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Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
55,800 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replacement (3 reports)
2002 Chevrolet Silverado brakes problems

brakes problem

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2002 Chevrolet Silverado Owner Comments

problem #3

Dec 032010

Silverado LS 8.1L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 101,540 miles


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rusted out rotors

I had all my brakes replaced, including rotors in November 2006 at 66895 miles. I have never been thrilled with the braking application on this Gas powered 2002 dually, since day one. I keep the maintenance on this truck as best as I can. Since I had the brakes replaced in 2006 due to bad rotors. I have only used it for towing less than 10,000 miles since that time. In December 2008, I replaced all brake pads, which still had over 50% lining left (just my preventative maintenance) and the rotors looked good. In December of 2010, I had it into the dealer for an unrelated repair and the mechanic found that the rear rotors were totally worn out again, but the pads had about 50 % material still left on them. There was no facing left on the rotors. This dually eats up brakes like there is no tomorrow and has poor braking qualities.

In August of 2010, I had an ABS brake sensor fail and while the ABS light was on the braking action was far superior to anything that I had. I drove for two weeks until I replaced both front sensors (one defective and the other one I broke the connector on while testing). After resetting the ABS light, the braking action went back to poor as it has been most of the life of this truck.

I believe that GM needs to address the braking quality of these dually trucks. I'd also like to see ABS being selectable, especially when towing a trailer.

- Michael W., Garden City, MI, USA

problem #2

Nov 082005

Silverado LT

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,000 miles

Purchased new from Gordon Chevrolet, Garden City,MI. in 2002. Got taken by the finance department but that's another story. I got the truck for work and pleasure, and babied the crap out of it. I'd haul my toys and stuff. But who would think that after 3 years the entire brake would need to be replaced. The front and back pads,rotors and calibrators where completely rusted out. Plus the ABS system had failed. I had them repaired at a Brake place since GM refused to repair them and stated that "only" the ABS was covered. I'll never buy another GM product and I wish they would have went belly up!

- timberwolf, Lewiston, MI, USA

problem #1

Nov 012008

Silverado 2500 HD V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,800 miles

We purchased a brand new 2002 Chevrolet Silverado HD 4 x 4 from Fitzgerald Auto Mall. The truck was pampered, no rough off road excursions, even kept it in the garage. With only 37,800 miles we were literally shocked to discover all four rotors not only had significant rust but metal was actually chipping, flaking, and crumbling from the rotors. All four rotors had to be replaced along with the brake pads. The pads had worn but not [repeat not] down to the "wear sensors" and were replaced for safety reasons. The cost for the repair was $1,150.00. We have other vehicles "none of them manufactured by GM" and never experienced this type of wear or damage to rotors. The only safety recall we were advised of affected the tailgate cables. The tailgate cables prematurely corroded and failed. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration should be alerted as this poses a significant safety risk for anyone who unwittingly experiences this problem. Left undetected these rotors would have failed causing an absolute and sudden loss of braking capacity. If Ford Motor Company had to accept responsibility for recalling millions of unsafe Firestone tires - why hasn't this problem been addressed by GM?

- Jim W., Frederick, MD, USA

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