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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 9 of 13)

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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

problem #82

Sep 132013

Silverado 1500

  • 77,866 miles
While backing out of my garage I applied the brakes to change direction and go forward. I heard a sudden hissing noise through the open driver side window and my brake pedal went to the floor, bottoming out. Upon investigation I noticed brake fluid coming from rusted brake lines behind the left side front wheel. When the brake pedal bottomed, it didn't appear that I had any brake action at all. Very fortunate to have been in my driveway and not at a busy intersection or other dangerous location.

- Manistique, MI, USA

problem #81

Aug 102013

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 80,254 miles


Went to stop at stop sign, brakes went to floor, no cars were coming, went thru sign by time E-brake was hit.

- Ithaca, NY, USA

problem #80

Aug 242013

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
My 2002 Silverado has 65,000 miles on it. It is kept very spotless and the brake lines are so rusted they are about to burst. Having to replace them when the miles are this low, GM should be ashamed of this poor craftsmanship. My brother just had the same problem on his 2003 Silverado. This should be a recall from GM. I am very unsatisfied with this situation.

- Perkasie, PA, USA

problem #79

Aug 172013

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
2002 Chevrolet Silverado.ABS issue. Driving at less than 10mph, ABS pump was engaged and I was barely able to stop the vehicle, I had to use parking brake and downshift in order to get my vehicle to stop. I was within one car length from striking another car on the road. ABS is constantly running and kicks in at lower speeds. Very unsafe.

- Henrietta, NY, USA

problem #78

Aug 132013

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 90,578 miles
Went to put on brakes and nothing found that they have rusted through and not from rubbing or clamps. Was able to keep from hitting another car.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #77

Aug 012013

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 85,777 miles


Was hooking up trailer and started to move touched the brake and pedal went to floor. Left rear brake line rusted completely into. All brake lines very rusty. Because of rust I have replaced all 4 rotors, all 4 calipers all 4 shocks, always parked in garage.the truck frame is total rust. The rims had to be painted because of rust the spare is solid rust.

- Nashville, IN, USA

problem #76

Jul 012013

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 137,800 miles
While driving to work early one morning. A Saab went through a stop signed and I had to slam on my brakes. The pedal went to the floor, no brakes. All brake lines blew.. cost me over $600 to have them replaced. Faulty brake lines on truck, I could have been seriously injured or killed if I didn't swerve around Saab ! these should be recalled and fixed...

- Leominster, MA, USA

problem #75

Jul 232013

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 126,900 miles
Brake pedal went to the floor. When I got home I saw brake fluid leaking out of steel line. When I took to get repaired they put truck on lift and I saw that steel brake lines were corroded and holes opened up in lines.this was a costly repair and this should not have happened.

- Daytona Beach, FL, USA

problem #74

Jul 212013

Silverado 1500

  • 86,638 miles
I started my truck in order to put it away in the garage, and the brake pedal went to the floor. Upon investigation, I found a pool of brake fluid below the truck. I also saw that all of the brake lines were extremely corroded and needed to be replaced. I went to my local dealership to inquire about repair costs, and was told that repairs would be over $1,000. I have never seen corrosion like this in any vehicle that was less that 25 years old. I have restored many vintage cars, and have never had to replace a steel brake line due to corrosion. I had my two young grandsons and my wife in this truck with me less than a week ago, and if this brake failure had occurred while we were traveling on the interstate highway, it is likely that we all would have been killed. These vehicles are ticking time bombs, and must be taken off of the roads. I have garaged this truck since I purchased it as a new vehicle, and it has been serviced at our local Chevrolet dealership per the manufacturer's schedule. The corrosion issue is not due to neglect, but rather to the use of substandard material. This is an urgent issue that must be addressed and rectified.

- Willard, OH, USA

problem #73

Aug 052010

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 99,752 miles
ABS sensors faulty no brakes, next brake problem on 5-31-2011 brake line rotted no brakes, next brake problem 6-24-13 no brakes again ABS sensors broke again, next brake problem,7-20-2013 all brake lines rotted need to be replaced no brakes again cost to me so far almost $2800.

- Swansea, MA, USA

problem #72

Jul 202013

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 112,500 miles
While towing my boat I was approaching a stop sign while pressing my brake pedal it went completely to the floor. I was barely able to get out of the way of the other stopped cars at the stop sign I had just enough pressure to stop in the oncoming traffic lane just past the cars in my lane which I was lucky enough to avoid hitting. Thankfully also there was no cars coming in the other direction. I then pulled over and got out of my truck and noticed brake fluid leaking from under my truck under the drivers side door entrance. I then looked under and noticed the rusted lines the fluid was coming from as it was dripping out. This could of been a disaster because if I had made it to the interstate and got on the highway to head home I surely would of not been as lucky. So far my towing cost me $298 to get my truck home and to my mechanic where it sits in their lot until Monday morning. Luckily my fishing partner was not far behind me and saw me pulled over and then pulled over to see what was wrong. He has a truck and towed my boat all the way home for me which was 60 miles. This was by far the scariest event I ever have had in my truck while towing but do realize that it could of been much worst. After reading all the countless issues that most have had with this I cannot imagine why GM has not stepped up to fix the problem through a recall.

- Stratford , CT, USA

problem #71

Jun 072013

Silverado 1500

  • miles
My girlfriend was driving my truck went to pull in to a parking spot when she hit the brakes ABS kicked in and would not stop the truck causing her to hit a parked car with a good amount of damage to the other car the brakes have never giving me problems and now its got no brakes 2002 Chevy Silverado.

- Wayland , OH, USA

problem #70

Jul 112013

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 88,000 miles
2002 Chevy Silverado 4X4 ext cab truck was recalled in 2005 for anti lock brake activation at low speeds the dealer cleaned put on anti corrosive material on sensor (after truck was in a accident I got the notice in the mail 3 days later) now 7/11/2013 its happening again, they will not fix it again only once, cost for new hub and sensor I about $700 per side $1,400 total to fix problem, this is a safety issue GM, Chevy should fix not put a band aid on the fix. Also the Chevy dealer said to me its a lifetime warranty on parts and labor wow that's great at my expense. Why didn't they put the lifetime warranty when its new, now I have to pay twice some deal.

- Rollinsford, NH, USA

problem #69

Jun 272013

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 111,238 miles
Lost most of my braking as a result of heavy rust on brake lines and other brake parts. Mechanic said this was way more rust than there should of been in these areas.

- St. Charles , MO, USA

problem #68

May 082013

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 91,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The contact stated that while driving approximately 5 mph, the brakes were applied and the anti lock brake system engaged independently. The contact mentioned that the failure recurred on an intermittent basis. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer for diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and stated that the vehicle was repaired previously under NHTSA campaign number: 05V379000 (service brakes, hydraulic). The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 91,000 and the current mileage was 93,000.

- Arnold, MO, USA

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