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#1 of 49 Suzuki Aerio Wagon Brake Problems & Solutions
by pf_flyer HOST
Jul 27, 2006 (5:41 am)
Get (and give) advice on Aerio brake problems here.
#2 of 49 BEARINGS AND BRAKES ??
Jan 15, 2004 (12:20 pm)
My 2002 Aerio has 20,000 miles now and we hear a clunk or moan-groan-crunch sound once or twice when applying the brakes hard first thing in the morning when it is cold.. Never when hot so I assume this is normal but will have tham check it at next oil change. I assume your bad bearings made noise when they overheated?? HOW MANY MILES ARE PEOPLE GETTING OUT OF THEIR FRONT BRAKE PADS ON THEIR AERIOS? I HOPE TO GET 30,000 MILES. ANY COMMENTS??
#3 of 49 Pads and Rotors
Jan 16, 2004 (8:06 am)
I needed to replace my pads and rotors at about 20,000/30,000 miles. The rotors needed to be replaced due to warping from the heat. Pads wore out probably due to the warping of the rotors.
If you think your bearings are going up take your car to a brake shop and ask how the rotors are. If their warped it is probably caused by the heat from the bearings. Make sure the dealership replaces the rotors. They will try and claim it is a regular main. problem and is not covered by warrenty, but if the bearings heated up the wheel they caused the rotor to heat up and this causes the rotor to warp. Cause and effect. If they put up to much of a complaint tell them you want to talk to the district service rep.
#4 of 49 Re: BEARINGS AND BRAKES ??
Jan 20, 2004 (11:35 pm)
My 2003 Aerio SX just turned 27K miles. At 23K miles the front brake pads had to be replaced and the rotors turned. They were worn down 90% according to the tech. Cost was $205. I took it to my nearest Suzuki dealer. I wasn't overly happy that the brakes wore out so quickly. Other FWD cars I have had lasted around 50K miles. I don't drive like a maniac and most of my driving is highway (70%). But this is the only problem I have had. I did have the occasional thunk when backing up but I never took the car in for this. Since my brake job I have never heard the thunk again.
#5 of 49 Brake problems Suzuki Esteem sedan
Jul 14, 2006 (7:45 pm)
#6 of 49 Brake problems susuki esteem sedan
Jun 03, 2006 (2:07 am)
I bought a 97 esteem used with 105,000 miles on it, loved the way it rode and ran. Then I started having problems the mechanic told me the calipers were frozen I was basicly riding the brakes all the time, he could not find anything wrong with the master cylender or anything else. we replaced the calipers and it started doing the same thing the next day when he checked it he could not find anything but it has to be the brakes again anybody had any kind of problem like this and any sugestions help me please.
#7 of 49 Re: Brake problems susuki esteem sedan [sray]
Jun 07, 2006 (6:20 am)
Obviously it was not the calipers that were causing the problem. I would say master cylinder, or brake line hose that is restricting the flow. There must be pressure. The only major problems Suzuki is known to have had with these cars is manual transmission failure and some valve train problems on the early 1.8L engine. The 1.6L is fairly bullet proof as long as you do regular valve lash adjustments and oil changes. Early 1.6L engines with distributors tend to leak oil from the distributor shaft. O rings are the cause. Many mechanics do not use O ring sealant which is a must on these engines. I would find a different mechanic.
#9 of 49 Worn-out brakes @ 8400 miles on '05 Aerio?
Aug 24, 2005 (9:50 am)
My vehicle was taken into the service dept and informed that pads were less than 10%. After my shock and disbelief, I took my vehicle to my personal mechanic who confirmed the wear & tear. My mechanic could not believe a 2005 vehicle would have this kind of brake pad wear. My suspicion is that the dealership put used brake pads on a brand new car. Has anyone else had this happen? Can anyone provide a reasonable explanation for this? All comments are welcomed.
#10 of 49 Re: Worn-out brakes @ 8400 miles on '05 Aerio? [fosterb]
Aug 25, 2005 (9:39 pm)
2) You have a REALLY GOOD braking system. Your car LITERALLY stops on a dime with the slightest touch of the pedal, producing HUGE amounts of brake dust!
3) (serious for a moment) Someone installed counterfeit brake shoes. The skills of the counterfeiters are better, and access to various technical resources is getting easier. They're finding all types of ways to sell their stuff to legitimate channels undetected (February 7th issue of Business Week, "Fakes!" May be available via http://www.businessweek.com.). But then, I think that Suzuki would have noticed if the problem is widespread.
4) Defective equipment?
I can't envision a legitimate reason why a new car should have 10% of the brake pads left after only 8000 miles.
You may want to e-mail Suzuki of America about the issue. I don't think that the pads are covered by the car's warranty (at least that's true for my 2003 vehicle), but you could prompt someone at the company to look into the issue for you.