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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
27,854 miles

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2001 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 wheels / hubs problems

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2001 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #24

May 052015

Silverado 3500

  • 159,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado equipped with cooper discovery A/T tires, size: 265R75R16 (na). While driving approximately 80 mph, there was an abnormal sound coming from the passenger side of the vehicle. The vehicle veered to the right independently and rolled over multiple times. The contact was ejected from the vehicle and sustained a broken arm, neck, back, and shoulder, six broken ribs, a punctured lung, and nerve damage to the left leg. The driver sustained a broken arm that required medical attention. The vehicle was towed to a tow yard. A police report was filed. It was determined that the tread separated from the rear passenger side tire and caused the crash. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The dot number and VIN were unknown. The approximate tire failure mileage was unknown and the vehicle failure mileage was 159,000.

- Mountain Home, ID, USA

problem #23

Sep 152006

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles
While driving North on hwy 89 to paulden, AZ. At about 70 mph I noticed a severe vibration coming from my front end. I drive a 2001 Chevy 2500 Silverado which had Firestone steeltex R4S tires all the way around with approximately 32000, miles on them. The tread life looked like maybe 10000 more miles. Before I had a chance to pull over, my front left tire blew. I swerved into the South bound lane and luckily no oncoming traffic was coming and I was able to slow down and stop on the North bound shoulder. The tread had separated from my tire causing a blow out. My mirror broke and also my fender guard got partially torn off and the truck has damage from the tire thread hitting the side of the truck. I found pieces of shattered mirror inside my truck from when the treads hit my mirror. I had my window open and am fortunate that none of that mirror went into my eyes.

- Paulden, AZ, USA

problem #22

May 172006

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Tire tread completely separated from casing all at once causing a blowout that caused substantial damage to my vehicle.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #21

Jan 012006

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles


I own a 2001 Silverado 1500 with Goodyear Wrangler St, P245-75R16. With @25000 miles all 4 tires have tread separation. Mfg Canada/dot 4B70dadr/0302 D08R/D08L. Removed all 4 tires from vehicle to prevent possible incident. Still retain replaced tires. Realignment at owners expense.

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #20

Jun 242005

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,500 miles
2001 Chevy Silverado 2500hd crew cab, with pickup camper, towing light catamaran sailboat on trailer. Temperatures 85-90. Had been on freeway for 1 1/2 hours, driving 75 mph, all of a sudden lots of noise from back of vehicle. Thought a trailer tire may have gone. Stopped on side of freeway immediately. Saw right rear tire carcass with no tread. Tread had separated and was in about 6 pieces on roadway. Tread had whipped around wheel well & done significant damage to vehicle. ($4,500 repairs). Thank god it wasn't a front tire that failed!! put on spare and replaced all 4 tires at next closest town. Had checked tire pressure before leaving home & all was to spec. Tires were original. I still have the failed tire. Firestone has refused three times to take responsibility, claiming under inflation & I'm fastidious re: Maintaining my vehicles.

- Louisville, CO, USA

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problem #19

Aug 232004

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,944 miles
2001 Chevrolet 2500 tire tread separated while driving at 40 mph. When the tread of the driver's side rear tire separated it damaged the rear fender and wheel well.

- Anna, TX, USA

problem #18

Jul 112004

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,330 miles


Firestone tire failure, tread lost on left and right rear tires, have to be replaced. Damage was caused on the left side of the vehicle.

- Schertz, TX, USA

problem #17

Jul 062004

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • 24,182 miles
Problems with steeltex radial tire equipment on 2001 Silverado truck. The consumer requested reimbursement. The vehicle was in motion when the vehicle started bucking and fish tailing due to tread separation. The tire did not go flat. The consumer was denied reimbursement because the manufacturer stated they found evidence of deformation and rim flange grooving, they also stated the tire had been operated for an unknown period of time while being in an over-deflated state.

- D'hanis, TX, USA

problem #16

Aug 072004

Silverado 3500

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,478 miles
While driving, the tire blew out and caused damage to the left side mirror and left front bumper. The consumer replaced all tires. The consumer stated the left tired tread separated.

- Byron, CA, USA

problem #15

Jul 312004

Silverado 3500 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles
While driving 60 mph left rear tire experienced tread separation. Firestone, original equipment, tire size lt 245/75R16, dot# vn11B1cs300. Vehicle sustained quarter panel damage from the tread flapping against that area. Dealer and the manufacturer were both notified.

- Victorville, CA, USA

problem #14

Jul 232004

Silverado 3500 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,170 miles


(1)high vibration felt especially at slower speeds. Steering pulling firmly to the right.(2)tread very bumpy aroung all four tires. Thumping on tread, causes hollow sound in various places around circumference of tires. (3) due to the history of Firestone tires and reported failures of these tires, I had them replaced before catastrophic failure occurred.

- Kemp, TX, USA

problem #13

Jun 062004

Silverado 3500

  • 40,689 miles
While driving 70 mph rear passenger tire tread separated. As a result, consumer lost slight control of the vehicle. No impact reported.

- Lake Havasu City, AZ, USA

problem #12

Jun 252004

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,000 miles
While driving consumer was towing a trailerthe driver's side rear tire treads separated from the trailer. Consumer was not able to maintain control of the vehicle, and collided into a concrete barrier. Upon impact, both frontal air bags did not deploy. Passenger sustained head injuries, and was transported to a hospital by an ambulance. Vehicle and trailer were totaled.

- Napa, CA, USA

problem #11

May 012004

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,000 miles
Firestone steeltex R4S, size LT245/75R16, dot vn11B103600. A bubble developed in the middle of the tires, causing shimmying and vibration when driving at 40 mph. Firestone suggested that the problem was due to road hazard.

- Waianae, HI, USA

problem #10

May 022004

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Husband noticed that 2001 Chevy Silverado equipped with Firestone Wilderness AT P265/75R16 tires was pulling to the right...upon inspecting the vehicle, he noticed tread separation on right side front tire. Brought vehicle to Firestone, they refused to inspect tire and they refused to replace tires. Although tire is defective they are not concerned with my particular tire since it was not on a Ford vehicle and not part of the tire recall a few years back. Tire that is falling apart was replaced with a full sized spare tire until new tires can be purchased.

- North Attleboro, MA, USA

problem #9

Mar 102004

Silverado 3500 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,460 miles
Tire blow out and other tire separated on firesotne steetex R4S lt245R75rx16 that is two on same vehicle.

- Huntington Beach, CA, USA

problem #8

Mar 032004

Silverado 3500 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles
While driving 55 mph a loud noise was heard coming from the rear. Driver was able to pull over, and noticed that the passenger side tire tread separated from the wheel, but the tire was still inflated. Driver contacted road side assistance to change the tire. Firestone steeltex at, LT245/75R16.

- Oregon City, OR, USA

problem #7

Aug 152003

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,150 miles
On August 15, 2003, the right rear Firestone steeltex R4S tire on my 2001 Chevy Silverado suffered complete tread separation, commonly referred to as "capping", on the interstate. I filed a claim with GM since the truck was still under mfr warranty. GM referred me to Firestone and I filed a claim with them, incident report #826379. Sent the tire to Firestone for evaluation per their instructions. Firestone refused to honor my claim stating the tire was "underinflated for some period of time before the failure". I know this to be false because I checked the tire before leaving home on the trip and it had 80 psi (recommended pressure) and it still had 70 psi when I pulled over to check the tires after the tread separated. Tire went flat only after I drove to a safe area to change it, while I was removing the spare from its carrier. I grew up on a farm and am retired military so I know how to care for a vehicle and especially tires. I have all the documentation/correspondence exchanged on the incident. If there is a lawsuit or other action against Firestone I would like to know how to request inclusion in it to recover my financial loss.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #6

Aug 232003

Silverado 3500

  • miles
While driving at 40mph the passenger side rear tire blew out with tread seperation. Please provide additional information.

- Los Alamos, NM, USA

problem #5

Aug 292003

(reported on)

Silverado 3500

  • 300 miles
While driving 65 mph, with only the driver in a Chevrolet, Silverado 2001, aftermarket equipment installed at 300 miles, tire size lt 265/75R16, dot# utw8dmc3501, left front tire had a blowout which caused tread to separate from the sidewall. No damage was reported at this time. Manufacturer was notified.

- Chester, TX, USA

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