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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 8 of 9)

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problem #25

Dec 202005

Silverado 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,800 miles


In December of 2005 I brought my 2002 Silverado to the dealer for a recall on ABS sensors. I was contacted and told I needed brake rotors and pads on all four wheels. I asked them how a truck with only 10,200 miles that had been garaged since purchase could require $900 worth of brakes. First I was told it was due to inactivity. After explaining I have a 1976 GMC CK10 parked beside the Silverado and it did not require such repair, I was told new brake materials are inferior to the older brake materials. I suspect there may be faulty materials used in GMC truck brakes circa 2002 and seek you advice on the matter. Thank you.

- Warner, NH, USA

problem #24

Jun 012002

Silverado 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact states since purchase the brakes have been weak when pulling his boat and making emergency stops. He states with both feet on the brake pedal, it feels spongy and it goes to the floor. The vehicle does not stop any faster when the brakes are pressed harder. The trailer for the boat does not have any brakes and both weigh approximately 2000 pounds. The pulling capacity for the vehicle is 7200 pounds. The vehicle has been to the dealership and they state the brakes are working properly; therefore, no repairs have been made. They have not driven the vehicle with the trailer and boat attached.

- Rockton, IL, USA

problem #23

Dec 092005

Silverado 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,700 miles
I own a 2002 Chevy Silverado K-1500 with 64,000 miles. Last week I was pulling into a parking space at 2-3 mph, and all of a sudden my brakes failed ( pedal to the floor) and it felt like the truck accelerated (my foot was off the gas pedal. I ran into a brick wall, cracking some plastic on the front bumper, and denting the bumper itself. Luckily, I hit the brick wall with the front tow hook. The next day I took my truck to stanley Chevrolet and had them look for any problems. The truck was taken there earlier in the fall, to correct the ABS recall. Stanley, could not find any problem. I would also like to submit that my emergency brake system is completely worn out. Which is odd since I have never used them.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #22

Oct 212005

Silverado 1500 6-cyl

  • 21,283 miles


Consumer letter regarding safety deficiency on 2002 Chevrolet Silverado braking system. The brake rotors and calipers have been replaced several times.

- Whitefield, NH, USA

problem #21

Jun 172005

Silverado 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
Premature rear brake wear. The rear brake were wore out before front brakes at 4 times the rate on this particular vehicle. This has been happening for 18 months. This vehicle has been regularly maintained. This vehicle is on its first set of rear brakes. The front brakes are original. The front brakes have approximately seventy percent wear remaining. Consumer is replacing the rear brakes and rotors. There are service bulletins #1336875, and #00-05-23-005B. The brakes were grinding in the rear and the rotors have been damaged.

- Jackson, MI, USA

problem #20

May 202005

Silverado 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 35,000 miles
Contact states the brakes on vehicle started pulsating while braking. A local service dealer replaced the brakes and rotors on the front and rear of the vehicle.

- Budd, WV, USA

problem #19

May 082005

Silverado 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 81,100 miles


At low speeds the ABS system engages when the break is applied causing the truck to brake poorly. Until just recently I've had no problems and my brake pads are fine per my mechanic who checked them about 2 weeks ago. While driving the truck I pulled into a friends driveway about 5mph and applied the brake on dry pavement when the ABS came on and I was sent crashing into his garage. This has happend almost 20 times since that day. I can not even drive my truck to work anymore due to fear of hitting someone. I have a 2002 Silverado xc 1500 4X4 that is very well maintained with 81332miles. My father and brother both own similar model GM trucks both 2000 models with exactly the same problem. Nothing has been done as of yet to fix my truck I'm waiting to see if I can make the dealer pay for the damages done and fix my brake system.

- Richford, VT, USA

problem #18

Apr 012005

Silverado 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When the driver started to apply the brakes (lightly), they felt like they didn't have power brakes and the vehicle didn't stop the way that it normally did. The consumer pressed hard on the brake pedal but the vehicle still did not stop. On another occasion the consumer applied the brake and the and activated for about 5 seconds then returned to normal.

- Mayslanding, NJ, USA

problem #17

Apr 162005

Silverado 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,000 miles
The problem was with the brakes which seemed to be the ABS. The problem would usually occur about 10 mph then the brakes would start to shake when slowing down. There was a noise that was heard and would have to pump the brakes. The vehicle was a 4 wheel drive and does it every time when slowing down.

- Saginaw, MI, USA

problem #16

Apr 012004

Silverado 1500 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,400 miles
While driving at low speeds, the driver applied the brake pedal and the brakes failed. The driver was able to maintain control of the vehicle and drove it home. When slowing down a speeds of 0-5 mph the brake pedal became hard to depress then the ABS would activate. If there was enough time, the brake pedal could be pumped then the ABS would stop, then the vehicle would stop.

- Holland, NY, USA

problem #15

Jun 152004

(reported on)

Silverado 1500 4WD

  • miles


2002 Chevrolet Silverado brake equipment. The consumer had to replace the ear rotors, shoes and hardware. The rear axle fluid was low and discolored. When the rear axle was serviced it was determined that the front axle vent tube was leaking from the oring. The axle vent tube was replaced.

- Unknown, DC, USA

problem #14

Feb 152003

Silverado 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,000 miles
Many of the problems took several times in the shop to fix. The castrophic failures in the engine & transmission have never been fixed. The truck has lunging, dead spots & surges & the transmission clunks (shifts hard, jerky) the auto may or may not accelerate on demand & will later accelerate when you need to apply the brakes.

- Ridgecrest, CA, USA

problem #13

Sep 152003

Silverado 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,499 miles
The brake line that runs to the rear left wheel was installed incorrectly causing it to contact the turn down seam of the cab sheetmetal. This was located just behind the fuel cooler. The rubbing caused the line to burst while stopping. The dealer service rep said that since the truck was 10K over the warranty that it would be unlikely that the GM would fix the problem. Since I didn't have the time to fight with the dealer and since I use the truck in the course of my business I had it repaired by local mechanic.

- Conyers, GA, USA

problem #12

Jul 152003

Silverado 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
The power steering & power brakes went out simultaneously. Fortunately I was only towing the boat trailer(2000 lbs) I had just unloaded a 5000 lb boat the date was 7 July. No one was injured and nothing was damaged. However upon checking around this apparently is a common problem on this GM platform. The dealership knew what was wrong before they saw the vehicle and admit to servicing this problem. My issue is how many people need to be injured or killed before someone recalls these. I just found out that the shaft which is breaking has been replaced with a new part but there are thousands of these things out there and no warning has been issued. My local dealership. They have replaced 6 of these in the last 2 weeks. The dealership in cheboygan has replaced 5 in the recent past for a total of 11 in two dealerships.

- Petoskey, MI, USA

problem #11

Feb 042004

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 92,000 miles
The tailgate fell off at 70 mph and the consumer almost had a collision. The consumer had taken the vehicle to the dealer and they stated that the safety cable deteriorated and the brakes would be replaced.

- Cockeysville, MD, USA

problem #10

Feb 202004

(reported on)

Silverado 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Brake pedal went almost to the floor before vehicle stopped. Took vehicle to the dealer, and the dealer stated it was normal.

- Newport, OR, USA

problem #9

Jan 192004

Silverado 1500

  • 29,000 miles
While turning consumer lost control of steering. Consumer later found out that the wheel, hub, brakeline and brakes were disconnected from the vehicle.

- Alvin, TX, USA

problem #8

Mar 302002

Silverado 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1 miles
Soft brake pedal...goes to the floor. Questionable brake response. Also "clunk" heard in front-end and felt through steering around turns. Both since new in March 2002.

- Lusby, MD, USA

problem #7

Sep 252003

Silverado 1500 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles
The hydraulic pump failed while driving. The consumer was forced to use the emergency brake to stop the vehicle. Heavy duty 2002 diesel Silverado. Dealer replaced power steering pump but there was no brakes, pedal went to the floor. On another occasion, consumer left vehicle idling while changing a tire on the trailer. Got in the vehicle, stepped on the brake and lost the brakes and trailer lights. Consumer decided to drive about a mile to exit freeway when the brakes started to work again.

- Stockton, MO, USA

problem #6

Sep 172003

Silverado 1500

  • 9,166 miles
While driving 20 mph brakes failed. Pedal would go to the floor, causing extended stopping distance. Had taken vehicle to dealership, but problem not resolved.

- Holland Patent, NY, USA

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