The Elusive Brake Judder - 2007 Honda Fit Sport Long-Term Road Test

2007 Honda Fit Long-Term Road Test

2007 Honda Fit Sport: The Elusive Brake Judder

November 05, 2007

A pulsation in the 2007 Honda Fit's brake pedal has been observed by some of our editors during its time with us. Last week I experienced it myself.

The pulsation was there on Wednesday. It was mild, and didn't require getting the brakes especially hot for the judder to materialize. Just normal braking around town would elicit it.

Then I parked the Fit at the airport for four days. When I returned and drove it home, the pedal judder was gone. Go figure.

Brake judder or pulsation is nearly always misdiagnosed as warped rotors. In reality, this phenomenon is attributable to uneven pad deposits on the rotors. This results in high spots on the rotors which make themselves known as a wobbly-feeling pedal.

Sometimes the cure is to get the brakes good and hot to even out the pad transfer. Didn't get a chance to do it this time, but I'll give it a shot next time I have the Fit.

Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor @ 18,856 miles.

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