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Crashes / Fires:
27 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
9 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,485 miles

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2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 brakes problems

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2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Owner Comments (Page 7 of 9)

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problem #55

May 242005

Silverado 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,950 miles


Dt; problems with ABS brakes. Without warning the brakes kicked in at a low speed, and the truck made a lot of noise and vibrated. Saw a news report on the ABS brakes. Dealer said they have not yet heard from GMC on this problem. Manufacturer said there was no recall.

- Hopedale, MA, USA

problem #54

Feb 122005

Silverado 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,000 miles
2002 Chevy Silverado. When the consumer applied the brakes, the ABS activated. The ABS activated on dry roads as well. Sometimes when this happened the ABS popped the brake pedal up and the consumer would not be able to stop the truck. Sometimes the consumer had to place the gear into park just to stop. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who said it was a wheel speed sensor issue. The vehicle has not been repaired.

- Brighton , MI, USA

problem #53

May 132005

Silverado 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,800 miles
Dt; while driving down the road on dry pavement the consumer attempted to stop the vehicle, but discovered there were no brakes. When the ABS kicked in, the consumer nearly ran into back of another vehicle. The ABS just took over at a low speed, it has been doing this since last Friday. No repair has been done. The consumer called the dealer and informed them of the problem.

- Twin Lake, MI, USA

problem #52

Nov 152004

Silverado 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles


Consumer states: The vehicle doesn't stop properly. Checked rotors and found has build-up from corrosion. The brake pads are not contacting the rotors on the rear brakes. Getting progressively worse.

- Buffalo, MO, USA

problem #51

May 122005

Silverado 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Dt contact stated that the brakes in his vehicle were not working correctly. When the contact applied the brakes, the anti lock brake system kicked in. When the brakes were applied the vehicle slowed down, but did not completely stop for about 2-3 feet.

- Hilman, MI, USA

problem #50

Nov 012004

Silverado 1500 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact is having problem with her ABS brakes she says that when you go to stop and use the brakes you can't use them because they ease up and freeze. When she pushed on the pedal it locked up and made a noise and they will not work. The only thing prior to the failure is the noise that she hears. The vehicle is a four wheel drive. The failure has almost caused quite a few accident's.

- Metamora, MI, USA

problem #49

Apr 012005

Silverado 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,684 miles


The ABS system, the bearings went out on both side in the front on both tires. Could hear popping on brakes before they failed. They went out while driving. The consumer had brakes repaired and paid out of pocket. They replaced both sides of brakes today.

- Hornell, NY, USA

problem #48

Jul 012004

Silverado 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles
ABS brakes are terrible. Took vehicle to the dealer. Had a few close calls, hit someone in the rear end, slowed vehicle down, but didn't stop it. ABS brakes feel spongy, they are not adequate for this truck.

- Gloucester , MA, USA

problem #47

May 082005

Silverado 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 81,100 miles
At low speeds the ABS system engages when the break is applied causing the truck to brake poorly. Until just recently I've had no problems and my brake pads are fine per my mechanic who checked them about 2 weeks ago. While driving the truck I pulled into a friends driveway about 5mph and applied the brake on dry pavement when the ABS came on and I was sent crashing into his garage. This has happend almost 20 times since that day. I can not even drive my truck to work anymore due to fear of hitting someone. I have a 2002 Silverado xc 1500 4X4 that is very well maintained with 81332miles. My father and brother both own similar model GM trucks both 2000 models with exactly the same problem. Nothing has been done as of yet to fix my truck I'm waiting to see if I can make the dealer pay for the damages done and fix my brake system.

- Richford, VT, USA

problem #46

May 092005

Silverado 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles
I am experiencing undesired application of the anti-lock brake system on my 2002 Chevrolet Silverado pick up truck due to faulty wheel hub speed sensors. It started out as a once in a while thing a couple months ago and is now an almost routine occurance on almost every braking. When the ABS applies, the stopping distance is almost doubled. This occurs at speeds below 10mph, which is when you are usually closing the range on whatever you're trying to stop for. Aside from having it checked over by a local Chevrolet dealer, nothing has been done to correct the failure. The cost estimate has ranged from $300 up to over $1,000. I was told the problem was corrosion related due to being kept outside and driven on dirt roads, etc. The truck was purchased from my uncle who drove it on paved roads, kept it in a heated garage, and it has seen only occasional exposure to road salt. It is only in the last year that is has been parked outdoors on a regular basis. I have not done the repairs as I am going to persue it with GM to pay for them since this is a very common problem and is no way related to anything I've done, as well as being out of my budget if the cost becomes excessive.

- Midland, MI, USA

problem #45

Jan 202005

Silverado 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles


ABS coming on at low speeds (under 10 mph) in dry conditions. This started in Jan. 2005 when I bought the truck and continued until approx. Late March. This did not cause any accidents but there were several close calls. I didn't take to the Chevy dealer to get it looked at, but I did notice after I would wash the truck that the problem would be much better for a time then start up again.

- Washington, IL, USA

problem #44

Jan 012005

Silverado 1500

  • miles
This concerns the brake problem on GM trucks. My 2002 Silverado's braking never was great, when hard braking is applied, the pedal will bottom out and you have to pump pedal to stop. Now the ABS system has failed and the pedal has locked up on me at least four times, nearly causing accidents. I had to pull ABS fuse just to be able to drive it and be able to stop. The pedal would lock up so hard that I had to stomped it to break it free.

- Carlisle, KY, USA

problem #43

Mar 012004

Silverado 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,000 miles
Unwanted ABS brake activation almost caused 4 accidents with my 2002 Chevy Silverado. After the dealer told me I couldn't replace just the sensor and that I had to replace a part that was fine just to replace the sensor because it was built into that part and it was going to cost almost $600 I just pulled the fuse on the ABS. Now I have no ABS and have to look at two warning lights on the dash all the time. The truck only had around 39000 miles on it when this happend. Also the parking brake didn't work and after adjusting, it still bairly works.

- Flushing, MI, USA

problem #42

Mar 282005

Silverado 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer stated: Brakes locked up, does so at slow speeds at 10-15mph. Pushed brakes to floor and then let off and have to push again.

- Davenport, VA, USA

problem #41

Apr 052005

Silverado 1500 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The ABS activated while attempting to stop the vehile. The dealer repalced the R and L sensor, the brakes, the calipers and still the ABS system kicks in.

- Taylor, MI, USA

problem #40

Jan 082005

Silverado 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles
I own a 2002 Chevy Silverado. I read in the newspaper about an investigation into GM pickup truck antilock brakes. It described exactly what I have been experiencing since Jan of 2005. At low speeds, usually in parking lots, my antilock brakes engage even though the road conditions are completely dry. The result is that my vehicle requires 2-5 feet more distance to come to a complete stop. I took my brakes apart to inspect them and clean them. I found nothing wrong and there was plenty of brake pad left. The rotors looked fine also. Cleaning the brakes did not solve the problem. It has happened 100+ times since January. It is always at low speeds and the road conditions are just fine. None of the dashboard lights come on indicating a problem. A few months back I discussed the problem with a few coworkers and found that 2 of them were experiencing the same problem. One guy has a 1999 Chevy pickup and the other guy has a Chevy pickup but I am unsure of the model year of his. Hope this helps.

- Holt, MI, USA

problem #39

Aug 282004

Silverado 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,000 miles
While driving under 5 mph anti lock brakes kick in and brakes fail in all weather conditions, only at low speeds. This causes extended stopping distance. No warning prior to failure. Occurs under normal braking conditions. 4 wheel anti lock. Brake failure is progressive. Vehicle is regularly serviced, and diagnostic test was conducted 12/01/04.

- Lyndhurst, OH, USA

problem #38

Feb 012005

Silverado 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles
ABS initates on dry pavement as I decelerate from about 6 mph to about 3mph. This happens approximately 50% of every stop. I have not had any incidents, as I am the only driver, and allow extra distance. After talking with 4 co-workers who have/had the same problem, I pulled the ABS fuse and have not completed a repair yet. My extended warranty provider claims it is a service claim, which is not covered under warranty. Dealership says it's a common problem with this model, not covered under the extended warranty. Says it's rust build up under the speed sensor, and needs to be cleaned & reseated. I read about this investigation on my company website, and decided to register my problem to help the research.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #37

Apr 152005

Silverado 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,800 miles
Driving 2002 Chevy Silverado 1500 pickup. Slowing down to stop in traffic and/or sudden stops at slow speed causes antilock brake system to activitate and requires farther stopping distance.

- Upper Marlboro, MD, USA

problem #36

Mar 192005

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,000 miles
The consumer was driving about 5 mph, it was very little snow on the ground and the ABS light came on. When the consumer hit the brakes, the vehicle skidded through a gate. There was no warning prior to the failure. The consumer took the vehicle in for a regular inspection and the repair shop noticed a very unusual wear pattern for the rear brakes. An insurance claim was filed.

- Grove City, OH, USA

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