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113,346 miles
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2003 Chevrolet Blazer brakes problems

brakes problem

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2003 Chevrolet Blazer Owner Comments

problem #1

Jan 152014

Blazer LT 4.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 113,346 miles


Right before Christmas 2013 I smelled something burning on rear of vehicle. I noticed heat and mild smoke coming from right rear wheel. Rim was too hot to touch. I took it to a certified Chevrolet dealer named Jerry Haag in Hillsboro, Ohio. 45133. They checked the entire brake system and told me a caliper was bad. They put a new one on. The mechanic brought the vehicle home less than 4 miles. I took him back. Left rear was now too hot. I told them replace that with new. They did. Then both front brakes started over heating but not as bad. Rim gets extremely hot. So you can imagine the heat on the braking parts at that point. Front is not excessively overheating so I drive it.

Not even 5 months later the ABS light is on as well as the Brake Light and what appears to be Parking Brake light. I told the mechanic the front left tire brakes then releases then brakes again. It literally pushes the brake away from the disc when you apply the brake before braking. Mechanic said probably air. They did everything and checked all 4 wheels. Problem continued. Never was fixed. Now 5 months later ABS brake light comes on. It didn't come on when the wheel was hot before replacing caliper. It has never come on to show a problem existed until now. Now it's on. Brake pedal feels spongy like it has air in line but no leaks. I'm going to assume there is no fix for it.

I bought the vehicle because it had low miles of 106,000 when I bought it. Have only put about 5000 miles on it in 2 years so given its age I'm guessing it has low miles because it has spent more time in a garage than driven. Carfax shows it had a previous front end crash which windshield, hood was replaced as well as remaining dent in front bumper.

Would it be safe to assume the brake fails with no way to stop it? Does it accelerate when the brake pedal fails? What can I expect because at this time its not even paid off and I cannot afford to buy another so if it does these things I need to know what to expect and how to stop it. Will parking brake be enough if I slip it into neutral? If it accelerates, where will the engine parts fly through at when it blows if I can't shut it off in time if I get it stopped?

- , Hillsboro, OH, USA

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