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Average Mileage:
35,091 miles

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2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 brakes problems

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2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #54

Aug 122014

Silverado 1500

  • 167,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact was informed by an independent mechanic that the rear rotors were worn out, which caused the parking brake to malfunction. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 167,000.

- Venus, TX, USA

problem #53

Feb 012008

Silverado 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,000 miles
I have a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado truck. The truck only has 28,000 miles on it and recently began making grinding noises. I took it to century Chevrolet and was told that all 4 rotors and pads need to be replaced. With only 38,000 miles on the truck that seemed crazy. When I questioned this they told me that they hardly ever see this brake problem happening and it's because I don't drive the truck enough so it's rusted out the parts. Rusty parts in Colorado is another thing that didn't make sense. They could only do the front brake repair because of my camper so they replaced the front rotors and pads for a little over $400. I started checking around about the brakes and discovered on the internet that there were many similar stories from other Silverado owners. There is a large number of people who own these vehicles with parts that just deteriorate. Chevrolet continues to deny that it's defective parts and instead tells people that it's their fault for not using the brakes enough. We use this truck mostly in the summer for camping and traveling but do drive it in the winter so I"M unsure what is considered the proper amount of ?braking? time. The dealer couldn"T give me an answer on that question. This is happening to a lot of other people and they should be warned that part of the maintenance on this vehicle is $1,000 brake job every $25,000 miles or you won't have any brakes. Thank you for your time.

- Westminster, CO, USA

problem #52

Apr 222007

Silverado 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,550 miles
I have a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado $wd extended cab short bed truck. This vehicle was purchased new by me. Currently the vehicle has 39,950 miles on it. Since approx 12,000 miles I noticed longer stopping distances. I took it to selling the dealer & was told everything was normal. This weekend I installed new ac delco front brake pads & installed new wagner rotors. Upon removing the rotors I couldn't help but notice that there was a issue with the old original never cut rotors. The rotor surface was deteriorated hence causing the problem with loss of stopping distance. Note: The brake pads were the original GM. I am a state certified inspection mechanic. After surfing the internet & seeing al of the complaints from other Silverado owners I couldn't help but to file a complaint. If this was addressed earlier maybe I would of felt more comfortable driving this vehicle more. As you will see the usual low miles we drove other vehicles instead.

- Feasterville, PA, USA

problem #51

Nov 162006

Silverado 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles


When driving on interstate brakes will begin to apply without action by the driver, causing vibration and over heating of rotors and stiff brake pedal, this happens after about 15 miles on the interstate and brakes have not been applied.

- Hurricane , WV, USA

problem #50

Nov 022006

Silverado 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 65,000 miles
: the contact stated while traveling various speeds, the brakes squeaked and when the brake pedal was depressed, the vehicle shimmied. The dealership determined the rotors were rusted from the inside out, and needed to be replaced.

- Ronceverte, WV, USA

problem #49

Jun 032005

Silverado 1500 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,031 miles
Brakes failed during emergency stop, nearly causing serious accident. Chevrolet dealer cited rusted brake rotors. Chevrolet refused to pay for repair, claiming (according to dealer) low mileage (17,031) indicated truck "sat" too much, promoting rust. Rear rotors replaced in June, 2005. Front rotors were repaired but have now been identified as rusted and in need of replacement (August, 2006). Two dealers have acknowledged that parts (composite rotors) are of inferior quality and have expressed their frustration that GM has not recalled. Chevrolet refuses to acknowledge the problem or to assist in repair cost, calling the situation a "maintenance issue" caused by the environment (case # 1-427-765-013). Chevrolet claims this is the dealer's diagnosis, although the dealer clearly stated to me that the parts are inferior. I requested a copy of my file and was refused (Chevrolet calls it "proprietary" information).

- Kent, CT, USA

problem #48

Jun 182005

Silverado 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles


: the contact stated the vehicle brake pads had normal wear patterns but on the inside of both rotors the wear pattern should have been approximately 2 inches but were 3/4 inches. Also, there was corrosion on the rotor which caused the brake pad to wear inconsistently. The hydraulic disc brakes had extended stopping distance. Failure occurred under normal braking situations. The design of braking system was 4-wheel anti-lock and the nature of the failure was worsening. The contact notified the service dealer who determined it was normal to get corrosion on the rotor. Also, the manufacturer advised the contact to take the vehicle to the dealer. The vehicle was taken to the independent shop to replace the rotor and the brake pads. Updated 09/05/06.

- West Bend, WI, USA

problem #47

Jul 032006

Silverado 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles
: the contact stated a manufacturer recall letter # 85068 was received for corrosion of the vehicle speed sensors. The corrosion made them inoperative. The vehicle was taken to the dealership who determined the sensors could not be removed without damaging the rotors. The repair was offered at cost,

- Pylesville, MD, USA

problem #46

Aug 042005

Silverado 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,000 miles
: the contact stated while driving at 10 mph, the vehicle was difficult to stop when depressing the brake pedal. The vehicle was taken to the local independent repair shop for inspection. The mechanic discovered all 4 rotors had deteriorated. The rotors were replaced and the vehicle operates normally. Updated 5/2/2006 -

- Waterford, MI, USA

problem #45

Feb 012006

Silverado 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
: the contact stated while inspecting the brakes on the vehicle corrosion was noticed on the rotors. The vehicle was taken to the dealership for inspection. Upon inspection, the dealership determined the rotors needed to be replaced. The contact replaced the rotors and notified the manufacturer.

- Antrim, NH, USA

problem #44

Dec 152005

Silverado 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,000 miles


: the contact stated while depressing the brake pedal the vehicle vibrated. The vehicle was taken to an independent repair shop for inspection. The repair personnel determined the rear rotors were deteriorated and needed to be replaced. The vehicle is currently at the repair shop awaiting repairs.

- Hopedale, MA, USA

problem #43

Mar 252005

Silverado 1500 4WD

  • Manual transmission
  • 37,720 miles
At 37720 miles on 2002 Chevrolet 4X4 pickup. Took vehicle to dealer for safety inspection and service to GM dealership. Was informed that vehicle would not pass inspection due to brake rotors and pads being rusted and worn out. This was in March 2005. In October 2005 received recall notice relating to severe corrosion between front hub/bearing and speed sensor. Filled for a claim reimbursement due to the fact that all parts were inter related. Also even the repair invoice stated worn out/rusted. Was informed that no reimbursement would be paid.

- West Newfield, ME, USA

problem #42

Jan 202006

Silverado 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,500 miles
: the consumer stated all 4 rotors were peeling along the laminations and exposing the metal plates. There was no evidence of rust, just extreme an breakdown of the material. The vehicle was not exposed to hazardous or severe weather conditions. Although the rotors continued to deteriorate, the vehicle has not been seen by a dealer.

- Kittanning, PA, USA

problem #41

Dec 292005

Silverado 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,800 miles
: the contact stated the rear passenger side brake rotor busted while driving at 20 mph. The contact was depressing the brake pedal to the floor with little braking capabilities. There were no visible road hazards which could have caused the rotors to fail. Prior to this failure the vehicle was taken to the dealership. Upon inspection both rear rotors were rusted. According to the dealership this was normal. The defective rotors were replaced. Updated 1/25/2006 -

- Waupaca, WI, USA

problem #40

Nov 162004

Silverado 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,956 miles
The contact complained about ABS brake problems. The vehicle was taken in to the dealership numerous times to have the ABS brakes worked on. The ABS light came on. They took the vehicle to the dealership the first time to have the light checked. The problem with the light was repaired. The second time the vehicle was taken to the dealership to have the rotors changed. The third time the vehicle was at the dealership the brake pads were changed. Also, the rotors were turned. The fourth time the vehicle was taken in to the dealership it was still having the same problems. Repairs to the vehicle were made at contact's expense. At this time there was NHTSA recall campaign 05V379000. Recall repairs were done. The vehicle currently has the same problems as before. Updated 03/03/06.

- New Castle , IN, USA

problem #39

Dec 032005

Silverado 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,000 miles
The contact received NHTSA recall campaign 05V379000 concerning the ABS brakes. Upon inspection by the dealer the wheel speed sensors were in excellent shape. All four rotors were completely corroded, and in needed replacement. The rotors were replaced at the contact's expense. The manufacturer was notified. They offered a partial reimbursement for yearly maintenance.

- York, PA, USA

problem #38

Oct 182005

Silverado 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 38,319 miles
Both rear brake rotors for 2002 Chevy Silverado had to be replaced due to corrosion. The vehicle had only been driven 2,525 miles between the last service yet no brake problem was noticed by the technician at that time.

- Dracut, MA, USA

problem #37

Sep 292005

Silverado 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,000 miles
Defective rear brakes.

- Bristol, CT, USA

problem #36

Nov 302005

Silverado 1500 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
On 2002 Chevy Silverado 1500 w/only 25,500 miles, noticed a noise in rear brakes. When rotating tires, discovered both rotors were rusted and corroded, but with plenty of brake pad and thereby causing abnormal wear on brake pads. Took vehicle to local GM dealer for inspection by service personnel, who determined same problem, but would not provide good will repair. For obvious safety reasons, purchased replacement rotors and brake pads and completed repairs on our own. We have contacted GM to try to obtain refund of our costs, but not yet resolved the issue. Research indicates that GM is aware of this problem with brake rotors. Additionally the vehicle still experiences problem w/ABS speed sensor requiring additional braking distance at slow speeds, but was not included in the first recall by GM. Previously reported this complaint.

- Upper Marlboro, MD, USA

problem #35

Sep 282005

Silverado 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,900 miles
Replace rear rotors on vehicle with 27,000 miles on it. Little wear on pads. Mfg rotors were obviously defective. I have original rotors and the metal is breaking apart.

- Bristol, CT, USA

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