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I've got a 2002 b5.5 1.8T 5M that I bought almost a month ago. It was a VW Certified pre-owned (w/ 36k miles). When I bought it, the front tires were new, (but not the OEM Contis) and the rear tires were the original OEM Contis. I noticed some steering wheel wobble, and discovered one of the new (front) tires was out of round, and so I took it back and the dealer replaced the front tires with new OEM Contis that match the rears - and voila - steering wobble solved. Now I've noticed there is a very subtle "whub-whub-whub" sound when I drive (I only notice if I don't have the radio on) and the slightest amount of "bumpy braking" when I brake lightly and come to a slow stop - but there's no steering wheel shake at all. Since there's no steering wheel shake, I'm assuming the sound and brake wobble are coming from the rear wheels. It's probably not something an average driver would notice, but I do. There is no noticeable brake pedal flutter, nonetheless, I assume this is probably a rear brake rotor issue. Anyone know if this should this be covered by the original warranty, or is rotor trouble a wear-and-tear kind of thing that's excluded? Is there anything else you all think I ought to have checked out too... I was thinking I should ask the dealer to check for a wheel bearing problem while they've got it up on the lift to inspect the rotors. Any other suggestions would be welcomed - and also, whether this is a commonly experienced problem with the B5.5.

Thanks for any and all suggestions! Love the car.
 

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Most likely this is caused by either warped rotors or more likely pad material transfer to the rotors. You can try to have the rotors turned on a lathe to even them out but you may just have to replace either the front or rear rotors to fix it.
 
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