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NHTSA — Service Brakes, Hydraulic: Foundation Components: Disc Problems

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

1998 Buick Regal brakes problems

brakes problem

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1998 Buick Regal Owner Comments

problem #4

Aug 051999

Regal

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Extreme vibration in steering wheel/column when brakes are applied.

- Chattanooga, TN, USA

problem #3

Dec 252000

Regal

  • miles
Severe front brake problem with shake and possible rotor damage reported to and repaired by cavender Buick, under warranty, on June 1999. (note: Your NHTSA site has several complaint entries regarding same). On 12/25/00, on return trip traveling I37 North to san antonio from corpus christi, I applied brakes to make my exit on san antonio loop 410. Immediately after releasing the brake we heard a loud rotating clunk from the front end. I pulled over to the shoulder. I was on the shoulder when the car movement froze and came to a jolting halt. This was at 1630 hrs. Tow truck arrived at 2200 and moved car to nearest GM dealership which was cavender Oldsmobile. Although cavender dealerships are family related they are 2 totally separate dealerships at different locations. They serviced my car the following day and determined that the right front brake caliper had sheared off and jammed somewhere between the rotating wheel and the fixed axle preventing foward movement on the car. Interstate 37 was wet and slick on Dec 25th and I am very very happy that the calipers did not come off while I was traveling the speed limit on that freeway. Otherwise I could have checked off "yes" on your fatality box on this form. It is upsetting to know that you have at this site information regarding problems with the brake system on this vehicle yet they are under "complaints" while you have windshield wipers under "investigations". I would then suggest, with strong urgency, that an immediate investigation be initiated regarding the serious problem with the brake system, design, or materiels used. The shaking maybe causing stress on the bolts that hold the calipers.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #2

Jun 011999

Regal

  • miles
Frt disc brake rotors warped causing severe shake and poor braking performance. Condition verified by qualified mechanic

- Crystal Lake, IL, USA

problem #1

Dec 011998

Regal

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The material of the brake pad, causing brake pads to overheat and warp. Front brake rotors also warped, causing vehicle to shake and may result in loss control.

- Pahrumb, NV, USA

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