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Our 06 sorrento has severely warped rotors. Are these covered under warranty?

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if it was with the first brake pads - you can try to claim it. It is mainly under dealer discretion.
Rotors not supposed to run out with only one brake pads set.

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I've given up on the factory rotors and have ordered some from performancebrake.com I've been real happy with them.
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Our 06 sorrento has severely warped rotors. Are these covered under warranty?

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We have no idea where he lives. Nor how he drives this vech. Nor how many miles is on it to get severely warped rotors. Jsut that it is a 2006MY. Mine a USA spec 2004 for the record has the Production OEM rotors still on it and has 59,456 today. Last oil change in shop at 58,1xx something the brakes where "40%" on the second set of OEM pads and no pulse or glaze. No towing to speak of. Take that for what it is worth.

With a 3.5L towing is 3500lbs and has factored in eng/brakes.
With a 3.8L towing is 5000lbs and has factored in eng/brakes.
with a 3.3L towing is 3500lbs and has factored in eng/brakes.
with a 2.5L have no idea.

You can draw any and all conclusions form this. But Warped and or glazed rotors are form over use of OEM. OR the wrong spec aftermarkets.
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Brakes are a difficult item when it comes to warranty. I agree with SorentoLX that most brake failures are the result of improper use or over-use. Sometimes the warping can also be caused or accellerated by over-tightening wheel nuts.

I have seen people driving down Pikes Peak (14,110 ft.) with their foot on the brake continuously, instead of using a proper low gear. That's 19 miles downhill! And then they're surprised their brakes are all messed up.

On the other hand though, the car manufacturer has to make sure that the brakes are designed properly for its intended use. In case of the Sorento, that means stopping a loaded car (passengers + cargo) and a trailer up to 5,000 lbs.

Based on what I've read so far about the Sorento brakes is that they might be a little underpowered. So even if you drive it right and don't exceed your payload or trailer weight, the discs still warp early. I believe that should be covered by warranty.

Problem #1 is that no party (neither the owner, nor KIA) can ever proof how the brakes were used. So it will probably be at dealer's discretion whether or not they will cover it.

Problem #2 is that if you are lucky enough to get new brakes under warranty, you get the same quality discs and pads you had before. So they'll warp again.

To avoid both problems, many have turned to aftermarket brakes.
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My friend has a 06 Kia Sedona and it has 30,000 miles on it......her front rotars are warped and her dealer told her they are only under warranty to 15,000 miles......she also lives in pa like I do........
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Most wear items (clutch, breaks, rotors) are covered for the first year or 12000 miles. Best place to look is in your owners manual.

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they're only covered under the 12 month/12,000 mile warranty. being an 06, it's not covered anymore. you'd either have to buy new rotors or pay to have them resurfaced. most of the time rotors can only be resurfaced once until they are too thin to be safe.

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