I have a 2009 Hyundai Accent with about 90,000 miles. I bought it with 30,000 from a dealership that had been using it as their “loaner” car. I have no idea if the brakes were new when I got it, but let’s assume they were.
The brakes have been squeaking since Day 1, especially when first driving. In the first few years of ownership I took the car to several different mechanics, convinced my brakes needed replacing. Was told that no, I had tons of life left on them and the rotors were in good shape. Each time they’d clean the dust off them and I’d be squeak-free for a day or two. After a few years of ownership, when it rained and I’d start driving my brakes would be SO loud and an almost-grinding noise could be heard. Not only that, but sometimes after a rainy night when I first braked, the car would almost lurch when making a stop. I honestly thought I had been lightly rear-ended the first few times it happened. Asked multiple mechanics to check the brakes and was told everything looked fine.
Now, I’ve put nearly 60,000 miles on this car. I still haven’t replaced the brakes because each time I bring it somewhere to do so I get told I don’t need it. I can’t believe that brakes with 60,000 miles on them have any life left, but multiple mechanics say otherwise. The most recent mechanic attributed the lurching to moisture in the ABS. Seriously, what could be going on here?
I’m about to tell my mechanic to replace both my brakes/rotors next week no matter what, but it would be nice to know possible causes to my issue. I drive my toddler around daily and I just don’t trust my brakes. One brake failure will be one too many.
On a side note, this, coupled with low MPH, no power, and a transmission I feel is slowly on a death spiral has soured me on Hyundai’s forever. Would never recommend an Accent, even accounting for the cheap price.