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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 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 Chevrolet Lumina brakes problems

brakes problem

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1998 Chevrolet Lumina Owner Comments

problem #14

Aug 192001

Lumina

  • miles

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

When backing up and slowing down ABS starts to clatter. Its an intermittent problem.

- Aliquippa, PA, USA

problem #13

Feb 112002

(reported on)

Lumina

  • miles
The anti-lock brakes makes a clicking sound when pedal is pushed as if they are being activated into the skid mode and every time they click the lights on the car dim. So if you go to slow down the brakes click several times and the lights dim and oncomming drivers are annoyed by my lights dimming and brightning.

- Swarts Creek, MI, USA

problem #12

Aug 172001

Lumina

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle was set on cruise control at 50-55mph when it started to pick up speed. Consumer applied brakes and tried to turn cruise off. To stop vehicle consumer put it in neutral/ applied brakes, and vehicle rolled over some gravel which helped to slow vehicle down and into park. A mechanic disconnected cruise control. Brakes were burned out trying to stop the vehicle. Manufacturer referred the consumer to a dealer to have a diagnostic test done.

- Salyersville, KY, USA

problem #11

Apr 252001

Lumina

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

While sitting in stopped position and having brakes applied brake pedal will slowly lose pressure. This will allow pedal to go to floorboard. Consumer has to pump pedal for this not to occur. Dealership informed consumer that it was normal for pedal to go to floor if constant pressure is applied. Four B.F. goodrich tires experienced cracking between the tread, replaced at half price by B.F. goodrich. Consumer states there is a ticking noise in the engine.

- Georgetown, MA, USA

problem #10

Apr 302001

Lumina

  • miles
No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #9

Jun 011999

Lumina

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
In rain when applying brakes it takes 3 to 4 seconds before there is braking action, pedal will feel hard. Dealer stated that was normal.

- Galesville, WI, USA

problem #8

Jan 042001

(reported on)

Lumina

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

When driving under wet conditions there is a loss of brakes when pedal is applied. Dealer has been contacted.

- Temple, GA, USA

problem #7

Jul 212000

(reported on)

Lumina

  • miles
Consumer was involved in an accident while making a normal stop due to brake failure. 2 weeks prior to the accident, consumer took vehicle to dealer. But, dealer did not check brakes.

- Winston Salem, NC, USA

problem #6

Apr 242000

Lumina

  • miles
Brakes failed. Towed to Chevrolet dealer and was told fluid looked contaminated. Dealer replaced master cylinder and flushed brake fluid.

- Glenville, PA, USA

problem #5

Dec 231999

Lumina

  • miles
This problem was addressed properly by the dealership, but the problem still exists. I would appreciate an opportunity to discuss the problem in depth with a NHTSA representative due to the problem dating back to a 1993 Lumina, a 1995 Lumina and now the 1998 Lumina. I have had a lot of experience with brake systems and feel that I can possibility help to answer some of the complaints of drivers stating that their brake pedal went to the floor board. When I had my car serviced, the serviceman stated that he had compared my vehicle brakes and found them to be almost the same as on the new vehicles. I do agree that some of the new vehicles have the same bleed down problem as my vehicle and that is my concern. The service manager agreed that he was concerned about the operation of my brakes and decided to replace the master cylinder and arranged for me to have a car to keep me from driving the car home. Although the problem was only an unusually fast pedal bleed down the manager stated that he too, has a concern about the brake problem and had ordered a brake master cylinder. The new clylinder did reduce the required braking effort but there is still excessive brake pedal bleed down under light pedal force. I think I can help to determine the problem and suggest a correction. I will discuss this with the leader service manager. I owned a 1993 Lumina and experienced the brake pedal "going to the floor board" which very nearly caused me to have two major accidents. The dealership kept assuring me that my car brakes worked as good as all the new cars. With the help of the St. Louis better business bureau and a brake test off of oil change ramps, the BBB report convinced GM to buy back my 1993 Lumina. I feel that the only way to communicate with the NHTSA is by reviewing the mechanics of the brake system, brake fluid flow and test procedures. Please contact me for further information. How many owners have had similiar problems.

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #4

May 011999

Lumina

  • miles

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

While driving 20 to 30mph went to apply brakes and there were no brakes. Vehicle went straight through an intersection.also, when backing out brakes locked up.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #3

Apr 041998

Lumina

  • miles
Decreased braking power when driving in rain or wet roads under normal braking conditions.

- Duvall, WA, USA

problem #2

Mar 041998

Lumina

  • miles
The ABS brakes fail to stop vehicle when the brakes are applied, causing extended stopping distance. Has happened twice. Vehicle was suppose to be a "buy back".

- Needham, MA, USA

problem #1

Sep 091998

Lumina

  • miles
While going 30mph another vehicle cut in front & stopped suddenly. Driver in the Lumina applied brakes & hit right side of Ranger (door & bed). Neither air bags deployed upon impact. Seat belt caused slight trauma to heart area.

- Abbeville, LA, USA

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