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Crashes / Fires:
20 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
12 / 0
Average Mileage:
109,382 miles

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2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 brakes problems

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2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Owner Comments (Page 10 of 13)

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problem #62

Jun 062013

Silverado 1500 6-cyl

  • 53,817 miles


I had traveled approximately 1/2 mile from my house when I applied the brakes to slow down. The pedal had barely any pressure as I applied the brake, fortunately I had a little bit of pressure and I was able to bring the vehicle to a stop, by a combination of downshifting and using what little brakes that I had left. The brake warning light on the panel came on at that time. The vehicle was taken to a local shop to have the problem checked out. I was told that my brake lines were completely rusted out and that they all had to be replaced. I was approximately 1/8 of a mile from my entrance to the highway, and I was fortunate that this happened before I got on the highway. I would have been in congested morning traffic traveling at a speed of 60mph. I had no prior warning. I was told by the repair shop that the lines were rusted so bad that it was senseless to try to fix just one section, and that if they did that I would be returning shortly to repair additional parts of the lines. They told me that this was a very labor intensive repair and that it could cost approximately $1000 dollars. I was also told that this was a common problem with many Chevrolet manufactured in the 2000 years. This is a very dangerous situation and their should have been a recall on this issue.

- Manchester, NH, USA

problem #61

May 202013

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 51,700 miles
Leaking fluid found to be brake fluid coming from rust ruptured brake lines, all lines rusted and deemed by dealership to require replacement of lines and front brake calipers.

- Mount Airy, MD, USA

problem #60

May 182013

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 199,830 miles
Upon requiring an emergency stop from 50 mph approaching a stop light at a busy intersection, one of the brake lines burst. The brake pedal went to the floor. (no brake warning light, no low brake fluid light, and no loss of ABS light). I pumped the brakes and dropped the transmission into 1st gear in hopes of slowing down before a crash. I made the right turn at the intersection, which was up hill and eventually brought the vehicle to a complete stop. I put the truck in park and applied the emergency brake. Fortunately, the light just changed so the intersection was still clear. The vehicle was towed after confirmation of the damaged brake line. Further inspection has revealed that all the steel brake lines are heavily corroded and are in need of replacement. This issue seems pretty frequent with this particular year and model. A weak or poorly designed brake line should be the responsibility of the manufacturer. Proof of fault is indicated in GM's decision to change the brake lines to stainless steel in newer models. If no recall is issued at least a warning should be given to current owners!!!

- Nothbridge, MA, USA

problem #59

Jun 122012

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 116,302 miles


My antilock brakes kicked in when I was going 5 mph. I drifted right into a road that I was about to enter. I could not stop the vehicle at low speeds.

- Bel Air, MD, USA

problem #58

May 112013

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 124,352 miles
My brake lines rusted through and burst when I used my brakes. Could not keep my truck from moving when stopped at an intersection.

- Bel Air, MD, USA

problem #57

May 122013

Silverado 1500

  • 105,000 miles
Brake pedal went to floor while shifting out of park (luckily).brake line rusted through. All 4 brake lines to the ABS are rusted and all must be replaced. Also parking brake does not work even though all parts have been replaced.

- Milford, CT, USA

problem #56

Nov 052012

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 115,000 miles


Catastrophic front brake failure on interstate highway. No accident or injuries, but repairs included brake lines, calipers and pads due to corrosion of said lines and caliper assemblies. Shop said this is a common occurrence for GM products regardless of age of the vehicle.

- Oregonia, OH, USA

problem #55

Feb 082013

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 79,000 miles
Service brakes failed due to corroded brake line above rear axle. Park brake failed to slow the vehicle due to the rear brake dustshield being corroded to the point is was completely gone. The lack of a dust shield allowed the park brake shoe and linkage corrode and become inoperative.

- Worcester, MA, USA

problem #54

Mar 222012

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 115,000 miles
I was quite fortunate to have been leaving a parking spot and had just left "park" shifted into drive and applied the brake because a pedestrian stepped out. At that time the pedal hit the floor, I steered the truck in the opposite direction from the person, headed for a part of the lot where there were no cars, applied the parking brake, it did'nt work either, so I put it into park. All this and I hadnt applied the gas to the vehicle. Only moments before I parked, I had been traveling on the expressway at 70 mph. When I got out of the truck, all the brake fluid was on the ground. Upon closer investigation, we noticed the brake lines were rotted out completely. We feel lucky that no one was injured or killed. Very angry at Chevrolet.

- Independence, KY, USA

problem #53

Jul 102007

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 46,000 miles
This vehicle, at 46,000 miles had to have all the rotors and brake pads and two calipers replaced because they rusted up and locked up. Had to do it again about 65,000 miles, then had a back caliper seize up and replaced both rotors and one caliper along with new pads. I then had to have all the rotors replaced, both front hubs, one new caliper and pads again at beck Chevrolet a year ago. On my way down to fl this past fall, with about 84,000 on the truck, another caliper seized up and had to replace the caliper, both back rotors and brake pads. Yesterday, 3/27/13, on my way home from town, with 85,000 miles on the truck, the pedal went to the floor and no brakes. Inspection showed a ruptured brake line on the driver's side. My repairman said every brake line is swiss cheese and need to be replaced. This is ridiculous. I've spent several thousand dollars and have replaced brakes 3 times, all rotors, most calipers and two front hubs because of rust. The frame and everything under my truck is rusted very badly. I've owned this truck since 2004, and bought it when it had 26,000 miles on it. It drives beautiful and is like new, but it's going to rot right out from under me. Please help!

- Salt Springs, FL, USA

problem #52

Jul 282012

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 19,000 miles


Total brake failure due to brakelines rusted out, had to replace all brakelines. Powerplant company truck.

- Rising Sun, MD, USA

problem #51

Mar 172013

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 171,000 miles
I backed down my driveway proceeded down pudding street to get on taconic parkway while drive down single line road approached a curve going down a grade tried to slow down from 40 mph pedal went to floor I put truck in low gear and was able to stop using parking brake while holding release handle to bring to stop at bottom of grade. Crawled under truck brake rusted thru under driver are location attached to frame rail.

- Carmel, NY, USA

problem #50

Oct 082012

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
I was driving my 2002 Silverado on a narrow two lane road with a few steep grades and my brakes went to the floor on one of the down grades. I pumped the brakes but nothing happened. Luckily, I had enough time to react and use the emergency brake to get stopped at the bottom of the grade before running through the stop sign at the T intersection and possibly over the embankment directly across from me. Once I got home I realized that all the lines running along the frame to the ABS box were corroded as well as the ones going to the front calipers. Once I started researching this I found out that it was a known problem. Also, one that just about everone that I know with a Silverado around that same year has had. I'm just glad that my wife or my 16 year old step-daughter wasn't driving when this happened!

- Etters, PA, USA

problem #49

Feb 282013

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 148,845 miles
While exiting freeway, on "off ramp" removed foot from gas pedal to start braking and pedal went to floor. Literally stopped two (2) feet from rear of already stopped car. Upon underneath inspection found leaking brake fluid at rear, severely corroded brake line.

- Lyndhurst, OH, USA

problem #48

Aug 272012

Silverado 1500

  • 63,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact stated that while driving 50 mph, the brakes failed and the contact was unable to decelerate. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic for diagnosis and was informed that the brake line had blown. The contact was also informed that all the brake lines appeared to be decaying. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 63,000.

- Arlington, MA, USA

problem #47

Feb 102009

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 124,000 miles
Brake line ruptured. Mechanic said it had rusted through. This happen in 2009 and again today 2/23/2013.

- Annapolis, MD, USA

problem #46

Feb 122013

Silverado 1500 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • 109,000 miles
I was traveling southbound on ct. Rte. 8 at approx 6am at 55 miles per hour. State maintenance vehicles had partially obstructed the road as I rounded the bend approaching the trumbull town line this in turn caused an abrupt halt of traffic. I applied my brakes rather hard which did slow the vehicle but I still had to swerve into the breakdown lane in order to avoid a collision when the brake pedal went to the floor. Upon investigation I had found that the steel hard line running along the frame rail for the rear brakes was badly corroded and had bust. The rest of the steel lines which all run to and from the ABS pump are also in bad shape. It is my opinion these lines be made from stainless steel in the interest of safety. After all they make most modern exhaust in stainless and that is not as important as stopping your vehicle!!!

- Southington, CT, USA

problem #45

Jul 132011

Silverado 1500

  • 52,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact stated that while reversing at approximately 3 mph, he depressed the brakes and the brakes failed to respond. The contact mentioned the emergency brakes were used in order to stop the vehicle. Also, there was brake fluid leaking from the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing. The mechanic stated that the brake lines needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 52,000 and the current mileage was 60,000.

- Wallingford, CT, USA

problem #44

Jan 132013

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 175,563 miles
I was driving my 2002 Chevy Silverado 1500 through a parking lot and another vehicle backed out without looking. I hit my brakes to stop and I heard a little pop and my pedal went to the floor. Luckily I hit the parking brake which stopped me which kept me from hitting the car that pulled out in front of me. I drove my vehicle home using the parking brake to stop when needed. After locating the leak, I noticed all the lines were so badly corroded, I'm going to have to replace all lines to get the right one. I have to take it to a shop because each line has to be bent in specific spots. Why GM doesn't sell pre bent lines is unbelievable. This is an expensive job costing me @ $950 which is absurd. I could do it myself if I was able to get the actual parts needed. I guess GM will still find a way to get more money from you even after you buy one of their over priced vehicles...! terrible shame..

- Ironton, OH, USA

problem #43

Dec 142012

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 112,000 miles
During an unexpected stop situation, my brakes stopped working normally. The ABS system was going on and off. My pick up would not stop. Fortunately, there was no oncoming traffic and I was able to drive in the oncoming lane avoiding the vehicle in front of me and there was no accident. I took the vehicle to my repair shop and the technician showed me that the brakelines were rusting out and in two spots the lines had ruptured, probably during the event described above. Brake fluid was leaking from the lines in two spots.

- Xenia, OH, USA

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