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Crashes / Fires:
9 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
128,929 miles

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2004 Chevrolet Tahoe brakes problems

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2004 Chevrolet Tahoe Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #8

Jun 152011


  • 114,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe. The contact stated that while driving approximately 60 mph and depressing the brakes, the brakes would not respond. The contact continued to depress the brake pedal until the brakes became responsive. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. Where the technician advised that the brake hydro boost exhibited a leak and would require replacement. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number: 04V045000 (service brakes, hydraulic) but was advised by the manufacturer that the failure and stated the VIN was not included. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 114,000.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #7

Oct 312012

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 168,000 miles
Service brake system light came on while driving 25-30 mph checked for possible recalls and found (recall 04004) contact GM directly which stated that my vehicle was not included in this recall and refered to to file the incident GM stated that recalls are based on information from this website and not directly from the manufacturer.

- Lagrange, IL, USA

problem #6

Sep 282012

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 79,800 miles
As I applied my brakes to stop for traffic in front of me my brakes failed causing me to hit the vehicle in front of me. There had been no warning that the brake system had an issue but upon inspection of the brake lines that come out of the master cylinder it appears that one of these stainless steel lines has failed.

- North Reading, MA, USA

problem #5

Sep 212012


  • 50,000 miles


Brake pedal completely depressed and all brake fluid spilled out on driveway. I looked under vehicle and all brake line were visible highly corroded. I've been maintaining vehicles for 50 years and have never seen a failure like this. The brake lines had the appearance of cars 30 years old but were heavily pitted and corroded. I don't want to hear a GM excuse of road salt wear and tear ! this is inexcusable!

- Patchogue, NY, USA

problem #4

Aug 242012


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe. The contact stated that while driving approximately 25 mph, the brake pedal dropped to the floor board after being engaged. The contact was able to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnose that the brake lines were corroded and needed to be replaced. There was an investigation NHTSA action number: EA11001 (service brakes, hydraulic:foundation components:hoses, lines/piping, and fittings) that may be related to the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Marlboro, NJ, USA

problem #3

Jul 042012

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • 142,000 miles
My brake lines burst and began leaking brake fluid as I put my car in gear and began backing out of my driveway. I crawled under the car and the lines looked corroded. I live in Delaware and purchased the car in northern New Jersey.

- Townsend, DE, USA

problem #2

May 012012


  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe. The contact stated while driving 25 mph the brakes were applied and she heard a fluttering noise. In addition, the vehicle would pull to the right. The contact had the brakes replaced. The vehicle was taken to a personal mechanic for diagnosis and the contact was told the wheel sensor needed to be replaced. The wheel sensor was replaced. The mechanic disconnected the ABS and the fluttering ceased. Afterward when the contact applied the brakes the steering would become tight but only when turning to the left. The manufacturer was notified and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 120,000 and the current mileage was 136,000.

- Glassboro, NJ, USA

problem #1

Jun 082012


  • 83,784 miles
Applied brakes after another driver cut me off and the brakes failed. Check brake system appeared in the odometer along with the ABS light.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

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