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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
62,802 miles

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2006 Chevrolet Tahoe brakes problems

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2006 Chevrolet Tahoe Owner Comments

problem #7

Sep 222016


  • 32,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Tahoe. While driving approximately 5 mph, the brake pedal was depressed and traveled abnormally to the floorboard. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the brakes needed to be replaced. It was unknown if the vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 32,000.

- North Miami Beach, FL, USA

problem #6

Sep 232014


  • 88,200 miles
Catastrophic brake failure. Brake systam started leaking.

- Parsippany, NJ, USA

problem #5

Mar 092014


  • 59,673 miles
Have owned this Tahoe since new and have had generally good service with it. I made a trip fr Maine to Delaware, Sunday Mar 9, 2014. Weather clear. At end of trip I came upon a red light. Pressed the brake pedal, and nothing happened. Went to floor. Tried pumping, and got a 1% resp and went to the floor again. Tried emer brake. Went to floor also! no traffic on this Sunday so I was very lucky not to have had or caused a serious accident. When I was finally able to park the car, I lifted the hood and saw B fluid splatter everywhere. At this point, the emergency light information on the dash appeared: Ck brakes, and the red circle appeared for ab brakes! but this information did not appear as the B fluid pressure was declining rapidly, when it may have helped me decide to pull over. The Chevy mechanic told me that there was rust and oxidation underneath on frame. But this condition had nothing to do w/ causing the B fluid leak. The fluid was coming from one of the lines leading fr the B fluid reservoir. Either a crack developed or it separated from the protruding line extruding from the reservoir and the brake pressure force squeezed all of the fluid out thru this small hole/crack. This was a catastrophic failure and not a failure caused by salt, oxidation or wear and tear. I thank the stars for the safe conclusion of this unforgettable event esp after driving 500 miles fr Maine to Delaware. When I called GM cust svc in detroit, ([xxx]) GM offered no help and the simple repair bill at the GM dealer was $3400!!!!! the cause was either>>> material failure or poor design or poor welding/soldering. It was not caused by oxidation or corrosion. GM was arrogant and only repeated that this problem was not covered under warranty, which expired in 2011. I hope no other Tahoe owners ever suffer this type of catastrophic brake failure. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Union, ME, USA

problem #4

Mar 122014

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Tahoe. The contact was driving 45 mph and fully depressed the brake pedal but the brakes failed to respond. The contact stated pumping the brakes helped slow the vehicle down. The service brake and ABS brake warning lights illuminated after the failure occurred. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was diagnosed that there was a leak next to the brake reservoir and as a result, the entire brake line needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 60,000. The consumer stated the emergency brake, did not respond, either. He was finally able to stop the vehicle. When he lifted the hood, he discovered brake fluid all over the engine. The vehicle was take to a repair shop. The mechanic found one of the tubes that were attached to the brake fluid reservoir had cracked allowing the pressure to spray fluid all over the engine compartment, resulting in rapid loss of braking power.

- Union, ME, USA

problem #3

Jan 212014

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 69,642 miles
This is a fleet vehicle with multiple drivers. It has been garaged since purchased new, and frequently washed. It is infrequently used in poor weather, when roads are salted or brined, and undercarriage is rinsed after use in such conditions, intending to avoid premature undercarriage rust. In this event, the brake pedal gradually lost pressure while holding at a stop and vehicle began to roll imperceptibly. Driver initially thought seat was misadjusted from previous driver and that his applied pedal pressure was relaxing, therefore he adjusted the seat and continued driving. This was during a snowstorm, so driving was cautious anyway. The prior driver had noticed the same gradual pressure loss retroactively when asked. With 2 more hours driving (mostly highway with little need for braking), the problem worsened to the point that braking was completely unreliable and instrument cluster warnings were triggered. The problem is ruptured brake lines, due to premature rusting.

- Bala Cynwyd, PA, USA

problem #2

Jan 102013


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Tahoe. The contact stated that while driving 15 mph, the contact fully depressed the brake pedal but the brakes failed to respond. The vehicle was merged to the shoulder and the emergency brake was engaged. The contact stated that there were flames coming from under the hood of the vehicle. The vehicle was completely engulfed in flames within minutes. The fire and police departments were called. No one was injured. A police report was filed. The vehicle was completely destroyed. The manufacturer was notified and stated that they will send out a representative to inspect the vehicle. The failure mileage was 70,000.

- Tweny Nine Palms, CA, USA

problem #1

Sep 302011

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 60,100 miles
Applied brakes to stop, and brake pedal went to the floor. The Tahoe slowly stopped after pumping the brake pedal, but reluctantly. I had stopped without a problem only seconds before this incident. Cause of the braking problem according to the repair shop was a broken brake line. The repair shop also indicated that all the brake lines need to be replaced due to severe corrosion problems. The mechanic said that this is a common problem with GM vehicles. As an aside, the tow truck driver who picked up the Tahoe said that he has seen many vehicles with the same problem.

- East Aurora, NY, USA

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