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Old 04-07-2007
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Hi to all.
I just changed my front brake pads and had the rotors turned, and heres what I did:
Put a old brake pad on the caliper and with a 'C' clamp I pressed the cylinders in, I then noticed that brake fluid was coming out of the reservoir so I took the top of and cleaned the spilled fluid. Put the rotors, the pads and the calipers back on both wheels, then the tires and pressed the pedal several times until it became stiff, then took the truck for a spin.
I have a problem now, when I press the pedal, the brake it not constant, the pedal travels up and down, and truck jerks, like when you first learned to drive a manual tranny car. I then bleed the brakes, it help a lot, and the uneven brake went almost away, but it is still there. What can I do? Looks like the passenger side wheel is the most affected, here is a pic of how the rotor looks. Thanks a lot for your help.

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Your pic didn't show up.

Make sure both of your rotors are turned evenly. I'd measure with a caliper if available in multiple spots about 1 inch in from the outer edge. Make sure it's even all the way around.

Also, make sure both of your pads are seated properly. If one is out of place it could cause irregular pressure on the rotor.
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did you use new hardware and did you clean the rust off the pad bracket under the hardware clips?. the most over looked part to a simple brake job.
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i just did my rotors and braks..but i put brand new rotors and brakes so i wouldnt have a problem
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Turning rotors is a lost cause IMO. All you do is decrease the rigidity by removing material making it more prone to damage and warping.
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^^^ its a waste of time and sometimes money if u get them resurfaced....i wouldnt sacrifice doing this when this is the only thing that stops u lol....just buy new rotors
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Old 04-11-2007
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Well, it turns out the the drivers side rotor was uneven, the resurfacing was done wrong, I bought new rotors and the problem went away, thanks to all for your opinion and time. Talk to you later.
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