Car brakes broken?
May 18, 2012 1:43 PM Subscribe
Car Experts ahoy! 2009 Sonata with grinding rear brakes. Dealership says its normal wear and not covered under warranty... I'm skeptical....
posted by BigLankyBastard to Technology (8 answers total)
So My wife and I own a nearly-matching pair of 2009 Hyundai Sonatas. She bought hers six months after I got mine. Both cars are still under the bumper-to-bumper warranty. She has 17K miles on hers.
Last night the brakes start grinding when applied, and this behavior seems to be triggered by braking on a downhill slope. We took it to the dealer and they said the rear brakes need replacing and it's normal wear. I have no information as to what condition her front brakes are in.
Meanwhile my nominally identical car, with double-to-triple the (city)miles on it, has never needed brakework of any sort.
We're taking her car to another local mechanic whom we trust for analysis but they can't look until Monday.
I'm inclined to think that her brakes wearing out like that is the result of a manufacturers defect and even if the pads and other consumables are not covered, there is a root cause to this problem that should be addressed, but the Dealers did not even discuss that possibility with us. Am I full of it?
Other data: She has never had extraordinary brake problems in 20 years of driving, so we are disinclined to believe it's some bad driver habit causing the wear. Both cars purchased and driven in Minnesota for what it's worth.