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2003 Chevrolet Silverado brakes problems

brakes problem

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2003 Chevrolet Silverado Owner Comments

problem #1

Sep 052015

Silverado Ext / Cab 4x4 5.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 105,260 miles


I have a 2003 Silverado 1500 4x4 Ext/Cab which I just purchased recently from Auction and discovered while driving it home that the ABS brakes on the truck were activating between 5 and 10kmph prior to coming to a full stop. While activating, this caused a pulsating in the brake pedal which in turn cause a drop in the brake pedal travel downwards towards the floor.

I took the truck to my regular mechanics shop who is quite knowledgeable when it comes to working on GM trouble shooting and have him check it out. As soon as I mentioned the problem on the truck, he just shook his head in dismay and said that he cannot believe the number of Chevy and GMC trucks he had come into his shop with same on going problems with the braking system on all these trucks dating from 2000 to 2005 model in particular.

He then came out to the truck and pulled the brake fuse out of the box and said that, although the ABS and Brake light indicator lights will show on the dash to take the truck for a drive and see if the problem still exist. Well I did just that and to my amazement the problem disappeared and the brakes worked great, although we had a ABS and Brake light indicator showing on the dash. The mechanic told me that he had changed everything from abs control modules and sensors right up to rotors, brake pads, brake lines and wheel bearings on all these trucks that have come into his shop and to no avail, outside of a short term and expensive fix, has he come to any findings on what the nature of the problem is that continues to reoccur on these year and models of truck.

This is not only a problem or issue for the owner of the vehicle, but a main concern for outside Mechanical Shop Mechanics who are risking there credibility and the welfare of there business in trying to fix a ongoing problem on a customers vehicle that GM Manufacture Company can't or won't fix themselves.

If GM Manufacturing want to remain as a bunch of "Tight Asses" who demonstrate no concern for public safety by putting a dollar sign on the value of a human life and not man up and do the right thing by recalling these defected vehicles, then so be it, but prepare yourselves for a rude awakening down the road and your obligation for public concern and safety which you been made well aware of prior to serious injury or death by your selfish neglect.

And in ending, if you are knowledgeable of the defect problem on these vehicles then at least make the consumer aware of it and what is required to fix it, so we can get it by a more reputable shop of our choosing and not by a dealership who continues to charge us for parts and labor continually while they still don't get the job right each and every time they work on it.

- , Calgary, AB, AB, Canada

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