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My 2002 Hyundai Santa Fe (2.7L FWD) does not stop that great. Were the calipers on this vehicle the same as the calipers on a 2004 with the 3.5L engine? Please advise. Also, if they are different, would switching them to the 3.5L calipers help with braking? Thank you.

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  • vincentleoni May 18, 2009

    Thank you for your response Keith. I actually don't know the mileage when the pads were changed the last time. The vehicle has 58,000 miles on it now. The vehicle stops, but it just requires more effort than either my wife or I are used to. I drive a Honda Odyssey and my wife used to drive a Toyota Camry before getting this Santa Fe. It just doesn't seem like its right. I saw a 2004 Santa Fe the other day and it looked like it had much bigger calipers, but I don't know for certain. Thanks for your help.

  • vincentleoni May 18, 2009

    Thanks Keith! I will definitely check it out and I appreciate your input. Have a great day!

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    Keith Heavilin May 11, 2010

    I will check on the calipers for you but in the meantime how many miles do you have on the brake pads since the last brake job?  Also have you checked your brake fluid level?  The calipers that are on there should be more than enough to stop the vehicle.

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There are definitely a lot of times when brakes will feel completely different from one car to the next but if it seems like you are having to push hard just for normal braking then there is probably something wrong.  My father recently purchased a new SUV and had the same problem but just figured it was the new car but when I checked the brakes there were down to about 5% and about to start scraping metal on metal.  Before you go and try to change calipers, I would suggest checking the pads to see how much is left and checking the brake fluid.  If I had to bet, I would say that you just need to do a brake job and you will be stopping with much less effort.  You want to see that you have a least 1/4 inch of pad left, if not I would change them out.  Let me know if you need any more help with this.  Keith

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