definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,979 miles

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2008 Hyundai Sonata brakes problems

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2008 Hyundai Sonata Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #10

May 292010


  • 40,000 miles


Began hearing a dragging noise in the rear of the car and thought something was dragging underneath looked and saw nothing. Got home and noticed that there was significantly more brake dust on the passenger rear hubcap than all the others. After further inspection it appears that the pad is completely worn because the brake is locking and then not releasing when it should. I have done quite a bit of research and noticed that many other people have had very similar complaints about this model year and malfunction. The common trend is low mileage so this is not a driver issue. This will ultimately result in the replacing of the brake pads and rotors at the very least. The car is currently with the dealership so they can tell us everything that is wrong.

- Reisterstown, MD, USA

problem #9

Mar 272010


  • 24,000 miles
Recently brought my 2008 Hyundai Sonata in for a free inspection by my dealer. My brakes were inspected and my rear brakes were found to be 70% worn and the pads, etc... were frozen resulting in premature wear!!! my front brakes are only 50% worn. My service manager said that this is typical for Hyundai Sonatas of this year but no financial remedy came from my dealer. I had to pay to have my brakes "unfrozen" and was told that within the next 3 months I will need to have new rear brakes put on. Of note, my car only has 24,000 miles and my rear brakes should not have worn out this soon and certainly not before my front brakes. Hyundai needs to get on the ball here and issue some type of recall. This is a major safety issue - I have a child that rides in this car constantly.

- East Providence, RI, USA

problem #8

Nov 122009


  • 19,500 miles
Car had 19,000 miles on it, I bought it new. Grinding noise from rear drivers side wheel took it to dealer and was told that the rear caliper was not releasing which ruined the brake pads and rotor. Told the car was not safe to drive. The rotor, caliper and pads had to be replaced. Dealer covered the cost. Never had brake problems with any other of the other cars I owned. My miles are highway miles and I do not have to use the brakes as often as I would in the city.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #7

Dec 282009


  • 35,000 miles


Premature wear of rear brake pads on a 2008 Hyundai Sonata. Rear brake pads were completely gone at 35000 miles. My wife had brake failure while on the interstate. Removed wheels at home and found calipers were digging into rotors because of complete erosion of brake pads. Called dealer he said it has been an ongoing problem with this car. Not sure why, Hyundai offers no explanation or suggestions either. Replaced pads with new ones, will wait to see what happens. I will inspect every 10000 miles to determine extent of future wear on the brake pads. Front pads were at 8/32 rear pads were 0/32.. pistons were clean on the rear and appeared to be working fine, both rear pads were gone equally.

- Lima, OH, USA

problem #6

Aug 012009


  • 12,000 miles
2008 Hyundai Sonata with only 12,600 miles, while driving with 2 small children heard loud noise from back of car while taking a turn. Brought to dealer and was told needed new brake pads due to rust on the rotor. Didn't have them do the work as the cost was large. Brought to our own mechanic who showed us the left rear brake pad was down to metal but the right was normal small wear. He called Hyundai dealer as this didn't seem normal to him either. Warranty only covers up to 12,000 miles so we were out of luck. Hyundai goes on in every commercial about safety and when I think of a car brakes are the most important safety feature there is.

- Loudonville, NY, USA

problem #5

May 162009


  • 16,000 miles
Rear brake squealing and getting hot. Rear brakes on 2008 have premature wear due to brake pads hanging up on the slides. Had to replaced the old pads with new pad @ 16K miles.

- Windsor, MA, USA

problem #4

Jul 102009


  • 29,721 miles


Need to replace rear brakes on newer car 29,721 miles.

- Norton, MA, USA

problem #3

Jun 112009


  • miles
2008 Hyundai Sonata purchased at duncan Hyundai dealership in duncan, B. L bought the Sonata with 40,000 km. And L paid Hyundai about $100 for a 65. Inspection. The brakes were 75%. so L asked the dealership owner, to explain the 65. Inspection and L asked about the brakes being 75%. he said 75% was just fine.but when L took the Sonata into the shop for squealing, grinding rear brakes, the mechanic thought it was winter dirt and grime. L was charged $301 for new rear brake pads. Lt, S Friday July 3. the rear brakes are still squealing! ls there a recall?

- Lake Cowichan,B.C., 00, USA

problem #2

Feb 022008


  • miles
I purchased my 2008 Hyundai Sonata in February, 2008 brand new. Since day one, I have had problems getting the car out of the park position. I took it to my dealer for service and they did replace the brake switch once, but this is still occurring daily and it is frustrating. Often times it takes 5 or 6 tries with my foot firmly depressed on the brake pedal for my vehicle to get out of the park position. Yesterday morning, I was stuck at a drive up window because I had the car in park and could not get it out again - took about 5 tries to get it into drive.

- East Providence, RI, USA

problem #1

Jun 052009


  • 31,002 miles
Rear brakes wear out prematurely causing a potential safety hazard. The front brake pads are just half worn.

- Little Falls, NY, USA

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