NHTSA — Service Brakes, Hydraulic: Foundation Components: Hoses, Lines/Piping, And Fittings Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
36,800 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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1996 Buick LeSabre brakes problems

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1996 Buick LeSabre Owner Comments

problem #5

Jan 052009

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 114,000 miles


The contact owns a 1996 Buick Lesabre. While driving down a hill at an unknown speed, the brake indicator illuminated and made a constant beeping noise. The contact parked the vehicle and had aaa tow it to the dealer. She purchased the vehicle from the dealer in September of 2008 and now she needs new brakes. Within two hours, the vehicle was repaired at the cost of $400. She was very skeptical of the repairs and took the vehicle to a private mechanic. She was informed that the brake lines were clogged. The repair would cost $500. The failure mileage was 114,000. 4/01/09 updated 04/09/09.

- Bristol, CT, USA

problem #4

Nov 062005

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles
Vehicle failed to stop due to a loss of brake fluid. Inspection revealed steel brake tubes severely rusted only in the area of the leak. Leak location is directly below ABS hydraulic control unit in the left front of the engine compartment. All four output lines from the ABS system to the wheel were affected. The balance of the brake lines on this vehicle exhibit a normal level of corrosion.

- Bedford, IN, USA

problem #3

Mar 132001


  • miles
Brake line rubbing against transfer case, causing a hole in steel line.

- Fort Sill, OK, USA

problem #2

Sep 152000


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Brake lines were corroded. This caused loss of braking power. Abrake line running from the master cylinder to the ABS unit failed causing loss of brake fluid. All six steel brake lines were also found corroded.

- Windsor, CT, USA

problem #1

Nov 281999


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Brake line from the ABS controller to the left front wheel was leaking because a hole that was rubbed through the line at the transmission side cover. Also ABS light kept coming on. Owner discovered the leak while vehicle was parked in driveway. Vehicle was towed to a dealership. Problem corrected at owner's expense.

- Salem, SC, USA

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