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Average Mileage:
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1998 Chevrolet Camaro brakes problems

brakes problem

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1998 Chevrolet Camaro Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #24

Mar 232001

(reported on)

Camaro

  • miles

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

Front brakes on both sides make the steering wheel shake really bad usually during wet weather, but it does it all the time, the problem existed at the time of purchase, however has not been corrected.

- Sedalia, KY, USA

problem #23

Aug 031998

Camaro

  • miles
Rotors for disc brakes are warped or get warped when car is new w/LT1000 miles

- Canton, MS, USA

problem #22

Apr 091998

Camaro

  • miles
The front brake rotors have warpped six (6) times on this car causing steering wheel shaking and posssible loss of control. Including the original rotors, there has been four (4) new sets of rotors on this car and those rotors have been resurfaced three ( 3) times. I have been to two different Chevrolet dealers to have this work done and have contacted General Motors direct and they can not figure out why the brakes are defective. I have heard of many Camaro and firebird owners with this same rotor warpping problem. I first filed a complant with NHTSA on 5/29/99 and the rotors have been replaced two more times since that submittal.

- Ferndale, MI, USA

problem #21

Mar 242000

Camaro

  • miles

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

Noticed pulsation and squeaking brakes. Brought vehicle in and dealer said that rotors needed to be turned. Not under warantee since 20,000 miles, but also replaced all pads due to service bulletin on pads. Rotors appear defective design and band aid repair of softer pads to mask problem. Could end up being major problem if not corrected properly. How can we all get Chevy to own up and replace a faulty brake system design? by the listing in your complaint database, it is obvious that this is a very wide spread problem.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #20

Mar 242000

Camaro

  • miles
Noticed pulsation and squeaking brakes. Brought vehicle in and dealer said that rotors needed to be turned. Not under warantee since 20,000 miles, but also replaced all pads due to service bulletin on pads. Rotors appear defective design and band aid repair of softer pads to mask problem. Could end up being major problem if not corrected properly. How can we all get Chevy to own up and replace a faulty brake system design? by the listing in your complaint database, it is obvious that this is a very wide spread problem.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #19

Feb 101999

Camaro

  • miles
I first noticed that I was having a problem with my brakes when I would apply the brakes to either slow down or to stop. The steering wheel would have a slight shimmy to it. I took it and had a mechanic that I know and trust take a look at it and he had to "machine" the right front rotor. I didn't write down the mileage at the time because I didn't think it was that improtant. I took it to the dealership on 3/3/99 and asked them to take a look at the brakes because I could hear a scraping noise coming from the right front brake when I would apply the brakes. The shop looked at the brakes and said that they were fine. I took the shop foreman for a ride with me so that he was clear on what I was hearing and he told me that they were suppose to sound like that. I have not been back to that dealership since. I have a terrible shimmy in the steering when I apply the brakes and the noise is terrible. I have had the rotors replaced and it has already wore out this rotor. I don't know where else to turn to to get some kind of help on this. I have the original rotors that came off of the car. I also have all of my repair receipts.

- Garland, TX, USA

problem #18

Jun 011999

Camaro

  • miles

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

Camaro was brand new off the lot 6-99. At 28000 miles I began to notice while traveling at speeds of 55-70 mph. And applied the brakes the front end of the Camaro began to shake. The car now has more than 33000 miles and the shake is much worse. I went to tom bannen Chevrolet to talk with the service mgr. And the new car sales manager. They both told me the front rotors were worn out and needed to be replaced with the total cost being my responsability. I have been driving for more than thirty five years and never had to replace rotors. I'am a retired truck driver. Should I ever find myself on icy slick roads and have to apply the brakes at the speeds mentioned, I will certainly go into a spin. I feel the the manufacture should be responsible for replacing the pre wearing rotors escpecially considering the intial price charged to me for the new Camaro. I have spoke with other new car owners and many are expeiancing similar problems. Brakes are nothing to be experimenting cheaper and thinner parts just to save that mighty dollar. We are talking about quality, saftey, fair consumer trust that all parts are of the best quality when it comes to the braking system. Thank you for your patience in reading this complaint.

- Goodlettsville, TN, USA

problem #17

Nov 041999

Camaro

  • miles
There has been a slight shimmy in the front end when applying the brakes at highway speeds since the car was new. The shimmy progressivly got worse and worse. I brought the car to the dealer to have it looked at. He says the rotors are warped and need to be resurfaced. He said that it is not a warrantee repair and I will have to pay for it. I argued that the car has always had the shimmy but I didn't supect a problem, this being my first car with ABS brakes. The car only has 18,577 miles, the brake rotors should not be warped. My arguing with the dealer has not gotten anywhere, since the car is no longer safe to be driven in its current condition, I agreed to pay for the repair. Now, after doing some looking around on the internet I have found out that many Camaro owners have the same exact problem. Though some dealers have been repairing the rotors under warantee, but most don't. and I've also found out that resurfacing the rotors(which I am paying for!), and even replacing the rotors with oem parts does not solve the problem. There is a design flaw and the problem will continue to recur if GM replacement parts are used. In this day, a $20K-$30K new car should not have defective rotors that the owners are forced to continually get repaired. A cars braking system is its number one safety component, how can the consumer be subjected to this?

- Bloomingdale, NJ, USA

problem #16

Sep 211999

Camaro

  • miles
Brake rotors warp easily, previous owner had them repaired once. I am still in process of transferring warantee, where and when I will take vehicle in for repairs.

- Pflugerville, TX, USA

problem #15

Oct 051999

Camaro

  • miles
Brake rotors warped at 10,000 miles, dealer claimed only warrantied for 7500. Car in for brake problems 3 times, and they refused to replace the rotors. Contacted Chevrolet, and they instructed dealer to replace rotors at no charge. Dealer was very difficult to deal with, did not want to replace until I took the issue to a higher level. Dealer claimed no knowledge of rotor problems with this car. I referred him to this website, and gave him a print out of the complaints on the 98 Camaro. There is a lot of data available on the internet with regards to this problem.

- Huntington Beach, CA, USA

problem #14

Jul 011998

Camaro

  • miles

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

I have talked to quite a few people describing the same problem with there clutches not working properly in the cold, also many people have problems with there rotors warping.( dot number: Tire size: P275/40/17 )

- Edison, NJ, USA

problem #13

Oct 051999

(reported on)

Camaro

  • miles
No summary.

- Ankeny, IA, USA

problem #12

Sep 291999

(reported on)

Camaro

  • miles
When the brakes are applied there is a severe squeak, and the pedal will depress all the way to the floor. The system takes extra seconds to kick in and stop as it should. Dealer has been contacted, they replaced the rotors five times and the pads seven times.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #11

Apr 081999

Camaro

  • miles
Warped rotors - twice. Dealers/GM won't replace defective materials because "they don't have to". it's a safety hazard that GM doesn't care at all about. It seems to me that the metal for the rotors on these cars wasn't properly hardened. These cars were assembled just prior to the big GM strike. Please investigate this. With all the other complaints of this problem with these cars with the NHTSA, one would think there'd be a recall or tsb released on these by now. Is NHTSA doing anything about this? btw - I also plan to contact my state's attorney general about this.

- Bristol, CT, USA

problem #10

Sep 011998

Camaro

  • miles
Need a recall on 98+ front rotors.inferior products have caused hundreds of people to experience warping and steeering wheel vibration.this is unsafe, and unnecessary!!

- Nebo, NC, USA

problem #9

Sep 101999

(reported on)

Camaro

  • miles
When the brakes are applied at highway speeds vehicle shakes uncontrollably. The dealer has been notified.

- Troy, MI, USA

problem #8

Aug 061999

(reported on)

Camaro

  • miles
Rotors warped at 9876 miles and vandergriff Chevrolet turned them. They warped again at 22593 and the same dealer would not fix them because they say it is out of warranty.

- Midlothian, TX, USA

problem #7

Mar 201999

Camaro

  • miles
Front end vibration when applying brakes. Dealership turned rotors and replaced pads, however problem is now back.

- Barling, AR, USA

problem #6

Aug 051998

Camaro

  • miles
No summary listed for this vehicle.

- Dover, DE, USA

problem #5

Mar 251999

(reported on)

Camaro

  • miles
No summary listed for this vehicle.( dot number: Tire size: 245/50/Z16 )

- Dallas, TX, USA

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