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6.3

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,883 miles

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1996 Chevrolet Silverado brakes problems

brakes problem

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1996 Chevrolet Silverado Owner Comments

problem #18

Oct 152005

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 108,400 miles

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

1996 Chevy 4X4 truck (Silverado) ABS engaging at low speeds on dry pavement. Very difficult stopping the vehicle when approaching a 4-way stop. Kids in the truck caused a very unnerving experience.

- Elma, NY, USA

problem #17

Sep 012005

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 105,500 miles
The brakes on our 1996 Chevy Silverado 4X4 pick up fail to work properly. There is a delay between applying pressure on the brake & the truck actually braking. This problem seems to happen more often when braking & turning. I first noticed it when pulling into a parking space. The truck makes the same sound & vibration that happens when the anti lock brakes kick in if you're sliding on a slippery surface. This makes it impossible for us to trust that the vehicle will stop completely when needed. Caution is required to operate this vehicle. We don't dare tow anything or even load the bed of the truck with anything to heavy since we're worried that the brakes will not handle the extra weight. We're also worried about operating it in inclement weather which is fast approaching in the northeast. A mechanic told us that alot of Chevy pick-ups have this same problem. We investigated this on the internet & found that GM did a recall for this problem on vehicles in Canada but hasn't done one in the us yet. We also found out that the federal government is investigating this complaint, but it's in the early stages of it's investigation. We would like to see immediate action taken before this problem causes an accident which would result in serious property damage and/or bodily injury.

- Manchester, NH, USA

problem #16

Mar 102002

(reported on)

Silverado

  • miles
Vehicle was taken to bradshaw Chevrolet on 03/06/2002. Service manager stated there was no campaign currently under way to repair my vehicle under warranty. The problem is in the wiring, as I can wiggle the connection and the wipers will begin working. The brakes seem to take an inordinate amount of pedal pressure to stop, especially under emergency situations. I was told by the service writer @ kevin whittaker that there was no campaing for recall due to defects.

- S, SC, USA

problem #15

Dec 122001

Silverado Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Injection pump has failed twice, causing consumer to push vehicle out of traffic. First time GMC put a new part on and vehicle lost brakes when pulling out into a intersection. GMC is not considering assisting consumer because there are too many miles, and money will not be spent to investigate. New part is failing faster than the old.

- Townsend, GA, USA

problem #14

Oct 172001

(reported on)

Silverado 4WD

  • miles
Brake system has always been "mushy" on application - downhill at any speed very slow to stop vehicle. Carr Chevrolet did a complete brake overhaul, but there is still excessive pedal play - goes almost to the floor on downhill braking. On more than one occasion downhill stopping is almost nil at even speeds below 20 mph - there has to be a serious defect in this brake system.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #13

Mar 072001

(reported on)

Silverado 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When applying brakes pedal goes to floor due to rear brakes not functioning. Rear brakes are still like new, and front brakes have been replaced 4 times. Dealer says it's normal for that year and model. Brakes never woeked properly and act as if no vacuum. The dealer and the manufacturer could not help.

- Belva, WV, USA

problem #12

Mar 102000

(reported on)

Silverado

  • miles

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

Intermittently when brakes are applied pedal goes to the floor, resulting in extended stopping distance. Dealer has inspected vehicle and determined that the brakes are operating properly.

- Olympia, WA, USA

problem #11

Oct 261996

Silverado

  • miles
After starting vehicle when it has been sitting for a long time & the brakes are applied lightly, they would lock up. Vehicle would come to screeching halt. It's more severe when weater is cool & damp. Havs not been to dealer, but will be going to mechanic.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #10

Aug 051999

Silverado

  • miles
Whenever the brakes are applied, they would make loud grinding noises. Been to dealer. Mechanic had cut rotors & replaced brake pads.

- Depere, WI, USA

problem #9

Sep 161999

(reported on)

Silverado

  • miles
When the brakes were applied pedal went to the floor, resulting in extended stopping distance. The dealer has been notified.

- Malvern, AR, USA

problem #8

Jul 241999

Silverado

  • miles

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

When applying the brakes during an emergency situation, brakes locked up. The road surface was dry and leveled when this happened. The dealer will be notified about this problem.

- Yakima, WA, USA

problem #7

Jul 281999

(reported on)

Silverado

  • miles
While traveling on snow or on gravel brakes will lock up at the tap of the pedal, causing the vehicle to slide. Dealer has been contacted.

- Pekamah, NE, USA

problem #6

Jul 221998

Silverado

  • miles
The ABS braking system malfunctioned, causing extended stopping distance which may result in a crash. Please provide further information and VIN#.

- Albany, NY, USA

problem #5

Oct 271997

Silverado

  • miles
Whenever the brakes are applied, they would either pull to right or left. Sometimes the brakes would grab when applied. An intermittent problem. Took to dealer & mechanic could not locate what causes the problem.

- Addison, MI, USA

problem #4

Sep 301998

Silverado 4WD

  • miles
Brakes failed. When stopping brakes made a hissing ( like air releasing ).

- Vardaman, MS, USA

problem #3

Aug 101996

Silverado 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Brakes: When driving and needing to stop, applied the brakes, they locked up but the vehicle continued to roll. Have to put pedal completely to the floor, and it takes a while for the vehicle to stop.

- Kensington, CT, USA

problem #2

Nov 071997

(reported on)

Silverado

  • miles
ABS brake problems; intermittently, while driving on regular road conditions, during normal braking, there is a metal to metal sound and the brakes will lock up. Dealer is not able to find the problem with the brake system.

- Lafayette, TN, USA

problem #1

Oct 291997

(reported on)

Silverado

  • miles
When applying the brakes the truck would shake. Dealer says there is no problem.

- Lilburn, GA, USA

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