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    Pulsing brakes

    So this isn't the first time this has happened. I was driving down a long hill and my brakes started pulsing. I should note I do not ride my brakes. I use smooth occasional brakes. The further I got down the hill the worse the pulsing got and the less effective they were. It got to the point where I was concerned I would not be able to stop. At the bottom of the hill I pulled into a gas station and let the car sit for a little bit. I didn't drive much after that but as someone that drives a lot of hills I'm concern.

    Could this just be overheating of the brake pads/rotors/drums? Or is this a sign of a warped rotor although there isn't a noticeable issue through normal driving?

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    Mine was doing this when slowing from highway speeds starting at around 10k miles. Can you say SAFETY ISSUE!!!!

    After 3 trips to the service department and getting GM involved. All they did was turn the rotors. Yeah, it stopped the problem (temporarily) but it also took life off of my rotors.

    I've had many other problems with this crappy car too. All GM did was offer me free oil changes and tire rotations. Its a joke.

    The first chance I get I'm getting out of this car and never going back to Chevy.
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    cmackvr6 - have you tried a different dealership service department? Service department quality is all over the map. Dealerships are independently owned and it shows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by obermd View Post
    cmackvr6 - have you tried a different dealership service department? Service department quality is all over the map. Dealerships are independently owned and it shows.
    I've tried two. The problem is I work full time and I'm a student. Frankly, I don't have time to run around begging for loaner cars and arguing with these service departments/GM "district specialists". They are all a waste of time. It would be more cost effective for me to take a loss on the car and get back into a car that will not give me any further problems. Even Stacy from GM that lurks these forums, who was helping me initially, has gone strangely silent now.

    I'm done with GM. I'm getting rid of this car and moving on. I have never had so much trouble and lack of support with a brand new car or even a used car for that matter. Very disappointed.

    Any time I see these threads, I always contribute. So maybe someone from GM will figure out there are batches of cars that came off the line with major defects that should be addressed.
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    Honestly I love my cruze and tomorrow is the one year anniversary of picking it up and I will be hitting 25k miles! Besides soft paint this is the only issue I've had and I will bring my cruze into the dealership on Friday. I'm just a little worried since I have a 400 miles trip back home tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cavere View Post
    Honestly I love my cruze and tomorrow is the one year anniversary of picking it up and I will be hitting 25k miles! Besides soft paint this is the only issue I've had and I will bring my cruze into the dealership on Friday. I'm just a little worried since I have a 400 miles trip back home tomorrow.

    I hope you make it there safely and they take care of you. Happy yours is working out for you. I wish I could say the same.
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    might not be related to your problem but... I just yesterday watched a goss's garage segment on motor week yesterday and he addressed 2 different possibilities for brake and pedal pulsation. The first was possible reason being, 1) a stubburn layer of rust being on the brake disks from sitting outside or on the dealer's lot for extended periods of time. However the rust doesnt get where the brake pad was, causing a pulsation because of the thin layer of rust being uniform across the brake disk except where the brake pad was. He said you have to sand the rust off the disk breaks and it should fix it. The other possible reason is a twisted brake caliper hose when the caliper is put on wrong. Solution being to take off the caliper and put it on the correct way, so that the break hose isnt twisted and so that the hose is straight and runs parallel.

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    I have warped rotors at 8000 miles. Usually only noticeable at highway speeds.
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    My brakes give a little pulsing from highway speeds - car stops fine just not super smooth. At this point not worth a dealer visit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blk88verde View Post
    My brakes give a little pulsing from highway speeds - car stops fine just not super smooth. At this point not worth a dealer visit.
    I visited the dealer and they said "we took it out on the highway and braked hard; didn't feel anything". I had non-car savvy people 3 people in my car that noticed it and asked why my brand-new car was pulling already.



    At this point, I've got to schedule a time to go drive it (probably on the weekend) with a flipping service advisor.
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