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Toyota Camry Warped Front Brake Rotors Can Cause Steering Wheel to Shudder

Toyota Camry Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2009, 2010, 2011

Average Mileage: 65,039 mi (25,000 mi - 173,500 mi)


As the size of the Camry vehicle gets ever larger, there is a tendency to warp the front rotors. This will be felt as a shudder in the steering wheel when braking. The front rotors can be remachined, if there is sufficient material left, otherwise the front rotors will need to be replaced. It is recommended to use factory quality rotors because cheap quality rotors warp very easily and tend to squeak and squeal.

  • Visitor, , 45,000 mi

    I have a 2010 Camry Le. At 45,000 my steering wheel was shaking, I had them resurfaced. Then at 60,000 my steering was shaking so I had to buy new rotors and pads. Now at 65k I hear a noise in the wheel and take it in and they say that my wheel bearing has welded itself onto the housing and I have to replace the bearing. So over this car! Shouldn't have this many problems on a 2010!

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  • Visitor, , 31,000 mi

    When driveing on interstate highways, if I put on brakes to slow down, my steering wheel shudders. Not so often at in town speeds. Seems to have started about 30,000 miles and is getting worse.

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  • Visitor, , 34,000 mi

    Moderate pressure on brake pedal at freeway speed: The steering jumps, sometimes out of my hands. First time was 34000 mi. The dealer milled the rotors and things were fine. Now at 53000 mi, it's happening again. Now, the dealer says the rotors are purple from overheating and therefore warped. Toyota says rotors aren't covered under any warranty, but rotors should last more than 20000 - 30000 miles. My '89 Camry, rotors replaced over 200000 miles.

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  • Visitor, , 97,500 mi

    When I start to brake while upon stopping at a red light or stop sign, my steering wheel starts shaking doesn't happen every time but more than it should

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  • Visitor, , 55,000 mi

    Fourth time needing to replace rotors, brakes and pads :(

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  • Visitor, , 161,000 mi

    heavy shake on steering wheel when braking. new brake pads and rebalance wheels did not fix the problem

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  •  Rookie

    I too believe the warped rotors were caused at the manufacturer. My roommate has a 2011 Toyota Tundra and took his in right after he first got it for warped rotors. At the time, I was feeling something different when I braked but just thought that was the way the new car felt. Now I have had it for a while and my right front tires were wearing out on the outside. I got an alignment and it happened again, 3 months later. I asked if it could be my brakes and they told me "no, only alignment or lack of air" was the problem. But I had them check my brakes this time around and sure enough the rotors were warped. Somehow I think the way the rotors are being manufactured or stored is causing this problem. $800 later. Brakes & tires.

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  •  Rookie

    Issue reoccurs about a year after replacement.

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  • Visitor, , 47,000 mi


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  • Visitor, , 35,000 mi

    replace brake rotor

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