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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
6 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
105,329 miles

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2002 Chevrolet Silverado brakes problems

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2002 Chevrolet Silverado Owner Comments (Page 3 of 4)

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problem #30

Jul 012013

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 137,800 miles

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

While driving to work early one morning. A Saab went through a stop signed and I had to slam on my brakes. The pedal went to the floor, no brakes. All brake lines blew.. cost me over $600 to have them replaced. Faulty brake lines on truck, I could have been seriously injured or killed if I didn't swerve around Saab ! these should be recalled and fixed...

- Leominster, MA, USA

problem #29

Jul 232013

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 126,900 miles
Brake pedal went to the floor. When I got home I saw brake fluid leaking out of steel line. When I took to get repaired they put truck on lift and I saw that steel brake lines were corroded and holes opened up in lines.this was a costly repair and this should not have happened.

- Daytona Beach, FL, USA

problem #28

Jul 212013

Silverado

  • 86,638 miles
I started my truck in order to put it away in the garage, and the brake pedal went to the floor. Upon investigation, I found a pool of brake fluid below the truck. I also saw that all of the brake lines were extremely corroded and needed to be replaced. I went to my local dealership to inquire about repair costs, and was told that repairs would be over $1,000. I have never seen corrosion like this in any vehicle that was less that 25 years old. I have restored many vintage cars, and have never had to replace a steel brake line due to corrosion. I had my two young grandsons and my wife in this truck with me less than a week ago, and if this brake failure had occurred while we were traveling on the interstate highway, it is likely that we all would have been killed. These vehicles are ticking time bombs, and must be taken off of the roads. I have garaged this truck since I purchased it as a new vehicle, and it has been serviced at our local Chevrolet dealership per the manufacturer's schedule. The corrosion issue is not due to neglect, but rather to the use of substandard material. This is an urgent issue that must be addressed and rectified.

- Willard, OH, USA

problem #27

Aug 052010

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 99,752 miles

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

ABS sensors faulty no brakes, next brake problem on 5-31-2011 brake line rotted no brakes, next brake problem 6-24-13 no brakes again ABS sensors broke again, next brake problem,7-20-2013 all brake lines rotted need to be replaced no brakes again cost to me so far almost $2800.

- Swansea, MA, USA

problem #26

Jun 252013

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 251,100 miles
I was coming to a normal stop at the traffic light, I was slowing down normally then began to press the brake pedal. About half-way of pedal travel, the brake pedal suddenly went all the way down with no resistance and I could not stop my Chevy Silverado 2002. I had to suddenly veer into the next lane to avoid hitting the car that was in front of me that already had stopped at the traffic light. I then had to quickly shift down through the gears to get the truck to slow down, then after the truck had slowed down a lot, I shifted into park to force the truck to come to a stop. After I was able to slowly pull into a parking lot and stop the truck, I existed the truck and looked underneath the wheels and saw brake fluid sprayed all over the driverside front wheel well. The brake line had burst. I took it to the mechanic to fix it and he confirmed that the brake line had burst. He also inspected the brake lines for the other three wheels and recommended all of them get replaced. After doing some research, I have found out that this is a common problem with the Chevy Silverado gmt800 trucks from model years 1999 and up.

- Madison Heights, MI, USA

problem #25

Jun 132013

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 98,000 miles
While bleeding brake system after changing rear calipers found a rupture in the brake line on the frame by the front tire. The line was completely rusted and failed. Luckily in the driveway and not the highway.

- Fernandina , FL, USA

problem #24

May 122013

Silverado

  • 105,000 miles

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

Brake pedal went to floor while shifting out of park (luckily).brake line rusted through. All 4 brake lines to the ABS are rusted and all must be replaced. Also parking brake does not work even though all parts have been replaced.

- Milford, CT, USA

problem #23

Nov 052012

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 115,000 miles
Catastrophic front brake failure on interstate highway. No accident or injuries, but repairs included brake lines, calipers and pads due to corrosion of said lines and caliper assemblies. Shop said this is a common occurrence for GM products regardless of age of the vehicle.

- Oregonia, OH, USA

problem #22

Jul 282012

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 19,000 miles
Total brake failure due to brakelines rusted out, had to replace all brakelines. Powerplant company truck.

- Rising Sun, MD, USA

problem #21

Mar 172013

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 171,000 miles
I backed down my driveway proceeded down pudding street to get on taconic parkway while drive down single line road approached a curve going down a grade tried to slow down from 40 mph pedal went to floor I put truck in low gear and was able to stop using parking brake while holding release handle to bring to stop at bottom of grade. Crawled under truck brake rusted thru under driver are location attached to frame rail.

- Carmel, NY, USA

problem #20

Aug 272012

Silverado

  • 63,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact stated that while driving 50 mph, the brakes failed and the contact was unable to decelerate. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic for diagnosis and was informed that the brake line had blown. The contact was also informed that all the brake lines appeared to be decaying. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 63,000.

- Arlington, MA, USA

problem #19

Jul 132011

Silverado

  • 52,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact stated that while reversing at approximately 3 mph, he depressed the brakes and the brakes failed to respond. The contact mentioned the emergency brakes were used in order to stop the vehicle. Also, there was brake fluid leaking from the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing. The mechanic stated that the brake lines needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 52,000 and the current mileage was 60,000.

- Wallingford, CT, USA

problem #18

Jan 132013

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 175,563 miles
I was driving my 2002 Chevy Silverado 1500 through a parking lot and another vehicle backed out without looking. I hit my brakes to stop and I heard a little pop and my pedal went to the floor. Luckily I hit the parking brake which stopped me which kept me from hitting the car that pulled out in front of me. I drove my vehicle home using the parking brake to stop when needed. After locating the leak, I noticed all the lines were so badly corroded, I'm going to have to replace all lines to get the right one. I have to take it to a shop because each line has to be bent in specific spots. Why GM doesn't sell pre bent lines is unbelievable. This is an expensive job costing me @ $950 which is absurd. I could do it myself if I was able to get the actual parts needed. I guess GM will still find a way to get more money from you even after you buy one of their over priced vehicles...! terrible shame..

- Ironton, OH, USA

problem #17

Dec 052012

Silverado

  • 181,000 miles
Corroded fuel and brake lines resulting in perforation of metal lines and fuel and brake fluid leaks.

- Copley, OH, USA

problem #16

Oct 082012

Silverado

  • 63,310 miles
Server corrosion of the brake lines caused a unexpected brake line failure with no prior warning. Loss of brake fluid caused a total loss of braking, no warning lights where displayed on the dash to let you know of a potential brake failure that was happening.

- Rahway, NJ, USA

problem #15

Nov 172012

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 38,060 miles
While waiting in line at hardees drive thru, the brake pedal went all the wall to the floor. Upon inspecting the truck I found all of the brake lines underneath had rusted and one from the master cylinder had rusted all the way thru. I replaced this line with a carbon coated steel that cost only $8.99. However I do feel pretty fortunate because we were headed upon a mountain going deer hunting. I really don't want to think about what could have happened if we were comin off "high knob" and this line had blown. I also think GM is very lucky that someone hasn't gotten seriousy hurt or killed yet but I think it is only a matter of time unless they recall these vehicles and replace all the brake lines with a better grade of steel or a coated steel to protect them from corrosion. Also I read some of GM response to this issue and I would like to reply to them that once a line is blown being front or back the pedal goes to the floor and once the fluid is gone you have nothing but the park brake, if you can actually think about it during all the panic of pumpin the brake pedal trying to get a vehicle to stop. This really is a dangerous problem and these vehicles need to be recalled and all the brake lines replaced.

- Appalachia, VA, USA

problem #14

Nov 092012

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • 97,000 miles
Was under the truck few days ago and noticed the brake line to the rear of the truck is seriously corroded, upon further inspection of brake lines, noticed that almost all the steel brake lines on the pickup are seriously corroded and a few under the cab connecting to the ABS module are beginning to leak, this is a serious safety concern and will not drive the truck till I have the time and money to replace them, have not been able to find a replacement part number for them from GM, however classic tube industries makes a stainless steel set that I will be purchasing when the funds allow, till that happens the pickup will not leave the driveway as it is an accident waiting to happen, other then the brake lines I also found the entire chassis to be rusted badly for a 10 year old vehicle!!

- Phillipsburg, KS, USA

problem #13

Nov 032012

Silverado

  • 166,678 miles
I was replacing left front brake caliper and started to bleed the brakes when brake peddle kept going all the way to the floor. I then looked under the truck and under driver side door was a puddle of brake fluid. I found out it was coming from the brake lines that go to the ABS controller. After further investigating brake lines they are all rusted bad, I have own this truck since new cant believe I have to replace all the brake lines on it now.

- Ticonderoga, NY, USA

problem #12

Aug 222012

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 53,000 miles
I was driving on a street in philadelphia, when a couple of children started to cross the street in front of my vehicle, when I applied my brakes the pedal went to the floor. I had to swerve to avoid hitting the children and narrowly missed them and another vehicle. I took the vehicle to my local Chevrolet dealer's service department, and they indicated the metal brake line had deteriorated and rusted thru.

- Doylestown, PA, USA

problem #11

Aug 192012

Silverado

  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado. While driving approximately 5 mph, the brakes were engaged but the brake pedal dropped to the floorboard abnormally. The driver was a certified mechanic who inspected the vehicle and discoverd that the brake lines were severely corroded. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000.

- North East, MD, USA

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