Recently purchased an old Suburban with 88K miles. The vehicle was in
great condition with exception of brakes and tires. Well after
installing new tires and changing the brake fluid and adjusting the
brakes there is only slight improvement in the pedal. I compare it to
my 06 Silverado which will stop on a dime and give 9 cents change.
There is too much play in the pedal and the car is somewhat difficult
to stop. Before I change the master cyl. has anyone had this problem?
My buddy said he has the same thing on his 02 Tahoe (also bought used).
Could it be the master cylinder getting ready to go?
Our 99 Suburban has the same brake pedal feeling. When you first start
pushing on it you get the feeling that this very large peice of metal
is not going to stop. I would like to know what the fix is. The pedal
does travel far before the braking starts.
I also had a '97 Z-71 Silverado that had terrible brakes, I took it to the
dealer under warranty and they told me it was typical for brakes on that
year. I have since traded for a 2004 2500HD, what a difference in brakes!
The older truck was just engineered wrong, with 16" tires and drum brakes on
the back you just can't get them stopped.
10 years or so ago I was the Service Manager for a telecommunications
company in the Bay Area. We had a group of the GMC/Chevy 2500 pickup
trucks (92 and 93 model years). Those bloody trucks blew my
maintenance budget sooooo far over budget with brake issues that when
my older daughter went to buy a used Suburban a few years ago I told
her "avoid LIKE THE PLAGUE the 1990 thru 99 models because of the
She took my advice and bought an 87 and loves it (and no brake
problems). The Chevy/GMC pickups and such of that era (1989-99) are
known far and wide for the garbage brakes GM put on them. AND the
problem was not really the rear drum brakes: it was that the entire
braking system was not up to the task, especially the front disks,
calipers and such (on one of my trucks I actually had the front brakes
catch on fire after coming down a mountain!).
GM finally got smart with the current generation. I've driven a couple
of those newer models and the difference in brakes is like night and
day, as the previous poster noted.
P.S. Other than the obscene cost, wonder if the braking system from
say a 200x GMC/Chevy could be retro'd onto the older models?
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