• Aug 30th 2005 at 8:00PM
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GM has announced that it will recall approximately 800,000 full-size trucks and SUVs from the 1999-2002 model years, due to a problem with the antilock braking system. As I understand the problem, it's caused by contamination of the wheel speed sensor, where ferrous debris (most of it likely from the rotors and semi-metallic pads) sticks to the sensor and either causes a mechanical misalignment of the sensor or a magnetic short circuit. In either case, the sensor's ability to determine the wheel speed is impaired. When this happens, it's likely that the ABS system interprets the lost signal as a locked wheel, and begins to decrease brake pressure. This obviously has the effect of increasing stopping distances. Because the problem is corrosion-related, the recall is only being performed in 14 northern states. This is the same problem that caused GM to recall 150,000 Canadian trucks earlier in the year, when perhaps it was thought that salt corrosion could be stopped at border checkpoints.



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      • 10 Years Ago
      From upstate New York--My 2000 s-10 Blazer has the identical problem. I am not aware of any recall for this vehicle. Does anyone have any information to help?
      • 10 Years Ago
      "Well, no one is perfect." http://finance.yahoo.com/q/bc?t=my&s=GM&l=on&z=m&q=l&c=&c=%5EGSPC
      • 10 Years Ago
      All I have to say is that's a hell of alot of cars involved.
      • 10 Years Ago
      alternatively, you could have your favorite mechanic perform the same procedure that is speced out for the recalled trucks. this info can be found by searching here http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/problems/recalls/recallsearch.cfm for recall number 05V379000
      • 10 Years Ago
      You know what I thought when I read this article: Let the GM Bashing begin, ROUND I
      • 10 Years Ago
      God, what crap does Garbage Motors put out. I guess there is a sucker born every minute. Keep those rebates going-that is the only way they will get rid of them.
      • 10 Years Ago
      Then again, rather than blame GM, The Corporation, one could try to shift the blame to engineers in India, or union workers on some assembly line, or even to the customers, who were apparently applying the brakes somehow incorrectly. Whatever you do, though, don't blame the General. No, siree. Blameless. Pure as the driven snow. Makes cars and trucks the are world-class - oh, I forgot, the new advertising slogan is "professional grade." Yep, God bless you, dear General. You are, indeed, just a victim of people's prejudices. Specifically, those .8 million customers whose bloody lives are put in danger by your crappy brakes!
      • 10 Years Ago
      Adam, you're right. No one is perfect. But I'm going to go ahead and buy my cars from a company that at least makes a credible effort at not sucking quite so much.
      • 10 Years Ago
      So, Paul, you think I'm a dope 'eh. At least I have the balls to sign my name AND list my "e" mail. How about you? You got the balls? Give your full name and "e" mail? Oh, probably not.
      • 10 Years Ago
      yet another example of how americans are no longer capable of engineering a quality product. this is why even americans dont trust american products unless they are bought at walmart prices. and then the only way to sustain those walmart prices will be to move production off shore.
      Jim
      • 9 Years Ago
      Has anyone heard about S-10 Blazers being recalled.. I saw the 2 2000's listed. Mine is a 1999 and is doing the same thing. I had removed the fuse prior to reading this and it does turn off the abs and "cure" the problem. However, it also leaves me without cruise control and I drive about 1000 miles a week.. Way to go GM.. Well, at least my Subaru will stop... Step up to the plate General and make my Blazer do the same! jmurphdrum@aol.com
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