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


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
12,500 miles

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2006 Saturn Relay brakes problems

brakes problem

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2006 Saturn Relay Owner Comments

problem #1

Jul 012006

Relay 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,500 miles


I was traveling on AZ state route 87 on a 6 percent downgrade. I had applied the brakes a total of 3 times for no more than 3 to 5 seconds at a time, this occurred over a 5 minute time frame. On the third application the brakes began to cavitate very badly. This caused the vehicle to sway and brakes faded out. The brakes made a rubbing sound for the next several days. When brakes are applied while turning they make a grinding sound/feel. The vehicle was taken into Saturn of arrowhead peoria, AZ on 07/06/06. They stated nothing was found wrong with brakes. They said it is common for brakes to fade on this vehicle going down hill. They stated we should downshift to compensate. They can not explain why brakes make sound while turning, they say brakes are fine. I personally believe problem is that brake rotors are to small for size of vehicle. That they heat up to quickly and fade out and rotors begin to warp. This is a design flaw that can be corrected by increasing rotor size and brake shoe size, there is plenty of room in wheel well.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

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