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My 2004 Jetta GLI is starting to get wheel chatter while braking, feeling it in the steering wheel and the gut feeling that it is coming from the drivers side. I initially thought is was a warped rotor, but there were replaced a year or less ago if my memory serves me right. Still plenty of brake pad too. I was in the process of taking them off to get them turned just incase some how they got warped somehow, but decided to check to see if all the front end parts were still tight because I changed out the transmission this summer. While grabbing the hub and trying to move it up and down, it did move sightly up and down (click the video link here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58prsWYJvW0 . It appears obvious the struts need replacing because the bottom 3 coils must sit on each other because the tops and bottoms have the paint worn off and there is fresh rust on these paintless surfaces. The car will be sold off in 6 months or less, so I'm interested in change fixing the chatter, not everything that might be wrong with it.
The question of the day: do you think the rotors need turning after less than a years worth of service, or is it possible weak struts can cause what you'll see in these next two 6 secomnd videos.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwYkY9W8tgY (if you are good with your eye you'll see the steering schimmy a bit)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6OMx9AqJCE (this one you'll hear crap inside the car shake when the brakes are applied)
 

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Even though you changed the rotors, they could have worn funny since you did not change the pads. The pads need to bed into the rotor. The pads when new have that extra bedding material on them to help creat a nice surface on the rotor for then to bite on. If I do rotors but don't cha ge the pads, I always remove the pads and rough them up with some 80 grit sand paper. This frees up any metal that might be imbedded into the pad. I would get the rotors turned and just buy some cheap replacement pads so the new owner will be pleased. A good set of pads will be around $50.
 
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