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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
64,200 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.

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1997 Chevrolet Silverado brakes problems

brakes problem

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1997 Chevrolet Silverado Owner Comments

problem #4

Jul 062008


  • 100,000 miles


When going 10 mph or less, applying the brakes either produces a very hard pedal or anti-locks kick in. This has happened on dry roads with light to moderate pedal pressure. Was instructed that only 1999 and newer Silverado are included in a campaign.

- Prairie Du Chien, WI, USA

problem #3

Dec 012004

Silverado 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 156,800 miles
Consumer stated tailgate cables corroded. Consumer was very concerned that they will fail. The consumer stated that both tailgate cables failed. The vehicle has experienced brake failure and windshield wiper motor failure.

- Salado, TX, USA

problem #2

Dec 152002


  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
I have two problems with the ABS and brake pedal surge on my 1997 Silverado ext-cab K-1500 Z71. Under light braking conditions the brakes momentarily engage followed by short intervals of pressure/loss of pressure until the vehicle stops. I have never lost (at least until this point in time) complete brake pressure. The second problem occurs when the brake surge is not present. In this case, the ABS system activates. The brake problems occur everytime the vehicle is driven (dry and wet conditions). I have had the truck serviced twice in the past month, and my dealer cannot locate the problem. Their recommendation is to start replacing brake component by component until it is solved ($$$). their comment to me is that the rear brake system (that's the area that my dealer is focusing on) is a poor design by GM.

- Collegeville, PA, USA

problem #1

Mar 072003

Silverado 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I currently own a 1997 Silverado ext cab fleet side. I've had my brakes serviced numerous times and it continues to pull to the left when I'm braking. Also it's very hesitant in picking up speed when passing even with major tune-ups at Chevy dealerships only to be serviced. I'm constantly purchasing front tires for my truck, with front end alignments being done often with the purchase of these tires.

- Sanford, FL, USA

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