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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
37,346 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2008 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 steering problems

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2008 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 Owner Comments

problem #6

Sep 032015

Silverado 2500

  • 145,000 miles


The contact owned a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado 2500. While driving at 67 mph, the steering wheel seized. The vehicle veered off the road and rolled over due to the loss of control. The air bags failed to deploy. The contact sustained severe spine and tail bone fractures that required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not notified of failure. The failure mileage was 145,000. The VIN was not provided.

- Oshkosh, WI, USA

problem #5

Mar 012013

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,000 miles
The contact owned a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado 2500. The contact stated that the vehicle did not have brakes or power steering. The service department told the contact the problem might never happen again. The power steering pump was replaced at the contact's request and at his expense. However, the failure happened again. The failure was never corrected. The contact traded the vehicle in for another vehicle. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 34,000. Updated 07/17/14

- Rutherfordton, NC, USA

problem #4

Oct 142009

Silverado 2500

  • 100 miles
When applying the brakes hard going downhill at above 50 mph the steering wheels shimmies from side to side violently. Easing off the brakes reduces the shimmying. This has been a continuous problem and it requires constant awareness when approaching a downhill roadway. Also it occurs whenever a panic stop from greater then 55 mph is attempted. Vehicle is a 2009 roadtrek model 190 popular and weighs close to 9600 lbs. Suspect the disc brakes may be warping under the heat or the ABS system is at fault.

- Campbell, CA, USA

problem #3

Nov 262013

Silverado 2500 8-cyl Diesel

  • 22,000 miles


I have a 2008 K2500 diesel. The vehicle is used strictly for camping and has only 24,000 miles. Over thanksgiving, I parked vehicle in an off road park. After 2 days parked, I started the truck and had no steering or brakes at all. This had happened several times before but not as bad. After a few minutes idling, steering and brakes came back to normal. I researched the web and found this to be a common problem. GM has issued several tsbs on the subject and the claim it is "normal" on 2500 series trucks. NHTSA has also chimed in with NHTSA id number: 10335581. I took the truck into william L. morris Chevrolet in simi valley, ca. The service writer ignored any of my research, the tsbs and the NHTSA info. Instead, they want me to pay $780 to replace the power steering pump, when GM says it is a normal condition. I believe one of 2 things - we have a serious problem that will eventually hurt someone or they are duping people into an unnecessary expense in replacing the pump. I am an mech engineer. I asked them to show me the results of the pressure test and they could/would not. I asked how they arrived at their conclusion and was told "years of experience". I have 14+ years of experience with hydraulic pumps and am quite sure the pump ias just fine - maybe underdriven but otherwise fine.

- Simi Valley, CA, USA

problem #2

Aug 242010

Silverado 2500

  • miles
My powering steering hoses runs too close to the turbo line and the hoses will wear through leaving you without any steering and any brakes. This should be a recall because this is a huge safety issue to people.

- Melfort, 00, USA

problem #1

May 112010

Silverado 2500

  • 22,979 miles
Backed truck out of garage had no power brakes nor power steering. As tow truck driver loaded vehicle on his flatbed truck to take it to the garage (under warranty) he put vehicle in reverse, had a slight brake application then he felt a clunk (vehicle jerked). Power steering & brakes started working normally. Garage could find nothing wrong.

- Anacortes, WA, USA

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