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

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2001 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 brakes problems

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2001 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 Owner Comments (Page 8 of 11)

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problem #69

Apr 212005

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,400 miles


Vehicle has 48,400 miles, on it, and had to have the rotors and brakes changed. Certified mechanics did the work. Consumer was upset about the fact that the brakes did not last long. When the rotors were taken off they were just pieces of metal missing, and they all were rusty, especially on the inside where the anti lock brakes operated. Consumer said that the front rotor was too thin to be turned, the brake pad was not worn out and it was poor metal from the manufacturer. Consumer talked to several other Silverado vehicle owners and they either had the same problem or didn't know about the situation until after they got there vehicle checked out, and was informed of the same problem. Consumer said that the dealership was aware of similar incidents such as this one because of other Silverado owners.

- Dunbar, WV, USA

problem #68

Feb 122005

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,000 miles
Contact states: ABS on 2001 Chevrolet, Silverado pickup truck. ABS kicked in at low speed. Progressed to where consumer had no brakes at low speed. He had them repaired. The left front hub and speed sensor was replaced.

- New Richmond, WI, USA

problem #67

Feb 012005

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,000 miles
2001 Silverado ABS brakes kept applying at slow speeds while rolling to a stop. Applying after hitting a bump prior to stop. While getting gas one day I went to change lanes in the gas pump area, while barely moving the ABS pump started running and it took both feet and both hands holding onto the steering wheel to push down the brake pedal.the truck is 6000 mi. Out of warantee so I disconected the ABS fuse (mainly because I never had any faith in the ABS system anyway)but this was the last straw.I am disapointed that a truck with such low milage would have such a poor braking system.I relate this to you as it sounds like the problem described on the news and thought it might be important.

- Naugatuck, CT, USA

problem #66

May 032005

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles


I have a 2001 Chevy Silverado and my ABS brakes are activateing at slow speeds when comeing to a compleat stop. I have 84000 miles on my truck and I've almost rear ended the person in front of me on numerous ocations. I just read an artical in the detroit news about this problem and I wanted to tell you my truck is also haveing the ABS problem. I am hopeing for a recall on the ABS sensors!

- Almont, MI, USA

problem #65

Feb 272005

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,000 miles
Contact states: The anti-lock brake system with no indication failed to stop the vehicle.

- Waterville, OH, USA

problem #64

Apr 292005

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
ABS system on 2001 Silverado 4X4 began coming on at low speeds with only gentle braking. Caused stopping distances to be much greater, causing overshoot of stop signs. No accident was involved. Had repaired at GM dealer, said ABS sensors were corroded and had to replace ($600+ dollars). Vehicle only has 40K miles on it.

- Metamora, IL, USA

problem #63

Apr 152005

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 100,000 miles


The ABS brakes come on when driving slow. I smashed other cars, ran stop signs, and been killed because of this brake failure.

- Ann Arbor, MI, USA

problem #62

Apr 052005

Silverado 3500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The brakes prematurely failed to respond appropriately when applied. Consumer's vehicle almost rear ended other vehicles. Consumer was going to have the brakes diagnosed by a Chevrolet dealership, but until then the cause was unknown. Chevrolet stated that this model year was not included in recall.

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #61

May 042001

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I have had serveral near misses while pulling a trailer with my 2001 Silverado pickup. The truck stops fine with no load. But when trailering it seems to take a lot more pressure to stop the vehicle. I've had the pedal to the floor on several occasions because the hydralic pressure wasn't there. I pulled a 3,000 lb. Gvw trailer, and a 10,000 lb gvw trailer with a 1500 Chevrolet Silverado extcab/long box. I have had the truck in shop and mentioned the problem said everything was fine.

- Millersville , MD, USA

problem #60

Mar 012005

Silverado 3500

  • 55,000 miles
Chevrolet Silverado 2001, replaced timing chain at 55,000 miles. The consumer stated when he attempted to apply the brakes, the vehicle skidded and would not stop and when it occurred the vehicle made a noise. The consumer was told it was just the anti-lock brakes kicking in. The consumer also stated when the roads were wet and he applied the accelerator from a stop the back tire would spin out.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #59

Mar 052005

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles


(1) on Saturday March 5th, 2005 we were pulling my 2001 Chevrolet exteneded cab 4X4 out of the mud. (2) the failure is that the anti-lock brakes locked up while pulling the truck out of the mud and it caused my truck to crash into the 2004 Hummer SUV that was pulling my Chevrolet out of the mud. The brakes became totally disabled while pulling the truck. The pedal was so hard and did not move. I had both legs on the brake pedal and the brakes did not work. There is no way to disable the anti-lock brakes on this vehicle. We are very lucky that nobody got hurt and the only damages were to my truck. I am requesting some repair assistance and improvements be made to allow me to disable the anti-lock braking system when needed to prevent these types of accidents and injury. (3) to date the failure is not fixable and I have not replaced the damaged parts on my Chevrolet truck. I will wait on a response for this complaint before proceeding with my repairs. I have previously submitted a report to the NHTSA for this exact same vehicle and have yet to hear anything concerning it!

- Conroe, TX, USA

problem #58

Jun 012004

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
Front wheel spindles and hub rust causing activation of ABS system when it should not activate at low speeds such as stop and go driving or slow braking in parking lots. This activation of the ABS system causes increased stopping distance and unexpected lack of braking control. GM dealers in 12701 area are aware of this problem.

- Monticello, NY, USA

problem #57

Jan 182005

Silverado 3500

  • 68,000 miles
While braking 5 mph ABS made a grinding noise, then the pedal started to pulsate. This caused extended stopping distance, and consumer rear ended another vehicle. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem. The cause was not determined.

- Schenectady, NY, USA

problem #56

Sep 062004

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The brakes did not function properly when applied, causing the vehicle to go into a rolling stop. Manufacturer was contacted by owner.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #55

Jan 312005

Silverado 3500 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When coming to a stop the ABS light did not warn the consumer that the brakes were not operative. When the consumer took the vehicle to be inspected, it was determined that the ABS module had failed.

- Kingston, PA, USA

problem #54

Nov 092004

Silverado 3500

  • 24,000 miles
When braking at any speed vehicle experienced extended stopping distance. Dealership repaired the worn front/rear brakes. Hwever, the same problems recurred.

- Lake Tomahawk, WI, USA

problem #53

Nov 152004

Silverado 3500

  • 18,000 miles
While braking at 30 mph vehicle lost power steering. Consumer managed to pull over, and had the vehicle towed. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

- Newark, DE, USA

problem #52

Nov 012004

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,500 miles
I own a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado 4 wheel drive. It currently has 34,000 miles on it. The ABS was activating nearly every time the vehicle came to a stop. This would occur at speeds less than 5-10 mph on dry pavement under normal driving and braking conditions. I have had several close calls with rear ending another motorist due to the increased stopping distance when the ABS activates. I just had both front hub assemblies replaced at a cost of $800. In my opinion, a vehicle with only 34,000 miles should not have had this type of necessary repair. GM has had similar problems with their ABS on early to mid 1990's model trucks. I believe this is a manufacture defect and needs to be addressed by GM and the supplier of their ABS parts. I know of 3 other light trucks in my area that have had the exact same problem.

- Mansfield, OH, USA

problem #51

Dec 202002

Silverado 3500 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While applying the brake pedal brakes failed. The brake pedal went to the floor. Also, accelerator pedal stuck.

- Mcdonough, GA, USA

problem #50

Oct 222004

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
ABS pulsates on left front wheel when applied (a noise eminates from the left front wheel). Dealer replaced right front hub and left low speed brake sensor. Brakes still pulsated on left front side. Returned to dealer and was told now the left hub needs replacing. (did not have replaced. ) pulsation in brake system had not stopped after the two earlier repairs. Have spent over $1000 for these repairs and do not feel the GM experts know what they are doing. Want the problem resolved, but don't want to spend another $1000 only to find out that the problem still exists. Is this problem a sign of a future safety issue? I haul a large fith wheel camper and fear brake failure after perusing the complaints on the GM ABS system.

- South Beloit, IL, USA

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