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#57 of 92 Re: Severe Vibration while Braking on Grade [wheels88]
Jan 30, 2011 (7:36 am)
Wheels88 here. This is an update on my activities. I went ahead and upgraded my brakes at my expense. For $2,066.12, I got 4 new rotors that are slotted and dimpled. These are classified as performance rotors for people who need better brakes than original equipment can provide. I haven't had the opportunity to really test them as I won't be in the High Sierras until this summer. They work fine in the city, as did the original brakes did.
The California Bureau of Automotive Repair wasn't able to do much for me but they did go to the Chevy dealership I had been picketing and stirred things up a bit. The end result was nothing could be done but the dealership realized I wasn't going to go away. The next time I showed up with my picket sign the General Manager came out. I told him about the upgrade I had made and offered him a copy of the bill it if he wanted it. He took the copy and said he would contact GM again and see if he could get a different response from them. I told him I would accept a 50% reimbursement from GM. I also told him to be sure to tell GM that I am retired and have plenty of time to picket and that I was not going to just go away, like I'm sure they were counting on. I also told him I was not looking for reimbursement from his dealership as this was a GM problem, not his.
A week later I received a phone call stating GM would reimburse me my requested 50% as a good will gesture (something like that). One week later I received my check for $1,033.06. PERSISTENCE PAYS OFF! I know most people don't have the time to do what I did, but when you've been wronged don't give up. What's right is right and what's wrong is wrong, and General Motors was wrong to supply us with brakes that are inadequate (according to their own statements). What is needed is a recall on all of those vans, 1500, 2500, and 3500 series.
#58 of 92 Re: Severe Vibration while Braking on Grade [wheels88]
Feb 20, 2011 (11:52 pm)
What is the make of your upgrade; maybe Brembo??. I am driving with a Conversion GMC Savana 2500, extended wheelbase. I also have a lot of problems with the brakes. I am driving in the Netherlands, Europe. Its unbelieveable that GMC does not solve the problem. I already changed the rotors twice (EBC and Frozen Rotors Hawk) but still I have the problem. My car has only 20.000 miles on the clock and GMC pushes me to drive in only the first gear otherwise the brakes become to hot, its really unbelieveable.
#59 of 92 Reply to #58
Feb 25, 2011 (5:29 pm)
They didn't put the brand name of the rotors on the work bill. I can tell you that they came in a black box and that they were dimpled and slotted. The dimpling was done inside the slightly curved slots. I haven't had a chance to test them yet. That won't come until late July this year when I tow my travel trailer up to the High Sierras and then home. Coming home will be the real test. I'll be going back in September to do the same thing.
When I asked them if I'm in 1st gear going down hill and my speed is getting excessive and my brakes shudder violently from earlier braking, what am I supposed to do? They had a great response..... "I don't know".
#60 of 92 Re: Severe Vibration while Braking on Grade [theodow]
Mar 20, 2011 (11:58 am)
wheels88 here. This info is directed to our friend in the Netherlands(reply #59), with the GMC 2500 Savana. I just located the box my new rotors came in. They were manufactured by aFe. Their web site is aFe.com (capital "F").
#61 of 92 Re: Severe Vibration while Braking on Grade [wheels88]
Mar 31, 2011 (6:35 am)
Thanks for the info, I will check it.
#62 of 92 Re: Severe Vibration while Braking on Grade [wheels88]
Apr 04, 2011 (2:05 am)
Hello wheels 88,
Website aFe is not in use, please check the name: I suggest ATE (is a big brand name)
Greetings from the Netherlands
#63 of 92 Re: Severe Vibration while Braking on Grade [theodow]
Apr 05, 2011 (2:49 pm)
I called the performance shop that installed my brake system. They are EBC brand performance rotors. I went on the internet and found them quickly. The rotors they show on their home page are the ones I got. There are several positive comments about the rotors on the site. I hope this helps.
I haven't had a chance to test my new brakes in the High Sierras mountain range here in California, but will be doing so at the end of July while I'm towing my 7600 pound travel trailer. I hope this works for the both of us.
#64 of 92 Brake Pedal Push-back
Apr 06, 2011 (3:29 pm)
When I apply the brake pedal slowly or gently, the pedal feels normal and the brakes apply as they should. When I tap the brake pedal quickly, as when somebody cuts me off, the brake pedal pushes-back on my foot noticeably before applying the brakes. I can get this symptom to repeat every time I 'tap' the brake pedal, as opposed to depressing it slowly.
The mechanic has replaced my hydro-boost twice with re-manufactured parts, and the problem still continues. Any suggestions?
#65 of 92 Re: Severe Vibration while Braking on Grade [wheels88]
Jun 22, 2011 (2:43 pm)
My chevy van has almost killed us multiple times so I am very interested in this repair. Can you tell me if you used the sports or the ultimax EBC rotors? Also, it was recommended that I use the "green stuff" pads. Any thoughts on this? Thanks. Has anyone else had any success in getting gm to pay (or pay part of) this repair? My dealership went out of business.
#66 of 92 Re: Severe Vibration while Braking on Grade [wheels88]
Jul 24, 2011 (7:17 pm)
I just happenned to come across this post and decided to contribute my 2 cents. I am from Canada and I rented a GMC Svana 3500 van last July to go to Florida. When we were coming back, just past Beckley on a down slope when I stepped on the brake, the whole van including the steering wheel started to virate very badly. I managed to drive back to Toronto by controlling the speed with gears. I mentioned this to the reental company.
Again I rented another GMC Savana 3500 this month to go to Myrtle beach and just past Morgantown on I-68 the same thing happened. I was surprised to go through this again. I managed the whole trip by driving on low gear.
And now I come across this posts. GM should be ashamed of this.