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Nov 29, 2017, 7:13 AM

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I purchased a 2012 Honda Pilot in Late April of this year. It was a Honda certified car and upon purchase I was given a list of literally hundreds of checks that had been done on the car. I drove the car for about 6 weeks on the tweedy at moderate speeds 65 mph or so. Six weeks after purchase, I drove out of state and got to higher speeds 75-80 mph. I noticed significant shimmy when applying brakes at higher speeds. I was out of town for nearly four months, and I am taking the car to the dealership today. Do I have a legitimate argument that the repair ought to be covered under certified warranty? I also bought an extended warranty at significant expense. My understanding is that rotors last from 30k to 70k miles, and the car had 42k miles on it when I purchased it. Shouldn't their inspection have included a drive at highway speeds to test the brake system. Signed frustrated in Phoenix.

Tom Greenleaf
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Nov 29, 2017, 7:45 AM

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OK - 42K IMO many brakes lining would be ready for a "brake job" and might have been machined for new BEFORE you got it. They are then just that much thinner and braking is incredibly HEAT which warps rotors in this case bet fronts as they do 70% of the work and just hotter in AZ plus higher speed use they couldn't take it. They can be checked for "run-out" or see blue on some that have sustained excessive heat.

When found see what your possible coverage is if any but suspect you will need to totally redo the front brakes (w new rotors) a strong educated guess with that history,


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Nov 29, 2017, 7:59 AM

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The only way that would have been found is either by using a dial indicator on each rotor to measure runout but I expect a tech on flat rate would never take that much time to do that. Driving it at those speeds in the highway would have also disclosed the problem but I'm sure the shop would have restrictions against driving a customer's car that fast also so Yes, I think you have a legitimate claim to replace the rotors at no cost. Don't let them simply resurface them as the problem will return even sooner after removing more metal.


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