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

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2002 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 brakes problems

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2002 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 4)

problem #73

Apr 012015

Silverado 2500

  • 96,000 miles

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

When you are traveling real slow or parking the antilock brakes kick in making I difficult to stop. I talked to Chevrolet customer service and they will do nothing for me. Although it is the same design issue that they have recalled on recall #05V37900, the say my truck is not covered.

- Warroad, MN, USA

problem #72

Jun 162014

Silverado 2500

  • 85,000 miles
On my 2002 Silverado, the ABS activates at low speeds causing brakes to pulse and increase stopping distance. Clearly NHTSA reference #05V379000 states that this only affects certain states. My vehicle falls into the manufacturer's recall date range as it was manufactured in August 2001. Chevrolet refuses to fix this issue under a recall and are telling me that they do not issue recalls that are state specific and that my vehicle does not qualify. Needing help getting this issue resolved.

- Metamora, IL, USA

problem #71

Sep 022013

Silverado 2500

  • miles
2002 Chevrolet Silverado 2500. Attorney representing consumer writes in regards to engineering analysis of faulty brake lines that failed.

- Boston, MA, USA

problem #70

Jul 192013

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • 85,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 hd. The contact stated that while applying the brakes, the anti-lock braking system activated and caused the brake pedal to pulsate. The contact was unable to stop the vehicle and the failure persisted. The contact took the vehicle to a local repair shop and the mechanic stated that the failure was linked to the anti-lock brake system. The manufacturer was notified and stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 05V379000 (service brakes, hydraulic:anti-lock). The failure mileage was 85,000. Updated 10/31/13

- Seattle , WA, USA

problem #69

Apr 012012

Silverado 2500

  • 114,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado. While traveling 5 mph the contact attempted to apply the brakes and it fell to the floor. The brake pedal would not respond causing the vehicle to crash into the contacts garage door. There were no injuries. While examining the vehicle, the contact noticed that the drivers side front brake lines were severely corroded. The vehicle was not taken to a mechanic or dealer for diagnostic testing

- Lusby, MD, USA

problem #68

Nov 082011

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
Brake lines rusted through.... truck was not used hard, undercarriage more than once was washed to try to remove salt corrosion. It just seems such an expensive truck should not have such early and severe brake line failures from normal operation. The lines must not be made from rust resistant metal and poorly protected from the road elements. In a discussion with other Chevy truck owners from this area, it seems there have been similar failures.

- Montvale, NJ, USA

problem #67

Feb 162012

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • 88,000 miles

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

We have just had 27 feet of front brake line replaced for the second time in our 2002 Chevy Silverado 2500 series. Two years ago lost brakes and luckily avoided an accident. GM dealership replaced, and the line failed yet again last week. This time my 19-year-old son was driving with a passenger. Luckily, he avoided the cars in front of him at a stop light by crossing two lanes so that he could slow the vehicle down on the grassy roadside. Refused to take to GM for repair this time. Something has to be done about faulty Chevy brakelines in early 2000 Chevy trucks before someone loses their life.

- Bethlehem, CT, USA

problem #66

Feb 012012

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • 46,567 miles
I have owned this pickup since it had about 15,000 miles on it. I keep it in a garage and drive it about 5K miles a year. I had a brake failure and almost killed my entire family driving back from nh. I hit the brakes on the highway and the brake lines ruptured causing the brake pedal to go right to the floor and lose all brake pressure. I almost had a heart attack. Why don't they make these out stainless steel, aluminum or a non corrosive material? someone needs to do something about this immediately. This is so dangerous. Seriously, someone could have died.

- Marlborough, MA, USA

problem #65

Jan 132012

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 242,020 miles
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 #64

Dec 102011

Silverado 2500

  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact stated that the hydraulic antilock system failed. The vehicle was previously repaired under NHTSA campaign id number: 05V379000 (service brakes: Hydraulic anti lock) January 19, 2007. The manufacturer was contacted and advised that they would not be able to assist with any further repairs. The vehicle was not repaired. The current mileage and failure mileages were 130,000.

- Oconto, WI, USA

problem #63

Jul 192011

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • 140,025 miles

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

ABS actuates at slow speeds when brakes are applied. Wheels are not locked or skidding when ABS actuates. This issue is recurring and has caused the truck to have excessive stopping distances while the ABS is engaged. Multiple times we have almost his something because of this problem.

- Douglas , MA, USA

problem #62

May 182010

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • 132,299 miles
When applying brakes suddenly to avoid hitting another vehicle, brake line ruptured causing loss of brakes. Was able to apply emergency brake before running off road. Took truck to meineke dealer and had ruptured brake line replaced and all others inspected. Mechanic reported ruptured brake line was severely corroded.

- Douglas, MA, USA

problem #61

Nov 062011

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 53,000 miles
Brake line failure near ABS module inside frame rail under drivers door; failed in owners driveway; used emergency brake to stop; inspection of brake lines indicates severe rusting of all lines in that area.

- Montgomery, NY, USA

problem #60

Oct 312011

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • 90,200 miles
Hit a shopping cart stand at a shopping center because as I was turning into the parking spot and applying the brakes so control the vehicle speed the anti lock braking violently pulsed the brakes and not slowing the vehicle down. Although I tightened the turn I still made contact with the upper rail causing damage to the parking light before coming to a complete stop. Had the brakes functioned properly the vehicle would have not been damaged. Because of the low speed, no other damage occurred, just broke the plastic.

- Rome, NY, USA

problem #59

Oct 222011

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • 160,000 miles
Rear brake line failed due to corrosion at bracket just above rear end, after replacing that line a second line failed 12 inches in front of ABS controller below driver compartment, this was also due to corrosion. When the failure occurred the truck was nearly unstoppable, I had to swerve off the road into the ditch to avoid a left turning vehicle.

- New Gloucester, ME, USA

problem #58

Sep 192011

Silverado 2500 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 91,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500. The contact stated that all the brake lines were rusted and corroded. While driving 15 mph and depressing the brakes, they went all the way to the floorboard. A mechanic inspected the brakes who advised that the brake lines would need replacing. The brake lines were not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 915,000. Updated 10/26/11 updated 10/28/11

- Yorktown Heights, NY, USA

problem #57

Oct 012011

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • 114,000 miles
The brake lines just under the driver side door failed. The failure was instant with no brakes what so ever. Per dealer all lines need replaced due to rust. Very expensive. I know of others that have failed. This is definitely a safety issue. This is farm truck, I was preparing to haul hay using a goose neck trailer, if this would have happened with a load, I would have crashed...

- Union, KY, USA

problem #56

Jun 012011

Silverado 2500

  • miles
I was driving along and came to a right hand turn and when I hit the brake, the pedal hit the floor so I missed my turn. Had there been a car in front of me I would have hit them for sure. So I had to take a high speed turn and ran off the road to make the turn so I had no brakes at al. I had no brakes on the front and one rear E-brake backing plate rotted off my truck back in 2007. I have always owned GM trucks and this one is a big let down and it all most killed me. If I had to guess the date was sometime in June of this year.

- Somerville, OH, USA

problem #55

Sep 122011

Silverado 2500

  • 65,000 miles
Started truck, brake pedal went to floor. Brake fluid under truck. Brake lines rotted out under drivers door between master cylinder and ABS box. Had to use parking brake to stop vehicle. Luckily my children were not playing in the driveway, or that I was not on the highway. Huge safety issue, and from hundreds of complaints on internet this is a design flaw, not a fluke, or environmental issue. I had inspected at dealer a year ago and they said lines were fine. This was after spending $2000 to replace other rusted brake components. Brakes had been replaced at 20,000 miles also. Truck has been used on highway miles mostly, and has never plowed, or towed, or been used near water.

- Dartmouth, MA, USA

problem #54

Sep 182011

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 54,688 miles
Complete loss of front brake system while driving. I noted a soft pedal while sitting at a traffic light and on the next brake apply there was little or no deceleration until the pedal was near the floor. The rear wheels locked up momentarily while slowing the vehicle at the extent of pedal travel. After stopping the vehicle, I noted a steady stream of brake fluid coming from the line when the brake was applied. The brake line running to the ABS unit under the driver side door had a large leak in an area of heavy corrosion. Upon further inspection I found that most of the brake lines had heavy corrosion on the vehicle although no other leaks were noted.

- Carmel, IN, USA

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