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Wobble and grind when braking

(1997 Ford Taurus)
in Brookline, MA on October 21, 2009
When braking at speeds over 30 the car wobbles slightly and quickly back and forth and as it slows down to a stop it feels like the brake catches and releases the tire repeatedly. The brake pads themselves are new but I wonder if the rotor might be damaged and if so how essential it is that I get it repaired.
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on October 21, 2009
The rotors are probably the cause. They will need to be checked to see if they can be machined or replaced, and the suspension should also be checked for wear.
The problem with leaving this is that you have decreased braking ability and control, especially during panic stops, which is when you need it most.
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