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NHTSA — Service Brakes Problems Seal Of This Might Hurt


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
178,000 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2001 Oldsmobile Alero brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 Oldsmobile Alero Owner Comments

problem #1

Mar 272015


  • 178,000 miles


Backing vehicle from parking spot, when applying brakes, there was a clunk. Upon driving away and applying brakes normally, braking action was noticeably less. After a closer inspection, found the left front wheel brake pad material had corroded causing separation from its backing plate. These pads are after market pads from advanced auto, had only been on the car for about 12,000 miles, and approximately 23 months. There was considerable pad remaining, but corrosion had set in, causing the pad to separate from the backing plate. The rotors are approx 5 years old, and "corroded" beyond what I call being safe to use. There is no noticeable wear to the rotors, only severe corrosion in the cooling areas. After markets parts should be required to meet durability requirements, not just physical fit and operation.

- Northfield, MN, USA

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