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NHTSA — Service Brakes, Hydraulic: Foundation Components: Drum: Shoes/Linings Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,000 miles

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2002 Suzuki Grand Vitara brakes problems

brakes problem

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2002 Suzuki Grand Vitara Owner Comments

problem #1

Oct 182005

Grand Vitara 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,000 miles


The consumer stated there was a loud popping sound while driving at 35-40 mph. This happened without warning and no previous problems. The consumer inspected the vehicle because she thought she may have run over something. There was no evidence of this, and she proceeded. Afterwards, the brakes were hard to apply. Again the popping noise became more prominent after applying brake pressure. The consumer inspected the vehicle again and discovered nothing at that time. The popping noise continued along with hard braking, and the vehicle was pulling to the right in which they stated that the rear brakes failed along with the struts. The entire hardware including the shoes and the drums were destroyed. The mechanic could not diagnose why this problem occurred. The vehicle was currently in the shop for repairs. (11/23/05) the consumer was informed that the cables had broken loose and the rear brakes could self destruct.

- Nashville, TN, USA

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