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I just bought a 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe. At only 3000 miles my brakes failed in a parking lot and sent me into a chain link fence. I had it towed to the dealership and they could not find anything wrong and said the warranty could not be used. I have pulled other complaints about this same problem with this same vehicle off the internet. It doesn't matter to Hyundai and they want me to use my insurance to fix the Santa Fe. What if somebody died! I could have been on the freeway!

As it was I was in an Elementary school's parking lot, (would if my car killed a child)? When will Hyundai stand by their warranty? Can anyone help me?

Let me say two things.

1) I love my truck (SUV)
2) Why can't I find a mechanic who will replace my rear calipers?

I've had brake problems with my Hyundai Santa Fe for the last 3 years. I've done rear pads and rotors 4 times in that period and each time I say to the mechanic "don't you think maybe the calipers are sticking" and each time the same response. They're fine, this just happens with these types of vehicles.

Of course this load of crap is followed by words like "Korean steel", rust and other such things.
 
Above Post from My3Cents.com

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I have had my Santa Fe for almost 8 months and I am starting to have problems. My rear brake caliper is seizing up and gouging the rotor. I also have a clunking noise in the front end. I am bring the vehicle in this week and will add an update.

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Our rear brakes are seized at 30000km, on our "07 Sante Fe, The service department tells me it is not covered under warranty, because we did not bring the vehicle in for regular servicing. Our GM trucks are at 90000km and haven't had a brake job yet. One of our trucks has been in a couple of times to check the brakes and everything was fine.

 
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At 30,000 KM our 2007 Santa Fe also had the rear driver side brake fail. The pad wore down to the metal. My husband is a mechanic and said that the caliper frame is machined wrong and Hyundai is "cramming" the brakes in. With the brakes being wedged in, they seize and lock the whole time you drive, causing a safety issue and probably very poor fuel mileage.

The dealership we go to also would not cover it, as we didn't pull the brakes off at 24,000km and "grind them down to fit", or lube the sliders on the caliper frame.

Has anyone ever had to do this to brakes??? AND it only happened on the one wheel! We bought new brake pads from Hyundai and tried to fit them in but we refuse to wedge them in there and drive around like that, so we need to replace the rotor and wrong-sized caliper frame, or it will not be safe enough to drive.

We are going to the Department of Transportation. We'll post what happens next.


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We talked to the department of transportation, safety enforcement regarding our 2007 Santa Fe brake issue. They told us they are going to see how many people may be having that problem and then launch their investigation into the BC dealership. They also advised us to notify the Better Business Bureau, which we have not done. Please post any Santa Fe brake problems you may have, would love to hear about it.

We did purchase new brake pads and we had to modify them in order to install them! We captured the proof... Watch it on You Tube under the following links:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZeWj8cpgHTY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6hv0fWL5QY
 

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My 2007 Santa Fe has less than 23,500 kms. Back brakes almost worn out. Pads had to be replaced and rotors ground down to fit properly. $309 later, I find out that the brakes are NOT covered under the warranty.. It seems that brakes fall under the same category as wipers!! Imagine.. they are all "wearable parts"... well so is the rest of the Santa Fe.. so does that mean there is nothing covered under their 5 yr 100,000 km warranty... very disappointed.. may go back to Honda.


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We've also got a 2007 Santa Fe with 27,000kms on it. Same thing as everyone else. Brake problems. Driver's rear brake seized up and wore the outside pad down to the metal. Huge gouge in the rotor now. Had to order new pads and a new caliper. Not covered under warranty. Not in stock either at our dealership and not available aftermarket. Not very impressed at the moment. Have already contacted Hyundai Canada directly regarding the problem and basically got the "Oh well" response. Brake pads alone are twice the price of the ones on my Chevrolet pickup. (at least I've got one reliable vehicle I can count on) Will never buy foreign again. Also, word to the wise, never buy KIA. Had two of those and both were POS's with nothing but problems. Never again. Next one will be a GM product.


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I own a 2007 Santa Fe. When I took it in for service I was advised the right rear brake was worn metal to metal. However, when I drive the vehicle and applied the brakes there was no indication of the brake being seized. I was advised the the rear rotor had to be turned @ 89.00 and the brake pads replaced for $159.00. The vehicle only has 44000km on it. When I discussed the problem with the dealership I was advised that this was normal wear. When I discussed the problem with Hyundai Canada. I was given a story or woe by the service representation who stated she has a high end vehicle and the brakes were worn prematurely. Was she indicating the Santa Fe is a low end vehicle? No solution was offered by Hyundai Canada. Too bad, so sad. This will be my last Hyundai for sure!!


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I came to this website because I took my 2007 Santa Fe GLS into the dealer on February 6, 2009 for squealing rear brakes and was told that this is a common problem caused by the salt and deicing chemicals used on the roads in northern Ohio. I was told these chemicals cause the rear brakes to seize up. The car has 20,000 miles and has otherwise been great. I doubted the veracity of the dealership's explanation particularly since I have heard the same squealing sound on my former car and found then that I needed an entire brake system including rotors. I had to pay $145 to "unseize" the brakes, although this is not what was listed on the invoice. The dealer called it, "front and rear disc brake service", but the $145 cost was all labor. There seems to be a pattern of seizing rear brakes in this car that starts surfacing around 20,000. I am going to contact the dealer again and send him this website. I do not wish to replace brakes when it is a manufacturer's defect, nor do I want to be on a crowded freeway in a car that


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We own a 2007 Santa Fe (17 months old).

At 15000 miles the rear brakes need to be replaced (over half of the driven miles were highway use). The driver's rear rotor gets hot even when the brakes are not applied. We took the vehicle to the dealer to check the brakes and calipers (we believe that this is a warranty issue/ design flaw). The dealer confirmed that the rear bakes need to be replaced but would not warranty the work but he would not charge for the pads (we had to pay the service fee $150). Dealer said that every 15000 miles the car needs to have the brakes serviced at a cost of $160 - to clean the calipers. Has anyone heard of anything like this???


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I own 2007 Santa Fe, I have 17000 miles on it. I had same problem as other posters here, the passenger side braks are making squeaking noice because the rear caliper is seizing. I had to go to dealer twice in last 6 months for same problem.

my dealer gave me the same answer that it should be done every 1 year. and they will charge 89$ for each side (front and rear.


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On my 2007 Santa Fe I started to hear a squealing noise at 22,000 miles from the passenger side rear wheel, so I pulled off all the wheels and noticed the pads were low (front and rear). I ordered front and rear pads from the dealer and changed all the brake pads. I can't believe I'm going to have to do a all wheel brake job every 20,000 to 25,000 miles. Not very happy with this vehicle.


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Own 2007 Santa Fe. Rear driver side brake seized up. 2400 miles. Taking it to the dealer tomorrow, and from comments on site am not hopeful for help from them. Will comment on results later.


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Own a 2007 Santa Fe, brakes serviced after 1-year as per manual recommendation (150$) even though only 12000km on odometer. One year later at 24000km the right rear brakes seized and needed another service. Pads in the yellow mark.

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