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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
87,643 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Silverado brakes problems

brakes problem

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2005 Chevrolet Silverado Owner Comments (Page 1 of 4)

problem #61

Feb 092016

Silverado

  • 105,000 miles

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

The vehicles brakes are corroding and failed almost causing an accident on 2/09/2016 when the vehicle was in motion (at the intersection of il route 34 and wolfs crossing)

- Oswego, IL, USA

problem #60

Oct 052015

Silverado

  • miles
Pedal goes on down when pressed -- seems like ABS isn't working properly

- Mcconnelsville, OH, USA

problem #59

Nov 302015

Silverado

  • 160,000 miles
Break lines corroded through to failure. The failure occurred just after exiting a highway. ABS engaged due to icy conditions the next time I depressed the break peddle it went to the floor without the breaks engaging. To the best of my knowledge no warning light was present on the dashboard. The breaks failed while driving and resulted in me running a red light. Luckily it was early in the morning and no accident occurred.

- Blaine, MN, USA

problem #58

Nov 122015

Silverado

  • 130,000 miles

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

Sitting at burger king drive thru when brake pedal went to the floor. Brake lines had ruptured due to corrosion. Vehicle only 10 years old and 130,000 miles. Had brakes checked often at service centers, no mention of problem. Glad this didn't happen last month when I was barreling down the Tennessee highway with a full load in the back of my truck. NHTSA and GM should be ashamed for allowing this to continue. I am sure people are dying due to this negligence and faulty materials being used.

- Naples, FL, USA

problem #57

Oct 182015

Silverado

  • 79,500 miles
Sudden loss of braking power due to brake line rupture while on the exit ramp of the freeway. Found brake lines completely rusted and they were paper thin in multiple spots. Will have to replace all brake lines on the vehicle. Almost lost control of the vehicle. Note that vehicle has always been maintained by dealership.

- Dodgeville, WI, USA

problem #56

Oct 092015

Silverado

  • 89,000 miles
The brake pedal went completely to the floor when our friend tried to stop the vehicle. A brake line running on top of the frame behind the radiator had completely rusted thru, allowing all of the brake fluid to pump out of the system. All of the steel brake lines are extremely rusty and probably near failure.

- Lansing, MI, USA

problem #55

Jul 152015

Silverado

  • 160,000 miles

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

These past couple of weeks the brakes are shaking when I go to stop. I have C hanged the front calipers since this is where it is happening since the calipers went bad so did the roters an pads so those needed to be changed also...which is money I don't have.....it worked for a total of 4 days then problem began again. Please inform me of other issues and what can be done to resolve this problem especially since I drive this truck to earn a living for my family everyday.. thank you for your attention to this matter.

- North Branford, CT, USA

problem #54

Jun 052015

Silverado

  • 107,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado. While driving at approximately 30 mph, the brake pedal was depressed and traveled to the floorboard. The contact had to take the vehicle out of gear in order to stop. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the brake lines were corroded as a result the pressure of the brake fluid caused the lines to fracture. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 107,000. The VIN was not available.

- Saint Georges, DE, USA

problem #53

May 142015

Silverado

  • 135,254 miles
Another driver notified us that our brake lights were not working. We stopped to check the situation and my wife applied the brakes as I checked the lights, which were not working. I then moved the truck about 50 yards and as I applied the brakes the pedal went to the floor. When I got out there was a puddle of brake fluid on the ground. The brake line had rusted out and when I applied pressure to stop, it gave out. I took the vehicle to a nearby dealer and they replaced all the brake lines due to the rust. Total cost $1050. This is a major safety issue. Luckily I was stopped when the failure occurred and no one was injured. If this had happened while moving in traffic the result could have been serious.

- Petoskey, MI, USA

problem #52

Apr 262015

Silverado 6-cyl

  • 52,521 miles
Brake line broke. Brake lines are severely corroded. I lost my brakes while driving. The pedal went to the floor.

- Latrobe, PA, USA

problem #51

Feb 162015

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • 30,567 miles

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

Frame is rotted, wont pass inspection, brake lines are also rotted had to replace twice.

- Chester, NH, USA

problem #50

Oct 012012

Silverado

  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado. While having regular maintenance performed on the vehicle, the contact was notified that the brake lines were rusted. The brake lines were not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 110,000.

- Whiting, NJ, USA

problem #49

Nov 292014

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • 96,263 miles
Backing-up into my garage in reverse mode, pressed the brake pedal and it went right to the floor.

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #48

Jan 092015

Silverado

  • 130,000 miles
The brake lines are very rusted and I am very concerned this can lead to a serious injury for myself or others. I know of many other owners of similar model trucks with the same problem. This is a very real safety threat and GM should repair under warranty as this is a serious defect.

- New Egypt, NJ, USA

problem #47

Aug 152013

Silverado

  • 49,550 miles
Severe corrosion affected brake line. Pedal went to the floor and I went through intersection. Using my E-brake I was fortunate to stop and not hit anything. I fear if my 16 year old son, or my wife would not of fared so well in this situation. Now I had to absorb a $800 repair for new brake lines. Now 1.5 years later I need to replace fuel lines as well as transmission lines due to corrosion. My 16 year old drives this piece of junk, and now there is a safety issue with fuel lines. Fire!!! now need to incur additional repairs. Why no recall? this is a lawsuit in the making if there were to be an accident due to GM's irresponsibility. I will never buy a GM product again. Need a recall... [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Westbrook, CT, USA

problem #46

Dec 222014

Silverado

  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact stated that while driving approximatley 35 mph, the contact depressed the brake pedal and there was a screeching noise. The vehicle failed to decelerate and the contact had to depress the brake pedal several times before the vehicle came to a stop. The failure recurred on several occasions. The vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14E036000 (service brake, air). The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Saint Louis , IL, USA

problem #45

May 262013

Silverado

  • 50,187 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The contact stated that while driving approximately 50 mph, the brakes failed completely and no warning indicators illuminated. The failure recurred once. The vehicle was taken to dealer. The technician deemed the vehicle was a total loss due to numerous issues that could not be repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 50,187.

- Butler, PA, USA

problem #44

Nov 162014

Silverado

  • 105,000 miles
Traveling through intersection and making left hand turn to go in East direction. My vehicle's brakes catastrophically failed. The mechanic said that all(!) the brakes lines were rusted through and that my brake fluid leaked out. And now all of the brake lines will need to be replaced. Not one, not two - all! there was no warning light and no indication of any problems prior to this incident. The only thing worse than a GM product with a faulty ignition switch would seem to be a GM truck that can't stop!

- Fredericksburg, VA, USA

problem #43

Nov 032014

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • 170,000 miles
During showing the vehicle for resale, the brake lines broke and leaked and there was no braking power to stop vehicle. Fortunately this took place in a parking lot therefore we were able to control the situation. However we were about to enter a major roadway at 5pm rush weekday rush hour where a potential serious accident could have occurred.

- Wharton, NJ, USA

problem #42

Feb 142014

Silverado

  • miles
Brake rotors are deeply pitted--not from rust--was unaware of the condition until I replaced brake pads @84000 miles.

- Exmore, VA, USA

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