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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
46,321 miles

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2010 Hyundai Sonata brakes problems

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2010 Hyundai Sonata Owner Comments

problem #9

Oct 122013


  • 56,660 miles


Vehicle started to make a heavy grinding noise from passenger side rear wheel. Closer inspection revealed a fresh gouge in the rotor. Took the car to the dealer where the vehicle was purchased and was informed that this was a normal wear and tear item, and not covered under warranty (even though a "gold" warranty had been purchased with caliper replacement plainly included). This indianapolis dealership wanted to charge $380 to replace the rear brake pads and rotors. An independent repair shop found that the drivers side of the rear had approximately 40% of the life left on the brake pads and only normal wear to the rotor, while the passenger side was worn down to the metal on the pads and had rendered the rotor unserviceable. It was also noted that the wear indicator on the passenger side was broken, and did not give the normal audio warning of excessive wear. When asked why the rear should wear out faster than the front (which is what all local brake shops told me would happen), the Hyundai service manager did not have any reply. It should be noted that there are several instances of similar failures, and even a class action lawsuit filed in New York state for the exact same issue. A sticking brake caliper is suspected, but could not be confirmed. Rear brake pads, rotors, and hardware were replaced at my expense. The brake caliper was cleaned, lubed, and reinstalled. Dealership would not honor any warranty obligation for this defect. Front brakes also showed at least 40% of their life remaining on the pads.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #8

Jul 052013


  • 53,229 miles
During an inspection I was informed that the rear brake pads and rotors needed to be replaced. I then took the car for a second opinion which verified that the rear brake pads and rotors needed to be replaced. I was surprised as the car had only about 53K miles and the front brake pads were still good (although I was informed they had about another 60,000 miles). Up to now the car has run well with the exception of the front door latch being replaced which I know is another problem with the Hyundai Sonatas. I did think Hyundai customer service could have been better for both issues.

- Glen Burnie, MD, USA

problem #7

Jun 082013


  • 24,206 miles
The vehicle needed rear brake pads and cutting of the rear rotors at 24,000 miles. No matter what your driving habits are or type of driving you do (highway vs. Around town} that is way to early for rear brakes to need replacing. I have checked with various dealers and they all agree that is not normal. Now there is also burning smell that occurs periodically coming from the rear of the car. I brought it to the dealer where I purchased it, hackettstown Hyundai, and they made me wait a week for an appointment and then looked it over quickly and said they smell nothing and see no problem. They were rude and you could tell they wanted nothing to do with the problem. I mentioned there is a class action lawsuit due to premature rear brake wear but they knew nothing and could care less. It seems someone is going to have to be involved in a fatal accident for Hyundai to care. Lets get together and makes them correct the problem before its to late.

- Long Valley, NJ, USA

problem #6

Mar 112012


  • 16,794 miles


I had to replace the rear brake pads on my 2010 Sonata at 16,794 miles on both sides. I had to replace the rear pads and rotors on both sides at 23,156 miles. I had to replace the right rear brake line, pad, rotor and caliper at 25,854 miles. There has been no issues on front brakes, however, I have had to service my rear brakes 3 times. I bought this vehicle brand new from my local Hyundai dealer and it had 4 miles on it. I have spent $768.80 on my rear brakes since I have bought this vehicle in February of 2010. There is clearly a problem with the brake components on this car. The rear brakes should not wear out before the front bakes, and especially a vehicle that has 16,000 miles on it.

- Syracuse, NY, USA

problem #5

Jul 052013


  • 64,000 miles
Back rear brake sounded like it was grinding and brake pedal very soft. Took for repair while out of state. They replace all 4 break pads and rotors. Next day I went back and complained that I smelled a burning smell and was told that was normal. On July 8 heard grinding sound which was severe on right rear brake. Repair shop owner said the caliper right rear seized and destroyed brakes. All rotors and pads on rear needed to be replaced. The repair shop showed me the pad and rotor from the right rear brake and I saw that there was nothing left of a pad and could plainly see how the meal on both the pad and rotor were ground. I believe that I previously had the brakes repaired but can't remember the specifics.

- Newark, DE, USA

problem #4

Apr 092013


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that while driving 25 mph, she applied the brakes but the vehicle did not decelerate. Teh contact applied extreme force to the brakes and the brake pedal traveled to the floorboard before the vehicle began to decelerate. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnosis and the contact was informed that the calipers and brakes would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 90,000.

- Amelia, OH, USA

problem #3

Mar 132013


  • 52,000 miles


Caliper right rear seized and destroyed brakes. All rotors and pads needed to be replaced, front and rear due to premature wear. All tires worn as well and need replacement. Mechanic said caliper should not have done this at this mileage. Common issue reading online reports and a class action suit in NY has been filed. Safety issue.

- Westerly, RI, USA

problem #2

Dec 012012

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
The drivers side rear brakes are burning through brake pads. The calipers are working smoothly but for unknown reason they are sticking. The front bakes are fine but the rear set has gone through 2 sets of brake pads in less than 10,000 miles.

- Cleveland , OH, USA

problem #1

Jan 152013

Sonata 4-cyl

  • miles
We had to replace the rear brake pads in June 2012 and now in January 2013 having an issue with the rear diver side pad sticking. The front pads were still in good condition. These are Hyundai oem brakes. I have been reading numerous complaints about rear brake issues on Hyundai vehicles. I have also read that there is a class action law suite in New York over this same issue. I wanted to make a report and possibly find out if there are any plans for an investigation. Hyundai does not seem to have any plans to recall since the issue seems to have existed since 2006. This is far from normal wear and tear and at the cost of the purposed (by Hyundai service) periodic removal, cleaning, and lubing of the brake pads I cannot see this a non issue. That is not to mention the danger of possible brake failure.

- Burlington, KY, USA

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