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Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,286 miles

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2002 Chevrolet Impala brakes problems

brakes problem

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2002 Chevrolet Impala Owner Comments

problem #7

Nov 132007

Impala 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,000 miles


I have a 2002 Chevrolet Impala with the ABS/traction control warning lamp on problem. This problem can be intermittent. The car has approximately 98,764 miles on it. The problem was first noticed at about 89000 miles. There is an assorted amount of symptoms that go along with this issue. This problem is dangerous and could possibly result in an accident. Here are the symptoms you may experience you may have one or more of the following symptoms: 1. after start up (without the brake pedal depressed) the ABS/traction lamp may or may not come on. This is temperature dependent cold start or hot restart (it seems to occur more frequently at the both extremes). 2. the ABS brakes may cycle on just during normal braking. This may cause the vehicle to unexpectedly pull to the right. 3. the ABS brakes may cycle on while making a slow right hand turn with the brakes applied lightly. 4. the ABS brakes may cycle on when traveling on a straight roadway at about 40 mph and then coming to a slow stop with the brake pedal lightly applied. 5. the ABS/traction control lamp may come on while traveling in light and heavy rain. This may also occur after running the car though an automatic car wash. It should be noted that you may hear the ABS pump motor cycle a number of times (usually 3) before the indicator lamps come on. Technical information: The following failure codes may be stored in the ebcm see below: C1216 electronic brake control module commanded pressure release is to long. C1221 lf wheel speed sensor input signal is 0. C1222 rf wheel speed sensor input signal is 0. C1223 lr wheel speed sensor input signal is 0. C1224 right rear wheel speed sensor input signal = 0. C1225 left front excessive wheel speed sensor variation. C1226 right front excessive wheel speed sensor variation. C1232 left front wheel speed sensor circuit is open or shorted. C1233 right front wheel speed sensor circuit is open or shorted.

- Kenton, OH, USA

problem #6

Jul 182004

Impala 6-cyl

  • 53,000 miles
I was driving at about 45 miles an hour. Ford Ranger in front of me slammed on brakes to avoid head on collision. I had plenty of time for car to stop but ABS brakes locked up and I rear ended the truck. Then after hitting the truck hard enough to have car towed the battery burst and the air bags never deployed.

- Nashua, NH, USA

problem #5

Feb 102005

Impala 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The check engine and the ABS braking light appeared on the dashboard and remained on. Driver took vehicle to the dealer for inspection, but mechanic could not duplicate the problem. Driver informed the mechanic that this problem has happened on more than one occasion and had not been resolved.

- Inglewood, CA, USA

problem #4

Aug 032003


  • miles


Consumer stated that while driving and without warning ABS failed. Dealer notified.

- Tonawanda, NY, USA

problem #3

Dec 312002


  • miles
When trying to apply anti lock brakes brakes locked up, causing vehicle to skid, resulting in a collision/injuries. Dealer notified. Ts...

- Stafford, TX, USA

problem #2

Dec 272002

(reported on)


  • miles
Consumer stated a malfunction in the anti lock brake system caused him to loose control of the vehicle, which resulted in extensive damage to the vehicle.

- Concord, OH, USA

problem #1

Oct 072002


  • miles
While driving at 45 mph ABS brakes locked up and caused vehicle to skid uncontrollably, resulting in a collision..

- Concord, OH, USA

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