After recently borrowing my mother's 2003 Sonata, I noticed the braking
to be, what I would consider, very poor. The pedal goes fairly low and
feels mushy, and it seemed to take excessive effort to stop the
vehicle. The car has 25,000 miles on it, and with an older woman
driving it, I thought it might need pads. Upon inspection, the pads
have between 3/16" and 1/4" remaining. The car has 4-wheel disc brakes.
I took the car for a test, and noted that pumping the pedal seems to
have little to no effect. Pedal feels soft and spongy, to me. With the
car parked, I noted that the pedal would go low, but seemed to hold
with my foot on it. The reservoir level is very close to the full mark.
The brakes have always made a slight grinding noise, but she was told
that that was because it had ceramic pads.
I believe that the car has a 5 yr / 60,000 mile warranty. I was just
going to go ahead and replace the front pads while I had the wheels
off, but don't want to cause any warranty issue. Would I be right in
that anything involving the brakes, other than pads, should be covered
under the warranty?? I'd like to have as much info as possible, before
I take it to the dealer's.