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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,064 miles

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2001 Chevrolet Silverado brakes problems

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2001 Chevrolet Silverado Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #25

Dec 212005

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles


Rear brake pads do not make full contact with brake disc. Outer circumference of brake disc is untouched by brake pad when brakes are applied. I estimate that rear brakes are less then 50% effective due to lack of pad contact. Rear discs were defectively cast so that final machining missed the outer circumference of disc. I have digital photos to verify.

- Fort Wayne, IN, USA

problem #24

Apr 142005

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,006 miles
#1 2001 Silverado when stopping gradually once I slow to less than 10 mph the antilock brake system kicks in causing it to take a much greater distance to stop than what it normally takes. When I asked my dealer about this they said that they haven't heard of this problem. However while doing some research on the internet I've found a huge amount of complaints about this. #2 with about 40000 miles on my truck the rear brakes started making some noise, so I pulled the wheels off to have a look and found that both rear rotors were chewed up beyond being serviceable. When I took the brakes apart I found that the brake pads still had plenty of material on them but they just destroyed the rotors as if the rotors were made out of a steel that was too soft. So $350 for just the parts is what this cost me. I spoke to my local dealer about this and they told me that they haven't heard of this before. Again when I looked on the internet I found a bunch of complaints of the same thing.

- Kansas City, KS, USA

problem #23

Sep 172005

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 49,000 miles
Antilock brakes engage at low speeds on dry pavement. Vehicle speed about 5 mph, ABS engages, vehicle stopping distance increases.

- St Paul, MN, USA

problem #22

Jul 152005

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles


The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact received a recall letter on July 2005 and he took the vehicle to the dealership for repairs. The dealership charged him T for fixing the vehicle. He spoke with the manufacturer, and they told him that they would have to go along with what the dealership said. The recall was for a conduct condition between the brake shoes and the brake drums, and was only on the manual transmission. The dealership was charging him for new brake drums. The dealership still was working on the vehicle and was going to fix it, but it would cost the contact a little over a $1000 for the repairs.

- Fishersville, VA, USA

problem #21

Mar 012004

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,675 miles
Contact stated the ABS sensor was corroded and had to be replaced. The front brakes were pitted and rusted on the inside of the rotors. Service dealer informed consumer that all four rotors need to be replaced. Dealer said the reason for this was because the brakes were not used enough. The consumer believes the system is poorly designed.

- Erie, PA, USA

problem #20

Apr 192005

Silverado 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,000 miles
When the consumer applied the brakes, they pulsated and it was difficult to stop the vehicle.

- Latham, NY, USA

problem #19

Mar 302005

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Dt contact states in March, 2005, when brakes were applied it seemed as if the anti lock brake system was in. When the brakes were pushed, the vehicle did not stop right away, but did eventually stop. The contact took the vehicle to a service dealer, they stated that the vehicle computer was showing there was nothing wrong. The service mechanic suggested taking the vehicle to the dealership where the vehicle was purchased. They informed the contact that rotors needed to be replaced due to rust, replaced left front wheel speed sensor, cleaned front and rear speed sensor ground. This did help the problem. The dealership stated that the rotors needed to be replaced.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #18

May 092005

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 28,200 miles
Was driving down the road you approached a toll booth, tried to slow down and applied brake pressure. The pedal almost goes to the floor, felt the ABS tried to equalize. The vehicle had to be stopped by emergency brake alone. Has been having an infrequent "weird feeling" in brakes lately. Has not been taken to dealer due to expense, had to make repair out of pocket. All 4 rotors were corrosive and prematurely aged despite the mileage. Surface were delaminated and falling apart. The pads were however were okay.

- Long Valley, NJ, USA

problem #17

Sep 242004

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,000 miles
The brakes wouldn't stop the vehicle at slow speeds. The consuemr wants his name and problem added to the list of other complaints.

- Clay, NY, USA

problem #16

Jan 012005

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
ABS system. The ABS system activated when slowing down or turning. As a result the truck did not stop. The vehicle could not be driven.

- Willis, MI, USA

problem #15

Apr 152005

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles


Contact states: 2001, Chevrolet Silverado. Having problems with the anti-lock brakes. When driving 40-50 mph everything seems fine, but once the car comes almost to a complete stop while traveling 5-10 mph the brake fail. Happens in any road condition. The first time it happened the car was taken to the dealer, and they said it was the wheel assembly, and fixed the brakes. Currently, , it happened again, but the car has not been taken to the dealer yet. No warnings prior to or after the failure.

- Orgas, WV, USA

problem #14

Dec 142004

Silverado 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,741 miles
While driving at a low speed the brake pedal went completely to the floor. Contacted the dealer. However the problem recurred. Dealer stated the sensor hub assembly has to be replaced. The dealer replaced both front wheel speed sensors and cleaned the hubs.

- Swansea, MA, USA

problem #13

Nov 032003

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,320 miles
Problems with brakes on 2001 Chevy Silverado.

- Binghamton, NY, USA

problem #12

Feb 202003


  • miles
While pulling up to an office building, the brakes completely failed which caused the vehicle to collide with the building. (nar)

- Canaan, VT, USA

problem #11

Jul 212004

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,831 miles
The consumer had the same problem as NHTSA campaign # 04V045000 certain sport utility vehicles, pickup trucks, and passenger vans fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard no. 135, "passenger car brake systems." Some of these vehicles were produced with an out-of-specification brake hydro-boost housing relief valve bore. The dealership informed the consumer that the recall did not apply to his vehicle. The vehicle was just 3831 miles out of warranty, but the consumer noticed leaking during the warranty period. (brake resevior)

- Loomis, CA, USA

problem #10

Apr 112004

Silverado 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,359 miles
While applying the brake pedal the brakes failed. This caused consumer's vehicle to collide with another vehicle. Consumer took vehicle to dealer for inspection, and mechanic determined that speed control sensor needed to be replaced and he replaced it, however the problem recurred. The dealer has replaced the rotors due to rust, the pads, brake bleeder screws due to rust, the right front wheel speed sensor and the left front wheel speed sensor.

- Blairsville, PA, USA

problem #9

May 102004


  • 42,000 miles
While turning a corner at 10 mph consumer lost the ability to steer and brake. Consumer had to use the emergency brake to stop the vehicle.

- Chaska, MN, USA

problem #8

Nov 152002


  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
Brakes-would not stop truck from the day I took delivery. Airconditioner developed a terrible oder after runing about half hour.

- Ottsville, PA, USA

problem #7

Dec 302003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,663 miles
When the consumer applied the brake the pedal went down to the floor and there was no power steering. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where the technician determined that the steering belt failed. Please provide any additional information.

- Fenton, MI, USA

problem #6

Sep 082003

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
The ABS sensor failure resulted in service brakes failing to stop the vehicle immediately. The consumer had to depress the brake pedal several times to stop the vehicle. The brake pedal was hard when this occurred. The problem was also present while being repaired.

- Hubbardston, MA, USA

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