really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
45,053 miles

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2009 Hyundai Santa Fe brakes problems

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2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #6

Jan 272013

Santa Fe

  • 19,000 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe. The contact stated that while driving approximately 55 mph, a squeaking noise was heard. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for diagnostics. The technician stated that the rear brake shoes were corroded. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 19,000.

- Lawrenceburg, IN, USA

problem #5

Jun 132011

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 15,771 miles
Vehicle has been owned for 35 months and has 25,968 miles. Dealership refuses to repair/replace metal to metal contact of lr brakes under warranty. This is 2nd occurrence. 1st occurrence was rr on 6/13/2011 @ 15,771 miles which was repaired under warranty. Rotor turned and new brake pads installed. A rusty (defective mfgr) rattle clip which snaps into the caliper bracket causes brake pads to hang up or not retract after applying pressure and drag excessively causing premature brake pad wear/failure at half of normal pad life expectancy. This should be a class action case nationwide. Make Hyundai replace under warranty the defective rusty part to prevent premature brake wear and/or failure. Rear disc brakes should easily last 50,000 miles or more.

- Beaver Falls, PA, USA

problem #4

Sep 122011

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 15,292 miles
We have been complaining about the brakes on this car since we bought it. The brakes have been making noise when you depress the pedal. We were told by the dealer that it was the "breaking in" period. The brakes were making loud noises and not working correctly when we brought the vehicle in for service on Sept 12, 2011.the rear brake pads were sticking to the rotors overheating the rotors. The pads and rotors had to be replaced. We just brought the vehicle in again for service and the indication is the all the brakes may need to be replaced. This is at 22,000 miles. There is a serious problem with the brakes in the car and the dealer can only explain that it is due to the hills in our town and that the brakes are no longer made of asbestos. I never replaced my brakes in other cars until I had between 35K & 45K miles and I have lived in this town for 30 years. I believe the "breaking in" period for the brakes is broken! Hyundai should step up to the plate and correct the problem. There seems to be a many complaints about the rear brakes.

- Arlington, MA, USA

problem #3

Oct 042011

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 26,627 miles


My 2009 Santa Fe would squeak while driving, but the noise stopped when brakes were depressed. At the dealership I was told that the rear brakes were hanging and the rotors were rusted. My car only had 26,627 miles. I have had many cars with a lot more mileage and never had this happen. This problem was not covered and the dealership did the following: Machined rear rotors and lubricated slide rails, remachined rear rotors, removed and cleaned calipers and all hardware. This was on 10/4/2011. Fast forward to the end of July 2012 and my car is making noise when depressing brake. On 08/9/12 with only 37,843 (approx 10,000 miles later) the dealership told me that my rear brakes were shot and needed to be replaced. I am now finding that these cars have numerous complaints about rear brakes but none of it is covered. I also need new tires and from what I am reading about the rear brake problems this is also contributing to the wearing out of the tires. Hyundai needs to address these problems and since the 2011 Santa Fe has brake recalls, I feel that the earlier models with these problems should be taken care of and paid for by the manufacturer. Brakes are important and could potentially cause a bodily harm. This is not something that should be ignored.

- Jackson, NJ, USA

problem #2

Aug 092012

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 45,469 miles
Rear brake pads are sticking due to known issue with Hyundai. Parts are corroded causing rear pads to ride against rotors causing excessive wear and heat wheel/tires are running excessively hot and pads are wearing out within a few thousand miles. Dealer told customer of kit to replace problem but not covered under warranty.

- Wallkill, NY, USA

problem #1

Jun 202012

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 24,065 miles
Right rear break started to squeal when applied for slow down to stop. When starting to proceed it will drag for a couple hundred feet and stop. Again when brake was applied, same thing started over. While checking on the computer about this problem, many others have complained of the same problem. I will bring back vehicle to dealer and see what there bull[xxx] answer will be. I will also be bringing this letter, as I have never gotten any recall notices of this. SUV has only 24,600 miles. Also just a added complaint the tires have worn down on inside edge as vehicle is for long straight trips mostly and have been rotated and balanced every 5,000 miles. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Albany, NY, USA

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