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Brake Fluid Leak Problems of Chevrolet Tahoe



Chevrolet Tahoe owners have reported 37 problems related to brake fluid leak (under the service brakes category).

car image   Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe 1
Failure Date: 08/26/2014

Noticed fluid spot on concrete below drivers side front door. Investigated further and noticed frame was damp. Jacked up vehicle and had brakes applied. Fluid now spewed from brake line where it is supported to frame rail. Contrary to gm's response to NHTSA action ea 11001 the brake petal went all the way to the floor so my estimation is I had no brakes not impaired brakes as gm assessed would occur. Had vehicle towed to dealer for repair. Long time chevy owner, they have cheapened the parts to a point where they have jeopardized driver and passenger safety. My assessment is the rusting brake line problem on "all" gm vehicles 10 plus years old that have even got close to some form of salt in their lifetime are ticking time bombs. My vehicle resides in georgia. Salt maybe once every couple of years.

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car image   Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe 2
Failure Date: 08/20/2014

Traveling at 15mph on flat sidestreet, applied brakes to slow vehicle. Brake pedal went to floor. Vehicle narrowly avoided rear end impact with another car by steering into curb to stop my vehicle. Upon inspection, steel brake lines corroded and failed under vehicle on drivers side below drivers seat. Brake fluid squirting underneath vehicle and no braking ability.

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car image   Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe 3
Failure Date: 08/02/2014

Tl-the contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe. The contact stated that while driving approximately 30 mph, the brake pedal was depressed and brakes failed to respond. The contact stated that the brake service light had illuminated. The contact discovered that the rear driver side brake line had corrosion build up and was leaking brake fluid. The vehicle had not been diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer had not been notified. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000. Ne.

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car image   Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe 4
Failure Date: 07/31/2014

Driving vehicle down highway at 45 mph when applied brakes. The pedal fell to the floor. No brakes. Had been driving for 30 min. The main steel line going to the rear brakes has a rusted hole in line. When brake is applied fluid squirts out.

car image   Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe 5
Failure Date: 06/09/2014

As I stopped my Tahoe at my apartment, my front brake line burst due to corrosion. I lost all brake power, and brake fluid is leaking out from the burst line.

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car image   Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe 6
Failure Date: 05/20/2014

Brake line to rear ruptured causing brake fluid to leak out. Could not drive vehicle without brakes. Had it towed to Chevrolet dealer for repair. Repair cost was in excess of $1,300.

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car image   Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Tahoe 7
Failure Date: 03/09/2014

Have owned this Tahoe since new and have had generally good service with it. I made a trip fr maine to delaware, Sunday Mar 9, 2014. Weather clear. At end of trip I came upon a red light. Pressed the brake pedal, and nothing happened. Went to floor. Tried pumping, and got a 1% resp and went to the floor again. Tried emer brake. Went to floor also! no traffic on this Sunday so I was very lucky not to have had or caused a serious accident. When I was finally able to park the car, I lifted the hood and saw b fluid splatter everywhere. At this point, the emergency light information on the dash appeared: ck brakes, and the red circle appeared for ab brakes! but this information did not appear as the b fluid pressure was declining rapidly, when it may have helped me decide to pull over. The chevy mechanic told me that there was rust and oxidation underneath on frame. But this condition had nothing to do w/ causing the b fluid leak. The fluid was coming from one of the lines leading fr the b fluid reservoir. Either a crack developed or it separated from the protruding line extruding from the reservoir and the brake pressure force squeezed all of the fluid out thru this small hole/crack. This was a catastrophic failure and not a failure caused by salt, oxidation or wear and tear. I thank the stars for the safe conclusion of this unforgettable event esp after driving 500 miles fr maine to delaware. When I called gm cust svc in detroit, (kim) gm offered no help and the simple repair bill at the gm dealer was $3400. 00!!!!! the cause was either>>> material failure or poor design or poor welding/soldering. It was not caused by oxidation or corrusion. Gm was arrogant and only repeated that this problem was not covered under warranty, which expired in 2011. I hope no other Tahoe owners ever suffer this type of catastrophic brake failure.

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car image   Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe 8
Failure Date: 02/21/2014

I was leaving work and I was coming to a junction, applied my brakes and nothing happened, I was slowly going into the middle of the road and a car was coming towards me, I had to accelerate to get in front of him, to avoid him hitting me. I got to the main junction which is on a hill and I pressed very hard on the brakes and it finally stopped. I drove 2 miles an hour for about 100 ft and turned into a gas station. I called a tow truck and while waiting fluid was leaking from the front of the car. The tow truck man got under the car and said all my brake lines were rusted and leaking. I was lucky there was not a lot of traffic on the road. Why are the brake lines rusted. Is there a recall on these brake lines.

car image   Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe 9
Failure Date: 02/07/2014

Ea11001 brake pedal suddenly went to the floor during braking, hit pole. Repair center showed me a batch of rusted brake lines entering the abs box underneath the drivers side door. There was fluid leaking from that group of lines, four of them together. Searching the internet, I have found there are thousands of complaints and news shows about this issue and yet, you have done little. Why ? I have two of these vehicles grey [xxx] and green [xxx] and they both have this issue! - wtf ? and they do not work with 1/2 the system as stated in ea11001 - the pedal goes to the floor! this is severely dangerous! information redacted pursuant to the freedom of information act (foia), 5 u. S. C. 552(b)(6).

car image   Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe 10
Failure Date: 02/07/2014

Ea11001 brake pedal suddenly went to the floor during braking, hit pole. Repair center showed me a batch of rusted brake lines entering the abs box underneath the drivers side door. There was fluid leaking from that group of lines, four of them together. Searching the internet, I have found there are thousands of complaints and news shows about this issue and yet, you have done little. Why ? I have two of these vehicles grey [xxx] and green [xxx] and they both have this issue! - wtf ? and they do not work with 1/2 the system as stated in ea11001 - the pedal goes to the floor! this is severely dangerous! information redacted pursuant to the freedom of information act (foia), 5 u. S. C. 552(b)(6).


 
car image   Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe 11
Failure Date: 01/06/2014

This is the second brake incident I have had with our Tahoe within the past year. In October 2012, I was driving the Tahoe to an auto shop for the yearly inspection. Upon arrival, one of the brake lines blew. At that time, we had all of the soft brake lines replaced due to corrosion. We were living in the northeast at that time. That repair was $800. On January 6, 2014, I went to do some errands. As I arrived home and pulled into my garage, the brake pedal went to the floor and the car made a hissing sound from the back. I turned the car off and there was fluid leaking from behind the driver's rear tire. Unbelievable! we had the Tahoe towed the next day to an auto shop and were told that the "hard" line in the braking system is rusted and corroded. We were quoted between $1500-2000. We also called the dealer for an estimate and were quoted $3000+. This is ridiculous! I've had more than one mechanic tell me that this is a known problem with the Tahoes and the rust. Both of these incidents we were very lucky not to have had an accident. Why they are not doing on a recall on this is beyond me. How many cars does it take to have this failure before they do??? or god forbid, they are waiting for a certain number of injuries or deaths before that sparks a recall. I am tired of shelling out money for this matter over and over. We haven't decided on whether it's worth repairing but if we decide to buy, it won't be chevy. They obviously don't care.

car image   Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe 12
Failure Date: 10/22/2013

I bought a 2004 chevy Tahoe August 2013- I maybe drove it twice a week for maybe 3 weeks. Do to the screw up with the dealership and insurance company I was canceled in September up until October 22 the truck sat in my drive way. Finally was able to drive it. Drove it one day, I was driving back after filling my tank. I'm coming up to a red light with a motorcycle in front of me. I began applying the brakes and I'm approaching the motorcycle in front of me. When I try to apply the brakes, I'm pushing them all the way to the floor and I'm not stopping. I know at this point I don't have brakes. I swerve to avoid rear ending the motorcycle. I almost hit on coming cars. Then I'm able to apply what was left of the brakes to get the car to stop. When I put the Tahoe it to park that's when the brake light comes on. I get out and I see nothing but brake fluid pouring out of the front driver side. I look underneath the truck(SUV) and the entire brake lines where rotted and the entire underneath the truck was rusted.

car image   Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe 13
Failure Date: 09/24/2013

Just after coming off of a major highway,slowing down as I was approaching a set of lights,the brake pedal lost pressure,and went to the floor on my 2005 chevy Tahoe. The rotors,pads and calipers had just been replaced 6mths prior,so I knew they were not the problem. I figured either the master cylinder went, or something was wrong with the brake lines. The service brake system and brake light were on. I was able to use the parking brake and downshift the transmission to come to a stop. Turns out,one of the brake lines rotted out at the rear,causing the fluid to leak out,and the loss of my brakes. Luckly I did not get into an accident. Vehicle is only 8yrs old,with just turning 100000 mi. In my opinion, this should not be happening this soon.

car image   Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe 14
Failure Date: 08/30/2013

In pressing the brake pedal it went all the way to the floor because, as I found out later, all of the brake fluid had leaked out due to brake line rust and corrosion. No warning at all (e. G. Soft pedal) and this vehicle doesn't have a speck of rust on it. I replaced all of the brake lines at a cost of nearly $1400. 00.

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car image   Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe 15
Failure Date: 08/25/2013

I was driving on a 2 lane road in millersville maryland, I hit my brakes and the pedal went to the floor. I had no brakes. I was able to avoid other vehicles and made a turn onto another road that had an incline. The vehicle finally stopped. I looked around the vehicle and saw that brake fluid was leaking from the rear driver's side of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic, who determined that a driver's side rear brake line had rusted through and leaked brake fluid . I was extremely lucky not to have crashed myself or injured other drivers. Very, very dangerous situation.

car image   Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe 16
Failure Date: 08/19/2013

My daughter was driving along the freeway when suddenly she had to brake and the pedal went down to the floor, the truck not stopping. She got in the slow lane and had to go very slow to her destination. Thank god she's a good driver or she could've killed herself or someone else. I met her at her destination to check out my truck and found that when you stepped on the brake pedal, brake fluid poured out from under the chassis of the truck in the area of the rear driver side door. So I looked at the rest of my brake lines and they are full of rust.

car image   Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe 17
Failure Date: 08/16/2013

While driving vehicle the brakes became soft, brake warning light came on. When I tried to stop the brake pedal went to floor with no stopping power. Fortunately I was able to slow down and come to a stop without collision or injury. Brake fluid was dripping all over. Taking vehicle to mechanic, but appears that break line has rusted through and will need replacement. Found information on-line that break line rust through is under investigation on these vehicles as it is occurring more frequently.

car image   Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe 18
Failure Date: 07/27/2013

I started the vehicle on 2/27/13 to go to an afternoon wedding. Brake light warning and sound alarm went off - no brakes. Brake fluid had leaked all over driveway. Thank goodness the brakes had not failed on the previous day when my wife had gone to a luncheon. Vehicle was towed on Monday (7/29/13) to chevy dealership. Inspection revealed that all brake lines plus rusted front rotors and back plates needed replacement. Currently being repaired at a cost of over $3500. 00. Rusted rear rotors were replaced a few years ago. As a long time chevy owner, I never, ever had a problem, such as this, with brake lines and components. This is a low mileage vehicle, for its age, and never driven in the snow or on salty roadways. I am very skeptical of purchasing another gm product if they insist on using inferior parts.

car image   Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe 19
Failure Date: 06/19/2013

Rear brake line burst. . . Fluid leaking and no brakes!!! this is dangerous. . . Lucky I was going slow when this line burst. . . Brake lines complety rusted. . This truck is only 10 years old, brake lines are rusted and needs to be replaced. . . Gm needs to use better steel. . .

car image   Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe 20
Failure Date: 03/06/2013

The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe. The contact stated that while driving approximately 25 mph and depressing the brakes, the brakes malfunctioned and the vehicle would failed to stop. The contact indicated that after inspecting the vehicle he discovered that brake fluid would leak from the vehicle when depressing the brake pedal and the brake lines were rusted. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 42,419.

car image   Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe 21
Failure Date: 12/18/2012

My wife went to start the vehicle by placing foot on the brake pedal. At start-up the brake pedal went all the way to the floor and she realized she had no braking power. I crawled under the vehicle to notice a significant amount of brake fluid leaking from very corroted brake lines. Luckily, we were two blocks from a repair shop. Once at the repair shop they advised that not only were the front brake lines leaking but all of the brake lines were corroted and needed replaced immediately. This repair cost me over $815. 00 on a 9 year old vehicle. I've never had brake lines go bad on any vehicle I've owned.

car image   Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe 22
Failure Date: 09/18/2012

Brake pedal went to the floor when attempting to slow down. No warning at all. Had just applied the brakes a few minutes earlier with no problem. I was able to just get the truck home the few miles from the highway. I checked the truck over thinking the brake master cylinder had failed but discovered that the brake line running along the frame to the rear of the truck had rusted, was ruptured, and leaking brake fluid. The truck is well maintained. I was lucky that there was no other vehicles near me when it happened.

car image   Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe 23
Failure Date: 09/03/2012

On September 3rd, 2012 I was driving my 2003 chevy Tahoe and I had just pulled into a shopping center and as I was approaching a stop sign I applied the brakes. The brake pedal went straight to the floor. I went straight through the stop sign, but, luckily there were no other vehicles at the intersection. I was able to put the vehicle into 1st gear and guide it into a parking spot away from other vehicles. When I exited the vehicle and looked under the truck, I could see all of the brake line fluid pouring out of the brake lines. The Tahoe was towed to my mechanic. During the repair, the mechanic showed me all of the brake lines and they were all severely corroded. Every brake line had to be replaced. There is no other corrosion on the vehicle.

car image   Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe 24
Failure Date: 07/04/2012

My brake lines burst and began leaking brake fluid as I put my car in gear and began backing out of my driveway. I crawled under the car and the lines looked corroded. I live in delaware and purchased the car in northern new jersey.

car image   Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe 25
Failure Date: 12/17/2011

The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe. The contact stated while driving 10 mph, she applied the brakes and the pedal depressed to the floor. As a result, the contact crashed into another vehicle. The contact noticed that the brake lines were fractured and leaking brake fluid upon exiting the vehicle. The vehicle was safely driven home and parked. The vehicle was then taken to an independent repair shop, but repairs were not performed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 126,000.

car image   Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe 26
Failure Date: 11/08/2011

2002 Tahoe brakes,calipers all lines rusted out. Brakes to floor almost had accident. Fluid all leaked out of system when lines failed.

car image   Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe 27
Failure Date: 11/04/2011

I was traveling on a parkway, and had to brake when traffic ahead started to slow down. The truck started to slow down, but while I was still traveling approx. 35-40mph (was orig. Driving 55. . . . Normal highway speed when I started to brake) when the brake pedal went to the floor, and I lost all braking. The only reason I didn't rear end the car in front of me was because there was no car in the lane to my right at the time. I rolled to the side of the road (luckily near an exit), and after turning on my hazzard lights, my friend who was in the passenger seat and witnessed the entire thing, and I got out of the truck. He opened the hood, and I got down on the ground and looked under the truck. It was obvious where the problem was, as there was brake fluid leaking down from above the area of the center (gear housing) of the rear axle. I slowly drove (walking speed) the truck from the shoulder to the exit and into a gas station a few blocks away. The owner was closing up, but was nice enough to take my truck and promised to work on it the next morning. I got a local hotel room for the night, as we were no where near home. The next morning, the mechanic said my truck was done. He replaced both brake lines in the rear of my truck and bled the system. He recommended I drive cautiously straight home (which I did uneventfully), but every brake line in the truck (and fuel line) would need to be replaced due to rust. My truck is in my driveway awaiting a robert Chevrolet (NY) appt. In 3 days. Btw, this bought new by me truck has low milage, and I have receipts piled 1/2" high for between $3,000-$4,000 (out of pocket) worth of brake related brake repairs on this truck, and it doesn't take much searching on the internet to realize this is not a isolated case. Please look in to this because someone's going to get killed. Hopefully not already.

car image   Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe 28
Failure Date: 10/21/2011

Brake line ruptured and the fluid leaked out resulting in damage to vehicle.

car image   Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe 29
Failure Date: 10/05/2011

Brakes failed to function properly. Brake pedal suddenly retracted to the floor and braking power was nearly lost. The brake fluid reservoir was almost empty. Upon investigation it was clear that fluid was leaking through a rusted steel line on the left rear of the vehicle. The line showed significant rust particularly within several inches where it connects above the rear differential. The right rear line was also very rusted in the same location but not yet leaking --- both lines where replace at owners expense. The steel line that leads up to the master cylinder is also very rusty.

car image   Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe 30
Failure Date: 06/21/2011

Brake fluid discovered dripping from under front left frame onto driveway. Found brake line rusted and pitted and wet with fluid. Master cylinder was down approximately 10% below full mark. Many items in left side engine compartment rusted and corroded. Have experienced numerous component failures related to rust and corrosion under left side hood and chassis, . . . Rear brake rotors, brake control module, brake modulator valve, corroded and stuck spare tire release cable, left front wheel bearing assembly,wind shield wiper control module replaced ,speed sensor replaced,steering shaft replaced.

car image   Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe 31
Failure Date: 06/06/2011

The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe. The contact stated was driving 25 mph when the brakes were applied, but the vehicle would not stop. The contact had to pump the brakes for the vehicle to come to a complete stop as the brake warning light illuminated on the instrument panel. A local mechanic inspected the vehicle and found that the front brakes were rusted and leaking brake fluid. The same brake failure was repaired for the rear brakes prior to the failure. Neither the dealer nor the manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 145,000 and the current mileage was 153,000.

car image   Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe 32
Failure Date: 05/13/2011

The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe. The contact stated that when the brake pedal was depressed, the contact noticed brake fluid leaking from the vehicle abnormally. The contact inspected the vehicle and discovered that the two bottom brake lines were worn and had split simultaneously. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostics or repairs. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure and the vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 113,000.

car image   Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe 33
Failure Date: 02/28/2011

I had to have the wheel speed sensor cleaned 1and 1/2 years ago on my chevy Tahoe. It recently started acting up again. Then yesterday during a hard brake to avoid debris in the road the braks failed completely. I do not know yet what failed but there is very little brake fluid left in the reservoir. I see that there are more than 1 recall for Tahoes regarding brakes, but my vehicle is not included?.