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Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,333 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.

2001 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 brakes problems

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2001 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 Owner Comments

problem #17

Aug 282007

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


The ABS have failed again. They were recalled in 2005 - 06 and the "fix" of cleaning them was obviously not the correct way of handling the problem. There has been no incidents as of now but there will be.

- Dryden, NY, USA

problem #16

Feb 242006

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 54,000 miles
Front ABS sensors on GMC 350 trucks. They are bad just like the 250 & 150 P/U trucks. We had too have ours fixed due to a near miss accident caused by not working properly under 10 mph shoud be a recall.

- Maplewood, MN, USA

problem #15

Jun 152005

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles
At slow speeds the ABS engage when they aren't supposed

- Hales Corners, WI, USA

problem #14

Jul 042005

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,500 miles


2001 Chevrolet Silverado 5.3L 4+4 anti-lock brake problem, same as in Canada. Truck won't stop at low speeds. Anti-lock brakes kick in and truck continues moving. Many near miss accidents, including almost running into gas station, concrete curb stop only thing that stopped me. All in one trip to gas station. Haven't driven truck since. Truck only has 34,500 miles on it. Very dangerous condition! needs fixed. Your more than welcome to see for yourself.

- Malta, OH, USA

problem #13

Dec 292004

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,234 miles
Recalled anti lock brake sensor in Canada ; had problem, and consumer paid $427.07 for replacing both front sensors.

- York, ME, USA

problem #12

Apr 132005

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,200 miles
On my 2001 Chevy Silverado my antilock brakes activated as I was coming to a stop causing me to run into the back of a parked pick up truck with its tailgate down luckily only damage was smashed turn signal and headlight/turn signal bracket

- Livonia Center, NY, USA

problem #11

Mar 152005

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


The wheel speed sensors, rust build up between the sensor, and the mount of the sensor. At low speeds the wheel speed sensor malfunctioned while driving at 10 mph, which caused the ABS to disengage, causing the system to pulsate.

- Cedarburg, WI, USA

problem #10

Nov 122004

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,000 miles
While driving at 25 mph consumer noticed the ABS motor was continuously running, and the brake pedal was getting hard while applying the brakes. This caused extended stopping distance. Mechanic drove the vehicle to the repair shop. Also informed mechanic determined that the ABS control module, and both front wheel hubs needed to replaced. Dealer was notified. The consumer stated that the left front wheel hub assembly needed to be replaced. The consumer stated that he almost had 2 accidents because ABS brakes failed and will not stop the vehicle. Front wheel hub assembly was replaced by K R auto repair. New ABS control unit installed.

- Eagle, WI, USA

problem #9

Oct 072004

Silverado 3500 4-cyl

  • 7,027 miles
Anti-lock brakes activating while traveling at low speeds. While attempting to get gas the vehicle would not stop. As a result the consumer struck another vehicle parked at the pump refueling.

- Homer City, PA, USA

problem #8

Jul 152004

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,100 miles
Consumer complained that two more front speed sensors had to be replaced after reporting this issue to hot line back in February, 2004 about a brake problem. Dealer was notified.

- Swanton, OH, USA

problem #7

Feb 082004

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles


When stopping and the vehicle's speed reaches 5 mph, the ABS engages. When this occurs controlling the vehicle is difficult, when going straight and the vehicle is uncontrollable when turning. The dealership feels that the ABS sensor which controls the ABS at 5 mph may be corroded and needs to be cleaned. The ABS sensor has been cleaned and the problem ceased. The consume was told that this is a cold climate problem. There are technical service bulletins issued but there are no recalls at this time.

- Sunapee, NH, USA

problem #6

Apr 052004

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,000 miles
ABS module continues to run after ignition turned off. Had to pull ABS 60 amp fuse to stop module from running.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #5

Jan 192004

Silverado 3500 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,899 miles
Brakes failed at low speed (5-10 mph) and truck ran into a building.

- Chester, NJ, USA

problem #4

Sep 082003

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
The ABS sensor failure resulted in service brakes failing to stop the vehicle immediately. The consumer had to depress the brake pedal several times to stop the vehicle. The brake pedal was hard when this occurred. The problem was also present while being repaired.

- Hubbardston, MA, USA

problem #3

Jul 162003

(reported on)

Silverado 3500

  • 47,200 miles
Per consumer ABS motor will not shut off. This could result in a vehicle fire caused by overheating.

- Canfield, OH, USA

problem #2

May 162003

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • miles
ABS pump continued to run after vehicle shut off. Unplugged pump to stop. Required replacement of ABS pump.

- Montclair, CA, USA

problem #1

Apr 012003

(reported on)

Silverado 3500

  • 500 miles
The ABS unit continued to run after the vehicle was turned off, the consumer had to pull the main ABS fuse to solve the problem.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

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