ABS Warning Light On and/or Erratic ABS Operation on Chevrolet Tahoe

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.

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Average mileage: 141,620 (13,000–260,000)
12 model years affected: 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, more1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008
103 people reported this problem
42 people shared problem details
Erratic brake pedal with grinding and pulsating. Can act like it won't stop. Metal-on-metal grinding sound.
2005 Chevrolet Tahoe130,000
ABS activates for no reason. Mostly around turns. Will activate either with, or without the brake being applied.
1997 Chevrolet Tahoe160,000
abs coming on for no reason at 1 to 3 mph when braking
2001 Chevrolet Tahoe175,900
Abs and brake warning lights come and go with no actual braking failure. Come on and off randomly. Wheel speed sensor replaced.
1998 Chevrolet Tahoe173,000
The ABS front wheel speed sensors are prone to failure. When a sensor fails, the ABS warning light may illuminate or the ABS system may activate erratically
All four brakes locking down while driving. Engine in overdrive to account for the increase in resistance. Stopped at red light and smoke engulfed the area around my Tahoe. One of the codes on the computer says transmission is slipping. The vehicle is in the shop now... We shall see!
2001 Chevrolet Tahoe176,000
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.
1999 Chevrolet Tahoe117,000
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'.
2001 Chevrolet Tahoe111,509
Driving truck then felt like brakes locked up. grinding and vibrating
Around 5k miles ago the abs light came on. Now I know the cause
2004 Chevrolet Tahoe140,000
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.
1999 Chevrolet Tahoe160,000
When I'm hitting the brakes, or slowing down on a turn usually within city limits, the brakes or the truck grinds essentially. I always called it growling at me. Then the brake light came on and it seemed like I was pushing my brakes all the way to the floor which made me think that I was using only back brakes. It is not currently fixed and I'm looking for a good mechanic that's easy on my wallet.
2001 Chevrolet Tahoe115,300
The lights of ABS and BRAKE turn on 3 or 4 times a week, so, when that happens I stop, turn off the engine,and i start again, so they don't stay on
2002 Chevrolet Tahoe170,000
Abs light comes on and off while driving. Brakes will grind and brake pedal will 've hard to push down. Does not happen every time brake is applied.
1997 Chevrolet Tahoe192,000
Problem just developed. Will advise.
when coming to a stop pulsating abs kicks on like it wont stop (all low speed) seems like front brakes
ABS warning lights comes on, and service brakes. Repair shop said the sensor is bad.
Man...I only have the abs light on....I got 24s on my tahoe....wondering if it's just wheel speed sensors...
2004 Chevrolet Tahoe145,000
Abs activates at low speeds for no reason
2004 Chevrolet Tahoe132,000
Abs light comes on while driving brakes lock up or provide a spongy feeling preventing safe braking application
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