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01 Tiburon I have been noticing for a while that I have a very nasty rattle in the back rear drivers side tire area, I was told that it was a broken strut mount but I noticed today that when I apply the brakes even just a little bit the rattle stops , and when I release the brakes the rattle returns. I don't know a ton about my car and I can't seem to locate a manual at any of the places I have been to, but this doesn't really sound like a strut problem. Any helpful hints or things I should look for? My dad is going to take the tire off again this weekend because the last time he took it off he couldn't see that anything was wrong or broken. PLEASE HELP!!

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Hello Hopeisananch

My favourite car (I have one) and I hope a pleasure to assist.

The Tiburon has brake pads all round and not brake shoes at the back with pads at the front like many other cars.

From your description I would suggest that the rear brake pads and/or callipers are responsible.

I would recommend replacing the rear pads as they may have become very worn over time causing them to rattle against the wheel disc.
The brake callipers are pretty simple to remove once the wheel is off. You will need to jack the car up and remove the lid from the brake fluid reservoir which can be found under the hood.
The calliper is secured by two bolts on each side, they can be released and then pull away the calliper from the wheel assembly making sure to support it whilst working on the pads so as not to stretch the brake pipe.
You will also need to push back the calliper piston using a calliper tool or block of wood. This is to make way for the new thicker brake pads.
The new pads can be replaced ensuring that you use copper grease where the brake pad arms rest inside the calliper but ****do not get copper grease ****onto the surface of the new brake pads or wheel disc.
You can then reassemble the calliper over the new pads and re-bolt tightly into place. You should use a torque wrench to the specified setting however a good solid hand tightening should be fine.
Then replace the wheel and be sure to replace the brake fluid reservoir cap.

Pads themselves are pretty cheap. You can also of course get a mechanic to do the work for you if you are unsure of the proceedure as your safety is after all paramount.

I myself would avoid main dealer charges for this type of work as they can be very expensive.
You may also find a tyre dealer in your area may offer you a free brake inspection and be able to complete the work at reasonable cost.

There is also a full pictorial guide here

This is a Hyundai / Tiburon Coupe Forum for similar owners as ourselves.

My very best regards and happy motoring


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