1997 GMC SUBURBAN Power Train Automatic Transmission Problems, Complaints and Defects, Recalls and Failures

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1997 GMC SUBURBAN Power Train Automatic Transmission Problems, Complaints and Defects

 Issue ID339189
 Internal NHTSA #757060
 Model Year1997
 File date21/09/21
Product type codeVEHICLE
 Description of the problemWhile turning corner in subdivision transmission would not shift into 2 gear. Jumped into 3rd gear and the truck jumped forward. Proceeded to drive on highway to get home and once slowed the truck continued to roar until jumping into 3rd gear. Once the truck was stopped, i had no reverse. I was told the reverse housing broke,which causes the gears to slip and this happens without any warning... No previous "transmission slipping" and is a common thing in this model suburban . Transmission tech also showed me where this reverse part broke and said general motors is aware of the problem and has made a stronger part for the transmission. If gm knows this is a problem why is this not a recall? It is caused from a faulty part. To fix this problem is costing me over 1500. 00 dollars. The abs brakes have to be held to the floor and then the back wheels skid. I thought the whole purpose of the abs braking system was to stop the skidding. It is as if the locking system does not work on sudden stops. Because the locking does not take over, the front brakes have to much weight to stop because the rear drums are not enough to complete the stop. They do not work together, causing the pads and shoes to wear out and grind the rotors and drums. The passenger back door electric window while rolling it down makes a clunk noise and then it will only roll back up to the point where the noise is. You have to have 2 people get the window up. One holding the window and pulling at it upwards while the other holds the button to get it to catch.*ak
 Vehicle Mileage at Failure
Number of Occurences
Source of the issueNHTSA WEB SITE
 City and StateSAN ANTONIO, TX
 Was vehicle invloved in a crash?
 Was vehicle involved in a fire?N
 Was incedent reported to police?N
 Was medical attention required?
 Was part original equipment?
No. of injured persons
No. of fatalities
 Date of purchase01/03/00
Was original owner?N
Anti-lock brakesY
Cruise controlY
Number of cylinders
Drive train typeRWD
Transmission typeAUTO
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 Tire size
 Location of tire code
 Type of tire failure code
 Was defective tire repaired?
 Date of manufacture
Type of child seat code
Type of restraint
 Dealer's name
 Dealer's telephone number
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 Dealer's ZIP code
  • What is Recall?

    A recall is when a product is removed from the market or a correction is made to the product because it is either defective or potentially harmful.
  • What is Failure?

    Failure is the state or condition of not meeting a desirable or intended objective, and may be viewed as the opposite of success. Product failure ranges from failure to sell the product to fracture of the product, in the worst cases leading to personal injury, the province of forensic engineering.
  • What is Defect?

    Non-conformance of a car component with the specified requirements, or non-fulfillment of user expectations, including the safety aspects.
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