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Crashes / Fires:
6 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
100,399 miles

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2003 Chevrolet Silverado brakes problems

brakes problem

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2003 Chevrolet Silverado Owner Comments (Page 7 of 7)

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problem #4

Jun 092012

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 112,000 miles


I was coming home from the store, when I saw traffic lights turning red, I slowly applied the brake pedal, it felt so soft and it went all the way down to the floor, I try once more and it went all the way to the floor again, so then I turn my steering wheel to the right (emergency line) and applied E-brakes and I stopped just before the cross road. When I looked under it was leaking in between the pump and the tank. It was a front brake line the get so rust it that burst. Last year when my brother in law and I was changing brake fluid in the whole system the rear brake line burst. Now I have brake lines made of nickel and copper mix, those will last for ever.

- Pocono Summit, PA, USA

problem #3

Aug 052011

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 87,000 miles
Brakes went to the floor, no (slow) stopping. This is the third occurrence of brake line failure. The brakes have never been quick on this vehicle, but this is the 3rd time I have had a failure due to brake line blow out. The vehicle is garaged and cleaned on a regular basis. These lines just seem to keep rusting out.

- Canterbury, NH, USA

problem #2

May 262011


  • 53,000 miles
Backing boat trailer on boat ramp, summitt lake, tekamah, ne. Sudden brake failure (pedal went to floor) with no warning or warning light. Managed to get truck into drive, and pull out before I went in the water. The brakeline under the drivers side door had rusted through, and there were no brakes working. Had the truck taken to blair, ne, and repaired at private shop. Before repair, I contacted the service manager at dillon Chevrolet in blair to ask if covered, was informed no warranty was available despite low miles, and cost of repair would be approx $1000 to $1500 depending on amount of corrosion present. The independent garage repaired for ~$800. There are thousands of complaints noted on various internet web sites, and I am aware of current investigation due to other catastrophic failures. Fortunately, there was no accident. Had I been on the highway when the brakes failed, I can only imagine that the outcome might have been different.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #1

Jun 182012

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • 68,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The contact stated that while driving 2 mph, she applied the brakes and the pedal depressed to the floorboard. The vehicle experienced an increase in stopping distance during the failure. The contact also stated that the failure occurred moments after taking the vehicle through a car wash. The contact examined the vehicle and noticed that brake fluid was leaking from the brake lines. The vehicle was then taken to an independent mechanic and the contact was informed that the brake lines needed to be replaced due to severe corrosion. The vehicle was in the process of being repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 68,000. Updated 8/6/12 updated 08/15/2012

- Hamilton, NJ, USA

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