Chevy Tahoe ABS Brake Problems

by Horacio Garcia
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The Chevy Tahoe has been a good seller for General Motors over the years, and the manufacturer even came out with a Tahoe Hybrid in 2009, which was one of the first full-size hybrids introduced into the market. The Tahoe has had problems with the anti-lock braking systems, with a recall for the ABS brakes for the model years of 1999 through 2002, and the 2005 model has had a recall for brake problems. The largest recall on the Chevy Tahoe was affected more than 1.5 million vehicles for a heating module problem that posed a fire hazard.

Brake Recall

A few of the 2005 Chevy Tahoes were recalled for an ABS brake problem. The problem concerned a missing brake pedal push-rod retaining pin. This pin was left off a few of the Tahoes during manufacture, and according to Repair Pal, only 707 Tahoes were affected by this recall. The Tahoe owner needs to take their 2005 Tahoe into the dealership and let the dealership determine whether this push-rod retainer is missing off their vehicle. If the pin is missing, the dealership will replace the retaining pin at no cost to the owner. Without this retaining pin, the Chevy Tahoe's ABS brakes will not work when applied.

ABS Brake Recall

The largest recall for the Chevy Tahoe ABS problem was for the model years of 1999 to 2002. More than 800,000 General Motors trucks and SUVs, including the Chevy Tahoe, had developed corrosion on the ABS of the vehicles, causing the brakes sensor to quit working. According to the General Motors spokes-man at the time, Alan Adler, road grime was getting into the plastic cover of the ABS sensor, which made the brakes apply prematurely at slow speeds.

ABS General Maintenance

The only other complaints about the Chevy Tahoe ABS brakes have been general maintenance problems: the wearing of the brake pads and rotors requiring replacement or repair, misalignment of the calipers causing vibration and spongy or too much play in the brake pedal. All of these problems can be resolved if the Tahoe owner performs the scheduled maintenance on the braking system recommended by the manufacturer. The brake pads are going to wear because of the friction created when applying the brake pedal, and the brake rotors are going to wear for the same reason.

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