Vibration When Braking Due to Rotor Problem on Honda CR-V

Problem Description and Possible Solution

The front brake rotors can warp and cause a vibration when braking. The rotors will need to be machined or in cases where they are worn to thin, replaced to correct this issue.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 49,394 (3,797–190,000)
17 model years affected: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, more2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014
124 people reported this problem
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We have purchased 2013 CR-V October 2012 and in July 2013, nine months later I had to take it back to the dealer because of the wheel vibration when pushing breaks. They resurfaced rotors and tried to tell me not to ride on breaks. Really! I do extensive driving, but mostly on highway. This is my fourth car, but first time Honda, and I have never had to replace rotors. Now three months later we are having the same issue. Again the dealer claimed it is my bad driving habbits that breakes are getting overheated and now trying to charge $200. Apparently, manufacture warranty on rotors only covers 12,000 miles. We tried to tell them it has to be bad rotors from manufacture, but dealers people including general manger do not htink so. So, this is pretty much it for buying Honday in the feature.
Onniebay, welcome to my world :-) I purchased a 2012 Honda CR-V from Santa Margarita Honda in Orange County CA approximately 10 months ago. The car has 9,400 miles on it and my wife drives it 7 miles/day to go between work and home. My brake rotors are completely warped already. When I drive at freeway speeds and step on the brake the car rattles like a 6.0 earthquake and the pedal bounces like a basketball. Took it to the dealer and they said that it's driving habits that are causing the rotors to overheat so it's wear and tear (at 9,400 miles and 10 months of age -?????). Keep in mind that my wife and I are almost 50 years old and do not drive the car like a Porsche or a Ferrari especailly with two younger kids in the car. This, as any common sense person should know, is not something that should be happening this early in the game. The dealer says that they will cover resurfacing of the rotors. Again, as everyone should know, resurfacing only thins the brake disc which makes it even more vulnerable to overheating and getting warped much quicker over time. They told me that if I want to pursue new rotors that I would have to contact Honda directly. After I spent $30,000 on their car they will not even pick up the phone for me...exquisite customer service...no? I call Honda and all the rep could tell me, after my rant, is that heat is causing the warping. Thanks a bunch Einstein...could not have figured that one out w/o you!!!!! The issue is why are the rotors melting away already at not even 10,000 miles??? Will never buy a Honda again. Period. Case closed. Good luck with your case.
When you apply the brakes it sounds like a major thumping and you can feel it in the pedal. CHEAP GARBAGE materials. The car companies are all the same
stop and go affect when braking. and vibration . dealer said front brake rotors had runout on them and resurfaced rotors . that fix the pro. but again at 26000 getting back to the same problem. the manufacturer definitely has gotten a cheap supplier for these rotors and is making the consumer pay the bill for resurfacing.Also the replacement of the rotors eventually a lot sooner than normal. Thanks honda for the loyalty to your customers . It s time to go back to toyota.
When I drive it on high speed > 65 and above, after applying breaks there is clear vibrations. I still have to talk to dealer.
I have driven 6 different vehicles on the same route. Only the CR-V brakes heated to the point that the front end shuddered coming down a mouontain on a 4 lane highway. I am going to have to replace the stock rotors with vented rotors to remedy the problem. I have asked American Honda for reimbursement.
when braking at high speed and applying the brakes, the car would vibrate as if going over a rumble strip. You feel it in the steering wheel. Dealer found both front rotors warped and machined both front rotors.
no charge. So far so good.
19,000 again 24,000 miles... studder stop due to brake rotor warp.
My car was parked for 3 weeks while away. When I started driving I immediately heard and felt a bump, bump when I applied the brakes. I was shocked when the Honda service told me that all 4 brake rotors had to be turned due to rust. I still had pads left but they replaced the pads since it was only $14 more. This is my 3rd CRV and my 6th Honda. My personal driving pattern is that I am easy on brakes and seldom need replacements. This problem is obviously a defect in the brake rotors. I expect a higher quality from a Honda vehicle and I am so dissappointed. I will be writing Honda.
Started at 10,000 and got bad at 20,000. Taken it Honda Dealer on Monday 1/6/14
2012 Honda CR-V steering wheel shakes when braking at 50mph, this car is barely a year. I had a 1998 Toyota Corolla and it took ten years to have this kind of problem.
Car really shakes when braking at around 35mph or 65mph. Can't wait to get it fixed!
2013 Honda CRV 40,000 miles , has vibration when braking since about 30,000 miles. Talked to dealer service rep and he says is not a Honda issue of course. Brake pads have only 50% wear so this means to me Honda has a rotor problem with this model.
I left my car for four weeks in parking. When I drove after four weeks, car was shaking and noisy when apply break.
Virginia auto & Tire guys replaced the rotors and break pads for $1040 which is really expensive maintenance for a 4yrs old car.

Sounds like, Honda is getting parts from cheap materials from its vendors. I dont know how long these rotors will work !!!
Warped rotors and glazing on brake pads. Suggested resurface and replace pads. Cost $260 before tax.
Vibration when braking
At 20,000 miles front rotors severely warped after one emergency stop. I didn't realize that was the problem, took it to dealer they turned the rotors (not covered under warranty). now at 40,000 miles after braking hard to not hit a dog they are warped again.
So we have turned the rotors 3 times now. Still shaking like a salt shaker.. POS Honda... First time at 10 then 20 then 30,000 miles. We replaced the pads last time with turning the rotors via a TSB Honda had out on the issue. We had to pay out of pocket for the pads because our Honda dealership said it wasn't covered on warranty. So after this I was a little fed up when it happened again at 40,000. I call a different dealer and she gave me the number for Honda care. Only problem is Honda don't care other than you paying for the repair yourself. I talk to Fernando for a hour trying to explain to him that rotors are not ment to warp every 10,000 miles. I worked as a dodge tech for a couple of years and never seen junk like this as far as rotors go. He told me wasn't going to help me. I said let me talk to your supervisor. He told me to hold while he tried to locate one that was available. Bs. He came back on and said he could have a supervisor call me back on Monday or forward it to a case worker. Wow so the whole time I was arguing with this guy he wasn't even a case worker he was a middle guy that just sits there and finds every reason in the book why you issue will not be covered or helped with. Well we will see if the case worker will help. I don't want to get a new pair of junky Honda rotors though. This will be me and my wife's last Honda and strongly recommend to friends and family not to fall for this ether.
My car vibrate at the speed of 40