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Crashes / Fires:
7 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,627 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2002 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 brakes problems

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2002 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 Owner Comments (Page 3 of 4)

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problem #33

Jul 282009

Silverado 2500

  • 185,000 miles


On my way home from work at about 11:30 am on Tuesday July 28, 2009, I stopped at a light. The truck came to a complete stop and suddenly I felt the ABS kick in. The truck went forward, without my taking my foot off of the brake, into the intersection. It finally came to a stop in the middle of the intersection. A car had to serve to avoid hitting me. I called the dealership and they said there are no recalls on my 2002 Chevy Silverado truck. There was one on the 1999 Silverado for ABS failure.

- Carl Junction, MO, USA

problem #32

May 302009

Silverado 2500

  • 119,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado 2500. While driving less than 20 mph, the contact depressed the brake pedal and the ABS light illuminated. The vehicle slowed down, but did not come to a complete stop. The brake pedal extended to the floor, but the vehicle did not stop properly. Through online research, the contact found NHTSA campaign id number 05V379000 (service brakes, hydraulic:antilock); however, her VIN was excluded because she does not live in one of the affected states. The contact believes that her vehicle should be included in the recall since the failures are identical. The vehicle has not yet been repaired. The current and failure mileages were 119,000.

- Valrico , FL, USA

problem #31

Aug 252008

Silverado 2500

  • 30,000 miles
When stepping on brakes at a low speed, I have very little braking. Few times caused me to come very close to vehicle in front of me. Looked up on internet problems for this vehicle & found recall 05068C. Called Chevy & they said vehicle does not have recall for brakes.

- Queensbury, NY, USA

problem #30

Jul 072008

Silverado 2500

  • 51,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado 2500. While driving approximately 5 mph on normal road conditions, the contact heard a loud grinding noise when the brake pedal was depressed. There were no warning indicators illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and they stated that the failure was related to the antilock brake system. The vehicle has not been repaired. The contact was concerned of the safety risk involved. The failure mileage was 51,000 and current mileage was 53,000.

- Batavia, NY, USA

problem #29

Oct 292008

Silverado 2500

  • 96,000 miles
Upon braking pedal went to floor. Rusted, pitted main brake line from master cylinder to ABS pump. No brakes. Line repaired. When bleeding brakes another line burst. All lines very rusted and pitted. All replaced.

- Canton, CT, USA

problem #28

Apr 192008

Silverado 2500

  • 46,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado. After having the vehicle repaired according to NHTSA campaign id number 05V379000 (service brakes, hydraulic:antilock), it is currently beginning to fail. When approaching a stop, the contact must apply extreme pressure to the brake pedal in order to stop the vehicle. The vehicle has not been diagnosed by the dealer. The current mileage was 50,229 and failure mileage was 46,000.

- Davis Junction, IL, USA

problem #27

Apr 012008

Silverado 2500

  • 40,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact stated that the brake lines and drums corroded several times. The dealer replaced them after the first failure; however, the issue recurred. The manufacturer stated that they would extend the warranty for the lubrication and oil change only. The failure mileage was 40,000 and current mileage was 45,000.

- Bensalen, PA, USA

problem #26

May 192006

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,106 miles
: the contact stated while driving at any speed and depressing the brake pedal, the vehicle has an extended stopping distance. During panic braking, the pedal goes to the floor and fails to stop the vehicle. It was driven to the dealer who determined this was the design of the vehicle. Updated 7/31/2006 - the vehicle ABS has been repaired twice, once under recall. The pedal becomes spongy at time and can be pressed with little effort. The brakes were turned at 2900 miles then had to be replaced at 300 miles. Now at 19000 miles the rear brake rotors need to be replaced.

- Black River, NY, USA

problem #25

Nov 162005

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,458 miles
: the contact stated the vehicle was inspected and the mechanic determined the rear brake rotors and rear pads were rusted and grooved. The front brakes and pads were also rusted and grooved, but not as much as the rear. The rear brakes and rotors were replaced on 11-16-05. Updated 05/02/06.

- Millstadt, IL, USA

problem #24

Oct 212005

Silverado 2500

  • 42,675 miles
2002 Silverado brakes failed causing consumer to hit a vehicle in driveway.*****

- Cicero, NY, USA

problem #23

Dec 202005

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,800 miles


In December of 2005 I brought my 2002 Silverado to the dealer for a recall on ABS sensors. I was contacted and told I needed brake rotors and pads on all four wheels. I asked them how a truck with only 10,200 miles that had been garaged since purchase could require $900 worth of brakes. First I was told it was due to inactivity. After explaining I have a 1976 GMC CK10 parked beside the Silverado and it did not require such repair, I was told new brake materials are inferior to the older brake materials. I suspect there may be faulty materials used in GMC truck brakes circa 2002 and seek you advice on the matter. Thank you.

- Warner, NH, USA

problem #22

Jun 012002

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact states since purchase the brakes have been weak when pulling his boat and making emergency stops. He states with both feet on the brake pedal, it feels spongy and it goes to the floor. The vehicle does not stop any faster when the brakes are pressed harder. The trailer for the boat does not have any brakes and both weigh approximately 2000 pounds. The pulling capacity for the vehicle is 7200 pounds. The vehicle has been to the dealership and they state the brakes are working properly; therefore, no repairs have been made. They have not driven the vehicle with the trailer and boat attached.

- Rockton, IL, USA

problem #21

Dec 092005

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,700 miles
I own a 2002 Chevy Silverado K-1500 with 64,000 miles. Last week I was pulling into a parking space at 2-3 mph, and all of a sudden my brakes failed ( pedal to the floor) and it felt like the truck accelerated (my foot was off the gas pedal. I ran into a brick wall, cracking some plastic on the front bumper, and denting the bumper itself. Luckily, I hit the brick wall with the front tow hook. The next day I took my truck to stanley Chevrolet and had them look for any problems. The truck was taken there earlier in the fall, to correct the ABS recall. Stanley, could not find any problem. I would also like to submit that my emergency brake system is completely worn out. Which is odd since I have never used them.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #20

Oct 212005

Silverado 2500 6-cyl

  • 21,283 miles
Consumer letter regarding safety deficiency on 2002 Chevrolet Silverado braking system. The brake rotors and calipers have been replaced several times.

- Whitefield, NH, USA

problem #19

Jun 172005

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
Premature rear brake wear. The rear brake were wore out before front brakes at 4 times the rate on this particular vehicle. This has been happening for 18 months. This vehicle has been regularly maintained. This vehicle is on its first set of rear brakes. The front brakes are original. The front brakes have approximately seventy percent wear remaining. Consumer is replacing the rear brakes and rotors. There are service bulletins #1336875, and #00-05-23-005B. The brakes were grinding in the rear and the rotors have been damaged.

- Jackson, MI, USA

problem #18

May 202005

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 35,000 miles
Contact states the brakes on vehicle started pulsating while braking. A local service dealer replaced the brakes and rotors on the front and rear of the vehicle.

- Budd, WV, USA

problem #17

Apr 012005

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When the driver started to apply the brakes (lightly), they felt like they didn't have power brakes and the vehicle didn't stop the way that it normally did. The consumer pressed hard on the brake pedal but the vehicle still did not stop. On another occasion the consumer applied the brake and the and activated for about 5 seconds then returned to normal.

- Mayslanding, NJ, USA

problem #16

Apr 162005

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,000 miles
The problem was with the brakes which seemed to be the ABS. The problem would usually occur about 10 mph then the brakes would start to shake when slowing down. There was a noise that was heard and would have to pump the brakes. The vehicle was a 4 wheel drive and does it every time when slowing down.

- Saginaw, MI, USA

problem #15

Apr 012004

Silverado 2500 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,400 miles
While driving at low speeds, the driver applied the brake pedal and the brakes failed. The driver was able to maintain control of the vehicle and drove it home. When slowing down a speeds of 0-5 mph the brake pedal became hard to depress then the ABS would activate. If there was enough time, the brake pedal could be pumped then the ABS would stop, then the vehicle would stop.

- Holland, NY, USA

problem #14

Jun 152004

(reported on)

Silverado 2500 4WD

  • miles
2002 Chevrolet Silverado brake equipment. The consumer had to replace the ear rotors, shoes and hardware. The rear axle fluid was low and discolored. When the rear axle was serviced it was determined that the front axle vent tube was leaking from the oring. The axle vent tube was replaced.

- Unknown, DC, USA

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