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

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 70,492 (11,000–173,500)
15 model years affected: 1990, 1995, 1996, 1997, more1998, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
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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.
If going over 55 miles per hour and applying the brakes (normally, not fast or super slow) the steering wheel shakes. I found the Technical Service Bulletin about it that Toyota sent to their service departments. But Toyota would not accept this to be a recall or a warranty covered matter when I talked with them. They replaced brake pads and machined the rotors. They didn't charge me for the parts because I complained, but did charge for labor $186. So not sure if that was a good deal or not. Anyway, the problem stopped. But last week, at 33,500 miles I was going down a steep hill at 65 miles per hour and applied the brakes slowly and started to feel a slight shaking again. I hope this is not a recurring problem. I wish that enough people reported it and Toyota recalled the cars to fix why the rotors and pads where out so fast. I do not ride my brakes or slam them. I am an average normal driver.
Driving at 50mph steering wheel shakes when slowing down. Replace back brakes and rotors still having the same problem will have front rotors replace.
Fourth time needing to replace rotors, brakes and pads :(
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
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!
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.
Steering wheel shakes when I apply the brakes. If this is an issue with all camrys then Toyota should be paying fix it.
Steering wheel would shake driving on the highway at high speed when the brakes were applied. I took it in to a mechanic and was told that I needed a brand new rotor and the brakes changed...that was 3 years ago and today my car is in the shop having the rotor resurfaced and the brakes replaced. The mileage is now 100010. Very disappointed and will not be purchasing from Toyota in the future!
I have a 2007 Toyota Camry XLE. As with the other reports, when going down hill between 45-60 mph and braking, the steering wheel shudders. I will be taking it in to the local Toyota dealer soon for repair. If this is happening to so many Camry model cars, I think Toyota should do a recall. This is dangerous!
Over the last 20k miles I've replaced front caliper, front rotors, front brake pads, rear rotor & caliper with new pads too. I'm now replacing the front passenger side rotor for the third time in 2 years because of vibration from untrue rotor. I just ordered a set of Akebono pads for the front due to positive reviews of how they perform on the Camry.
Every 10k-20k miles. The rotors warp easily. They do not dissipate the heat well. I have avoided washing my car think the hot/cold change would prevent this. It did not. I have since changed my rotors to the cross drilled style that I purchased online (not Toyota). It's been 30k miles and no issues so far....
Braking over 45mph would start shaking, had to rotate rotor $113.00
Vibration through steering wheel over 40 mph, becomes more pronounced when applying brake. Not noticeable on cold engine.
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.
when brakes are warm, like on a downhill curvy road there is a shake or pulsing when the brakes are applied.
Shutter at stopping right at first brake change
Went to ceramic pads and new rotors
Steering wheel shudder while braking from higher speed. Has reoccurred at 106k miles.
when going down hills and put brakes on front wheels shudder
This is the 2nd or 3rd time this has happened to me in the last 75,000 miles. For some reason the brake rotors have a significant tendency to warp. I've tried changing my braking habits, checking my alignment more frequently, using my parking brake more. I've had to replace my brake rotor (not just the pads) at least once or twice, and am about to do it again. It's always the front driver wheel. I notice when it feels like I'm braking slightly when I'm not applying the brake. The wheel is emitting a lot of heat when I get out and check. If the car wasn't so reliable otherwise this would convince me to get a new car.