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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
68,160 miles

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2006 Chevrolet Silverado brakes problems

brakes problem

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2006 Chevrolet Silverado Owner Comments (Page 4 of 5)

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problem #23

Sep 122013

Silverado

  • 21,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact stated that while driving, the brakes failed to stop in a timely manner. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 21,000.

- Campell Hall , NY, USA

problem #22

Sep 092013

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 55,687 miles
All front brake lines below the drivers seat rusted through. A complete loss of brakes was experienced.

- Long Beach, MS, USA

problem #21

Sep 072013

Silverado

  • 90,000 miles
My wife was driving my truck a 2006 Silverado and said the brake light came on so I filled it up didn't think much of it did a quick look didn't see anything 2 weeks later she said it was on again so I filled it up again and this time did a thorough inspection checked the master cylinder, booster started checked each caliper and nothing so I got under the truck and its leaking from the middle of the truck under the drivers seat the brake lines are all rusty. I do all of my work on my cars but this looks ridiculous where do you start rip them all out and replace all" they are on top of the frame rail which look impossible to get to it looks like its going to be a lot of money is there a recall for this" I hope some can help me out the truck is very clean especially underneath that's the only thing rusted out of everything.

- Williamsburg, VA, USA

problem #20

Jul 152013

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 135,000 miles

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

Coming up to traffic signal and brake pedal went to the floor. Brake line rusted out. Stopped by slamming it into 1st gear and using the parking brake. Very dangerous!

- Fallston, MD, USA

problem #19

Jun 222013

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
Brake line has completely deteriorated and leaking and should be recalled. Recently had to replace wheel speed sensors as well.

- Lucasville, OH, USA

problem #18

May 302013

Silverado

  • 69,269 miles
Pulling truck out of garage the brake pedal went to the floor. Upon examination the brake line had blown a hole thru the rusted brake lines. All of the brake lines that are not coated are rusted and integrity of the metal is poor. Had to have all brake lines replaced for a sum of $900..

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #17

Mar 282013

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 80,375 miles

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

Vehicle was taken to have 4 new tires installed. As part of this process the vehicle was lifted off the ground and the steering components and suspension system was checked for wear. As this process was taking place one of the mechanics noticed the rusted brake lines and called me over to show how bad the lines were rusted.

- Carlisle, PA, USA

problem #16

Mar 172013

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 62,368 miles
The vehicle was parked and I entered it to start it. When I applied my foot to the brake pedal I heard a loud pop (like a balloon popping) and a recoil in the brake pedal. Come to find out, the diaphragm in the brake booster broke thus leaving me with very little brakes. I am just glad I was the one behind the wheel and the vehicle was in park. I can only imagine if this had happened while driving through town. Or if someone like my 18 year old son had been driving. After speaking with multiple mechanics, it was brought to my attention that this is one of those things that "never happens"...especially on a 2006 with only 63K miles on it. When I called Chevrolet they told me that it would be noted but they could not help cover the cost of repair as it was not under warranty. Although I do know it's out of warranty, I thought they might cover it as it is not a wear and tear issue...it is a mechanical defect and a major safety issue. It has been repaired and I'm just hoping it does not occur again. Unfortunately there is absolutely no way at all to predict if and when this will ever occur on any other vehicle. I just hope it doesn't happen to mine again.

- Rock Falls, IL, USA

problem #15

Mar 012013

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 63,330 miles
Brake lines rusted out. This is the second time I have had this problem with this vehicle. A hole developed in a brake line which resulted in no brakes at all. I had to spend $1400 at the Chevy dealership to have all of my brake lines and front calipers replaced.

- Colchester, CT, USA

problem #14

Feb 032013

Silverado 8-cyl Diesel

  • 54,000 miles
Driving my 2006 Silverado 3500 hd when the car ahead decided on a sudden left turn. Went to apply my brakes and had to stand on the pedal while swerving, narrowly missing the compact car. After evaluation at the GM certified dealership we use for inspection and repair on all 8 of our GM business and personal vehicles, we were informed that the brake erosion/rusting was a common defect in the brake lines used. Contacted GM and they offered to pay half of the $1400 bill and stated that there is no recall for this issue. There needs to be a recall for the safety of everyone on the road!

- Lincoln University, PA, USA

problem #13

Feb 032013

Silverado

  • 54,000 miles

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

Driving my 2006 Silverado 3500 hd when the car ahead decided on a sudden left turn. Went to apply my brakes and had to stand on the pedal while swerving, narrowly missing the compact car. After evaluation at the GM certified dealership that we use for inspection and repair on all 8 of our GM business and personal vehicles, we were informed that the brake erosion/rusting was a common defect in the brake lines used. Contacted GM and they offered to pay half of the $1400 bill and stated that there is no recall for this issue. There needs to be a recall for the safety of everyone on the road!

- Lincoln University, PA, USA

problem #12

Mar 032013

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
ABS kick in at low speeds increasing stopping distance by several feet.

- Broad Brook, CT, USA

problem #11

Oct 132012

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
2006 Silverado 1500 in October 2012, as I approached a stop light, my brake pedal lost pressure and went to the floor. I was able to pull into a parking lot and stop by pumping the pedal and using the parking brake. The cause was a rusted out brake line, which I paid the shop to replace. In February 2013, I pressed the brake pedal to shift into drive in my driveway and the brake pedal again lost pressure and went to the floor. I had the truck towed to a mechanic and upon inspection learned that all of the brake lines are rusted out including at the ABS module connection point. The only repair option is a $2000 job to remove the body from the truck to replace every single brake line. Through internet searches and by my mechanic's experience, this is clearly a known problem that GM should be recalling Silverado for.

- Durham, NC, USA

problem #10

Feb 162013

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • 64,888 miles
Brake line rust through. Driving down the road hit brakes went to floor. Still had front brakes and was able to stop. Having the truck towed to have lines replaced.

- St. Charles, IA, USA

problem #9

Nov 282012

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 60,500 miles
While driving 2006 Chevy Silverado pick up truck, my wife experienced sudden and total brake failure. When she pressed on brakes to slow vehicle, pedal fell to floor and brakes were unresponsive. My wife barely avoided an accident and pulled into shopping center. After arriving at scene to retrieve my wife, I checked brake fluid level, which was below "minimum". I added a full can of brake fluid, and had her press brakes while vehicle was stationary. I could hear hissing, and saw liquid spray escape under pressure from under hood. Mechanic later informed me that brake line for front brakes was rusted through and brakes failed when system pressure from applying brakes burst the rusted line. He said my wife was lucky she didn't crash or worse. He advised me that entire undercarriage was very rusted and other parts were so rusted that in order to bleed air from brake system, they had to replace rusted calipers. I am concerned about safety of this vehicle and based on my review of other drivers' complaints and internet forums, it appears catastrophic brake failure is a widespread and pervasive problem for GM Silverado vehicles. See https://sites.google.com/site/gmbadbrakes/ please investigate this as a matter of public safety.

- Newtown, PA, USA

problem #8

Sep 192012

Silverado 6-cyl

  • 98,000 miles
The brakes on this vehicle fail at low speeds (approx. 5 mph). This is a known problem for this vehicle. Chevy has issued a technical bulletin on this problem (low speed ABS activation, bulletin #03-05-25-007C). I had this problem repaired in October 2010. Now the same problem is occurring again, roughly 10,000 miles later. Information about this problem is readily available online. Many Silverado owners have complained about it. Please advise if there has been any recall action on this issue. I believe there was a recall on prior models, but not 2006 and beyond models, although it is clearly still a problem.

- St. Paul, MN, USA

problem #7

Nov 052012

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 135,000 miles
Left my driveway at 5am to go to work. At the end of the block is a stop sign. Applied my brakes and the pedal went all the way down to the floor. Could not stop and went thru the stop sign. There was not lights or warning concerning the brakes. At further inspection I saw that the rear brake line was rusted thru. Noticed that all the other brake lines are on the verge of rusting thru as well. A very scary sight.

- Savannah, GA, USA

problem #6

Oct 072012

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 47,690 miles
I was driving my truck at slow speed to a stop sign when the peddle went to the floor I was barely able to stop almost hit the car in front of me got out and saw brake fluid flowing to the ground. The rear brake line rusted out where it splits to the rear axle this should never happen this truck has low miles upon further examination all the metal brake lines have some sort off corrosion. And need to be replace this is a serious safety issue these parts were made with inferior metal. Did some research and this seems like a very common problem with these trucks.

- Fair Lawn, NJ, USA

problem #5

Sep 032012

Silverado 8-cyl Diesel

  • 36,000 miles
Brake lines rusted through, leaking fluid.

- Williamsport, MD, USA

problem #4

Aug 012012

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 66,000 miles
ABS applies for no reason at 10 to 5 mph. Making truck travel 6 to 15 feet beyond expected stopping distance. I think this is very dangerous.

- Coldwater, MI, USA

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