[Biturbos4] Shuddering brakes (StopTech) EZ fix - long

northrup northrup at crazybug.com
Tue May 31 11:00:45 EDT 2005


Parts and labor are often the high prices associated with taking your car 
to the dealer.   Assuming you are trying to fix the shudder problem,  you 
pretty muchy  have the following options - i'll try to put them in price 

1. Try doing some hard stops.  Don't do lots in a row!  maybe 3 or 4 tops 
from highway speeds down to 20-15mph.   If you do too many, you can damage 
the pads.   You will need to allow thing to cool down after doing this.  
Please also take care to try this at a safe location.  (don't slam on the 
brakes with someone right behind you!)  You may need to do this proceedure 
more than once.   Please allow sufficent time for the brakes to cool 
before repeating this proceedure.  (last time this happened to me, i did 
the stops on the way to work, then on the way home, then it was fixed)

2. you can try replacing just the front pads with a more agressive 
compound.   This may result in very dusty wheels. 

3. you can try replacing just the rotors. (speculation: a set with slots 
may or may not help prevent future shudder).

4. you can upgrade to an aftermarket solution.  FWIW, I have the 
stoptechs. There are other options available. 


On Mon, 30 May 2005, ken kgrant wrote:

> i took the car in for an oil change and had them check
> the brakes as well.  in talking with the guy he said
> ti would cost about $700 to change the brakes.  and he
> said they do not machine the rotors. for the s4s, they
> just replace the rotors. could this be the reason for
> the high price?
> ken

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