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NHTSA — Service Brakes, Hydraulic: Foundation Components: Disc: Pads Problems Seal Of This Might Hurt


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
9,808 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 #4

Oct 022002

Alero 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,000 miles


Conatct states: Since purchase the car experienced rotor erosion, wear, and ultimately deterioration. Grinding noise when ever brake pressure is applied. Rotors have been repaired twice, dealer resurfaced the rotors. Recently had car inspected, and was discovered that the brake pads were broken due to debris and wear of the rotors.

- Wellsoboro, PA, USA

problem #3

Aug 242004

Alero 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,234 miles
Brakes are defective, they feel like they are not going to stop the vehicle. Manufacturer states they will not cover the cost of the defect. The pads and rotors cost $500 to repair. The consumer was told by GM that he did not drive vehicle enough so rotors rusted.

- Worcester, MA, USA

problem #2

Jun 252003

Alero 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles
Front brake pad premature failure at 20K miles. Brake components frozen up causing one pad to wear to metal. Inadequate lubrication at factory?

- Brighton, MI, USA

problem #1

Sep 162002

(reported on)


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
While driving brakes started squealing as if pads were worn to metal. After inspecting pads they seemed only to be worn in a corner with rest of the pad looking new.

- Berea, KY, USA

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