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2004 Malibu (new style) repeat brake failure

Rear brake pads worn out for second time. The first time the dealer replaced the calipers, rotors, & pads under warranty. They claim the brakes are worn out because the car is not driven enough (yep...).

About 30K, driven by lady in small town (slow traffic compared to city) and weekly highway cruises (~20 miles). This car is never driven hard.

Any bulletins on this problem?

Have you seen this problem on these cars?

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  • Anonymous Aug 02, 2008

    Ditto - only had this happen one time though, but waiting for the second time. This car is driven daily, but for short distances (and weekends, some longer distances). Regardless, it does not have very much wear and tear. If you saw how rusted the brakes were when they were removed, you'd think I had done terrible things to the car. Chevrolet was not receptive to the problem and claimed it was my fault, not a problem with the car... though I suspect they have seen this problem in MANY of their Malibus.

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The desind is **** they should put drum in the back the problem with not driving enought the part get rusty the caliper bushing get hard and get stuck pressure on the brake stay on a bit the metal of the rear rotor get fatique it start to rust and when the car stay there not running the rust it the rotor out the worst thing is there nothing you can do about it maybe 1 thing apply the hand brake daily what it does the brake caliper bushing move more by moving there less rust that accumulate on them they stay lub longer hope it FIXYA our problem thank you
PIERRE

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