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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
31,600 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.

2002 Chevrolet Tahoe suspension problems

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2002 Chevrolet Tahoe Owner Comments

problem #12

Jul 072014


  • 180,000 miles


While traveling at highway speeds vehicle wanders left and right and ABS light appears. Codes are "erratic wheel speed" mechanic diagnosed front wheel hubs worn and must be replaced unknown if covered by possible recall due to unable to find part number. Also while turning left and right a "knocking clunking" noise is heard from front suspensions. Mechanic diagnosed worn idler arms after being replaced with oem. This can lead to loss of steering causing accident or injury. Also premature wear of rear brakes compared to front brakes. Mechanic cannot diagnose and dealer cannot diagnose.

- Elmont, NY, USA

problem #11

Jun 202012

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • 99,000 miles
I was making a right turn and right side swaybar snapped off at rear housing. I never carried a heavy load or towed anything with this truck since I have owned it.

- Newark, DE, USA

problem #10

Jan 012011


  • 50,000 miles
2002 Chevy Tahoe lt 4WD, current mileage is 85K. For the last 25K miles this vehicle has experienced a noisy shuddering sound with a slight vibration felt through the steering wheel when turning left or right. Ball joints, tie rods and alignment check out ok. Problem can be temporarily (for several days) resolved by dealer when front axle assembly is lubed during general service. Had front axle seals replaced at 80K, noisy vibration was temporarily suppressed, returned a week later.

- Poulsbo, WA, USA

problem #9

Feb 152005

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles


Consumer says that ABS light keeps coming on. When the consumer applies the brakes, he says that the vehicle pulls to the right. Consumer went to dealer and they said that if he continues to drive vehicle, it will eventually lock up. Consumer asked about a recall and dealer said that there is some kind of recall in the North part of the nation, but his vehicle is not included. Consumer wants his vehicle to be include in the recall to get it fixed. Consumer wants to reimbursed in full for costs of fixing problem.

- Jackson, MS, USA

problem #8

Jun 022005

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Customer that wants to know if a manufacturer is responsible for repairing/replacing items listed and/or contained in the (tsb) technical service bulletin's; at the expense of the manufacturer?

- West Palm Beach, FL, USA

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problem #7

Oct 012003


  • miles
Problems with suspension, brakes, and gas gauge giving out an improper reading. Few days after vehicle was being serviced, consumer noticed a fuel smell coming from vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer which they found out that the gas cap wasn't tight. Also, whicle putting fuel, gas tank burst spilling fuel to the consumer. In addition, consumer experienced stalling, suspension squeaks, and fuel related problems.

- Livonia, MI, USA

problem #6

Oct 162003


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Vehicle pulled to right when applying brakes at any speed. When making a left turn at 30 mph it felt like the back of vehicle swung out to the right. When driving straight and taking hands off the steering wheel vehicle drove straight. Vehicle had not been checked by dealer.

- Hot Springs, AR, USA

problem #5

Oct 242002

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 200 miles
Steering feels unstable over 50mph. Tahoe wanders requiring you to correct alot. Seems unsafe, wife won't drive Tahoe anymore.

- Winter Haven, FL, USA

problem #4

Aug 062002

(reported on)


  • miles
Consumer states vehicle was involved in a minor accident. At any speed, especially at speeds of 55-75 mph, there is play in the steering wheel and it pulls to one side. The steering remains unstable regardless of several return trips to the dealership. Dealership advised that this was normal.

- Amherst, NY, USA

problem #3

Jun 262002


  • miles
When pressing on the brakes front end will go to the right and back will go to the left. This could cause an accident. Cause unknown. Dealer notified.

- Hoston, TX, USA

problem #2

Jun 202002

Tahoe 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle would wander across the road while driving at multiple speeds and got more severe at higher speed. Vehicle been to the dealer on two occasions, problem reoccurring. Consumer states that the steering wheel is not centered, this is causing tires to feather, dealership has aligned the front end on two occasions, however the problem still exists.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #1

Jun 062002

Tahoe 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving and/or braking, steering wheel will pull to the left. When braking, steering pullled sharply to the left, resulting in vehicle spinning out twice. Dealer found caster and camber out of alignment and performed alignment.

- Sterling Heights, MI, USA

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