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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 1 of 3)

problem #48

Jul 152011


  • 78,650 miles


I own a 2002 Chevrolet Suburban which when braking at low speeds the pedal drops near the floor and the ABS causes it to kick back and pulsate this happens on an intermittent basis causing greatly increased stopping distances. These symptoms are consistent with a recall where they sprayed anti corrosion stuff on an ABS speed sensor as a fix. This recall was performed on my vehicle 3 years ago at 40K miles now I am experiencing the same problem again @ 78K miles and GM says they are not obligated to perform it again or come up with a more permanent fix.

- Center City, MN, USA

problem #47

Apr 062011

Suburban 8-cyl

  • 160,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Suburban 1500. The contact stated the brakes are failing due to the anti-lock braking system. Whenever the brakes were applied the ABS vibrated excessively causing the occupant to apply more pressure to the brakes in order to stop the vehicle. NHTSA recall campaign id number: 05V379000, service brakes, hydraulic: Anti-lock was related to the failure which was repaired by the dealer. The dealer removed the wheel speed sensor and thoroughly cleaned the sensor mounting surface on the wheel bearings, applied rust inhibitor and greased the mounting surface. The manufacturer advised her that since the recall repair was performed they are not obligated to repair it a second time. The failure mileage was 160,000. Updated 07/21/11 the consumer stated the recall was performed by the dealership in 2005 without her consent. There were no problems with the ABS until 2011. The ABS would engage when it was not necessary. The initial recall has not been fixed. Updated 07/29/11

- Pataskala, OH, USA

problem #46

Nov 082010

Suburban 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Suburban. While the contact was driving approximately between 5-10 mph on normal dry road conditions, the brakes were engaged, followed by an unintended activation of the anti-lock brake system and the vehicle began to roll. The contact was able to stop the vehicle. The manufacturer was notified and they informed the contact that there was a recall under NHTSA campaign id number 05V379000 (service brakes, hydraulic: Anti-lock). However, the VIN was not included in the recall and the vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 100,000. Updated 2/23/11 the mechanic found both wheel speed sensors had internal failure. Updated 05/06/11

- Florence, KY, USA

problem #45

Feb 222007


  • 100,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Suburban 1500. The contact stated that the anti-lock braking system would intermittently activate at less than 10 mph and when depressing the brakes. The brake pedal would vibrate abnormally with an increase in stopping distance and time. The dealer replaced the brakes yet the failure persisted. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Snellville, GA, USA

problem #44

Oct 152009


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Suburban. The contact was driving approximately 30 mp. Pressure was applied to the brakes and the vehicle continued to accelerate. The emergency brake was engaged and the vehicle came to a complete stop. The dealer was notified of the failure. The technician stated the failure was related to the anti-lock brake system and the service repair would be at the owners expense. There was a recall under NHTSA campaign id number 05V379000 (component: Service brakes, hydraulic: Anti-lock). The VIN was excluded from the recall defect. The vehicle had not been repaired at the time of the complaint. The failure mileage was 80,000. The current mileage was 100,000.

- Linwood, KS, USA

problem #43

Sep 012009


  • 115,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Suburban. Whenever the contact attempted to engage the brake pedal at a low speed he noticed that the ABS suddenly activated which also increased the stopping distance. The vehicle has not been diagnosed by the dealer. The current mileage was 130,000. The failure mileage was 115,000.

- Taylor, MI, USA

problem #42

Sep 132009


  • 108,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Suburban. The contact stated she experiences unwanted anti lock brake system (ABS) activation. This can cause increased stopping distances during low-speed brake applications, which could result in a crash. She contacted the dealer in reference to recall # 05V379000 (service brakes, hydraulic: Anti lock). Upon contact the technician stated that because the VIN number was excluded from the VIN range, she was ineligible for a free remedy. No repairs were made. The manufacturer was notified, but no assistance was provided. The failure and current mileages were 108,000.

- Pittsburg, PA, USA

problem #41

Sep 102009


  • 101,932 miles
Antilock brakes erratic operation less than 5 mph.

- Commerce, MI, USA

problem #40

Jan 312009

Suburban 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Suburban. While driving between 5-10 mph, the vehicle responded slowly when the brake pedal was depressed. The contact experienced difficulty slowing down the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, but was not repaired. The technician stated that the vehicle was previously repaired according to NHTSA campaign id number 05V379000 (service brakes, hydraulic:antilock). Also, there was a recommendation to disconnect the fuse that deactivated the anti-lock system. The recall remedy has not corrected the issue addressed in the safety defect. The failure and current mileages were 98,000. Updated 3/5/09 the consumer rear ended another vehicle at 5 mph when he attempted to stop. Updated 03/10/09.

- Chambersberg, PA, USA

problem #39

May 152008

(reported on)

Suburban 8-cyl

  • miles
2002 Chevy Suburban with a recall for corrosion. Consumer states that the dealer stated that the vehicle was cleared. He was informed the recall was for vehicles in the northern and northeastern states.

- Azle, TX, USA

problem #38

Nov 292007

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,007 miles


-the contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Suburban. While driving at 55 mph the contact heard a grinding noise coming from the front passenger wheel. The vehicle was taken to the mechanic. The wheel hub assembly had to be replaced. When she attempts to apply the brakes, the vehicle slides at first and eventually stops. She has experienced this failure numerous times. The vehicle had not been taken to the dealer again as of this date. The current mileage was 79,200. The failure mileage was 79,007. Updated 4/23/08

- Glenford, OH, USA

problem #37

Mar 012006

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles
: the contact stated the ABS system activated while traveling 10 mph. The contact received a recall letter #05V379000 regarding the ABS wheel speed sensor. The dealer determined the vehicle's problem was with the wheel hub, which was not covered by the recall. Updated 12/01/06.

- Wilmington, NC, USA

problem #36

Oct 132006

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,750 miles
: the contact stated the notice for NHTSA recall# 05V379000 pertaining to the ABS was received after the vehicle had been repaired by a private repair shop. The contact notified the manufacturer of the repair to discuss reimbursement, however the manufacturer had not returned any phone calls.

- Suffern, NY, USA

problem #35

Sep 042006

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,500 miles
Light brake pedal application causes pedal push back and minimal braking anti-lock engages at low speeds on secure pavement.

- Commerce, MI, USA

problem #34

Aug 102006

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles
: the contact stated the ABS activated at low speeds, which caused excessive stopping distances. There was a NHTSA recall, # 05V379000, regarding the antilock brakes. The vehicle was not included in the recall due to the VIN.

- Gig Harbor, WA, USA

problem #33

Jul 242006

Suburban 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,000 miles
: the contact stated the ABS light illuminated on the dash. The ABS brakes activated at low speeds of 35-40 mph. The dealership determined the electronic brake control module and a module brake pressure valve needed to be replaced. There is an NHTSA recall, # 05V379000 regarding the service brakes, hydraulic: Antilock. The VIN was not included in the recall.

- Columbus, GA, USA

problem #32

Apr 262006

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,592 miles
: the contact stated there was a low metal to metal grinding noise heard while depressing the brake pedal. As the day went on, the sound became progressively louder and louder. The contact took the vehicle to a Goodyear tire center where it was determined the rear brakes; both rear rotors and the right rear emergency brake shoe were completely worn out. All four brake shoes and rotors were replaced. The contact never used the emergency brake. The dealership has been alerted.

- Plymouth, MI, USA

problem #31

Jun 262006

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles
The vehicle in question is a 2002 Chevrolet 2500 4X4 Suburban. The vehicle was traveling down the road and without touching the brake pedal the front brakes lock up and the vehicle shakes and is almost uncontrollable to stop. The vehicle is currently at the Chevy dealership. They are replacing the speed sensors in the hubs but they are stating that they have never seen this problem.

- Mokena, IL, USA

problem #30

Mar 062005

Suburban 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles
(1) unknown events leading up to failure. (2)ABS brakes come on inappropriately at low speed making truck stop poorly. (3) dealer will start to correct by cleaning ABS speed sensors (?). will charge for this as there is no recall on this vehicle.

- Mequon, WI, USA

problem #29

Oct 012005

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,000 miles
Complaint regarding safety recall warning of corrosion defect in 2002 Suburban. This could cause front hub/bearing assembly and wheel speed sensor to fail. Recall campaign#05V379000. The consumer experienced exactly what the recall described. The consumer requested reimbursement. The consumer found that the rear brake backing plates would not hold. The rear brake backing plates were completely corroded along with the rear emergency brake and they needed replacement. Updated 02/13/06.

- Morristown, NJ, USA

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