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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 1 of 9)

problem #165

Apr 012015

Silverado 1500

  • 96,000 miles


When you are traveling real slow or parking the antilock brakes kick in making I difficult to stop. I talked to Chevrolet customer service and they will do nothing for me. Although it is the same design issue that they have recalled on recall #05V37900, the say my truck is not covered.

- Warroad, MN, USA

problem #164

Jun 272013

Silverado 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 7,221 miles
I have owned this truck from new. It is used for limited hauling duties around town and has very low mileage. Last summer I took it to the Chevrolet dealer for pa state inspection. The mechanic drove the car into the service bay and upon doing so, the brake fluid dumped out suddenly from beneath the truck chassis. This was 10 min after I drove the truck to the dealers using a local expressway. The truck was then put up on the lift and I was shown the fact that the brake lines were severely corroded to the point that the brake fluid was dumped onto the floor. I paid $2332 for brake repairs. As a graduate materials engineer I inquired as to the material used for the brake lines and was told they were carbon steel. It offends me greatly that this truck had this severe failure with less than 10K miles, and that GM apparently has been aware of the problem and hidden it for many years. Their Focus on saving a buck could have cost lives as a result. The dealer was not helpful in making me aware of any mitigation program by GM. And I am stuck with a large bill for their negligence. I am appalled and an unhappy customer!!!

- Bethlehem, PA, USA

problem #163

Aug 222013

Silverado 1500 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
This complaint relates to NHTSA action number EA11001 regarding corroded brake lines on Chevy trucks. I was coming up to a red light, some cars ahead of me, going about 30 mph. I applied the brakes. Initial pressure on the pedal felt normal, then the pedal resistance dropped to zero. By pushing the pedal all the way to the floor I was able to stop the vehicle. I pulled in to a gas station. Brake fluid was pouring out of a location along the brake line running to the back of the vehicle. Location about where the cab and bed meet. I was able to drive slowly to a nearby Chevy dealer for repairs. Total repair bill was $2200.

- Frederick, MD, USA

problem #162

Jul 192013

Silverado 1500 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • 85,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 hd. The contact stated that while applying the brakes, the anti-lock braking system activated and caused the brake pedal to pulsate. The contact was unable to stop the vehicle and the failure persisted. The contact took the vehicle to a local repair shop and the mechanic stated that the failure was linked to the anti-lock brake system. The manufacturer was notified and stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 05V379000 (service brakes, hydraulic:anti-lock). The failure mileage was 85,000. Updated 10/31/13

- Seattle , WA, USA

problem #161

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 #160

Jul 182012

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 57,856 miles
I went to stop at street light and the brake went to the floor no brakes at all. Later found brakes lines rusted threw. All transmission lines also rust threw. Price to have fixed over $2000

- Rockford, MI, USA

problem #159

Apr 012012

Silverado 1500

  • 114,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado. While traveling 5 mph the contact attempted to apply the brakes and it fell to the floor. The brake pedal would not respond causing the vehicle to crash into the contacts garage door. There were no injuries. While examining the vehicle, the contact noticed that the drivers side front brake lines were severely corroded. The vehicle was not taken to a mechanic or dealer for diagnostic testing

- Lusby, MD, USA

problem #158

Nov 082011

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
Brake lines rusted through.... truck was not used hard, undercarriage more than once was washed to try to remove salt corrosion. It just seems such an expensive truck should not have such early and severe brake line failures from normal operation. The lines must not be made from rust resistant metal and poorly protected from the road elements. In a discussion with other Chevy truck owners from this area, it seems there have been similar failures.

- Montvale, NJ, USA

problem #157

Feb 272012

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 126,997 miles
During braking from 35mph to make a right turn my brake pedal went to the floor. The truck did not slow down enough to make the turn, I drove down a block to the next intersection and used my parking brake to complete my stop. I parked the truck and immediately noticed fluid from the brake line leaking out on ground in the area just below where the drivers feet are. The line is a rigid steel line in a group with 3 others that run from the ABS control unit forward and all of these steel lines are severely corroded particularly in the area outside of the frame where the line has ruptured. My truck is a Chevrolet 1500 Z71 with 126,000 miles and has been well maintained since I have owned it. I feel that this issue is extremely dangerous and have found that there are many others with rusted and ruptured brakes on their Chevy trucks. Other people were not as fortunate as me because my son and I made it home and we were unharmed. I feel that it is imperative everyone who owns a Chevy truck of similar model year be alerted and warned of this potentially deadly and dangerous brake problem.

- Greenville , IN, USA

problem #156

Nov 242011

Silverado 1500

  • 105,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The contact stated that while the brakes were depressed, the brake warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic where the mechanic confirmed hat the brake line had ruptured. The manufacturer was not contacted. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 105,000 and the current mileage was 110,00.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #155

Nov 012011

Silverado 1500

  • 196,000 miles


Help please. Anti lock brakes lock up or go to floor at low speed. Recall 05V379000 covers vehicles with this defect registered in cold weather states extending to Maryland and D.C. I live in Virginia, but have driven in covered areas, including Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and D.C. my vehicle has a safety defect that has required a recall. It should not be excluded simply because it is registered on the other side of a state line.

- Beaverdam, VA, USA

problem #154

Feb 012012

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 46,567 miles
I have owned this pickup since it had about 15,000 miles on it. I keep it in a garage and drive it about 5K miles a year. I had a brake failure and almost killed my entire family driving back from nh. I hit the brakes on the highway and the brake lines ruptured causing the brake pedal to go right to the floor and lose all brake pressure. I almost had a heart attack. Why don't they make these out stainless steel, aluminum or a non corrosive material? someone needs to do something about this immediately. This is so dangerous. Seriously, someone could have died.

- Marlborough, MA, USA

problem #153

Feb 032012

Silverado 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 147,059 miles
Severe brake fluid leak on main steel line(s) under drivers side about 1/2 way toward the rear wheels. Unable to drive vehicle. Pedal went to floor as I was trying to put the vehicle in gear. Pumped brakes with no increase in pedal. Looked under vehicle and brake fluid on cement.

- Bloxom, VA, USA

problem #152

Dec 012011

Silverado 1500

  • 90,400 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The contact stated that when driving between 5-20 mph and depressing the brakes, there was an increase in stopping time. The ABS light would then illuminate on the instrumental panel. The vehicle was repaired for the failure under NHTSA campaign id number: 05V379000 (service brakes, hydraulic:antilock) in September 2005. The vehicle was later taken to the dealer where they advised the contact that since the recall had already been performed on the vehicle, they were not able to assist. The manufacturer was contacted and they offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 90,400.

- Inkster, MI, USA

problem #151

Mar 172006

Silverado 1500

  • 53,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The contact stated that when braking from 5mph, the ABS braking system would activate erroneously. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for repairs under NHTSA campaign id number: 05V379000 (service brakes, hydraulic: Antilock) however, the failure persisted. The vehicle was not repaired a second time. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 53,000 and the current mileage was 94,000.

- East Hampton, MA, USA

problem #150

Jan 132012

Silverado 1500 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 242,020 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact stated the brakes failed when the brake pedal was applied and it extended to the floor. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 242,020. Updated 02/0812 the consumer stated when he applied the brake pedal, it went all the way to the floor. There were no warning lights. The next day, he was able to determine the failure was due to a brake line failure, between the master cylinder and the ABS unit, there was rusting and brake fluid was leaking. The consumer replaced the brake lines with stainless steel lines. Updated 03/08/12

- Minneola, FL, USA

problem #149

Dec 242011

Silverado 1500

  • 108,700 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The contact was driving approximately 40 mph and applied the brakes, but the brake pedal released abruptly to the floorboard. The vehicle continued to accelerate. The contact shifted into first gear in order for the vehicle to stop. The vehicle was then towed to the residence for diagnosis. The contact detected the brake lines completely rusted. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was notified and they stated there was not a recall related to the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 108,700.

- Festus, MO, USA

problem #148

Dec 162011

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 129,896 miles
Electronic brake control module ebcm (brake traction control module) internally shorted causing pump to run all the time, even when vehicle ignition was turned off. Danger of ABS failure and fire without unit replacement.

- Ormond Beach, FL, USA

problem #147

Jul 052010

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • miles
Rear brake line over drivers side wheel rusted thru Chevrolet 1500 2002 4 wheel drive 4 door ls.

- Glenburn , ME, USA

problem #146

Apr 012005

Silverado 1500

  • miles
Front speed sensors failed in 2005 before the recall on my 2002 Chevy Silverado Z71. Had recall taken care of in 2005. They are failing again this year 2011 and now the rear brake line just ruptured yesterday 12/18/2011. My husband agrees that salt at is part of the problem with the brake lines but the ABS sensors is an on going Chevy problem in these trucks and once the recall is performed once, the future failures are up the owner to fix and cover the cost. My truck is a 2002 but it only has 76,000 miles on it. All these braking issues should not be happening. And seriously they build these right here too, although mine says built in fort wayne, Indiana, you would think they would be better made. And why did the stuff start really failing after my extended warranty ran out? go figure.

- Mienral Ridge, OH, USA

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