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1997 Chevrolet Astro Van brakes problems

brakes problem

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1997 Chevrolet Astro Van Owner Comments

problem #5

Nov 112001

Astro Van

  • miles


My mini van always starts shaking when brakes are applied I went through six time fixing problem, I put new discs drums shoe pads shocks alignment rebalance everything we could do I'am very disaapointed at Chevrolet for their vehicle performance I even put a new gear box, the fuel gage does'nt work they told at croppers Chevrolet in nogales AZ.I need to replace the fuel pump they could not fix the gage I am so dissapointed I bought a Toyota and as soon as I can I'll trade this vehicle. One thing I learned is go with an import vehicle.

- Rio Rico, AZ, USA

problem #4

Jun 152000

Astro Van

  • miles
Upon MA state inspection the 2 front idler arms were found to be completely gone "typical of Blazer and Astros" they said. Independant garage found that the arms were extremely worn for this milage. Also the front disk rotors are worn past the point of safty, and a deteration of the cooling and support fins is noted, this seems odd as the rotor pads show typical and even wear for the milage. The rotors are evenly worn, but excessivly deep cut. At 15000 miles the pedal went completely to the floor at a stop sign, ok on second pump, never occured again. I have heard of this and I am always cautious. Breaks sometimes act oddly but work ok. I still feel great about chev vans though my arm rest fell off ?

- Danvers, MA, USA

problem #3

Apr 251999

Astro Van

  • miles
Brakes didn't "fail" as much as they wore out, what I considered to be "prematurely". vehicle had about 26000 miles when chatter started, indicating replacement needed. Vehicle driven almost exclusively on freeway in mostly rural area (blythe, ca.) dealer stated I received almost twice the normal mileage as most astrovan owners, about 18,000 miles. Front disc pads on my 1990 Jeep Cherokee last over 60,000 miles per set, ie current mileage- 189,000 on originals and two sets of replacements. Near identical driving.

- Blythe, CA, USA

problem #2

Jul 071998

Astro Van 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Had front brakes repaired due to excessive wear. 1 pair of brakes shoes out of 4 is wearing out each time. At 17000miles, brakes shoes are wearing out again & need to be replaced. Dealer is refusing to repair again due to being out of warranty. Is happening to left front brakes only.

- Edgerton, WI, USA

problem #1

Apr 171999

(reported on)

Astro Van 4WD

  • miles
Vehicle developed a random pull while braking, particularly in rain or snow & slush. In the beginning it was only the first time you applied the brakes after you drove 2 or 3 miles then it happened on dry pavement. It happens only occasionally, but can be very severe, it nearly pulled me into the guide rail on one occasion. This started around 12000 miles and it now has 46000 miles on it. The dealer has replaced pads, turned rotors, aligned the front end twice, and ground the clearance on the calipers twice. At GM denied having more complaints about this but I have heard of other paople with the problem. I was called by the dealer the other day to bring it in again to lower the front end and another alignment. I recently took it on a trip in which my brother inlaw drove it and asked me "have you noticed this thing pulling?" my wife also drives it and has complained to me. This vehicle has a problem, and I suspect there are others! I had a 1992 Astro AWD but never had the problem. A friend of mine traded her Astro AWD off because it had a similar problem, but pulled to the left, into oncoming traffic. I 've been lucky so far, but it could easily cause an accident because on some of the severe incidents it has pulled me off the edge of the road.

- Brookville, PA, USA

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