Speed Sensor Problems of GMC Yukon

GMC Yukon owners have reported 5 problems related to speed sensor (under the vehicle speed control category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of GMC Yukon based on all problems reported for the Yukon.

car image   Speed Sensor problem of the 2004 GMC Yukon 1
Failure Date: 11/07/2011

Tl- the contact owns a 2004 GMC Yukon denali. While driving approximately 20 mph, the contact applied the brakes but the vehicle would not respond. The brake pedal fell to the floorboard abnormally and the vehicle rolled to a stop as the contact attempted to avoid a crash. The traction control warning light was illuminated. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where the technician advised that the wheel speed sensor and the traction control device failed and would have to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000. Kmj.

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car image   Speed Sensor problem of the 2006 GMC Yukon 2
Failure Date: 01/11/2010

Intermittently, when my 2006 GMC Yukon denali xl is at a stop light or sign and I am driving less than 10mph and I go to accelerate (not spinning the tires and not on wet or slippery surfaces) the "traction active" message displays and I lose all power for a couple of seconds. This many times has left me in the middle of an intersection with on-coming traffic. I have googled this traction active and there are many articles from other Yukon owners stating they have the exact same issue that I am having. I printed off 9 pages and took to my dealer/service department (simmons rockwell in bath, NY) and after looking at the vehicle, they said there was nothing wrong with it. I even supplied them with an abs recall document id # 1819672 of which the subject is product safety front wheel speed sensor corrosion #05068b. These vehicles may have a condition permitting corrosion to occur between the front hub/bearing assembly and the wheel speed sensor. If the brakes are applied while the vehicle is traveling at a speed of greater than 3. 7 mph but less than 10 mph, the corrosion may cause an unwanted anti-lock brake system activation. If this condition occurred where stopping distance is limited, a crash could occur. ¿ my dealer said the computer didn't show any issues, but as soon as I drove home it happened again. I don't think my dealer even looked at the documents I provided to them to help them diagnose the issue. This is a major safety concern and I wonder how many other people with GMC Yukons are having the same issue and have just not done anything about it.

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car image   Speed Sensor problem of the 2006 GMC Yukon 3
Failure Date: 06/23/2008

Periodic "traction active" indicator light along with gas pedal inoperable. Became more frequent and during long road trip for work, almost got into 3 accidents. Only occurs when starting out or during acceleration while going slow. Twice at stop sign while crossing busy intersections, vehicle died in middle of intersection when pulling out for several seconds. Caused traffic to stop and almost had collision. Once happened while making left turn at intersection. Same results. Saw many similar complaints on forums about GMC Yukon. Usually happens after 40k (warranty expired) I just went over 40k last week. Seems like problem started back in 2003 version, from all other complaints I read about. Repair: dealer found incorrect readings from right front wheel speed sensor, sensor only available as part of rf hub assy. Pn 015233113 $377. 36 ($600+ installed) I explained all other complaining about same problem and how this is a very big safety issue. Dealer said they can do nothing.

car image   Speed Sensor problem of the 2003 GMC Yukon 4
Failure Date: 10/01/2007

When driving at low speeds (less than 10 miles per hour) or starting from a stop, the traction control will automatically engage when the gas pedal is applied. When the traction control engages, a total loss of input to the engine results and the vehicle does not move (it essentially stalls). I was almost struck in an intersection while waiting to make a left turn on a green light in early December of 2011. I was stopped in the middle of the intersection waiting to turn left. When I attempted to turn left, I gave the gas pedal some input, the traction control engaged, and my vehicle stopped because there was no engine input and was almost hit by an on-coming car. Luckily, this had happened before and I knew to either floor the gas pedal or to let off the gas entirely and then floor it again to get the traction control to disengage and get power to the engine. Another related issue is the abs engaging for no reason. This also happens at low speeds (less than 10 mph). When the abs engages, the vehicle will travel another two to three feet prior to stopping. The abs issue resulted in my hitting a pole in a parking lot. It took several years to finally determine what the issue was and it turns out it was a result of front wheel speed sensor corrosion and an increased air gap between the wheel speed sensor and the reluctor ring due to rust and debris built up on the sensor mounting surface. Gm acknowledged this with a safety recall (#05068c: product safety) for some vehicle model years 1999-2002. This is a serious safety issue and gm fails to recognize that vehicles like mine (a 2003) and even later models have the same problem. What is even more frustrating is that the dealership could not properly diagnose the problem for several years because they could not "replicate the problem . " I would encourage the nhsta to investigate this issue.

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car image   Speed Sensor problem of the 1998 GMC Yukon 5
Failure Date: 01/01/1998

The speed sensor in the power steering system causes the steering to change from very stiff (I. E. , difficult to turn the steering wheel) to very loose (I. E. , very easy to turn the steering wheel). This problem also caused the driver to nearly loose contol of the vehicle while driving on the interstate.

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