Brake Light On Problems of Chevrolet Suburban - part 1

Chevrolet Suburban owners have reported 36 problems related to brake light on (under the service brakes category). The most recently reported issues are listed below.

car image   Brake Light On problem of the 2015 Chevrolet Suburban 1
Failure Date: 01/04/2019

In late December 2018, the brakes began to exhibit signs that they needed to be replaced. Before we could get the car to the dealership for a brake inspection in early January 2019 due to the holidays, the brakes actually totally failed to operate at slower speeds (below 30 mph). Even when "standing on the brake pedal" with both feet the vehicle would not stop. This happened several times especially at slow speeds while backing out of a driveway or going through a drive-thru. The "brake assist light" also came on during several of these events. Also, a "grinding" noise occurred. This may have been the anti-lock brake system activating. The vehicle is now at the Chevrolet dealership in our area waiting on repairs that we are concerned will not correct the problem and prevent it from occurring again. This concern is due to the fact, through our research, that there are pending lawsuits against gm and gm itself has issued several "service bulletins" addressing this issue, but will not initiate a recall of the affected vehicles. They won't even offer any reasonable solution to truly prevent future brake failure even after their recommended repairs are completed and paid for.

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car image   Brake Light On problem of the 2016 Chevrolet Suburban 2
Failure Date: 12/01/2018

Tl-the contact owns a 2016 Chevrolet Suburban. The contact stated that while driving at unknown speeds. The brake pedal was applied but was hard to depress. The brake light was illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the local dealer frank brown 5802 texas 327 spur, lubbock, TX 79424 (806) 853-8770 where diagnosed that the brake pads were rubbing on the rotors. The vehicle was not repaired. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where informed that the brake booster needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not contact. The failure mileage was 59,969. Ap.

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car image   Brake Light On problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Suburban 3
Failure Date: 06/01/2018

Without warning brake line blew a hole and no brakes. No warning and total loss of brakes. Service brake system light came on. No help with that. Fortunately I was able to pass on right shoulder threw the grass. Almost a three vehicle accident. Need to have this problem addressed and taken care of. People could have easily been injured or killed.

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car image   Brake Light On problem of the 2010 Chevrolet Suburban 4
Failure Date: 01/03/2018

2010 chevy Suburban. . . . . . Check engine light was on, went to the chevy dealer, it scanned as the fuel pump module part# 2087716 and also the abs, brake light, stabiltrak and traction control light come on and the vehicle loses power, this scanned as electonic brake control module. I had the fuel pump module replaced at the dealer and have found a recall bulletin for the year make and model with this exact problem. However this is VIN specific?? so I was not able to have this repaired under the gm recall no14515b .

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car image   Brake Light On problem of the 2015 Chevrolet Suburban 5
Failure Date: 11/15/2017

While driving down the highway the steering locks up the brakes go to the floor and the stabilitrac light and brake light comes on! we had at martin Chevrolet in cleveland texas in February of 2017 and it�s back there now! they replaced the fuse box last time and they can�t figure out what it is now!.

car image   Brake Light On problem of the 2002 Chevrolet Suburban 6
Failure Date: 05/10/2016

All brake warning lights light up intermittently, I can make them go off sometimes by shutting down and restarting engine, but not always. Recall # 05v379000 covers same model year vehicles in the "salt belt" states, corrosion issue! my local dealer says there is no recall on this vehicle for brake sensor problems. Brakes still function normally even with all warning lights "on". I want this problem repaired under a safety recall! I can't allow anyone else in the family to drive this vehicle under these conditions. I am a mechanic, no one else in the family would know what to do if the brakes actually do fail while driving.

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car image   Brake Light On problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Suburban 7
Failure Date: 03/30/2016

The red brake light is on. The abs module is not allowing the two rear brakes to work. The a/c control box in the dash blows hot air through the driver side only. In FL that is dangerous because of the heat already.

car image   Brake Light On problem of the 2001 Chevrolet Suburban 8
Failure Date: 01/06/2015

Chevrolet has continued to ignore the abs brake issue within the brake control module. This is separate from their wheel sensor issue. The brake control module. Has a circuit board issue which deactivates the abs system and shows a brake and abs light on dash. In snow today my abs failed and I slid through an intersection narrowly missing a school bus a f$%^ing school bus. There is so much info on this issue on the internet but Chevrolet seem to be ignoring it. The problem is centered around a circuit board in the brake control module.

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car image   Brake Light On problem of the 2000 Chevrolet Suburban 9
Failure Date: 10/17/2014

On Friday afternoon October 17, 2014, I was driving my Suburban to get new tires installed at my local big o tires store. While I driving there the brakes were fine. Once I pulled in to the bay of the store, upon the 2nd or 3rd time I pressed the brake pedal, the pedal went straight to the floor, no brakes! luckily there was little motion on the Suburban, moving it to park stopped the motion. Not at any time did any abs or brake lights come on the dash to alert me of any potential problems, nor any indications of spongy brakes. Just sudden and complete brake failure. The mechanics at big o tires alerted me of a leak coming from underneath the middle area of the driver¿s side of the Suburban from the frame. They lifted up the Suburban and proceeded to inspect. They informed me that all the brake lines where rusted and rotted out and that one or more of the brake lines had burst or broken, causing the brake failure. I started to research this problem on the internet and was surprised to find that both GMC & NHTSA are aware of this issue and no recalls have been issued to date. In fact from the information that I can gather online is that the NHTSA has been inundated with complaints in regards to this problem and GMC refuses to issue a recall, claiming that this is not a safety issue. I was lucky enough for this to happen to me at very low speed in a controlled environment. What if this would have happened without any warning while driving and approaching an intersection? I can think of a many different scenarios where this could have played out to much worse circumstances. Brakes are probably the most significant safety mechanism on any vehicle. How dare GMC make the claim that is it not a safety issue!.

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car image   Brake Light On problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Suburban 10
Failure Date: 10/14/2014

Abs light , brake light and parking brake light went on. Also saying check brake system soon came on. Went to dealer 10/15/2014 and was told need two computers for abs. About 1500. 00 but can't do it because the brake lines are rusty and may break. If they were to break about a 4500. 00 repair bill. Was told ok to drive and the abs would just disable itself. Brake lines used to be made of stainless steel. Has almost 119,000 miles. Also was told maybe time for a new vehicle. I bought new and have had numerous repairs done and maint on it.

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car image   Brake Light On problem of the 2015 Chevrolet Suburban 11
Failure Date: 10/01/2014

While driving on a highway, the abs & brake warning lights eliminated. It was determined that the issue was the ebcm brake controller module that had failed causing the associated abs brake pump to run continuously, thus destroying it. The module and pump are located on the frame approx. Below the drivers set. Dealer's estimated cost to repair $1,200. At the time of the incident the ebcm module was on back order and the dealer could not correct the issue. I had to buy a refurbished module and a new pump to solve the issue.

car image   Brake Light On problem of the 2002 Chevrolet Suburban 12
Failure Date: 09/30/2014

My wife had driven the Suburban like always and without any issues. At the end of the day she parked it and it sat until the next morning. I walked out to it and from the driver's side I saw a large puddle underneath my drivers side. When I turned on my truck the brake light was on and when I shifted into gear I noticed the brakes were out. I contacted gm and gave them the NHTSA action number (ea11001) but since they could not find anything in their system they cannot cover anything. I see that this issue is the second one opened and this one has been opened since Jan 5, 2011.

car image   Brake Light On problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Suburban 13
Failure Date: 08/04/2014

The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Suburban 1500. The contact stated that when the brake pedal was applied, the brake pedal traveled to the floorboard and the brake warning light illuminated. The emergency brake was applied in order to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where the brake lines were replaced on two occasions but the failure recurred. The vehicle was towed back to the independent mechanic but was not diagnosed or repaired. The VIN was not available. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 72,000.

car image   Brake Light On problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Suburban 14
Failure Date: 07/11/2014

I was driving my 2003 Suburban and heading southbound along washington blvd. In arlington county. As I approached merging traffic from rt. 50/arlington blvd. And ft. Myer, I adjusted my speed to allow vehicle #1 to merge in front of me. Simultaneously, vehicle #2 sped up to abruptly merge in front of vehicle #1, causing that vehicle to brake hard directly in front of me. I also had to brake hard to avoid hitting vehicle #1 and upon doing so managed to get stopped without contact, but at the same time lost all further braking ability. The brake light and a warning message to "service brakes immediately" both illuminated on the instrument panel. I was able to safely pull to the right side of the highway and into the breakdown lane and called aaa for tow service. The tow truck driver's initial assessment was that the brake linings had leaked out. After having the truck towed and further assessed, it was determined that the front brake lines had failed and needed to be replaced to the abs module. Although now a 11 year old vehicle, it has been maintained routinely by either the Chevrolet dealership where we purchased our Suburban, or with our local sunoco mechanic. It also recently passed inspection in March of this year. There was no previous indication or warning of any possible brake issues. Fortunately, this incident was not serious; however, I believe it could have been avoided entirely had gm notified owners of possible brake line failure.

car image   Brake Light On problem of the 2001 Chevrolet Suburban 15
Failure Date: 04/03/2014

The contact owns 2001 Chevrolet Suburban. The contact stated that while parking in a residential driveway, the brakes failed to respond. The contact stated that the abs and the brake warning lights were illuminated. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer for diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and stated that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 05v379000 (service brakes, hydraulic). The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 140,000.

car image   Brake Light On problem of the 2001 Chevrolet Suburban 16
Failure Date: 02/27/2014

This is the second time I had to make an emergency stop because of a rusted-thru brake line. This time, I was entering a high-speed merge from one four lane highway to another and traffic was backing up. I had to apply the brakes slightly hard to slow down in time. Pedal went completely to the floor with about 20% of the normal braking power available. Was not going to stop in time and was forced to drive off the road to avoid rear-ending another car and onto the road shoulder at speed. Barely had enough room between a major highway sign which was next to the shoulder and the cars in my lane. After repeatedly pumping the brakes (which you are taught not to do with antilock brakes), the SUV finally came to a stop. Without the shoulder, I would've caused a multi-car accident with injuries. I drove the car at slow speed directly to my shop who recommended replacing every brake line (every brake line was horribly rusted and brittle). Custom brake lines for this repair cost $1800!! I had spent $400 on the first repair. Trust me, every gm SUV from these years has this problem and are going to cause accidents and people will be killed!!! this vehicle weighs 5500 pounds.

car image   Brake Light On problem of the 2001 Chevrolet Suburban 17
Failure Date: 01/01/2014

The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Suburban 1500. The contact stated that the vehicle was shifted into drive and the vehicle failed to move forward. The contact also stated that the brake warning light illuminated. On another occasion while driving at approximately 5 mph, the engine stalled without warning. The failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the fuel pump needed to be replaced. The mechanic also stated that the anti lock brake system failed and unknown parts needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired for the anti lock brake system failure but the fuel pump was not replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and informed that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign numbers: 05v379000 (service brakes, hydraulic) and 05v155000 (fuel system, gasoline). The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

car image   Brake Light On problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Suburban 18
Failure Date: 10/02/2013

While traveling 35mph I began to brake for a changing light signal. The initial application of brakes began to slow the vehicle until the brake pedal went to the floor and a complete loss of braking power was experienced. I rapidly let off and re-applied pressure to the brake pedal with no gain in braking. I coasted through the intersection on a red light. There was no collision. I downshifted and used the parking brake to slow the vehicle and eventually stop. A brake warning light came on only after the complete loss of braking power. Inspection of the brake line revealed a rupture to the front right brake line next to the frame rail.

car image   Brake Light On problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Suburban 19
Failure Date: 08/12/2013

My 16 year old daughter was behind the wheel; in line at drive-through. The brake pedal went to the floor and the brake light came on in the dash board as the vehicle began drifting forward. The message center in the dash displayed "service brake system. " luckily she was able to maneuver into a parking space without incident. The brake lines have failed - rusted through. It is unconscionable to produce a vehicle that sells for over $45,000. 00 that won't even last 10 years. . . Especially when such a failure is likely to have catastophic consequences. We were very lucky that no one was seriously hurt due to this premature failure.

car image   Brake Light On problem of the 1999 Chevrolet Suburban 20
Failure Date: 08/01/2013

Moved vehicle from one parking space to another at home. While stopping brake pedal became soft so I pushed on it harder to stop and the brake pedal went completely to the floor. There was no brake warning light prior to this. Even afterwards there was still no brake warning light. I crawled under the vehicle and found wet brake fluid on the engine crossover frame and on one of the outside rear wheels. I went back in the vehicle and still no brake warning light. Several days later I started the vehicle again and pumped the brakes a few times and the pedal continued going to the floor and the brake light finally came on. I opened the brake fluid reservoir and it was empty. I later began probing around the brake lines and they were very corroded and when I pulled on one, it split in half. The brake lines had corroded to nothing.

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car image   Brake Light On problem of the 2011 Chevrolet Suburban 21
Failure Date: 02/11/2013

This is becoming a reoccurring and reproducible problem. The unintended acceleration occurs while slowing down for a stop sign and depressing the brake pedal. The most reliable way to reproduce the problem is as follows. Be driving about 15 miles per hour, up a slight slope. Move your foot off the accelerator pedal and on to the brake pedal. Depress the brake lightly. Just as the vehicle starts to slow down you will feel the acceleration of the engine as if the vehicle is attempting to maintain the 15 mile per hour previous speed. This unexpected response will last about two seconds and then return to normal (idle) condition. This sudden and unexpected behavior is very unnerving and could lead to an accident if the road conditions were to be slippery.

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car image   Brake Light On problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Suburban 22
Failure Date: 01/03/2013

2 seperate incidents of brake failure with corroded brake lines of 2004 chevy Suburban with under 100k miles. First was in January 2013, complete lose of brakes while driving in parking lot. Taken to repair shop and needed complete replacement of corroded front brake lines, calipers etc. At the time, we had the rear brake lines inspected and repair shop stated they seamed ok. Second incident happened on August 24, 2013. Traveling on I-495 in massachusetts (while pulling a boat trailer) and applied brakes to slow for traffic ahead and brake pedal immediately went soft and almost completely to the floor and then brake warning light came on. I had to swerve into breakdown lane to avoid slowed traffic ahead as only front brakes were working. (along with trailer brakes) and car could not slow enough to stop. After nearly casing a major accident, was able to get off the exit and drive to nearest sears repair shop (1/4 mile down the road). After brake inspection, completely corroded back brake lines and calipers needed to be replaced.

car image   Brake Light On problem of the 2002 Chevrolet Suburban 23
Failure Date: 09/20/2012

My wife was driving our Suburban to her job which is less than 2 miles from home. When she stepped on the brake after leaving our drive way, she thought she heard something that sounded like a woosh of air and noticed that she had to depress the brake pedal more than usual. On her way home from work, when she depressed the brake, the pedal went all the way down to the floor and the brake light came on the dashboard. She was able to bring it home safely without incident. I had the vehicle taken to a repair shop and they told me that the rear brake lines and calipers were corroded which I had to have repaired for a significant price. They told me that the front brake line and calipers will also need to be replaced shortly before those fail as they are corroded as well.

car image   Brake Light On problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Suburban 24
Failure Date: 06/11/2012

Vehicle made a full stop, driver then continued on and pressed the brake and the brakes went all the way down, brake light went on and dic advised of a brake problem. This has occurred a total of 3 different times on this vehicle, each time another area of the line bursting. Each time I have paid more than $185 to have the issue fixed.

car image   Brake Light On problem of the 1999 Chevrolet Suburban 25
Failure Date: 04/18/2012

The first issue I had was while on vacation in 2012 - I was driving approx. 25 mph and stepped on the brake to stop at a traffic signal. The pedal went to the floor and the brake light came on, and the vehicle lost what I estimate to be 80% of stopping power. This issue occurred intermittently for the next few months, always at low speeds, with a repair shop being unable to locate the problem. After several close calls, it was eventually traced to a corroded brake line in the front driver area of the vehicle only after the line ruptured completely and I missed going through the fence separating my yard from the neighbors by just inches. That line was replaced, but with a used part because the local dealer refused to sell an exact fit brake line and the mechanic was unable to duplicate the original part by hand. The brake fluid was always within the acceptable range, and the brake warning light came on only while the brakes were actively failing. It would turn off as soon as I took my foot off of the brake. Fast forward to August 2015 - I'm coming to a stop in a driveway, and the pedal suddenly sinks completely to the floor, the brake light comes on, and the vehicle does not stop. The vehicle stopped after stepping on the emergency brake, and I checked the brake fluid. It was full. The problem this time was traced to a metal brake line in the drivers side rear section of the vehicle. This line is also heavily corroded and will need to be replaced. It was noted that the frame of the vehicle has very little to no rust and there is no rust to be found on the body or the rest of the vehicle. However, there are multiple places where all of the metal brake lines running through certain areas are heavily corroded. It has been determined that all of the brake lines in this vehicle will have to be replaced in the future to make it safe to drive again.



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