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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,335 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.

2001 Chevrolet Suburban steering problems

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2001 Chevrolet Suburban Owner Comments

problem #10

Jan 072006

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,000 miles


I own a 2001 Chevy Suburban with 68,000 miles and I have had to replace the power steering twice because it cracked in half while I was driving. Chevy says it was my fault. How does a lady who is not that strong crack two power steering in half while she is driving?

- Nesconset, NY, USA

problem #9

Aug 012005


  • miles
2001 Chevrolet Suburban hydraulic pump driveshaft broke in the steering. The vehicle lost the steering and brakes.

- Unknown, DC, USA

problem #8

Aug 132005

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,122 miles
While turning sharply the steering and brakes suddenly became very difficult. Took to dealership and they said it was the hydraulic pump driveshaft in the steering broke. This part was a recall in the 2000 GM truck line, while mine is a 2001. Since this is a safety recall why won't they pay for my repair?

- Spaulding, IL, USA

problem #7

Apr 302005

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles


On April 30,2005 while operating the 2001 Chevrolet Suburban the power steering pump pully shaft failed. The steering assist was immediatly stopped. The vehicle was shut off before the shaft left the housing which could result in the pulley coming off and causing severe damage, including but not limited too, front brake line severing and loss of front braking. GM notice 05V00500 is suspiciously simular in nature, but GM is accepting no responsibility at this time. File #1-332-115018 to GM is under review. The potentially hazardous nature of the failure has prompted me to contact the NHTSA.

- Sunbury, OH, USA

problem #6

Mar 052005

Suburban 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles
While making a routine turn the power sterring failed creating an unsafe situation. Further invesigation revealed that the pump shaft had broken.

- Lincolnton, GA, USA

problem #5

Jan 062005

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,108 miles
Driving on snow covered road. Power sterring pump shaft failed making truck extremely difficult to steer. Power steering shaft failed-replaced power steering pump-old parts are available. We were fortunate to be moving slowly.

- Lees Summit, MO, USA

problem #4

May 052004

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,118 miles


Power assist pump shaft broke leaving me unable to steer or brake. Power assist pump was replaced at my expense and old unit retained by dealer veh had to be taken by tow truck. The consumer received a letter from GM stating that the failure occurred because of lack of maintenance and low on fluid, however the consumer disagreed.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #3

Jun 192004

Suburban 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,000 miles
While making a left turn, the power steering failed without warning. As a result the steering became very difficult, however the driver managed to pull the vehicle off the road. The dealer stated the power steering pump shaft had broken.

- Rockville, MD, USA

problem #2

Mar 012004

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,000 miles
While attempting to depart from picking up out travel trailer, both the power steering and brakes went out on our 2500 4 wheel drive Suburban. The only thing that stopped the Suburban was the trailer's brakes. Luckly we were still in the parking lot and therefore going slow. Upon exaimination, I pulled the surpinetine belt off and the power steering pully and shaft came off. From what I understand the steering and the brakes are connected. This can also happen when the brake booster goes out. The good thing is that this not only happened in town but not on the freeway going down a grade pulling a 9,000 lbs trailer. I have replaced the power steering pump and am in the process of having the brakes bleed as they don't "feel" right.

- Woodland, CA, USA

problem #1

Sep 242001

Suburban 4WD

  • miles
Simultaneous failure of brake and power steering system while towing a 25 foot trailer.. both systems run off same belt. Power steering seized and broke belt.

- Eddyville, OR, USA

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