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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
25 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
37,650 miles

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2001 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 Owner Comments (Page 7 of 11)

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problem #89

May 232005

(reported on)

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 35,000 miles

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

2001 Chevrolet Silverado antilock brakes engaged while consumer was parking preventing the vehicle from stopping. The very next day while the consumer was taking the vehicle to the dealer the ABS engaged while the consumer was stopping for a red light. As a result the vehicle continued into the intersection.

- Unknown, DC, USA

problem #88

Jun 082005

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Contact states vehicle was taken to a service dealer becaus E ABS brake system was not working.

- Norton Shores, MI, USA

problem #87

Feb 112004

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • miles
Mulitple failures of the anti lock braking system that takes controll of the braking away. It has caused numerous close calls including crashing through the garage door of my house.

- Green Bay, WI, USA

problem #86

Sep 152002

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles

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

Brake pedal will go to the floor if a bump/uneven spot in the road is encountered while braking. No mechanical corrections taken yet...should be a recall issue. Pedal travel and braking can only be regained if I let off the pedal and reapply...and there's no more bumps. Has randomly occured throughout ownership depending upon road conditions.

- Prescott Valley, AZ, USA

problem #85

Mar 022005

Silverado 3500 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,000 miles
The ABS system is locking up while driving. The vehicle feels pulling back and someone is tugging on the vehicle while driving. The vehicle starts with the problem about 65 mph. Consumer has not tried to correct the problem yet. She is waiting on the dealership to call her back. This problem started about two months ago. This is the only transportation that the consumer has. The dashboard lights are on, the ABS light and the emergency light are on.

- Baytown, TX, USA

problem #84

May 112005

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,134 miles
Consumer's ABS motor will not shut off, causing the battery to run down. The warning light for the ABS illuminated. The service dealer stated the entire ABS motor needed to be replaced. The contact did pull the fuse to the ABS system. Consumer feels that since the ABS is a required option then it should be covered under warranty instead of costing $1,000 to replace. Consumer feels that since it's the braking system that it would be a safety issue and states that Arizona is only worried about emissions.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #83

Oct 012004

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles

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

When brakes pedal is depressed the antilock brakes engage at low speed just prior to stopping. This occured on dry pavement. Problem is persistent and happened each time I stopped.

- Hoffman Estates, IL, USA

problem #82

May 012005

Silverado 3500 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer states: Consumer let go of the brake pedal and pushed it again and ABS system didn't work at all times. This may happen one time in a month.

- Alma , IL, USA

problem #81

May 202004

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,000 miles
Replaced both wheel hubs on front of 2001 Silverado 2500 hd (at 39000 miles) due to anti lock brakes not working properly. I spent $900 on this repair because I was going on vacation and pulling a fifth wheel camper. The repair tech said this is not a common problem...I now wonder

- Clinton Township, MI, USA

problem #80

May 022005

Silverado 3500

  • miles
2001 Chevrolet Silverado experiencing problems with the anti-lock brake system. The consumer stated the ABS began to engage on dry pavement while slowing between speeds of 5 mph and stopping. At first it was occasional, but then the brakes began to engage consistently on dry pavement. The consumer took the vehicle to a mechanic where corrosion was discovered on the driver side front wheel speed sensor. The mechanic recommended removing, lubricating and replacing both front wheel speed sensors. The mechanic stated it was a common problem with the pickup's due to the design of the part and the conditions which the vehicle are driven; snow and highway salt.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #79

May 052005

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,528 miles

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

The consumer stated that she owns a 2001 Chevy Silverado and the ABS brakes were not working. The consumer and had to shift to a lower gear in order to stop the vehicle. The vehicles system did not give a warning for the malfunction that was about to occur. The consumer has the original parts that were taken off of the vehicle for GMC to do a diagnosis of the situation. Consumer is very upset about the ABS brakes and the complaints they saw on NHTSA's website and wants GMC to do something about the safety of their vehicles.

- Cornwall, NY, USA

problem #78

May 122005

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,000 miles
While pulling in to park, the ABS activated and consumer crashed into the side of a building. The brake pedal eventually went to the floor but was making a clicking noise as if it were being activated. The road conditions were dry pavement with no debris or moisture. At slow speeds the brake pressure ABS would come on lately. Consumer states that GM will pay for all the damages and believes instead of the GM dealer cleaning the sensors they should have replaced them with new ones and not some that will rust.

- Champlain , NY, USA

problem #77

May 122005

Silverado 3500 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles
Problems began 10/04 when driving at low speeds, brakes would fail. Dealer reported no problems. Pulsating can be heard coming from brakes. Contact has pulled the ABS fuse to remedy problem. Steering shaft: When making a left turn, slack is felt in the wheel, contact has the steering shaft twice. Popping and grinding is heard when turning.

- Inez, KY, USA

problem #76

Feb 282005

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles
Consumer states: When pulling out from stop light or stop sign the brakes kick in. Only happens getting ready to stop. Makes a chattering noise. The sensor is calling for the ABS system when it doesn't need the ABS system.

- Glendale, WV, USA

problem #75

May 092005

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles
The anti lock braking system engages approximately 75% of the time as I come to a stop. This happens on dry pavement. I have an appointment with the dealership to have it corrected.

- Duluth, MN, USA

problem #74

Dec 102004

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles
For no reason and at low speeds the anti lock brakes activate. Happens most of the time when brake is applied. Dealer says the sensors are dirty, had the sensors cleaned, but problem is still there. Had one sensor replaced at advice of GM dealer, and the problem is still there (left front). Has talked to manufacturer, and is not satisfied with what they are doing. Pulled fuse to deactivate anti-lock brakes.

- Oakville, CT, USA

problem #73

May 012004

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles
Anti lock brake system causes extended stopping distance about 1 year ago. At speeds of 10-15 mph. Problem recurred. Vehicle was regularly serviced, and service records were available.

- Queensbury, NY, USA

problem #72

May 042005

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,000 miles
When the brakes were applied the vehicle's ABS activated at about 5 mph, no matter the weather condition. When this occurred it was difficult to stop the truck because of the pulsation caused by the ABS. Now this problem happens everything the brakes are applied. This incident occurs because dirt or rust obscures the wheel sensors located behind each brake rotor.

- Rodchester, NY, USA

problem #71

May 022005

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles
The ABS would activate between 2-4 mph. The technician indicated the problem was the result of rust build-up.

- Sanford, ME, USA

problem #70

May 042005

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,000 miles
Anti lock brake system corroded, and vehicle might not pass inspection. Took vehicle to inspection station, who said this was the problem. Had several incidents. Sometimes vehicle didn't stop. Brakes seemed to be defective. Consumer added that the anti-lock braking system activates while driving without depressing the brake pedal, thus causing heat build-up and increasing stopping distance. Also increases anxiety as to whether or not the vehicle will stop in time.

- Eden, NY, USA

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