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Hey all. This video is from a couple months ago and things have gotten worse sounding. Basically when we reverse and turn it sounds like a loud screeching noise. We were told by an independent auto mechanic it’s a known issue with the VW Atlas and that it has to do with the brakes and rotors. He told us basically that VW has installed cheap parts that get a lot of buildup of brake dust on the rotors. He said we can deal with the noise or replace them. Replacing them we would end up having the same issue. Or we can replace them with higher quality items to resolve the issue. Two questions:
1. Has anyone heard of anything like this/experienced similar issues?
2. Anyone know if this is a recall or would be replaced under warranty?

 

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How many miles are on the car? It sounds like the brake pad wear indicator is starting to touch the rotor indicating that it's almost time to be replaced. If it only happens in reverse - could be that who ever assembled the brakes put the pads in upside down (wear indicator is at the bottom vs top).
 

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How many miles are on the car? It sounds like the brake pad wear indicator is starting to touch the rotor indicating that it's almost time to be replaced. If it only happens in reverse - could be that who ever assembled the brakes put the pads in upside down (wear indicator is at the bottom vs top).
There are roughly 30K miles. We had the brakes checked and were told they are basically brand new. But that’s an interesting point about the pads being upside down. I’ll have that looked into! Thank you!
 

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I partly agree with he mechanic, it sounds like brake dust is causing the squeeling when the rotors are cold. I have expensive brake pads and rotors on my Toyota and it does the same when cold. It is not uncommon, but should not do it once the rotors heat up. .
 

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Cold brakes squealing in the morning etc. is perfectly normal. Does it do this when slowing down once you are driving? The OE pads are very dusty which can also lead to this condition. This is not a warranty issue.
 

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It only happens in reverse, after sitting all night or sometimes even for a few hours. I live in Oregon and it hasn’t been too cold. But this was also happening all summer when it wasn’t cold at all.
 

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It only happens in reverse, after sitting all night or sometimes even for a few hours. I live in Oregon and it hasn’t been too cold. But this was also happening all summer when it wasn’t cold at all.
I know you may not want to hear it but - normal. Lots of cars will make some noise when you drive it after sitting at night and condensation causes bits of surface oxidation on the rotors. It gets cleaned off as soon as you drive it. Typically if you have worn down the pads enough to get to the wear indicators this will happen all the time.
 

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I have a 09 Jeep, 11 Town&Country and 19 VW Atlas. I "expect" noise after they have sit. Wait till you drive it in snow/salt, let it sit for a couple days and back out of the drive. My god. You would think you are grinding squirrels holding up in your wheel wells for heat.
 

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Same issue 2019 Atlas SEL with 7000miles with very annoying squeak. Did you get a response from the dealer as to the root cause. Will be taking mine in for a service next week.
It's totally normal to do this - just brake dust and should go away as soon as your drive it. VWs have been doing this for years with folks asking about it. It's the pad compound they use.
 

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Hey all. This video is from a couple months ago and things have gotten worse sounding. Basically when we reverse and turn it sounds like a loud screeching noise. We were told by an independent auto mechanic it’s a known issue with the VW Atlas and that it has to do with the brakes and rotors. He told us basically that VW has installed cheap parts that get a lot of buildup of brake dust on the rotors. He said we can deal with the noise or replace them. Replacing them we would end up having the same issue. Or we can replace them with higher quality items to resolve the issue. Two questions:
1. Has anyone heard of anything like this/experienced similar issues?
2. Anyone know if this is a recall or would be replaced under warranty?

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I have a 2019 VW Jetta with the loud brake nosie in reverse. Its been doing it since around 3k miles and currently has 19k miles. It has been in the shop so
many times and can’t be fixed. I tried lemon buyback with VW but they said the noise is normal. I am now suing VW because this is not normal nor do
I feel right trading it off to pass the problem to someone else.

 

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^^^Jesus, just put on some different pads - it's about $50. VW pads are dusty and cause this issue. This is not worth a buyback/lawsuit. Folks have lost their GD minds.
Thanks for the suggestion but new pads has been tried and it doesn’t fix it. Dealership has done everything possible but the noise is still there. I had the service manager tell me it’s in the new design they did for some of the cars.
 

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Thanks for the suggestion but new pads has been tried and it doesn’t fix it. Dealership has done everything possible but the noise is still there. I had the service manager tell me it’s in the new design they did for some of the cars.
Firstly - sorry for that response but I just read some of this stuff day in and day out and think...huh?

Brakes aren't complicated at all - it should be v. easy to sort out with pads/rotors. VW brakes will make some noise first thing in the morning often from moisture on the rotors especially in reverse - google it...it's been a thing for years. Does your Atlas do this 100% of the time/always? The pads are a compound that produces A LOT of dust - my fix is simply to use lower dust pads - Centric Posi-Quiet are excellent/cheap.
 

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Firstly - sorry for that response but I just read some of this stuff day in and day out and think...huh?

Brakes aren't complicated at all - it should be v. easy to sort out with pads/rotors. VW brakes will make some noise first thing in the morning often from moisture on the rotors especially in reverse - google it...it's been a thing for years. Does your Atlas do this 100% of the time/always? The pads are a compound that produces A LOT of dust - my fix is simply to use lower dust pads - Centric Posi-Quiet are excellent/cheap.
- I think some of the people in these posts are taking broad strokes with their assessment, as they are unable to hear it in person (which makes sense). I have the same noise as the video posted earlier for the 2019 VW Jetta. I have owned a piece of junk 2003 VW Passat, and have rented numerous cars for road trips that have never made this sound when reversing. Sure, a slight squeak here and there, but not this. So, to purchase a Brand New vehicle with 25 miles and be told "oh, that's normal" is garbage. Below is the exact sound I have on my Brand New car with only 10k on it, which it has done since I purchased it with 25 miles. I use my vehicle every day, so no it does not sit, and every day it makes this sound when I go in reverse.

 
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