Front Brake Rotor Wear Can Cause Pulsations on Chevrolet Malibu

Front brake rotors can wear causing a pulsation felt in the brake pedal. Our technicians often recommend replacement of the front rotors and brake pads as the best option to correct this condition.

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Average mileage: 104,400 (60,000–135,000)
8 model years affected: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, more2001, 2002, 2003, 2005
18 people reported this problem
5 people shared problem details
replaced rotors and took away the pulsing had to purschase higher grade pads to reduce how quickly the brakes needed to be changed
Same problem for me, just had rotors resurfaced. No more problem, and this was after about 75,000 miles.
had to have the brakes changed many times
I had replaced my rotors at about 35,000 miles. Around 50,000 + or even earlier I started to feel a pulsing in the brake pedal. The rotors looked ok, but I did not check them for run out. At about 60,000 it got very bad and I replaced the rotors with Bendix rotors and replaced the brake pads. Now braking is smooth.
have had the front brakes done a few times. A year ago the rotors resurfaced and now it is pulsating again when braking.
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