NHTSA — Service Brakes, Hydraulic Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
57,852 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 Buick Century brakes problems

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2002 Buick Century Owner Comments

problem #4

Dec 252011


  • 65,000 miles


This latest series of incidents occurred while braking hard. The anti lock braking system failed with a grinding sound occurring. The "anti lock" brake light goes on, the "trac off" light goes on and the "service vehicle soon" light goes on. Since this incident, both while braking and when I'm not braking I will hear the grinding sound and then the lights might go on and stay on till the car is shut off. This problem has been going on for about 2 weeks and happens on most of my driving trips. About a year ago the same problem occurred and it took till may to determine that it was a faulty wire harness on the left side of the car. I only found this solution by going on the internet. The difference between the two sets of instances is that turning left and slowing down triggered the issue from a year ago while there seems to be no trigger for the current series of anti lock failures. It seems that many individuals have had this problem and when it kicks in while braking it takes longer to stop the car. I would think that this is a safety hazard and should require a full investigation before somebody gets hurt.

- Valley Stream, NY, USA

problem #3

Aug 282007


  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Buick Century. When the contact applied pressure to the brake pedal, the antilock brake system engaged. The traction and engine warning lights illuminated on the instrument control panel at the time of the failure. She took the vehicle to the dealer and they replaced the brake system; however, the failure still persists. The VIN was unknown. The failure and current mileages were 130,000.

- Charleston, WV, USA

problem #2

Jul 172006

Century 6-cyl

  • 35,408 miles
2002 Buick Century with brake failure customer states that brake problems this early only means more problems to come* the consumer stated the vehicle was service for a brake squeak for a period of 1 to 2 days after it rained the consumer was told there was no problem, but the dealer did clean and adjust the rear brakes. The consumer stated the brake continued to squeak. A year and 1 month later, the anti-lock brake light illuminated due to water intrusion on the hub. The consumer was told the brake squeak and water intrusion were un-related.

- Henrietta, NY, USA

problem #1

May 042004

Century 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles
When it rains the brakes squeal. Even when the humidity is high the brakes will not hold. When the brakes are applied, the vehicle skids forward. The consumer took the vehicle to the dealer. The consumer was told by the dealer that this was how the vehicle was designed, and there was nothing else they could do.

- Metairie, LA, USA

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