Front Brake Rotor Wear Can Cause Pulsations on Toyota 4Runner

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: 145,277 (20,000–256,000)
15 model years affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, more1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2012, 2013
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My 2000 Toyota 4Runner steering vibrates around 65 mph I have done tire balancing numerous times and replacing rotors. I have taken it to countless mechanics, suspension specialist shops etc. problem still exists.
Bought Used 4Runner. Brakes pulsated very roughly when applied. Took to Midas for Inspection. $1850 estimate to replace front brake pads and rotors, rear shoes, cv joints and a few "cracked" belts. Took the truck to my mechanic; $650 in parts and labor. Midas lied about the rear shoes needing replacement as they were practically brand new. Belts showed no signs of wear or cracking. Find a good mechanic you can trust and give him or her your business!!!!
Exactly how it says... when medium braking there is a shimmy in the front as the vehicle comes to a stop. I had the pads changed to ceramic and new rotors installed and viola - shimmy pulsation is gone.
The problem with shimmy or wobble of front wheels under braking, pronounced on downhill slope, can be FIXED in most cases with a RESURFACING of your front brake rotors, combined with new front pads. Total cost is ~200 US. This fix is much cheaper than buying new rotors, so ask the technician to check if your existing rotors can be resurfaced before you have them replaced.
Yes, that is a true statement. I still have not had them replaced just yet, but I know i have to get them done