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Pontiac Grand Am Front Brake Rotor Wear Can Cause Pulsations

Pontiac Grand Am Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1990, 1991, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005

Average Mileage: 84,332 mi (20,000 mi - 169,212 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, , 39,180 mi

    been vibrating terribly when brakes applied for quite awhile, took in to and replaced rotors and front brakes.

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  • Visitor, , 169,212 mi

    I have been having to replace the brake pads and rotors, practically every 6 month's. Yesterday, all of a sudden, I suddenly lost my brakes and couldn't stop. I had a car accident. I do not know if the accelerator stuck in high temperature; or anything else could have happened that----although I hit the brakes, it did not even attempt to stop. Does this has to do with this front rotor- brake pad, problem this car has.


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  •  Rookie

    Felt pulsations and could smell something burning. Brought the car into the shop and was told front brake calipers had seized. The mechanic told me this is a fairly common problem since the factor calipers are made from aluminum which doesn't hold up for very long. So in the end had to have new calipers, rotors, and pads put on. I had just had new rotors and pads put on 10,000 miles before. Its not uncommon for this cars to burn through brake pads and rotors every 10,000-20,000 miles.

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  •  Rookie

    had to replace all 4 rotors and brakes....all is fine now.

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  • Visitor, , 60,000 mi

    this happened to me once at about 60k, and now again at around 140k

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