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NHTSA — Service Brakes, Hydraulic: Power Assist Problems

9.5

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
980 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2008 Saturn Sky brakes problems

brakes problem

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2008 Saturn Sky Owner Comments

problem #5

Jul 152008

Sky 4-cyl

  • 50 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2008 Saturn Sky redline. Whenever the vehicle has been parked for more than 5 or 6 hours, there is poor power brake assist functionality. When the brake pedal is depressed, the pedal is extremely hard and causes the contact to apply more pressure to get the vehicle to stop. The failure was noticed while driving 5 mph. After a few minutes of the vehicle running, the brakes return to normal. He took the vehicle to the dealer and they reprogrammed the brake control module according to a GM service bulletin; however, that did not correct the failure. He took the vehicle to the dealer for a second time, but they were unable to determine the cause of the failure. The dealer has not responded or called back. The failure mileage was 50 and current mileage was 900. Updated 09/10/08 updated 09/10/08.

- Verasota, FL, USA

problem #4

Feb 222008

Sky 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
Brakes don't work on start up.

- Reno, NV, USA

problem #3

Feb 022008

Sky 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50 miles
Power brakes do not work on startup when car is put in reverse. Happened a number of times. Returned car to dealership where purchased and they said they reprogrammed the car computer for this problem. Did not fix the problem. Returned to dealer and said problem is not fixed. Salesman at dealership said the work around is to pump the brakes after startup and before putting in gear. If I do this (pump brakes a number of times after startup) then the problem has not returned.

- Allen, TX, USA

problem #2

Dec 202007

Sky 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 800 miles
2008 Saturn Sky (turbo redline 2.0) - the brakes are not 100% during cold startup - especially in reverse when the engine has just been started. It seems to help if you rev. The engine slightly, almost like you need to build some vacuum pressure because the idle was too low to achieve it. Definitely not safe!

- Seymour, TN, USA

problem #1

Dec 112007

Sky 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,000 miles
Our Saturn 2008 Sky redline has a brake problem that my wife was complaining about every time she starts it up after it has had time to cool down. The brakes do not work properly. I tried it and found that the car can move while holding down on the brake. If you don't pump it it will not stop. I took it to the dealer today and was given a notification from the dealer service writer stating this was normal. They did take the car to check it out after I insisted. I don't care what they think is normal if I can't stop the car there is a problem. I then checked on line to see if any other Sky owners were having the same type of problems. And I guess you know what is going on. This is to go on record with you that the car is not safe as is. I am concerned that this may lead to a problem during operation at speed and kill us. This needs to be dealt with now and and nat after someone dies. Our car has gotten worse over the last month since the temperature has gone down. Or it is just getting worse.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

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