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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
68,160 miles

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2006 Chevrolet Silverado brakes problems

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2006 Chevrolet Silverado Owner Comments (Page 3 of 5)

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problem #43

Apr 282014


  • 60,000 miles


Left rear brake line blew out and rusted through. Do not trust any other brake line on this truck now.

- Candor, NY, USA

problem #42

Apr 272014

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • 84,700 miles
Brake pedal went to the floor with no braking available. This was just after a 300 + mile trip hauling a horse trailer and two horses. Service investigation revealed ruptured hydraulic brake lines. All brake lines are severely corroded and all must be replaced. Worst portion is just under the drivers seat area where three lines run together. Called dealer and GM, it appears to be a common problem since GM now offers a discounted brake line kit. May posts on Chevy forums reveal the exact problem. Something should be done as this appears to be a bad design. Fortunate that this did not happen while on the turnpike.

- Mentor, OH, USA

problem #41

Apr 112014

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 69,000 miles
Brakelines have corroded, rotted out.

- Florence, KY, USA

problem #40

Mar 032014


  • 75,500 miles


When I backed out of my driveway, which is on an incline, the brake pedal went to the floor and I just missed backing out into a busy road. I took the truck in for repairs immediately following the incident. The repairs cost nearly $750. They said that most all of the brake lines were rusted and the one on the rear drivers side had a hole rusted through.

- Erie, PA, USA

problem #39

Feb 012014

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 26,500 miles
I bought my Chevy 3500 dually 4X4 to drive when I needed it to haul things or for the 4WD. I told my daughter it was going to snow and make the roads dangerous so I would take her to work and pick her up when she was done everything went well no signs of any problems before and after I had taken her to work so when she called I went to pick her up at work and had to wait a little while for her to finish up after I had gotten to her work then I drove her home and just after getting off the interstate we pulled into the driveway and I pulled up to the house and almost went through my garage door when my brake pedal went to the floor at about 10-15 mph with absolutly no warning what so ever I would have never used the truck if I had remotely thought something was wrong with the brakes I drive semi trucks for a living and always check things around my vehicles by second nature since I am responsible for the safe operation of the vehicles I drive. I had my truck towed to the dealer where I purchased it new and told them I had contacted GM about the problem and that I told them I expected it to be repaired free of charge and GM response was that they wanted the dealer to evaluate it and the evaluation would be free of charge they did and they found the brake lines rusted in half and also busted at the rubber hose connections so GM said that they would cover 30% of the repair of the brake lines in which they did but it still cost me $1800. GM insisted that my brake lines rusted in half because my truck sits a lot I told them I have a 1990 Mazda I bought new that sits beside it that I have never had any safety problems out of. GM also has changed the brake lines to a plastic coated line. I had also told them that it was a poor design where the water ran off the windshield and down onto the brake lines right where they rusted and broke GM needs to stand behind its product.

- Waddy, KY, USA

problem #38

Jul 172013

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
I have a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500hd all of the brake linings had rusted. My brakes failed while I was driving. Fortunately I controlled the vehicle and was able to stop, saw the leak and was towed.a private company replaced all lines. I emailed my concern to Chevrolet, asked to have my comments forwarded to CEO-product improvement. Subsequently had a phone conversation (866-790-5600) [xxx]with [xxx] could not send this information to CEO product improvement. If the brake linings fail you have no brakes. My service request[xxx] I spoke to private mechanics they said this was systemic issue to Chevrolet. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Manassas, VA, USA

problem #37

Mar 282014


  • 61,000 miles


ABS engages at slow speeds - evidently there is a known problem with the ABS sensors engaging at low speeds. This is a potentially dangerous defect. It is scary when you approach a stop and the brakes release. GM has known about this problem and has issued a service bulletin. There was a recall on previous years but stopped in 06 even though they never fixed the problems. They should reinstate the recall and fix the remaining vehicles. We have not been involved in an accident because of the defective sensors but I consider us fortunate.

- Council Bluffs, IA, USA

problem #36

Jan 112014

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • 96,956 miles
Happened in the driveway, thankfully. Brake pedal spongy, pushed again and went to the floor. Got out of the truck and found a puddle of brake fluid under the driver's side. Further inspection, the brake line has rusted through and was spraying fluid when the pedal was pushed. Complete failure of brakes. Thank goodness for the E brake.

- Baldwinsville, NY, USA

problem #35

Dec 142013

Silverado 6-cyl

  • 74,255 miles
While traveling along rt 80 in New Jersey at 65 mph, traffic began to slow in all lanes. I hit my brakes only to find that my foot went completely to the floor and had possibly 10% braking ability remaining to stop the truck. I was only able to avoid contacting the vehicles in front of me by downshifting, using the emergency brake and running onto the highway shoulder and off the road to avoid an accident. I was able to drive slowly to the closest repair shop where I was informed that the brake lines were corroded and leaking brake fluid. As a result, when I hit my brakes, the brake fluid leaked causing the lack of peddle pressure and did not operate the brakes properly. I had no previous warning that there was any brake problems. Additionally, the gas lines were corroded and required replacement. This is an additional hazard that could cause a fire. The corroded brake line issue is a well known (except to me prior to the incident) and documented problem of which Chevrolet refuses to notify vehicle owners. The first time owners are aware of the brake line problem is when they try to stop the truck and by that point, it is too late.

- Chester, NJ, USA

problem #34

Oct 012013


  • 39,000 miles
The brake lines rusted out and the fluid leaked out causing brake failure.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #33

Aug 102013

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • 14,285 miles


Service brakelines rotted and caused a complete loss of service brakes - while driving and close to home - used emergency brakes and low gear to get to home. Spoke to friend at Chevy dealer. They are having problems with this truck series due to corrosion and premature rusting. Truck is currently in garage due to failure (corrosion) of transmission cooling lines. Current mileage 15,211. Lost both anti-lock brake modules and alternator and temperature sensors.

- Hazle Twp, PA, USA

problem #32

Nov 112013

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 9,028 miles
Chevrolet Silverado 2500 hd (2006) was purchased new, from gengras Chevrolet-585 Connecticut blvd.- East hartford, ct. 06108- telephone # 860-528-2575. Brake line ruptured due to corrosion, fortunately, vehicle was being operated at a slow speed (25) mph. Upon inspection of under the vehicle, I was appalled at the condition of brake lines, fittings, brackets and related components. The rust on the underside including the frame was such that it could be flaked off in 1/16" thick chunks. This truck has only 9028 miles, what kind of auto industry do we have !!!!! ? I was made aware of this corrosion problem (that Chevrolet is aware of) by a local auto mechanic that this corrosion problem was in primarily (2004-2005-2006) Silverado. The materials GM is using to cause these problems is a disgusting sample of our manufacturing system. This vehicle was parked outdoors (on a asphalt driveway). The repairs for this situation are in line with the poor quality materials that were used, I was informed that the body of the truck bed had to be removed (lifted-off) to access brake lines and get this, the fuel line is also in the same location, might be suspect to corrosion. The cost of these repairs is off the charts. (who is responsible for these design flaws). As an american, who advocates buying domestic vehicles, I wonder who is watching what is going on. I hope someone of authority reads this and acts on it, before it is to late for all of us. Remember, this vehicle has (9028) miles on it, and experiencing these problems. Yes, that is correct (9028) miles !!!!!!!!!!

- Cromwell, CT, USA

problem #31

Nov 092013

Silverado 8-cyl Diesel

  • 61,000 miles
Complete brake failure due to brake line defect / leak. Repair estimate from dealership $2800+.

- New Hartford, CT, USA

problem #30

Sep 172013

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 46,917 miles
My truck has a serious rust problem. I was driving from Pennsylvania to buffalo when my brake line snapped "spewing brake fluid all over"on the highway while driving at 65mph. At the dealer I was showed that not only where my brake lines rotted but everything involving the brakes "calipers, rotors, pads " fuel lines, frame control arms, everything under the truck, which was bought new. The brake pads, calipers & rotors were replaced by my mechanic at 25,000 with parts bought by GM. My truck is in excellent shape from what you can see & is garage kept.from what I see this is a common problem with GM trucks from 2000-2012.

- Milford, PA, USA

problem #29

Oct 112013

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 26,026 miles
I was going back to my job location after leaving a training class. Applied brakes as I approached a stop sign. Brake pedal had no resistance and went to the floor. Luckily, I was on school district property so the speed limit was 15. Was able to get to my local mechanic who found a ruptured brake line. He also informed me that all brake lines were rusted and while he could not say another one will rupture tomorrow, he felt to be safe they should all be replaced. We tow a camper with this truck and while I know the camper's brakes will stop the truck, some of the campground we visit are mountain campgrounds with steep grades and when we leave the campground to do something (example: Go out to eat), not knowing if the truck brakes will work is not very comforting.

- Middletown, PA, USA

problem #28

Oct 052013


  • 83,000 miles
Upon driving home on my street my brake pedal went to the floor. Have break line corroded and leaking below driver side door. Was able to stop safely as I was on a residential road with a low speed limit.

- Allenstown, NH, USA

problem #27

Sep 302013

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 62,500 miles
While driving at 10 mph the rear brakes failed. Upon investigation it was found that the rear brake line had rusted out at the connection to the splitter located on frame above the rear axle.

- Wheeling, WV, USA

problem #26

Sep 102013

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 80,466 miles
Every brake gas and cooling line rusted. I have looked at other vehicles of same year and miles different makes. No where as rusted as my 06 Silverado.

- Johnston, RI, USA

problem #25

Sep 192013

Silverado 6-cyl

  • 86,000 miles
Returning home, I approached a 4-way stop at about 40 mph. Attempted to stop, only limited brakes. Gearing down and defensive driving necessary to avoid accident at intersection. Able to complete short distance home where I inspected brakes and uncovered rusted and leaking break lines. Vehicle with less than 90,000 miles. Extremely dangerous and GM/NHTSA should be ashamed that a recall has not been initiated. Only a matter of time before someone is not as lucky as me and other complainants.

- Inwood, WV, USA

problem #24

Sep 182013

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 53,200 miles
While driving I went to stop at intersection and the brake pedal went to the floor, and I used parking brake to stop.I got out and there was brake fluid all over, I carefully drove home,1/2 mile and checked out truck and the brake lines were all rusted and leaking. I tried to fix with new parts but after fixing it would leak in another spot. I have to replace all brake lines to be safe. I think that GM should have to have a recall on these brake lines. Thanks

- Pine Bush, NY, USA

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