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Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
72,800 miles
Total Complaints:
5 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
  2. replace rear brake pads often (2 reports)
  3. use dual piston brake calipers (1 reports)
2002 Chevrolet Silverado brakes problems

brakes problem

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2002 Chevrolet Silverado Owner Comments

problem #5

May 272010

Silverado 1500 5.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 139,000 miles


single piston brake calipers are too weak for this heavy of a truck

- Julian T., Addy, WA, USA

problem #4

May 012004

Silverado LT 5.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles

I bought this truck new and complained of its lack of stopping power for months. A vehicle with four wheel discs should stop almost effortlessly, but I need to stand on the brake pedal to stop. At 60,000 the rears needed replacement, but the fronts were like new. I took it back to the dealer and was told it was impossible, I must have changed the fronts already. I told the service manager he would be better off using his ASE certificates to roll big fatties with than to attempt to play the charade of a qualified service tech! I never changed the fronts until 105,000!!! I replaced the rears at this point as well. I've never found anyone else having this problem until I found AutoBeef today. The ABS have always engaged too often as well, and I have a hunch it is because the rears are doing all the work and causing them to lock up which activates the ABS so the fronts can do their part, but they don't, so the ABS stays engaged. Other than this, I have had no problems with this vehicle.

- Chris K., Twinsburg, OH, US

problem #3

Mar 262007

(reported on)

Silverado Z71 5.3 V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles

I have an 02 Silverado that I had to replace the rear brakes and rotors at 60000 as well back in april 2006. I checked the fronts and the were like new. I was doing some maintence on my truck this week (march 2007) and checked the brake ware.... the rears are fairly warn and the fronts are still like new with over 75000 miles on them? I am no brake expert but i know that the front brakes do 70% of the braking... and for them to be in like new condition 5 years and 75000 miles later is near impossible in my opinion. All other cars, trucks & motorcycles I have owned the fronts worn close to the same time as the rear... since the rear pads are thinner and to less braking..... Many compaints online about the front brake problem... but no answers? not even from GM....come on General, I have always been a chevy man... but I am thinking of converting to a foreign brand after these safety problems... and no resolutions.

- Jeff K., Saint Paul Park, MN, USA

problem #2

Oct 232006

(reported on)

Silverado Z71

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

At 60000 miles I had to replace rear brake pads. 10000 miles later I have got to do it again. Front ones are still like new. What's up with this?

- Harold C., Guilford, ME, USA

problem #1

Aug 162005

(reported on)

Silverado 1500

  • 25,000 miles

In 2003 I had to replace my rear brake rotors and pads at 25,000 miles as the pads had worn right through the rotors. No warranty here as the dealer said that it was a "moving" part and not covererd. I then had to replace my drivers side rotor again at 50,000 miles as well as my inner pad as it had worn out.

At 55,0000 miles I now had to replace my passenger side inner brake pad as it had been ground down to nothing.

I dont know if it is uneven pressure from the caliper wearing out my inner pads or what. The other pads are all in good shape so I speculate the inner pads are doing most of the braking and this causes the earlly wear out. However, having read some of the complaints I feel lucky that it has only cost me a few hundred dollars over the course of two years to fix this problem. Only pad about 40 US dollars per rear rotor and about 70 US dollars for four rear pads. I saved the old pads from the first time since 2 of them were still good and now I just replace the worn out pad on my truck with one of the spares I kept.

- Joe S., Castlegar, BC, Canada

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