definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,500 miles

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problem #2

Dec 222009

Sierra 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,000 miles
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

- Chicopee, MA, USA

problem #1

Dec 082007

Sierra 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
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.

- Schwenksville, PA, USA