Warped Front Brake Rotors Can Cause Steering Wheel Shimmy on Ford Focus

Problem Description and Possible Solution

Warped front brake rotors may cause the steering wheel to shimmy when the brakes are applied. Our technicians tell us the brake rotors and pads should  be replaced to correct this concern.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 112,347 (20,599–210,000)
12 model years affected: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, more2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012
49 people reported this problem
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Getting off onto the highway when I heard something pop and fly underneath my car. Ever since then my car leans on the driver side every now and then I can smell burning, it takes a long time for my car to stop when pressing the break. The tire on my drivers side is super Hot. And while I'm driving it sounds like the tire is flat but it's not and it hesitates when I press on the gas on the passenger side of my car feels nice and smooth rotating my drivers side every crease and bump I hit I feel like a earthquake hit. And feels like my tire rod is rotating literally on the underside of my car I feel it. Help
Vibration in steering. Replacing break pads every 4-6 months. Wheel bearings
Horrible experience. All vehicles should be repaired for free.
same here wheel shakes bad
A real pronounce steering wheel shimmy when braking. The rotors were "turned" at the dealer. Charged $210.
Had to replace the front brake rotors twice in 20,000 miles
Car shakes when braking.
Ford dealership said the front brake pads have apprximately 5mm left on them, but that the rotors are warped (said it appears pads were replaced, but not rotors... causing rotors to develop a lip and wear unevenly, rendering them unsalvageable). Problem causing pulsation when braking. Wheel also shimmies.
replacing rotors once a year
since ive had my focus wagon there was a big problem with the wiring. Finally after not getting anywhere for yrs. and with b.a.r. , we changed wiring connection to the battery but still loosens after some time with my 2002.
The rear driver side door latch stopped working and door will not stay shut and driver side brakes always go out and cause wheel to pull when brakes are applied.
Les Schwab turned the rotors for $85. Problem solved (The pads were still good)
Once it happened at 100,000 miles I replaced them brakes, pads, drums rotors had to again at 120,000 and it still happens
Warped Front Brake Rotors Cause pulsating, Replace Rotors
This is the case with my car. Also the bearings went on the rear drums causing a very loud "airplane engine" sound in the back. Since Ford decided to weld the bearings to the drum I had to spring for a new drum which cost more then if I just needed the bearings.

Time for a front end brake job this weekend.....
front rotors keep warping
Hasn't been fixed--albeit it is shimmying. Like tierod is warped?