THROBBING brake pedal

Hi all: My 2000 Focus brake pedal pulsates VERY badly when applied. At 140 thousand miles, we've had the front disc pads replaced a couple of times, and the rears (shoes?) once.
I have to get this done quickly, so I'm taking parts to my mechanic, who is honest (and expensive). Cannot wait while he tracks down parts. I THINK I need: 2 front rotors, 2 calipers, pads, brake shoes (rear), and maybe (??) drums, wheel cylinder kits (4?), wheel bearings? Also getting the shocks replaced, with cheap Gabriels...so dumb I'm not sure if has struts on the front...:+( If I take it to the mechanic and just say "do it please" it will be a thousand dollars, take a week, but it will be done right... I need it done in 1-2 days, and much cheaper... I really want the pulsating to stop, and don't mind new pads/shoes/bleeding... can any of these parts be bought at a junkyard? any help is greatly appreciated - thanks!! paul
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snipped-for-privacy@earthlink.net wrote:

Just the front pads and never the rotors? I'm pretty sure that your rotors are warped and with that many miles, they're shot.

You can get rotors from a junkyard, but be careful what you buy. You might end up with ones that are just as bad as what you have on your car.
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On 24 Dec 2004 05:14:07 -0800, snipped-for-privacy@earthlink.net wrote:

IMHO:
Couple of things that could cause this. Missaligned rotors and calipers. Out of round rotors. Warped rotors. You should have a qualified person check them out, because it sucks when the car doesn't want to start, and it's even worse when the car doesn't want to stop.
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Pulsing is caused by the front rotors being warped. Do you mean to say that you have gone 140k miles on your first set of rotors? They are way overdue to be replaced. They cost under a hundred dollars to buy and less than an hour's work to install. Generally a good idea to replace the pads at the same time.
You can get this done quickly and cheaply at any of the big chain places, (they will have the parts on hand) but by all means go to your mechanic if you prefer.
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Used to have this problem on my car (UK Model), had the disc's (rotor's) replaced - no more problems after that.
Don't go to a junkyard - buy new ones, is it really worth buying second hand parts just to save a little money on an important safety feature of your car?
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In alt.autos.ford.focus snipped-for-privacy@earthlink.net:

140k miles or roughly 224.000 km the rotors are more then done and need to be replaced with the pads. It's a shame that whomever replaced the pads didn't demanded to change the rotors, wouldn't bring my car there again.

IIRC all Focus have 4 disc brakes (over here).

Dunno "junkyard", usually you can safely buy pads/rotors from a few companies that deliver parts to the automobile industry. Over here Ie. "textar". "junkyard" sounds a bit like already used parts? While this is no problem with something like a door or so, wouldn't get the most critical parts like brakes used.
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Michael Heiming wrote:

Not in the USA.

I wouldn't buy brake pads from a junkyard, but a set of low mileage rotors, why not? Once you install new rotors and run them for a week, aren't they also used? Nowt wrong with parts from a breakers if they're within spec, and rotors are very easy to check for thickness in situ.
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Can you easily measure if the rotors have more unbalance then they must? No you can't. Can you easily measure if those rotors have hair cracks? No you can't. So, it can't be safely suggested to get used rotors.
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