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Brake Fluid Leak Problems of Chevrolet Impala



Chevrolet Impala owners have reported 5 problems related to brake fluid leak (under the service brakes category).

car image   Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 2000 Chevrolet Impala 1
Failure Date: 08/01/2014

Corroded through brake line! I was driving on the interstate at 65 mph and applied the brakes mildly. My foot felt normal brake resistance for an instant and then the brake pedal suddenly went to the floor. Fortunately, as my slowing was not critical at that moment, the failed braking did not result in a disaster. During my diagnosis of the problem, on applying the brakes much brake fluid leaked on the ground below the master cylinder, but not involving the master cylinder. Closer inspection I discovered that the brake line crossing the firewall to the right front wheel (about 12 inches below the master cylinder and a few inches toward the passenger side) was assembled such that it is embedded in felt (which apparently provides sound deadening from the engine compartment) up against the firewall for about 6 inches. This felt holds water and remains wet almost continuously in the north carolina environment. There is extensive rust on the brake line in this area - and it is rusted through, with brake fluid squirting out when the brakes are applied. This is very stupid and dangerous design path for this brake line - it should be installed such that it does not contact the felt. It is obvious that it was assembled this way (the line is not flexible at this point) - firmly forced up against the felt on the firewall and held in this position by fasteners - not due to any movement of the line after assembly. This unnecessary failure due to stupid design may well have resulted in a serious or even fatal accident, very possibly involving a pedestrian and/or one or more automobiles. Access to replace this line will require the car to be on a lift, which I am unable to provide, such that I will have to pay good money to have it fixed. This will most assuredly be a problem (likely resulting is serious injury or death) on other 2000 era Impala's.

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car image   Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Impala 2
Failure Date: 01/08/2013

Brake line from master cylinder blew, brake fluid leaked and brakes failed. Brake warning light did not come on until brakes were inoperable. Line was found to be rusted through. This is a known problem and is a major safety issue. Brake warning light should come on immediately when a brake line ruptures to give the driver time to stop before brakes fail completely.

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car image   Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 2007 Chevrolet Impala 3
Failure Date: 08/01/2011

Tl-the contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that the vehicle experienced numerous failures the steering wheel, the engine, the brake, and sudden acceleration. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic and the dealership for diagnostic; which located fluid leaks at the engine, the power steering wheel, and the brake lines. The contact did not have the name of the parts that was replaced; however the failure was not corrected. The sudden acceleration failure was recently experienced and was not taken to the dealer to have a diagnostic performed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 17,000 and the approximate current 90,000. Li.

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car image   Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Impala 4
Failure Date: 06/16/2011

The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that while driving downhill at a low speed, the low brake fluid light illuminated on the instrument panel. After reaching his destination, the contact examined the vehicle and noticed a brake fluid leak. The contact also stated that the brake lines near the master cylinder were severely rusted. The vehicle was inspected by an independent mechanic, who advised the contact to replace the brake lines. The leaking brake line was repaired. The failure and current mileages were 26,388 . Updated 08/01/lj updated 08/03/11.

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car image   Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 1996 Chevrolet Impala 5
Failure Date: 08/01/2000

Bosch anitlock brake system pump complaint about the failure of the bosch abs pump on my 1996 Chevrolet Impala. The rear brakes failed on my automobile. I took the car to my mechanic who discovered a fluid leak in the rear brakes and suspected some type of failure within the antilock brake system. Since the cars mileage was only 14,783 and the brakes should not be failing already, he took the car to a local Chevrolet dealership, chuck ohl in chardon, ohio. The chevy dealerships service department diagnosed the trouble as abs pump failure, so they replaced the bosch unit for $1,635 billed to my mechanic. Chevrolet had no reported recalls on this unit and since the new car warranty of 36,000 mile/3 years is expired, I was left to pay $1725. 14 (includes tax) for the new bosch abs pump. Chevrolet service listed the abs pump leaking due to corrosion. I kept the original pump- there is no corrosion on it or any other area of the vehicle. I am the original owner of this car and have kept it garaged every winter from October to may. Therefore, it suffers no corrosion from ohio winters. The brake pads and rotors are in excellent condition. In no way have the brakes been abused on this vehicle. The only reasonable explanation for this brake failure is the original bosch abs pump was defective. I wrote complaint letters to Chevrolet and to bosch. Chevy customer assistance has never answered my letter but I called & they denied the claim because the car is no longer under warranty. Bosch answered in writing. With no corrosion on my vehicle and the abs warning light has never illuminated, bosch's explanation for the abs pump failure suggests the brake system absorbed moisture. They also state the brake fluid should be replaced every 1 to 2 years, "like many vehicle manufacturers include in recommended maintenance schedules. " I have carefully checked the Chevrolet owner's manual delivered with my vehicle-changing brake fluid is not mentioned.

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