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#38 of 313 Re: 2007 Hyundai Sonata 4cyl. rear brake issue [klem747]
Jun 22, 2009 (12:13 pm)
I think I've got a similar issue. I live in St Paul MN and just took my car to the Hyundai dealership service dept b/c I was starting to hear a whistling sound and rear wheel grinding. After a 2 1/2 hour inspection of the brakes they wanted me to pay $650 to get the break pads and rotars replaced. My 2007 Sonata only has 23500 miles. After a $44 dollar inspection I left without any services being performed. I don't feel like one should have to do such repairs on a 2007 vehicle that only has 23500 miles. While at the Hyundai shop a lady who works in sales came by and asked me what I was having done because I'd been there so long. She told me she has a 2007 Sonata and had a similar problem and strongly recommended that I contact Hyundai Customer Service.
I ended up taking my car to Tires Plus (where they do FREE INSPECTIONS) and have much more reasonable rates (and they price matched MIDAS'S price). They replaced my break pads. The rotars were not repaired b/c they had to be specially ordered. I was told that 2007 Hyundai rotars have to come from the dealership and I do not want to pay what they charge for their rotars on this vehicle. I am not happy at all.
#39 of 313 Re: 2007 Hyundai Sonata 4cyl. rear brake issue [kristinew1980]
Jun 23, 2009 (4:12 pm)
If I were you I would definitely let Hyundai Customer Service know you are unhappy. Let them know you've read about similar incidents in online forums. And finally, file a complaint with NHTSA, the National Highway Transportation and Safety Board. From what I understand, auto manufacturers (not just Hyundai) can sit on complaints indefinitely, but if they know the NHTSA is investigating, they get a little more serious about it.
Personally, I would like to see a recall. I am NOT happy about facing expensive brake work every 15,000 miles. One reason I bought this car was because I was assured it was low maintenance and had a good reputation. Hyundai is blowing their reputation here.
#40 of 313 Re: 2007 Hyundai Sonata 4cyl. rear brake issue [carpsmarsh]
Jun 23, 2009 (9:07 pm)
You people need to get over it, it's a car. No matter what kind of vehicle you have your're gonna have issues with the brakes because of the climate you live in. Down here in the south,Georgia to be exact, I only had to replace my front brake pads at 55k miles and it only cost me $90.00 due to the fact that a buddy of mine is a Hyundai Tech, so I paid $50.00 for the part and gave him $40.00 for putting them on for me. If I had them done at the dealership it would have cost me about $250.00. Now I don't know what they(NHTSA) can really do considering this problem only happens in winter states during winter season. Does anyone have this issue during the summer months up there?
#41 of 313 Re: 2007 Hyundai Sonata 4cyl. rear brake issue [carpsmarsh]
Jun 24, 2009 (7:09 am)
I have already posted a "general" explanation concerning brake rotor rust however it seems several posters are undeterred about "blaming" Hyundai and or filing reports with NHTSA. The description concerning your experience about having a brake service every 15,000 miles to aleviate this rust issue is vague. I personally live in the rust belt and Pa has never been accused of skimping on salt/corrosive liquid chemical snow and ice removal application and yet I have never experienced a need to have rust "ground" off my rotors every XXX miles. The rotor and pad interaction (when the brakes are applied) burnishes off any light rust that WILL form on the rotor overnight or when the car sets idle for any period of time. I have owned Hyundai products and in this respect they were/are no different from the Honda Civic we now own. I also own a 1995 Dodge Stratus and by coincidence just had the front pads replaced this past week-end. I had the opportunity to see my front rotors (approx 2 years old ) and they are clean with no evidence of any excess rust. I drive this car summer and winter and accrue over 22,000 miles per year. I do wash the car frequently especially in the winter (to the tune of several times a week) so does that have a bearing??? I am sorry but I simply cannot see a reason to believe this should be a Hyundai problem or a problem at all for that matter.
#42 of 313 Re: 2007 Hyundai Sonata 4cyl. rear brake issue [carpsmarsh]
Jul 11, 2009 (5:49 am)
I have the same problem, The dust built in my real rotor, then the dealer said the pad was worn out and the rotor could be resurfaced. I have to spend $400 to change all my rear brake. I contact with Hyundai, they blamed I did not maintain the car and I am in the high salt area. I am in MA.
I will fill the complain, could we go further ?
#43 of 313 2007 Sonata needs brake pads every 15K
Jul 11, 2009 (9:46 am)
I own a Sonata that is now on its second set of rear brake pads at 32,000 miles. Having owned cars with mixed city and highway driving now for 35 years, I don't recall having replaced brakes much ever before 60,000 miles much less the rear brakes on a front wheel drive twice in 30,000 miles, it is just shocking.
There seems to be wide spread agreement that this should not be happening but not much resource.
Today when picking up my car, they said they had fixed a recall Brake Switch Recall which they assure me had no baring on the brake pad wear. Perhaps this is true? But hard to believe.
I see the one post offering a place to file a complaint. I guess that will be my next action. That I am no longer going to get my service done with Hyundai. My trust is gone.
#44 of 313 Re: 2007 Hyundai Sonata 4cyl. rear brake issue [LASHAWN]
Jul 19, 2009 (1:01 pm)
I have a 2007 hyundai sonata that I just leased back in march and having the same problems with the brakes I took to them three time just last week I took it to them for the free oil change and I told then that when I steer to the right it made a noise he said it was rust so i dont know if the last owner ever hade this problem or its just me but they told me they replace the breaks and rotors when they hade it in there back in march I mean car hase more problems but beside that lots of room and fun to drive ill update after I go to the hyundai dealer
#45 of 313 Re: 2007 Sonata needs brake pads every 15K [cmallen]
Jul 20, 2009 (7:56 am)
My 2007 Sonata has 26K miles, and I just paid the Hyundai dealer to replace the rear pads and re-surface the rotors. The service manager explained how he believed the rear brakes wore out so soon: Corrosion on the caliper guide prevented the caliper from returning to a “rest” position once the brake pedal had been released. As a result, the calipers were applied continuously, resulting in premature wear of the caliper pads.
Hyundai subsequently denied my request to cover this repair under their warranty.
I am by no means an expert when it comes to cars, but after seeing several similar stories on this discussion page, it seems to me the premature wear of rear brake pads is a SYMPTOM of the real problem: the caliper guides are susceptible to rust. If that is indeed the case, we are talking about a VEHICLE DESIGN FLAW affecting a rather important component.
I urge those of you with similar experiences to a) Write a letter to Hyundai Motors of America; and b) file a complaint with NHTSA's Office of Defect Investigations. If anyone has another suggestion for follow-up, please share it with this forum.
#46 of 313 Re: 2007 Sonata needs brake pads every 15K [cmallen]
Jul 20, 2009 (7:59 am)
To all that are complaining about rear brakes wearing out "frequently" In the recent past rear brakes were simply along for the ride. They did little in stopping the car. I too had a 1987 Taurus on which the original rear brakes lasted about 100,000 miles. I said "wow ain't that great....go Ford" but in reality all it meant was the rear brakes did little in participating in the stopping of the car. The new Sonata (for certain and other makes as well) now has a brake proportioning valve that distributes the braking forces to include the rear wheels. This means that for the first time the rear brakes now have to do their fair share so....they now wear out! Suprise, things that work wear out.....
#47 of 313 Re: 2007 Sonata needs brake pads every 15K [targettuning]
Jul 20, 2009 (8:59 am)
Since when are caliper guides a wear item?
Those of you saying get over it's car and other stupid remarks sound like Hyundai reps or dealers.
My '95 Honda 198K miles and 2000 Excursion 137L miles have never had a caliper guide wear out (I am the original owner of both.)
I live in upstate New York where we get over 250" of snow per year.
Our 2008 Sonata with 13K miles is now squeaking because the pads are hanging on it's caliper guides.
If the brake pedal was hanging up causing the pads not to retrack, it would be a warranty repair.
I'm complaining to dealer ownership then to Hyundai if I need to.