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Crashes / Fires:
8 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
11 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,775 miles

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2002 Chevrolet Suburban brakes problems

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2002 Chevrolet Suburban Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #28

Aug 152005

Suburban 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


The contact states there is NHTSA recall 05V379000 concerning the ABS system. This vehicle is experiencing the same problems as indicated in the recall, but is not included in the recall due to the VIN.

- Hinesville, GA, USA

problem #27

Oct 062005

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,344 miles
The truck has been to the dealer because the brakes would not immediately grabbing and the truck was taken to a dealer for repair of the rear backing plates which began to rust and break apart. This was repaired by the dealer. The dealer had to replace the brakes, calipers, and rotors along with this repair. Both rear brakes and housing assemblies were also replaced, the dealer noted they too were rusted. About a week after the repair while driving there was a hissing noise and thought that the tire may be going flat. The tire was not flat. The contact slowed at a stop sign, and when applying brake pressure there was a grinding and clanking noise each time brake pressure was applied. The contact drove home. Upon inspection of the vehicle noticed the caliper fell off and there was a grove on the rear drivers side rim. The vehicle has been back to the dealer. The dealer towed the vehicle back to the shop and determined there was a bolt from the caliper that had snapped and caused the caliper to fall off. The dealer is currently completing repairs on the vehicle. NHTSA recall NHTSA 05V379000 involving the anti lock brakes was issued, but contact was unsure if this vehicle was covered under the recall.

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #26

Feb 272005

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I was pulling into a parking space and may antilock brakes engaged and the vehicle would not stop. I was stopped by a brick wall. Both my child and I were in the car at the time of the accident. We both suffer from sore necks and backs. I did contact GM's product liability group at the time and was told no problem existed. I continued to drive the car and the anti-lock brake problem became so bad that I have discontinued using the car.

- Highland Park , IL, USA

problem #25

Sep 122005

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles


ABS brake malfunction in 2002 Suburban. GM says have to wait until Dec. To repair.

- Bedford Hills, NY, USA

problem #24

Aug 232005

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 84,990 miles
ABS activates at low speed braking... more difficult to stop and scary because unexpected...definitely a safety issue.. the car started having problems fall 2004, brought the car to the dealership for repair.. problem seem to be fixed.. but recently started having the problem again.

- Southborough, MA, USA

problem #23

Aug 232005

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,624 miles
My wife complained that the brake system was not functioning properly on our 2002 Suburban. Random failures occurred with the ABS system at low speed while coming to a stop. Pedal did not respond, pulsed and vibrated. Malfunction of ABS brake system was identified as corrosion issue surrounding ABS speed sensor mounting surface. Speed sensors were removed and areas cleaned of all corrosion and rust. Electrical readings improved performance of one side (320mvac plus) but did not improve second sensor (less than 200mvac). Further evaluation of the sensor revealed significant warpage to the sensor base attributed to corrosion. Required air gap could not be obtained due to the warped base. Replaced both sensors. Electrical reading on new sensors were greatly improved and no further malfunctions have occurred.

- Street, MD, USA

problem #22

Aug 302005

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


2002 Chevrolet Suburban. Antilock braking system coming on often with low speed braking. Dealership confirmed same but said not to worry about it. Now problem is worse and car is out of warranty.

- Horseheads, NY, USA

problem #21

Jul 192005

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,000 miles
Upon stepping on the brake at low speed anti-lock brakes kicked in, but did not stop. Needed to step on brake several times for the vehicle to stop.

- Rockaway, NJ, USA

problem #20

Jul 242005

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles
Antilock braking system needing to be repaired with only 49000 miles on vehicle.

- Redford Twp., MI, USA

problem #19

Aug 122005

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
The brakes on my 2002 Suburban began kicking back during stops on dry clean pavement near the end of the stop. This caused us to drift past stop signs on a number of occasions and caused near collisions in slow moving parking lot driving. I took the vehicle to a local dealer, hawkins Chevrolet Oldsmobile, Inc. And was told the ABS speed sensor was corroded and not working properly. They replaced the ABS speed sensors on the two front wheels on 8/25/05 under invoice ctcs85504. I inquired about whether this would be replaced for free given the obvious safety implications and was told to file a claim with GM customer service. The service rep said that this was normal wear and tear and denied the claim, but registered a complaint under file# 1-355599627 on 8/12/05. I conducted further research on the internet and found a news article about the GM recall for this same defect in Canada.

- Danville, PA, USA

problem #18

Jul 022005

Suburban 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 117,000 miles


Brake pedal failed to release cruise. Brakes failed altogether causing brakes to go to the floor, subsequently vehicle had to be driven off road toward traffic bringing about loss of control of vehicle causing crash into another vehicle on highway and hitting a telephone pole. Vehicle was totaled.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #17

Jun 012005

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,000 miles
2002 Chevrolet Suburban, anti lock brakes failed to stop the vehicle when driving at slow speeds, when consumer pressed on thek brakes the vehicle slowed down, but did not completely stop the vehicle, consumer has to pump the brakes to get the vehicle to stop, consumer took vehicle to the dealer, who told him that the problem was that the hub assembly sensors needing replacement. The dealer said that vehicle was no longer under warranty, air conditioning core leaksed in the front and the rear of the vehicle. Those were the only known problems with the vehicle at this time.

- Clinton, OH, USA

problem #16

Jun 272005

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,500 miles
1)light brake pedal application causes pedal push back and minimal braking 2)almost no stopping ability 3)hub w/speed sensor part # 15134584

- Commerce, MI, USA

problem #15

May 012005

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The consumer stated that the antilock brakes pulsated while the pedal was pressed and as a result the vehicle wouldn't stop. The service dealer stated that this is a known problem.

- Harvard, IL, USA

problem #14

Jun 132005

Suburban 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
2002 chevorlet Suburban, when consumer goes to push on the brakes they push back. The brakes have no stopping power, the ABS pulseate, they makes a low growling noise when pushed.

- Westerville, OH, USA

problem #13

Jun 152005

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles
While driving under 10 mph the brakes will not hold. No indicator lights came on. Took vehicle to mechanic who explained that this was an ABS problem. This problem occurred everytime the consumer drove the vehicle.

- Eleva, WI, USA

problem #12

May 152005

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,300 miles
Anti lock brakes unexpectedly activate at low speed causing increase in stopping distance on dry pavement. Dealer replaced left wheel hub and anti-lock sensor at a cost to me of $500. Vehicle is a 2002 with 40,000 miles.

- Melrose, MA, USA

problem #11

May 162005

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,000 miles
At a slow speed stop, the ABS kicks in, increasing stopping distance. I have come close to an accident twice.

- Cleves, OH, USA

problem #10

May 032005

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,000 miles
At low speeds when pressing the brakes the ABS brakes on my 2002 Chevy Suburban pump and allow the veichle to move forward. Have had two occassions were this almost caused an accident. Dealer parkway motors calumet Michigan determined it was corrosion on the ABS sensors. They told me they first reported the problem to GM engineering 3 years ago and currently the see almost one of these problems a day.

- Pelkie, MI, USA

problem #9

May 042005

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles
When I apply my brakes, the antilock is heard & the brakes are not firm. This has been going on for about 2 months. It scares me because when I slowly come up to a corner, I don't know if I'm going to stop or not! if I take it to a mechanic, they will put new brakes on, which I don't need, but it isn't going to solve the problem.

- Hermansville, MI, USA

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