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Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon, Brakes, Truck
#52 of 71 05 colorado brake system
Oct 16, 2010 (3:21 pm)
I've read through everyone's comments and appreciate the education it has brought me. I have mixed feelings on the brake system on my 05 colorado 2wd. I have had the e brake cables repalced as a result of them sticking. My mechanic thinks it was caused at the area where the cable takes a sharp corner from under the chasis and up through the firewall where the pedal is. The friction in this area frays the cable and eventually it gets caught up within the protective sleave.
Now for the front brakes. My colorado has 71k on it. I decided to change the front disk brakes, and I have to say they were the easiest set of pads I've ever replaced. Taking the tires off was the hard part. Had it done in about an hour and a half.
I think it may be time to change the rear brakes, but that is where it may be beyond my capabilities to do. I'd like to do them myself to save the $$ but I'm worried about what I'll encounter. plus I have never changed drum shoes before.
Any advice would help. Can a novice do this job?
#53 of 71 Re: 05 colorado brake system [srh05colo]
Oct 16, 2010 (5:36 pm)
I have 93 K on my '05 Colorado. After not using my parking brake for almost a year (the mileage per tank increased by 50 miles which shows the brake was dragging) I decided to have it fixed. The Chevy dealer diagnosed the problem as a bad FRONT cable. This was replaced for several hundred $ including labor and then they said that one of the rear cables needed replacement. At the next appointment which cost another $135.00 the problem seems to be fixed. I can now use the parking brake for parking on western Pennsylvania hills.
There is either a bad design on these components or deteriorating materials. It's a shame that on so nice an overall design as the Colorado that little flaws like the park brake system keep it from being recognized as an industry leader. Come on GM, you can do better than that.
GM has done a helluva lot of warranty work on my truck—paint issues: rust-perforation on the hood: faulty valve guide seals which necessitated a cylinder head replacement. If they build them right in the first place and we know they can, the y won't have warranty issues or unhappy owners.
#54 of 71 Re: Unknown problem with rear drum brakes on 08 colorado [fuzzy332]
May 01, 2011 (8:13 am)
? never had any problems with my 05 rear brakes. but had many problems with blower motor. repaid 2x under warranty,and went after. i e-mail gmc & complained about the problem and told them i didn't want to pay for another repiar. i also told them i wanted a permenet sulotion. so they told me to return it to the dealer and they repaired it for free. i had no moe problems with since. p.s i also let them know i was a loyal gm costumer.
#55 of 71 Re: Unknown problem with rear drum brakes on 08 colorado [brickred1]
May 02, 2011 (7:52 am)
I'm glad your concerns were addressed. If you have any questions comments or concerns please feel free to contact me.
GM Customer Service
#56 of 71 Re: Unknown problem with rear drum brakes on 08 colorado [gmcustsvc]
May 05, 2011 (3:32 pm)
Sold the '06 Colorado. It was an Extream, Blkack, 4 door. 171K miles. While the engine ran great, the rest of the truck was junk. The S10 was a far better truck. GM dropped the ball (as with most of the stuff they are putting out these days). Heater blower relay 4 times, wiper motor twice, I lost count on rear brake jobs (well over 20). Cellinoid (spelling?) for driver heated seat 2 times. And the list goes on. The I5 is solid though. Trans as well. Never had an issue. No leaks etc. Not even a tick. I used to buy a new GM truck ever 2-3 years. I now own a Nissan based 100% on how bad the customer service is with GM. I will never buy another. (8 trucks and 4 cars is enough).
To be fair, the dealer (Bill Jacob's in Lisle) did not help either. The mechanics broke my head light during an oil change and would not fess up. They leaned on it and cracked the housing. I also had to get the wires to fog lamps fixed because as the dealer said "GM screwed upt he design and water runs down the wires so the rust and brake". When they did this they put the lamps in wrong so the shake when I drive. They said that is how they where when I brought it in and wanted $800 for replacments.
GM is run by clueless people. Form marketing one down to Customer service. (how did the SSR10 work out?)
#57 of 71 Re: Unknown problem with rear drum brakes on 08 colorado [rukus2]
May 06, 2011 (7:52 am)
I apologize for your frustrations. Have a great weekend!
GM Customer Service
#58 of 71 Re: Brake Rotors on 2005 Canyon. [scottmc]
Dec 19, 2011 (6:41 pm)
Thanks for the post. I had all the bolts off (only broke one socket) but the dang rotor/hub would not come off the spindle. What is the secret to getting the rotor assembly off the spindle???
#59 of 71 Re: Unknown problem with rear drum brakes on 08 colorado [brickred1]
Jan 20, 2012 (10:32 am)
My father is or (was) a loyal GM customer, i could have been one but they didn't threat me like you. I have a 06 4x4 colorado 150000 km and i had so many problems whit it. I called them to tell them what was going on and they won't do nothing. Because I always repaired it myself and I didn't went to the dealer to fix it, they won't do nothing for me. They tell me that they maybe can fix a few things but i need to pay for the diagnosis !!!?? 110$/Hour=$$$$$$$
I will let you know if i'm going to stay a good gm customer cause at the beginning i use to love that truck
#60 of 71 Re: Unknown problem with rear drum brakes on 08 colorado [colo06]
Jan 23, 2012 (7:33 am)
I gather that you've already called GM of Canada? Have you already been in to have the work done? Please keep us posted, and I'm sorry that this experience is resulting in you falling out of love with your Colorado.
GM Customer Service
#61 of 71 Brakes grinding and truck wobbling at HWY speed (around 60) cruise control
Feb 24, 2012 (4:25 am)
I just got my '05 colorado to haul my bike and it has been back to carmax 4 FOUR times. I explained to them that it was almost a grinding feeling as I used the brakes in traffic, a jerking grab as i coasted to a stop and a wobble at Hwy speeds ( I use cruise control for my commute to and from work). The second time I was told they couldnt find anything. (The Tech has me drive the car with him to try and explain what I was feeling) But, it might be the tire out of balance and they would go ahead and get all four balanced for me, lost he truck for a few days. I got the truck back had the same issues. call them back to set up another appointment. The third trip they told me the rotors were warped and they would have to replace them, lost the truck for about a week. The customer service rep assures me that they've nailed the issue and the truck is good togo. No more than a week later I'm setting up another appointment due the same wobble shaking the truck so bad you'd think a tire was going to fall off, absolutely driving me insane with the grind making me think I'm going to kill myself trying to get home one night when the breaks fail. Back to setting another appointment (fourth), the service Rep tells me that the tech ( a different one from the last) would like to drive the truck with me to see if they could "recreate" the issues I'd been having. sure enough the truck wobbles and grinds before we get out of the parking lot. We continued the test drive and I point it out to him as we ride and he give me the story of how hard the truck is to work on and how it still might be a balancing issue. I leave the truck with them. Day two the service rep calls me and says they have to turn the rotors. I ask could this be because when the put the new rotors on the didn't replace the pads? he had NO CLUE! the kicker that makes you want to freak out is the machine to turn the rotors was broken and they were trying to get it up so they could get me fixed up. OUTSTANDING! Now the question is when will I actually get the truck back. Three days, (3) days later I get the call the truck is ready and all issues have been resolved. I rearrange my wifes schedule and make plans to pick up the truck and once again before I can get out of the parking lot we ahve the same issues. My scheduled wouldnt allow for me to head strait to the Chevy dealer to have the people who built the damn thing tell me what was really wrong with it. and after reading these post, sound like they have no idea how to correct the problem either. The Christmas gift (purchase date DEC 21, 2011) to haul the motorcycle around and allow us to not be tethered to on car when we haed out of town has turn into a pain in the A##. Three months I'm working on and the truck still runs like S%^& and I just got an email from a Carmax manager asking my how was my last how my last visit went after seeing I had been in for service. I emailed him back asing if would cold talk about my visit(S) this friday and i"ve yet to hear from them. Of course the 30 day warranty is up and it nothing buy a up hill battle now. Shame on Chevy for neglecting a design flaw, not standing behind its brand and issuing a recall to fix this. Easy to see why they needed a bail out! a sad shame. If anyone can help I thank you in advance.