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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
7 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
123,215 miles

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2002 Chevrolet Tahoe brakes problems

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2002 Chevrolet Tahoe Owner Comments (Page 3 of 5)

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problem #41

Sep 072012

Tahoe

  • 89,000 miles

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

While approaching a stop sign at a "T" intersection on a local set of residential roads, the brakes completely failed on my Tahoe. I did not have enough pedal to stop for the stop sign and blew through the intersection, thankfully without striking any cars. Upon inspection I found brake fluid streaming from the brake line where it was mounted to the frame at the left rear wheel well. I was able to pump up the brakes enough to limp the 3 miles at about 20 mph back to my house for a repair. I was quite dismayed to learn of all the problems that exist with rusted GM truck brake lines. I plan to replace the entire set this spring with a set of stainless steel ones but really would prefer that GM do it, since they are the ones who made the brake lines out of substandard materials to begin with.

- Bel Air , MD, USA

problem #40

Jan 152013

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
I have an 02 Chevy Tahoe with only 70,000 miles on it garage kept was driving down the road one day and brake pedal went right to the floor almost crashed brake fluid all over the floor we looked under the vehicle and it was total rust and corroded I called the dealer to see if there was a recall they said that this is a known problem and I said that it should be a recall I almost got killed we take care of our vehicles very well and garage kept I can't afford the price of the brake lines or the labor I think that this should be recalled immediately I have read all the testimonials I don't understand what is the hold up on the recall it should be done immediately.

- Columbia, PA, USA

problem #39

Feb 072014

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • miles
EA11001 brake pedal suddenly went to the floor during braking, hit pole. Repair center showed me a batch of rusted brake lines entering the ABS box underneath the drivers side door. There was fluid leaking from that group of lines, four of them together. Searching the internet, I have found there are thousands of complaints and news shows about this issue and yet, you have done little. Why " I have two of these vehicles grey [xxx] and green [xxx] and they both have this issue! - wtf " and they do not work with 1/2 the system as stated in EA11001 - the pedal goes to the floor! this is severely dangerous! information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Elgin, IL, USA

problem #38

Feb 072014

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 117,000 miles

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

EA11001 brake pedal suddenly went to the floor during braking, hit pole. Repair center showed me a batch of rusted brake lines entering the ABS box underneath the drivers side door. There was fluid leaking from that group of lines, four of them together. Searching the internet, I have found there are thousands of complaints and news shows about this issue and yet, you have done little. Why " I have two of these vehicles grey [xxx] and green [xxx] and they both have this issue! - wtf " and they do not work with 1/2 the system as stated in EA11001 - the pedal goes to the floor! this is severely dangerous! information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Elgin, IL, USA

problem #37

Jan 102014

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
Coming to a stop the brakes kind of slipped and car would not stop as it should. ABS light also came on. And also made a grinding noise.

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #36

Jul 192013

Tahoe

  • 87,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe. The contact stated that while driving approximately 25 mph, the brakes became inoperable. The vehicle was driven to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the brake line was rusted and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 87,000.

- Burke, VA, USA

problem #35

Dec 282012

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 130,000 miles

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

Had vehicle inspected. Mechanic, who is very good, told me brake lines starting to rust. This latest inspection showed issue getting worse. Was told eventually will have to be replaces. Expensive.

- Wilkes-Barre, PA, USA

problem #34

Sep 012013

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • miles
When driving at low speed and coming to a stop the ABS light comes on and the brakes slip and grind where it takes twice as long to stop the car. I have had the car looked at and was told all pads and rotors are fine also told it could possibly be a problem with the the ABS system.

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #33

Nov 292012

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 156,000 miles
I came out of my house, started my truck to warm it up. Then I drove to the corner of my block, and my brakes suddenly went all the way to the floor. I proceeded to add brake fluid not sure what the problem was. There was no response after pumping the brakes multiple times, my vehicle is an 02 Chevy Tahoe. So I drove the car very slowly and cautiously back to the house. I looked up this problem on the internet. When I found that their were problems surrounding the speed sensor and breaking of this vehicle. I could have been getting on the highway when this occurred on thanksgiving day.

- Jamaica, NY, USA

problem #32

Nov 042013

Tahoe

  • miles
I was driving down my street doing 20 mph when I came to a red light and the brake pedal went down to the floor enabling me to stop. After pumping the brakes I realized that I couldn't slow down this is when I used my emergency brakes. After making a U-turn to come back to my home, I looked under the rear driver side tire and seen that the line was leaking and it was all rusteed. I was terrified because I had my 7 week old daughter in the vehicle with me. Then I did some research and found that I was not the only person with this problem.

- Newport News, VA, USA

problem #31

Oct 262013

Tahoe

  • 17,600 miles

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

The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe. The contact stated that while testing the parking brake at 6000 rpms or higher, the brake would not hold the vehicle in place. The contact stated that if he needed to apply the parking brake while driving 60 mph or higher, the brakes would fail. The contact had not spoken to the dealer or manufacturer about the failure. The failure and current mileage was 176,000. The VIN was not available.

- Pinehurst, NC, USA

problem #30

Sep 112013

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • 134,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph, he applied the brake and the pedal abnormally traveled to the floorboard. The vehicle failed to decelerate and there was an extreme increase in stopping time. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic and the contact was informed that one of the brake lines suffered from severe corrosion and would need to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The failure and current mileage was 134,000...updated 10-22-13

- Miller Place, NY, USA

problem #29

May 082013

Tahoe

  • 148,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe. The contact stated that while driving 5 mph, the ABS system activated, causing the vehicle to stop unexpectedly. The contact took the vehicle to a dealer for a diagnostic test. The dealer could not identify a defect with the vehicle. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign I.D. 05V103000 (service brakes, hydraulic) but the contact did not call the manufacturer to confirm if the vehicle was included in the recall. The failure mileage was 148,000.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #28

Aug 252013

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 99,345 miles
I was driving on a 2 lane road in millersville Maryland, I hit my brakes and the pedal went to the floor. I had no brakes. I was able to avoid other vehicles and made a turn onto another road that had an incline. The vehicle finally stopped. I looked around the vehicle and saw that brake fluid was leaking from the rear driver's side of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic, who determined that a driver's side rear brake line had rusted through and leaked brake fluid. I was extremely lucky not to have crashed myself or injured other drivers. Very, very dangerous situation.

- Severn, MD, USA

problem #27

Aug 202013

Tahoe

  • 60,205 miles
I was towing a 4200 lbs travel trailer leaving for a vacation trip. While traveling down a hill the brake pedal went to the floor. Near total brake failure. I applied the emergency trailer brake and used low gear to stop. I just avoided hitting a stopped car in the intersection in front of me due to the traffic light being red. I brought my 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe ls to mavis tire. They showed me the brake lines under the truck. All four lines were rotted out and had to be replaced for a cost of around $1300 if this is a problem with 1998-2004 GM full size SUV's and pick-up's, other owners better beware!

- Poughkeepsie, NY, USA

problem #26

Aug 102013

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • 113,400 miles
In the past month I have had to replace brake lines on my 2002 Chevy Tahoe. The vehicle is originally from Michigan and I know things rust there, but this is ridiculous! driving down the road and no warning or warning light. The pedal just goes down to the floor without any resistance and when the fluid is out then on only then does the brake light warning come on. This past time I ended up putting it in a ditch to avoid hitting another vehicle! from all the posts on the internet I see that this is a recurring problem and a definitely safety issue!!! fortunately I have taken defensive driving courses through law enforcement training and had a bit more savvy as to how to handle this type of situation. How about the little old lady that has no idea what to do"?? now, again for the third time it has to go into the shop to replace faulty and corroded brake lines!!! shouldn't something be done if this is such a re-curring problem with GM and the Chevy trucks"

- Charleston, SC, USA

problem #25

Aug 042013

Tahoe

  • 115,000 miles
Brake lines are severely corroded on this vehicle and my wife almost crashed because of the complete loss of braking from rotten tubing.

- Sandown, NH, USA

problem #24

Jun 302013

Tahoe

  • miles
Noticed wet spot in driveway and checked to see what the problem was. Turned out it was major leak from corroded brake line; no warning lights ever came on but brake fluid was almost empty by the time we got it to the mechanic the next morning. Thank goodness my husband was diligent enough to notice the leak as we were getting ready to drive the 8 hours back home through the mountains and a brake failure could have been catastrophic. We had the brake line repaired and now 4 weeks later, another leak has occurred and again, no warning lights have come on. I could almost tolerate the issue of the corroded lines if the sensors adequately told me that the vehicle was not operating correctly. But, the fact that I now feel like I am driving a vehicle that may or may not stop when I need it to and have no indication of the failure before hand is very scary. I have read through the complaints, and I am not the only one that has experienced this. I do not understand why this has been an open investigation for 2 years and nothing yet has been done about this.

- Cary, NC, USA

problem #23

Jul 142013

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 165,000 miles
Traveling at 65mph, wet pavement, brake to exit parkway, brakes failed, almost crashed, skidded off exit. Brakes went to the floor. Took car to shop, brake line ruptured from rust, no warning.

- Bayville , NJ, USA

problem #22

Jul 182012

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 96,270 miles
While exiting the highway on the off ramp from 60 miles an hour, I attempted to slow the vehicle for exit by braking. Upon doing so, the brake pedal went completely to the floor without any warning and without slowing the vehicle. The exit ramp has a traffic light at its end and fortunately it was green with out vehicles in my path. I continued through the intersection at a high rate of speed and was able to coast, with the speed diminishing into a parking lot and slowly apply the parking brake. Horrifying experience. This first incident occurred in July 2012 and cost $600 to replace the front brake lines that had rusted through at 96K miles. The second incident occurred today, almost a year and 10,000 miles later. Same issue, pedal to the floor, no warning and no brakes. Once again luck was on my side, as this happened in a parking lot at a slow speed. This repair will be $2000 for the remainder of the brake lines that have rusted through. After reading all of the same, near identical complaints, of these vehicles leaving their owners without any warning or brakes, General Motors should be sued by class action for taking no action and this government safety department brought to do their job and issue a recall!!!!!!!!!

- Monkton, MD, USA

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