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Chevrolet Tahoe Discs, Rotors, and Hardware

Different models of the Chevrolet Tahoe come with different types of brake systems. Brake systems have common parts and need a variety of discs, rotors, and associated hardware. Since the brake system is vital within the vehicle, it is important to keep it in good working order.

What type of brake system is on the Chevy Tahoe?

Depending on the model year, the Tahoe LT, LS, and Premier may have a combination of drum and disc brakes. Most will have front and rear disc brakes or anti-locking disc brakes on all four wheels.

How does a Chevy Tahoe brake system work?

The Chevrolet Tahoe SUV, like other vehicles, has a braking system based on heat and friction. The pressure, or friction, placed on the wheel to slow and stop puts off heat as a byproduct. The weight of the vehicle, the force of braking, and the surface area all play roles in determining how fast the wheel is slowed. The rate of the slowdown also depends on the ability of the brake system to turn the friction into heat and how quickly the heat is transferred away.

How do Chevy Tahoe disc brakes work?

This Chevrolet brake system consists of a rotor and caliper that house two brake pads that sit on each side of the rotor. When the pedal is pressed, the pads clamp onto the rotor to slow the wheel. The rotor is in the open air, allowing for heat diffusion.

What are anti-locking brake systems (ABS)?

An anti-locking brake system works with disc brakes to keep the vehicle from uncontrolled skidding. When activated, the ABS system automatically prevents the wheels from locking up and stopping, which can lead to a skid situation. The system provides for control and shortens braking distances. It is not as effective on gravel or snow.

What are the signs of a brake problem?

Service to the brake system is a normal part of Chevrolet SUV ownership. The Chevrolet Tahoe brake systems are built for safety and durability. Watch for the following situations to know when it is time for service for your Chevrolet.

  • Check for wear: Look through the wheel spokes to the outside pad. If less than a quarter of an inch is visible, service should be considered.
  • Listen: The brake indicator is making a high-pitched noise when the brakes are engaged.
  • Lack of responsiveness: If the driver notices that the brakes are not catching or if the pedal goes to the floor, there is possibly a fluid leak.
  • Car pulls: If the driver notices that the car pulls to one side when the brake is engaged, there is a possibility that the pads are not wearing evenly.
  • Brakes grinding: Grinding brakes indicate metal-on-metal rubbing. The brake pads are gone. This may require replacement of rotors.