I have a 2010 Honda Odyssey
with 67k miles. I've always performed all of the recommended maintenance at our dealer, and have really had a pretty trouble free van until now.
Original problem: My original problem that lead me down this path was a bad steering wheel shake at high speeds while braking. This didn't happen while going at low speeds, in general it seemed to only happen when braking down from 60-70mph or so, the wheel would shake badly and it became obvious (so I thought) that the rotors were likely warped.
I probably should have verified with the dealer or another shop, but I figured with nearly 70k I'd just replace the brakes and rotors, it's a fairly easy task. I bought new rotors/ceramic pads, and replaced the front rotors and pads, then bleed the front left and front right wheel in that order. After that is when my new issues started.
New Issue: When braking at higher speeds, the van seems to do a lot better than before, and the harder I press on the brakes the better it seems to perform (it masks the new problem), it stops very well in comparison to the old brakes/rotors and doesn't shimmy severely at higher speed. What it doesn't do well now is anything lower speed, I'd say from about 40mph and less, if I just barely ease in to the brakes, or ease in to the brakes while turning, it will get a pretty bad vibration that you can feel through the steering wheel, and it almost feels like a wheel/suspension or steering problem, but because I just put on new rotors/pads, and it only happens while braking, I'm assuming brakes might still be the issue. The issue only seems to occur when braking lightly, and seems more pronounced when turning and braking lightly around corners (15-25mph). The vibration also seems to come through the pedals, and generally I can feel it everywhere in the car, but more so through the steering column and brake pedal.
What I've done over the past few days to try to eliminate possibilities.
1: I have new Michelin tires on it, roughly about 6mo old.
2: I had the tires rotated and re-balanced yesterday to ensure that a single tire wasn't the issue, the problem persists after tire rotation and re-balance.
3: I took both front wheels off again (2nd time), removed brake calipers, cleaned the caliper pistons and bleed the front left/right wheels in that order.
4: I inspected the lower control arm and bushings/joints, all look to be in fairly good condition though I suppose I might be missing something. I'm sure a trained eye would be better.
Any thoughts are appreciated to help narrow it down.