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Join Date: Jun 2002
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Re: Unhappy with BA XT Falcon
firstly, holden do twice the amount of warranty work per car as ford do, trust me, i know.
secondly, i would take it to another dealer - how the hell do 3 heater cores made by someone and fitted by ford ALL leak??? highly improbable that its a fault with the parts, im betting that its the technicians fault, either doing something wrong or not doing something at all...go to another dealer.
brake shudder is partly a fault in vehicle brake pad/disc material selection, and partly a fault of the driver.
when you drive the car the discs heat up (der) and pad material actually glues itself to the rotor as it wears away (this is normal) the problem starts when you sit at lights with the brakes on, and the pads pressed tightly against the disc - this causes a (relatively) large amount of pad material to 'glue' itself to the rotor, which causes a high spot in that rotor.
as you drive and use the brakes normally, the disc then heats up unevenly, because the high spot is subjected to higher pressures and friction than the surrounding areas of the disc, and uneven heating causes uneven expansion, which leads to warping and brake shudder.
try and modify your driving style a little and see how you go - when waiting at lights use the minimum pedal pressure possible, or let the car creep forewards 30cm every 30 seconds or so to try and even out the temp of the disc, or even put the car in neutral while you wait. this is the cheapest way to attempt to prevent this occuring again.
if that fails, try a set of non-standard brake pads (i personally love bendix metal king plus) and/or rotors - with luck you will fix the prob and have better brakes at the same time, something im sure you would appreciate anyway.
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