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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
37,837 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2001 Chevrolet Silverado brakes problems

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2001 Chevrolet Silverado Owner Comments

problem #8

Aug 192007

Silverado 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,698 miles


2001 Chevrolet Silverado with 25,000 miles, right rear rotor rusted & caused one of two disc pads to wear to the metal backing.

- South Bend , IN, USA

problem #7

Jun 162006

Silverado 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,000 miles
: the contact stated while applying brake pressure at various speeds, there is a grinding noise. Additionally, the emergency brake would not engage. The vehicle was inspected by an independent repair shop who determined the rear disc drum and pads needed to be replaced. Also, it was determined the emergency brake needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not alerted.

- Newbury Park, CA, USA

problem #6

Dec 082004

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles
The contact received recall 5V379000 concerning the ABS sensors on 2001 Chevrolet Silverado on 10-17-05. The contact had the rear brakes, pads and rotors replaced in December 2004 at a cost of $300. The truck had approximately 42,000 miles on it. The brake shop service man told the contact the rear brakes had not reached the sensors at the time he had them replaced in 12-2004. The contact talked to a dealer, who told him they would honor the part of the recall about the cleaning of the sensors. The contact would like to be reimbursed for the $300 he paid back in 12-04.

- Hubbard Lake, MI, USA

problem #5

Aug 282005

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles


We have a 2001 Chevy Silverado pick-up. Last week we were informed that it needs a new brake job because of the salt corrosion being thrown into the brake pads and a problem with the ABS sensor. Of course this will cost $600. Now I see on the internet that there is a recall for this problem for part of the country, but not Colorado. Why do they get their trucks fixed when Colorado has just as much dirt and salt on the roads from our winters of snow? the safety of my family should count, too. It should not take an accident to fix this!!!! and I should not have to pay to have this repaired, when they know there is already a problem and they are fixing it in some parts of the country.

- Johnstown, CO, USA

problem #4

Feb 012004

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
Consumer has a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado. Consumer has concern over the ABS brakes. When vehicle is coming to a stop the ABS will cause the brake to pulsate. In order to stop consumer must let off brakes and apply again brakes. This deactivated ABS, and allowed vehicle to stop. Consumer had vehicle repaired once, cost was about $600. This repair was on the left front of vehicle and took place in March of 2004. Consumer was going to take vehicle back to dealer.. consumer first started having this problem in February of 2004. The ABS light did not come on. When vehicle was under warranty consumer had warranty work done on brakes, replaced pads and rotors due to the fact that there was uneven wear on the rotor. Consumer heard of investigation or recall, after looking found investigation that sounds similar, PE05020 NHTSA action number. Each time this has happened it has been during dry conditions. Dealer in Florida told him that there was a problem in the North with this happening due to corrosion. Dealer was A1automotive authorized Chevy dealer.

- West Seneca, NY, USA

problem #3

Jul 152005

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
Consumer has a braking issue due to corrosion on hub bearings. Consumer had dealer fix brakes in February. Dealer turned the rotors and replaced the pads. Consumer had the same thing done last week. Truck had driven 2500 miles between brake jobs. Consumer heard that there was a problem with Chevrolet brakes. Consumer had midas fix the problem according to what he found on internet. Consumer said that vehicle was fixed. Midas replaced the front wheel hubs, and this seemed to fix problem. Midas did the repair last Friday, July 15, 2005. Consumer talked to manufacturer, and was not satisfied with the manufacturer's response. Consumer said that the problem was originally at low speeds. The vehicle would not stop. It seemed like everything just locked.

- Strongsville, OH, USA

problem #2

May 202004

Silverado 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,000 miles
While applying the brake pedal the brakes failed. The consumer was able to maintain control of the vehicle, and drove it to the dealer for inspection. The mechanic determined that the rotors and pads needed to be replaced, and replaced them. However, the problem recurred. The consumer was also told that the brakes didn't have to be changed right away. Another service dealer suggested that the rotors were made cheap.

- Oakland, NJ, USA

problem #1

Jan 102004

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Related: PE03057 I have been experiencing premature brake pad and rotor failures with my 2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. I have the automatic transmission, but have the same problem with dragging emergency brake shoes that is described in the above referenced nhsta action number. I'm about to replace the entire rear brake system for the second time. The dealer said there was nothing unusual about this. I beg to differ. Please take this into consideration for further action. Thank you.

- Aurora, CO, USA

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