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I have a 1996 t-bird 4.6L

The problem is when i drive 50+mph then step on the break the steering wheel vibrates real bad like the car is going to fall apart. I still have complete control of the car and everything its just really annoying. Scares me a bit. I have ceramic brakes with about 5k on them. I never changed the rotors since ive had the car. (Has 160,000 miles). (got it at 125k) Looks like they were changed before and don't look too bad, i might have to check again tho. But the thing is the braking is nice and smooth at lower speeds. Also ive had an alignment done a year ago.


Should i just change the rotors and pads? or tie rods?

any suggestions would help..thanks
 

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Warped rotors... extremely easy to do on these cars. I had a warping rotor problem that never really went away until I did the PBR upgrade... but you can minimize the problem by bedding in new pads/rotors correctly (slowly) and having the lug nuts always torqued to spec.
 

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Make sure you get Motorcraft or better. I had duralast gold on mine (supposedly their best) they didn't last a year.
 

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I would put on new rotors and always torque the lug nuts to the proper spec using a torque wrench. Proper spec for you is 85-104 ft-lb.

Agreed with above guys, buy good quality rotors, not cheap Chinese junk.
 

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I really hope its just the rotors. i tested it out some more today on the freeway and it also vibrates the wheel even when i let off the gas from a high speed(without braking) its pretty weird. i have a feeling it could be something else. i think i want to give the new rotors a try though...tires are good also
 
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