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Chevrolet Tahoe ABS Front Wheel Speed Sensors May Fail

Chevrolet Tahoe Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2005

Average Mileage: 136,083 mi (70,000 mi - 190,000 mi)


The anti-lock brake system (ABS) front wheel speed sensors are prone to failure. When a sensor fails, the ABS warning light may illuminate and/or the ABS system may activate erratically.

  • Visitor, , 88,000 mi

    Erratic brake pedal with grinding and pulsating. Can act like it won't stop. Metal-on-metal grinding sound.

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  • Visitor, , 160,000 mi

    abs coming on for no reason at 1 to 3 mph when braking

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  • Visitor, , 117,000 mi

    The brakes were worked on but this problem still persists. ABS light on, sometimes steady, and you can hear them activating when first starting out. One time they seemed to 'lock'.

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  •  Rookie

    Around 5k miles ago the abs light came on. Now I know the cause

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  • Visitor, , 130,000 mi

    ABS activates for no reason. Mostly around turns. Will activate either with, or without
    the brake being applied.

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  • Visitor, , 120,000 mi

    The ABS and TC lights came on. Had it checked out and was told the speed sensor in the hub assembly was bad. They said it would not affect my regular brakes, but I had no ABS. Approx 1 week later, it started making a lot of noise with metal on metal sounds, clanking, and clunking. Had to have it towed to the shop, and they said I am lucky the wheel did not fall off!! It is not part of the aftermarket recall, but it should be recalled. This could have been a fatality accident!

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  • Visitor, , 140,000 mi

    There has been a recall for this (specific brands are listed). I just started having this problem and my tahoe is completely out of commission now until I can take it in to see if it was part of the recall. Fingers crossed.

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  • Visitor, , 176,000 mi

    I talked to the Bosch engineer who designed the anti-lock brake system. He told me that one of the sensors at one of the wheels was defective - probably the LR. He said that was a comon problem.

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  • Visitor, , 70,000 mi

    light stays on and brakes erratic

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  • Visitor, , 114,000 mi

    My ABS light and the BRAKE light go on after driving for about 5 minutes and then stay on. The sensor to replace it is about $1000 (that is the estimate I was given). So I will just ignore the lights.

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