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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,525 miles

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2001 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2001 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 Owner Comments

problem #11

Mar 122014

Silverado 2500

  • 80,000 miles

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

The "service engine soon" signal light indicates something is wrong with the transmission that requires a service costing at least $1000 to repair. Without the repair the transmission is susceptible to irratical operation includes stalling in traffic.

- Shasta Lake, CA, USA

problem #10

Jun 302014

Silverado 2500 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
Driving down I25 in Colorado truck simply quit running was able to restart after pulling over to side of hwy. Has happened multiple times since, often twice a day, one or two time going to work and the same going home. Very often the truck restarts right away, but sometimes it has to set for several minutes before it will restart. The engine quitting problem has happened at various speeds from hwy speeds to slow city driving. It has also happened at times when leaving a stop light or stop sign.

- Northglenn, CO, USA

problem #9

Oct 192013

Silverado 2500

  • 102,275 miles
I had just replaced the hub and bearing housing on the right front axle on my four wheel drive 2001 Chevrolet HD2500 Silverado pickup and was in the process of refilling and bleeding the air from the brake lines. During this process it appeared as if it was requiring more fluid than I had removed it was then that I noticed brake fluid dripping from the left front wheel well. To my surprise after removing the plastic wheel well cover I couldn't believe my eyes at what I saw, there were the brake lines either rusted away or delaminated. I have never experienced anything like this in over fifty years of repairing my own vehicles, I can only be thankful that I wasn't on the road towing my fifth wheel trailer when the brake lines failed in such a catastrophic manner. Since this happened late in October of 2013 I have yet to replace the brake lines, if you need pictures of the problem I can provide them to you.

- Hopewell, NJ, USA

problem #8

Aug 162013

Silverado 2500

  • 0 miles

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

There was no fire, but given the yes or no....there very well could have been given the location of the problem. So I had the transmission removed because of an earlier fault with the transmission and a line blow out...and with the transmission removed I could see clearly that the 3 gasoline lines were badly rusted. Given that these lines run from the fuel tank, along the frame than up and over the transfer case and transmission in the area of the muffler as well and than behind the engine to up and over and into the engine, ...these gasoline lines were clearly not made of stainless steel and they should be...the extreme danger of a gasoline line leak, explosion and fire is very real. There is no excuse for not having safe fuel lines on these vehicles. I already seen what can happen with Chevy's side mounted fuel tanks. I strongly request that ntsb force all vehicle makers to put stainless steel or heat resistant rubber fuel lines on all vehicles in Canada/usa and force a recall on all those that don't.

- Ssm, MI, USA

problem #7

Aug 022013

Silverado 2500

  • 85,000 miles
So there I was driving, and I noticed the engine rpms coming up and then going right down...which I have seen when the truck runs hot. A few hours later while still driving (and the rpms thing happen a few times) the engine rpms started to climb and wouldn't stop...I let of the gas, back on...climbing then they redlinedat 7000rpm...then I had no power, I had a Transport on my [xxx] and traffic coming the other way at 11pm at night. I had no 4th gear, no 3rd gear....300yds down the road the engine light came on, and I figured I blew the oil pump or water pump. Just missed getting creamed by the Transport. Got to the side of the road, popped the hood...looked around...couldn't see anything...coolant was fine, engine oil was fine...got in tried 1st, 1st worked, tried 2nd, 2nd worked, tried 3rd and...nothing. I drove home in 2nd. Plugged in the code reader, got P0300X2, P0757X2, P1870. Check it out next day...sure enough I blew a transmission line...drain the fluid which was badly burnt...I knew I was screwed...why were the lines not made of stainless steel...and why was/are\is there no low fluid warning light on the transmission fluid!? I got one on the engine oil, gasoline, coolant, windshield washer fluid...none on brakes and none on tranny fluid...this is unacceptable! information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Ssm, MI, USA

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problem #6

Sep 122008

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • 126,500 miles
Crankshaft sensor defective. 2001 Chevrolet 2500hd Silverado 8.1L VIN G vehicle has had a on and off problem with running rough, erratic shifting, service engine soon light on or intermittent. Took to the dealer bought from, never able to find anything wrong. Said it might be crank sensor, but if its running O.K. don't worry about it. This problem started in approx Feb, 2004 and was last at the dealers spring 2007. 3 days it was there and they still could not even say if there was a problem. Engine light still on. Problem with the erratic shifting, rough running, engine light on continued until Sept.2008 when the problem became very serious. Vehicle began to stall or simply just quit running all together. You would be driving at highway speeds or just local driving and the vehicle would simply shut down, leaving you with no brakes or steering. It could not be restarted until you stopped, let it sit for a sometimes up to 10 mins. Vehicle would do this 2-3 times a day, or weeks before doing it again. In July 2009 the problem became serious, where the vehicle would just shut of while just sitting at red lights or stop signs. My mechanic did a scan and dtc's for crank sensor and several others came up. It was thought that everything from broken wires to modules had to be checked. I subscribed to a online vehicle repair info site and immediately found a product safety recall #06083 12/11/2007 for vehicles with an 8.1L V-8 engine. The VIN numbers on my vehicle were higher than those in the recall, but the description of the problem fit exactly. My mechanic was showed the info and could not find anything on his service sight. It was decided to change the crank sensor. The vehicles performance increased 100% and the problem seems to be resolved. The old crank sensor was saved. Apparently G.M. has many more vehicles out there with bad crank sensors than they acknowledge.

- Mountain Top, PA, USA

problem #5

Dec 102004

Silverado 2500 4WD

  • miles

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

2001 Silverado.....my only problem with my truck is the service 4WD light. The problem is the electronic transfer case shift motor. The part runs a little over $100. I can't afford the part right now, but it doesn't affect my daily driving, just when I need 4X4 which isn't often living in Oklahoma. Still runs and drives like a brand new truck.

- Newalla, OK, USA

problem #4

Jun 012004

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • miles
2001 Chevrolet Silverado has had a history of problems. The fuel pump was replaced and was diagnosed by K-S fuel injection as being the cause of the engine lights and low power, the was a fuel leak in which the rear housing was cracked and leaking oil, the transfer case and the driveshafts were removed, the front wheel bearing was noisy and was replaced, the upper ball joint was bad, and a faulty "nsdu" switch was replaced.

- Edgar, WI, USA

problem #3

Jun 282002

(reported on)

Silverado 2500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving, seat belt becomes very tight, giving a feeling of clostraphobia. Took vehicle to dealer. Consumer stated tires vibrated at a speed of 45-50, consumer was informed that the tires were out of round, also when the vehicle is driven for awhile, it seems to miss speeds, when making hard turns in either direction, there is a whining noise coming from the steering, and in cool weather the steering is hard to turn, also the service engine soon light illuminated and the vehicle would stall while driving.

- Satsuma, AL, USA

problem #2

Sep 252001

(reported on)

Silverado 2500

  • miles
The odometer was malfunctioning.

- Page, AZ, USA

problem #1

Sep 252001

(reported on)

Silverado 2500

  • miles
The odometer was malfunctioning.

- Page, AZ, USA

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