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Brake and Shake

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I have a 2011 Outback with just over 21,500 miles on the clock.
Last weekend I went on a trip west on I-70 from Denver. Coming down The westbound side of Eisenhower Tunnel, east and westbound sides of Vail Pass, and Floyd Hill into Denver, I experienced a what I consider a severe wheel shake when braking.

I have been driving this route in many different cars over the last 35+ years (since Glenwood Canyon was US 6 and two lanes boys and girls) and this is the first time I have seen this happen.

I'm not 100% sure this is tied to the other shake issues our Outbacks exhibit. When driving on a flat surface at 60-70 MPH sometimes I get a very slight shake, and other times I do not - I attribute this to road surface, but may be wrong.

I have a dealer appointment next week - any thoughts would be appreciated.
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brake and shake, possible reason

I had a similar experience with my old 2000 Outback. It was a warped front brake rotor. Not noticeable on the flats, but severe when trying to slow down coming down a steep grade on I5 in northern California. Rotor replaced and no more problem. Usual cause is excessive heat from too aggressive braking (like having to slow quickly for a slow car in front of you) or continuous braking coming down hills. Have your dealer put a dial indicator on each rotor and check the run out. Hope this helps you narrow down the problem.
 

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