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Crashes / Fires:
6 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
102,610 miles

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2002 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 brakes problems

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2002 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 5)

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problem #74

Sep 262011

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 71,012 miles


On 26 September 2011 said vehicle had to have all brake lines and other brake parts replaced due to excessive rust/rusting out at 71,012 well maintained miles at a cost of $1300 plus. On 30 December 2014 said vehicle had to have all fuel lines and fuel filler tube replaced due to excessive rust/rusting out at 90,790 well maintained miles at a cost of $1800.oo plus.

- Port Deposit, MD, USA

problem #73

Nov 122014

Silverado 2500

  • 144,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado. While driving approximately 45 mph, the brakes failed to stop the vehicle and the ABS warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing and the mechanic informed the contact that there was brake line failure. The brake lines were replaced. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 144,000.

- Danbury, CT, USA

problem #72

Jun 162014

Silverado 2500

  • 85,000 miles
On my 2002 Silverado, the ABS activates at low speeds causing brakes to pulse and increase stopping distance. Clearly NHTSA reference #05V379000 states that this only affects certain states. My vehicle falls into the manufacturer's recall date range as it was manufactured in August 2001. Chevrolet refuses to fix this issue under a recall and are telling me that they do not issue recalls that are state specific and that my vehicle does not qualify. Needing help getting this issue resolved.

- Metamora, IL, USA

problem #71

Nov 142014

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 116,984 miles


Total brake failure. Started my truck and discovered I had no brakes.

- Panama City Beach, FL, USA

problem #70

Oct 292014

Silverado 2500

  • 115,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact stated that while driving 45 mph engaging the brakes, the brake pedal sank to the floor and the vehicle failed to stop. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the technician diagnosed that the brake line had rusted and needed to be replaced. The brake line was replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 115,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- New Haven , IN, USA

problem #69

Jan 012014

Silverado 2500

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado. When the brake pedal was depressed, the vehicle failed to respond. The contact had to use extreme force in order to stop the vehicle. In addition, the brake warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who repaired the brake lines, but the failure persisted on numerous occasions. The manufacturer was not notified. The VIN was unavailable. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Ludlow , MA, USA

problem #68

Sep 132014

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 91,929 miles


Was backing out of the driveway and when I tried to stop the brake pedal went all the way down and I had no brakes. There was no warning whatsoever that I had a braking problem. When I looked underneath the truck I could see that the brake lines are very corroded and one is leaking. It looks like they will all need to be replaced and the truck will probably need to be towed in to have this done. It sounds like this will be a very costly fix. I bought this truck new and it has always been garaged and well taken care of.

- Athens, WI, USA

problem #67

Sep 022014

Silverado 2500

  • 166,000 miles
I own a 2002 Chevy Silverado 2500 4X4 pickup. My brake lines failed today and caused me to run into a parked car at work. My father has a 1999 Chevy Silverado 1500 4X4 that he bought brand new and garage kept and still almost had a bad accident due to his brake lines failing 3 years ago. When I GM going to realize that brake lines are not normal wear and tear. I own multiple vintage Chevy cars that are between 25 and 37 years old with the original brake lines. Why is it GM is waiting for people to be killed due to these problems. I chassis wash my truck as much as possible and also have friends and family with Silverado is year close to mine. All have same issues. Its sad that older GM cars have survived better than these newer built models. Now tomorrow I am going to have to spend alot of money on a part that should not fail. Why is it that my exhaust system on my car has stainless steel parts but yet the one part that should be absolutely made from stainless steel is not! sad that my exhaust will be in great shape as my brake lines fail! I have owned GM cars and truck my whole life and will no longer buy GM products. I have multiple other issues that many, many other Silverado owners have. How can thousands of Silverado and other make of GM cars and truck have so many of the same problems and GM not recall them. My exhaust manifolds have 2 broken bolts causing an exhaust leak due to broken bolts! I have engines from the 1960's with factory manifolds still installed and no broken bolts. Put the damn american made steel mills back up and stop buying this cheap metal because for what most of us pay for our cars and truck the least GM can do is put quality parts in them. Offering a brake line kit to have installed in GM dealerships is not helping people that need there truck like I do daily. Recall the damn brake line problem models and fix them right!

- Oak Forest, IL, USA

problem #66

Aug 212014

Silverado 2500

  • 138,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact stated that the brakes failed and the brake pedal traveled to the floorboard. The contact inspected the vehicle and discovered a brake fluid leak and that the brake lines were corroded. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 138,000.

- Mays Landing, NJ, USA

problem #65

Jun 172014

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • 126,000 miles
Was trying to slow down while coming over a hill to a known stop light. Applied brakes and brake pedal went to the floor. No brakes. No warning light, no other indicator. Was able to come to a stop on the side of the road without hitting anyone. Puddle of brake fluid could be found under the truck. Had to replace all the brake lines as they had rusted out totally. Lucky no one was hurt, but if I had been closer into the city it wouldn't have been pretty.

- Haymarket, VA, USA

problem #64

Jul 112014

Silverado 2500

  • 50,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact stated that the brakes failed after recently being replaced. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact also stated that the same issue happened previously and the brake lines were replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 50,000.

- Detriot, MI, USA

problem #63

Feb 172014

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • miles
We have replaced the driver side brake lines on my truck at least 3 times already in the last in the last year and a half. Luckily every time but one it was discovered before I pulled out of the driveway.

- Clinchco, VA, USA

problem #62

Aug 162012

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • 76,467 miles
Brake line failure due to inferior, unsafe materials, subject to corrosion, used to manufacture brake lines. Brake line suddenly burst, luckily at very slow speed, while leaving a parking place. GM dealer "repaired" brake lines immediately, indicating that the breach was at a single corroded spot in the line. Approximately 1 year later, brake line, again, suddenly burst, again, luckily at very slow speed in a farm field. Same GM dealer replaced all brake lines, indicating that all brake lines were completely corroded. Brakes and steering are the most important safety systems on a vehicle; one cannot kill/injure one's self if the vehicle does not run, will not start or looks terrible. These essential safety systems should be constructed of noncorrosive materials, for pennies in extra cost to GM. GM has responded publicly that this is a wear and tear issue and these vehicle are simply "too old". this is a lame excuse for such an important safety system! please ask GM why this problem is not present with all makes and models of vehicles of a similar age.

- Richmond, KY, USA

problem #61

Jul 022014

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • 114,999 miles
Went back up to a boat trailer pedal went all way to the floor! had no brakes pump pedal to have any brakes went to repair show had use emergency brake and pump brake pedal holiday week lucky somebody had parts also get use in! also pulled a 5th wheel weight of around 8,900pds before that lucky I wasn't towing it threw brown county and monroe res in Indiana are it would killed me and my family could not keep it slowed down have use my trailer brake on the 5th wheel if that could even stop use!

- Columbus , IN, USA

problem #60

Jul 122013

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 125,000 miles
While pulling out of my garage, I stepped on the brake pedal and it went to the floor. I quickly discovered that one of my brake lines had ruptured. After inspecting my brake lines, I found extremely high amounts of rust throughout the exterior of the lines. The brake line that ruptured had rusted through and caused the brake failure. I have replaced the two lines that were rusted the worst and hope to replace them all in the near future. I do not feel that brake lines should rust all of the way through at this low of a mileage. This is an issue that GM needs to deal with on its trucks and cars as it could cause a very serious crash and possibly death to someone who is not familiar with the issue or how to check for it.

- West Harrison, IN, USA

problem #59

Jan 172010

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • 87,145 miles
Brakes failed when I was driving, coming to a stop. At about 5 mph the pedal went to the floor and I lost all stopping control. I had the truck towed to a Goodyear shop who told me that the brake lines were corroded and one failed causing all pressure to go out. Upon further inspection, the entire brake system was corroded and they had to replace/rebuild the entire system. Total cost to fix the brakes was $2464.47.

- Norfolk, MA, USA

problem #58

May 282014

Silverado 2500

  • 54,500 miles
Instrument cluster went completely dead.

- Brewster, NY, USA

problem #57

Apr 042012

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • 105,206 miles
Original incident truck felt like it wasn't going to stop. Next incident was trying to stop and wasn't able to stop in time. Had to pull off the side of the road, regain composure, brakes were basically gone. Pedal to the floor to come to a slow stop, required many extra feet to come to a stop. Truck is parked in driveway due to expense to replace all 4 totally rusted out brake lines.

- Clarkston, MI, USA

problem #56

May 272014

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • 97,000 miles
I was approaching a stop light at a speed of about 25 mph and stepped on my brakes to begin slowing down. The pedal went completely to the floor and I felt no braking. Luckily, I did not need to stop immediately, and there was no car in front of me. I began pumping the brakes and just holding the pedal down to the floor and there was slightly enough brake action to allow me to slow down a bit and pull off the road and into the parking lot of a service station. I got out of the truck and could see the trail of brake fluid I had left behind on the parking lot and could see brake fluid dripping from the brake line on the left side of the truck approximately underneath the frame below the driver side door. The service station has told me that all of the brake lines are corroded and need to be replaced. If I had needed to stop suddenly I would have crashed for sure as I had no warning whatsoever that this would happen. Very scary.

- Chardon, OH, USA

problem #55

May 252014

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • 187,408 miles
18 year old daughter came home complaining that brakes went to floor. Found hole in rusted brake line by the rear connector.

- Falston, MD, USA

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