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#5554 of 6471 Brake Job BS???
Sep 27, 2005 (5:20 pm)
For some unknown reason (hindsight is 20/20 of course), I had my wife take our 2003 Tahoe LT (non 4x4) to Firestone today to get the brakes done. It seemed pretty routine, except for the fact that my wife was there from 1:00pm till 6:30pm!!!!
Apparently, in 3 attempts, they were unable to get the correct rear brake pads for my "Limited Edition" Tahoe (that's what they told her). So they took it upon themselves to turn my rear rotors multiple times until the 3rd set of ill-fitting rear pads would fit!!! And to make matters worse, there is now a squeeking sound coming from the front pads and the brakes feel like mush! It's like they didn't turn the pistons all the way back in before jamming the pads in there...
What's more, they told her that they did her a favor in ONLY charging her regular brake job pricing ($79 for front and $109 for rear) because normally the charge for my "Limited Edition" Tahoe brake job would be over $500!!! What a joke!!! In the end, we didn't pay for anything, but that still doesn't correct the fact that they lied about the car being done on time, ruined my rear rotors, and had my wife waiting around for half the day.
I guess I'm venting here, but I do have a question believe it or not.
Can someone tell me if there is anything special about 2003 Chevy Tahoe LT rear brake pads? Is there anything special about the install that makes it different from any other brake job? And lastly, how full of crap is the guy at Firestone??!?!
I'm thinking of taking the car to my local Chevy dealer, having them correct all the issues created by Firestone, and then dropping the bill off to Firestone for payment. Am I out of line?
Thanks for the help!!!
#5555 of 6471 Folowup To Chevy 2002 Tahoe Transmission Failure
Sep 29, 2005 (11:31 am)
I wanted to follow-up my recent posting about my problems with my 2002 Chevy Tahoe transmission re: "sun-shell" failures, to say that I was able to get a response from a Senior Management person within GM and they appeared to be really concerned, interested, and willing to hear me out about this problem. I was assured that my complaints would be brought to the attention of the inside decision makers regarding asking Chevy to step up to the plate about this problem and do some form of re-call or something. I don't know if it will do any good, but they did take the time to listen and respond.
#5556 of 6471 Re: 2002 Chev Tahoe Transmission Issues [hmfic]
Sep 29, 2005 (8:03 pm)
When your transmission broke,, did you lose reverse, second, and fourth gear? If so, your reaction sun shell probably failed. That is a common problem with the 4L60E transmissions. The sun shell has been failing for many years in these transmissions.
I have a 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe. At 42,000 miles my sun shell failed. I never abused the vehicle.
The service manager at my dealer told me to call Chevrolet and ask for some assistance with the $1500 repair bill. I called Chevrolet and complained about the early failure of my transmission.
At first they offered me a $500 discount on a new vehicle. I turned down that offer. They then offered to pay $1066 of the $1500 repair bill. I accepted that offer. They may have paid the whole amount if I really pushed the issue.
I now have 66,000 miles on my vehicle. I have not had any additional problems with the transmission.... so far.
#5557 of 6471 Re: 2002 Chev Tahoe Transmission Issues [aa555zz]
Sep 30, 2005 (5:07 am)
This is an interesting topic. I had heard of folks having early tranny failure on the 4L60E, but I have also seen many of them run 150K without a problem. In my personal case, we had a '95 Safari van with the 4L60E that was used for towing, hauling 8 folks around Texas, and generally used as a workhorse for 9 years and 75K miles. Never so much as a hiccup.
Is this a design issue, or a supplier issue?
#5558 of 6471 Re: 2002 Chev Tahoe Transmission Issues [jlflemmons]
Sep 30, 2005 (6:04 am)
Well, it's hard to say if this is a major problem or just a small one that seems big because of the huge numbers on the road. GM puts a million or so of these transmission on the road every year, so even a low % of problematic units would translate into a big number.
#5559 of 6471 Re: 2002 Chev Tahoe Transmission Issues [sebring95]
Sep 30, 2005 (1:41 pm)
Is there a sign of the transmission about to die like slipping or something?
#5560 of 6471 Re: 2002 Chev Tahoe Transmission Issues [mm450exc]
Sep 30, 2005 (1:49 pm)
From what I've heard, the Sunshells are the biggest issue and they just break. Usually when you shift to reverse or something. When they start going bad from age, they'll slip and such or start missing gears. That would typically be in the higher miles range. The sunshell appears to be some sort of defect and it occurs at lower mileage.
#5561 of 6471 Re: 2002 Chev Tahoe Transmission Issues [jlflemmons]
Sep 30, 2005 (8:20 pm)
I believe the sunshell problem is a quality control issue. The sunshell breaks at a weld. If your sunshell has a bad weld it will usually break early (low mileage). If your sunshell has a good weld it will probably never break unless you abuse the transmission.
The sunshell will break without warning. I was turning a corner at low speed when mine broke. My vehicle would only move forward, and only in third gear. Not that I would recommend it, but I was able to continue driving the vehicle after it broke. I drove about 20 miles to get home, then about 5 miles to the dealer the next day.
#5562 of 6471 Re: Brake Job BS??? [db26]
Sep 30, 2005 (9:10 pm)
There is nothing special about the brake pads on a 2003 Tahoe, front or rear. All Tahoes that year, and many other years, would use the same brake pads. The Avalanche and pickup trucks also probably use the same brake pads.
It sounds like the people at Firestone did not know what they were doing.
How many miles did you have on your vehicle? I have 64,000 miles on a 2002 Tahoe and my brake pads are still in good shape.
#5563 of 6471 buzzing sound from roof?
Oct 02, 2005 (8:03 pm)
Has anyone wondered what the round (about 1.5 inches around) plastic cover is located above their head in the Yukon's and Tahoes (above drivers seat?) I have always assumed it was a sensor for the climate control... but am not sure.. .some have told me it is a speaker.. but I don't believe that. Anyway... I have been getting a buzzing sound (similar to a compressor) ... and it has been getting louder. I determined this weekend that it is coming from this round plastic cover. If I put my hand over it ...it muffles it. When I shut the vehicle off... it slows down as if a electric motor has been turned off. I want to rip into my headliner to see what it is... but my common sense is stopping me. Does anyone know what it is? Has anyone else had this situation... how did you remedy it?
Thanks in advance!