Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety.

Print this page

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
10 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
116,722 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.

2002 Chevrolet Avalanche brakes problems

brakes problem

Find something helpful? Spread the word.
Get notified about new defects, investigations, recalls & lawsuits for the 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche:

Unsubscribe any time. We don't sell/share your email.

2002 Chevrolet Avalanche Owner Comments (Page 1 of 5)

problem #96

Oct 312016

Avalanche

  • miles

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

Repeated parking/emergency brake system failures. The vehicle fails commonwealth of Virginia safety inspections at least every other year. Repairs end up costing around $800. This is a common feature in most cars and trucks. The internet is filled with complains regarding the Chevy Avalanche. Why was a recall never issued for the automatic transmission models?

- Sterling, VA, USA

problem #95

Sep 112016

Avalanche

  • 200,000 miles
My son was driving my 2002 Avalanche when the brake pedal went to the floor without any prior warning or dash lights. Although he did go through the intersection he was trying to stop for there was no traffic and no accident. The problem was a brake line failing.

- Bloomington, MN, USA

problem #94

Sep 062016

Avalanche

  • 268,000 miles
Lost all braking power while driving. Pedal went to the floor. Drove home slowly, looked underneath and the front brake line had rusted through. Puddles of brake fluid.

- Bloomington, IL, USA

problem #93

Jun 232016

Avalanche

  • 92,894 miles

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

Engine stall with loss of steering and brakes when turning from tower oaks St onto jones road, a busy 4 lane road. Car stopped in oncoming lane on jones road, just avoiding a head on collision. Crankshaft sensor failure. Had car towed to dealer who infomed me that there was no recall on the crankshaft sensor of the chevrolete Avalanche paid dealer $540. For cransshaft sensor replacement. Have not had a stalling problem sence replacing the cranshaft sensor. This is a very dangerous situation and can cause severe accidents as the loss of steering and brakes is critical.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #92

Jun 152016

Avalanche

  • 260,000 miles
My 02 Avalanche has had all the fuel, em brake, wheel hub while husband was stopping at light when the top caliper bolt came out wedging the caliper between the wheel and bolt this stopped the truck sounded like gun fire and the rest end went 8 ft into the air. Air bag not deployed. Cost days pays and $ new bolt to get back on road, no injury. Plus drvr fr axle pass too. 2nd tranny only 4yrs apart has failed again with my 6 grkids on my 56th B.D. in tx 105 * heat index. It took 4 hours to get home having to stop every 10 min for 20 min because it was overheating. My grkids were heat exhausted as was I. I have had to replace the short column in my steering and I have been jiggling the key to start it for appx 8 years now. 2 fuel pumps in less than a year the last one was stuck for 3 hours at gas station w/3 grkids while my D-N-law was waiting to meet me 2 hours from her home. I think that covers most of the investigations and complaints and not one did Chevy pay for. I didn't bother asking my husband has 2500 school hours in auto mechanic repair. My trim is faded and have to oil it to keep it from cracking. The truck still drives excellent but you people are who I'm going to sue if something catastrophic happens in that truck for your lackadaisical attitude in enforcing the safety laws. How much kick back do you receive from the car companies to not recall their cars and trucks? don't be shocked it is obvious big money dictates what gets recalled. People die for the greed of others and that is pathetic. If you enforced the safety laws stricter there would not be people dying or badly mft'd vehicles causing wrecks scaring people causing ptss. I think this Agency is all about making people think you do something when you don't, at least not until 600million cars have to be recalled. 2 should be enough. 1 a repair 2 not a coincidence. Thank you, [xxx] all while driving information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Canton, TX, USA

problem #91

Jun 042013

Avalanche

  • 50,400 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche 1500. The contact stated that brake fluid was leaking and the brakes failed to stop the vehicle. After inspecting the vehicle, the contact mentioned that the brake lines were corroded. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 50,400. Updated 08/04/16

- Port St Lucie, FL, USA

problem #90

Jun 042016

Avalanche

  • 136,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche 1500. While driving 20 mph, the brake pedal was depressed but failed to stop the vehicle. The contact collided head on into another vehicle. The air bags did not deploy. A police report was filed and the vehicle was towed. The contact sustained minor injuries, but did not require medical attention. The contact, a licensed mechanic, diagnosed that the brake line was corroded and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was approximately 136,000.

- Cleveland, TN, USA

problem #89

Apr 052016

Avalanche

  • 130,000 miles
I am an owner of a 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche 1500. Lately I have had continued and consistent unwanted anti-lock brake (ABS) activation when traveling at low speeds and approaching stop signs, stop lights, and yield signs at or near intersections. The unwanted ABS activation appears identical and consistent with GM product recall 05068 and NHTSA campaign number 05V-379 in which 804,000 GMC and Chevrolet vehicles were recalled for unwanted ABS activation. The primary geographic regions affected appears to be the salt belt states. The problem appeared to be ABS wheel sensors not properly prepared prior to installation causing rust and/or corrosion to affect the wheel sensors. Although a check of my VIN does not yield any safety recalls on my specific vehicle, I believe my vehicle is affected by the same front wheel sensor corrosion issue as those vehicles listed in the recall. My vehicle Avalanche which is one of the vehicles affected. I also reside in Illinois which is one of the states affected. I am concerned this may cause and accident. I also believe this is a manufacturer defect and therefor the manufacturer should be accountable for any defect that may jeopardize consumer safety. I would like my wheel sensors cleaned and/or replaced per GM recall and at no cost to me.

- Ingleside, IL, USA

problem #88

Jan 232016

Avalanche 4WD 8-cyl

  • 104,000 miles
Saturday January 23, 2016 during a snow storm my 2002 Chevy Avalanche 2500 VIN# [xxx] lost all brake control due to failed and corroded brake line under driver side door at retainer clip on side of frame without any warning signs of soft pedal or intermittent braking. This is the second truck driven a 2004 1500 with the same failed line in same place on frame. Just before the brake line failed there was a small car in front of me with two small children in the back seat that turned right if they came to a full stop I would have not been able to negotiate around them that could have resulted in injury and or death of the other occupants in the car. I do think that this is a big safety concern for all not just drivers of the affected trucks but anyone or object in its path. I asking for GM to recall all affected vehicles for a repair and replacement of all brake lines at the cost of General Motors with brake lines coated like the poly armor lines to aid in the resistance of corrosion. The current lines are only made of steel with no top coating and are routed in direct spray off of tires and road with no splash shield to protect line from spray or foreign objects from striking lines. Sincerely [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Bristol, VA, USA

problem #87

Dec 262015

Avalanche

  • 7,900 miles
Brake lines are made out of defective materials GM knows they have a problem the lines rust out prematurely. The first one blew out I was backing in a parking space pedal went to the floor. The second one blew at a traffic light pushed on the brake went thru the red light dodged traffic.the third on the interstate traffic was stopping suddenly pushed on the pedal another brake line broke went to the floor and I managed to hit the median cross the middle and get it stopped before a head on collision with the traffic heading the other direction on interstate 81. The rest of the under side is rust and corrosion free only the brake lines are rusted out !.that being said GM has a repair kit with coated lines they always have in stock because they know its a major problem !!! I got a repair estimate from my local dealership $1580 I am replacing all steel lines. Please make them recall this is going to kill someone

- Callao, VA, USA

problem #86

Sep 052015

Avalanche

  • 119,000 miles

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

At slow speeds, the ABS comes on without warning on dry pavement, so this is not a result of a slippery road surface. I have almost hit several things/cars. There was a previous recall for this exact issue (050068A), but the dealer says that the recall repair was already done and they will not perform the repair again. I can understand the dealer's position if this were not the result of a recall, but this seems to be an ongoing issue. The recall repair work was completed in 2006, and now in 2015, I am sure it has rusted again to the point that the same probelm is occurring. Rust in the braking system is a problem with this vehicle, as the brake lines have rusted out and failed twice already.

- Metuchen, NJ, USA

problem #85

Jul 302015

Avalanche

  • 86,000 miles
When traveling at low speeds, >5mph, the ABS activates and vehicle continues on to the point of entering traffic. This occurs frequently and without warning, at stop signs and even just pulling out of private driveway into traffic. My local mechanic ran a diagnostic test and indicated that a front speed sensor was at fault. After investigating numerous sites, I found that there was a recall issued for the exact problem on the '02 Avalanche as well as other similar chassis trucks from '99-'02. And these were included in a recall of over 1,353,700 trucks under the NHTSA campaign # 05V379000. The report stated to contact GM and request authorization for the recommended repair. When I did that, the representative stated that there were no open recalls according to the VIN. How does GM determine which VIN is affected" is the NHTSA monitoring GM's selection process" I've own the vehicle since 6/05, and the above recall was initiated 9/05, but I've never received any type of notice that my vehicle may or may not be affected and to bring it to a GM dealer for inspection. I've had one hub assembly replaced years ago at my own expense, (I was told I had a bad bearing but they had the replacement part only came assembled as the bearing, hub and sensor). The designer must also have been the supplier. It's good that there is the NHTSA to try and keep these manufacturers accountable for the safety of the cars they produce, but with more automation in the industry to cut costs, you now have 1 worker overseeing what it took 10 to do. More and more mistakes are bound to happen. Our safety is worth more then their corporate jets and lavish lifestyles.

- Monroe, CT, USA

problem #84

Nov 202014

Avalanche

  • 89,000 miles
I purchased a used 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche 1500 in November 2014. I have had continued and consistent unwanted anti-lock brake (ABS) activation when traveling at low speeds and approaching stop signs, stop lights, and yield signs at or near intersections. The unwanted ABS activation has nearly caused several accidents. The unwanted ABS activation appears identical and consistent with GM product recall 05068 and NHTSA campaign number 05V-379 in which 804,000 GMC and Chevrolet vehicles were recalled for unwanted ABS activation. The primary geographic regions affected appears to be the salt belt states. The problem appeared to be ABS wheel sensors not properly prepared prior to installation causing rust and/or corrosion to affect the wheel sensors. Although a check of my VIN does not yield any safety recalls on my specific vehicle, I believe my vehicle is affected by the same front wheel sensor corrosion issue as those vehicles listed in the recall. My vehicle is a 2002 Avalanche which is one of the vehicles affected. I also reside in Minnesota which is one of the states affected. I am concerned this may cause and accident. I also believe this is a manufacturer defect and therefor the manufacturer should be accountable for any defect that may jeopardize consumer safety. I would like my wheel sensors cleaned and/or replaced per GM recall and at no cost to me.

- Northfield, MN, USA

problem #83

Aug 012015

Avalanche

  • 164,000 miles
My brakes felt spongy during a drive, after arriving at home and visually inspecting my brakes I pumped the brake pedal twice and the brake line ruptured which runs directly under the drivers seat. There is significant rust on all brake lines, I just want to make sure my rupture is recorded after reading EA11-001.

- Crescent, PA, USA

problem #82

Apr 292015

Avalanche

  • 100,000 miles
My 2002 Avalanche had multiple brake lines fail this morning when I tried to stop when a dump truck pulled out in front of me this morning. I could not stop, the brake pedal was to the floor and I ended up in a field. The service shop showed me the heavily rusted and pitted brake lines. They failed in areas at the bend that were subject to salt exposure. The shop said the metal brake lines all have to be replaced.

- Spencer, IN, USA

problem #81

Nov 112014

Avalanche 4WD 8-cyl

  • 173,567 miles
At low speeds the anti lock brakes engage on dry pavement.. this greatly increases stopping distance.

- Rochester Hills, MI, USA

problem #80

Jan 022015

Avalanche 4WD 8-cyl

  • 93,000 miles
While driving my truck and towing a trailer, I lost almost all my braking power. Had to down shift and use the emergency brake to stop. Found that a brake line from the master cylinder to the anti-lock brake module (which is mounted under the drivers seat, great place) had rusted through and blew out. Found all the brake lines are severely corroded in this area and need to be replaced. Looks like GM used inferior metal brake lines in constructing the vehicle and located the anti-lock brake module in an area that gets severe exposure to the elements. The vehicle was totally rendered unsafe with the rupture of one brake line, which indicates the system as a whole is a faulty design. I was very luck to have been able to stop and not hit another vehicle.

- Valaraiso, IN, USA

problem #79

Nov 052012

Avalanche

  • 100,300 miles
See above, brake line broke during a sudden stop and I found out all the lines were bad.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #78

Nov 212014

Avalanche 4WD 8-cyl

  • 67,880 miles
Brake pedal went to the floor upon braking. Had to downshift to low gear and apply what little brake I had left taking approximately 200 feet to stop. Luckily there was no vehicle in front of me or it would have been a rear end collision. Slowly returned home about a mile away and upon further inspection found the hard brake line right front passenger side had burst. No prior warning to loss of brakes.

- Yardville, NJ, USA

problem #77

Oct 012013

Avalanche

  • 95,000 miles
Applied brakes to stop and pedal went to floor. Upon inspection found brake line ruptured due to excessive corrosion. Vehicle required 100% replacement of all brake lines.

- Acushnet, MA, USA

Read the next 20 complaints »

Not what you are looking for?