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Print this page Notes: The 2009 Silverado has no defect trends, which is a very good sign now that it's more than a few years old.

A couple model years back, the 2007 Silverado has an oil consumption defect at low mileage (~50k miles) — so far there's only a very few reports of the same problem with the 2009 Silverado.

The 2009 Silverado received poor side impact ratings on models not equipped with the optional side air bags.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,185 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2009 Chevrolet Silverado brakes problems

brakes problem

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2009 Chevrolet Silverado Owner Comments

problem #4

Feb 182015


  • 136,000 miles


I have a 2009 Chevy pickup and every time you put the brakes on the taillights come on but they wont go off when you take your foot off the I'V changed out the switch under the dash 3 times still they do the same thing so I went back to the old switch. Why is this happening tell me please I notice I was not the only one that has this promblem"?????????"

- Hiawatha, KS, USA

problem #3

Oct 242013

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 36,094 miles
Extreme chattering of the rear brakes upon application was observed by the owner/driver, including lock-up of the rear wheels (even though ABS equipped). The vehicle was taken to the autonation Chevrolet superstition springs dealership (6330 E. superstition springs blvd, mesa, Arizona 85206) for inspection and repair (selling dealer). The dealership informed the owner that both rear brake slave cylinders had failed and leaked hydraulic fluid onto the linings. This leakage had caused the sticking of the linings to the brake drums and resulting chattering/lockup of the brakes. Post repair, there have been no further issues in the last 3000 miles of use. The repair was at the expense of the customer. As this occurred at 36094 miles and four years of service in residential use, I consider this a product failure due to some form of manufacturing and/or installation defect with the brake slave cylinders. In 40+ years of automobile ownership of many brands with mileages into the 140K+ range, I have never had a slave cylinder failure, nor have I ever heard of a dual failure. This was the same comment by the service technician at the dealer. Please investigate, or at a minimum, add this to your watch list database. I reviewed the NHTSA's website list of defects, but found nothing regarding this type of incident. The fact that it was a dual component failure and could have resulted in an accident if hard braking had been required by the operator, the manufacturer should be made aware of the issue. I attempted to do so personally, but found the experience unsatisfactory.

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #2

Jul 062011

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 9,357 miles
Used the vehicle for vacation in 2011 as it was just 1 year old. Very little brake ped left going down hill. Going down hill and step on the brake and there was a bad vibration and growling noise from the brakes. I had it checked and the dealer ground the brake rotors. This never solved the problem, so they replaced the rotors. This solved the problem for the warped rotors for a while. Now the problem started again with 23000 miles and only growls and vibrates when going down hill where you have to step down a little harder. Had it checked out again and they say the rotors are warped again. I replaced the rotors and put new brake pads on and the problem is still there. I do not drive the vehicle hard and only about 4000 miles per year. Whats causing the brake rotors to keep warping.

- East Wenatchee, WA, USA

problem #1

Feb 062014


  • 71,288 miles
Driving down highway, check engine light pops up, tractions control indicator light, along with digital display saying several things. Such as, engine reduced power, service traction control soon..........pulled over, had a very rough idle. Made it to parts store and have the truck scanned. Turns out it need the throttle positioning sensor needs replaced. Had them clear the code, drove few more miles and all happens again.

- Lebanon, MO, USA

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