.

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2 months 1 week ago #202208 by Jim5468
Yes. I purchased the Honda Drum and Rotors but good aftermarket pads for front and back. Once disassembled, found the pads rusted quite a bit (from now being parked outside in New England) and seized to the calipers. Once replaced all new, problem fixed. Found over the years the Honda Drums and Rotors expensive but worth it as they last better as the vans are very heavy vehicles.

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2 months 1 week ago #202209 by Jim5468
No. Did not hear any humming or pulling to the left or right just shaking quite a bit when braking. My driving has changed recently and spend a lot of time commuting daily in heavy highway traffic.

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