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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
112,229 miles

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2001 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 brakes problems

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2001 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #51

Aug 162006

Silverado 2500

  • 98,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado 2500. While driving at any speed, the brake lines often fractured. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the brakes need to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired twice, but the failure recurred both times. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 98,000.

- New Ritchmond, OH, USA

problem #50

May 302016

Silverado 2500

  • 324,000 miles
This is the 5th time my brakes are hanging up and over heating the wheel. Smoking severly. Had problem with ABS. System so I unplugged sensors from front wheels. And on the 1st the right passenger side did it again. Doesn't matter if on state hwy or city streets. Always starts when moving. A wobble in steering wheel. Then pulling right or left depending on which wheel is locking.

- Kaplan, LA, USA

problem #49

Aug 222015

Silverado 2500

  • 110,000 miles
A steel brake line cracked and failed. I was at my house when it happened so no serious injuries or damage. However, the brake failed completely and instantly with no warning. It could have occurred at an intersection and the results could have been much worse. I had my wife press on the pedal while I looked for the leak. It was along the length of the steel line routing from the ABS module to the front right brake. It creates a mist of fluid near the radiator. My next concern is that the fluid will cause further corrosion of the parts it sprayed.

- Chillicothe, IL, USA

problem #48

Jun 232015

Silverado 2500

  • 66,869 miles


Going out of the garage, stepped on the brake and the pedal went to the floor.noticed a puddle under the truck and found a rusted thru brake line at the ABS control valve. Updated 09/10/15

- Lombard, IL, USA

problem #47

Aug 022010

Silverado 2500

  • 75,000 miles
Brake lines rusted out and allowed brake fluid to leak out when I applied the brakes. Had vehicle towed to curry auto in bloomington, in for replacement of rusted brake lines. This happened a second time about two months later when another original set of brake lines under the bed of the truck rusted through and caused brake failure. Both times I was driving in hilly country and was fortunate not to crash into something. Dealer said that this is a common problem with Silverado trucks of brake lines rusting out. I have a 1996 Buick roadmaster that has rusted out quarter panels and the brake lines are original.this truck is rust free except for the brake lines. GM should pay for the replacement of the brake lines on these trucks.

- Bloomington, IN, USA

problem #46

Jan 162008

Silverado 2500 6-cyl

  • 88,000 miles
Brakes quit.. ABS growled and wouldn't stop, has gotten worse and worse. It does it mainly at low speeds when the wheels are turned.

- Sikeston, MO, USA

problem #45

Dec 182013

Silverado 2500

  • 96,000 miles


Brake lines rusted through causing the brake fluid to leak out, losing my brakes. I had to replace all of my brake lines.

- Dunkirk, MD, USA

problem #44

Dec 132014

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 58,000 miles
On Saturday 12/13 my wife was driving our 2001 Chevy Silverado. While hitting the brakes for a stop sign, the brake pedal went to the floor and she ran through the stop sign as the vehicle could not be stopped in time. Fortunately there was no accident. This occurred about a mile from our home and when she arrived home, she was extremely upset. I checked the vehicle and the brake fluid was low and I found the fluid was leaking out of the hydraulic brake line under the vehicle. I checked and learned there was no recall for this dangerous defect. With the amount of these vehicles on the road, this is extremely dangerous as there is absolutely no warning and the stopping power is almost non-existent. This is a very low mileage vehicle that is kept in excellent condition. Please have these vehicles looked at by the manufacturer or there is serious risk of life threatening crashes.

- Richmond, MI, USA

problem #43

Oct 172014

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
Transferring some materials from neighbors house to ours, dirt road / driveway. Got to our house, brake pedal went to the floor. Refilled master cylinder, parked the truck. Checked fluid later, entire master cylinder was empty as truck was parked. Brake lines seem to be rotted out.

- Tomahawk, WI, USA

problem #42

Nov 032014

Silverado 2500

  • 135,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado. While approaching a stop, the ABS warning light illuminated and extreme force was required to depress the brake pedal. The vehicle had not been diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 135,000.

- Berlin , MD, USA

problem #41

Sep 032012

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 97,000 miles


Purchased the used vehicle originally at 42000 miles. Have taken impeccable care of it. Actual dates of incidents are unknown due to the fact most have been ongoing. Brakes failed due to ABS. Fixed twice by GM under the safety recall. Both fixes were bandaids (dealer cleaned and applied a "special" grease twice, they never replaced the ABS sensors. Third fix I paid out of pocket to replace the sensors, and since then the ABS has been ok. Brakes failed due to rust and corrosion (all lines and 2 calipers had to be replaced. Fuel pump failed, fuel lines failed due to excessive corrosion, fuel tank straps failed due to excessive rust and corrosion. Slow leaks in 3 of 4 wheels due to excessive rust and corrosion in the rims.

- Center Conway, NH, USA

problem #40

May 202013

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 155,000 miles
Driving to work when I use my brakes they felt soft the next time I used them the peddle went to the floor. After stopping my truck I see a rusty brake line under my truck had a hole in it and fluid was pouring out.

- Madison Heights, MI, USA

problem #39

Sep 202013

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
Brake lines brakes went completely to the floor at the same time brake warning light came on.a little late for a warning. I repaired line and started driving again. Almost a year later to the day same thing happened again. I've owned 21 Chevrolet over a span of 45 years and only had one brake line failure(1969 corvette). I thought this was strange so I did a little research and noticed that all the brake lines had more rust than any thing else under the truck. I looked online and was appalled to learn this has been a known problem for over four years, yet no attempt was made to warn the owners of these trucks. GM 's response was laughable unless they can remotely tell how much fluid has been lost from each vehicle. Also just like an apple brake lines don't rot evenly unless something else is going on. I live in a state where it snows once or twice a year and melts off within a week and right after I go to the car wash to get the under body wash.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #38

Sep 132014

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
Going on a trip to the store, so before the intersection I need it to stop, so pushed the brake pedal to slow down and the pedal just went all the way down to the floor and no warning light or sound and more importantly no brakes!!!!! so I acted quickly and down shift it to 1st gear that slow it down some so I put it in park and shuck the truck but I got it to stop. 10 more feet and would go in to crossing traffic that was very close. So I want to know if GM is aware of this problem (rusty brake lines under the truck) and if they are going to do any thing to fix it.they should inform the danger to public.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #37

Sep 122014

Silverado 2500

  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado. While driving approximately 15 mph, the vehicle failed to respond when the brake pedal was depressed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 40,000.

- Fairfax, VA, USA

problem #36

Aug 292014

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 40,048 miles
Brake pedal went to floor after launching my boat. Found that a brake line had ruptured. Glad it didn't happen while I was on the road with the boat in tow. All brakes lines were rusted and I had them replaced following week. Very expensive repair. Found out this is common on these vehicles. GM really needs to fix this issue.

- Bowling Green, VA, USA

problem #35

Aug 062008

Silverado 2500

  • 52,115 miles
Left rear brake line rotted. The gas lines have been replaced twice now too. Soon the rest of the brake lines will be done and maybe transmission lines. Terrible that GM made such poor brake lines. I am original owner and see there is a complain open on this so wanted you to know I had a problem too. VIN [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Eden, NY, USA

problem #34

Aug 012013

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • 315,000 miles
Operating the vehicle down highway off ramp, pedal suddenly pedal went to floor. Approaching intersection out of control, one pair of brakes locked up after repeated attempts to slow. The pedal was unmanageable in this emergency situation. I was able to avert an accident by driving into the shoulder. I was reported for reckless operation, and was cited, and was convicted of a lesser charge. I pleaded with the police officer that the trucks behavior was a result of a brake failure, and unfortunately the defense was ignored. Vehicle was towed to a shop where a ruptured brake line was diagnosed. I ultimately had to pay for the repair as well as a criminal fine because of brake line corrosion.

- Coopersville, MI, USA

problem #33

Jul 242014

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • 99,000 miles
I was traveling about 30 miles per hour when I had to stop for a van ahead of me. I touched my brakes and the pedal went all the way to the floor. No brakes at all. Because of other traffic, and no time, I hit the van in the rear. Neither of the air bags deployed. The gentleman in the van had to go to the hospital. I had a bump on my leg, and my brother was not hurt. I just now have heard other stories of the same problem going on for years. This is not right.

- Kalamazoo, MI, USA

problem #32

Jun 152014

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • 117,355 miles
On the way to pick up some items from a relative that lived 42 miles, approximately 32 miles into the trip it was noticed that the brakes were getting progressively worse, within 4 miles of our destination, the brakes were almost non-existent. Fortunately, we made it, however as soon as we parked and turned the engine off, we heard a pop and liquid began spraying from the right side of the front grill near the headlight. A very large amount of liquid then began pouring out of the right side by the bumper as well. Originally we believed it to be coolant as it had a green tint to it, however this didn't explain the poor brake response. We thought perhaps the brake fluid was low, and checked the reservoir. The reservoir had some still, but showed low. We added some, but it poured out almost as fast as it went in. Upon further investigation we found the leak not to be coolant, but the actual brake lines had blown out due to rust, and what sprayed out was brake fluid mixed with rust. Had this happened 20 minutes later, after we would have loaded a large amount of bricks in the bed, and we had to stop suddenly, this could have been disastrous and even deadly. We learned about this site by looking online and seeing the tens of thousands of complaints of the same thing - Chevrolet saving a few dollars and using steel for brake lines instead of stainless steel - a cost of less than $40 per vehicle (we priced replacements and the steel was $195, while stainless steel was $233), and no warning to consumers given even after they acknowledged publicly and the NHTSA investigated, but did much for protecting the public. In addition, we had to have the vehicle towed back to our home. Hopefully, no one has to die before they're forced to inform all current owners to check their brake lines because they chose to use steel in an area of the country known for steel rusting!

- Bolviar, OH, USA

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