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Crashes / Fires:
15 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
69,973 miles

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2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 brakes problems

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2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Owner Comments (Page 3 of 9)

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problem #125

Aug 232011

Silverado 1500

  • 78,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The contact stated that the vehicle was previously repaired under the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 05V379000 (service brakes, hydraulic:antilock). The contact stated the anti lock braking system would engage while braking at low speeds. The vehicle was taken to an independent repair shop, where the contact was advised to disconnect the anti lock braking module. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 78,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Winter, WI, USA

problem #124

Sep 032011

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 89,454 miles
After securing 10 pallets in the bed of the truck and beginning the drive home from the local lumber yard, I depressed the breaks to stop at the first light. The brake pedal went to the floor, so I downshifted and began to depress the emergency brake to stop. At this point I had my wife pick up the children so they would not be in the vehicle with me. I proceeded home (less that 1.5 miles) at a reduced speed of approximately 10 miles an hour. Depressing the brake provided marginal stopping capability. It was sufficient stopping power for a vehicle traveling about 10 miles per hour at 100 feet. Under the vehicle after the antilock braking box, the one line was spraying brake fluid when the pedal was depressed. The rust was so severe, when going to cut the line, the line actually crushed inwards with no apparent good metal. In splicing the line I was unable to find the proper clearance to reconnect the line to the antilock braking box, so my mechanic will be working this shortly. The other lines look equally bad so I will have those replaced as well. I have never seen rust this bad on my vehicles even older than this one. Pictures and or pieces of the brake line can be supplied upon request.

- Rome, NY, USA

problem #123

Sep 022011

Silverado 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles
Vehicle is currently at the "bayside Chevrolet" dealer in prince frederick, md. Sorry, I don't know the exact mileage but is approx. 156,000. I was at an enterprise rental car facility helping my daughter pickup her rental car. I had to put the car in my name since she is under 21. So my daughter went into my truck to drive it home (2002 Chevy Silverado 1500 4X4). When she pushed the brake and put it in reverse, the brake pedal went to the floor. I walked over to the vehicle when she called me over and noticed lots of brake fluid on the ground near the driver side door. A tow truck was called and it was towed to the dealer mentioned above where it is now. I briefly looked under the truck and noticed severe corrosion on the brake lines and brake fluid all over the under-side. The dealer called me and said all the brake lines need to be replaced. They asked me "do you go off-road"", I said "no". then they asked "did you run over any large objects?", I said "no". then she said "maybe rodents""; ok, lets not get ridiculous, I thought. The estimate is $1,300. I asked them to not do repairs until my insurance inspector can document the damage for a claim I submitted. The inspector is supposed to show at the dealer sometime September 6th, 2011. State farm claim# [xxx]. information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Lusby, MD, USA

problem #122

Aug 232011

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,079 miles


NHTSA investigation number: EA11001 - brake line failure, steel brake line under left side of cab ruptured due to rust and brake fluid leaked out of brake system. Upon further inspection, found all 4 steel brake lines are rusted very badly under left side of cab, additional brake line rust found on all steel brake lines, under hood in engine compartment, along frame, under cab, and under truck bed. One of these steel brake lines ruptured resulting in complete brake system failure due to loss of brake fluid while driving! very dangerous. Dealership repaired one failed steel brake line, but would not replace all rusted brake lines. This failure occurred while traveling 45 mph and approaching a red light at busy intersection. Brake peddle went to floor, no brakes, down shift automatic transmission to 2nd gear and used emergency brake. I had to swerve and changed lanes three times to avoid accident. There was no warning to this failure. Also vehicle is meticulously maintained. Please help.

- Lumberton, NJ, USA

problem #121

Aug 252011

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 82,532 miles
I own a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado. The metal brake line which runs along the frame, at the point where it connects to a flexible hose that services the rear brakes has rusted through and as a consequence all of the brake fluid has leaked out of the master cylinder reservoir.

- Seymour, IN, USA

problem #120

Jul 102011

Silverado 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 54,000 miles
Has occurred on multiple occasions. While driving- depressed brake pedal, which went to floorboard and insufficiently provided braking to stop vehicle. No warning provided. Was able to pull to side of road before striking vehicle in front of me. Mechanic indicated it is corroded break lines. Had experienced similar problem(poor braking approx. 4000 miles ago due to corroded sensor. Have not yet repaired vehicle. Unusable.

- Brookfield, CT, USA

problem #119

Aug 162011

Silverado 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 62,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet 1500. The contact stated that while driving 25 mph, he attempted to engage the brakes, but the pedal depressed all the way to the floor. The contact inspected the vehicle and realized that the brake lines underneath the drivers side door broke as a result of corrosion. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 62,000....updated 12/03/12 the dealer replaced the brake lines and one caliper. Updated 01/05/12

- Oakwood, IL, USA

problem #118

Aug 092011

Silverado 1500

  • 42,600 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact stated that while driving 10 mph, the brakes were applied and the brake pedal depressed all the way to the floor. The contact inspected the vehicle and noticed that all of the brake fluid leaked out of the brake lines onto the ground. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, where they stated the brakes lines were rusted through. The dealer replaced the calibers, hubs and the entire brake line. The manufacturer had not been notified. The failure and current mileages were 42,600.

- East Peiora, IL, USA

problem #117

Oct 212005

Silverado 1500

  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. While the contact was driving approximately 5 mph approaching a traffic stop sign, pressure was applied to the brake pedal, suddenly the anti-lock brake system engaged and the vehicle rolled forward. In 2005, the vehicle was repaired under a manufacturer voluntary recall pertaining to the anti-lock brake system. The identical failure recurred in January of 2011 and was repaired by the dealer. Most recently, the brakes completely failed to respond upon engaging and the vehicle was towed to the dealer. The contact was waiting upon a response from the dealer in regards to the cause of failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 55,000.

- Tolland , CT, USA

problem #116

Jul 212011

Silverado 1500

  • miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact stated that whenever the vehicle decelerated to 10 mph or less, the anti-lock braking system engaged and the vehicle became difficult to stop. The manufacturer was notified and the contact was informed that the vehicle was not included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 05V379000 (service brakes: Hydraulic: Anti-lock). The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 113,000.

- Manhattan, KS, USA

problem #115

Jul 272011

Silverado 1500

  • 96,660 miles


Brake line erupted leaving me in an unsafe situation with no warning and putting me at risk. I went to apply the brakes entering a controlled intersection and my brake pedal felt different as it went all the way to the floor and barely stopped my 2002 2500hd Chevrolet silveraldo crew cab truck. Pumping the brakes had no positive effect on stopping my vehicle. Brake warning light did not display after brake line failure. No brakes and no brake warning indicator. There is property damage to my truck and my house due to this brake line failure.

- Clarksburg, WV, USA

problem #114

Jul 262011

Silverado 1500

  • 74,000 miles
I was driving home and as I pulled into the driveway, the brake pedal went all the way to the floor as I braked. I looked under the truck and it was leaking brake fluid around the driver side frame rail over the gas tank. The brake line seems to have rusted through and burst under light braking pressure.

- Shelbyville, KY, USA

problem #113

Jun 032011

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 117,804 miles
I recieved a card to fill out in regard to my Chevy Silverado 2002 truck.I reported no brake failure at that time on June 3rd 2011 the brake line gave way and nearly caused an accident.I had to take the ditch to avoid it and 2 of my children were in the truck.

- Somerville, OH, USA

problem #112

Jul 022011

Silverado 1500 6-cyl

  • 87,990 miles
I attempted to stop at a stop light. When I depressed the brake pedal it went to the floor and I realized that I had no brakes. I was able to slow down enough to make it through the light and into a parking lot. After a quick inspection I found that the steel brake line going to the rear brakes rusted through, and was spewing brake fluid. This truck is a 2002 model with only 88K miles and is well maintained. I don't think the brake lines should rust through and fail this soon. This is a major safety problem. I was lucky. I was driving slow, was not on a busy street and didn't have an accident. It could have caused a terrible accident! it has not been repaired yet.

- Pasadena, MD, USA

problem #111

Jun 192011

Silverado 1500

  • 45,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The contact stated that while driving approximately 10 mph he applied the brakes and the pedal depressed to the floor. The vehicle would not stop until the emergency brake was engaged. The contact examined the vehicle and noticed the brake lines on the driver's side fractured due to corrosion. The failure was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was 45,000.

- Beavercreek, OH, USA

problem #110

Jun 032011

Silverado 1500

  • 67,620 miles
Brake pedal suddenly went to the floor as I attempted to back out of a parking space. No prior problems with the brakes. Upon exiting the vehicle I noticed a large puddle of brake fluid forming under the vehicle below the driver's door. Called aaa and had the vehicle towed to a local shop. Mechanic pointed out that all brake lines forward of the ABS pump were rusted out resulting in the failure of one of the lines. He also pointed out that the front calipers were rusted to the point where the bleed ports were unserviceable, requiring replacement of the calipers as well as the brake lines. From my research this appears to be a case of inferior materials used in the construction of the 6 million affected vehicles. Luckily I wasn't at speed when this failure occurred. These vehicles need to recalled, inspected, and repaired at GM's expense before there are any further injuries.

- Lusby, MD, USA

problem #109

Jun 022011

Silverado 1500 6-cyl

  • miles
I got off work, pulled up to get onto main road brakes felt spongy, did stop, got onto main road traveled 1/2 mile about 35 mph, slowed truck by letting off gas to make right turn, tried to use brakes to slow more, brakes went to the floor. I managed to get slow enough to make turn safely. I pretty much traveled 5-10 mph another 50yds to get into lowes parking lot. I tried to brake again, no brakes. I put truck into neutral and coasted to stop. I got out of the truck smelled brake fluid. Brake fluid was everywhere around my driver rear wheel. I called a tow truck to get my truck home thinking my caliper or hose failed. After taking off my wheel, I found that the steel brake line was ruptured. Called a mechanic to see if he could take a look at it, he said he could maybe late Friday, he just did a 2004 Silverado with the same problem. I called a tow truck again to get truck to his garage. He calls me late Friday evening and said all the brakes lines have to be replaced because of heavy corrosion and maybe the calipers depending if they fail. He quoted me a price at $900. My co-worker had his brake lines replaced not to long ago and his is a newer model.

- South Point , OH, USA

problem #108

May 212011

Silverado 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 53,627 miles
Was driving to the store in my 2002 Chevy Silverado and out of nowhere the brake pedal went to the floor. Luckily pulled into a parking lot and saw brake fluid pouring out from underneath driver side of vehicle.after looking under the truck to see where it was coming from found all brake lines in that area extremely rusted and deteriorated.checked the reservoir for the brake fluid and it was almost empty. This could of been a situation where a severe accident could of occurred. This happened on 5/21/11 have yet to take the vehicle in for repairs. Just to mention my daughters age 10 and 14 are in this vehicle often with me and I have never seen brake lines on a vehicle this bad considering the vehicle is less than 10 yrs old.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #107

May 072011

Silverado 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 98,000 miles
I have a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado, brakes went out, brake lines are rusty, and burst on one of the lines, I see NHTSA probes 1999-2003 GM trucks for possible rusted brake lines back in March of 2010 what became of it? this is a very dangerous problem, this vehicle is used to tow and had that been the case when the brakes went out someone could have been hurt and or killed. This is not the only rusty brake line I have seen I also have a 2000 Chevrolet Impala that had the same problem, as my wife was driving to work she had to stop for a school bus, when she went to stop was unable thank god the children did not have to cross the road way to load on the bus. We were also lucky the lines burst on the Silverado in the driveway, and it was very lucky it did not happen the week prior, I was towing with it. There needs to be a recall on this issue and it needs to been done right away before some one gets killed. Please look into other GM products [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Hamilton, OH, USA

problem #106

May 012011

Silverado 1500

  • 78,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado. While the contact was driving approximately 10 mph, the brake pedal unexpectedly traveled to the floor upon engagement and would not respond. The vehicle continued in motion until the gear was shifted into neutral and eventually the vehicle came to a complete stop. The contact inspected the vehicle and detected that the brake line exhibited severe rust corrosion. NHTSA currently has an open investigation related to the failure associated with action number EA11001 (service brakes, hydraulic: Foundation components hoses, lines/piping, and fittings). The vehicle had not been repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 78,000.

- Park Forest, IL, USA

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