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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
51,179 miles

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1999 Chevrolet Silverado brakes problems

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1999 Chevrolet Silverado Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #54

Nov 262007

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,000 miles


On my way home from a boy scout meeting, I heard what sounded like an electric motor or pump running continuously and the check ABS light was on on my dash board of my 1999 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 hd extended cab 4X4. The next morning I took it to a brake shop and they tested it on the computer and confirmed that the ABS system had failed. If General Motors put out a recall for this part, I was never notified and never received any recall notice. I have since found out that the ABS systems failure is a common occurrence. So, why no recall?

- Kent City, MI, USA

problem #53

Sep 012005

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,000 miles
ABS motor continued to run and would not shut off. Had to disconnect the 60 amp fuse to prevent battery from running down. Am told that the ABS module is defective and will cost well over $1000 of my money to repair - this has not been recalled. This from a Chevy with 80,000 miles"? I've discovered that this is not an isolated incident, that this is a common defect with this vehicle. I was told by the dealership that this failure occurs so often that they keep 4 to 5 units in stock. Why isn't this being recalled? what else can we do"

- Franklin, NC, USA

problem #52

Jun 062005


  • miles
My father father-in-law is a certified mechanic and was doing some work on my 1999 Silverado and noticed that the ABS motor was continually running. To stop this he had to pull the fuse. I recently drove my truck from Minnesota to California and on numberous ocassions I had trouble stopping. I had to push the brakes all the way to the floor and the truck still was slow to react. Most of the time there was no one in front of me, but there were a couple times when I almost rear ended someone. I haven't done anything to correct the problem because I live in overseas. The truck is left in Minnesota and I drive it whenever I am home for vacation. Once I move home next year I will have to do something to fix this problem if Chevy hasn't sent out a recall. How many stories like this does it take for Chevrolet to do something about it" how many complaints have to be submitted about an ABS motor that won't stop running unless the fuse is pulled" I sure hope Chevy does something soon.

- Fpo, AE, USA

problem #51

Oct 152003

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,033 miles


ABS and brake light turn on. No crashes or injuries yet. GM knows of module problem but says item is not on recall.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #50

Jun 062005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles
Driving with family ABS light came on. When shutting down the engine, a pump noise continued. The pump continued to run and drained our battery leaving my family stranded. Tow truck mechanic, disconnected the pump, jump started our battery, and we brought the truck to the Chevy dealer. Dealer said it was the ABS module and would cost $1100 to repair! researched the internet and found there were many complaints about this problem.

- Hollister, CA, USA

problem #49

Oct 172003

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,000 miles
Anti-lock break system failure on my 1999 Chevrolet Silverado pickup

- Sault Ste. Marie, MI, USA

problem #48

May 152005

Silverado 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


ABS module failed on my 1999 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 ext. Cab truck. The module stuck and kept ABS running till I unpluged fuse. Luckly there was no accdent. But I checked with my dealer" no recall " said they had replaced lots of these module. So I had to have them replace at a cost of $923. Guest that is why Chevrolet has not recalled!!!!

- Ellijay, GA, USA

problem #47

Mar 172005


  • miles
ABS pump on my truck will not turn off and without ABS the brake system could lock and injure many people. They should recall this before someone gets hurt

- Milford, NJ, USA

problem #46

Jan 012003

Silverado 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
Brake anti lock motor runs continuously had to disconnect motor. Now there is no antilock protection for brakes

- Oxford, CT, USA

problem #45

Feb 072005

Silverado 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles
The ABS & brake warning lights sporatically illuminate while driveing and will sometimes reset to normal after you shut engine off and remove key. This has continued for 2 or 3 months. Last week it finally went on and remained on and would not clear. I took the truck to the mechanic and his diagnostics indiacted a faulty ebcm. I have had it changed just today. I have checked with E others who also own this year truck Silverado and they also have had problem. Some have had it fixes and others not. The mechanic said is the ABS light is iluminated then the ABS is not operatable.

- Meraux, LA, USA

problem #44

Sep 282004

Silverado 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles


ABS brake failure with only 40,000 miles on the truck. The ABS brakes would come on if I went over bumps or railroad tracks, and then I would have to pump my brakes to get them back (or the truck wouldn't stop). Finally, at 40,000 miles my ABS light came on, my ABS pump came on and would not turn off, and the Chevy dealership told me my ABS module blew. I was quoted $1,200 to replace it. Instead, I pulled my ABS fuse and operate the vehicle without ABS brakes as I refuse to pay for what I believe is a defective ABS system. It is my humble opinion that Chevy should recall and replace this defect.

- Scottsdale, AZ, USA

problem #43

Nov 182004

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,256 miles
I own a 1999 Chevy silerado, I'm having problems with the anti-lock brake system it engauges when it is not needed cause the truck not to stop properly.I have to leave the anti-lock brake fuse out to drive the truck.

- Ellenburg Depot, NY, USA

problem #42

Sep 282004

Silverado 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,500 miles
Purchased 99 Silverado in Aug 2004, with only 22600 miles. Within 1000 miles my ABS light came on, with a loud humming sound from under my truck. My ABS module failed. Cost to replace just the part exceeds $800. GM say there is not a recallable issue, but every dealer/service dept I talked to stated it was a common problem. I do not have the money to replace it, ABS fuse was removed so that the pump would not burn up.

- Beavercreek, OH, USA

problem #41

Mar 212005

Silverado 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,000 miles
On Monday, March 21st, 2005, when my 1999 Chevy Silverado truck was started, the ABS light came on and a loud buzzing sound from under the truck started. When the truck was turned off, the buzzing continued. The 60 a fuse was removed to finally making stop, after running the battery down the first day. This is a major safety issue that shoudl be recalled or on extended warranty. I read on a website that many many other truck owners have had the same problem. I am looking at upwards of $1200 to have this module on the ABS pump fixed, and that might not solve the problem long term. It could happen again right away. I would appreciate GM or Chevy recalling this malfucntion to the ABS before a serious accident takes place. I purchashed a Chevy truck to avoid these types of issues. Now I have a $1200 estimate to fix a problem that shoudl be under warranty or recalled. Please inform me as to how much Chevy is willing to reimburse me on this major problem that is Chevy/GM's fault. Michael a. setlak 8937 nautical way new haven, in 46774

- New Haven, IN, USA

problem #40

Jan 102004

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles
1999 full size Chevrolet truck-- frequent ABS brake failures causes vehicles not to stop at low speeds problem could cause serious or fatal injury to individuals in parking of crosswalk instances

- Noblesville, IN, USA

problem #39

Feb 252005

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles
While driving my 1999 Chevy Silverado, the ABS light came on and stayed on. A little searching brought me to the ABS module on the frame under the left side of the passenger compartment. It was running, even after the vehicle was turned off and the key removed, it continued to run. I disconnected the power to the unit and tapped the wire up so as not to let it get wet, (obviously, it's carrying a lot of juce.) when I took the truck to the dealer where I had purchased it the service manager told me that the entire module was bad and it would cost nearly 1000 dollars to fix. He said that the module itself was going to cost 761 dollars. It's my opinion that nothing more than an internal relay has gone bad and I know for a fact it has happened to others too. My truck has only 35,000 miles on it and shouldn't be presenting costly repairs like this while I'm still making payments on it and have babied it in the 13 months that I've owned it. If these modules are failing at the rate that it appears they are then Chevy should recall them or come up with a less expensive solution like an external by-pass type relay that wouldn't involve replacing a costly module like this over some 5 or 10 dollar relay.

- Rocky Gap, VA, USA

problem #38

Aug 102001

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,800 miles
2 months after 36,000 mile warranty on a 1999 Chevrolet siverado, anti-lock brake pump fails. Called the dealership called Chevrolet and no calls recalls or concerns on this matter. It is fine if this was a single incident, but when you know of two other owners that have had the same problem on the same vehicle and live in the same county" please any help????? or is this not a problem".

- Stanfield, NC, USA

problem #37

Oct 012004

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,525 miles
The ABS module is defective. The ABS pump continues to run after the vehicle is turned off. My family has two of these vehicles and both have had the same problem. What does it take to get NHTSA or GM to realize that this is a safety related problem and do something about it before someone is injured?

- Manahawkin, NJ, USA

problem #36

Nov 152001

Silverado 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
The fuel gauge sending unit failed (I go by mileage to know if I need fuel or not). Driver's side seat belt locks up when you go to look to change lanes (dealer couldn't reproduce the problem--so it's never been fixed). Passenger seat belt locks up if you just lean forward to roll down the window (was told this was a mechanism for a baby seat--didn't think car seats were supposed to be in the front seat). Right side daytime running lamp burned out a long time ago. ABS module failed (had to pull the fuse so the pump wouldn't burn up) therefore the truck no longer has ABS. Driver's side front wheel hub failed due to lack of grease in the non-consumer maintainable bearing (the whole hub had to be replaced). The water pump has already failed (replaced that). The transmission is starting to slip here & there. The accelerator sticks causing you to have to jam on it in parking lots & other places where it's just not safe to be darting forward. This model year was just a bad year for GM. They need to fix these problems. This is the worst GM vehicle I've ever owned (and I've been a loyal GM customer all my driving years).

- Garden City, MI, USA

problem #35

Jul 261999

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,074 miles
Normal driving conditions with consistent vehicle maintainence. The ABS module failure occurred without warning. The braking system in the vehicle seemed to lose power and required more than normal braking time. I took the vehicle in for repairs immediately at a cost of $1,000. I was told it is due to a faulty part that General Motors is aware of but refuses to recall due to the 750,000 1999 Silverado on the road. At a part cost of $700 you can easily do the math. A recall must be in order. These heavy trucks are not safe on the road if not a class action lawsuit is in order.

- Carlsbad, CA, USA

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