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Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
145,350 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace brake lines (3 reports)
  2. this seems fairly common and chevy should do something (1 reports)
2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 brakes problems

brakes problem

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2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 Owner Comments

problem #4

Dec 012017

Silverado 2500 LS 6.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 174,000 miles


All brake lines going into the conjunction box under the hood showed evidence of massive corrosion. I was about 10 miles from home when I noticed the brake pedal position was lower than normal and continued to go lower each time I used the brake pedal. The brake pedal went to the floor as I stopped in my driveway. Thank God! It was colder than a welders ass on a 600 foot smoke stack! Had it towed to the local garage. Mechanic stated he's replaced several brake lines, all corroded in the same location. Cost of repair and tow $675.00.

- majord, Summerfield, US

problem #3

Aug 112016

Silverado 2500 LS 6.6L Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 118,360 miles

When driving in a residential neighborhood, I came to a stop sign at a 25 mph speed. Upon braking, my pedal went nearly to the floor and the truck towing a utility trailer rolled into the intersection. I had to use the emergency brake to get a full stop. After pulling over and inspecting the situation, I had two puddles of fluid on the ground. One came from the mid rail brake line and one from line above the fuel tank. it appears two lines blew out at the same time. After towing to the dealer, they said all brake lines should be replaced. When I looked under the truck, all the frame and undercarriage looked extremely clean and new except all the brake lines were heavily rusted. Based on my experience with 17 new GM vehicles through the years, these lines had to of been of inferior quality material. I have never had to replace a brake line in all these years. In fact, my most recent Trailblazer sell off had 205,000 miles over 12 years of use. These vehicles are either garaged or parked on concrete their entire life. I have to believe that with this truck's quality condition, the brake lines were not up to standard. I believe the GM should have notified owners to have them checked and should offer some type of financial assistance. Thank You

- Larry S., Grove City, OH, US

problem #2

Jul 292015

Silverado 2500 LT V8 6.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 117,000 miles

Pedal suddenly got soft driving trying to stop at intersection. Did not have complete failure. Got home and noticed smell of brake fluid as soon as I stepped out of vehicle. Had good size puddle after 10 minutes. Upon investigating the leak, I noticed leaking fluid from line running from solenoid to rear of truck along frame just below door. Many other lines look rusted and ready to fail the same as this one. Drove couple miles to repair station. Ready to sell this damn thing after reading possible costs for complete brake line replacements.

- Robert L., Holts Summit, MO, US

problem #1

Dec 112014

Silverado 2500 LT Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 172,000 miles

I was going riding from Michigan to IN with a friend and my 2 horses. We were on a detour, which probably saved our lives, when we approached a stop light, so we were going slow when we had a total brake failure. We were going slow enough the airbags did not go off but we hit the vehicle in front who hit the vehicle in front. People in the front vehicle reported injuries.

So now we are 230 miles from home and have to find someone to haul our horses the rest of the way, which luckily we found. It also damaged the water tank on my trailer. I was told the brake line gave out due to rust so insurance does not pay for the brake lines only the vehicle damage. After checking the other brake line I was told it was more rusted than the one that gave out.

After researching this on the internet I see there are many complaints of this nature, same thing, brakes gave out, some resulted in wrecks some were not. I hate to think what would have happened if we had been on the freeway going faster or the windy hilly road into the campgrounds. I have talked to Chevy more than once and, of course, there is no recall so no results.

Even though my truck is fixed I have lost confidence in it and want a new one. I think they should compensate me somehow. I have also heard that some people have received checks for the repair of their brakes. Is this true/?

- suemi, Charlotte, MI, US

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