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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 9 of 13)

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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

problem #67

Jun 212013

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 82,766 miles
Went to stop for a red light and the drive side rear brake line blew, I went through the intersection with no brakes. That was a thrill.

- Grand Blanc, MI, USA

problem #66

Jun 252013

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 251,100 miles
I was coming to a normal stop at the traffic light, I was slowing down normally then began to press the brake pedal. About half-way of pedal travel, the brake pedal suddenly went all the way down with no resistance and I could not stop my Chevy Silverado 2002. I had to suddenly veer into the next lane to avoid hitting the car that was in front of me that already had stopped at the traffic light. I then had to quickly shift down through the gears to get the truck to slow down, then after the truck had slowed down a lot, I shifted into park to force the truck to come to a stop. After I was able to slowly pull into a parking lot and stop the truck, I existed the truck and looked underneath the wheels and saw brake fluid sprayed all over the driverside front wheel well. The brake line had burst. I took it to the mechanic to fix it and he confirmed that the brake line had burst. He also inspected the brake lines for the other three wheels and recommended all of them get replaced. After doing some research, I have found out that this is a common problem with the Chevy Silverado gmt800 trucks from model years 1999 and up.

- Madison Heights, MI, USA

problem #65

Jun 062011

Silverado 1500

  • miles
Sometimes when I apply the brakes at low speed 5 -10 mph on dry pavement the ABS will start to cycle making the stopping distance extremely long.

- Sherwood, AR, USA

problem #64

Jun 032013

Silverado 1500

  • miles
The emergency brakes have never worked, the pedal goes to the floor and will not hold the truck. I have a 4 wheel drive with an automatic transmission. When on an incline in park the truck will sometimes start to roll down hill.

- Sherwood, AR, USA

problem #63

Jun 132013

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 98,000 miles
While bleeding brake system after changing rear calipers found a rupture in the brake line on the frame by the front tire. The line was completely rusted and failed. Luckily in the driveway and not the highway.

- Fernandina , FL, USA

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