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CarComplaints.com Notes: The Chevy Astro is mechanically identical to the GMC Safari.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,655 miles

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1998 Chevrolet Astro Van brakes problems

brakes problem

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1998 Chevrolet Astro Van Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #21

Jan 272007

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 1998 Chevrolet Astro. While driving 10 mph the antilock brake system activated and the contact had to swerve to avoid striking another vehicle. The failure occurred without warning when braking at low speeds. The manufacturer stated that this vehicle was not included in the recall and will not pay for the repair. The current mileage is 88,000, and failure mileage was 85,000.

- Charlotte, MI, USA

problem #20

Dec 042006

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 103,000 miles
: the contact stated while depressing the brake pedal at low speeds, the pedal was harder to depress and had a longer stopping distance. The dealer was not contacted.

- Shawmut, ME, USA

problem #19

Feb 122006

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,756 miles
While slowing to a stop at about 2 mph on dry pavement, the vehicle's anti-lock braking system started rapidly cycling, no brakes were grabbing because of the rapid cycling, the engine started to race slightly, and the vehicle was headed for either two pedestrians or a building. To stop the vehicle, I placed the transmission in reverse and the vehicle came to a stop. After another brake attempt the brakes responded. I went to an isolated street with some ice and dry pavement, and this anti-lock braking failure occurred in 1 out of 5 braking attempts. I never received an anti-lock warning light and the system completed its self tests properly on each engine start up. I removed the 60 amp fuse to disable the system and I am not sure I can ever trust this system again.

- Oscoda, MI, USA

problem #18

Nov 112004

Astro Van 4WD 6-cyl

  • 87,000 miles

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

While braking at low speed the ABS would cause extended stopping distance. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem. Front wheel speed sensor replaced. Left front window hangs when going up. Window tracke lubed. Pads and rotors replaced. Rer brake adjusted. Brake pedal kicked up when almost to a stop. Replaced brake calipers/rotors/ backing plates and removed sensors and cleaned rust build up on sensor and hub assemblies. Both idler amrs and front and rear shocks were replaced due to front end play.

- Cranberry Township, PA, USA

problem #17

Mar 012002

Astro Van

  • miles
Brake pedal would push itself back up intermittently when applied and cause extended stopping distance. Dealer was not notified at this time. Feel free to provide any further information.

- Fairoat, PA, USA

problem #16

Nov 242001

(reported on)

Astro Van

  • miles
After driving for about 7/10 miles and then parking it smells like burning brakes. When we took it in to have the brakes checked the repair shop said the pads were loose and glazed. We have replaced the brakes pads 2 twice since we purchased the vehicle and the time frame from the 1st time to the last time was about 4 months ago and we are taking it back to have the brakes check again for the same reason.

- Fullerton, CA, USA

problem #15

May 012001

(reported on)

Astro Van 4WD

  • miles

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

Power steering pump failed suddenly causing loss of steering and brakes. I was told by service mgr. @ damascus Chevrolet that he has seen this problem in this braking system before. There was no warning or previous problem with either the steering or the brakes. The failure was sudden and complete. I have located one additional owner of the same model van who experienced a simular failure. In both cases it was fortunate that the failure was at a low speed. Chevrolet informed me that since the vehilce was out of warranty they would make no efforts to assist me with the repair ($800). I feel that a braking system that suffers from this type of failure from time to time ( as stated by the Chevy service mgr.) is a threat to anyone who may operate or be in proximity of the operation of these vehicles.

- Gaithersburg, MD, USA

problem #14

Mar 012001

Astro Van 4WD

  • miles
No summary listed for abov evehicle.

- Hamilton, VA, USA

problem #13

Jun 011998

Astro Van

  • miles
When applying brakes they would grab, took to dealer who found emergency brake had been fused to brakes. Took 2 visits to dealer before problem was found. Also, idler arm/tie rod ends had to be replaced. Tires had been wearing uneven, vehicle was shaking badly.

- Kenosha, WI, USA

problem #12

Jul 012000

Astro Van

  • miles
Coolant leaking from radiator and vehicle overheats. Also, when applying brakes pedal gets hard, and goes all the way to the floor. Dealership is aware of problem. The hold down spring for rear brake rusted due to wet weather.

- Aberdeen, WA, USA

problem #11

Jun 012000

Astro Van

  • miles

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

While driving stepped on the brake pedal to reduce speed or stop vehicle, but vehicle won't stop. Had to step with both feet on brakes to stop vehicle.

- San Cramento, CA, USA

problem #10

Jan 202000

Astro Van

  • miles
On wet days if brakes were touched slightly vehicle jerked enough to feel like consumer was going through the window. Dealer inspected vehicle & said that it was normal problem. However, made a rear adjustment.

- Salem, MA, USA

problem #9

Apr 252000

(reported on)

Astro Van

  • miles
While traveling and when making a sudden stop or normal stop by depressing the brakes, vehicle would continue to travel. By depressing the brakes again vehicle would stop.

- Hargill, TX, USA

problem #8

Feb 052000

Astro Van

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Intermittently when applying the brakes, van pulled to the driver's side. This happened after the van had been driven for 50 miles. Also, brake pads have been replaced five times in 40,000 miles. Dealer was not able to duplicate the problem.

- Frankfurt, IL, USA

problem #7

Jul 151998

Astro Van

  • miles
Ongoing /intermittent problem with rear wheels locking up when when coming to a stop position or taking off from a stop position. Vehicle been in/out of dealer shop on two occasions, and nothing could be found.

- Azete, NM, USA

problem #6

Sep 151998

Astro Van

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer experiencing ongoing problem with braking system failing to operate properly. Whenever consumer had to apply brakes in an emergency situation vehicle would pull to the right continually. Vehicle been in/out dealer shop on four occasions, and problem still occurring, consumer states that the problem occurs after the brakes are warmed up.

- Norman, OK, USA

problem #5

Feb 011999

(reported on)

Astro Van

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Anti lock brakes failed.

- La Habra, CA, USA

problem #4

Oct 061998

Astro Van

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When applying the brakes, pedal goes to the floor, causing vehicle to not stop, which resulted in owner hitting another vehicle.

- Beaverton, OR, USA

problem #3

May 101999

Astro Van

  • miles
While driving about 50 mph driver could step on the brake pedal to stop vehicle. But insisted that there were a lot of problems with the ABS braking system and some others problems.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #2

Jun 211998

Astro Van

  • miles
When driving at any speed and applying brakes, vehicle is pulling to the left and to the right. Has replaced brakes six times, including rear drums and front brake rotors. However, problem has returned, and the dealer can't determine the cause. When consumer is driving on wet pavement and applying the brakes, vehicle will slide across the road due to ABS brakes locking up.

- Hendersonville, TN, USA

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