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Evening all. Had our Arona for a week now. Done over 400 miles and notice the brakes are still noisy. It's like a scraping noise. I hoped they would have become quieter once they had bedded in a bit but they still sound the same. I heard that they have some sort of eco pads fitted so not sure if this is the reason but it doesn't sound particularly good. Oh and the fuel tank is tiny. It cost £42 to fill it when it said zero miles on the computer. I reckon it's cost about £60 to do 450 miles as the salesman said he put £20 of petrol in it when we collected it.
 

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This is an interesting observation about the brakes. Have you consulted the dealer about the noise? If so, what did they say? It would be nice to know whether one can change the pads to eliminate the noise. I don't get mine until mid May but it would be good to be armed with the information beforehand.
 

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I get this as well. Just a faint grinding noise, I have posted a picture before about how quickly the rear discs seem to get very rust and takes some time to clean them. Interestingly mines gone in the garage today and I have an Ibiza loan car with rear drums. There's no brake grind that I've heard with my arona so I wonder if it's the rears that are the culprit here. Be interesting to see if anybody who has drum brakes at the rear us also getting this noise.
 

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I get this as well. Just a faint grinding noise, I have posted a picture before about how quickly the rear discs seem to get very rust and takes some time to clean them. Interestingly mines gone in the garage today and I have an Ibiza loan car with rear drums. There's no brake grind that I've heard with my arona so I wonder if it's the rears that are the culprit here. Be interesting to see if anybody who has drum brakes at the rear us also getting this noise.
I have the SE with Drum brakes and have not noticed any squeaks so it could just be the Rear Disks
 

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Well I went out in it this morning and found it to be noisier probably due to the film of rust that appears on the discs from damp weather once I had used the brakes it does quieten down. I might let it get a few more miles under it's belt before speaking to the dealer. It isn't anything terrible just a slight scrape noise. It seems more noticeable when manovering slowly. Probably just the pads bedding in hopefully.
 

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it takes a good 500miles to really begin to bed in the brakes.
but it is has a grinding noise, then it could be a stone caught between the pad and the disk, check to see if a groove in the disk is starting to appear.
If so, then get to the dealer sharpish, as they can clear this before any real damage occurs to the disks, as this would not be covered in warranty if they needed replacing. better to get it checked sooner than end up with a BILL..
any grinding noises you should get to the Dealer straight away, don't wait..
 

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Well I have just been out in it again and now starting to think that it isn't happening when breaking. I just turned round at the end of the road and the noise seems to happen when putting it on full lock or nearly full lock. It isn't the noise of a power steering pump. It still sounds like it's coming from the front wheels. I don't have to accelerate when manovering as it's a DSG so crawls once i release the brakes and that's when I notice it.
 

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No sorry, the noise is no more or less than would be expected and given a reasonable mileage and usage the bedding in will resolve, how would this possibly be a model problem ? My model has drum brakes to the rear is hardy and given the issues with disc rears and hand brakes I am more than happy.
We're coming to the end of a winter tour to Andalusia and the Arona has been perfect!
And very few others seen!
 

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Tiny fueltank? You've clearly never driven an up! ;D

My breaks also squal from time to time, decided to do some "inspired" driving - that helped..
 

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Had mine 24hours so no time to squeal yet I don't think .. mind you couldn't even drive it today as wouldn't start ! Had to call out the Seat Assist Breakdown ... took ages but he fiddled with all sorts and got it started .. wants me to take it straight to dealer first thing in morning to give it a good check over of the starter relay I think he said .. just was completely dead when trying to start it today Yet had run perfect last night when picked it up 😞
 

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The brakes are extremely noisy. I've bought a brand new Arona FR and whenever I remove my foot from the brake pedal, a loud annoying sound comes up. Has someone faced this issue? Because the company said that this sound can be heard in all seat cars but in the Arona it is even louder! And surprisingly they cannot fix.. There's no solution for that! I only got the car 2 months ago
 

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I have the same problem. But I've got used to it. The rear wheels are fully perforated on both sides. The problem is that the blades are very close to the edge of the car and just need little water and are already starting to rust.
 

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All,

I worked for a leading brake manufacturing supplying VW, Seat, Ford etc for 40 years. A brake pad is made up of many components. The art of friction material is the correct friction level to suit the vehicle. This is achieved by a combination of abrasives and lubricants merged with heat resistant chemicals and noise dampening chemicals. One of the main components for friction is iron fillings, so rust forming on the discs should be expected and is normal. Noise can come from the calliper as well as the brake pad. With the growing market for Electric Vehicles manufactures are becoming more conscious of noise as the engine will no longer be there to mask brake noise. I think the Seat is fitted with MQB pads made by Federal Mogul, but can't be sure until I receive my vehicle. Brake pads come with differing levels of noise dampening devices such as noise dampening shims. Before the vehicle manufacturers agree to the brake pad supplier a stringent testing procedure both using dynos and vehicle trials takes place. Noise levels are a critical part of this test and are a deciding factor when selecting the supplier. I am not suggesting that the brakes may not have noise, but the pad selection is likely to be the best suit for the vehicle calliper. Try other pads by all means but make sure it's a premium brand OE spec.
 

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I agree with Ditch on dampening

Its something I noticed not long after getting the car. On stripping the brakes down (fronts only, car has discs & drums) I filed the edges of the pads where they sit in the caliper and greased the edges and back of the pads

45k miles later, not a muff. You might want to try that and see if it helps. My colleague has an Ibiza FR and has no issues so I suppose it might just be manufacturing tolerances.
 
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