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#160 of 313 2007 sonata bad left rear brake
Dec 25, 2009 (8:22 pm)
My 2007 Sonata has 49800 miles on it, found left rear brake worn to metal pad, left small grove in rotor. I called Concord CA Hyundai dealer, said itís not cover under warranty. OK, not a real problem, got new pads from Kragen for $20+ tax. So I changed the left rear pads then I changed the right rear pads but to find the right rear pads still in good useful condition. This tells me there is a problem with left rear brake, probably bad shim, or sticky piston on brake because both left and right rear brakes should have almost same wear on pads. I say this because I'm an aircraft mechanic. Generally, more $ working on aircraft than cars. Now I will do a more periodic inspection on my brakes since Hyundai knew they had inferior parts installed in factory but after risk management it was not worth a recall. If anyone have a serious accident due to faulty brakes and need evidence for lawsuit, I saved the original pads.
#161 of 313 Re: 2007 sonata bad left rear brake [ualamt]
Dec 26, 2009 (10:05 am)
You might want to go back to the service manager at the dealership with this additional information, as it points to a problem with the car. Brake pads aren't normally covered as they are wear items, but if there is a defect in the car, which there appears to be here, the repair should be covered. If the dealership refuses to cooperate, you could contact Hyundai Customer Service and take it "up the chain"... depending on how much time you have.
#162 of 313 Re: More Sonata thoughts [ayeu]
Dec 27, 2009 (2:19 am)
Make sure that you contact the Hyundai Service Claims unit on the Power Seat recall; they should cut you a check for the repair, since it was a warranty failure of something they recalled; yours was just an early failure.
An interesting question that needs to be asked is whether the brakes wear out prematurely on those northern cars after they've been replaced the first time; I imagine most shops aren't going to use pure Hyundai brake pads, but will use a major name brand pad. If the retail brake pads are failing too, then that's indicative of an engineering flaw; if only the OEM parts fail, and after replacement they're fine, then it was poor material choice for the first set of pads. Of course, some folks are saying it's the caliper pistons themselves; that would mean a new set of brake calipers; I'm not sure whether or not those are as readily available as aftermarket items, since they aren't wear items.
#163 of 313 Re: More Sonata thoughts [billward]
Dec 27, 2009 (10:14 am)
The power seat was repaird under warranty, i.e., no charge. I did have to drive 150 miles with the seat in the full down position propped by pillow but fortunately there were no problems. Regarding the pads, my first set seized at 11 months/21,000 miles. The dealer ($300) replaced the pads, machined the rotors and ground more clearance into the bracket/slides. You can hear all the parts moving now when I stop, but the pads still have >50% 28 months/46,000 miles later.
#164 of 313 Re: More Sonata thoughts [LASHAWN]
Jan 07, 2010 (1:01 pm)
I own two 2006 Sonatas up here in northern Minnesota. Each time it snows, the brakes stick after it is driven and then parked. The snow does not even need to accumulate. Afterwards, I have difficulty getting the car to move - even on dry pavement - once it has been parked. I have to rev the engine a little, and then "BOOM" from the brakes(or wheels) and then the car moves fine. There was one exception though: After a blizzard, the brakes barely worked even when the Sonata was operating (driving down the road) Scary! Since both Sonatas behave exactly the same, there definitely is a defect, and it is definitely unsafe. I have been thinking about writing the Attorney General's office in our state; hopefully they will know what to do with information about "unsafe" cars, etc.
#165 of 313 Re: More Sonata thoughts [ronny4]
Jan 07, 2010 (6:54 pm)
I have to believe Hyundai knows they have the problem I've encouraged the salesman who sold me my car to read this thread to understand what he's up against. (Hopefully, you're reading it, Ed!)
It's too bad that if they silently fix the problem, they've lost some buyers, including probably me.
#166 of 313 Hyunda rear brake failure
Jan 25, 2010 (6:36 pm)
My 2008 Hyundai, complete rear failure at 35000. Front pad were 9/32 rear pads were 0/32 Replaced with semi metallic pads, not OEM, and will watch to see what happens. I contacted Hyundai and they gave me their warranty bull shit.
I believe the problem is inferior material and poor design of the rear pistons. Accumulation of road gunk in the pad clips also contributes. This is a MAJOR engineering snafu. They definitey need a recall.
#167 of 313 Re: Hyunda rear brake failure [woodchuck4]
Jan 26, 2010 (12:26 pm)
Does someone actually have to get killed before someone will do something about this? I just can't believe they won't recall the faulty parts.
#168 of 313 Re: Hyunda rear brake failure [woodchuck4]
Jan 26, 2010 (2:06 pm)
I have called them twice on this and I am thinking of writing a letter, it seems that they are looking to trade people up as per a Fortune article I just read.
I have bought two cars and my family two all in the past 10 years, I am not happy right now. I check my brakes every 5,000 miles now.
Anyone having any trouble with the auto trans at 40 mph wanting to down shift but it stays in OD and just kind of hesitates until you speed up?
#169 of 313 Rear Brakes wear prematurely on 08 Sonata
Jan 27, 2010 (5:13 pm)
I just posted a complaint with the highway safety administration about the rear brakes on the Sonatas wearing out prematurely while the front brakes seem to be just fine. I am waiting for their reply, everyone with this problem should contact them to register their complaint. I also had great difficulty removing the rear rotors, which seemed to be stuck to the car. I actually never did get them off, so I left them on. They were not in bad shape, so I replaced the pads and left the rotors. Everything is working just fine for now. My pads wore out at 30000, actually a little better than some of the posts about this have described. This is a DESIGN flaw that Hyundai is eventually going to have to address. Right now they are in denial mode. Also the 08 and 09 Honda Accords are having an even worse problem with wearing of the rear brake pads.