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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,133 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Colorado brakes problems

brakes problem

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2005 Chevrolet Colorado Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 182006

Colorado 4WD 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,230 miles


On October 18th in the morning I was driving by Chevrolet Colorado 2005, and the brake fluid light came on during driving. Within minutes, I lost all ability to break. The vehicle had around 50K miles on it at the time. Upon inspection at the nearest place of repair, my entire right rear break drum (the piston) had burst and leaked all of the fluid from the break lines into the drum. The resulting metal fragments had ground into the drum and caused massive failure of the entire system. This all resulted in my being unable to brake while driving, and I almost wrecked the vehicle into another vehicle at 50 miles per hour. I had to roll my vehicle into a nearby shop and have it fixed. There is no way this should have happened. I am a mechanic and failures like this at such low miles are unheard of. Chevrolet didn't even have the parts (at any dealership in SC) to deal with the repair, and the gentleman at the dealership couldn't believe it had happened because they haven't even replaced any brake pads for these vehicles yet. Please help. Thank you, michael R williamson.

- Blythewood, SC, USA

problem #1

Dec 292004

Colorado 4WD 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,036 miles
Front brakes showed wear at 7000 miles oil change, parts had to be special ordered, told to drive vehicle til they arrived, , on 1/4/2005 part installed and mechanic test drove, and rear drum drum brakes failed, (pistons "blew out" of cylinders) I have never seen a brake system that was designed so if the shoes wore out and "scored" the drums the pistons would leave the cylinders, , causing the loss of brake fluid and even with antilock braking system, cause very poor braking, (think if this happened at high speed on an expressway, , with a family in the vehicle),.,.suddenly no rear brakes, ,,,,,,,and in my opionon, , just a couple of milimeters more length on the cylinders and pistion could solve the problem, .. but Chevy although replacing the parts, says it was due to wear. (I am a us postal rural carrier) I say it is a design fault, mine just happened sooner, and maybe in time to save some lives if they "fix" the problem.

- Albion, NY, USA

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