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

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1998 Chevrolet Silverado brakes problems

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1998 Chevrolet Silverado Owner Comments (Page 1 of 4)

problem #62

Dec 132005

Silverado 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 97,600 miles

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

Have 1998 Chevy Silverado 1500 short-bed V-6 pickup with ABS brake problems. Have researched and found there is a history of this problem. The maker is fully aware of the problem but only recalled 1999 and later models. I don't know how they decided that one, but I do know it has to do with money! in December of 2005, I was in an accident due to the truck brakes failing with the anti-lock pulsing on and I had no braking time and hit another vehicle. It is a well known problem with many GMC truck owners. It's the reason I will never own another GMC product! if a manufacturer has knowledge of a defect and does nothing, it is wrong! at slow speeds when coming to a stop, the ABS system kicks on and makes it nearly impossible to stop on time. Took it to a dealer who ran the VIN and said my truck was not covered. It is not right! a maker who knows of a defect should have to make good on its repair to correct the issue.

- Newark, OH, USA

problem #61

Jan 152005

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,340 miles
Re: recall # 05V379000 for 1999 through 2002 Chevrolet Silverado pick up trucks. Please be advised that I have a 1998 Silverado Chevy truck and I experienced this exact same problem "(unwanted anti-lock brake system (ABS) activation)" in Jan. 2005 five (5) months prior to the recall. I was charged $653.94 to repair my vehicle. I have tried to receive some satisfaction from GM with no results. The vehicle only had 20340 miles on it at that time. I believe the 1998 Silverado trucks should have been included in this recall.

- Ravena, NY, USA

problem #60

Sep 012001

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles
: the contact stated while attempting to apply brake pressure at 20 mph the antilock brakes engaged causing an increase in stopping distance. This occurred on normal roads during normal braking without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealership for inspection. Upon inspection, they replaced the hub and sensor which did not correct the problem. The manufacturer was alerted.

- Fremont, IN, USA

problem #59

Feb 142006

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,000 miles

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

: the contact stated the ABS engaged while stopping at speeds of 10mph or less under normal driving conditions. There is a NHTSA recall, # 05V379000, regarding the antilock brakes. The vehicle has the same problems as indicated in the recall; however it is not included in the recall due to the VIN. Although the problem persisted, the vehicle was not seen by a dealer.

- Eau Claire, WI, USA

problem #58

Jan 012006

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,850 miles
: the contact stated while applying brake pressure at low speeds the anti-lock brakes activate, which made the vehicle difficult to stop. This occurred intermittently on dry roads during normal braking without warning. The vehicle was taken to an independent repair shop. The mechanic replaced the front brake pads, which did not remedy the problem. The dealership and manufacturer were not alerted. The mechanic installed a serpentine belt. Updated 03/09/06.

- Wisconsin Rapids, WI, USA

problem #57

Feb 082006

Silverado

  • miles
The ABS brake system activates at low speed when it shouldn't. similar to recall 05V379. A front hub must be replaced to fix the problem.

- Wisconsin Rapids, WI, USA

problem #56

Jan 062006

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

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

: the contact stated the ABS brakes engaged at low speeds low. The ABS engaged at low speed and kept the vehicle from coming to a complete stop. The brake failure occurred when the brakes were applied at speeds of 3 to 10 mph. The vehicle was seen by the service dealer, who confirmed the problem was with the ABS. There was NHTSA recall 05V379000 concerning antilock brakes. The vehicle has the same problems as indicated in the recall; however, it was not included in the recall due to the VIN.

- Malcom, IA, USA

problem #55

Jul 012003

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles
The contact stated tailgate attachment cables broke in half and the tailgate fell off the vehicle. The hinge and attachments were repaired. The vehicle was also having a problem with the ABS engaging at low speeds of 20 mph or less. The brake pedal must be depressed several times in order to stop completely. The vehicle has not been seen by a dealer for inspection. The ABS has not been repaired. The contact noticed recalls 04V129000 and 05V379000 online for both problems, but when she contacted the manufacturer she was told this vehicle was not included due to VIN.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #54

Jul 012003

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles
The contact stated tailgate attachment cables broke in half and the tailgate fell off the vehicle. The hinge and attachments were repaired. The vehicle was also having a problem with the ABS engaging at low speeds of 20 mph or less. The brake pedal must be depressed several times in order to stop completely. The vehicle has not been seen by a dealer for inspection. The ABS has not been repaired. The contact noticed recalls 04V129000 and 05V379000 online for both problems, but when she contacted the manufacturer she was told this vehicle was not included due to VIN.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #53

Nov 242004

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
: the contact states there is a NHTSA recall, campaign 05V379000 regarding the anti-lock brakes. The vehicle has the same problems as indicated in the recall; however, it is not included in the recall due to the VIN. The consumer experienced extended stopping distances during low-speed brake applications. Updated 01/19/06.

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #52

Nov 082005

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,000 miles

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

The contact states there is a NHTSA recall, campaign 05V379000 regarding the anti-lock brakes. The vehicle has the same problems as indicated in the recall; however, it is not included in the recall due to the VIN. No repairs have been made.

- Kettering, OH, USA

problem #51

Dec 202005

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,000 miles
The contact states there is a NHTSA recall campaign id 05V379000 concerning the anti lock brakes. The vehicle has the same problems as indicated in the recall, but it is not included in the recall due to the VIN and the model year. No repairs have been made. Updated 1/19/2006 - the ABS activated at 10 mph and resulted in extended stopping distance. The brake pedal also shook and the consumer heard a growling noise while braking.

- Saint Joseph, MO, USA

problem #50

Dec 012004

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles
The contact states there is NHTSA recall campaign 05V379000 concerning the anti lock brakes. This vehicle has the same problems as indicated in the recall, but it is not included in the recall due to VIN. No repairs have been made. Updated 1/11/2006.

- Center City, MN, USA

problem #49

Oct 092002

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles
The contact stated about three years after buying the vehicle when applying brakes at 7 mph the ABS would activate. The pedal would pulsate, going all the way to the floor, resulting in no braking power. He was still experiencing this when the vehicle was driven at 7 mph. It was getting progressively worse. He learned that there was recall 05V379000 concerning the ABS system in different year models. The contact believed that this vehicle should be included in the recall. No repair has been made at this time because of the high cost. Updated 11/16/205.

- Kingston, NH, USA

problem #48

May 012005

Silverado 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
1998 Chevrolet Silverado. When pressing the brakes the anti lock brakes kicks in at all times and does not allow vehicle to stop. Contacted the manufacturer, and they gave the consumer case number 1368240301, and said that he could take vehicle to dealer. If this vehicle was included in a recall repair work would be free. Brakes work intermittently. This has happened before, but there has not been any accidents or injuries.

- Willowsprings, IL, USA

problem #47

Oct 102004

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles
The ABS brakes locked and the pedal went to the floor at low speeds between 3-10 mph. Also, the brakes would not function properly at high speeds. This resulted in extended stopping distance. The consumer replaced the front wheel bearings and wheel speed sensors; this did not correct the problem. The consumer did not refer vehicle to a dealer, but took vehicle to a certified mechanic, who did not known how to remedy the problem. The consumer was experiencing the same problem with his GM truck. A recall was issued. However, this vehicle was not included in the recall due to the model year although the exact same brake system was on this vehicle.

- Waterford, NY, USA

problem #46

May 082005

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,000 miles
The caller complained about an ABS problem.. at low speeds she heard a noise and the brakes stopped working. She said there was a recall on other years, but this model year was not included. Dealer was out of business, and the manufacturer said there was no recall. The caller stated she already had the brakes fixed, but wanted her vehicle added to recall.

- Warren, OH, USA

problem #45

Dec 012004

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles
The consumer is experience a problem with the ABS at low speeds. The problem first started occurring in Dec. Of 2004. The consumer stated the brakes were not holding when coming to a stop at slow speeds. When going over 20 mph there was no problem. The consumer has not had the repair made as of yet. Due to the fact that the consumer feels that his model year should be included in the recall also. There is a recall on this issue for the 1999-2002 models. Recall number 05068 and NHTSA campaign 05V379000. The consumer is going to contact the manufacturer.

- Cadiz, OH, USA

problem #44

Oct 071999

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
1998 Chevrolet Silverado. The consumer states since the purchase of the vehicle the ABS brakes failed. It is the same recall 05V379000 as for the 1999-2002 GMC trucks. The problem has not been fixed. The mechanic suggests new parts need to be put in. The consumer does not feel he should pay for it. When the vehicle is stopped the pedal jerks and vibrates. It feels like they are slipping. The consumer states in the winter the brakes are worthless.

- Corry, PA, USA

problem #43

Nov 202004

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,613 miles
The caller has the same problem with 1998 Silverado as mentioned in recall 05V379000 on the 1999-2002 Chevrolet Silverado concerning ABS brakes. Dealer and manufacturer said this vehicle was not included in the recall. The manufacturer said this vehicle was a Chevrolet CK500 and the recall was on the Chevrolet K1500 only. They told him they were not recalling the caller's vehicle. The caller said that manufacturer told him to get vehicle fixed and sell it. If he bought a vehicle from them they will give him $1000. The caller had some close calls. The consumer removed the ABS fuse.

- St Charles, IL, USA

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