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Crashes / Fires:
21 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
12 / 0
Average Mileage:
109,822 miles

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2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 brakes problems

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2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Owner Comments (Page 11 of 13)

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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

problem #42

Dec 072012

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 82,457 miles
Took truck in for state inspection, truck failed inspection due to rusted brake lines, power steering pump leaking, dealer said it would be $1228.43 to $1420.99 to just fixed the brake lines all lines needed replaced and calipers screws. Power steering pump cost $535 to replace. Poor quality, high cost to fix and lack of safety on GM part for not covering rubber coating or using stainless steel lines to protect our family very discouraged with service tech said these are the prices. What happened to our safety. Brake lines and gas lines should not be made of steel that can corrode and rust out and break. Power steering pump with these few miles should not have gone out. My 1988 Chevy truck never had these problems. There needs to be a recall.

- Rollinsford, NH, USA

problem #41

Dec 052012

Silverado 1500

  • 181,000 miles


Corroded fuel and brake lines resulting in perforation of metal lines and fuel and brake fluid leaks.

- Copley, OH, USA

problem #40

Oct 082012

Silverado 1500

  • 63,310 miles
Server corrosion of the brake lines caused a unexpected brake line failure with no prior warning. Loss of brake fluid caused a total loss of braking, no warning lights where displayed on the dash to let you know of a potential brake failure that was happening.

- Rahway, NJ, USA

problem #39

Nov 172012

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 38,060 miles
While waiting in line at hardees drive thru, the brake pedal went all the wall to the floor. Upon inspecting the truck I found all of the brake lines underneath had rusted and one from the master cylinder had rusted all the way thru. I replaced this line with a carbon coated steel that cost only $8.99. However I do feel pretty fortunate because we were headed upon a mountain going deer hunting. I really don't want to think about what could have happened if we were comin off "high knob" and this line had blown. I also think GM is very lucky that someone hasn't gotten seriousy hurt or killed yet but I think it is only a matter of time unless they recall these vehicles and replace all the brake lines with a better grade of steel or a coated steel to protect them from corrosion. Also I read some of GM response to this issue and I would like to reply to them that once a line is blown being front or back the pedal goes to the floor and once the fluid is gone you have nothing but the park brake, if you can actually think about it during all the panic of pumpin the brake pedal trying to get a vehicle to stop. This really is a dangerous problem and these vehicles need to be recalled and all the brake lines replaced.

- Appalachia, VA, USA

problem #38

Nov 172012

Silverado 1500 6-cyl

  • 125,800 miles
Truck failed annual Maine safety inspection because of major corrosion on all brake lines run along frame underneath. (the lines are not yet leaking, but failure is imminent and vehicle is not safe to drive.) cost of repairs is estimated to be approximately $1400 by sullivan tire of scarborough Maine.

- Scarborough, ME, USA

problem #37

Nov 092012

Silverado 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 97,000 miles


Was under the truck few days ago and noticed the brake line to the rear of the truck is seriously corroded, upon further inspection of brake lines, noticed that almost all the steel brake lines on the pickup are seriously corroded and a few under the cab connecting to the ABS module are beginning to leak, this is a serious safety concern and will not drive the truck till I have the time and money to replace them, have not been able to find a replacement part number for them from GM, however classic tube industries makes a stainless steel set that I will be purchasing when the funds allow, till that happens the pickup will not leave the driveway as it is an accident waiting to happen, other then the brake lines I also found the entire chassis to be rusted badly for a 10 year old vehicle!!

- Phillipsburg, KS, USA

problem #36

Nov 082012

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 123,044 miles
As I approached a traffic light at 30 mph and attempted to stop, the brake pedal went right to the floor with no warning. I had to vigorously pump it several time to come to a stop and was lucky I was going slowly and there were no stopped cars ahead of me. No warning lights appeared on the dash and still do not if you start the truck. I was close to home and carefully managed to get to my driveway. A large puddle of brake fluid dripped from the driver side beneath the door. When I inspected it from below, I found the brake lines severely corroded where clipped to the frame and one had burst through, causing the leak and loss of stopping ability.

- Cos Cob, CT, USA

problem #35

Nov 032012

Silverado 1500

  • 166,678 miles
I was replacing left front brake caliper and started to bleed the brakes when brake peddle kept going all the way to the floor. I then looked under the truck and under driver side door was a puddle of brake fluid. I found out it was coming from the brake lines that go to the ABS controller. After further investigating brake lines they are all rusted bad, I have own this truck since new cant believe I have to replace all the brake lines on it now.

- Ticonderoga, NY, USA

problem #34

Oct 252012

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 120,121 miles
Brake lines under hood at drivers side rusted hole in line caused brake failure.

- Pompano Beach, FL, USA

problem #33

Aug 042012

Silverado 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 95,000 miles
I was on my way to the autoparts store for an oil filter for my other vehicle when I came upon a light at a busy intersection. As the light changed to yellow I hit my brakes and the pedal went right to the floor. I was doing no more than 30 at this time. There was no way that I could stop, I drifted through the intersection and was able to drift to safety. I was lucky - another car was also about to turn left in front of me as I was drifting through the intersection, he stopped so an accident was avoided. Had the vehicle towed and had to have all brake lines replaced. All were rusted and pitted. Paid nearly $900 to have stainless steel brake lines installed. These (stainless steel brake lines) should have been installed by GM at the factory. Manufacturers all use stainless steel for exhaust, why not for brake lines - seems a bit more important to use stainless brake lines. What is the cost differential between cheap steel and stainless - a few extra dollars spent in manufacturing could save someone's life.

- Forest Hill, MD, USA

problem #32

Sep 172012

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
Brakes failed due to burst line to rear axle; little or no stopping power from front brakes; emergency brake worked for a few minutes but no longer after couple of miles to my driveway. Disassembly revealed E-brake pads had crumbled away inside rear rotors; and all 5 brake lines coming out of ABS unit will need to be replaced, not just rear. Fyi I have owned in excess of 20 G.M. trucks, but none ever as bad as this on brake lines. Daughter in truck with me- this could have turned out very badly. Truck unusable until all lines are fixed- very difficult due to positioning of lines ( I have done many brake lines- on much older trucks). Thanks...

- Barrington, NH, USA

problem #31

Sep 252012

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • miles
I took my 2002 Chevy Silverado 1500 in to get inspected. It failed due to no parking/emergency brakes. I have never used my parking brake, never been in the where it was needed. I first noticed after removing wheel that everything is rusted beyond what I think it should be at this point, the splash shields are almost completely gone. I removed the drum and brake shoes and noticed that on both sets of shoes, left and right, the pads of the shoes were not really worn, but the actual lining that the shoes are attached to were worn at the very bottom on the drivers side and the very top on the passenger side, both where there are no pads. I followed the directions that came with the new shoes, replaced everything, and still no brakes. I then bought a new cable and swapped it out, thinking the cable may be stretched. Still no brakes. I removed the wheel and drum once again and had someone depress the parking brake. I noticed the actuator working, so I reassembled everything, and still no brakes. I then contacted GM customer service to see if there were any recalls for this problem, I was told that there was not. I was told that I can take my truck to a certified Chevy dealer for them to diagnose the problem, at my expense, being that I haven't been able to find gainful employment in over 3 1/2 years, I can not afford this. I was told there is nothing further that can be done to help me. I have less than 2 weeks for my truck to pass inspection, if not, then I must pay fines and costs when I do reregister my vehicle. How do I get my vehicle to pass inspection when there is obviously a defect in their design. I'm hitting a brick wall everywhere I turn. With all the complaints and problems that I see being posted online, how could there not be a recall. What has to happen for them to take responsibility for this problem.

- Mooresville, NC, USA

problem #30

Aug 312012

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 116,000 miles
Steel brake line rusted through at rear of truck near driver side wheel well. All other steel brake and fuel lines in truck heavily rusted and also near blow out point. When rear line failed, brake pedal went to the floor and stopping distance doubled. I was pulling a 3,000lbs boat at the time. The brake warning lamp did not illuminate. Brake warning lamp came on only after approx 10 miles of no rear brake availability. I am currently taking preventive measures and replacing all steel lines in truck. Old lines available for inspection if you act quickly.

- Lake Villa, IL, USA

problem #29

Sep 152012

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 121,000 miles
Most recent(9/15/12),brake line ruptures do to tons of rust.... body mounts totally rusted off, rear brake rotor dust shields rusted off, leaf spring shackles rusted thru and fell off..rear bumper rusted thru, total under carriage rusted thru, railsunder doors totally rusted thru and have big holes in them..

- Boonton Twp., , NJ, USA

problem #28

Sep 142012

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 183,742 miles
The brake lines on the truck, which is approximately 10 years old are completely corroded. I happened to be pulling into a service station when the driver side front line completely blew out, spraying brake fluid everywhere. I was lucky. The brakes are completely nonfunctional. I could have been killed or killed someone else if I had been anywhere else when this happened.

- Portland, ME, USA

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