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Stuttering brake pedal

My 2001 Hyundai Santa Fe's brakes have been acting strange. Occasionally, say once or twice per week (I drive at least twice per day) my brake pedal's normal resistance is replaced by a stuttering feeling. If I step off the pedal and step down again the pedal feels and works as it should. Had it checked out a couple of weeks ago at the Hyundai dealership and they couldn't find anything wrong. I did get the ball joints replaced but that didn't solve the problem.. not that anyone thought it would. Any ideas?

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  • melybel1 May 11, 2009

    Thanks both of you. I will be getting it checked out this week.
    Actually, it occurs when I'm going quite slowly. For example, at a place where I'm turning the corner, one where I don't have to come to a full stop.


  • melybel1 May 11, 2009

    Nope, steering wheel seems normal during these instances.

  • melybel1 May 12, 2009

    I don't actually know if it has rear drum brakes. It seems to happen more often after a rainfall, and also early on in a drive. Someone thought it could be that the brakes are getting wet and need time to warm up and dry in order to avoid any slippage. It doesn't seem to happen once the car has been running a while.

  • Anonymous May 17, 2009

    I have the stuttering brake pedal problem also. Mine will do it until the abs/ tcs light comes on. I think it is a sensor that has gone bad. This is the worst vehicle I have ever owned!

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Could possibly be vacuum assist check valve is defective and you are feeling the engine vacuum pulsations. Easy ck, Inexpensive, easy replace. Good luck. If you will, let me know. please

Posted on May 11, 2009

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    Ned C Cook May 12, 2009

    Engine manifold vacuum is highest at low speeds and pedal pressure by driver is usually very light. good luck

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Does it seam like you only feel it at higher speed like braking for off ramps on the interstate? Does the steering wheel shake too when the pedal is pulsating.

Posted on May 11, 2009

  • Clint Smock
    Clint Smock May 12, 2009

    Do you know if it is 4 wheel disc brakes or does it have drum brakes on the rear?

  • Clint Smock
    Clint Smock May 12, 2009

    Did the dealer check all four brakes it sounds like a drum brake with a problem but it could also be a disc brake with an uneven brake pad or a stuck slide pin

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