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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
6 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 1
Average Mileage:
21,877 miles

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1998 Chevrolet Silverado brakes problems

brakes problem

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1998 Chevrolet Silverado Owner Comments (Page 3 of 4)

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problem #22

Mar 272001

(reported on)

Silverado 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

There are irregularities in speedometer. Speedometer reads faster than actual timed speed, this causes fuel mileage to be false and consumer states it gets the manufacturer out of warranty faster. When ABS are applied, if the rear wheels encounter a bump, the rear brakes stay out of action putting all braking on front wheels.

- Toddville, IA, USA

problem #21

Oct 012000

Silverado 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer's brakes lock up & sometimes there's a jerking motion. Also, horn when it's cold comes on by itself. Dealer will be notified of the problems. More information will be added by consumer.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #20

Dec 242000

Silverado 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
In July of 2000 I purchased a 1998 Chevrolet Silverado, used, from a Ford dealership. There was only a 30 day warranty. In the beginning of December the brakes went on the vehicle. The brakes and rotors were replaced. On December 24, 2000, without any notice whatsoever, while shifting the truck into reverse I noticed it would not move. I put it into drive and it moved. After having the truck looked at, it was determined that there was a problem with the transmission. When I called the dealership where the truck was purchased, I was told that it would cost approximately $2,000 to re-build the transmission. After only having the truck for six months, driving it 30 miles round trip to work, never using the vehicle as a plow truck and never misusing the vehicle I would like to know how a vehicle of this year could lose such a major unit and have no recourse on the part of the dealership or manufacturer, that it become the responsibility of the owner to correct such an expensive error.

- Pulaski, NY, USA

problem #19

Jun 151999

Silverado

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Vehicle was pulling to either side when applying brakes intermittently. Vehicle been in dealer shop on five occasions for, and problem still reocurring. > feel free to provide any further details on this matter.

- Perryton, TX, USA

problem #18

Oct 232000

(reported on)

Silverado

  • miles
Intermittently when vehicle hits a bump ABS system kicks in, resulting in extended stopping distance.

- Wading River, NY, USA

problem #17

Jul 212000

Silverado 4WD

  • miles
I have tried unsuccessfully to contact Chevrolet to get attention brought to the issue. I keep being told they are investigating the problem, but still no word from them. Everytime they say they will get back to me, no one ever does. The brakes lock up when it is wet outside sometimes they don't work at all, and sometimes they work great. I would just like for my brakes to be fixed. We have consulted 2 authorized Chevrolet dealers and they can not duplicate the problem. I am back into a corner and do not know what else to do. I risk my life, my wife's life, our 6 month old daughter's life, and everyone out on the road when I drive the truck. This is the only mode of transportation I have to get back and forth to work. I would appreciate you looking into this problem. Thank you, daniel L. mckinney

- Athens, AL, USA

problem #16

Sep 242000

(reported on)

Silverado

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Brakes are getting progressively worse whenever they are applied. This would cause vehicle to shimmy. It would also increase the stopping distance. Have not taken vehicle to dealership.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #15

Jun 222000

Silverado 4WD

  • miles
While traveling down the interstate at 60 mph, noticed brakes were not responding properly. Slowed down, no dash board warning lights appeared, and had to ujse emergency brake to get home. Fortunately, it was close to home. This could have been very serious. Vehicle had to be towed to the nearest dealership, bill heard in anitoch, tn. Dealer service manager was consulted concerning GM sharing the expense to no avail. Called GM, customer service myself, and was denied any adjustment. Felt I needed to consult you concerning this safety item on such a new vehicle. There were no brakes front or rear. This vehicle was purchased new and was kept in excellent condition with regular servicing.

- Nolensville, TN, USA

problem #14

Aug 152000

(reported on)

Silverado

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When applying brakes, vehicle will pull to left or to the right. Also, steering wheel will bounce/shake. Dealer has turned rotors at 40,000 miles, but defect keeps occurring.dealer has not been able to stop vibration. Also, brakes do not catch right away, causing extended stopping distance.

- Porter, OK, USA

problem #13

Feb 212000

Silverado 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When applying the brakes, there was resistance in the pedal. Also, front brake pads wore out at 17,896 miles. Front brake pads were replaced, and rotors were turned and resurfaced. At 2, 433 miles and four months later, problem was back. Fuel injector, right front wheel bearing and hub assembly were replaced. All replacements performed by and paid for by dealer.

- Ranton, WA, USA

problem #12

Sep 011998

Silverado

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Braking system malfunctioned, causing more wear and tear on the brakes. Dealer replaced brake rotors and pads 5 times which caused extended stopping distance and resulted in a crash.

- Moss Point, MS, USA

problem #11

Apr 112000

Silverado

  • miles
While driving about 45 mph driver applied the brakes and brake pads on passenger's side came off. Driver used emergency brake to slow down. Vehicle was towed to the dealership. It has not been repaired. Please provide any further nformation.

- Chandler, AZ, USA

problem #10

Nov 211999

Silverado 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer called on behalf of the owner who was killed in the vehicle. Owner was traveling at about 50 mph in good weather conditions when vehicle went over the rumble strips in the road. Started to pump the brakes, and realized there were none. Vehicle went through a stop sign, was hit from the side, and flipped into a ditch. Owner was killed from the impact.

- Lebannon, CT, USA

problem #9

Nov 101997

Silverado 4WD

  • miles
It started witin 1-2 months of purchase, I started having brake problems, since that time I have had my truck to the car dealer for repairs or all 4 brakes and other parts 100% replaced, on the last visit the dealer told me that I would have to pay 1/2 of the $600. Bill and the next time they would pay nothing. I just had my tires replace for the first time on 2/14/00 and les schwab told me my brakes were to a 10-15% balance left. With this inf. It will make it 5 times my brakes will have to be replaced and the dealer will do nothing. While sitting at a stop light and then try to go sometimes the brakes are locked up and it won't move, and other times when I need to stop even on dry pavement the anti lock will kick in and start jerking the truck around. I was told by the people at the attorney generals office I should contact you about this matter. I have sent an em to the chev dealer and directly to chev but have been ignored. I'm getting worried about the safety of my family and myself while being in this truck. Please help me where you can with this matter. Thank you dale harder.

- Duvall, WA, USA

problem #8

Sep 131999

Silverado

  • miles
Vehicle was traveling at normal road condition at 15-20 mph. Applied brakes for approaching stop light when brake pedal went down to the floor and vehicle continued into the intersection. Dealer notified and no injuries were reported.

- Lubbock, TX, USA

problem #7

Oct 101997

Silverado

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Whenever driving the vehicle there is a loud noise coming from the brakes and the pedal vibrates. Also, when applying the brakes the pedal goes straight to the floorboard. Sometimes the parking brake doesn't work.consumer had the vehicle in the shop five times for repairs, and the dealer still doesn't know what the problem is. Since then dealer changed the brakes/ rear drums/front pads the rear shoes and back drums twice, and they still can't determine the problem.

- Cleveland, TX, USA

problem #6

Aug 201999

Silverado 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Brakes were squeaking and not stopping well after being applied. Had to pull to right to avoid hitting another vehicle due to lack of braking ability. Been to dealer & mechanic refuses to adjust brakes. Its an intermittent problem.

- Millsboro, DE, USA

problem #5

May 151998

Silverado

  • miles
When applying brakes there is no action until a long brake pedal stroke finally engages the brakes. This results in extra delay time before brakes are actually applied. The dealer looked at the brakes and adjusted the rear brakes. This did not improve the brake pedal squashy no action, delay to application of brakes. The dealer's shop repair supervisor/ manager drove the vehicle and demonstrated that the vehicle stopped fine. However, he had performed this test with his foot already on and depressing the brake pedal before actually attempting to stop. This approach of course removed the delay to apply the brakes, but hardly a normal way to drive. I have seen this reported in a number of automotive magazines as a problem as well as experiencing it with other Chevrolet pickups 1995 thru 1999 models. It seems that a reprogramming of the ABS module or something should be done, this is very dangerous. As a final point, my 1998 chrevolet Malibu ABS brake action is instantaneous, as soon as you touch the brake pedal! it's not because it's a smaller vehicle and not a truck as the dealer tried to imply(baloney!)

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #4

Jul 141999

(reported on)

Silverado

  • miles
When the brakes are applied the light comes on, vehicle pulsates and vibrates. Dealer has replaced the master cylinder /pads, and reserfaced the rotors. Manufacturer has been notified.

- Warner Robins, GA, USA

problem #3

Jan 091999

Silverado 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
In cold conditions while driving through small amounts of slush, brakes became inoperative, and the left rear wheel locked up, causing an accident.

- Lewisville, OH, USA

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