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Brake Fluid Leak problems of the 2000 Chevrolet Suburban



Eight problems related to brake fluid leak have been reported for the 2000 Chevrolet Suburban.

car   Brake Fluid Leak problem 1
Failure Date: 08/23/2014

I was backing up my Suburban to attach and move my camper. I had just returned from a short trip to the grocery store, brakes were fine at that time. Upon the 3rd or 4th time I pressed the brake pedal while backing up, the pedal went to the floor. No brakes. I was on fairly level ground, so moving it to park stopped what little motion I had. There was never an indication of spongy brakes. Never an indicator on my dash of a brake issue, I just immediately lost all braking function. At this time it's Sunday and I'm waiting on Monday to contact a mechanic. I have fluid leaking from above the side frame member on the drivers side, under the rear door on the passenger side. I still don't have an indication of failure on my dash. I realize cars rust, I live in michigan. But the failure is what disturbs me. Supposedly gm has a dual line system, but I had no or very little stopping power on a 6000lb vehicle. Had I been in motion or even towing my camper, the results could have been catastrophic. I understand there is an investigation still open on these vehicles. It is not terribly time sensitive that this vehicle get fixed, so if you'd like to inspect I'll need contact immediately. Otherwise I will get it to a mechanic for repair.

car   Brake Fluid Leak problem 2
Failure Date: 08/02/2014

I was sitting in my driveway and I pressed on the brake to engage reverse when the brake pedal went all the way to the floor. This is not a normal braking for our Suburban. Brake fluid was added to the brake fluid compartment and brakes were re-tested; brake pedal continued to go to floor. Further investigation of the vehicle outside the Suburban found brake fluid leaking from brake line when brake pedal was engaged.

car   Brake Fluid Leak problem 3
Failure Date: 02/19/2013

The contact owns a 2000 Chevrolet Suburban. The contact stated that while entering a parking spot at an unknown speed, smoke emitted from the front passenger tire. The contact also mentioned that there was a brake fluid leak. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was found that the brake lines were corroded. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 238,000. The VIN was not available.

car   Brake Fluid Leak problem 4
Failure Date: 11/23/2012

Started to pull out of driveway and brake pedal went to the floor. Inspection revealed that a rear brake line had rusted through, leaving a puddle of brake fluid on the ground.

car   Brake Fluid Leak problem 5
Failure Date: 05/17/2012

I was traveling at 40 mph when traffic stopped ahead. Applied brakes but brake pedal depressed to the floor with only very minor braking. Avoided accident by using emergency brake and swerving on to the right shoulder. There was no warning on the instrument panel of low brake fluid, lack of braking capacity or any other pending brake malfunction. After getting vehicle safely home a visual inspection revealed a major loss of brake fluid from the master cylinder and brake fluid leaking from above the vehicle frame, below the drivers side floor board. Major corrosion has occurred in the vicinity of the leak. Although this is a 2000 vehicle, it only has 74,480 mile of use. An internet search reveals that an NHTSA action number : ea11001 has been established for similar complaints.

car   Brake Fluid Leak problem 6
Failure Date: 03/15/2012

I was driving on york road in maryland going about 35 miles per hour when the car in front of me suddenly stopped. I pressed on the brake pedal but it went straight to the floor. Fortunately I had kept a good distance between my car and the car in front of me. My vehicle came to a stop about half and inch away from the car in front. After this I had to pull over and take the vehicle to the dealer. Dealer found that the brake lines had rusted and brake fluid was leaking hence the reason for the car not braking properly.

car   Brake Fluid Leak problem 7
Failure Date: 08/03/2010

Rear brake line failure in 2000 Suburban on 8/3/10. . . . Stepped on brake and it went to the floor when I went to put the car in reverse. Fluid was gushing out of the rear brake line. I managed to drive it because the front brake line still worked partly. Brake fluid was leaking out of the line for five miles and when I parked the car. Mechanic looked at the brake line and said it was rotted out and the rot extended to the front brake line. The car had 75,000 miles on it.

car   Brake Fluid Leak problem 8
Failure Date: 05/28/2010

I understand NHTSA is looking into reports of corroded brake lines on year 2000 Chevrolet trucks. I just experienced this issue. This weekend I was pulling my boat out of the water, I pressed hard on the brake to release the parking brake and the pedal went all the way to the floor. I was able to power up the ramp without difficulty but when attempting to stop there was practically no brake pressure at all. There were no warning lights. When the truck was safely stopped I chocked the trailer and had my wife step on the brake, and observed fluid leaking out of a failed line near the left rear axle. I had to get both the boat and the truck towed as it was obviously unsafe to drive. The truck is now at the dealer for service. At a service appointment a few weeks ago they have also warned of corrosion on the fuel line running from the tank to the fuel filter. The truck has only 45,000 miles as I mostly use it for towing.