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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, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005

Average Mileage: 143,218 mi (70,000 mi - 252,010 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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  • Visitor, , 175,900 mi

    Abs and brake warning lights come and go with no actual braking failure. Come on and off randomly. Wheel speed sensor replaced.

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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, , 173,000 mi

    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

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  • Visitor, , 95,687 mi

    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!

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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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  •  Rookie

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

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