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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
48,120 miles

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1996 Chevrolet Tahoe brakes problems

brakes problem

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1996 Chevrolet Tahoe Owner Comments

problem #6

Aug 012011

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • 130,000 miles


Unwanted antilock brake activation at low speed started intermittent now consistent in unwanted activation resulting in increased stopping distance. There is a current campaign for 1999-2002 that should be expanded to include 1996 vehicles. Campaign no. 05V379000.

- Plain City , OH, USA

problem #5

Dec 162010


  • 53,000 miles
The contact owns a 1996 Chevrolet Tahoe. While driving approximately 25 mph the brakes were applied and the pedal extended to the floor. The vehicle was taken to his residence and the contact could see brake fluid leaking from the brake lines. The failure was not diagnosed and the vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 53,000.

- Towson, MD, USA

problem #4

May 302008


  • 105,721 miles
My '96 Chevrolet Tahoe 2-door suffered complete brake system loss when a brake line burst while in-service. The Tahoe, used primarily in Illinois in the winter, suffered the failure in may of 2008 with about 102,000 miles accumulated and with no with no prior indications of a problem prior to the complete failure. The brake line simplyburst/ failed completely when the line (mounted to the firewall below the radiator) completely failed, leaving blown out gap about an inchlong in the line. The truck was slowing to a stop sign when then line failed and the brake pedal went down to the floor, so there was no collateral damage. The vehicle was towed immediately to a repair shop for estimation and repairs (not a Chevy garage). These repairs required complete vehicle brake line replacement (except to the front ant-lock unit) and complete system component replacement (except for the master cylinder). I thought the failure was random until I recently saw an article on the topic in print by jerry hirsch, staff writerfor the los angeles times, business section where other similar failures on similar models were noted. The repairs cost close to $2,000 and, if there are other campaigns on this model, I would like to research them to determine if poor design by General Motors/Chevrolet division is responsible for these repairs and how to go about adding my vehicle to that campaign. I have kept the vehicle registered in my name and currently own a 2004 Chevrolet, so my contact information would have been on-file with GM such that proper notifications could have been made. I had no idea that this type of failure was part of gms faulty design history or that any campaign was underway pertaining to brake line failures until I saw the article printed by mrjerry hirsch as note D above.

- Longwood, FL, USA

problem #3

Feb 082005

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Consumer was having trouble with electrical system. The exterior and interior lights inadvertently fail and cease working. Consumer took the vehicle to a dealer to determine the cause; however, the dealer was unable to locate the problem. The consumer is still experiencing unexpected failure with the lighting system. Also, check engine light was on. Dealer could not determine why the light was on. Fuel pump had to be replaced twice within the past year. The blinker and turn signals have to be replaced frequently. Coolant leaked into the engine and it had to be replaced. Air bag warning light illuminated. Starter was replaced. The steering wheel shook. The dealer replaced the idler arm and drag link. Water pump leaked. Power steering pump leaked. Brake cable broke. Pinion seal leaked. Master cylinder leaked.

- Takoma Park, MD, USA

problem #2

Apr 211996

Tahoe 4WD

  • miles
Brakes were mushy while traveling at 10 mph and caused a collision.

- Carrollwoo, FL, USA

problem #1

Oct 011996

Tahoe 4WD

  • miles
Metalic material in brake pads overheats and causes extreme vibration in front end of vehicle when moderate brake pressure is applied. Vibration is so severe that bolts and screws are working loose throughout vehicle. Dealer claims the brakes are engineered that way.

- Lakeside, OR, USA

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