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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,772 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2009 Hyundai Sonata brakes problems

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2009 Hyundai Sonata Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #11

Mar 142011

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 22,000 miles


Premature rear brake wear at 22K on Oct 2010 caused failed safety inspection at dealer. Inside rear brake pads rubbing. Replaced pads and cleaned sliders myself and passed inspection. Rear brake pads hung again on Mar 2011 causing hot wheel. I replaced the sliders with new and filed the metal tabs of pads and used anti-seize compound to prevent sticking. If this doesn't work I'll contact Hyundai for caliper failure.

- Rome, NY, USA

problem #10

Jan 092011

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 20,618 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that when the vehicle was taken to the local mechanic for routine maintenance he stated that the passenger rear calipers were stuck and unable to rotate due to corrosion causing the brake pad guide to fail. The mechanic replaced the brake pad guide. The manufacturer filed report 4243771. The failure mileage was 20,442 and the current mileage was 20,618. Updated 3/14/11 updated 04/22/11

- West Brook , CT, USA

problem #9

Feb 022011

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 14,268 miles
Rear brake failure on a 2009 Hyundai Sonata. Brake slides clog with dirt or rust causing them to become inoperable. They either get stuck in the applied position which causes them to wear to the point of metal to metal causing extreme heat and possible fire or they stick open and do not engage when applied.

- Sloatsburg, NY, USA

problem #8

Dec 292010


  • 52,000 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that after taking his vehicle to a certified dealer for regular service, they informed him that his rear brakes were worn due to the caliber sensor failing. When the caliber sensor failed, the wheels would lock up if not replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 52,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Woodbury, MN, USA

problem #7

Nov 032010

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 37,000 miles
2009 Hyundai Sonata rear driver side brake noise due to the "sliders" on the caliper. I took my car to the dealer (car has 35,000) to pin point noise. They told me there is uneven wear on rear break pads and that the sliders are sticking causing the pads to stay compressed to rotor. They offered to "lube" them for me and replace pads for over $200. This is not normal wear and tear.

- Williamstown, NJ, USA

problem #6

Jul 282009


  • 22,874 miles
Right rear brake pads froze in the pad mounting bracket and wore down prematurely causing metal to metal contact between the brake pad backing plate and the brake rotor. Both my local dealer (suresky Hyundai of goshen NY) and Hyundai motor company refused to repair my vehicle under warranty. They asserted that "normal maintenance items", such as brake pads and rotors, were only covered for 12 months/12,000 miles. With all due respect, brake pads seizing on one wheel while the other 3 wheels are fine is not a normal maintenance event!

- Monroe, NY, USA

problem #5

Jul 302010


  • 48,548 miles


After having brake pads changed. Smelled burning smell with in a month and brake pads were worn down. Had pads changed again. Now, month later, smelled burning smell again like the pads are sticking. There is something wrong with these brakes that they are sticking like this under 50,000 miles.

- Hamsphire, IL, USA

problem #4

Jun 302010


  • 28,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Hyundai Sonata. While driving 35 mph there was a squeaking and grinding noise in the brakes. The pin that controls the brake pads and rotors became worn. The pin also controlled the movement in the brake calipers and when it does not move it deteriorates the calipers and rotors. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated that she had to replace the brakes at her expense since they were not covered under the warranty or recall. The manufacturer was not contacted. The VIN was unavailable. The failure and current mileages were 28,000.

- Tonawanda, Ny 14150, NY, USA

problem #3

Jun 032010


  • 17,300 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Hyundai Sonata. While the contact was driving approximately 35 mph entering onto a highway into the left lane, unexpectedly the vehicle increased acceleration and the brakes would not function when engaged. The brake pedal was applied repeatedly, followed by no power response. After placing the gear selector into the neutral position the vehicle began to reduce speed. The vehicle was driven into a parking lot and the gear was shifted into the park position and the vehicle came to a stop. The contact was waiting on the roadside assistance for the vehicle to be towed to an authorized dealer at the time of the complaint. The failure mileage was 17,300.

- South Holland, IL, USA

problem #2

Mar 112010


  • 15,161 miles
My 2009 Hyundai Sonata with 15000 miles on it started to have noisy rear brakes. I took it to my local Hyundai dealer and was told that because this had been a rental vehicle it may have sat on a lot for an extended period of time and the "slides" froze in place not allowing the brakes to release resulting in premature brake and rotor failure. I believe this is a life/safety issue and should be a recall issue. I don't think a vehicle should have to be driven a minimum number of miles to prevent the brakes from failing in 15000 miles.

- Richfield, MN, USA

problem #1

Jun 222009


  • 23,000 miles
2008 Hyundai Sonata with under 25,000 miles on it already needs a rear brake job. Was told by our dealer that it is normal because it is a front wheel drive. Was told Hyundai will not stand behind it, however, some dealers will fix it for no charge because it is so ridiculous. The dealer we bought the cars from will not.

- Manchester, ME, USA

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