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Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
127,600 miles
Total Complaints:
6 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. had abs electronic module rebuilt by third party service (3 reports)
  2. not sure (3 reports)
2001 Chevrolet Suburban brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 Chevrolet Suburban Owner Comments

problem #6

Feb 272012

Suburban NA 5.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 178,368 miles


i have been happy with my suburban most of the time ,except when the tranny failed me in santa rosa new mexico in 2010 when we was on the way to GRAND CANYON !!!!!!!!!!.


- lchristenberry, Barling, AR, USA

problem #5

Mar 072011

Suburban LT 8.1L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 159,564 miles

Just get it rebuilt and if possible do it yourself.

- burathofburg, Ortonville, MI, USA

problem #4

Aug 102009

Suburban LS V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 164,500 miles

well i just wanted to know why my abs module pump was stuck on i want to know where i can get it fixed for less the dealer wants $1,600.00 that is way to much

- Julian Z., Mission Viejo, CA, US

problem #3

Jun 062008

Suburban LT

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles


This is a common problem with the ABS modules in Chevy Suburban, Tahoe, Silverado, etc., and it occurs because the OEM ABS module, while a well-engineered system, is built with cheap-ass components that are guaranteed to fail. The ABS warning light comes on, you can hear the ABS pump running (located under the car, right under the driver seat), and it continues running even after you turn off the engine. The computer module that controls the ABS system, which is mounted right on top of the pump which controls the brake fluid running through the ABS lines, fails, the electrical relays inside the unit lock in the "on" position. You have to locate and remove the fuse that controls the ABS system (located in the fuse block under the hood) to shut the pump off and save both the pump, and your battery.

Dealer cost to fix this: about $1,400, because they just replace both the module AND the pump, and they rape you on the charge for BOTH parts.

Fortunately, I was so determined to NOT shell out $1,400 for such a stupid repair that I spent some time researching the issue on the internet and found a guy who rebuilds these ABS modules. You just remove the module (he gives really simple instructions on how to locate the module and remove it), you send it to him, he fixes it by replacing the crappy, failed OEM components with higher quality components, sends it back to you, you put it back in, start it up, drive it a little, the on-board computer goes through a little self-test to re-incorporate the module into the car's electrical system, and presto ... ABS light goes off and the problem is gone. Further, you can still drive the car safely while the module is out being fixed, and the module you get back is better than the OEM module ... for a total cost of about $160.

- mwietstock, Santa Barbara, CA, USA

problem #2

Mar 122008

Suburban LT 5.7L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,000 miles

Yep, chevy should have had a recall on this and footed the bill. If you do not work on your cars and take problems to the dealer they will stick you $800.00 to $1200.00 to fix an ABS electronic module problem.

I was able to fix mine for about $160.00. This type of problem is so common, there is a third party place I found on the internet that rebuilds these and other ABS modules for $150.00. You have to take the module off and send it to them. They will rebuild in about 2 or 3 days and ship it back. The good thing is that you can still drive you car will the module is not installed. You will have normal power brakes , just not ABS brakes.

Also , I have two 2001 Suburban. One with only 38,000. The ABS lights come on most o the time but not always. This is a real piece of junk system which Chevy should have fessed up to. How can someone that wants to buy American really be expected to with this kind of stuff happening. I guess I'll try Ford on the next go and if that does not work out I guess I'll have to turn to foreign :(

- lennie, Austin, TX, USA

problem #1

Feb 162007

(reported on)

Suburban LT 8.3

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,000 miles

The pump for my anti-lock brake system will not shut off. I had to pull the fuse so my battery would not run down.

- Bryan J., Watrrloo, IA, USA

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