Rattling Brakes

courtesy of Bob, The Auto Answer Man

Hi Bob,
I recently bought a used Toyota Avalon from a dealer. I have an issue with the brakes. When I brake from a speed of 60 mph or below I have a smooth breaking but when I break from a speed of 70 or above the whole steering rattles until the speed comes down to 50 mph.I shall remain grateful for any suggestions/expert advise.

It sounds to me like your rotors are warped. This is not an unusual condition and is a normal side effect of normal brake usage. You see, as the brakes operate, they make heat. This heat soaks its way into the metal of the rotors. Eventually, the rotors become slightly out of round (due to the heating and cooling effect). To solve your problem try the following:

1) have the rotors turned
2) try a better brand of brake pad
3) replace the rotors (last resort)
Good Luck!
Drive Safely!
Bob, The Auto Answer Man

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