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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 8 of 13)

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problem #102

Dec 162013

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 125,000 miles


Brakes totally failed when trying to stop. Took the vehicle to mechanic. Told that the brake lines are totally rusted out. All eight lines will have to be totally replaced in order to function. They had never seen a vehicle with such problems. Seems this is a common problem with this type of vehicle.

- Clarksville, TN, USA

problem #101

Jan 032014

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 92,000 miles
Driving at 50mph, traffic light was turning red, started applying brakes to slow down, and brake pedal went all the way to the floor. Truck did not want to stop at all. No indicator light illuminated or warning light. Got truck back home and fluid was pouring out from under truck. Further investigation proved rusted, brake line had split in two. All brake lines on this truck are rusted or corroded. No sense for these lines to be like this. Wonder which one will bust next. GM has a serious problem!!!

- Fredericksburg, VA, USA

problem #100

Dec 232013

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 97,500 miles
I was driving my truck to pick up our christmas tree and my brake line burst and ran into a ditch. Upon inspection I noticed all of my brake lines were rusted and since I've researched it online it seems thousands of Chevy truck owners are having the same problem and that GM hasn't issued any recalls or intends to stand by their customers.

- Walkersville, MD, USA

problem #99

Nov 012013

Silverado 1500

  • 51,000 miles


Metal brake lines are rusted through.

- Manahawkin, NJ, USA

problem #98

Nov 272013

Silverado 1500

  • 85,410 miles
Was driving and brake line "burst" causing brake failure and wreck into tree.

- Altoona, PA, USA

problem #97

Nov 232013

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 88,183 miles
Coming home with a small load of lumber for a woodworking project, the "change oil lite" came on. Upon returning home and unloaded the lumber, backed the truck into the garage to change the oil-- the pickup didn't stop. He crawled under the pick up to find fluid on the garage floor and the brake lines rusted, corroded and one brake line split and leaking. Fortunately we were not traveling when the brakes malfunctioned.

- Gettyburg , PA, USA

problem #96

Nov 222013

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet C1500 2wd. The contact was coasting and attempted to brake but the pedal abnormally traveled to the floorboard as the brakes failed. The contact placed the vehicle in neutral and applied the parking brake to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was inspected and it was determined all four brake lines wee severely rusted and corroded.. the manufacturer was made aware of the incident. The approximate failure mileage was 88,000...updated 12-23-13

- Gettysburg, PA, USA

problem #95

Nov 012013

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 107,000 miles
Rusted out brake lines caused a leak leading to ABS problems and increased stopping distance.

- Westerville, OH, USA

problem #94

Sep 302013

Silverado 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,233 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The contact stated that while inspecting the vehicle, he noticed the brake lines were corroded. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 16,233. Updated 12/24/13

- Waterford, MI, USA

problem #93

Oct 302013

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 118,000 miles
I was traveling at 30 to 35 miles per hour and a school bus stopped to drop kids red lights flashing. I applied brake pressure only to have the brake pedal go all the way to the floor board. Lucky timing I was first in line and ran into grass on the side of the road before any children had disembarked. Investigation revealed that the brake lines had corroded and caused a fluid leak.

- Grant , FL, USA

problem #92

Oct 152013

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 128,121 miles


Driving through heavy traffic on an interstate highway doing approx 45 mph traffic was starting and stopping frequently when the traffic came to a sudden stop I put on my brakes and the pedal went to the floor wth no warning what so ever and I struck the rear of one vehicle, and that driver had injuries which I do not know the full extent of. After my vehicle was towed to the body shop which I had $3,252 of damage the vehicle is repaired however in the process of this they noticed I still do not have brakes and after the mechanic investigated it it was noticed a brake line corroded through causing my brake failure and all my brake lines need to be replaced at a cost of a minimum of $1600 but probably closert to $2000 I have owned this truck from new and find it hard to fathom that GM does nothing for safety with an issue as this. This vehicle has 128,000 miles on it and been maintained with care and hardly driven in winter months since I have had other vehicles for my work for the last 9 years so road salts may effect it but this vehicle did not see daily use for years. This issue should have been dealt with a long time ago. I quess it will take incidents like mine for something to be done, I am just thankful no one was killed, which everyone should know with no brakes some one is bound to if this does not get resolved.

- Walnutport, PA, USA

problem #91

Oct 222013

Silverado 1500

  • 110,000 miles
Total brake failure- ruptured brake line under driver door side. Fortunately this happened when I was backing out of my driveway and I was able to stop my truck using the emergency brake.the week before I had my ABS sensors on the front wheels replaced because the truck would sometimes not stop at a slow speed. I am happy that this did not happen while I was towing my trailer. Rupture of this line caused a total brake failure with no warning until after the incident( when all the fluid was gone}.

- Quicy, MA, USA

problem #90

Oct 142013

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 34,245 miles
Noticed brake fluid was low. Could not find any leaks, while backing truck up, I applied my brakes and the brake pedal went clear to the floor. I used my emergency brake to stop my truck. I immediately looked underneath the truck and brake fluid was dripping from the rear axle. I investigated the brake lines and found them to be completely rusted and corroded. I was just lucky that this did not happen on the highway as it would have been a certain collision causing injuries or death.

- Gandeeville, WV, USA

problem #89

Oct 142013

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 191,825 miles
Left rear steel brake line blew out. Upon inspection, brake line was found rusted with a 1/16 inch hole on the 3/16 inch tubing.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #88

Sep 262013

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 85,654 miles
Brakes failed as I was coming to a stop sign. No cross traffic at time so no collision occurred. Had vehicle towed to repair facility. All brake lines had to be replaced. Total bill $750.

- Danville, IL, USA

problem #87

Sep 202013

Silverado 1500

  • 130,000 miles
While driving in normal traffic, I was preparing to stop at a red light with vehicles ahead of me. Upon applying brakes from approx 30 mph, I was able to brake like normal, until approx 5-10 mph, when the ABS kicked on for no reason, sending my truck within inches from striking another motorist in front of me. It continued to do this for about 3 miles until I arrived home.

- Henrietta, NY, USA

problem #86

Aug 142013

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
My wife complained to me the brakes on our 2002 Chevy Silverado pick-up, felt funny. I backed our pick-up truck out of the driveway and went to the end of the street, the brakes felt mushy. As I got to the end of our street is a stop sign. I was going approximately 15 to 20mph. I went to stop the truck and the brake pedal went right to the floor. I was unable to stop. I pumped the brakes and then held firmly on the pedal. I quickly observed cross traffic in the road before me and I turned sharply onto the shoulder of the highway West just being narrowly missed by West bound traffic. I had my wife follow me to the dealership and I coasted into the dealership without any brakes at all. The following day I was told by the dealership I needed all new brake lines and brake calibers. They asked me to come down and view the under portions of our pick-up and I did so. The truck was up on the hoist and mechanic and service rep showed me he was unable to take the broken line out of the brake caliber without snapping off the nut holding the brake line. They showed me the remaining brake lines all in stages of rusting out including the one line that blew open causing the sudden leak and "no brakes" problem. The repair service cost me approximately $2800,00. I complained to the service manager [xxx], I told him I have driven GM cars for decades on Michigan roads and never had any brake line rust out and fail. I was told the brake line failure was due to the salty conditions driving in Michigan winters. His explanation still did not make much sense to me. I know car manufactures are very aware of these type road conditions in the midwest and North East. The dealership that I took my truck to is the only repair facility I have taken it to for maintenance and repairs. That was a very expensive repair bill. We were lucky not having an accident on that day. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- St. Clair, MI, USA

problem #85

Aug 222013

Silverado 1500 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
This complaint relates to NHTSA action number EA11001 regarding corroded brake lines on Chevy trucks. I was coming up to a red light, some cars ahead of me, going about 30 mph. I applied the brakes. Initial pressure on the pedal felt normal, then the pedal resistance dropped to zero. By pushing the pedal all the way to the floor I was able to stop the vehicle. I pulled in to a gas station. Brake fluid was pouring out of a location along the brake line running to the back of the vehicle. Location about where the cab and bed meet. I was able to drive slowly to a nearby Chevy dealer for repairs. Total repair bill was $2200.

- Frederick, MD, USA

problem #84

Sep 112013

Silverado 1500 6-cyl

  • 43,312 miles
I was driving home and pulled up to a traffic light and was preparing to stop, as I applied the brake pedal it went to the floor as I was pushing the pedal down and even tried pumping the brakes up a bit nothing worked and it would not stop and I almost hit a police car but luckily the light turned green and I applied the emergency brake that stopped me enough to give me time for the cars in the front of me to move on. This is the 2nd time this happened the first time was a similar situation and I got that part fixed and I was informed that other lines were fine but after last winter and the truck being parked outside for the first time it happened again. This truck does not have a lot of miles on it and even though I live in a state that uses salt in the winter this truck was never driven in the winter and parked in a garage and only driven in the summer months which is why the miles are so low and why I purchased it from a private owner. Upon further inspection the brake lines are extremely rusted now and leaking and I cannot even afford the cost at this time to get this fixed due to having my hours at work lowered to 5 a day.

- Elyria, OH, USA

problem #83

Sep 112013

Silverado 1500

  • 45,000 miles
Want 1600 dollars to replace every line on the truck due to rust...including flexible hose to wheels. Don't have VIN no truck at shop until I decide what to do.

- Beckley, WV, USA

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