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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 6 of 13)

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problem #142

Jul 262014

Silverado 1500

  • miles


I own a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The brakes failed while attempting to stop the vehicle in a 35mph zone. The brakes initially worked and then the pedal went to the floor. I could feel the ABS engage but not stop hitting a vehicle in front of me. When I exited the vehicle I could smell the brake fluid and observed fluid leaking from multiple locations. The air bags did not deploy. The driver of the vehicle sustained injuries. A police report was filed. The vehicle is currently being repaired by the manufactures dealer.

- Rockaway, NJ, USA

problem #141

Jun 172014

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 126,000 miles
Was trying to slow down while coming over a hill to a known stop light. Applied brakes and brake pedal went to the floor. No brakes. No warning light, no other indicator. Was able to come to a stop on the side of the road without hitting anyone. Puddle of brake fluid could be found under the truck. Had to replace all the brake lines as they had rusted out totally. Lucky no one was hurt, but if I had been closer into the city it wouldn't have been pretty.

- Haymarket, VA, USA

problem #140

Aug 022014

Silverado 1500

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owned a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The contact stated that the brakes failed while driving downhill. As a result, the vehicle was crashed into a tree. The air bags failed to deploy. The driver was injured and the vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not notified. The speed was unknown. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Swanton, MD, USA

problem #139

Jul 112014

Silverado 1500

  • 50,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact stated that the brakes failed after recently being replaced. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact also stated that the same issue happened previously and the brake lines were replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 50,000.

- Detriot, MI, USA

problem #138

Jul 192014

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 131,000 miles
Pedal went to the floor, rusted brake line, got to replace 3 of the lines...

- Owensboro, KY, USA

problem #137

Jul 182014

Silverado 1500

  • 131,800 miles
Rusted brake lines caused a near accident when the line broke, resulting in loss of braking abilities.

- Youngstown, OH, USA

problem #136

Jul 072014

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 124,600 miles


Brake lines were heavily corroded and failed. No warning signs to make this problem identifiable or expected. The truck was immediately unsafe to drive. Both the front and rear lines between the master cylinder and ABS module failed, causing the truck to have no braking power whatsoever.

- Traverse City, MI, USA

problem #135

Feb 172014

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • miles
We have replaced the driver side brake lines on my truck at least 3 times already in the last in the last year and a half. Luckily every time but one it was discovered before I pulled out of the driveway.

- Clinchco, VA, USA

problem #134

Aug 162012

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 76,467 miles
Brake line failure due to inferior, unsafe materials, subject to corrosion, used to manufacture brake lines. Brake line suddenly burst, luckily at very slow speed, while leaving a parking place. GM dealer "repaired" brake lines immediately, indicating that the breach was at a single corroded spot in the line. Approximately 1 year later, brake line, again, suddenly burst, again, luckily at very slow speed in a farm field. Same GM dealer replaced all brake lines, indicating that all brake lines were completely corroded. Brakes and steering are the most important safety systems on a vehicle; one cannot kill/injure one's self if the vehicle does not run, will not start or looks terrible. These essential safety systems should be constructed of noncorrosive materials, for pennies in extra cost to GM. GM has responded publicly that this is a wear and tear issue and these vehicle are simply "too old". this is a lame excuse for such an important safety system! please ask GM why this problem is not present with all makes and models of vehicles of a similar age.

- Richmond, KY, USA

problem #133

Apr 212014

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 94,100 miles
I was driving and when I went to stop the brake pedal went to the floor and the truck took a long time to stop. The brake failure was caused by rusted brake lines which allowed the brake fluid to leak out. One line was rusted all the way through and several other were badly rusted.

- Chesterfield, MO, USA

problem #132

Jul 022014

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 114,999 miles


Went back up to a boat trailer pedal went all way to the floor! had no brakes pump pedal to have any brakes went to repair show had use emergency brake and pump brake pedal holiday week lucky somebody had parts also get use in! also pulled a 5th wheel weight of around 8,900pds before that lucky I wasn't towing it threw brown county and monroe res in Indiana are it would killed me and my family could not keep it slowed down have use my trailer brake on the 5th wheel if that could even stop use!

- Columbus , IN, USA

problem #131

Jul 122013

Silverado 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 125,000 miles
While pulling out of my garage, I stepped on the brake pedal and it went to the floor. I quickly discovered that one of my brake lines had ruptured. After inspecting my brake lines, I found extremely high amounts of rust throughout the exterior of the lines. The brake line that ruptured had rusted through and caused the brake failure. I have replaced the two lines that were rusted the worst and hope to replace them all in the near future. I do not feel that brake lines should rust all of the way through at this low of a mileage. This is an issue that GM needs to deal with on its trucks and cars as it could cause a very serious crash and possibly death to someone who is not familiar with the issue or how to check for it.

- West Harrison, IN, USA

problem #130

Jul 072014

Silverado 1500

  • 128,549 miles
Brake line ruptured while pulling into parking space almost striking another parked car. Remaining brake lines are very rusted and will need replaced.

- Brownsville , PA, USA

problem #129

Mar 122014

Silverado 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
Pulling out of a gas station..break lines ruptured and I drifted out into the road before being able to stop. Car was able to stop with a lot of breaking force.

- Simsbury, CT, USA

problem #128

Jan 172010

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 87,145 miles
Brakes failed when I was driving, coming to a stop. At about 5 mph the pedal went to the floor and I lost all stopping control. I had the truck towed to a Goodyear shop who told me that the brake lines were corroded and one failed causing all pressure to go out. Upon further inspection, the entire brake system was corroded and they had to replace/rebuild the entire system. Total cost to fix the brakes was $2464.47.

- Norfolk, MA, USA

problem #127

Jun 042014

Silverado 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 104,685 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The contact stated while driving approximately 35 mph, the brake pedal traveled to the floor when depressed. The vehicle failed to stop until the emergency brake was engaged. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic, who informed that the front driver's side brake line fractured due to excessive corrosion. The four brake lines were replaced. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 104,685. The VIN was unavailable. Updated 08/12/14 updated 07/06/2017

- Easthampton , MA, USA

problem #126

Dec 232013

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 114,287 miles
On the evening of December 23, 2013, while travelling on a Connecticut state road, I applied my brakes, as a vehicle was turning left ahead of me. The brake peddle went immediately to the floor. I realized a brake line had ruptured. I was about a mile from the automotive repair facility that I utilize. I was able to nurse the vehicle there, where it was subsequently repaired (brake line replaced). In the past, I would have taken the vehicle to the local dealership where it was purchased, but that dealership was one of many closed down by GM. The nearest dealership, in any direction is about 20 miles. Fortunately I have found an outstanding local independent automotive repair facility.

- Madison, CT, USA

problem #125

Jun 062014

Silverado 1500 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
For several years, have been out time & expense of installing new park brake pads not needed, turning drums, tried replacing long brake cable under floor, pulled rear rotors several times & re adjusted park brake... 1 week later don't work again.. I have to put blocks under wheels for 3 years to keep truck from rolling down driveway.. live on a hill..Chevy don't need the tension on little bitty park gear in transmission....also have had to fix every Dec because safety inspection ends Dec, ,,neighbors have Ford & Dodge & theirs will stay in driveway..have no idea how much money & time spent on a GM blunder... why has their not been a recall " another cover up by GM executives "

- Burleson, TX, USA

problem #124

May 282014

Silverado 1500

  • 54,500 miles
Instrument cluster went completely dead.

- Brewster, NY, USA

problem #123

Jun 022014

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 67,000 miles
After exiting the off ramp of I264 in portsmouth, Virginia I sped up to approximately 35 mph and approached the next stop light. Upon applying pressure to the brake pedal no resistance was noted and the slowing of the vehicle was found negligible. I rear ended a vehicle in front of me at approximately 25 mph. Both cars involved in the accident were pulled into the median out of traffic. As I exited the vehicle I noticed fluid dripping from the truck frame at the forward hinge of the driver side door. The dripping fluid was brake fluid. I suspect a ruptured brake fluid line or tube had ruptured which caused the loss of braking power. There was no warning given by the vehicle's computer to warn of low brake fluid because the reservoir was still at the normal level. I believe corrosion of the brake lines was accelerated due to the use of salt treatments on the roads during the winter snow storms that have fallen in the past three years. Luckily nobody was seriously hurt and luckily this did not happen when I was exiting the interstate at a much higher rate of speed. Also the air bag did not deploy upon impact. These are two serious safety issues incurred in once incident to a truck which has less than 70K miles and 12 years old.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

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