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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 3 of 5)

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problem #54

Apr 242009

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • 90,000 miles


Brake lines completely rusted out. Parking total failure. Rear caliper froze will not release. Frame has rust out holes.

- Egg Harbor Twp., NJ, USA

problem #53

Apr 092014

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • 136,000 miles
Returning from fishing trip and applied brakes when coming up to a red light, brake pedal went almost to floor. Continue to drive it home (35miles) and little to no brakes upon turning in our driveway. Upon inspection, the brake line appears to be rusted and is leaking fluid.

- Water Valley, KY, USA

problem #52

Nov 072013

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • 150,000 miles
Brake lights turned on and brakes went out.

- Palmdale, CA, USA

problem #51

Mar 082014

Silverado 2500

  • 97,000 miles


Brake line rupture due to extreme rusting, all lines have excessive rust. This seems to be a very common issue after doing research online. Not only the brake lines have excessive rust but the gas lines, rocker panels and complete underside show the same. Many others are complaining about the exact same issues, I believe a recall should be in order to correct the problems mentioned above. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Cohoes, NY, USA

problem #50

Mar 012011

Silverado 2500

  • 52,000 miles
Brake light with (!) (P) red came on dashboard with in 10 min no brakes brake line broke.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #49

Dec 212013

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • 194,203 miles
Backing out of driveway, applied brakes, nothing happened. Bumped into small retaining wall. A trail of fluid led to an inspection of the brake lines, one of which ruptured. All others were completely rusted and corroded and looked ready to break at any time. This seems to be a common problem with this model. I do not understand how this type of catastrophic failure. Does not lead to a recall.

- Fairfield, CT, USA

problem #48

Dec 232013

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • 97,500 miles


I was driving my truck to pick up our christmas tree and my brake line burst and ran into a ditch. Upon inspection I noticed all of my brake lines were rusted and since I've researched it online it seems thousands of Chevy truck owners are having the same problem and that GM hasn't issued any recalls or intends to stand by their customers.

- Walkersville, MD, USA

problem #47

Nov 012013

Silverado 2500

  • 51,000 miles
Metal brake lines are rusted through.

- Manahawkin, NJ, USA

problem #46

Oct 292013

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 109,720 miles
After dropping off a boat for winter storage, I was leaving the storage location and attempted to apply brakes and the pedal dropped to the floor. I had to take a very slow route home as the brake pedal continued to drop to the floor anytime the brakes were applied. In a couple of instances when the brake pedal was pressed hard, the ABS system did activate. Finally had a chance to pull this vehicle into my garage for examination on 11/8/13 and found the brake lines under the drivers' floorboard at the frame-rail extremely corroded to the point of failure of one of the five lines. The others are most certainly not far behind. This vehicle is mainly used in the winter months. I am grateful that the problem surfaced now before the snowmobile season when I am hauling a 24 foot trailer with four passengers and four snowmobiles on roads that are not in the best shape to begin with. This could have been a very bad situation to say the least! GM needs to fix this issue before someone is seriously injured or worse - these obviously are not isolated incidents. *** please note that there has yet to be a single warning lamp to come on after applying the brakes at least twenty five times - no mil, no brake, nothing! *** I will be taking a complete series of pictures of the condition of these lines before the repairs are performed if they are needed for this complaint.

- Pewaukee, WI, USA

problem #45

Nov 012013

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • 107,000 miles
Rusted out brake lines caused a leak leading to ABS problems and increased stopping distance.

- Westerville, OH, USA

problem #44

Oct 152013

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • 128,121 miles


Driving through heavy traffic on an interstate highway doing approx 45 mph traffic was starting and stopping frequently when the traffic came to a sudden stop I put on my brakes and the pedal went to the floor wth no warning what so ever and I struck the rear of one vehicle, and that driver had injuries which I do not know the full extent of. After my vehicle was towed to the body shop which I had $3,252 of damage the vehicle is repaired however in the process of this they noticed I still do not have brakes and after the mechanic investigated it it was noticed a brake line corroded through causing my brake failure and all my brake lines need to be replaced at a cost of a minimum of $1600 but probably closert to $2000 I have owned this truck from new and find it hard to fathom that GM does nothing for safety with an issue as this. This vehicle has 128,000 miles on it and been maintained with care and hardly driven in winter months since I have had other vehicles for my work for the last 9 years so road salts may effect it but this vehicle did not see daily use for years. This issue should have been dealt with a long time ago. I quess it will take incidents like mine for something to be done, I am just thankful no one was killed, which everyone should know with no brakes some one is bound to if this does not get resolved.

- Walnutport, PA, USA

problem #43

Sep 042013

Silverado 2500

  • 138,000 miles
I was driving down the road when all of a sudden the brake pedal went to the floor. Come to fined out one of the brake lines rusted out.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #42

Aug 242013

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
My 2002 Silverado has 65,000 miles on it. It is kept very spotless and the brake lines are so rusted they are about to burst. Having to replace them when the miles are this low, GM should be ashamed of this poor craftsmanship. My brother just had the same problem on his 2003 Silverado. This should be a recall from GM. I am very unsatisfied with this situation.

- Perkasie, PA, USA

problem #41

Jun 242012

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
The truck is primarily used for towing trailers. Once in 2012 when towing a 10K lbs travel trailer a rear brake line that appeared solid developed a hole and released any hydraulic pressure. The truck was safely stopped and repaired. August of 2013 while towing pwcs on a trailer another line that appeared to be solid brake line developed a hole and leaked out the break fluid. Truck was safely stopped and is awaiting repairs. The truck appears to have an abnormal amount of rust on the brake lines brake components frame and suspension components for the age of truck. Front and rear brakes were replaced 3 times due to rust also. Body of the truck has no rust or damage to it.

- Womelsdorf, PA, USA

problem #40

Aug 012013

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • 85,777 miles
Was hooking up trailer and started to move touched the brake and pedal went to floor. Left rear brake line rusted completely into. All brake lines very rusty. Because of rust I have replaced all 4 rotors, all 4 calipers all 4 shocks, always parked in garage.the truck frame is total rust. The rims had to be painted because of rust the spare is solid rust.

- Nashville, IN, USA

problem #39

Jul 012013

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • 137,800 miles
While driving to work early one morning. A Saab went through a stop signed and I had to slam on my brakes. The pedal went to the floor, no brakes. All brake lines blew.. cost me over $600 to have them replaced. Faulty brake lines on truck, I could have been seriously injured or killed if I didn't swerve around Saab ! these should be recalled and fixed...

- Leominster, MA, USA

problem #38

Jul 232013

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • 126,900 miles
Brake pedal went to the floor. When I got home I saw brake fluid leaking out of steel line. When I took to get repaired they put truck on lift and I saw that steel brake lines were corroded and holes opened up in lines.this was a costly repair and this should not have happened.

- Daytona Beach, FL, USA

problem #37

Jul 212013

Silverado 2500

  • 86,638 miles
I started my truck in order to put it away in the garage, and the brake pedal went to the floor. Upon investigation, I found a pool of brake fluid below the truck. I also saw that all of the brake lines were extremely corroded and needed to be replaced. I went to my local dealership to inquire about repair costs, and was told that repairs would be over $1,000. I have never seen corrosion like this in any vehicle that was less that 25 years old. I have restored many vintage cars, and have never had to replace a steel brake line due to corrosion. I had my two young grandsons and my wife in this truck with me less than a week ago, and if this brake failure had occurred while we were traveling on the interstate highway, it is likely that we all would have been killed. These vehicles are ticking time bombs, and must be taken off of the roads. I have garaged this truck since I purchased it as a new vehicle, and it has been serviced at our local Chevrolet dealership per the manufacturer's schedule. The corrosion issue is not due to neglect, but rather to the use of substandard material. This is an urgent issue that must be addressed and rectified.

- Willard, OH, USA

problem #36

Aug 052010

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • 99,752 miles
ABS sensors faulty no brakes, next brake problem on 5-31-2011 brake line rotted no brakes, next brake problem 6-24-13 no brakes again ABS sensors broke again, next brake problem,7-20-2013 all brake lines rotted need to be replaced no brakes again cost to me so far almost $2800.

- Swansea, MA, USA

problem #35

Sep 132010

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 97,000 miles
Brake line ruptured while pulling an rv.

- Jellico, TN, USA

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