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Saturn SL2 Front Brake Rotor Wear Can Cause Pulsations

Saturn SL2 Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002

Average Mileage: 119,788 mi (17,442 mi - 180,000 mi)


Front brake rotors can wear causing a pulsation felt in the brake pedal. Our technicians tell us this condition is best corrected by replacement of the front rotors and brake pads.

  • Visitor, , 140,000 mi

    brakes pulsate when i come a hard stop .. and when im stoping i think my alternator is bad becouse my lights flicker and my exhaust starts to make funny noise and i have brand new exhaust flowmasters done by an exhaust teck as well my lights flicker when i try to draw to mutch power from my chargeing system and any time

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  • Visitor, , 96,000 mi

    Front rotors wore out, and I knew it too because I heard a repeated ka-thunk sound when I applied the brakes, and it pushed up against my brake pedal a little. Had em replaced and it's all better.

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  •  Enthusiast

    I have the exact same issue with the pulsing. Call me crazy, but I actually like it for two reasons:

    1) If I am driving in snow/ice I can instantly feel when the wheels lock up.

    2) It makes me feel more connected to what's happening with the car while I am breaking.


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  • Lion2k9, , 137,235 mi

    I feel Brake petal pulsation when I step on it.

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  • Visitor, , 180,000 mi

    I have had to put on 3 sets of rotors in the last 25,000 miles (1 year, nearly all freeway miles). They warped quickly. Even upgrading to slotted and drilled rotors, they get red hot quickly. I don't ride the brake and the shops claim there is nothing wrong.

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