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Crashes / Fires:
39 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
7 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,413 miles

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2000 Chevrolet Silverado brakes problems

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2000 Chevrolet Silverado Owner Comments (Page 3 of 14)

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problem #222

Nov 102005

Silverado 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,000 miles


While driving under normal driving conditions, meaning fair weather and dry road surface, the service brakes were applied rather firmly. A vehicle had stopped suddenly to avoid a collision and had done so rather abruptly. After the service brakes were applied, the anti-lock brake system disengaged the brakes repetitively and did not allow the vehicle to slow sufficiently. Driver had to swerve to avoid a collision. Luckily, there was no significant property damage (under $200 so a police officer who observed the incident refused to file a report), and there was no personal injury. I called a local GM service department and asked as to the time frame of the recall for this issue. I had seen a reference to it on the national news in September. The service advisor told me that there was no recall on the anti-lock brakes. I told the service advisor there was a notice on the national news in reference to that exact issue. He then changed his story and claimed that it was only a recall if I lived in the northern states where the dot uses salt on the highways. I live in Tennessee where the local dot uses excessive salt on the highway at the mere mention of a possible dusting of snow. And yet, the "recall" is not in effect in my state. I decided to look for myself at the recall notice and found this farce of a recall notice. I must ask, why is a manufacturing defect that could cause a major malfunction in the safety mechanisms of a vehicle only looked at in certain states? the answer I expect to get is that the dot does not use salt on the roads in the South, a blatant lie. So, as for the corrective action, I can do nothing. The service department says there is nothing wrong with my brakes, the anti-lock brake system, or my truck. The service advisor then told me that I should learn how to drive and to have a nice day.

- Lewisburg, TN, USA

problem #221

May 152005

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,000 miles
The contact stated while trying to stop vehicle he pressed the brake pedal and it did not engage. There was no warning prior to the incident. There was NHTSA recall 05V379000 concerning ABS brake failure. Updated 2/7/2006 - the consumer stated that the brake pedal seemed to push back as it was applied and that the truck felt as if it were on ice. This incident occurred on an off ramp on a clear dry day. Updated 2/7/2006 -

- Mukwonago, WI, USA

problem #220

Feb 012005

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,000 miles
The contact stated this vehicle was included in NHTSA recall 05V379000 concerning ABS brake failure. Recall repairs was done on the vehicle, but it did not correct the problem. There was pulsation in the brake pedal when the brakes were applied. The dealer removed the ABS fuse to keep the ABS from activating. The dealer said he will have to cover the cost of the diagnostic test to determine the cause of the problem.

- Salisbury, NC, USA

problem #219

Nov 042005

Silverado 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,036 miles


The contact states received a recall notice concerning ABS brakes. He had recall repairs performed, but it did not correct the problem. The service dealer said they did what was required on the recall notice. The dealer claimed the problem was due to the brake pads and rotors being low. The manufacturer said the service dealer performed the recall service as indicated on the notice. Updated 12/7/2005. The vehicle would not stop between 4-10 mph. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The dealer claimed they cleaned the ABS sensor. While the consumer was leaving the dealer the vehicle would not stop when the brakes were applied. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer and the technician said there was nothing else they could do. The consumer called the manufacturer and was told to take the vehicle to another dealer. The vehicle was taken to another dealer who determined that the first dealer never cleaned the left sensor. Since the left sensor has been cleaned the brakes work perfectly.

- China Township, MI, USA

problem #218

Oct 042005

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles
The consumer stated the ABS activated when the brakes were applied. He felt a pulsation in the brake pedal. There were two repairs done to try to correct the problem. One repair consisted of cleaning the ABS sensors. This did not correct the problem with the brakes. During the second repair the dealer replaced the ABS sensor. The replacement of the ABS sensor seemed to have corrected the problem. The consumers vehicle was not included in NHTSA recall 05V379000 for the ABS because he did not live in the states that were the recall was issued. Updated 12/07/05.

- Port Washington, WI, USA

problem #217

Oct 152005

Silverado 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,000 miles
The contact stated the ABS brakes activated at low speeds. The dealership said that the sensors were bad. There was a recall, but not for the state that the contact lived in. He contacted the manufacturer's complaint department, and they told him that this vehicle was built in Canada and was not included in the recall. Updated 11/29/2005 -

- Medford, WI, USA

problem #216

Oct 172005

Silverado 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles


On 17 Oct 05, I was required to replace all four rotors and associated brake pads on my 2000 chev Silverado truck. This vehicle has less than 50,000 miles, is not routinely exposed to corrosive road conditions, and all 4 rotors were completely eaten by rust. In fact, the rotors indicated that my vehicle was reduced to less than 40% of the original design braking capacity. The rotors are heavily corroded and pitted with rust. They are not able to be resurfaced. Chevrolet was contacted and, to date, has displayed little or no interest in dealing with this problem. The service manager at my dealership indicates that this is a known, on-going problem. Significant numbers of GM vehicles appear to be on the road with vastly reduced braking capacity due to this metal defect in the brake rotor system.

- Eastampton, NJ, USA

problem #215

Oct 262005

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contactreceived NHTSA recall 05V379000 concerning ABS. He took the vehicle to the dealership, and had the work performed. The ABS iwas still activating, therefore, the problem had not been corrected. He took the vehicle back to the dealership. The hub assembly was corroded and needed to be replaced. According to the manufacturer, the recall did not cover this, and it will have to be replaced at the contact's expense.

- Roslindale, MA, USA

problem #214

Oct 222005

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,005 miles
During low speed stopping the brake pedal goes nearly to the floor and stopping distance is greatly increased. Symptoms sound identical to NHTSA campaign id number : 05V379000 that is supposedly to occur only in salt belt states.

- Chehalis, WA, USA

problem #213

Oct 012005

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,850 miles
The contact complained about an ABS brake problem. The ABS kicked in at low speeds, causing the vehicle not to stop. The contact stated that when applying pressure to the brakes it felt like they were pushing back against the contact's foot, and at other times it felt like the pedal pulsated. Sometimes when the contact applied the brakes there wash growling noise. The problem did not happen every time when he came to a stop, but it started happening more often. Updated 01/04/06.

- West Allis, WI, USA

problem #212

Jul 152004

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,500 miles


The contact stated there was a recall on the ABS brakes. Has contacted the manufacturer, and they will replace the ABS speed sensors, but they will not replace the rotors. The contact was having a problem with the rotors. They were corroded. He had the rotors turned and put back on vehicle with new pads. The ABS speed sensors were still not working correctly. Updated 12/27/05.

- Painsville, OH, USA

problem #211

Sep 062005

Silverado 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Chevrolet Silverado. The ABS brakes kicked in at low speeds of 5-7 mph. This started about one month ago. The contact was aware that recall did not start until 11-05, but wanted to file a complaint anyway. She has not yet received a recall letter in the mail. This was in regard to recall 05V379000. The ABS light did not illuminate prior to this happening.

- Mansfield, OH, USA

problem #210

Jul 012003

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles
There is a problem with the ABS. There is NHTSA recall O5V379000 concerning ABS brakes. However, the consumers VIN and state were not included in the recall. The consumer first started experiencing a problem with the vehicle in July 2003. When the consumer took it to the dealership they had to change the entire wheel assembly. There were no accidents.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #209

Jul 172002

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles
The consumer states that 2000 Chevrolet Silverado was having a problem with the ABS system. When the consumer pressed down on the brakes they sounded like they were grinding. The ABS was engaged at low speeds. The vehicle has been checked by a repair shop, and was having the sensors cleaned. The consumer has been in contact with GM, and they said that they did not have a recall. The consumer has replaced the rotors and pads. The speed was 10 mph or below.

- Sloatesburg, NY, USA

problem #208

Jan 152005

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,000 miles
The caller said brakes failed at low speeds. He stated that when slowing down the brakes locked. When going between 3-10 mph was when the problem started. It happened without warning. There was recall 05V379000 concerning antilock brakes on other vehicles, but the recall was not for the caller's state. Dealer has not been contacted yet. Manufacturer said the caller was not included in recall, and they will not fix the vehicle for free. He had one near miss accident. Updated 11/17/2005.

- St Francis, MN, USA

problem #207

Sep 022005

(reported on)


  • miles
2000 Chevrolet ABS system developed problems.** answer required***. on two separate occasions the consumer was unable to stop the vehicle at low speeds. The consumer had to use the emergency brae to stop the vehicle.

- Princeton, WV, USA

problem #206

Mar 012005

Silverado 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles
At speeds under 15 mph the ABS activates and the vehicle goes 1 to two feet further than expected. Usually happens when coming to a stop sign, stop light, parking or in heavy traffic. This happens a lot!! I know there is a campaign out there, but they need to approve it before there are more wrecks! the Canadian recall was over a year ago, why is the us recall so far behind?

- Battle Creek, MI, USA

problem #205

Aug 082005

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
After narrowly avoiding an accident, I noticed that the ABS would activate in the last ten feet or so when stopping my 2000 cheverolet Silverado pickup truck. VIN [xxx]. I took the truck to the GM dealership and reported the incidents and requested repair. The service department of brenengen cheverlet, West salem Wisconsin found a GM bulletin on the problem and followed the instructions contained therein and cleaned the ABS sensor mounts which corrected the problem. I have read in the local newspaper about a possible recall of some GM vehicles. So far this recall has not been released in the state of Wisconsin, but certainly there is an ongoing problem that needs immediate attention and action to correct this problem. I am convinced from my experience, that this situation will cause or has caused many accidents/incidents in the state of Wisconsin. Updated 07/19/2012 information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- La Crosse, WI, USA

problem #204

Jul 112003

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Dt the brake system would activate at 3.7 mph and it would not stop. The consumer hit a wall. The vehicle would make a growling noise indicating that the ABS was not working. This started on Jan 1, 2001. The consumer took the vehicle to the dealer twice and they found nothing wrong with it. The dealer replaced the wheel speed sensor.

- Mineral Ridge, OH, USA

problem #203

Sep 072005

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,800 miles
2000 Chevrolet Silverado pick-up has been having brake problems and is getting worse. Truck has a defect with the antilock brake sensor that is know to GM. There was an announcement on the news about a recall on brakes for GM trucks and SUVS. According to information on the internet the 2000 Chevrolet Silverado is part of that recall. When I called the dealer to get it fixed they said an "official" recall hasn't been made yet. I told them that I have already been experiencing problems with the brakes and was almost in an accident due to this. They said to bring it in. When the dealership called GM for authorization to repair the vehicle GM refused to authorize truck to be repaired because "the recall is not going out until November". this is a safety issue and it needs to be addressed now. The truck is becoming unsafe to drive. GM has already made it public that there will be a recall due to this problem. They should take responsibility for this problem and repair vehicles that are currently experiencing brake problems before someone gets into a serious accident because of it.

- Sturbridge, MA, USA

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