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Brake Hoses, Lines/piping, And Fittings problems of the 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche - part 1

73 problems related to brake hoses, lines/piping, and fittings have been reported for the 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche.

car   Brake Hoses, Lines/piping, And Fittings problem 1
Failure Date: 01/23/2016

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.

car   Brake Hoses, Lines/piping, And Fittings problem 2
Failure Date: 12/26/2015

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.

car   Brake Hoses, Lines/piping, And Fittings problem 3
Failure Date: 09/05/2015

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.

car   Brake Hoses, Lines/piping, And Fittings problem 4
Failure Date: 08/01/2015

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.

car   Brake Hoses, Lines/piping, And Fittings problem 5
Failure Date: 04/29/2015

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.

car   Brake Hoses, Lines/piping, And Fittings problem 6
Failure Date: 11/21/2014

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.

car   Brake Hoses, Lines/piping, And Fittings problem 7
Failure Date: 10/30/2014

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.

car   Brake Hoses, Lines/piping, And Fittings problem 8
Failure Date: 10/15/2014

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.

car   Brake Hoses, Lines/piping, And Fittings problem 9
Failure Date: 09/17/2014

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.

car   Brake Hoses, Lines/piping, And Fittings problem 10
Failure Date: 09/09/2014

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.

car   Brake Hoses, Lines/piping, And Fittings problem 11
Failure Date: 08/21/2014

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.

car   Brake Hoses, Lines/piping, And Fittings problem 12
Failure Date: 08/20/2014

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.

car   Brake Hoses, Lines/piping, And Fittings problem 13
Failure Date: 07/19/2014

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 !!.

car   Brake Hoses, Lines/piping, And Fittings problem 14
Failure Date: 03/03/2014

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.

car   Brake Hoses, Lines/piping, And Fittings problem 15
Failure Date: 12/31/2013

Brake pedal went to the floor, used emergency brake to stop. Found brake line under drivers door rusted through and gushing fluid.

car   Brake Hoses, Lines/piping, And Fittings problem 16
Failure Date: 12/29/2013

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.

car   Brake Hoses, Lines/piping, And Fittings problem 17
Failure Date: 12/27/2013

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.

car   Brake Hoses, Lines/piping, And Fittings problem 18
Failure Date: 11/16/2013

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.

car   Brake Hoses, Lines/piping, And Fittings problem 19
Failure Date: 10/24/2013

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.

car   Brake Hoses, Lines/piping, And Fittings problem 20
Failure Date: 10/06/2013

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.

car   Brake Hoses, Lines/piping, And Fittings problem 21
Failure Date: 10/01/2013

Applied brakes to stop and pedal went to floor. Upon inspection found brake line ruptured due to excessive corrosion. Vehicle required 100% replacement of all brake lines.

car   Brake Hoses, Lines/piping, And Fittings problem 22
Failure Date: 09/17/2013

Coming up to a traffic light at 45mph the light turned red ,I stepped on the brake and it went to the floor. I pumped the brake and used the emergency brake to stop the truck but not it did not stop until I was through the intersection . Luckily there was no crash. The brake line to the rear brakes was blown do to corrosion . After inspecting all the brake lines all were heavily corroded . I replaced all the brake lines with stainless steel lines. After being under the truck for a few days I can see the fuel lines will be the next to change plus the frame and drive shafts look like they came up with the titanic. I really don't expect anything to come of this , as this my way of telling gm how disgusting I find there business model of maximum profit over safety. For a few dollars more for better material this could all have been avoided . If this was Toyota or Honda the news media would be all over it but because it's gm we here crickets.

car   Brake Hoses, Lines/piping, And Fittings problem 23
Failure Date: 08/11/2013

I was parking and when I stepped onto the brake pedal it went the wholeway to floor. Luckily there was a curb in front of me or I wouldhave crashed into a stored loaded with people. After investigation found out brake line rusted through. Found out you are investigating. How many years is it gonna take or how many must die before you take action.

car   Brake Hoses, Lines/piping, And Fittings problem 24
Failure Date: 08/02/2013

Driving with my children on the highway. . Went to apply the brake to stop. . Pedal went to the floor and vehicle won't stop. . . Then went to apply e-brake and that failed as well. . . (I up keep the truck very well so this was not issue). . . I was lucky enough to avoid a serious wreck. . . Upon investigation I have found all of the brake lines rusted out. . I also have researched this as a major issue. . . With these trucks. . . . Are we really gonna wait till somebody is killed?.

car   Brake Hoses, Lines/piping, And Fittings problem 25
Failure Date: 07/19/2013

I was visiting family and I was getting ready to drive back home (3 hour drive) and I was in the vehicle and put my foot on the brake to start the vehicle and my foot all of a sudden went to the floor. I got out and saw oil coming from my left rear wheel and determined that it was brake fluid. I had to have the vehicle towed to the mechanic shop and found out that the brake line was rusted through and just started spitting out brake fluid. This appears to be something that is common due to the material that is used to make the brake lines. This could have easily happened in traffic causing injury to my family and others. This should be looked into before someone is seriously injured.