78 problems related to brake hoses, lines/piping, and fittings have been reported for the 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche. The most recently reported issues are listed below.
The brake line broke due to rust and as I have seen this is a on going thing. Gm says it is not a safety issue but it very much is as when the line brakes you lose paddle and at high speed this could kill people. The fact that they do not see this as a safety issue tells me a lot about gm and how they don't care about the people that buy from them. My truck was on the boat launch when the brake failed I'm lucky I did not lose my truck and boat. This needs to be fixed at no cost.
With my Avalanche, I was towing a trailer with a car loaded and traveling at less than 10 mph, I applied the brakes to slow for a turn and lost nearly all the braking power. I pulled to the shoulder and noticed that one of the brake lines forward of the abs module located inside the left frame rail directly beneath the drivers seat had ruptured due to corrosion. Further inspection showed all brake lines in that area were covered with corrosion. All brake line were replaced with new stainless steel lines after researching that this very common problem was not authorized for recall. Repair cost: $950. 00. It would appear that brake problems of this frequency and magnitude should have been subject to recall as it is apparent that it is a design flaw and very dangerous.
Brake lines corroded.
My son was driving my 2002 Avalanche when the brake pedal went to the floor without any prior warning or dash lights. Although he did go through the intersection he was trying to stop for there was no traffic and no accident. The problem was a brake line failing.
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche 1500. While driving 20 mph, the brake pedal was depressed but failed to stop the vehicle. The contact collided head on into another vehicle. The air bags did not deploy. A police report was filed and the vehicle was towed. The contact sustained minor injuries, but did not require medical attention. The contact, a licensed mechanic, diagnosed that the brake line was corroded and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was approximately 136,000.
Saturday January 23, 2016 during a snow storm my 2002 chevy Avalanche 2500 VIN# 3gngk26g02g170006 lost all brake control due to failed and corroded brake line under driver side door at retainer clip on side of frame without any warning signs of soft pedal or intermittent braking. This is the second truck driven a 2004 1500 with the same failed line in same place on frame. Just before the brake line failed there was a small car in front of me with two small children in the back seat that turned right if they came to a full stop I would have not been able to negotiate around them that could have resulted in injury and or death of the other occupants in the car. I do think that this is a big safety concern for all not just drivers of the affected trucks but anyone or object in its path. I asking for gm to recall all affected vehicles for a repair and replacement of all brake lines at the cost of general motors with brake lines coated like the poly armor lines to aid in the resistance of corrosion. The current lines are only made of steel with no top coating and are routed in direct spray off of tires and road with no splash shield to protect line from spray or foreign objects from striking lines. Sincerely patrick wright.
Brake lines are made out of defective materials gm knows they have a problem the lines rust out prematurely . The first one blew out I was backing in a parking space pedal went to the floor. The second one blew at a traffic light pushed on the brake went thru the red light dodged traffic . The third on the interstate traffic was stopping suddenly pushed on the pedal another brake line broke went to the floor and I managed to hit the median cross the middle and get it stopped before a head on collision with the traffic heading the other direction on interstate 81 . The rest of the under side is rust and corrosion free only the brake lines are rusted out ! . That being said gm has a repair kit with coated lines they always have in stock because they know its a major problem !!! I got a repair estimate from my local dealership $1580. 00 I am replacing all steel lines . Please make them recall this is going to kill someone.
At slow speeds, the abs comes on without warning on dry pavement, so this is not a result of a slippery road surface. I have almost hit several things/cars. There was a previous recall for this exact issue (050068a), but the dealer says that the recall repair was already done and they will not perform the repair again. I can understand the dealer's position if this were not the result of a recall, but this seems to be an ongoing issue. The recall repair work was completed in 2006, and now in 2015, I am sure it has rusted again to the point that the same probelm is occurring. Rust in the braking system is a problem with this vehicle, as the brake lines have rusted out and failed twice already.
My brakes felt spongy during a drive, after arriving at home and visually inspecting my brakes I pumped the brake pedal twice and the brake line ruptured which runs directly under the drivers seat. There is significant rust on all brake lines, I just want to make sure my rupture is recorded after reading ea11-001.
My 2002 Avalanche had multiple brake lines fail this morning when I tried to stop when a dump truck pulled out in front of me this morning. I could not stop, the brake pedal was to the floor and I ended up in a field. The service shop showed me the heavily rusted and pitted brake lines. They failed in areas at the bend that were subject to salt exposure. The shop said the metal brake lines all have to be replaced.
Brake pedal went to the floor upon braking. Had to downshift to low gear and apply what little brake I had left taking approximately 200 feet to stop. Luckily there was no vehicle in front of me or it would have been a rear end collision. Slowly returned home about a mile away and upon further inspection found the hard brake line right front passenger side had burst. No prior warning to loss of brakes.
When attempting to shift out of park the brake must be applied. The brake pedal sank to the floor and the brake telltale illuminated. Investigation identified a leak in the brake line just forward of the abs module. Additional inspection highlighted significant brake line corrosion in the remainder of the system. The mechanic advised that a complete replacement should be done.
I was driving in the grass group carrying chairs to a campfire on the other side of the field with boys riding in the bed of my truck when I hit my brakes and they went to the floor. It scared me because there were boys walking in front of me. The truck did stop but not as quickly as I wanted it to. I am very glad no one was hurt. The next morning I looked under the truck and the long brake line that runs from the front to the rear of the truck had rusted and ruptured leaking out all of the fluid.
While exiting the highway another vehicle cut in front of mine forcing me to stomp on the brakes to avoid a collision. The brake pedal went to the floor, but I did not make contact with the other vehicle. The drive home was less than 1 mile and brake pedal had no resistance. Once in my driveway, I noticed a small puddle. Had my wife press the brake pedal while I looked underneath and brake fluid shot out of one of the brake lines. Will be forced to have it towed to a repair facility.
Driving in school parking lot at 10 mph when all of a sudden, without any warning or notification from dash display, had to depress brake pedal all the way to the floor for the vehicle to stop. Braking distance increased dramatically. Went to the dealership and they informed me that the brake line ad rusted, brake fluid started to leak and all brake lines had to be replaced. Estimated cost of repairs is $1200. 00 usd. All the times I took truck in for service and maintenance, not once did they recommend replacing brake lines. Did research online and mechanics and owner's of similar vehicles said that this is a design flaw and should be subject to recall.
Vehicle was stopped at stop sign. Suddenly brake pedal went to floor and vehicle started drifting into intersection with tractor trailer approaching. No lights ever came on. My wife pulled the emergency brake to stop vehicle. Found metal brake line ruptured at fuel tank.
Tl-the contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche. The contact stated while driving 35 mph, the brake pedal was depressed but failed to respond without warning. The contact had to use the emergency brake to stop the vehicle. The dealer diagnosed that the brake line going to rear axle needed to be repaired. The vehicle had been repaired but failure persisted. The manufacturer had not been notified. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 170,000. Ne.
Pulling boat (22 ft ) from the boat launch to the make ready area. Stepped on braks and peddle suddenly and without warning went to to the floor ! upon inspection of the brake lines, they are rusted and in bad shape. The brake line that runs on top of the frame rail on the drivers side and goes to the rear wheels had blown out !!.
As I was approaching a stop light at approximately 25 mph I applied the brakes and the brake pedal suddenly went to the floor and I lost the brakes causing me to roll through the traffic light. Fortunately no one was coming through from the other direction. It was taken to my mechanic where he discovered that the rear brake lines were so corroded that they burst when the brakes were applied. Entire rear brake line system needed to be replaced at my expense.
Brake pedal went to the floor, used emergency brake to stop. Found brake line under drivers door rusted through and gushing fluid.
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche. The contact stated that a strong gasoline odor was inside the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic for inspection, who stated that the fuel lines were corroded and caused fuel to leak. The fuel lines were replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure and current mileage was 157,000. Updated 2/11/cn also, the brake lines were replaced as well. Updated 02/18/14.
Was driving on NY state thruway with wife and three small children. Women cut in front of me. I pushed on brakes and pedal went to floor. I swerved out of the way and went off the road. Luckily it happened near a clearing otherwise we would have hit something and been seriously hurt and/or killed. Turns out all of my brake line are rusted out and need replacement. Turns out gm used cheaper brake lines and not stainless steel ones.
The Avalanche is our tow vehicle (only) which is why it has so few miles for a 2002 model year vehicle. Normally it is towing a 9000 pound 28 foot toy hauler, but just by pure luck it was towing a single axle flat bed trailer with the cab for a 1935 Chevrolet pickup on it back from the body shop. I pulled into the driveway and tried to stop and there were no brakes. Tried to apply the parking brakes and the cable snapped. Stopped by driving up a hill into the grass. Took the Avalanche to the dealer where they told me the brake lines all had to be replaced and they were no longer available from the manufacturer. In the course of getting the brake lines out they found that the fuel lines were also leaking and had to be replaced. The total bill for repair was $2900. 00, plus the vehicle was out of service for 6 weeks. Granted the vehicle is 12 years old, but I have a 1963 studebaker that still has solid brake and fuel lines. It is only by the grace of god that the Avalanche wasn't towing a 9000 pound 28 foot long trailer at 70 mph when the brakes failed. There was no warning light, no indication at all that there was a pending problem. Someone could have been killed. These vehicles need to be recalled, and I need to be reimbursed for the repairs.
Complete brake failure while towing a trailer, pedal right to the floor I'm lucky to be alive. No warning whatsoever brakes had been working fine before incident. Subsequent inspection revealed blown brake line below drivers door at frame rail and all lines look terrible. Online investigation shows this to be very common problem lets get this recall issued before anyone dies. The ability to stop is priority one there is nothing more important.
When pulling into my driveway, the brakes pedal went all the way to the floor. I ran into my utility trailer, but no damage was caused. Avalanche is at the garage now, he informed me this is common with chevy trucks. All brake lines need to be replaced and it will cost between $1000 and $1200.
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