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Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
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Average Mileage:
31,703 miles

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2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 accessories - exterior problems

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2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Owner Comments

problem #7

Oct 092016

Silverado 1500

  • 52,000 miles


While driving on a cool morning (55 F) the driver side defogged, but the passenger side would defog. I turned the temp warmer and the airflow up, but the passenger side was still very slow to defog. There was very low airflow coming from the vent on the passenger side. After the temp/airflow was adjusted to a reasonable setting, the passenger side suddenly fogged up again, immediately impeding visibility out of the passenger side of the windshield and the passenger window, also blocking visibility of the passenger mirror. Was advised by dealer that the cause was an improperly installed seal adjacent to the heater core, but not covered by any recall or warranty. This should be recalled, as sudden fogging and loss of visibility at highway speeds could likely result in an accident.

- Benton, LA, USA

problem #6

Oct 172015

Silverado 1500

  • 35,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. While driving 60 mph, an abnormal sound emitted from the rear of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the leaf spring fractured and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. In addition, the passenger side windshield wiper became inoperable without warning. The vehicle was not diagnosed; however, the windshield wiper module was replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 35,000.

- Tewksbury, MA, USA

problem #5

Jul 152016

Silverado 1500

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. While driving at a highway rate of speed, the window wiper motor failed and caused the wipers not to work. The contact had to quickly adjust the wipers in inclement weather. The vehicle was to be taken to a mechanic for diagnostic testing and repair. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and provided no remedy. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Chicopee, MA, USA

problem #4

Feb 092015

Silverado 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 15,000 miles


I brought my '13 Silverado in for service because the A/C would not come on and defog the windshield in the recent snow storm. The service rep (correctly) informed me that the A/C compressor will not turn if the temperature is below 40F. so no fix by the dealer was done. This is a safety issue in cold/freezing weather conditions where the windshield fogs up severely when you get in the truck. The fogging continues even after the heater is warmed up and blowing hot air out the defroster ducts especially if the passengers are wet or snowy when they get in. I do understand that GM is trying prevent the A/C evaporator from being blocked by freezing condensation, but it seems to me that this situation could be helped by recirculation of cabin air plus bleeding some hot air from the heater core back to the A/C evaporator. This issue really needs to be fixed so that the truck is truly an "all weather vehicle" in falling snow below 40.

- Gaithersburg, MD, USA

problem #3

Mar 132014

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 5,600 miles
My wiper blade was damaged from ice and road spray during a storm. I tried to buy a replacement. Found wiper uses an odd vehicle specific mount. Wiper blade seems to be only available from Chevy. Not even a delco blade is available. There is no reason to use a new style mount, the basic arm and blade are the same as always. Not having the ability to quickly replace a damaged blade during bad weather creates a real safety issue especially nights and weekends when Chevy dealers are closed.

- Saugerties, NY, USA

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problem #2

Jun 112013

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 7,000 miles
The passenger windshield wiper does not touch the windshield to the extreme right in the lower position. This causes a streaked windshield and ice build up in the winter. It makes it hard to so a car approaching from the right in rain and almost impossible to see in the winter weather conditions. I've taken it to the dealer. They replaced the blade but the new blade still doesn't wipe the full windshield. I've called GM and they siad there is nothing that they can do since it must be a design flaw in the wiper system. I am afraid to drive at night in a rain and in the winter when there is any ice or snow. There are two websites that are GM truck owners and there are several comments very close to the problems I am having with my windshield wipers.

- New London, MO, USA

problem #1

Apr 062013

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 7,321 miles
April, 2013 - truck was parked out side, and I left for a 70 mile trip early in the morning, after the dew had fallen. June, 2013 - a tropical storm swept through the area, dumping tons of rain; causing the humidity to rise a few hours later as well as causing everything to be moist/wet. Both events were either in the early morning hours or in the evening after the sun went down, and involve wetness/moisture, humidity, and the inability to "dry" the windshield. Problem: There is a "condensation film" that forms on the windshield due to the outside elements being more moist and humid than the inside of the windshield. Usually, when turning on the defroster, this will "dry" the windshield and make the condensation film go away. However, the defroster on this model does not "dry" the windshield on the right side (passenger) of the vehicle. The air coming out of the defroster on the right side is not as strong as the left. There is a constant condensation film that forms and remains. The wipers will clear the wetness/moisture away, temporarily, but the film remains and the moisture/wetness returns. This makes the visibility on the right side of the truck non-existent, and when turning a right hand corner, or entering an intersection, you can not see out of the right hand side of the windshield. This is a liability and accident waiting to happen....... confirmation/manufacturer knowledge: I took my vehicle into the dealer - twice - and was told this was "normal" for this model. I contacted the GM hotline, who escalated the claim to the engineering claims department and was told that this is a recurring problem, that they were aware of it, and told the dealer not to do any repairs at this time. I also talked to the dealers head mechanic who said that he has seen this numerous times in the past. Is GM waiting for a death before fixing? pictures available...

- Mulberry, FL, USA

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