Tahoe Suburban Brake Questions

raidertonyraidertony Member Posts: 2
What is the problem whe the abs light comes on.


  • tidestertidester Member Posts: 10,059
    You may want to try either Chevy Suburban or Chevy Tahoe where you can find other owners who may have experienced that problem.

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  • steverstever Guest Posts: 52,454
    Hi J_rohas, your post has been moved to the existing Axiom discussion. Here's the link:

    j_rohas, "Isuzu Axiom" #2397, 8 Apr 2006 7:42 pm

    Please continue over there. You may want to check out Stop here! Let's talk about brakes. Thanks,

    Steve, Host
  • tidestertidester Member Posts: 10,059
    Got a Quick, Technical Question? may be of help as well as Owner's Manual.

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  • jk06jk06 Member Posts: 7
    At various times front brakes really pulsate to the point where it is really annoying. Other times they work perfect. When they act up the road condition is not the problem. At first I thought it was warped rotors which I replaced as well as pads. Did not solve the problem. Also I replaced master cylinder. It appears ABS is activating for no reason. To add to this sometimes the door locks do not always work for all the doors, seems to be some type of low voltage. That happens about 5% of the time. Any ideas I would appreciate.
  • king33vking33v Member Posts: 2
    It could most likely be your wheel hub assy. There is a sensor on there that regulates that light. If you have good brakes this is probably the problem. I'm about to replace the same part on my 2001 Tahoe. I'm trying to find a place online with free diagrams because I'm cheap!
  • king33vking33v Member Posts: 2
    I'm cheap and don't want to buy the book. Any where I can look them up online?
  • tcrenshawtcrenshaw Member Posts: 2
    there is a factory recall because of corrosion problems. the vibration and braking problem is the abs engaging.
    If this is a low speed problem , it usually occurs when parking ,what they call the curb bumper. The brakes fail to a point that you lunge into the curb ,or concrete tire stops at parking lots. Its GMs problem to fix . check out gm recalls.
  • tcrenshawtcrenshaw Member Posts: 2
    1999-2005 tahoe,suburban there is a factory recall because of corrosion problems. the vibration and braking problem is the abs engaging.
    If this is a low speed problem , it usually occurs when parking ,what they call the curb bumper. The brakes fail to a point that you lunge into the curb ,or concrete tire stops at parking lots. Its GMs problem to fix . check out gm recalls.
  • jk06jk06 Member Posts: 7
    Not all 1999's are included, I called GM and mine was not one of the recalls. I did clean the sensors myself and no problems since. It was not that hard but required a lot of time!
  • tahoetroubletahoetrouble Member Posts: 1
    I have a 2001 chevy Tahoe, my ABS would come on when braking at low speed, after some time the dealership agreed to do the recall, only to say I still have the problem and need to replace my front hubs, they want to replace the driver side first and if that doesn't fix it they'll do the passenger side. I took the vehicle to a local sears and they did a free steering inspection stating that the hubs are in perfect condition. Any ideas? Did the dealership really do the recall? How can I tell? :mad:
    I have attached a description of the recall that i found on line.

    GM to recall 553,000 SUVs, trucks to fix brakes (12/24/05)
    General Motors Corp. is expanding an earlier recall of sport utility vehicles and pickup trucks to include another 553,000 vehicles because of potential problems with brakes. Unwanted application of the anti-lock brake system in some vehicles can cause increased stopping distances during low-speed braking. GM in August recalled 804,000 full-size pickup trucks and SUVs in 14 states for the same problem. The recall is being expanded to include Delaware, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia. Vehicles affected by the recall include the Chevrolet Avalanche and Silverado pickups and the Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe SUVs. The GMC Sierra pickup and Yukon and Yukon XL SUVs are also affected. All the vehicles are from the 1999-2002 model years. More than 200 crashes and some minor injuries were linked to the recall.
  • chevytech429chevytech429 Member Posts: 4
    there is nothing wrong with the hubs...the problem in this case seems like a wheel speed sensor corrosion problem, which is located in the hub, and yes a new hub would come with a new sensor. but if there is nothing wrong with the hub...you can just replace the speed sensor, they just want to hit you up for more money by replacing the whole assembley. just replace the speed sensors and clean the mounting surface, its a fairly easy repair...if you can replace brakes and rotors, you should have no problems doing this yourself.
  • burbluvburbluv Member Posts: 1
    Hi first time forumer. I bought a '95 Chevy Burb 1500 last year for $5k @ 100K on it. I've put appx. 26K on it w/ no issues. I just changed orig. Oxygen & MAP Sensors last week. Now my ABS light sparatically comes on. When this happens I lose power and my odometer goes to "0," even though I could be doing 50-70 mph. My RPM's are still high, but it doesn't shift gears when this happens. It doesn't seem to be the tranny, but it's like I'm driving while pressing the brakes. Someone Help!!! :confuse:
  • cspieringscspierings Member Posts: 1
    Just returned from the dealership and had an interesting talk with the service guy. My subburban was in for an oil change. The guy says I need a new right front axle seal.

    OK its covered under the extended warranty.

    Its due for tires and alignment that was on my radar already anyway.

    Now the shocker. He says I a complete brake job on all 4 wheels. Rotors drums the works. The vehichle has 53K on it.

    OK I could see needing some brake work at that mileage (mostly highway). But having everything re done?

    So is there an inherent issue with the brakes on this vehicle that I don't know about? Is there anything I can do to address or correct his issue so I'm not repeating the complete brake job again a year or 2 down the road?


  • arriearrie Member Posts: 312
    I have a '04 Tahoe with 68 000 miles and my brakes, i.e. pads and disks still look like new. My driving is mostly highway meaning about 90% is highway. At 53 k you should not need any brake work yet as you say you drive mostly highway too.

    Do you feel something wrong with brakes when you use them? Have you looked at your brakes yourself?

  • arriearrie Member Posts: 312
    ABS brakes sometimes activate when you drive over a small bump on rods and the wheels start bouncing while you apply brakes at the same time.

    Usually this indicates that you need new shocks for your vehicle but in some vehicles, like in a 1500 4x4 Dodge ram that I have, it seems to be a bad design as the new stock shocks don't help.

  • jrvalenjrvalen Member Posts: 2

    Get used to it!!!. My wife's 97 Suburban has about 90k miles on it. The 1st set of pads were toasted along with the rotors with less that 15k miles. The dealer did the 1st change out of the pads/rotors, albeit on our our nickel. By switching to to the new more expensive ceramic pads, we tend to get about 20-25k between pad changes. The rear brakes have been get changed every other time we do the front pads. We were also impacted by the corrosion build-up in the front hubs which cause the ABS system to malfunction. That's an easy fix as well if your vehicle isn't covered with the GM selective recall.

    Hope this puts a little perspective on the issue given the vehicle weighs in at over two tons empty.

  • ktrangktrang Member Posts: 1
    1999 GMC suburban - front Disk, Rear Drum. Having fairly low breaking pedal (Pedal must be moved down excessively to break). Car has normal break shoes wear?

    I thank you in advance for your advise.
    I am new to this forum. Please advise if this post is in a wrong forum.
  • evilzevilz Member Posts: 5
    Hi all,
    Is anyone seeing the rear brake pads wearing WAY faster than the fronts? I have a 2003 Tahoe 4WD and I am now on my 3rd set of rear pads and have not touched the fronts.
    My thought is that the proportioning valve is either malfunctioning, or set up incorrectly as I have always been under the impression that most of the braking is done by the front brakes.

    Thanks for any input.

  • johnny4016johnny4016 Member Posts: 112
    I own a 2004 Tahoe Z71 with all the off road equipment installed at the factory.

    Yesterday while out doing a little four wheeling I notice my brakes did not work that well.

    While on a dirt road, going slightly down hill and at the bottom I stepped on my brakes to avoid going through the dip to fast. I was in 4 HI and only going about 10mph. As I applied my brakes to slow down they just pulsated instead of having a steady braking action. They would not allow me to come to a complete stop and had a very hard time trying to slow down. I've drove for many years and have owned several vehicles and even now have another 4 wheel drive Jeep. What happened did not seem right.

    Does anyone know if this is the same problem with the Tahoe Brakes, and if so is this part of the recall to where I could have it corrected?

  • catamcatam Member Posts: 331
    This sounds like your ABS system was working as it is supposed to. In low traction situations the ABS activates easily and can be very disconcerting. You need to remember these are big heavy vehicles and going downhill in the dirt the wheels would lock up easily under braking without ABS.

    A solution when off roading is to lower your tire pressures to 25 PSI or lower and get tires with better off road tread pattern.
  • pbuonopbuono Member Posts: 2
    My questions are sometimes when I step on the brakes the ABS seems to kick in just moments before I come to a full stop. Sometimes it makes a weird noise but normally only when the truck is cold. Anyone else have this problem?

    Second question, I have the push button 4WD and when I engage the 4WD and drive it for 1-2 miles the service 4x4 light comes on but I still have 4WD. But I cannot disengage the 4WD until I turn off the truck for a few minutes then re-start it and it will then dis-engage. Anyone?

  • tidestertidester Member Posts: 10,059
    You should take your second question over to Chevy Suburban Transmission Problems.

    tidester, host
  • nedudginedudgi Member Posts: 1
    I have tried to use various makes of rotors and pads, the braking distance is pathetically long (about double of any other vehicle i have ever driven), yet they all wear out in about 10-15k Mi. The consensus seems that: "they are all like that" & "they have improved on them after 2000 and again 2003" My burb is an ex police Hwy interceptor, I can not imagine how they did high speed chases with non existent brakes. I just heard that you can actually put the master cylinder of a K2500 on these and that is suppose to reduce braking distance. does anyone have any experience with them, or modifying the hydro booster?
  • 1dragn1dragn Member Posts: 1
    I have a early body 99 GMC suburban and it is factory equipt with front disc rear drums/ I would like to put rear disc on it to improve braking and looks. Can I use a rear setup from a later model 01-06 with 3.73 in the rear. Also I will be changing out the rear end any way so if making the full axle swap would work I would like to go that route. Any tech help out there?
  • bryan459bryan459 Member Posts: 1
    I have a 2000 Surburban. Both the ABS and Parking Brake dash lights come on. I have had it in for service and was told the ground wire was faulty. This was corrected but still have the problem. Any suggestions. The shop told me that the next step would be a very expensive ABS control something or other.
  • hockeydadof2hockeydadof2 Member Posts: 1
    I am about to get the brake pads on my 2005 Z71 4WD Suburban. Does anyone have any recommendations for brake pads they have been particularly happy with? I currently have OEM and expected them to last more than 19K miles.
  • mxjeffbmxjeffb Member Posts: 2
    I have the front passenger side caliper is dragging.
    Drivers side works normal.

    I Try to push the brake pads back and no go.
    I open the bleed and the caliper moves back like normal.

    Pump the brakes back up and drags again not just a little but like you are pushing the brakes

    I can bleed it at the master cylinder fitting and the caliper will push back.

    I have never had one side to the other not working the same,

    Any info would be great.
  • bk777bk777 Member Posts: 32
    We are using the Wagner Thermo Quiet pads. They are holding up well. Not cheap...but good friction materials and good design. Shims are not needed...as they are with the Delco pads.
  • bk777bk777 Member Posts: 32
    How many miles are on your odo?
  • mxjeffbmxjeffb Member Posts: 2
    I worked this out my self.
    The brake hose on the right side had swelled.
    When you pushed the brake the hose would open from the pressure but would not let the fluid return making the pads drag.

    If you think you have this problem pump up the brake and crack open the bleed line.
    The brake fluid leaks and the brake pad stops draging.
    Pump the brake again and crack open the brake line at the top of the hose at the frame.
    If the brake is still dragging then your hose is not letting the fluid back out and making the brake drag.
    The hose has swelled on the in side and is not letting the fluid return.
  • staciepetestaciepete Member Posts: 1
    Each and every time I apply my brakes on my 2007 Suburban, 3800 miles, they squeak severely. I continue to bring it in to the dealership and they continue to tell me that this is normal?? Is this accurate?? Any advise??
  • bk777bk777 Member Posts: 32
    Normal...not! Don't accept that answer. Make em' track it down and fix the problem. Brake noise is a possible sign of a serious problem.

    Ask the dealer to pull the wheels and inspect everything...including the parking brake assemblies. It is not impossible to have a premature wear-out on the PB...there have been problems with that design.
  • jrdobrienjrdobrien Member Posts: 1
    I have a 2003 Tahoe Lt 4x4, just had front and rear pads and rotors replaced, hoped this would give the pedal a better feel, to no avail. my wife feels like the truck is not going to stop on time. the garage installed semi metallic pads, would a different type have helped or am I going to have to live with it?
  • tidestertidester Member Posts: 10,059
    Have you tried bleeding your brake lines? If air accumulates in them the brakes will have a mushy feel.

    tidester, host
    SUVs and Smart Shopper
  • biglubiglu Member Posts: 7
    I just got my used 02 Tahoe! I can hear the right wheel squeaking when I brake. I checked the brake fluid and it is between max and min. What should I do next?
  • rockman59rockman59 Member Posts: 250
    biglu said: I just got my used 02 Tahoe! I can hear the right wheel squeaking when I brake. I checked the brake fluid and it is between max and min. What should I do next?
    Take the vehicle to a good brake shop.....you have some serious problems here, probably caliper/pad/disc wear. And the longer you wait to repair it the more costly it will be.
  • jerrywimerjerrywimer Member Posts: 588
    "Ask the dealer to pull the wheels and inspect everything...including the parking brake assemblies. It is not impossible to have a premature wear-out on the PB...there have been problems with that design."

    Are you sure the PB is the same design in the 2007 GM 900's that it was for the prior generation of trucks (GM 800 series)?
  • minikinminikin Member Posts: 389
    You're just going to have to live with it. Common issue. Welcome to the world of early 21st century Chevy brakes. There is a fix. Unfortunately it involves buying a new / later model truck; one built after the problem(s) were corrected.
  • jewaldjewald Member Posts: 1
    On Sunday i put a waverunner in the water then went home. Noticed that my turn signal were flashing fast. Then Mon. night noticed that now had NO turn signals, no brake lights, no parking lights. Fixed the turn signals but can't figure out others. All fuses are fine, no relays to be found. WOuld it be the turn signal switch? Would the water have caused all the problems? Or was that just coincidence?
  • efbassettefbassett Member Posts: 2
    Extremley hard braking is required to stop vehicle. All new brake parts (master cyl, slaves, calipers, pads, drums, fluid, etc.) replaced. Has been this way since purchased used. Serviced by prof. mechs. that can't figured it out. Every thing appears to be routed correctly. Has 2" lift. Mechs. thought it might be the rear proportioning, but does not appear to be that. Anyone have any experience with this?
  • kiawahkiawah Member Posts: 3,666
    Doesn't that sound like a power brake booster problem?
  • efbassettefbassett Member Posts: 2
    That is what we originally thought. Everything has been changed with the exception of the lines and proportioning valves (front and rear). Besides the boost is a helper and should be able to be overriden with hard braking but it is nearly impossible to lock up the brakes. Except on wet pavement. Several mechanics have been stumped. They have pressure tested the entire system at the cylinders and this is within specs. Tried different pads and shoes, everything. It calls for semi-metallic but tried a straight organic and this helps only slightly but wear excessively fast. I know the vehicle is heavy but you would think that the brakes would still lock up. :cry: It is just frustrating. It is most likely a small oversight that is obvious no one is seeing it. I even thought the rubber flex lines might be swelling and not applying all the pressure but that also check out. :cry::cry:
  • kiawahkiawah Member Posts: 3,666
    Did you replace the brake booster also? Is it getting the necessary vaccuum?
  • nascarhaulernascarhauler Member Posts: 1
    07 suburban 1500 with roughly 24,000 miles. this truck has had 4 sets of brake pads since it was purchased 1 year ago due to very loud squeeking. i have been told that chevrolet has an updated pad due to all of the complaints. has anyone else heard of this. we have been blown off by several dealers but i found a dealer that seems to have found the update on chevy's tech support line. any information would be helpful
  • toi1toi1 Member Posts: 3
    Hi i cant help but im having the same problem with my 1997 suburban. Can you help if you already fixed it? the bulbs and fuses are ok abd the indicator ionside blinks fast however brake and turn signal light at rear dont work.

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  • toi1toi1 Member Posts: 3
    The blinkers on dash blink rapidly fast however turn signal and brakelights at rear dont work. Can anyone please help?

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  • kiawahkiawah Member Posts: 3,666
    Check your bulbs, you have one with most likely a broken filament.
  • toi1toi1 Member Posts: 3
    Yes i went out and got new bulbs and the problem still exists. The parking lights and everything else back there works fine.
  • rockman59rockman59 Member Posts: 250
    The blinkers on dash blink rapidly fast however turn signal and brakelights at rear dont work. Can anyone please help?
    Sounds to me like you have some burned out bulbs. Take the lens off the tail/backup light and check the bulbs. You should be able to see if the filiments are broken or not. Even if they look OK you might want to switch out the bulbs because sometimes you can't see the break in the filament. Bulbs are cheap, give it a try. If they still don't work you will at least have some spare bulbs after you find the real problem which is now probably wiring related.
  • edersonederson Member Posts: 1
    hello,i have a 2002 chevrolet tahoe,4x4,my brakes are terrible,when you push the pedal faster to stop the car,it doenst happen,but when you press the pedal slowly to stop the car,starts to vibrate ,and you can feel it on your foot,i already change my brake caliper from the passenger side,but still doing the same thing,anyone here has any ideia what could be?thanks
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