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car feels loose when braking

Old 04-27-2019, 10:21 AM
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In the process of moving to Florida from Delaware... my '12 XKR is still up north as I am in Florida until next week before I head back up and start the packing process. OK, back to my XKR...
When braking, most noticeable at low speeds (up to 35 MPH), it feels as if the front end of the car (ie front wheels) are stopping before the rest of the car, creating a feeling as if the front wheels are going under the body of the car as I am stopping (I can feel it in the steering wheel as well). My 07 is VERY smooth when stopping. The '12 was supposed to have new brakes and rotors installed as well as upper control arm bushings replaced (I believe it was upper). When I get back up north, the car will be going to my local mechanic for a look, but I was wondering if anyone in the forum had some thoughts on the issue. Also, the brakes squeal whenever stopping - happened right after I bought the car and I originally thought the brakes needed a break-in period - no pun intended :-)
Much appreciated!
Old 04-29-2019, 09:03 AM
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How are the tires?
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Tires are very new (maybe 4 months old and 1,200 miles)
Old 04-29-2019, 10:12 AM
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Did you buy your 2012 XKR from a Jaguar dealer? If not, the seller probably installed the cheapest aftermarket pads and rotors, which is why they squeal. OEM Jaguar brake pads and rotors are quiet.

Brake noise when stopping could be caused by glazed pads. From 60 mph try hitting the brakes hard, but not a panic stop that engages the ABS, 5 or 6 times or maybe more to remove the glaze. If that doesn't work, you probably need new pads and resurfaced or new rotors.
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There should be some visible print on the pad that is exposed. Could give you a clue on what they installed.
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