Front Brake Rotor Wear Can Cause Pulsations on Saturn SL1

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 134,553 (85,000–206,000)
12 model years affected: 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, more1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002
18 people reported this problem
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The stearing wheel and brake pedal would vibrate and make noise whenever it was pressed on while driving. We replaced the rotors, brake pads and drums and it has stopped.
The brake pedal and steering wheel begin to vibrate and the front end of the car as well when I would brake. I replaced the rotors and pads and the problem came back the same day. I was told that it might be because I did it myself and forgot to tune / adjust the rear drum brakes and as a result the front ended up doing all the work and got so hot that it warped.
About every 2 months i have to replace my brake pads and shoes as well as pay to get my rotors turned. It is getting ridiculous, i even replaced my calipers and CV shafts last time. 2 days later i had squealing breaks and vibrations again with reduced brake capacity.
brakes sound like metal on metal and vibrate and pulse when breaking