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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 4 of 9)

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problem #105

Mar 012011

Silverado 1500

  • 137,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado. While driving at low speeds, the contact noticed that the anti lock brake system would activate yet the vehicle would continue to accelerate. The contact did not inform the local dealer, instead he notified the manufacturer who advised him that there was a previous recall under NHTSA campaign id number: 05V379000 (service brakes, hydraulic:anti lock) in which repairs were already performed. The manufacturer did not offer any additional assistance. The current mileage was 138,000 and the approximate failure mileage was 137,000.

- Clearview Heights, WV, USA

problem #104

Mar 172011

Silverado 1500

  • 104,000 miles
1. normal driving, all vehicle preventiative maintenance 2. while driving, the brake lines burst causing lose of braking power. Upon inspection, the brake lines were completely rusted through. 3. all brakes lines replaced.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #103

Feb 282011

Silverado 1500

  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. While the contact was driving approximately 5 mph on dry road surfaces, the anti-lock system activated and the vehicle would not slow down when the brakes were engaged. Suddenly, the gear was shifted into reverse causing the vehicle to crash into a cement barrier. The contact resumed driving without experiencing the ABS failure. There was no personal injury. A police report was not filed. The front bumper sustained minor damage. The vehicle had not been diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 120,000.

- Medina, NY, USA

problem #102

Sep 022010

Silverado 1500

  • 98,000 miles


I have a 2002 Chevy Silverado, that's is experiencing braking failures at low speed, like coming to a complete stop at a intersection. I have almost slid into several intersections and do no longer trust my brakes to stop when I need them. This problem is the same as reported under a existing recall # 05V37900. The problem is that my vehicle is not listed due to it's location, which is North Carolina. This recall needs to be expanded to cover addition states.

- Archdale, NC, USA

problem #101

Jan 312011

Silverado 1500

  • 63,062 miles
Another driver pulled out in front of me and when I applied my brakes a brake line burst and I lost my brakes and almost ran into the other driver who pulled in front of me. I went into the ditch to avoid hitting the other driver. I took me truck to my mechanic and he said the brake lines were rusted and that's why they failed. They all need replaced so this doesn't happen again.

- Freeport, PA, USA

problem #100

Jan 212011

Silverado 1500

  • miles
Brake lines rusting on my 02 Silverado 1500.

- Bettendorf, IA, USA

problem #99

Dec 302010

Silverado 1500

  • 87,200 miles


Corrosion on brake lines in engine compartment with one brake line rupturing and causing a loss off brakes.

- Jupiter, FL, USA

problem #98

Dec 172010

Silverado 1500

  • 43,000 miles
2002 Chevrolet Silverado. 41,000 miles. Brake lines rusted out. Nearly smashed into an entire family when I lost brakes. Driving for 35 years and have never been so scared. Someone please do something

- Shirley, NY, USA

problem #97

Dec 032010

Silverado 1500 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
2002 Chevy Silverado - brake light indicator came on. Checked fluid levelon master cylinder - 1/2 empty upon further inspection identified leak in section of tubing behind fender well. Took to local mechanic. Brakes gave way as he pulled into shop. He indicated that all lines were corroded behind plastic wheel well guard. Replacing all affected tubing.

- Henrico, VA, USA

problem #96

Dec 012010

Silverado 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 58,420 miles
2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, 4 wheel drive Z71 off road, 58420 miles, was stopped with foot depressed on brake pedal, felt pedal go all the way to the floor. Had to accelerate and had no brakes. Brake fluid leak due to rusted brake line. After further inspection all brake lines, fuel lines, ehcu brake line connection are all rusted. Brake line is in the process of being replaced but at a stand still at the moment due to a leak at the ehcu connection due to pitting, there isn't a tight connection. Still in the process of repairs. Have all parts.

- Newark, DE, USA

problem #95

Nov 242010

Silverado 1500

  • 177,000 miles


Had shocks replaced on my truck today and mechanic informed me that brake lines on my 2002 Chevrolet Silverado were rusted and would need to be replaced soon for safety reasons.

- Morrow , OH, USA

problem #94

Jul 152010

Silverado 1500

  • 108,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The contact stated that while decelerating the anti-lock brakes would pulsate, making it difficult to stop the vehicle. The dealer was contacted and informed him that they repaired NHTSA campaign recall, 05V379000, service brakes, hydraulic antilock once before and they were unable to repair it again for free. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 108,000.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #93

Sep 212003

Silverado 1500

  • 18,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The contact stated the vehicle was taken for state inspection and the technician informed the contact that the emergency brake would not function properly. The failure caused the rear rotors to wear prematurely which resulted in the replacement of the rotors twice prior to being informed of the emergency brake failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 18,000.

- Memphis , TN, USA

problem #92

Nov 022010

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 98,000 miles
While having my 2002 Chevy Silverado 1500 serviced for an oil change I was advised that all the steel brake lines were badly rusted, unsafe, and needed immediate replacement. Initial estimates are $2000. Vehicle mileage is 98,000.

- Cockeysville, MD, USA

problem #91

Oct 222010

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 42,279 miles
2002 Chevrolet Silverado - 2nd brake line failure in past 6 months. Avoided accident by pulling into parking lot. All brake lines extremely corroded. You currently have an investigation into this problem - here is another case. All brake lines need to be replaced. According to dealer, they have no service bulletins on this, and it will cost "thousands of dollars". this is a pickup with 40K miles on it. My wife could have been seriously injured by the total loss of brakes she experienced. This problem warrants an immediate recall!

- Queensbury, NY, USA

problem #90

Oct 242010

Silverado 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
Total brake failure. Completely rusted through brake lines. Rear wheel drums rusted through, backing plate and emer. Brake rotted away. Nearly causing a severe accident on interstate. I was unable to stop my vehicle, and had to coast to a stop. Fortunately, I was not in traffic, and no one was injured. The potential was there for a serious accident. I wrote to GM twice in June, they never acknowledged either letter.

- Brookfield, CT, USA

problem #89

Oct 182010

Silverado 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 80,166 miles
Red brake dash light turned on. Inspected vehicle and found brake lines rusted through and leaking fluid.

- Ringwood, NJ, USA

problem #88

Oct 152010

Silverado 1500

  • 77,000 miles
Brake line failure on 2002 Chevrolet Silverado.

- Colgate, WI, USA

problem #87

Sep 292010

Silverado 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 49,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact was traveling 50 mph when he applied the brakes and the brake pedal went into the floorboard. The brakes did not respond. The contact applied the emergency brake in order to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed for the failure. The contact stated that the rear rotors were entirely rusted three years prior to the failure. The current and failure mileage was 49,000. Updated 3/8/11 the consumer stated he noticed brake fluid was leaking from two of the steel brake lines and they were completely corroded. The front brake line ruptured which was located below the drivers seat on the outside of the frame rail and the rear brake line had ruptured as well, which was located on the drivers side wheel well. All seven brake lines along the fuel lines showed some degree of corrosion and needed to be replaced.

- Mount Holly, NJ, USA

problem #86

Aug 182006

Silverado 1500

  • 50,000 miles
2002 Silverado pu, braking distance is extended. Spongy brakes. Once when moving into parking space brakes failed to stop car at 5 mph. No damage. When carrying moderate loads brakes never seem reliable. Checked by local mechanic, says ok, but issue remains.

- Henrico, VA, USA

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