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Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
127,389 miles

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2002 Chevrolet Suburban brakes problems

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2002 Chevrolet Suburban Owner Comments (Page 3 of 4)

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problem #25

Aug 012012

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • 92,000 miles


Launching boat at the ramp when brake line ruptured and I lost all pedal. Under drivers side door in the same spot as my 2005 2500 hd Chevy.

- Ashton, MD, USA

problem #24

Jul 282013

Suburban 8-cyl

  • 145,000 miles
While backing out of our driveway, applied brake pedal, which went down slightly and then went all the way to the floor with vehicle not stopping. Drove it into the cul-de-sac across the street, applied brakes at the stop sign, didn't stop, went into driveway and parked it. Husband went underneath and notice large amount of leaking fluid. At no time did any indicator light come on. Took it to Goodyear (Chevy dealer too far to safely drive) and they said massive corrosion on the brake line and catastrophic failure. I was incredibly lucky no neighbor kids were walking on the sidewalk as I was backing up. It is going to be a horrendous repair bill.

- Ellicott City, MD, USA

problem #23

Jul 112013


  • 115,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Suburban. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph, the driver depressed the brakes and the pedal traveled completely down to the floor. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for inspection where they stated that the brake lines were fractured and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 115,000.

- Fair Haven, MI, USA

problem #22

Jul 062013

Suburban 8-cyl

  • 181,000 miles


I was towing my boat and had to stop for a yellow, then red light. Pedal went to the floor and I could not stop, ran through the light. I made it through before traffic entered the intersection, so no accident. I drove slowly to a repair facility with safety flashers on. Mechanic says all the brake lines need to be replaced as they are badly rusted! repair cost is expected to be 800 dollars! we could have been seriously injured, had just come off the interstate at 70mph!

- Wake Forest, NC, USA

problem #21

Jun 132013

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • 242,000 miles
While waiting stationary at drive-thru hard brake line ruptured resulting in greatly reduced braking effectiveness and large loss of fluid. Brake lines were severely corroded.

- Kintnersville , PA, USA

problem #20

May 152013

Suburban 8-cyl

  • 146,000 miles
A was exiting rt 50 onto route 8, West bound queenannes county Maryland, the light changed suddenly from green to yellow and I realized I could not make the light. I hit the brakes hard and vehicle started to stop, and then the brake pedal just let go and went to the floor. Found I had no power brakes, just the mechanical portion. I had parks tire and auto, in gransonville check it out today, Thursday, May 16, 2013 the mechanic matt hrisko said the brake lines were all corroded and the right front line sprung a leak due the corrosion. Moreover, he said all the lines were corroded and in danger of springing holes too. He also found a couple of the bleeder valves were corroded and/or leaking too. The ase mechanics there, eddie and matt, said they have been doing so many of these replacements that they went out and bought their own flaring is a big job...the fenders have to be removed and all, about 7 to 8 hours labor. Just the line replacements would be upwards of $800. The calipers will have to be replaced then too, as the fittings to adjust/bleed the brakes are corroded, some are frozen shut and others leaking. That would add upwards of another $1200 to $1500. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6). ## VIN passed ##

- Stevensville, MD, USA

problem #19

Feb 282013

Suburban 8-cyl

  • 131,589 miles


Have 2002 Chevrolet Suburban 1500 4WD 5.3 engine A/T. was driving 45 mph when vehicle suddenly stalled out & lost all steering/brakes. 131,589 miles on odometer at time. Managed to coast vehicle onto shoulder, waited 2 minutes, started vehicle again, pulled out into busy traffic just to make it 2 blocks before stall out again. Repeated this process several more times before I found a gas station. Suspecting water in gas, added 1 bottle of gas line anti-freeze. Drove rest of way home without incident. Replaced fuel filter, PCV valve, air filter, spark plugs, and cleaned throttle body just to have stall out the very next day. No codes are displayed in message center in dash board. Stalls out randomly without a pattern. Wait 1-2 minutes then will start again.

- Saginaw, MI, USA

problem #18

Feb 122013

Suburban 8-cyl

  • 69,789 miles
I was driving down road approaching a stop sign and as I attempted to stop I applied brakes which without any warning went to floor and vehicle kept moving. I was lucky there were no other vehicles at stop sign and I was able to put the Suburban in neutral and coast to stop. Vehicle had to be towed.

- South Bend, IN, USA

problem #17

Nov 292012

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,412 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Suburban 1500. The contact stated that while reversing, the brakes failed to respond to deceleration attempts and the brake pedal was able to be fully depressed. Upon inspection, it was found there was a brake fluid leak. The vehicle was towed to a private mechanic where it was confirmed that the master cylinder brake lines had corroded, which caused the leak. The mechanic repaired the vehicle by replacing the master cylinder brake lines. The manufacturer was not contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 31,000 and the current mileage was 32,000. Updated 02/26/13 the consumer stated the dealer tech advised that the failure was prevalent in that area. Updated 03/1/2013

- Park Ridge , NJ, USA

problem #16

Oct 202012

Suburban 8-cyl

  • 127,000 miles
Rear brake line failed resulting in loss of braking ability.

- Southbury, CT, USA

problem #15

Nov 162012

Suburban 8-cyl

  • 169,500 miles


Complete brake failure. Brake lines rusted out. Please add my name to the NHTSA # EA11001 investigation.

- St Petersburg, FL, USA

problem #14

Nov 142012

Suburban 8-cyl

  • 96,698 miles
While depressing brakes at a complete stop, the brake pedal went all the way to the floor. I proceeded at a slow rate of speed and tested the brake system. The brake pedal has to be pushed all the way down to the floor just to get the vehicle to come to a slow/crawling stop. After inspecting underneath the vehicle, I discovered the left rear brake line leaking. Vehicle was taken to a local repair shop.

- Ketchikan, AK, USA

problem #13

Jun 252012


  • 64,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Suburban 1500. The contact stated that while trying to decelerate to a stop, the brake pedal traveled to the floorboard abnormally. The contact moved off the roadway to further inspect the failure where he then noticed that brake fluid was leaking from the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic for inspection where they stated that the brake line needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred a few months later. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 64,000.

- Huntington, NY, USA

problem #12

Oct 052012

Suburban 8-cyl

  • 118,000 miles
On 10-5-12 I was driving my 2002 Chevy Suburban in eaton rapids Michigan. I went to apply the brakes and the pedal went all the way to the floor. I was able to coast and slow enough to get off the roadway and into a parking lot. I noted smoke coming from under the hood. I checked and noted the right front brake line had blown and sprayed brake fluid onto the engine. I noted fluid on the ground under the truck and the reservoir was low on fluid. There was no warning and no warning light on the in dash computer. The brakes went from working just fine to nothing! I had the vehicle serviced at andrews automotive in mason, mi. They advised that two of the lines had blown and the other two were so rusty that they could go at anytime and recommended they be replaced as well. I had them replace all the brake lines. After doing some research I found that this is a known problem. This is very scary because my wife and I traveled to South Dakota from Michigan over the July 4th holiday. 1100 miles each way. If this would have happened hauling the motorcycle trailer, or the camper over the summer, a crash would have been inevitable. I hope Chevy steps up and recalls the vehicles before someone is killed in one of these vehicles. If you own one, have the lines replaced immediately. I was very lucky. Someone is bound not to be. The bill to replace the brake lines was $818.50.

- Eaton Rapids, MI, USA

problem #11

Oct 072012

Suburban 8-cyl

  • 190,000 miles
Severe metal brake line corrosion: On surface streets, while approaching an intersection at about 35 mph, the brakes were applied and the pedal immediately went to the floor while towing a dual-axle travel trailer. The driver was able to use the trailer brake override to stop the truck-trailer combination before hitting anything. Brake fluid was dripping under the driver's side door. Closer examination revealed severe corrosion of the four 1/4" brake lines that follow the frame rail from the ABS module on the inside of the left frame rail up into the engine compartment to the master cylinder and the two front wheels. One of the two lines from the master cylinder to the ABS module had burst. The rust on these 1/4" lines was flaking off in large chunks. Also observed very significant rust on the 3/16" hard lines on the rear axle and the hard lines mounted to the frame and body leading to the rear axle. These lines are very close to failure. What is further distressing about this situation is that when one brake circuit failed there was none to very little braking effectiveness from the other brake circuit. The brake pedal went right to the floor with little resistance. This suggests that the master cylinder does not provide independent braking circuits like it should. Later, using a pair of locking-type pliers, the failed line was clamped off and it would build pressure and restore a modicum of braking effectiveness from the other circuit. The general condition of the truck is good with only a small amount of surface rust on some of the underbody components. This truck is not a rust-bucket. Salt exposure is minimal as a Maryland truck (one owner) that is used primarily for towing a camper trailer in fairer weather and is not used as a daily commuter. Failure: 7oct2012. Truck: 2002 1/2-T chev Suburban ls, 4WD with approximately 190,000 miles.

- Arnold, MD, USA

problem #10

Oct 052012

Suburban 8-cyl

  • 78,280 miles
Traveling downhill toward a T-intersection, applied brakes and pedal went to the floor. Missed an approaching vehicle from the left by inches as I swung to the right, thru a stop sign. Returned home, thinking a rubber brake line had failed. Upon inspection, the steel brake pipe approximately ten inches in front of the right front caliper had split open due to corrosion. When I inspected the tubing prior to purchasing replacement parts, I discovered virtually all the steel brake lines were corroded to the point of failure, and in fact, I created another break in the same line as I attempted to loosen it from the plastic hold-down clamps under the left frame rail. Accessing the brake lines as they are routed between body and frame proved almost impossible, and am currently awaiting a recovery vehicle to take the truck to my inspection mechanic for replacement of all brake fluid lines/hoses from the master cylinder to the ebcm to each wheel caliper. The factory service manual mandates a minimum of 3/4" between any parallel brake lines, presumably to prevent bridging with mud/debris which might abet corrosion. In many cases, my steel brake lines were within 1/4" of one another. Some steel lines lay against steel frame rails with no clearance. This, however, would not account for the level of corrosion I discovered throughout the entire underbody of the truck. The only non-corroded portion of my brake system is the two lines immediately from the master cylinder downward to where they travel rearward along the left frame rail. Everything else is at the point of failure.

- Harrisburg, PA, USA

problem #9

Jan 012011


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Suburban 1500. The contact stated that while driving approximately 10 mph the ABS light illuminated. As a result, the braking distances increased. The contact mentioned that the failure occurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnose that the ABS system needed to be replaced. The manufacture was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 100,000 and the current mileage was 125,000.

- Lakevilla , IL, USA

problem #8

May 112012

Suburban 8-cyl

  • 177,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Suburban 1500. The contact stated that while driving 20 mph she attempted to brake at an intersection and heard a cranking noise before the brakes failed. The vehicle was towed to a dealer who diagnose that there was rust damage on the brake lines. As a result, front break lines needed to be replaced. Three months later the rear brakes failed. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer who stated that the rust damage was extensive. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 177,000 and the current mileage was 179,000. Updated 11/13/12

- Tallahasee, FL, USA

problem #7

Sep 142012


  • 200,000 miles
Parking brake does not work. Parking brake pads were replaced but still does not work.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #6

Sep 212012


  • 90,000 miles
Rear brake line failure due to excessive corrosion. I had to stop short as the car infront of me stopped unexpectedly. My car stopped, but in the last few feet the peddle went to the floor. I pulled the car to the side of the road looked under the car. In the rear of the car I could see fluid in a puddle under the rear end housing. The fluid continued to stream out of the brakelines. After towing the car home I looked at the brake lines. When I touched them they crumbled in my hands.

- West Chester , PA, USA

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