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: 71,313 (11,000–173,500)
14 model years affected: 1990, 1995, 1996, 1997, more1998, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
77 people reported this problem
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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.
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!
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
Fourth time needing to replace rotors, brakes and pads :(
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.
Driving at 50mph steering wheel shakes when slowing down. Replace back brakes and rotors still having the same problem will have front rotors replace.
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!
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.
Steering wheel shakes when I apply the brakes. If this is an issue with all camrys then Toyota should be paying fix it.
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
Steering wheel shudder while braking from higher speed. Has reoccurred at 106k miles.
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!
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.
Vibration through steering wheel over 40 mph, becomes more pronounced when applying brake. Not noticeable on cold engine.
Shakes bad when the breaks are applied putting new rotors
It is like the others here have described, at over 55 mph and need to break the steering wheel shakes. I have not had it fixed yet, but I guess I will after reading these reviews.
I bought this as a lease turn in at a Toyota Dealership - I put less than 7000 of my own miles on the car, yet here I am replacing the rotors and brakes after they starting ringing (not squealing) The dealership claimed I didn't drive it enough miles and that the brakes needed to be used (!!??). An independent mechanic SHOWED me the damage to the rotors. The rear brakes were near metal on metal. I have own several Toyota's, through this dealership --- will not buy through them again. It's almost like the brakes are designed too small for the car.