really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,320 miles

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2007 Hyundai Sonata brakes problems

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2007 Hyundai Sonata Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #6

Sep 282007

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 10,000 miles


The car now has 75K. I have needed to replace the rear pads three times and rear rotors twice. In addition, rear brakes have required "friction religning" at least annually, often twice per year. No matter how often these maintenance procedures are needed the emergency or parking brake, which I use each time I park the car, often does not release easily or fully. If I reverse up to about 8-10 mph and slam the brakes, when the dragging sound and sensation do not quickly abate, this seemed to seat the pads and or calipers. In the past week, in fact, the rear driver's brake assembly, aluminum wheel and components become very, very hot... have not needed to drive more than a mile or two at any time, but the dealer can not get me in until next week... I am unable to get around at all if need leave the car for extended time... it was when online seeking a temporary means by which I might try to adjust the caliper for the time being, that I found many, many forums and discussions of the deficiencies of the rear brakes in Sonatas... I did call Hyundai, they issued a case number and they would look at whatever...

- Kenmore, NY, USA

problem #5

May 212013


  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that upon inspection, it was found that the brake lights had failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 30,000.

- Johnson City, TN, USA

problem #4

May 042010

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 78,000 miles
While driving down the freeway, car pulled to the left. It is still doing it to this day. Had to take the car back to the dealer after the dealer did a brake job at 77000 miles. Had to argue with the dealership to redo the rotors after paying money for a complete brake job. The dealership finally agreed to redo the job after a long argument. I am still having problems with brakes today. When making a right turn, can hear grinding noises. When backing up and coming to a complete stop, can hear grinding noises. I have had this car in for brake service many times. I hear noises from the back and front suspension that has been going on since 2009. After having the dealership change every gasket in the car because of leakage, I have been hearing tapping noises in the car, reported it to Hyundai motor, but they have ignored this. When I called the dealership after they fixed the gaskets, the gaskets leaked again and they said it was not their problem. This car is junk and it needs to be taken off of the road. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Fenton, MI, USA

problem #3

Dec 032012

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles


My air bag light stays on all the time. Whenever I am driving alone, my passenger seatbelt light flashes not stop. This two things been going on for a while now. Also my lights stay on even after I switch my lights off, I have to turn them on and turn them back off until they shut off. A mechanic told me its the brake light switch causing the problem. I have had technicians look at these issues, and it will cost hundreds to repair. I believe Hyundai is missing out the point that the 2007 Sonata models have an air bag issue too.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #2

Dec 152008


  • 35,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that while parked the brake pedal was depressed but it became stuck and failed respond. As a result, the vehicle would not come out of park. The contact eventually placed the vehicle in drive. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who was unable to diagnose the failure. There was a recall under NHTSA campaign id number: 09V122000 (service brakes, hydraulic:switches:brake light) that may be related to the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 35,000.

- Apple Valley, CA, USA

problem #1

Oct 192009

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 17,513 miles
I heard high pitched noise from rear while driving 2007 Sonata gls. I found that the rear wheels were extremely hot. I was afraid the tires will catch fire due to the heat. I took it to the dealer in southfield Michigan. The manager said that it would cost me $300 to replace rear pads and they were not covered under warranty. Rear brake pads essentially were 95% worn out. Front brake pads were minimally worn during this time period and were ok. I got them replaced at "Napa complete car care center" for $176 in Oct 19, 2009 when it had 17,513 miles on it. At 40,042 miles while driving from detroit to milwaukee, I heard dreadful grinding noise. At "car-X auto service" in milwaukee they found the same problem with rear pads while front pads were ok. One rear pad was almost bare and others were more than 95% gone. I spent another $350 and this time the rotors also have to be replaced. There is definitely a design flaw and it is a safety issue due to heat which can cause tire fire. It seems the rear pads stop moving freely after certain pad wear. It could be too much hydraulic oil pressure in the rear brake lines or there is some defects due to ABS system. Hyundai must own this problem and fix this issue for good. Environment al (salt, water etc) effect is the same for both front and rear brakes. Front brakes do not need any adjustment or lubrication and they are ok. Why would only rear brakes need cleaning and lubrication at every 5000 miles as suggested by the dealer? in my driving for 40 years I have never seen this issue in any of the other vehicles I drove. On checking internet discussion boards I found that this issue is common and Hyundai is not doing anything. This is not fair at all while consumers are holding the bag with perpetual expensive repairs and fear of being stranded and tire catching fire.

- Farmington Hills, MI, USA

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