Skip to comments.GM recalling Chevrolet Sonics to check brake pads
Posted on 12/30/2011 9:30:35 AM PST by rawhide
DETROIT General Motors Co. said on Friday that it is recalling more than 4,000 of its 2012 Chevrolet Sonic subcompact cars to check for missing brake pads.
The possibility that some Sonics could be missing an inner or outer brake pad was discovered during warranty service for a rental vehicle customer. GM said the problem is expected to exist in very few cars, and there are no known crashes or injuries related to the issue. A missing pad could require longer stopping distance, and contribute to a crash.
Dealers will inspect the front brakes for missing inner or outer pads and, if a pad is missing, install new pads. If needed, a new brake caliper or brake rotor, or both, will also be installed. Affected customers will receive dealer letters beginning Jan. 14
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Gummit Motors quality problem. I don’t even think Commie cars were typically infamous for this level of oversight.
“Gummit Motors quality problem. I dont even think Commie cars were typically infamous for this level of oversight.”
Anybody would stick their family into one of these toilets on wheels needs their head examined.
Some of those GM guys should stop hitting the bong at lunch.
I once had an aftermarket brake pad delaminate from the metal backing plate.
This was on a rear wheel. There was an immediate and significant loss of pedal and braking ability - and I still had a good size metal plate as a brake pad to rub against the rotor.
It’s hard to imagine a vehicle with missing pads even stopping, much less not making all sorts of noises as the caliper assembly and piston grinds itself away on the rotor.
I’m surprised the piston didn’t pop out of it’s bore with all the extra clearance.
Obama Motors is a sad joke now.
I’m pretty sure you can punch out the floorboard of one of these tin cans and use your feet, Flintstone-style.
These are the results when quality control is handled by union labor overseen by democRAT managers with gubment ownership.
This shows what government and Unions working hand in hand produce!
Perhaps the brake modulation system on these very new vehicles tells the still functional pair of brakes to kick in harder. But it ought to also turn the instrument panel idiot light on. Being found in a rental car, the average customer probably isn’t going to care if the instrument panel lights up like a Christmas tree, as long as the car still goes. A person who purchased the car would care more.
they wouldn’t notice that screeching metal on metal noise?
how friggin clueless is the owner/operator if they haven’t brought them back on their own?
Cars may be missing brake pads, and GM is going to send them a letter on January 14?
“Dear Chevrolet Sonic owner; if you are still alive, please take this letter and your car to the nearest Chevrolet repair facility.”
These new smart systems may be so smart that they would not even try to apply pressure to a brake unit with that kind of egregious slack. Instead you’d just get the best possible braking out of the other wheels and a discreet little red light on the instrument panel.
Always look for the union label. Means quality does not exist.
America is really dumbed down, if it takes a RECALL for owners to find out all that noise, squealing and shitty uneven braking isn’t normal.
This was no accident. The redundancy in quality assurance alone makes this suspect. This reeks of union sabotage
The piston in the caliper is probably not metal and wouldn’t make much noise. I can’t imagine someone not noticing the poor braking though. The omission of the pads during assembly though, almost has to be intentional
How those assemblies got installed on the automobile. And last how those assemblies were missed at the final inspection.
Bingo.Your questions are right on the money and can’t be answered with just an every day human error. This had to intentional on someone or several someones part.There needs to be a criminal investigation
Yeah, you’d think that “Brake pad in position, check” should be on more than one inspector’s list. Either getting the collusion of all the inspectors, or taking the darn things off after the inspections, sounds like what is happening. How dare they stab their buddy boy ‘Bama in the back like that?!?
Something cynical is going on.
Back in the day when the UAW had differences with Chevy about how many of their then-new Vega should be processed through the line per hour. They torqued fasteners down way past their specs. I came across this personally in a shock absorber mounting bolt that had to be sawed off — the threads had been stretched way past normal.
Yeah, youd think that Brake pad in position, check should be on more than one inspectors list. Either getting the collusion of all the inspectors, or taking the darn things off after the inspections, sounds like what is happening. How dare they stab their buddy boy Bama in the back like that?!?
I don’t just think that is on the inspectors checklist, I know it for a fact. I work in the part supply industry and you have to jump through hoops with QA. I doubt it’s collusion of inspectors, that would involve too many people to keep a secret. Taking them off is the most likely scenario, and if it involves more than one person, one of them will talk
On the other hand, I have a 03 Silverado 2500 with over 60K and never had/needed a brake job or tune up.
Must be some former Chrysler UAW workers staffing that GM plant: