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Old 02-05-2006, 09:04 AM   #1
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I bought '97 SSEI W/ 140,000 MILES, Runs Great, $1000.00 Have some small problems. Vibration rolling down hills, or anytime i'm rolling and let of the gas. I just put on 4 new Goodyears GS-H 225/60/16 & balanced Still vibrating. Any Ideas?
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warped rotors is a very good possibilty. You put on tires, did they check rotors/pads.

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Thanks for your reply! front pads almost shot, rotors look to be original. Should I start with replacing front brakes or wheel bearings.
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At the very minimum, I'd get new rotors & pads up front, rear shoes & drums might need replacement at 140K. then see how things are from there. You would hear hub assemblies (wheel bearings) sing when they begin to fail.
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Good Point! I'll start with front rotors & pads. Were can I find cheap @ available w/ good quality. Should I go with OEM pads?
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Good Point! I'll start with front rotors & pads. Were can I find cheap @ available w/ good quality. Should I go with OEM pads?
I put on alot of miles, I like ceramic pads. I never have a brake dust problem on the rims and they last abit longer than regular. I get most my parts from NAPA or AutoValue, because that'* all that available out here and I end up doing stuff on the spur of the moment or brake downs, so I just go with whats available.
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Thanks sonoma_zr2 & markwb

I'm going to jump on it today. I'll keep you posted


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OK, Went to Advance Auto Parts 2-Rotors @23.97 each, Semi-metallic front pads @36.00 for the set. Installed them Sunday afternoon. Still have some vibration around 45mph or when braking. My neighbor has the A '97 SSEI w/ 70,000 miles on it. I had him drive it he thinks it might be the axle shafts. Anybody have any idea'* on what to look for next?
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Gator...let me welcome you to the 1997 SSEi with 14X on it.

Jack the car up..put your hands at 3 and 9 on the wheel...wiggle and look for any play. Then got to 12 and 6 same thing. Anything?

And where are you located? Maybe we have a member nearby that can help.
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I would look at motor mounts. When on the gas you are keeping tension on the drive train, when rolling you the drivetrain cam move about the cabin.

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