NHTSA — Service Brakes, Hydraulic Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,607 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.

2003 Cadillac Escalade brakes problems

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2003 Cadillac Escalade Owner Comments

problem #5

Nov 112011

Escalade 8-cyl

  • 79,000 miles


Brake line corrosion caused rapid loss of hydraulic fluid. Steel line ruptured within a plastic retainer located on the left side of the car on the left frame rail directly behind the left front shock.. I have kept the exact ruptured part.. there were no signs of corrosion anywhere else on the vehicle in fact the rest of the line looks good.. the plastic retainer, for some reason accelerated the rate of corrosion in a small isolated area. I work in the automotive industry over 25 years experience.. I can assist in any information if needed...this problem will definitely injure someone....

- Lindenhurst, NY, USA

problem #4

Sep 142011


  • 109,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Cadillac Escalade. The contact was driving 45 mph when she attempted to engage the brakes but to no avail. The brake and stability control warning lights were illuminated as the failure occurred. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the brake line fractured due to excessive corrosion. The dealer advised that the brake line housing and pipes would need to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance. The VIN was not available. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 109,00.

- Farmington , CT, USA

problem #3

Jul 252011

Escalade 8-cyl

  • 27,533 miles
I own a 2003 Cadillac Escalade purchased used from the original known owner last year. 27,500 original miles garage kept whole life and never driven in inclement weather by original owner or myself. Had vehicle in for pa safety inspection today, was told excessive corrosion was found on fuel and brake lines and undercarriage of vehicle. I was informed brake lines needed to be replaced asap. Repair garage suggested contacting NHTSA as a preliminary investigation was launched of January 26, 2011 at 10:34 am NHTSA action number : EA11001 it would appear many other owners are having the same issues as mine and I wanted to be on record with regards to the investigation.

- West Chester, PA, USA

problem #2

Mar 012005

Escalade 8-cyl

  • miles
Cadillac Escalade 2003 power steering failed when brakes applied at slow speed. The dealer attempted to correct the problem by fixing doing various things to the brakes. GM finally admitted there was no fix to the problem.

- Bayfield, WI, USA

problem #1

Jan 062004

Escalade 8-cyl

  • 7,500 miles
While driving 20 mph brakes failed. As a result, consumer had to run into a curb to stop the vehicle.

- Duluth, GA, USA

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