really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,868 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Hybrid brakes problems

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2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Hybrid Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #49

Sep 012016

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. While driving approximately 10 mph, the brake pedal traveled to the floor without warning. The contact had to constantly pump the brake pedal and apply extreme force to ensure that the vehicle completely stopped. The vehicle was able to be driven to the contact's residence and parked. Upon further inspection, it was noticed that a brake line may have prematurely fractured and there was a presence of leaking fluid. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 05V043000 (service brakes, hydraulic). The manufacturer was notified of the failure and provided no solution other than to have the vehicle repaired by a dealer. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000...updated 11/21/16

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #48

Apr 072011

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 131,000 miles
Upon having my truck inspected for 2014, it was revealed to me that all of the brake lines on the truck were severely corroded and needed replaced. I was told that this is a "common" problem on Chevy trucks. The cost of repairing the brake lines has been estimated at a much higher number than the $500 that GMC quotes. On top of that I fail to see why they can create stainless steel exhaust systems, but apparently use cheap metal for their hard brake lines. I actually had the truck undercoated at the Chevy dealership so that I would not have to deal with these type of issues. I'm not sure who undercoated the vehicle, but I will never get it done by Chevrolet again. I have had much older vehicles (1982) that went double the amount of years before needing any hard brake repairs. I have read about the investigation into these vehicles up to the year 2003, but I think that the problem must still exist in newer vehicles such as mine.

- Baden, PA, USA

problem #47

Aug 102011

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 50,000 miles
While braking on all pavement conditions, as vehicle slows, brakes go into ABS mode and vehicle surges forward, requiring additional pedal force to stop. Occurs at 5 mph or less even on dry pavement. Occurs with all pedal pressures.

- W St Paul, MN, USA

problem #46

Feb 072012

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • 60,780 miles


Noticed my brake lines coming out of the brake master cylinder are rusting ! these lines are not near the road [ chemicals/ road salts ] but are in the engine compartment. My truck is located and driven in southern California in a warm location [ not in the mountains and winter cold]. I will have to check the rest of the lines and do something before they rust thru and cause an accident. This is a safety issue.

- Escondido, CA, USA

problem #45

Jul 092011

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 4WD 8-cyl

  • 108,000 miles
I was approaching a stop sign when I applied the brake the pedal went almost to the floor. I pushed my emergency brake pedal to help me stop.`I was going about 30 to 40 miles per hour. There should be a recall.

- Morrisvale, WV, USA

problem #44

Dec 012011

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 4WD 8-cyl

  • 49,000 miles
The problem addressed in your NHTSA action number: PE05020 for earlier model years of the same truck are occurring in my 2005 truck. This has led to near rear-end collisions. The brakes go into an "anti-lock" condition at slow speeds while braking, no matter what the weather or road conditions are. You should extend the model years covered in your earlier recall to include all thru 2005 models and perhaps beyond or issue a new recall based on this and similar complaints from consumers. Obviously GM did not fix the problem in follow on versions of the Silverado.

- Menominee, MI, USA

problem #43

May 022011

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 64,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The contact stated that while driving at low speeds, the anti-lock braking system engaged without warnings. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offered any assistance since the vehicle was not included in any recalls. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 64,000 and the current mileage was 65,000.

- Solon Springs, WI, USA

problem #42

Oct 142011

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • 89,582 miles
When rolling forward to a stop, the ABS activates, pedal falls, and truck rolls past stop sign. At first it was random, now it happens all the time when stopping. I won't let my wife or daughter drive it.

- Wilbraham, MA, USA

problem #41

Sep 292011

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado. While driving approximately 45 mph, the contact abnormally depressed the brake pedal into the floorboard. The contact was able to drive the vehicle home where it was inspected by an independent mechanic. The mechanic advised that there was excessive rust on the frame and the rear brake line was fractured. The rear brake line was replaced. The mechanic informed the contact that the other front brake lines were also rusted and could possibly fracture if not repaired. The VIN was not available. The vehicle was not further repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 90,000.

- Westerly, RI, USA

problem #40

Sep 012011

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 62,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The contact stated that while driving 9 mph, the ABS activated and overrode the brakes without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who ran a diagnostic test but no failure codes generated for the brakes. The dealer then lubricated and cleaned the brakes. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and offered no assistance. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was 62,000.

- Union Town, OH, USA

problem #39

Jul 152011

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 4WD 8-cyl

  • 16,000 miles


ABS engages when rolling to a stop sign at very low speeds. The brake pedal gets soft and you roll past where you think you would have stopped. The ABS light does not come on when this happens. I disabled the ABS by pulling the fuse and the problem does not occur. I think it is a ABS sensor issue as there are no leaks or loss of brake fluid and evertything else looks fine.

- Pound Ridge, NY, USA

problem #38

Jul 152011

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 4WD 8-cyl

  • 55,900 miles
ABS low speed activation. As I was stopping around 5 mph ABS would start to activate causing the truck to not stop correctly. This would happen most of the time when stopping. Took truck to devoe Chevy dealer, alexandria Indiana, for repair. Both front ABS hub sensors needed replaced and hubs cleaned at cost of $359.10 truck has only 55900 miles.

- Anderson, IN, USA

problem #37

Jul 172011

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • 37,000 miles
Sudden loss of all brakes after pressing on brake pedal hard, able to use parking break only to stop. Found burst/leaking brake hydraulic line underneath vehicle in vicinity of drivers door. Line was heavily corroded.

- Torrington, CT, USA

problem #36

Aug 092010

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 29,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The contact stated that the ABS would intermittently engage while driving 25 mph and above on normal road surfaces. When the failure would occur, the vehicle would become increasingly difficult to stop. The contact had not taken the vehicle to the dealer for diagnostic testing or repairs. The failure mileage was 29,000.

- Cedar Falls, IA, USA

problem #35

Dec 262010

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 52,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The contact stated that when driving at low speeds on dry pavement and trying to decelerate the brakes would go straight to the floor board and would slowly come to a stop. He also noticed that the anti-lock warning would illuminate on the instrument panel. The vehicle was not inspected by a dealer nor had it been repaired. The manufacturer was also contacted and advised him to take the vehicle in for diagnostic testing, since there were no recalls issued on the vehicle. The failure mileage was approximately 52,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Cedar Rapids, IA, USA

problem #34

Aug 012005

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 15 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The contact stated that when decelerating, the brakes would pulsate and exhibit an abnormal vibration. The ABS light was also illuminated which the contact stated was the cause of the brake pulsation. The contact made repairs to the brake line and was later taken to the dealer for an anti-lock box. The failure mileage was approximately 15. Updated 3/1/11 updated 12/14/11

- Deep Gap, NC, USA

problem #33

Jul 102009

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • 29,000 miles
When rotating my tires at 29,000 miles, I inspected the front disc brakes on my truck. I noticed that ton both front wheels. The disc brake pads were only touching the rotors in an area of 1/2" on the inside of the rotors. I took the truck to the dealer and they said it wasn't covered by the warranty because it had more than 25000 miles. I had to replace the rotors and brake pads at my own expense of $400.

- Victor, NY, USA

problem #32

Jul 042010

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 29,500 miles
Anti- lock brakes are activating on dry pavement at slow speeds. This happens 95% of all stoppings. When you think you will stop in 10-15 feet, it might take twice the distance as expected.

- Otsego, MN, USA

problem #31

Oct 102010

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 4WD 8-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
2005 Silverado- ABS engages when coming to a slow stop, on dry pavement. ABS will engage and pulsate when driving 5-10 mph, with out brake peddle being touched. ABS engaging when stopping occurs on every stop, pulsating while in motion on rare occasion.

- Elberta, MI, USA

problem #30

May 152010

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
ABS problem with 2005 Silverado.. system engages on dry pavement at speed 3 to 10 miles per hour. Extends the stopping distance.

- Brookfield, WI, USA

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