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Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,751 miles

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2001 Chevrolet Suburban brakes problems

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2001 Chevrolet Suburban Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #26

Aug 232005

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


When coming to a stop sign brake pedal went to the floor and it felt like ABS engaged even though the pavement was bone dry. This has happened to me before, but the mechanic could not find the cause of the problem. Then, I noticed that there was a recall for this situation. So I went to an Chevrolet dealership, thorstad Chevrolet, madison, Wisconsin and they said that they couldn't fix the problem until November, when the kits are mailed out. Also, I learned today that the recall is not for Wisconsin because it is not considered a rust belt state. How can they not fix vehicles that are defective. What do you think they put on the roads in Wisconsin to keep ice from forming? salt is the answer.

- Madison, WI, USA

problem #25

Aug 302005

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles
According to the NHTSA there is a safety recall on my vehicle (NHTSA # 05V379000). Chevrolet denies any knowledge of this recall (not just my VIN, but the whole recall) and won't even look at my vehicle. My vehicle has been showing this problem for years. I paid $600 last year to repair it, the vehicle still fails and when hitting pothole or bump, the ABS is audible and felt through the pedal and the brakes fail and cause the vehicle to continue. Again, Chevy refuses to acknowledge there is eve a recall-how do I get them to fix it?

- West Caldwell, NJ, USA

problem #24

Aug 042005

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,800 miles
While slowing down the ABS brakes do not hold. The vehicle will not stop even if pumping the brakes. This happens when going 10 mph or slower. No ABS warning light comes on. The consume R found out that the same vehicle was being recalled in Canada for the same problem. Dealer asked him about the ABS light coming on, and told him to bring vehicle in next week. He contacted the manufacturer and filed a complaint. Rotors and pads were replaced 8 months ago. The caller thought the dealer should have checked the ABS system when replacing the rotors and pads. He has had only one close call, and was very careful when he driving. The caller stated that T every third time he hit the brakes they failed.

- East China, MI, USA

problem #23

Jun 242005

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 124,000 miles


ABS sensor/braking issue. Mechanics trouble shooting and research on internet shows that it is identical to issue reported in current NHTSA investigation identified in already a recall in Canada. Very upset at these findings and that my family has been at risk for a number of months while we have been trying to isolate this issue.

- Abingdon, MD, USA

problem #22

Jul 232005

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,000 miles
Anti- lock brakes activating at low speed even though no conditions exist that would require them to kick in.

- Richfeild, OH, USA

problem #21

Jul 012005

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles
The ABS system engages at low speeds, when there is no wheel slippage causing the vehicle to lunge foward especially on inclines.

- Beverly, MA, USA

problem #20

Jun 202005

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 81,000 miles


This is a known problem here is a copy of what is wrong with my 2001 Chevy Suburban 4X4 2500 NHTSA action number : PE05020 manufacturer : General Motors Corp. Component : service brakes, hydraulic:antilock date investigation opened : April 28, 2005 date investigation closed : open summary: In November 2004, GM notified ODI that it was recalling approximately 150,000 model year 1999-2002 C/K model trucks in eastern Canada to correct a condition in the antilock brake system (ABS) that may result in unwanted ABS activation and increased stopping distances during low-speed brake applications. GM indicated that the condition can occur if corrosion forms under the wheel speed sensor and moves the sensor away from the integral speed-sensor toothed ring. The condition does not set any ABS codes nor does it illuminate the ABS warning lamp. GM's recall procedure involved removing the wheel speed sensors, cleaning the sensor mounting surfaces on the bearings, applying zinc-X to the cleaned surfaces, greasing the mounting surfaces, reinstalling the speed sensors, and verifying that the wheel speed signal output voltages were within specification. GM reported a failure rate of 0.32 incidents per thousand vehicles in the vehicles covered by the recall in Canada. GM indicated that the corresponding rate in U.S. corrosion states was 0.03 iptv and that it would continue to monitor that experience. ODI has received 120 complaints involving my 1999-2002 C/K trucks in U.S. salt belt states, which appear to be related to the defect condition addressed by GM's safety recall in Canada. Twenty-two of the complaints allege that a crash occurred, including one that involved 6 vehicles and resulted in 4 injuries. A preliminary evaluation has been opened to assess the incident frequency and trend associated with the wheel speed sensor condition in the United States.

- Mokena, IL, USA

problem #19

Jun 062005

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,800 miles
I have noticed within the last 2 weeks that my 2001 Suburban is having an intermitent problem at slow speeds stopping. The anti lock brakes engage and it takes longer to stop. A technician friend of mine looked at it and suggested that it was part of this problem and that it would be very expensive to fix. He suggested that I submit a claim form. He said that there is an existing investigation, inoa PE050020-20135P.

- Hudson, MA, USA

problem #18

Apr 122005

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,300 miles
Consumer states: The ABS system malfunctioned to the point were the ABS brakes won't work and neither will 4 wheel drive, possibly due to road salt. The ABS will deactivate when hitting a bump sometimes or sometimes when just starting the vehicle. Dealership said module needed to be replaced. Took to shop, and claimed that the wire corroded.

- Harrods Creek, KY, USA

problem #17

Sep 142004

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
Multiple times while driving my 2001 Chevy Suburban and coming to a stop, at slow speeds, my ABS brakes come on. It usually occurs at approx. 3mph. I have tried replacing my brake pads, my ABS computer and a sensor. None of these actions have resolved the problem. The number of times it has occurred are too numerous to count. I also have two friends with identical problems in similar GM vehicles. To date I have spent over $1000 on the problem.

- Marlborough, MA, USA

problem #16

Apr 222005

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,100 miles


Consumer states: The ABS activated between 10-15 mph. The dealer determined that the hubs were deteriorating do to corrosion.

- Alexdria, VA, USA

problem #15

Mar 012005

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
Contact states: The anti-lock brakes are locking while slowing down. The brakes are jerking when applying pressure to brake. The brakes are taking considerable amount of time before car is actually stopped. This is even a problem in dry weather conditions.

- Bryon Center, MI, USA

problem #14

Apr 152004

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,000 miles
On 5/2/05 contact noticed an investigation for ABS brake problems. Car was taken to dealership, who reported no remedy for problem. At low speed 10-15 mph vehicle keeps on going, when trying to stop. Contact has service records, and vehicle is regularly serviced. Consumer adds along with extended stopping distances, the ABS would pulsate. Dealer finally agreed to fix the problem. Consumer went on to nhts web site and saw that corrojian a Canadian vehicle was having the same exact problem with the ABS sensor, and could not allow car to stop sometimes at low speed.

- Bronxville, NY, USA

problem #13

Mar 192005

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,800 miles
Caller stated that he had unwanted ABS activation on low-speed braking. Brakes would kick in on dry flat pavement as he was coming to a stop. Generally happening at lowered speeds of 10 mph or less.

- Dearborn, MI, USA

problem #12

Feb 142005

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,700 miles
No known event led to failure. My ABS engages unnecessarily on wet/snowy pavement. It even happens on dry pavement. It happens only at slow speeds and right before the vehicle comes to a complete stop. I had the speed sensors replaced and the seating for the sensors cleaned out. Cost for repair was $400.

- Hatfield, PA, USA

problem #11

Nov 212001

Suburban 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Driver noticed that the brakes were inoperative. While applying the brake pedal it went to the floor. Vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection, but mechanic could not duplicate the problem.

- Cohoes, NY, USA

problem #10

Feb 112005

Suburban 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles
Owner was backing out of the driveway and the ABS light came on. It locked up the wheels, and the vehicle would not move. Owner had the vehicle towed to the dealer, and was informed of the existing problem, and that this vehicle was the sixth vehicle of its kind to encounter this defect.

- Social Circle, GA, USA

problem #9

Oct 102003

Suburban 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,000 miles
ABS system malfunctioning on my 2001 Chevrolet Suburban.

- Lawrenceville, GA, USA

problem #8

Dec 102002


  • miles
While driving about 20 mph on a side road and without warning vehicle went into a skid, and a collided with a tree. There were no injuries. Vehicle was towed to the dealer for analysis. Dealer determined that the cause of failure was ABS braking system malfunctioning.

- Tuskegee, AL, USA

problem #7

Jul 082002

(reported on)

Suburban 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While the consumer was driving the ABS brake pedal goes to the floor without warning resulting in total brake loss.

- Moncton, CD, USA

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