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.
Warped front brake rotors can cause steering wheel to shudder on Toyota RAV4
4 people reported this problem
2006 Toyota RAV4 100,000 mi, Visitor
Whole front end feels like it is shaking when brakes applied at high speeds. Took it in twice for this and they can't seem to figure it out. Even told them to check brakes. Wondering if the even looked at the rotors.
2006 Toyota RAV4 90,000 mi, Visitor
Had the same problem where the steering wheel would shudder when I started to brake. In my case, this only happened when I was slowing down from highway speeds.