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NHTSA — Service Brakes, Hydraulic: Antilock Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 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.

1998 Pontiac Firebird brakes problems

brakes problem

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1998 Pontiac Firebird Owner Comments

problem #8

Sep 142001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Vehicle would fail to stop when applying ABS brakes suddenly to avoid an accident at 45mph. Had hit another vehicle at 90 degree angle. Upon impact, air bags failed to deploy. Driver was injured, but not treated at emergency room, went to private doctor.

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #7

Jul 012000


  • miles
No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Fairview, OR, USA

problem #6

Jun 082001


  • miles
While driving about 60 mph engine suddenly accelerated up to 80 mph. When stepped on brake pedal to reduce speed brakes did not work.

- W. Bridge Water, MA, USA

problem #5

Sep 021999

(reported on)


  • miles


ABS brakes failed to operate properly. Upon applying the brakes pedal went to the fllor.

- Mamia, FL, USA

problem #4

Mar 221999


  • miles
The rear rotors squeak when the brakes are pushed, a grove has developed in one of my rear rotors. Also, when I firmly apply the brakes the steering wheel vibrates. Dealer was notified and stated that pads and rotors are only warranteed for 12K/12months. The vehicle is still operational, I am however concerned that the problem may worsen.

- Dearborn, MI, USA

problem #3

Mar 081999


  • miles
ABS comminced during normal stopping conditions resulting in the car not even slowing down even though I continued to apply steady breaking pressure. I purchased my car at beck and masten but ernie guzman Pontiac service dept is examing my brakes, found uneven rotor on one break but does not beleive this is the cause of ABS break problem. My GMC file # 99053279. The service mgr. At ernie guzman Pontiac (phone 281-493-1500) who is looking into the dilema is craig abbondola. A computer check and test drives has failed to shed light on the problem so far. It has only happened to me twice in some 27000 miles of driving this car, but really gets your attenion when it occurs, so far no damage has resulted but that is only due to good luck - so far at least- both occassions at about 30-40 miles/hour in approach to traffic signal.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #2

Aug 191998

(reported on)


  • miles
Consumer has taken vehicle to dealership six times for same problem. There is a grinding noise whenever applying brakes, if braking under 15 mph the noise will be very low, but noticeable. Also the noise will progress as the day go on. *akwhen driving at higher speeds the noise sounds like a bag of bolts. Dealer changed brake pads twice, sand them, grind down the rotors, called GM technichian and the problem still exists. Consumer is leasing vehicle and would like to speak to an engineer as soon as possible.

- Fraser, MI, USA

problem #1

Jan 011998


  • miles
In a hard braking situation, no inclement weather, when applying the brakes, there is a grinding noise and the vehicle will pull to the left or right. In a normal braking situation the steering wheel shimmies. The rotors were replaced at 7,000 miles. 4,000 miles later, the rotors needed to be replaced again.

- Front Royal, VA, USA

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