Heavy brake vibration

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by JohnM, May 31, 2005.

  1. JohnM

    JohnM Guest

    While this is my first post to the group I'd like to start by saying a very
    gracious thank you for all I've learned while lurking the past few years

    I have a 1993 940 ABS/no turbo that is demonstrating some very powerful
    vibrations while braking. This happens when the brakes heat up and it gets
    worse the more I use them

    I installed new calipers and rotors (4) last summer - They calipers were
    rebuilt/loaded and have provided excellent service over the past year. The
    rotors were of high quality and the wheels have always torqued on.

    In the process of troubleshooting, I've checked bushings, shocks and
    driveshaft center bearing-- I pulled the front wheels over the weekend and
    found one seized caliper. At worst, that same problem with the rear brakes
    would be great

    I wonder if any of you have experienced anything similar or have an idea of
    what else it might be -


    JohnM, May 31, 2005
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  2. I have had a similar problem with our '85 765T when a tie rod was failing.
    The boot had torn and the lubrication was lost. The shaking was noticable
    with light brake application but became violent with moderate braking. When
    I changed the tie rod I was amazed to find the play was only a mm or so. It
    was detectable by jacking the wheel up and trying to turn it side to side
    (like steering). I could feel the play, and watching the tie rod and
    steering column (alternately) I could see the tie rod was moving when the
    steering column was not.

    Michael Pardee, Jun 1, 2005
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  3. JohnM

    Scott Guest

    Your problem is a seized caliper, which has probably warped the rotor due to
    the excessive heat that it generates dragging against the rotor while you
    drive. The caliper could have been rebuilt improperly or with poor quality
    parts (new calipers aren't that expensive), or you could have a failing
    master cylinder.

    Recommend Volvo pads and ATE rotors for the front brakes. Aftermarket rotors
    are known to warp. Your front calipers are most likely Girlings.
    Scott, Jun 1, 2005
  4. JohnM

    athol Guest

    I recently replaced all of the hoses on my 264 after experiencing a brake
    that locked on. The caliper wasn't siezed at all - crack the bleed nipple
    on the faulty circuit and the pads retracted. Pump the pedal a few times
    and it would again drag! I think that it would also release over night.

    Rubber brake hoses are rated for a life expectancy of 10 years. It is
    entirely possible for the internal lining of the hose to come away from
    the reinforcing and block the hose. The pressure of application is far
    greater than the pressure of the fluid trying to release the caliper, so
    the fluid will be forced in through the damaged hose but not be able to
    get back out...

    Mine now has a full set of (standards approved) stainless braided hoses.
    athol, Jun 1, 2005
  5. JohnM

    JohnM Guest

    I'd like to thank all of you that replied to my problem. Each reply brought
    a different perspective that I had never considered

    So now, buy some parts, do more work. We have 3 in all. Another 940 and a
    1990 740 with only 56K on it (mine!) and all of them needy in one way or

    Thanks again!


    Parts?? FCP Groton only!
    Pads?? PBRĀ® Deluxe Organic (no asbestos) And they are virtually dust free.
    I no longer have dirty alloys
    JohnM, Jun 2, 2005
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