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#4 of 23 2004 Rendezvous Front Brakes and Hubcap Dust
May 27, 2007 (8:31 am)
Just replaced front brakes after driving a mere 1000 miles on my newly purchased 2004 Rendezvous (36500 miles) and the mechanic said he never saw a more rusted set of brake pads and rotors...they disintegrated. The rotors were so hot that they melted the hubcap lug nuts, lost the hubcap and had a very blackened wheel. I had no warning that the brakes were defective as the wheels did not pulsate in early stages. Is the rusted pads a common problem and is the brakes dust an ongoing problem ?
#5 of 23 Re: 2004 Rendezvous Front Brakes and Hubcap Dust [kazzpat]
May 28, 2007 (8:29 am)
No this not a regular problem. My brakes dissolved early on my RDV as well (original factory 35,000 km) and I replaced rotors and pads. It is best to replace with high quality manufactured in north america brake parts (pads and rotors). This will cost a little more but well worth it. It appears cheap offshore parts are being used to much lately and we pay the price with no robustness. These offshore cheapy parts are attractive (for both car manufacturers and aftermarket purchases), but you pay what you get and for good reliability and most importantly safety we should pay a little.
Get good rotors (robestos and ceramic pads Wagner)
#6 of 23 Re: 2004 Rendezvous Front Brakes and Hubcap Dust [jpierce]
Feb 24, 2008 (10:19 pm)
Although they cost more, use Ceramic pads (front/rear). They wear evenly and dissipate heat better without a lot of dust, if any. I have $500 a piece rims on my 04 and don't want excess cleaning worries. The ceramic pads also offer better resistance to brake fade under hard driving
#8 of 23 brakes pulse
Mar 17, 2008 (7:15 am)
02 rendezvous brakes pulse/tug/grab. have been to the dealership about 5 times, and they can't seem to fix the problem. it's very scary. feels like skidding on ice. step on the brakes and they work/don't work/grab/don't grab. they've worked on the hubs and wiring harnesses. any help appreciated.
#9 of 23 Re: 2004 Rendezvous Front Brakes and Hubcap Dust [kazzpat]
May 13, 2008 (6:58 am)
I have an 02 Rendezvous - just had the front brakes done last week - my rotors were disintegrated as well!! Rusted!!! That should NOT be the case with normal wear and tear! I am wondering if the settlement GM is offering for the coolant isnt leaking into the engine and onto the brakes causing the erosion. Check out the settlement link title Just for the record THIS CAR IS A
#10 of 23 Re: 2004 Rendezvous Front Brakes and Hubcap Dust [jpierce]
May 21, 2008 (6:36 pm)
I would agree. We got the brakes on the front of our '03 RDV (FWD model) replaced a few days ago. The mechanic said he can replace with "el Cheap-O" pads and rotors (if we were selling the vehicle) or he could install the more expensive (much higher quality) replacement parts. We went with the higher quality pads and rotors. Costs more but our mechanic said for the RDV brand, higher quality brakes on the front wheels are worth it. Especially if one plans to keep their RDV for a while....
#11 of 23 Re: brakes pulse [bigchs]
Jun 27, 2008 (8:21 am)
Reply to #8 of 10 Brakes Pulse 02 Rendezvous - I also have an 02 Rendezvous and even today, it is in the shop being check for this same problem. It also has a grinding sound at times when turning to the left or right, plus the fact that I have had to "stand" on the brakes to get stopped. Any help appreciated.
#12 of 23 Re: brakes pulse [wandakayc]
Jun 27, 2008 (8:50 am)
Grinding sound when turning (typicly at low speeds) is quite ofetn wheel bearing issue, 'Standing' on brake peddle is issue with brake system.
#13 of 23 Re: Brakes Pulse
Jun 27, 2008 (9:04 am)
The dealership just called and cannot find anything wrong.