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3.6

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,800 miles

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2008 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 brakes problems

brakes problem

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2008 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 Owner Comments

problem #4

Jul 102010

Silverado 3500

  • 140,000 miles

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

Cruise control worked intermittently. Had to replace the brake switch on the brake pedal. This switch does not activate on "light" brake pedal pressure. It is designed to work on firm brake pedal pressure, which can be hazardous when using electric trailer brakes.

- Sylacauga, AL, USA

problem #3

Jan 012011

Silverado 3500

  • miles
Though my anti-lock brakes may be working just as they were designed, they seem to increase stopping distance significantly over what would be attained with just the wheels locking up and sliding or skidding. On dry pavement, stopping power of this truck is fantastic up to the point when the anti-lock brakes activate, then its as if the brakes almost completely release the wheel then reactivate the brake to the point it starts to skid then releases it completely and so on and so on. This action of course happens very quickly, but seems completely different than any other anti lock vehicle I've ever owned. Because of this cycle of completely releasing the brakes then hitting them so hard they instantly lock up then releasing them again, the stopping distance seems greatly exaggerated. On a reduced traction situation such as snow, ice, or dirt, its as if the brakes don't work at all. As I stated in the opening statement, this truck has wonderful brakes up to and until the point of the anti-lock brakes, so when this occurs it is quite shocking. As for my braking technique, I've been told and have followed the advice that once that anti-lock brakes activate, you keep firm steady pressure on the brake pedal. I've taken advantage of the recent ice and snow in our area to test and confirm that I am using proper technique in using the brakes and I'm more convinced that this system is causing more problems than it solves. I would rather have standard brakes than this. I believe it would be in the public interest if this system were checked by someone with the ability to confirm that these brakes meet the safety standard expected by safety regulators over seeing the automotive industry. I don't believe that taking this vehicle to my local service department is going to solve anything, in that I expect they are going to tell me that they are working fine.

- Concord , NC, USA

problem #2

Mar 102009

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado. While depressing the brake pedal, the brake light illuminated. The brake light would go out if the contact slightly removed his foot from the brake pedal. The manufacturer and dealer both stated that this was a normal occurrence when the brake pedal is slightly released. The dealer and manufacturer could not assist with the repairs. There were no recalls available. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 3,000 and current mileage was less than 7,000. Updated 07/01/09 while towing a trailer, the vehicle would lurch forward when braking. The electric trailer brakes seemed to function off of the vehicle brake lights, which causes the trailer brakes to disengage even while applying brake pressure. The vehicles brake lights also flicker on and off while braking. Updated 07/02/09.

- Bedford, NY, USA

problem #1

Oct 072008

Silverado 3500

  • 200 miles
We have had a problem with squealing brakes since about not even a week of owning it. We called it in and took it in to koons Chevrolet of white marsh in which they took it for less then 2 mile test drive and didn't even remove the tires (we could tell because its a dually and not 1 finger print on the dirty hubcap). They cleared ticket out and claimed no noise. We took it home still having problems with the squealing and we told them so and expressed our disgust that they didn't even check the wheels. Took it in for repair again and took for about 1 mile test drive and said they didn't hear anything, this time we took off work to watch and make sure they removed the tires. Once removed we looked at rotors and all which appeared blue as if they overheated (owner of vehicle works for meineke, brake specialist!!) this time after wasting our whole day they said they would turn the rotors (truck not even 2 months old, to ignorant to replace) however that don't matter because after wasting the whole day they decide to tell us they don't have the tools to fix it"?" this is where we bought it and they cant service it and told us they already helped us more then they should have and this was straight from christian the service manager!

- Baltimore, MD, USA

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