Clattering Noise When Braking

2002 Pontiac Aztek

This problem may be covered under warranty. Ask your Pontiac dealer.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
60,667 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
  2. replace wheel bushings (1 reports)
2002 Pontiac Aztek brakes problems

brakes problem

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2002 Pontiac Aztek Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 022008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles


I'm having the same problem as the other woman who complained about noisy brakes. After having repaired the brakes and not having solved the problem and after having replaced the rear bushings and not having resolved the problem I have been told its the wheel bushings to be replaced at $250 per tire!!!! $1000!!!!!!!!! I have talked with other prior owners of Azteks who have said they had the same problem, but were smart enough and got rid of their vehicle. Whats not fair is that I purchased it used and so no warranty. Because so many people have had this problem, it should be recalled by GM and we should all be refunded our money!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- , Grand Blanc, MI, USA

problem #2

Sep 272007

(reported on)

Aztek 3.2LV6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,000 miles

I bought the truck used this past April 06 with only 59,000 miles every thing was find until i started getting this grinding sound from the the brakes i took it in they said it was my brake pads , and changed them but i`m still getting the the grinding sound . It seems it only does it going around a right turn while appling the brakes gently. I think it is my antilock brakes system hope not

- , Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #1

Oct 262005

(reported on)


  • 48,000 miles

Okay... after four trying trips to Arlington, TX, from my home in Saginaw, TX, and several hours of leave taken from work... the solution to the extremely loud and obnoxious clatter seemingly originating from the right-rear axle/wheel assembly of my newly purchased 02' Pontiac Aztek has not been remedied. I got what I believed to be an excellent 'deal' due to a mis-guided posting of the price on I managed to purchase this vehicle for under $10,000. However, after I had test-drove the vehicle and signed the contract, this mysterous sound developed when I applied the brakes. The dealership's Service Dept. believed that I was just being an over-reactive female who did not know a thing about vehicles... but, not only did they sell me a vehicle that they did not advertise properly as far as price was concerned... they did not realize that the vehicle is an AWD. DING, DING - Big Red Truck - RIGHT? Well, I believed that the problem may be with the CV joints - but, the noise was not always present. I have had several experiences with CV joints squelling, crunching, crumbling, etc. For anyone who knows that terrible metallic wearing sound - you will know why I am so concerned. At any rate, I went along with the lies that the Service Dept. fed me as they determined that the problem was the direct result of the brake bushing clips or something to that effect. They claimed that a simple replacement of one clip would solve all of my (its) problems. Oh no! Then the problem was determined to be the result of the bushings (reference: 01-03 Pontiac Aztec and Buick Rendezvous AWD B Van Loose Lumber/Clunk Noise from Rear Suspension - kw accelerate arm bump bushing control loose rattle stop wear #PIC3065 - (Jul 22, 2004). The problem was still present. In fact that problem is still present after four visits and four different assessments by four different mechanics. They finally replaced the brake pads and that did make the noise cease for a short time. The clatter is now in full force and this after I have seriously agrevated each of the employees who I need cooperation from. Even the Service Dept. Manager was exceedingly rude! Hint - if you are in Arlington, TX, and you want to buy a pre-owned vehicle - do not go to a Saturn dealership. Get it? Well, that is my trauma with my vehicle. No solution in sight.

- , Fort Worth, TX, USA

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