Where Brakes Complaints Happen

Sometimes it helps just to tally up the complaints and see where the biggest stacks are. Use this information to learn about troublespots or to run for the hills.

Recent Brakes News

There's a lot of news out there, but not all of it matters. We try to boil down it to the most important bits about things that actually help you with your car problem. Interested in getting these stories in an email? Signup for free email alerts over at CarComplaints.com.

  1. Audi is recalling 350 Q3 SUVs because the backing plates holding the brakes together can fall off during a sudden stop.

    They also say the pressure could just cause the plates to bend but it doesn't really inspire much stopping confidence either way. All the affected vehicles are from the 2020 model year.…

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  2. Audi has been sued for installing noisy brakes in the 2015-2018 Q7, but the automaker says the suit is all squeal and no bite.

    The plaintiff points to three service bulletins as evidence that Audi is aware of the issue, but in their motion to dismiss the automaker says brakes are subject to wear and tear and that noise doesn’t always represent a defect.…

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  3. A Q7 owner has sued Audi over his squeaky brake pads and defective rotors.

    But in a twist, the brakes that come with the car aren’t the problem … it’s the $1700 replacement parts.

    In April 2018, the plaintiff heard loud squealing noises when he used the brakes even though the replacement parts had been on the Q7 less than 3,500 miles. He took the SUV to technicians who drove the vehicle but couldn't replicate the squealing and squeaking sounds.

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  4. Volkswagen says the anti-lock braking system (ABS) and electronic stability control (ESC) in some of its cars are having a fight.

    When the ABS is activated it can disable the ESC. That's a fight where no-one wins.

    "Volkswagen engineers found a fault inside the anti-lock brake system control module that can cause the module to fail whenever the electronic stability control or ABS system activates. A driver will notice warning lights for the brakes, the anti-lock braking system and the electronic stability control system.

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