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

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 brakes problems

brakes problem

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

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problem #7

Jun 202012

Silverado 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 95,224 miles


I was driving 60mph when construction cones brought traffic to one lane. As I began to apply my brakes, I could feel my foot going to the floor and I was not slowing at all. I tried the emergncy brake, and also no braking occured. I managed to drive onto the medium, and luckily was able to avoid all the "construction junk" that littered that area. After a very long time, I was able to safely maneuver to a safe stop. When I spoke with the mechanic, he told me there were no brake lines.

- Wolcott, NY, USA

problem #6

Jun 042012

Silverado 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 54,000 miles
While driving, the vehicle operator experienced complete brake failure--vehicle was towed to nearest Chevrolet dealer and is now awaiting "new " brake line installation. I have been told that the entire braking system has corroded and will need to be replaced.

- Ostervlle, MA, USA

problem #5

May 152012

Silverado 1500

  • 48,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact stated that the anti-lock braking system would activate erroneously while driving 10-15 mph, increasing the braking distance of the vehicle. The contact took the vehicle to a dealer for a diagnostic test. The test results showed a faulty anti-lock braking sensor. The vehicle was repaired but the failure would recur while driving at low speeds. The contact stated the vehicle was previously repaired under NHTSA campaign I.D. number 05V379000 (service brakes, hydraulic:antilock) but the repair did not remedy the failure. The failure mileage was 48,000.

- Mt. Airy, MD, USA

problem #4

May 252012

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 56,500 miles


I was driving and tried to apply the brakes. The brake pedal went completely to the floor and I had no brakes. I applied the emergency brake to get the vehicle stopped. I found the main brake line going to the rear axle had blown. After further investigation, I found every one of the brake lines coming off of the ABS block to be completely deteriorated/rusted. Every brake line on the vehicle will need to be replaced. It was also noted that the fuel lines are not rusted. There is obviously a difference in the metal used at the time. Also should be noted, that there was no indication or warning from the vehicle when this happened. I brake reservoir was not completely drained when the line blew.

- Moundsville, WV, USA

problem #3

May 252012

Silverado 1500

  • 42,365 miles
I am the original owner of this 2002 Chevy Silverado. I was driving about 15 mph and as I started braking the pedal went to the floor. Once the pedal went to the floor the truck started to brake. I was able to slowly make it home as I was only a half mile away. When I got home I inspected the under side of the vehicle and found the main rear brake line had rusted and was spilling brake fluid near the driver rear shock. After inspecting all the steel tube brake lines they all will need replacing as all are rusted very badly.

- Glen Burnie, MD, USA

problem #2

Dec 292010

Silverado 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact stated that while driving approximately 40 mph, the brake pedal was depressed with no immediate response. The contact shifted into a lower gear and applied the emergency brake in order to stop the vehicle. The contact inspected the vehicle and noticed brake fluid leaking. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, who replaced the rusted brake lines and a brake hose. The failure recurred on two different occasions and the vehicle was repaired by an independent mechanic each time. The brake hose and brake lines were replaced. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 95,000. Updated 07/13/12 updated 07/1912

- Slatington, PA, USA

problem #1

Apr 152012

Silverado 1500

  • 110,000 miles
While turning left into a parking space, the brake peddle was hard and would not go down. After pumping the brakes, the peddle went down and the truck stopped. This has happened several times. Each time, while turning left and going slower than 10 mph. I have found that this is a common problem with this vehicle and there is a recall for "salt belt" states. Tennessee is not considered one, even though the roads are salted several times per winter season.

- Shelbyville, TN, USA

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