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Old 06-19-2011, 02:26 PM   #16
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Did you use cheap drums? It sounds like just cheaply built drums to me. Sometimes its better to buy quality OE parts. Breaking in drums and what not is to create a good mating surface.
This would be my #1 suspect. I won't use any of the store brand components, they are just too cheaply made. I will use either OEM or a high quality manufacturer with a decent warranty. The constant drive to lower the price of parts has, in my opinion, crossed the line and resulted in much lower quality.

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Old 06-20-2011, 10:10 AM   #17
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Update: I had the rotors turned in the front. I am still getting a pulsation. Now I am 100% sure that the drums in the rear are the culprit. I am going to get the rear drums turned this weekend.
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Old 07-06-2011, 03:06 PM   #18
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@ D-rock, you had the most accurate advice of the group. I wish that there were more options for higher quality OM parts on island. In the struggle with parts so far I found one little shop with a stateside owner who can get OM parts, otherwise shipping is expensive and unreliable (I once had a package sit in the post office for 50 days AFTER being confirmed as arrived in ST. Thomas).

Definitely going to invest in some more tools, the mechanic situation is ridiculous.

UPDATE: The front rotors were turned (even though I am 100% sure now that they were not the culprit). The pulsating persisted for a couple of weeks. In that time I was able to narrow it down to the rear driver side drum. The roads are very steep here and the pulsating was profound. Every once in a while I could hear a sound coming from the drivers side (at slow speeds it almost sounded like a soft clicking), and I had already narrowed the problem down to the rear of the car (see previous posts). I removed the rear drivers side drum and had it turned at western auto (who was the only game in town I found that turned drums), who ironically sold me the shoddy part to begin with. The pulsating is completely gone and the brakes work fine now.

FYI: I am proof that new drums can be out of round, or any drums for that matter.

Moral of the story: Buy quality parts if you have the option.

Thank you everyone who responded for their input in the matter.

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