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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,336 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.

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2002 Chevrolet Suburban brakes problems

brakes problem

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2002 Chevrolet Suburban Owner Comments

problem #4

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 #3

Nov 292003

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles
The right front tire keeps losing air pressure. Vehicle has been to the dealer on three separate occasions. Dealer replaced the right front tire twice, and replaced the air pressure three times. But, problem recurred. The right wheel frame squeakes when turning at 10 mph. Rotors and pads and shoes and wheel bearings cracked.

- Vacaville, CA, USA

problem #2

Dec 012004

Suburban 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,000 miles
Failed inspection. The emergency brake was not engaging. Dealership said the back of the rear rotors had rusted out, causing the emergency brake to rust also. Had to replace both rotors and both E-brakes. Only have 27,000 miles on the car. Had just been in for a check-up before coming off warranty. Rotors and E-brakes should not need to be replace with low milage. Have spoken to four other people that have had the same problem.

- Melrose, MA, USA

problem #1

Sep 152004

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,000 miles
1) hearing loud fluttering sound on acceleration (almost like an exhaust leak ). 2)rear wheel felt heavy, brakes not releasing 3) metal on metal sound.

- Syracuse, NY, USA

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