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Brake Antilock Wheel Speed Sensor Problems of GMC Sierra 1500



GMC Sierra 1500 owners have reported 26 problems related to brake antilock wheel speed sensor (under the service brakes category).

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Failure Date: 12/27/2013

Loss of braking effectiveness at low speed when turning wheel. While making left hand turn into driveway at low speed on dry pavement, anti-lock braking system activated causing loss of braking. Brake pedal "froze" at position and would not allow pedal to be depressed further. Vehicle continued forward until impacting the exterior garage wall causing structural damage to the home. Upon further testing vehicle in open, dry parking lot, the antilock system activates incorrectly when turning wheel left or right while braking at low speed. This vehicle had wheel sensor service for recall campaign 05068c performed on February 20, 2012. The gm wheel speed sensor recall campaign apparently is not a permanent fix for the root cause of failure, but only a temporary band-aid solution. Fortunately there was no one in vicinity of front of vehicle when this incident occurred, otherwise serious physical injury of loss of life could have occurred.

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Failure Date: 10/01/2013

While trying to park my vehicle in a parking lot the brakes anti-lock system engaged. I was pulling forward to back into a stall. There was a person walking down the parking lot some distance in front of me. As I applied the brakes to stop going forward and start to back the abs system engaged and I could not stop. The gentleman in front of me thought I was going to hit him, and quite frankly I thought that I was also. The pavement was dry, the temperature was about 62 degrees. This is a dangerous situation. There is nothing wrong with my brakes at higher speeds. I have read some things about issues with the abs speed sensors on the wheels. If this is the case gm needs to recall all of these vehicles before there are serious accidents or deaths!!.

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Failure Date: 09/15/2012

Tl-the contact owns a 2006 GMC Sierra 1500. The contact stated that while driving approximately 10 mph, the brakes began to pulsate upon engagement with a sudden activation of the anti-lock braking system (abs). As a result, there was a delayed response in braking to a stop. The failure recurred four times as the contact was driving at low speeds of 10 mph or less. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who stated that both front abs speed sensors would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the malfunction. The approximate failure mileage was 29,000. Kmj.

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Failure Date: 01/01/2012

Vehicle brake pedal goes to the floor at low speeds 5-10mph during stop. The abs light does not illuminate. Very close to serious accident (s). This is not a traction or lack of traction issue. This seems to be wheel speed sensors that continually require replacing. Rear calipers on this vehicle with less than 65k miles have been replaced twice. Brakes have been a problem since new. Brake lines rotted with less than 60k miles on vehicle and gm refused to consider this a defect which it was and is.

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Failure Date: 10/10/2011

Front abs speed sensors failed at 26,000 miles. The manufacture said this was due to normal wear and tear, this model year should have 60,000 miles on it. They have reimbursed some owners for this problem and refuse to pay others. No one at gm could explain why both sensors went out at the time.

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Failure Date: 12/28/2010

The contact owns a 2000 GMC Sierra 1500 4x4. While driving approximately 5 mph he engaged the brakes and the vehicle did not stop. He applied pressure to the brakes in order to stop the vehicle. Several vehicles were blowing their horns in order to avoid a crash because the vehicle stopped in an intersection. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who confirmed that the wheel speed sensor needed to be replaced or cleaned and was the cause of the failure. The contact will be responsible for the repair cost. The contact called the manufacturer and referenced recall 05v379000, service brakes, hydraulic:anti lock and was advised that the recall repair had already been performed on the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 73,100 and the current mileage was 73,330.

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Failure Date: 10/10/2010

I have had to replace front wheel abs speed sensors and related parts twice on my 2002 GMC Sierra 1500. The first time was in 2006, the second just this week. The truck has just over 86000 miles. The abs engaged below 10 mph. I almost hit other cars or objects several times when this occurred. Speed sensors were corroded. Hub bearings were also replaced due to speed ring faults. It has cost me over $1500 both times to have this work done to make my truck safe to drive. My request for warranty coverage was denied.

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Failure Date: 08/01/2010

Braking system began failing at low speeds (< 10 mph), almost causing me to rear end vehicles when trying to stop. Took the vehicle to a dealer, who cleaned the wheel speed sensors at a cost of $110. One month later, the brakes began failing again and after researching on-line, found a gm recall for 1999-2002 GMC sierras. Contacted gm but was informed only vehicles with certain VIN #'s are included, and mine is not one of them. I have children and frequently drive in school zones around school buses and children at low speeds (<15 mph). This is a very dangerous situation because the vehicle will not stop.

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Failure Date: 05/15/2010

The contact owns a 2000 GMC Sierra 1500. The contact was driving 30 mph when the abs light illuminated. When depressed, the brakes would fall much farther into the floorboard than usual. The dealer replaced the speed sensor yet the abs warning light illuminated immediately following repairs. The dealer then advised that the failure could be caused by a faulty valve or module. The manufacturer would not provide any assistance. The vehicle was not further repaired. The failure mileage was 80,000. The consumer stated he spent over $3000 on the brake module and brake lines which were rusted. Updated 12/22/10.

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Failure Date: 03/11/2010

1. Brakes were fully operational after the initial recall was completed (10/13/05). Recently, January 2010, my anti-lock brake system has triggered at low speeds under 10 mph causing my truck to not come to a complete stop. This is the same problems I was having prior to the initial recall. Releasing the brakes and reapplying the brakes have worked to stop the vehicle so far. 2. The failure happens about 1 in 5 stops depending on the speed of the vehicle. I have nearly hit several cars in parking lots, because of the slow speed during parking. 3. Gm had a recall 4 years ago on the wheel speed sensor (05v379000) all they did was clean and lubricate the unit. Not adequate enough, since I am having the same problem over again.


 
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Failure Date: 12/22/2009

The contact owns a 2002 GMC Sierra 1500. The contact was driving approximately 5 mph in rainy weather conditions and pressure was applied to the brake pedal, followed by an activation of the anti-lock brake system. The failure occurred at extremely low speeds. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who stated that the failure was contributed to severe corrosion in the anti-lock brake sensor. There was a prior recall repair under NHTSA 07e106000 (wheels:cap/cover/hub). However, the remedy failed to correct the safety related defect. The vehicle has not been repaired for the malfunction. The failure mileage was 34,000. The steering shaft was replaced. Updated 02/18/10.

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Failure Date: 12/01/2009

Abs activation at slow speed, often when turning. Paid for wheel speed sensor cleaning and reinstall 12/14/2004. Recall for same problem performed 11/16/2005. Symptoms have returned, dealer will not perform recall procedure a second time at no cost. Slow speed abs activation increases stopping distance, and can cause a crash.

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Failure Date: 11/01/2009

2004 GMC Sierra 1500 4x4 extended cab / 37,828 miles / driven in pennsylvania - abs activates at low speed (approximately 5 - 10 mph) when attempting to stop on dry pavement. When abs activates, the truck will not stop as expected and have not been able to keep truck from entering intersections. Problem is intermittent but is increasing in regularity. Mechanics have stated this is a common problem with gm trucks and the hub with speed sensor will need replaced or repaired. Issue is determining which hub and sensor is malfunctioning. A recall for the same problem was issued for 1999 - 2002 models under NHTSA campaign id# 05v379000.

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Failure Date: 10/15/2009

2001 GMC 1500 sierra 4x4 currently has 68k miles. Vehicle speed sensors causing abs brake activation at speeds below 12mph. Vehicle was repaired originally on 2/28/2005 for this condition. Vehicle is having a reoccurance of this currently noticed on or around 10/2009. Vehicle was brought into a dealership for diagnosis and it was diagnosed that senors are in need of complete replacement, however general motors has stated they will not replace the sensorts and a recall has never existed for said vehicle (ref NHTSA recall# 05v379000). General motors contact that stated this recalll did not exist. Currently, the failure has not been repaired, and old parts are available. This condition occurs 95% of the time when braking below 12mph, and makes it extremely difficult to stop the vehicle at intersections, traffic, etc. Looking for gm to correct this problem before any accidents or injuries occur. Also parking brake has never sufficiently held vehicle as it gets depressed to floor and vehicle still can roll, promoting a hazard to others in the vicinity if the transmission lock gives out.

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Failure Date: 07/31/2009

* 3-may-vehicle taken in to dealer at 29 k mi for recall to inspect both front wheel abs speed sensors. Total inspection time approx 10 min, no repairs made. One possible braking incident occurred 3. 5 yrs earlier. * 24-Sep-08, 38 k front brake pads replaced, normal wear patterns. Both rear inner disk brake pads worn to metal and jammed, both rear outer pads little wear, both rear disks heavily scored and replaced. Vehicle has been used little for towing. Rear caliper nuts required an estimated 350+ lbs torque to loosen. * 31-Jul-09, 39 k near accident on hwy at low speed after very long stop at slow speed, then 3 mi later crash into concrete abutment occurred while parking at idle speed. Loud groaning heard fr engine compartment. Scan tool info by gm dealer indicated both front abs speed sensors were not sending a signal. Body repair to front $800 using used parts and excluding abs sensor replacement. * near total, reproducible brake loss occurs between approx 3 and 7 mph. Pressing harder on the brake pedal seems to lengthen the stopping distance. Headlamps dim when trying to stop at slow speed while the abs pump is groaning. * problem has yet to be corrected.

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Failure Date: 02/16/2009

The contact owns a 1999 GMC Sierra 1500. While driving approximately 5 mph on a gravel road surface, there was no response when the contact depressed the brake pedal. It took excessive force just to stop the vehicle. Prior to the failure, the contact noticed that the stopping distance increased. There were no warning indicators illuminated on the instrument panel. The failure occurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing and the technician stated that the front wheel speed sensor was corroded and caused the failure. The vehicle is in the process of being repaired. The VIN was unknown. The failure and current mileages were 116,000.

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Failure Date: 07/23/2008

Purchased 2000 GMC Sierra 1500 new. Have during time of ownership had both front and rear disc brakes/rotors repaired/replaced twice. Once with 20,151 miles under warranty. The last set of front rotors and pads were replaced with 74,299 miles during the recall 05068 for abs speed sensor corrosion. I had to pay for this set of rotors and pads at a cost of $406. 03. Since time of "safety recall" truck has intermittently not stopped properly at low speed. While driving I attempted to stop heard a slight pop and the brake peddle went to the floor with little resistance. Had truck taken to dealer ship where last brake repair and safety recall was performed, they discovered that my main brake line had rusted through and had failed. At that time they also informed me that all the brake lines were rusty and should be replaced. I had at the time of dropping the vehicle off informed them of the problem with low speed braking and the feeling that the abs was activating. Upon repair of the main brake line at $244. 32 (I declined to have all brake lines replaced at my expense) they test drove the vehicle and indicated that they were unable to experience the low speed brake failure. I do not believe that a vehicle with less than 90,000 miles should have brake lines rust through, that two sets of rotors rust to the point of failure. This degree of rust to the braking system appears excessive and unwarranted. In looking at internet appears to be serious problem with 2000 GMC and chevy pickups. Wife will not ride in the truck as she feels it is unsafe since can't always stop truck!.

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Failure Date: 03/01/2008

The contact owns a 1999 GMC Sierra 1500. The contact received a recall notice for the service brakes, hydraulic:antilock:wheel speed sensor. Although there were no failures at the time, the contact had the recall repair performed. A few thousand miles after the repair, the brakes began to fail. When approaching a stop sign, traffic light, and/or during acceleration the brakes grab. This causes the vehicle to lung, lurch, and/or jerk. The failure occurs intermittently and without warning. The dealer stated that since the recall repair was previously performed, the contact was responsible for any additional repairs. The recall number was unknown. The failure mileage was 55,000 and current mileage was 67,730.

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Failure Date: 01/11/2008

The contact owns a 2002 GMC Sierra 1500. While applying pressure to the brakes, the abs activated automatically and the vehicle jerked backwards. He took the vehicle to the dealer and they repaired it according to NHTSA campaign id number 05v379000 (service brakes, hydraulic:antilock). Immediately after the repair, the failure recurred and the vehicle was taken back to the dealer. They inspected the vehicle and stated that the passenger side front speed sensor was causing the failure. The speed sensor was replaced. The failure mileage was 36,769 and current mileage was 41,775.

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Failure Date: 12/15/2007

The contact owns a 2002 GMC Sierra 1500. In October of 2005, the contact received a recall notice for NHTSA campaign id number 05v379000 (service brakes, hydraulic:antilock). He immediately scheduled an appointment to have the vehicle repaired. One year later, while attempting to apply pressure to the brakes at 5 mph, he felt a severe pulsation in the brake pedal. The dealer stated that both wheel speed sensors failed and had to be replaced at his own expense. The contact filed a formal complaint with the manufacturer. The failure and current mileages were 63,293.

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Failure Date: 12/08/2007

Antilock brakes on 2002 GMC sierra truck activate for no reason at speeds of 5mph or less making the vehicle unsafe to drive. There was a recall on the sensors for this reason. I had my sensors "taken care of" and afterwards started experiencing this exact problem. I was told that the hubs are bad and this is why the anti locks are coming on. The sensors can not read the hub "correctly". The hubs, which are not a wear item, can be replaced for $1000. This is on a 2002 pick up truck with 46,000 miles on it and is garage kept. The hubs are a non wear item. Poor engineering is the culprit of this problem. The hubs should be replaced just like the sensors were. I was also told that on my GMC truck I cannot have the antilock brakes deactivated. As a result, I have to spend the $1000 to make my truck safe to drive. Probably 40,000 miles in the future I can replace the hubs again for $1000. $1000 to replace a non wear item. Antilock brakes are on a vehicle to make the vehicle safer. The antilocks on my GMC make the vehicle undrivable because of being unsafe. It should be possible to depend on your brakes to make you stop. With my vehicle I can't stop. This is not a wear item that is causing my problem. This is poor engineering! this should be covered under a recall, same as the sensors were covered under a recall. GMC will cover the sensors but not what the sensors are looking at.

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Failure Date: 09/05/2007

The contact owns a 1999 GMC Sierra 1500. While coming to a stop at 5 mph, the brake pedal extended to the floor. The vehicle slid and stopped 3 inches away from a store window. The dealer stated that the wheel speed sensors failed. The vehicle has not been repaired. The current and failure mileages were 130,000.

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Failure Date: 08/30/2007

Failure of the wheel speed sensor due to corrosion causing unwanted anti-lock brake system activation. Nhtsa recall # 05v379000 describes this very condition, but I was told my truck did not qualify for this recall after a dealer search of my VIN number. My truck however falls within the year, model and locations described in the recall.

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Failure Date: 07/28/2007

The contact owns a 2001 GMC Sierra 1500. The contact stated that the antilock brake system pulsates between 1-5 mph when the brake pedal is depressed. The dealer stated that there was a recall; however, his VIN was not included. At another repair shop, the contact was charged for a diagnostic and was informed that the failure was due to a defective antilock brake sensor. The vehicle was taken to the mechanic and they stated that there was failure with the wheel speed sensor on the front end of the vehicle due to corrosion. The recall number was unknown. The failure mileage was 27,000 and current mileage was 33,000. Updated 09/13/08. At speeds below 10 mph, the abs activated, not allowing the vehicle to stop at the proper distance. Updated 09/17/08.

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Failure Date: 03/30/2007

Had a recall on my 2001 GMC Sierra 1500 series pick up truck for front wheel speed sensor. After they replaced it my anti lock brakes started engaging at speeds below 5 mi/hr. Not always but frequently. Especially in bumper to bumper traffic or coming to a slow stop.

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Failure Date: 02/22/2007

The contact owns a 2003 GMC Sierra 1500. While approaching a stop at approximately 5 mph or less, the brake pedal pulsates. The vehicle was taken to a dealer and they discovered that there were two faulty abs sensors. Both sensors were replaced. The current mileage was 58,195 and failure mileage was 48,000.

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