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Just drove my gen for the first time in about a week, and I noticed that the steering was unusually light and rather twitchy. Also when you press on the brakes there's a pretty noticeable wobble transmitted into the steering wheel.

Any ideas what might be causing this? Or if maybe doing an alignment/ getting camber bolts would help?

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^ hmm I'll have to look into that. Anyone know on average how long the brake rotors in this car last?
 

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Just guesses but maybe the power steering system needed to be primed after sitting for so long although my GC has sat for longer periods and I've never experienced that.

As for the brakes maybe they built up a decent rust spot on the rotor in a single location? I've had that happen before but it usually goes away after some good braking or a few miles.
 

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Just guesses but maybe the power steering system needed to be primed after sitting for so long although my GC has sat for longer periods and I've never experienced that.

As for the brakes maybe they built up a decent rust spot on the rotor in a single location? I've had that happen before but it usually goes away after some good braking or a few miles.
Yea my car sat for about 2 months before Christmas and it was fine. I got up to about 50mph the other and then hit the brakes fairly hard to see if it was rust but it's exactly the same after doing it.
 

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Oh, sorry. I didn't mean that the power steering system needed to be primed by someone. I just meant maybe the oil had drained back after sitting for a while and it needed to circulate for a while to get back to normal.

But if it's still feeling this way and the brakes are still causing a wobble in the steering wheel then I'm not sure what it could be for either of them.

Maybe your rotors are warped? Or maybe they have brake fluid on them or.....I'm just not sure. :(
 

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Oh, sorry. I didn't mean that the power steering system needed to be primed by someone. I just meant maybe the oil had drained back after sitting for a while and it needed to circulate for a while to get back to normal.

But if it's still feeling this way and the brakes are still causing a wobble in the steering wheel then I'm not sure what it could be for either of them.

Maybe your rotors are warped? Or maybe they have brake fluid on them or.....I'm just not sure. :(
Well thanks for your help. I'll get the brakes checked out after the snow here goes away.
 

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Wait.....by any chance do you have the Brembo brakes? I swear I read something about them having a problem.

Also, one time I had new tires put on a 2004 Durango and when I braked I got this wobble in the steering wheel. I thought my rotors had warped so when I got it home I went to pull the front wheels off and found the right side wheel had one lug nut that was on so tight I had to get a breaker bar with 3' extension to get it off, while standing on the bar. I had no idea that a single over tightened lug nut could cause that. I loosened and properly torqued all 4 wheels lug nuts and no more wobble during braking.

Update: I just did a quick search and didn't find anything but I swear there was a discussion about the Brembo's having a bad spot on the rotor.
 

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^ I do have Brembo's. A friend of mine put the wheels back on when I got them powder-coated, but it is possible he did it wrong. Do you know what the proper torque spec is for the gen?
 

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Off the top of my head, not a clue. But I'm sure it should be in the owners manual (I don't have access to mine right now).
 

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Look in your manual, it should say something like 86 or 87.5? Don't quote me on this because I did my tires like 3 months ago when i swapped my winters... just check bud, its literally written in the manual
 

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Usually wheels go on at around 90 ft-lbs but it depends on your rims since some rims may crack at high torque levels. Make sure they are the same torque all the way around though.

By chance, do you park your car in the garage or outside? What you are describing is a symptom of ice frozen to the inside of rims, causing unbalancing and shaking at certain speeds.
 

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Brake wobble is probably warped rotors.

Steering... possibly the fluid braking down. Hows the level of the p/s fluid?
 

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Usually wheels go on at around 90 ft-lbs but it depends on your rims since some rims may crack at high torque levels. Make sure they are the same torque all the way around though.

By chance, do you park your car in the garage or outside? What you are describing is a symptom of ice frozen to the inside of rims, causing unbalancing and shaking at certain speeds.
I park outside most of the time.

Brake wobble is probably warped rotors.

Steering... possibly the fluid braking down. Hows the level of the p/s fluid?
You know I don't think I've ever checked the p/s fluid level. I'm not near my car so I can't check anything now.
 
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