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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 7 of 13)

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problem #122

Apr 242014

Silverado 1500

  • 146,000 miles


Brake problem with ABS. Vehicle did not stop correctly almost causing accident. After researching found recall for ABS wheel issue for other states but not Texas. Vehicle was manufactured in Canada.

- Garland, TX, USA

problem #121

Apr 042012

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 105,206 miles
Original incident truck felt like it wasn't going to stop. Next incident was trying to stop and wasn't able to stop in time. Had to pull off the side of the road, regain composure, brakes were basically gone. Pedal to the floor to come to a slow stop, required many extra feet to come to a stop. Truck is parked in driveway due to expense to replace all 4 totally rusted out brake lines.

- Clarkston, MI, USA

problem #120

May 272014

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 97,000 miles
I was approaching a stop light at a speed of about 25 mph and stepped on my brakes to begin slowing down. The pedal went completely to the floor and I felt no braking. Luckily, I did not need to stop immediately, and there was no car in front of me. I began pumping the brakes and just holding the pedal down to the floor and there was slightly enough brake action to allow me to slow down a bit and pull off the road and into the parking lot of a service station. I got out of the truck and could see the trail of brake fluid I had left behind on the parking lot and could see brake fluid dripping from the brake line on the left side of the truck approximately underneath the frame below the driver side door. The service station has told me that all of the brake lines are corroded and need to be replaced. If I had needed to stop suddenly I would have crashed for sure as I had no warning whatsoever that this would happen. Very scary.

- Chardon, OH, USA

problem #119

May 252014

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 187,408 miles


18 year old daughter came home complaining that brakes went to floor. Found hole in rusted brake line by the rear connector.

- Falston, MD, USA

problem #118

Apr 242009

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
Brake lines completely rusted out. Parking total failure. Rear caliper froze will not release. Frame has rust out holes.

- Egg Harbor Twp., NJ, USA

problem #117

May 102014

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 124,304 miles
As I approached a stop sign after traveling about 30 mph and slowing down for the stop sign I press the brakes and it went to the floor and press them a second time and possible a third before crossing traffic and failing to stop. I miss hitting a car by inches. This was all on an uphill incline. I cross traffic and was able to stop in a church parking lot by using the parking brake. After about the fifth time applying the brakes the brake warning light come on. No warning until then. After inspection the brake line next to the drivers side had rupture. The line let a trail of brake fluid for about 200 yards. The brake fluid was checked at oil change service four days prior and was full. Now it is empty. This is a major failure that should be corrected before someone is killed. I though that there was a secondary system to stop if one half of the system failed. Apparently not!!!!!

- Muncy, PA, USA

problem #116

Apr 272014

Silverado 1500

  • 112,326 miles


Started to leave house to go grocery shopping, started vehicle applied brake to out auto into gear, brakes pedal went to the floor, check fluid level was O.K. recheck braking, same result, no brakes. After checking notice signs of brake fluid at areas beneath vehicle at driver door. Called for tow truck the following morning. If I had gotten to hywy. Us 1. and this problem happen, I fear there would have been a terrible accident involving myself, or others. Waiting for word from auto shop of what the problem could be. This is very serious safety issue with this and other trucks.

- Oak Hill, FL, USA

problem #115

Apr 162014

Silverado 1500

  • 170,565 miles
Coming to a stop light and lost all brakes. Further inspection revealed that rear brake lines are rusted through. All other lines are severely rusted. Including fuel lines.

- Coldwater , MI, USA

problem #114

Apr 092014

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 136,000 miles
Returning from fishing trip and applied brakes when coming up to a red light, brake pedal went almost to floor. Continue to drive it home (35miles) and little to no brakes upon turning in our driveway. Upon inspection, the brake line appears to be rusted and is leaking fluid.

- Water Valley, KY, USA

problem #113

Mar 312013

Silverado 1500

  • 90,629 miles
Brake line busted while bleeding air out of system. Found all lines going to ABS block in center of truck were rusted completely through. This was not the first time this happened. Had same problem about year before on front brake line. I almost hit another vehicle in rear. I had to have truck towed to local repair shop were they fixed broke line.

- Nicholasville, KY, USA

problem #112

Apr 242013

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 60,000 miles


Brake lines blew out from corrosion. This has happened 3 times since April 2013. I was unable to stop on two separate red light occasions. Also having ABS problems. The ABS system breaks loose just about when the vehicle comes to a complete stop forcing me to let go and reapply brake quickly. My truck is undercoated also making this deadly problem more concerning. NHTSA should do its job and stop these death traps.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #111

Nov 132013

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 81,685 miles
Started truck to hook up to a trailer at home. Backing up, and depressed brakes while backing, suddenly lost all brake control. I had no control to stop vehicle. Vehicle rolled to a stop while I pressed and pumped brakes with no affect. Rolled to stop. I then placed vehicle in park and exited to find brake fluid on ground. I then tried to slowly move vehicle into garage so as to raise jack up- for a further examination, but I had zero control over braking. In order to get vehicle onto concrete surface/garage I had to shift back and forth between neutral and drive until I limp the truck into garage but do so without ramming through the back wall as I had no control over brakes. Once in, I jacked up truck and I found one leak in one rusted metal brake line at a bend closest to left rear wheel. Sudden and total and complete loss of brakes.

- Farmersville, OH, USA

problem #110

Nov 072013

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 150,000 miles
Brake lights turned on and brakes went out.

- Palmdale, CA, USA

problem #109

Mar 282014

Silverado 1500

  • 97,000 miles
Without warning total brake failure. Luckily more road to go down. Brake line rusted through.

- Cordova, IL, USA

problem #108

Mar 122014

Silverado 1500

  • 163,000 miles
Brake fluid leak, loss of brakes / failure due to brake line corrosion.

- Corpus Christi , TX, USA

problem #107

Mar 062014

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 86,984 miles
Stepped on brake peddle at idle and pedal went to the floor. Upon taking it to the repair shop, found that the brake lines were completely rusted out and the caliper bleeders were rusted off. All lines, calipers, and two rotors had to be replaced - cost $2,091.

- Mount Airy, MD, USA

problem #106

Feb 142014

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 84,000 miles
Stepped on brakes to stop when blowing snow reduced my visibility, and the brake pedal went to the floor. The brake lines were severely corroded and one of them suddenly failed. Turns out that it's an epidemic with these GM trucks.

- Slingerlands, NY, USA

problem #105

Mar 082014

Silverado 1500

  • 97,000 miles
Brake line rupture due to extreme rusting, all lines have excessive rust. This seems to be a very common issue after doing research online. Not only the brake lines have excessive rust but the gas lines, rocker panels and complete underside show the same. Many others are complaining about the exact same issues, I believe a recall should be in order to correct the problems mentioned above. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Cohoes, NY, USA

problem #104

Mar 012011

Silverado 1500

  • 52,000 miles
Brake light with (!) (P) red came on dashboard with in 10 min no brakes brake line broke.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #103

Dec 212013

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 194,203 miles
Backing out of driveway, applied brakes, nothing happened. Bumped into small retaining wall. A trail of fluid led to an inspection of the brake lines, one of which ruptured. All others were completely rusted and corroded and looked ready to break at any time. This seems to be a common problem with this model. I do not understand how this type of catastrophic failure. Does not lead to a recall.

- Fairfield, CT, USA

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