NHTSA — Service Brakes, Hydraulic: Foundation Components: Disc: Pads Problems

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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,800 miles

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2002 Oldsmobile Alero brakes problems

brakes problem

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2002 Oldsmobile Alero Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 012004

Alero 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles


: the contact stated while depressing the brake pedal at 15mph, a grinding noise was coming from the front and rear brakes. The noise was compared to metal on metal sound. The vehicle was taken to the local dealership for inspection. The dealer determined the rotors and pads were worn and needed replaced. The rotors and pads were replaced seven times previously for the same problem. On average, the brakes and pads were replaced every 20,000 miles. The manufacturer was contacted and informed the contact the reason the rotors and pads were being replaced so often was, asbestos was no longer used in the materials when manufacturing the parts. This would lead to replacement of the parts more often which would be considered normal basic maintenance of the vehicle.

- Porter, ME, USA

problem #2

Dec 202005

Alero 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,400 miles
Brake complaint: Front and rear brake problems continue including abnormal accelerated wear, brake noises and rotor corrosion. Front and rear rotors have been replaced twice, turned on numerous occasions and the front and rear pads have been replaced several times in less than 32,000 miles. In total, more than $1,000 has been spent in out of pocket repairs plus warranty work to date. It is now necessary to have the brakes checked every 3,000-5,000 to insure that brake operation is safe and that the front and rear pads and rotors are in good working order. Corrosion of the rotors remains a problem and accelerates the wear of the pads.

- Holden, MA, USA

problem #1

Sep 032004

Alero 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,000 miles
2002 olds Alero V6 with 24,000 miles began developed pulsation and noise from front brakes. Dealer found warped front rotors and resurfaced. Immediately after warranty work, creaking noise developed in front brakes. Dealer diagnosed clips on brake pads as culprit and refused warranty repair. Brake pads have 5mm+ remaining and should not need replacement under "wear parts" at 24,000 miles. Excessive creaking continues.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

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