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#466 of 1418 Squealing brakes
Oct 02, 2000 (2:46 am)
My mother has 1999 Saturn with 9,000 miles on it and for a few months the brakes have been squealing. I brought it back to the dealer and they tell me there is nothing wrong and then the squeal goes away for a few days and then it's back. When she turned the car around to leave my house the other day I heard what she was talking about. The brakes made a tremendous squeal again! I am bringing it back to to be looked at by the dealer but I was wondering if anyone else has had this problem and what was the cause. They say it's safe to drive but who wants a car with this kind of noise? It doesn't get any highway milage so they are telling me that's what is causing rust to build up on the brakes. Something doesn't sound right to me. Any thoughts?
Oct 02, 2000 (4:34 pm)
Yeah, squealing is normally caused by a piece of dirt attached onto - or around - the brake pads. If "rust" builds up on the pads, it is the same thing. "Rust" can be caused by not driving the car much.
Oct 02, 2000 (10:55 pm)
I have a 98 Saturn, and my brakes always squeal in the mornings and after rain. After I apply the brakes a few times it goes away. This is normal in general , and on Saturns.
#469 of 1418 squealing brakes
Oct 04, 2000 (7:27 pm)
I don't think squeals from brakes are normal per say. More cars seem to have this problem since the change over to non-asbestos pads, however, I wouldn't consider it normal. My 2000 Hyundai Accent has 6000 miles and the brakes have never squealed once, not even after 8" of rain in one day and than sitting over night to rust. All it does is make a gritty rubbing sound for the first couple times I apply the brakes until the rust has worn off. My VW Rabbit performance brake pads have only squealed when missing an anti-rattle clip and they have over 50K and 4 years on them. I think the squealing noise comes more from the caliper than the actual brake pads. If the caliper is just slightly loose or too flexible, it will allow the pads to move in their housing and thus cause the squealing. From my experiences, I would have to say that I would not consider squealing brakes to be normal and would have the dealer fix it right.
Oct 05, 2000 (12:57 am)
My brakes did not squeal at 6k either, give it time and who knows what will happen. Rattles may pop up in a few years that you never thought possible. Thats one of the reasons I get a new car every 3 years to avoid annoying things + I like having a new car as often as possible. Thinking Corolla for my next car, or an L Series.
#471 of 1418 Saturn has the highest owner loyalty in the Industry
Oct 11, 2000 (1:48 am)
According to an article from the detroit news, Saturn has the highest owner loyalty rate in the industry, 1 in 3 Saturn buyers return to buy another one. A new SUV offers great hope for the company and sales are up 21 % this year.
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#472 of 1418 Saturn overheating
Oct 23, 2000 (7:40 pm)
I had a problem with the overheating. Every time I would stop in the traffic where my car would idle for a long time it would overheat. Even in the winter time I was forced to turn my air conditioner on so that the fan would be and it would cool it down. I took my car to the mechanic and it turned out to be my sensor. It didn't read the right temperature so the computer didn't turn the cooling fan on. It's been a year since I replaced my sensor and my car works fine without overheating. I hope this helps anyone.
#473 of 1418 Saturn service
Oct 24, 2000 (1:42 am)
Ranked #2 by JD powers for customer satisfaction.
Overall satisfaction ranked by consumer reports - Saturn #1
Oct 24, 2000 (4:58 pm)
I am going to buy that new Saturn SUV when it comes out. I think Saturn is one of the best automakers in the world.
Oct 26, 2000 (1:55 am)
I hope you had or let the mechanic replace the thermostat in your Saturn when he rplaced the coolant temperature sensor. It has been my experience that once the engine overheats that the thermostat doesn't work properly, either the engine runs hotter or runs cooler and both affect gas mileage.