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Crashes / Fires:
10 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
104,263 miles

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2004 Chevrolet Silverado brakes problems

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2004 Chevrolet Silverado Owner Comments (Page 6 of 7)

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problem #22

Mar 202013

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 75,000 miles


I was driving along the interstate and traffic abruptly stopped in front of me. When pressed on the brake pedal, I slowed down a little, but then the pedal went to the floor, and I rear-ended the car in front of me. After the police report was filed, I got it to a Chevy dealer and they said that one of the steel brake lines from the master cylinder to the front passenger side was rusted and had burst, spilling all of the brake fluid. The wreck damaged the front passenger side bumper, and broke the grille and the headlight support bracket.

- Cranston, RI, USA

problem #21

Mar 172013


  • miles
Driving 35 mph when I came to next red light and brake pedal hit the floor. Took very long to come to a complete stop. Noticed later brake lines are corroded and leaking directly underneath passenger side door. Appear to be rusting all along the length of the tube. Luckily no vehicles were in front of me and was not traveling any faster.

- Bellbrook, OH, USA

problem #20

Mar 052013

Silverado 8-cyl Diesel

  • 105,000 miles
While backing out at a little league parking lot, the brake pedal went to floor and I had to use the emergency brake to stop. All brake lines were rusted/ruptured. I do not live or drive in the "rust belt". this could have been much worse to include pedestrian or occupant fatalities.

- Fernandina Beach, FL, USA

problem #19

Dec 112012


  • 100,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The contact stated that while braking for a traffic stop, the brakes abnormally traveled to the floorboard and the vehicle did not respond. As a result, the contact crashed into a pedestrian. The pedestrian was injured and transported to the hospital. A police report was filed of the incident. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic, where it was discovered that the entire brake line was completely rusted. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 100,000 and the current mileage was 115,000.

- Elmwood, TN, USA

problem #18

Dec 232012


  • 63,000 miles
Driving down a busy 4 lane road. Approached a red light and attempted to stop, when pushing the pedal it gave free and depressed all the way to the floor. I had to switch lanes quickly to avoid a car and blew through the red light. While I was able to avoid the accident it was very scary. Upon inspection of my brake lines 1 had burst and the rest were so rusted it was only a matter of time till the rest blew. ## VIN failed ##

- Mentor On The Lake, OH, USA

problem #17

Feb 212013

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 72,000 miles
Today on my way home from a doctors visit I was leaving route 509 off ramp from heading North bound in seattle Washington. I applied the brakes to slow down and as I approached the stop light suddenly the brake pedal collapsed to the floor corresponding with the service brake light turning on. Luckily the light changed to green so I was able to avoid an accident. After making the turn I drove slowly until it was safe to stop as this is a very industrial area with no place to stop. I had to use the emergency brake to stop the vehicle, once I was safe I examined the brake system and saw fluid dropping below the master cylinder onto the ground. When I looked closer I found a rusted brake line rupture on the front passenger brake line depressurizing the system. I looked online to see if there were any additional complaints and have found a very common issue here and realized I should share my story. The truck is not that old and having been an automotive technician there is no excuse for brake lines to fail like this regardless of the regional climates. This truck resided prominently in Florida and Texas and only recently has arrived in Washington. I hope this helps and Chevy really does need to take responsibility for a major safety problem like this. I cant trust any of the lines in the truck after this and intend to replace all of them. Here is a blog from with a large complaint history I found online that raised my

- Seattle , WA, USA

problem #16

Jan 152013

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 109,940 miles


I was traveling at slightly less than the posted speed limit when I noticed that cars ahead of me had stopped. I applied my brakes and the pedal immediately went to the floor, the brake warning light on the dash came on as did a "service brakes" where my odometer is. The bell inside the cab started to ding. I had to swerve into the middle of the street toward the centerline to avoid hitting the car in front of me. I pushed the pedal to the floor hard and eventually rolled to a stop. I pulled to the side of the road and my husband (who was in the truck with me) had me pump the brakes and brake fluid poured down from under the front driver side of the truck. I called a tow company and they took the truck to the nearest Chevy dealer. The dealer diagnosed that all of the brake lines where rusted and some were leaking and others would soon be. They said all the brakes lines from front to rear needed to be replaced. This is a very well cared for truck. I have never owned a vehicle that had brake lines corrode and I have always lived in new england.

- Pittsfield, NH, USA

problem #15

Jul 072009


  • 77,764 miles
On 7/7/09, driving slowly down driveway, brake pedal went all the way to the floor and had to use emergency brake to stop vehicle after bouncing over curb. Took the car to jeff barnes Chevrolet and they replaced brake line that was completely rusted through. On 6/26/12, driving on a rural road, brakes went out unexpectedly. Again, used the emergency brake to stop vehicle. Drove to nearby merchants tire and they replaced 20 foot of brake line and couplings that had rusted through leaking all brake fluid.

- Eldersburg, MD, USA

problem #14

Jan 022013


  • 86,600 miles
I have been dealing with rusting brake components since the calipers rusted and fell off at 36,000 miles. Now my garage kept Silverado has brake lines falling off that nearly cause an accident.

- Woodbine , MD, USA

problem #13

Dec 112012

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 64,824 miles
I was notified by a GM service center that the brake lines were very rusty and needed replacing.. while replacing the brake lines, I was told that the fuel lines were leaking, needing replacement and also the fuel sender unit needed replacing due to corrosion. This was a very costly repair and should not happen on a low mileage vehicle. I was told that this is a big problem on many GM trucks. I think I should be reimbursed for these repairs.

- Brooklyn, CT, USA

problem #12

Nov 152012

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 153,652 miles


When coming to a stop brake pedal went to floor.

- Elkins, WV, USA

problem #11

Nov 102012

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • 69,000 miles
I was driving down rte 3 near my house going approximately 35 miles per hour in mid afternoon. When I tried to apply my brakes the peddle went all the way to the floor and I was unable to stop. I immediately depressed my emergency brake and was able to coast to a safe stop on the side of the road. I had the vehicle towed to a local midas shop and was informed that my brake lines had rusted through and had to be replaced at a cost of nearly $1,400. I feel extremely lucky that I was not at excessive speed or that anybody was in front of me as this situation could have resulted in serious injury or a fatality.

- Gambrills, MD, USA

problem #10

Sep 092012

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 66,000 miles
Rusted brake line ruptured causing loss of fluid resulting in braking failure.

- Brighton, MI, USA

problem #9

Sep 082012

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • 64,000 miles
No brakes, all most went into Ohio river. Main brake line rusted out under driver seat. And emergency brake cable rusted out under driver seat. After checking all line and cable needs replaced $ 2000. Dealer said noting they can replace for free. I will never purchase GM products again.

- Ccincinnati, OH, USA

problem #8

Sep 042012


  • 66,800 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado Z71. While driving approximately 5 mph in reverse, the brake pedal traveled to the floor upon engaging. The vehicle continued to accelerate. The gear was immediately shifted into drive and the emergency brake was engaged in order to stop. The contact was able to drive with the use of the emergency brake for stopping. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who stated the brake lines were completely rusted. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 66,800. The VIN was unavailable.

- Springfield, IL, USA

problem #7

Sep 062012

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
The vechicle's anti-lock brakes failed!

- Broadalbin, NY, USA

problem #6

Aug 122012

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • 137,140 miles
Upon leaving a parking area with a full load of woodchips on my truck my brake pedal suddenly and without any dashboard warning, went right to the floor. Coasting to a stop and applying the parking brake I stopped the truck without hitting anything. Looking under the truck I found the rear brake line had burst. I had the truck taken to my mechanic who stated the entire brake line system had corroded and was falling apart. I was advised to take it to the local Chevy dealer to repair due to the extensive length of time to needed to make the repair. The entire brakeline system, ABS pump motor and valve was excessively rusted, corroded through and non repairable and had to be replaced. Repair cost $2,026.47. I am appalled that GM is aware of this problem with the brake line system and I was never notified nor was a recall issued to have this trucks brake lines replaced before they burst and caused the brakes to fail completely, without warning.

- West Warren, MA, USA

problem #5

Jul 052012

Silverado 8-cyl Diesel

  • 134,786 miles
Approaching an intersection, I applied the brakes and the brake pedal went to the floor. I was able to stop as there was some brake pressure left once I got the pedal all the way to the floor. I carefully drove the truck home and notice a large puddle under the driver side door. I checked underneath and noticed that one of the brake lines had ruptured due to excessive rust. In fact, all of the brakes in that area were severely rusted. I replaced all brakes on the truck with stainless steel lines to insure this problem did not happen again. I tow a large fifth wheel camper with this truck. Luckily this did not occur while I was towing it.

- Bunker Hill, WV, USA

problem #4

Jul 092012

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 55,600 miles
I was traveling on a side road after leaving my home and as I approached the stop sign at the intersection of a main road I applied the brakes and the peddle went all the way to the floor. I actually went right through the stop sign and almost hit another car traveling on the main road. On inspection of the vehicle I found that the brake lines that travel from under the hood along the frame to the anti-lock module are all severely rusted and one had a hole in it. This is a dangerous situation and GM need to do something about it. I am very upset about this because there were little kids in the car I almost hit and I would hate to think of what could have happened. I also noticed that the fuel lines in the same area are also very rotted. This doesn't usually happen unless the vehicle is much older.

- Londonderry, NH, USA

problem #3

Jul 182012


  • 90,000 miles
I was moving my truck from one location to another at my house to move around some other vehicles. When I pressed the brake pedal the second time to stop the truck, the pedal went all the way to the floor. I turned the vehicle off, and moved the other vehicles I need to and went to move my truck back to the original location. When moving my truck I had hardly any stopping power, and there was a trail of fluid running from where my truck had been parked to where I moved it to. My truck is not used off road, and had been maintained. I have another vehicle with 245K miles on it and never had to replace the brake lines. I love my truck and now it has to sit, cause I cannot afford to fix it, and cannot drive it with no brakes. Very disappointed!

- Aberdeen, MD, USA

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