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Hi everyone. I've had my 07 Si Sedan for about 2-3 months now, and only recently have I been noticing the "strange" to me feeling when breaking really hard.

How is ABS supposed to feel? Is it just a smooth "pump back" response on the brake pedal when its activated?

This weird "grinding" only occurs when I brake really hard, otherwise braking feels normal. Could it possibly be a broken brake pad?
 

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ABS. The Si's is quite sensitive; mine does it too.

Your brakes open and close so quickly when ABS is engaging that it feels like grinding.

From what you've said I'm 99.9999% sure it's your ABS. If you're still concerned I would take it to the dealership, there is only so much diagnosing we can do over the net.

Good luck!
 

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My car has since been traded but I too had a very severe grinding which was not ABS. It got so bad that when I braked passengers could here it clearly.

I did not even get them fixed as I knew I was trading shortly thereafter.

Funny thing as both front rotors were in decent condition with no major grooves etc.
 

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Sounds like ABS especially the "under hard braking" phrase.

However...I can't necessarily rule out a cracked brake pad though....
 
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