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Old 04-02-2015, 08:21 AM   #29
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Hope you find the problem. Be safe. As an aside, my mother in law had a late nineties Tahoe with the same symptoms as you have. Dealer did everything you have done, including tires. This car was unsafe to drive and they admitted they could not fix it so took on trade in. Yours is the only other vehicle I have heard of with this problem that can't seem to be fixed. Peace,jim

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Old 04-02-2015, 12:20 PM   #30
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Lube your caliper bolts

I had this same issue on my '97 Silverado.

Take your front brake caliper bolts out, clean them, and lube them with disc brake slide grease.
The caliper or the pads will hang up on the dirty / ungreased bolt and cause the swerve left/right when you are braking. When the new brake calipers come out of the box, those caliper bolts are not lubed. Should be a 5 minute fix in your driveway.

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Old 04-02-2015, 12:48 PM   #31
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Hello steve

Good luck with your repair.

I have the a 1997 pickup with a nearly identical configuration. No easy answers although the suggestions upthread are good ones.

You should replace the rear wheel cylinders if you have not already done so. You should also replace the hardware kit and self-adjusting screws for the rear if this was not done. This vehicle has a parking brake that uses a cable setup to apply the rear brakes. It is common for the cable assemblies to corrode and stick, and they should be replaced if there are any signs of sticking.

There can be a slight pull to one side if one of the drums is worn almost to its service limit and the other is near new. If that is your situation or even if the drums are just badly worn it might be best to replace them.

You would also want to check visually for a kink, crimp, or other damage in the metal brake line that runs along the rear axle.

You may find the folks over at to be more helpful since Chevrolet suburbans are one of the vehicles they focus on.

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