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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
83,678 miles

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2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 brakes problems

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2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Owner Comments

problem #17

Apr 082014

Silverado 1500

  • 137,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact stated that while the vehicle was being serviced, the mechanic discovered that there was a brake line fluid leak. The vehicle was repaired but the repair specifics were unknown and the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that all of the brake lines needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 137,000.

- Lake City, MI, USA

problem #16

Oct 292014

Silverado 1500

  • 115,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact stated that while driving 45 mph engaging the brakes, the brake pedal sank to the floor and the vehicle failed to stop. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the technician diagnosed that the brake line had rusted and needed to be replaced. The brake line was replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 115,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- New Haven , IN, USA

problem #15

Aug 192014

Silverado 1500

  • 96,800 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado. While attempting to stop the vehicle, the brake pedal traveled to the floorboard when it was depressed. As a result, the brakes hesitated to respond. The contact mentioned that the braking distance increased. The contact discovered that the brake lines were rusted and corroded, causing brake fluid to leak from the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 96,800.

- Florissant, MO, USA

problem #14

Sep 302013

Silverado 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,233 miles

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

The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The contact stated that while inspecting the vehicle, he noticed the brake lines were corroded. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 16,233. Updated 12/24/13

- Waterford, MI, USA

problem #13

Jun 042012

Silverado 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 54,000 miles
While driving, the vehicle operator experienced complete brake failure--vehicle was towed to nearest Chevrolet dealer and is now awaiting "new " brake line installation. I have been told that the entire braking system has corroded and will need to be replaced.

- Ostervlle, MA, USA

problem #12

Dec 292010

Silverado 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact stated that while driving approximately 40 mph, the brake pedal was depressed with no immediate response. The contact shifted into a lower gear and applied the emergency brake in order to stop the vehicle. The contact inspected the vehicle and noticed brake fluid leaking. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, who replaced the rusted brake lines and a brake hose. The failure recurred on two different occasions and the vehicle was repaired by an independent mechanic each time. The brake hose and brake lines were replaced. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 95,000. Updated 07/13/12 updated 07/1912

- Slatington, PA, USA

problem #11

Jan 132012

Silverado 1500 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 242,020 miles

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

The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact stated the brakes failed when the brake pedal was applied and it extended to the floor. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 242,020. Updated 02/0812 the consumer stated when he applied the brake pedal, it went all the way to the floor. There were no warning lights. The next day, he was able to determine the failure was due to a brake line failure, between the master cylinder and the ABS unit, there was rusting and brake fluid was leaking. The consumer replaced the brake lines with stainless steel lines. Updated 03/08/12

- Minneola, FL, USA

problem #10

Aug 162011

Silverado 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet 1500. The contact stated that while driving 25 mph, he attempted to engage the brakes, but the pedal depressed all the way to the floor. The contact inspected the vehicle and realized that the brake lines underneath the drivers side door broke as a result of corrosion. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 62,000....updated 12/03/12 the dealer replaced the brake lines and one caliper. Updated 01/05/12

- Oakwood, IL, USA

problem #9

Dec 132010

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The contact was driving 40 mph and exiting a ramp. As the brake was depressed, the pedal went all the way to the floorboard and the vehicle would respond to the contacts braking attempts. The contact had to engage the emergency brake to stop the vehicle. The contact was able to drive the vehicle to his residence where he inspected the brakes and discovered rusting of the steel lines that carried the brake fluid. Neither the dealer nor the manufacturer was contacted in regards to the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 80,000. Updated 02/03/11 updated 02/14/11

- Ringwood, NJ, USA

problem #8

Sep 292010

Silverado 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 49,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact was traveling 50 mph when he applied the brakes and the brake pedal went into the floorboard. The brakes did not respond. The contact applied the emergency brake in order to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed for the failure. The contact stated that the rear rotors were entirely rusted three years prior to the failure. The current and failure mileage was 49,000. Updated 3/8/11 the consumer stated he noticed brake fluid was leaking from two of the steel brake lines and they were completely corroded. The front brake line ruptured which was located below the drivers seat on the outside of the frame rail and the rear brake line had ruptured as well, which was located on the drivers side wheel well. All seven brake lines along the fuel lines showed some degree of corrosion and needed to be replaced.

- Mount Holly, NJ, USA

problem #7

Dec 152009

Silverado 1500

  • 45,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The contact started the vehicle and as he depressed the brakes, they went all the way into the floorboard and all of the brake fuel leaked from the vehicle. There were no warning lights illuminated and the vehicle was not taken to the dealer for inspection and repairs. The contact stated the front brake line was previously repaired because the line had rotted on the underside along the frame rail, where it was not detected. The contact believed the dealer installed used, defective parts for the previous repair. The contact stated he would repair the vehicle himself. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 45,000.

- Middle Egg Harbor, NJ, USA

problem #6

Jul 202010

Silverado 1500

  • 61,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The contact stated when driving approximately 5 mph, he attempted to brake but the vehicle would not stop. The contact crashed into the vehicle ahead of him. There were no injuries and minimal damage to the other vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a repair shop where the contact was informed that the entire brake line was rusted. The vehicle was repaired. The contact had not spoken with the manufacturer. The failure mileage was approximately 61,000 and the current mileage was approximately 62,000.

- Hallandale Beach, FL, USA

problem #5

Feb 272010

Silverado 1500

  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado. While driving 45 mph, the contact placed his foot on the brake pedal and the speed failed to decrease. The vehicle was driven onto the emergency lane. The contact inspected the vehicle and noticed that the brake line was leaking fluid. The contacted found two related NHTSA recalls, 05V379000 (service brakes, hydraulic, antilock) and NHTSA campaign id number 05V161000 (parking brake). The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing. The mechanic stated that the brake lines were rotten and that the brake sensor was corroded. The dealer would not offer any assistance. The road conditions may have been a factor due to salt on the roads. The failure mileage was 140,000. The current mileage was 142,000.

- Pavilion, NY, USA

problem #4

Mar 262010

Silverado 1500

  • 83,980 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact stated while braking from speeds of 5 mph, the brake pedal fell to the floorboard. The contact was able to stop the vehicle and upon further inspection, found brake fluid leaking from the drivers side. The dealer advised the brake line had corroded causing the leakage. The dealer replaced the rotors, brakes, and the caliber at the owners expense. The manufacturer was not informed of the failure. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 83,980 and the current mileage was 84,000. Updated 05/18/10.

- Chester, NY, USA

problem #3

Jul 142007

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. While driving 30 mph the vehicle lost the ability to stop when he attempted to make a turn. The road conditions were normal. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and they stated that the brake lines rusted which caused brake fluid to leak. The dealer replaced two brake lines and the contact was advised to repair the other brake lines that started to rust. The current and failure mileages were 90,000.

- Andover, CT, USA

problem #2

Sep 102006

Silverado 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,500 miles
2002 Chevy Silverado was being driven and a steel brake line popped while braking for a downhill grade, causing loss of braking. If we had been towing our horse trailer an accident would certainly have occurred. The brake line is severely rotted and rust flakes off easily. The line is held to the frame, under the cab and not in a location where damage or wear should occur. The vehicle is too new and has low miles (55K) and this failure should not have happened.

- Chester, NH, USA

problem #1

Feb 082006

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • miles
2002 Silverado K1500 brake pedal failed to stop the vehicle. ***** the consumer was told all of the brake lines between the master cylinder and electro hydraulic control unit were rusted and some were leaking fluid.

- Traverse City, MI, USA

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