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


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1998 Pontiac Grand Am brakes problems

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1998 Pontiac Grand Am Owner Comments

problem #8

May 142001

Grand Am

  • miles


Driver's side front disc brake separated and fell off while backing out of driveway.

- Chateaugay, NY, USA

problem #7

Feb 092001

(reported on)

Grand Am

  • miles
Front brakes and rotors had to replaced at 24,000 miles within 1 yearr of ownership. Then 1 1/2 years, ABS and brake light came on at same time. Dealer had to have motor pact kit put which runs rear hydraulic for brakes at 50,000 miles.

- Bangor, ME, USA

problem #6

Dec 102000

Grand Am

  • miles
No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Deltona, FL, USA

problem #5

Dec 151998

Grand Am

  • miles


Purchased vehicle 6/98. Three days after purchase car ignition switch failed. Vehicle towed 3 times for same problem. Found wires in harness bad causing problem. Brake problems since owning wheel cylinders leaking brake shoes soaked with oil. Rotors machined @ 10,462. Excessive brake dust. Brake pads worn at 10,465 miles. Rear shoes out of adjustment @ 10,465. 13,985 miles ABS light failed. While lights and ac or heat on when applying brakes interior and headlights dim. Can't find problem! when heater is on smell of antifreeze. Can't find problem. Front suspension noise. Stabilizer bushings bad can't find problem. No brake pedal at times. When road surface is wet and brakes applied car will not stop.

- Rittman, OH, USA

problem #4

Oct 011999

Grand Am

  • miles
I have had this problem since the beginning. They have turned the disks at least twice, replaced the rotors once, resurfaced the pads. This last time that I took it into the shop, they said that they suspect the rotors to warpped. Yet I had purchased the extended warranty to extend the bumper to bumper warranty, yet they told me that they can't do anything with it because it was out of the original warranty. I feel that the vehicle does not represent the quality or performance as stated or advertised. This car is a lemon no matter which state you may purchase it.

- Ridgeland, MS, USA

problem #3

Nov 111998

Grand Am

  • miles
I have had my rotors replaced three times now. Even though my milage is rather high for the time owned, most of my driving is freeway driving. I have also had problems with the breaks failing, especially when the weather is damp or wet. I have also had the antilock breaks kick in when I was doing normal breaking. This caused me to almost have an accident, because it increased my stopping distance. I was going only approximately 5-25mph in each of the several incidents. When the breaks failed it feels like someopne put vaseline on the rotors. I step on the break pedal, and get no response. I usually have to pump the breaks in order for them to work. This particular car also had a bedspring, creaking, cracking noise that seems to appear when I go over bumps and when the body flexes. Numerous people have asked me what the noise is, but my dealer can't seem to fix the problem. They did put some tape around something at one point that helped some, but the noise is very distracting and continues. The dealer actually told me that I shouldn't bring that car back to them for that problem. On my last trip to the dealer, they did seem to fix the problem temporarily, but when I was on the on ramp to the freeway, something "cracked" again, and the noises are heard daily now. I also had one of my fromt tires fail. The sidewall bubbled out. The manufacturer did nothing for me. I was more or less told that I would have to prove that there was a defect in the tire. I still had almost all of the origianl tread. The noises in the suspension/body are irritating, and the car sounds like it is going to fall apart on the road someday, but my biggest concern is the breaks. I am a very safe driver, but find the breaking system that is in my car very unreliable. I honestly feel that I would be better off without the ABS, as I don't need them kicking in when I am doing normal slow stopping, such as pulling out of a driveway or just slow down. Very scary when I don't stop.

- Elyria, OH, USA

problem #2

Oct 011998

Grand Am

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Brake rotors warped due to there failure caused pulsation.

- Santa Mari, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 011998

Grand Am

  • miles
No summary provided by consumer.

- Lexington, KY, USA

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