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Crashes / Fires:
6 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
86,397 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 brakes problems

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2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 Owner Comments (Page 3 of 6)

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problem #61

Aug 282012

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • 41,096 miles


Attempted to stop at stop sign and bake line between master cylinder and prop valve ruptured instantly draining brake fluid resulting in no braking. Stopped vehicle with parking brake. Upon inspection, determined that brake line had rusted out as a result of being mounted on top of frame rail where dirt, salt and moisture collect from front wheel spray.

- Annapolis, MD, USA

problem #60

Jul 022014

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 68,539 miles
While doing an oil change on my 2005 pu I noticed enough buildup of rust on the brake lines that I stopped driving the truck. I have had pu trucks (Ford) since 1972 and never had an issue with brake lines although I had the trucks for 10 yrs. This is a serious issue of negligence of GM. I am 75 and never had this issue although I had cars and trucks (and motorcycles) since I was 16. I believe this is more serious than ignition switch. Thank you

- Devon, PA, USA

problem #59

Jun 262014

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 101,097 miles
Approaching a traffic light at the bottom of a steep graded highway, I noticed the brake pedal felt spungey and near the bottom the brake pedal went clear to the floor board. I was forced to leave the highway to prevent a rear end collision with the stopped vehicle in front of me resulting in no real damage to the vehicle itself. It could have been much worse. The brake lines (4 of them) have rusted out so much that they could not contain pressure of the fluid when applying the brake and bursted. My mechanic tells me this will be in excess of $600 to repair do to the cab having to be unbolted and lifted from the chassis to access the lines for replacing. He also tells me that many GM models, new and old have this problem with rusting brake lines. GM is aware of these problems. Why has this not been addressed" why have these models not been recalled" Subaru recently recalled over 660,000 vehicles for the same problem; #doingtherightthing. I am not at all happy about this.

- Mineral Wells, WV, USA

problem #58

Jun 292014

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 67,000 miles


I was traveling between 50 and 55 mph pulling a 7000 pound trailer when a car pulled out of a gas station in front of me. I stepped on the brakes only to have the pedal go to the floor with no braking ability at all. I tried pumping the brakes several times and the brake pedal went to the floor each time with little or no ability to slow the truck and trailer. The driver of the car realized they pulled in front of me and accelerated to avoid a rear-end collision. It took nearly a quarter mile from initial application of brakes to a complete stop by using the mechanical parking/emergency brake. The cause of the failure was the rust-through and subsequent bursting of the steel brake line that runs from the ABS valve body to the rear brakes.

- Plain City, OH, USA

problem #57

Jul 062014

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 134,000 miles
The brake lines and fuel lines rusty to the point that they are leaking need to be replaced.the blend motor for HVAC isn't working right.

- Minoa, NY, USA

problem #56

Jun 142014

Silverado 2500 8-cyl Diesel

  • 89,094 miles
My son borrowed my truck to get a tool box that his wife got him for father's day. I told him to bring the truck back to my house because I wanted to hook a trailer up so he could take a riding mower to his house and use while we were out of town. When he came back I had him back the truck up to the trailer and we hooked it up. When he got on it he pushed the brake to put the transmission in drive, the brake pedal went to the floor. We unhooked the truck and he drove it across the yard to my garage. After looking for and not finding any leaks I checked the fluid reservoir and could not feel any fluid. We went to auto zone and got a bottle of brake fluid dot3 and filled the reservoir up and he looked for a leak while I pushed the brake pedal. He found it leaking from a line above the fuel tank right behind the passenger door on the driver's side. I had the truck towed to a Chevrolet dealership and was told the brake lines was rusted and they need replaced along with the two front calipers. Just thankful the line did not bust while he and his wife were not on the interstate nor after we got the trailer hooked up and went to his house which has some very steep hills. Ten working days and $1800 later I have my truck back.

- Nitro, WV, USA

problem #55

Jun 302014

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • 69,000 miles


While doing an oil change on my 2005 pu Silverado I noticed large rust build up on the brake lines' this is not through neglect on my part, but is sufficient enough to cause serious concern. My son in law with Chevy 2002 had a similar problem when his brakes failed on a hill which caused me to check mine.this is extremely dangerous and GM should bear the recall expense. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Devon, PA, USA

problem #54

May 162014

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • 20,500 miles
Driving down highway road when several deer ran in front of vehicle. Slammed on brakes and the pedal, after a few seconds, went to the floor. Noticed big puddle of fluid the next day under cab of truck. Started truck and had no brakes at all. Had the truck inspected by local repair shop and was informed that all of the brake lines were rusty beyond the point of repair. Had to have a whole new brake line kit installed.

- Waukesha, WI, USA

problem #53

Jun 132014

Silverado 2500 6-cyl

  • 113,149 miles
Brake pedal push to the floor, oil coming out onto the ground, brake lines rusted out in many places under the hood.

- Harrison, MI, USA

problem #52

May 132014

Silverado 2500 8-cyl Diesel

  • 92,000 miles
Got into truck to pull out of driveway and stepped on brake pedal. Pedal went to the floor, heard a hissing noise and saw fluid dripping down the side of the gas tank. Took a closer look where leak was and can see the brake line is all rusted. Checked master cylinder and fluid was low.

- Shoreham, NY, USA

problem #51

Jan 022014

Silverado 2500 8-cyl Diesel

  • 94,354 miles


Fuel lines corroded and rusted though and leaking, potential for vehicle to catch fire. Brake lines severe rust and corrosion. Can fail at anytime potentially causing vehicle crash, I have a 1996 Chevrolet cavalier with over 200,000 miles and the brake and fuel lines on this car are in better condition than this truck.

- Williamsport, PA, USA

problem #50

Mar 032014

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • 76,000 miles
I purchased my 2005 Chevy Silverado 2500 hd in December of 2013. The car had 76000 miles on it at purchase, and has had less than 5000 put on it since then. Upon initial inspection of the brake lines, they were completely rusted through. See photos below: I was fortunate enough to catch this before anyone was injured while the truck was in use. My question is this: Will the 2005 year model trucks be included in the engineering analysis file #EA11001? I checked Chevy's website today and found that there are currently no recalls on this model year truck.

- Waynesboro, VA, USA

problem #49

Mar 012012

Silverado 2500

  • 170,000 miles
Rear brake line appeared rusty and scaly, then when hit my brakes, the pedal went to the floor. I used emergency brake. I replaced rear brake line. All other lines appeared rusty and scaly. Now, my front left brake line is beginning to weep; it's moist and it glistens with oil. I will have to replace it soon. All the other lines in the truck appear to be the same, rusty and scaly. I will no doubt have to continue to replace each line.

- Weymouth, MA, USA

problem #48

Mar 012005

Silverado 2500

  • 1,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start accompanied by the illumination of the check engine warning light. The failure was recurring and sporadic. Additionally, the instrument panel failed and the head lights would sporadically fail. The contact also stated that the rotors needed to be replaced on a regular basis. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, who was not able to diagnose the multiple failures. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 1000.

- Lower Burrell, PA, USA

problem #47

Feb 192014

Silverado 2500

  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 hd. The contact stated while driving approximately 30 mph, the ABS warning indicator remained illuminated until the engine was turned off. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic and an authorized dealer, who both stated that the ABS sensor would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 40,000.

- Snow Hill, NC, USA

problem #46

Mar 222014

Silverado 2500 8-cyl Diesel

  • 50,125 miles
Hauling my trailer when I depressed brake pedal and pedal went to floor brake line under drivers cab rotted after further inspection all lines on vehicle are rotted and will need to be replaced. Happy it didn't happen at a higher rate of speed. Lucky my 36ft fifth wheel has brakes so I could use my trailer brakes to stop the total unit. If I were on a main street doing regular speed I could have killed someone.

- Goshen, NY, USA

problem #45

Jan 022014

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
Total brake failure, brake lines corroded through.

- New Egypt, NJ, USA

problem #44

Feb 172014

Silverado 2500 8-cyl Diesel

  • 76,300 miles
Brake line corrosion caused a failure. Pedal went to the floor and the truck crashed into the garage door. Brakes are completely non working. Brake lines are completely rusted through.

- Lanesville, IN, USA

problem #43

Feb 032014

Silverado 2500

  • 91,000 miles
Started for the store. Went one block and had to hit the brakes for a red light. The pedal went to the floor with no brake indicator warning. Luckily didn't hit anything. Returned home and then drove it up to my mechanic late at night (no traffic). He diagnosed it as a rusted through brake line which he replaced. But he did indicate that most of the remaining lines are also badly rusted. I've had previous year Chevy trucks with many more miles and longer time on the road with no brake failure. This is definitely a safety problem. I live in northern va. Where we don't get a lot of snow and ice, consequently not much salt. I think GM knows about this problem and is trying to stall as long as possible. How many accidents will there have to be before the NHTSA does something. Remember the gov. Bailed GM out.

- Fairfax, VA, USA

problem #42

Jan 192014

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • 84,576 miles
I was visiting my parents and I left to go to my friends house down the street for a few minutes then I got back in my truck and started to head to my place. I was approaching the first stop sign in my parents neighborhood and I pressed my brake pedal and it went to the floor while the truck slowly came to a stop. My wife and one year old son were in the truck with me. Thank god it was in a residential area. I turned right around using my parking brake as a way to stop so I could get back to my parents house to see what had happened. When I got there my brake fluid was low and I saw brake fluid dripping in front of the left rear wheel. I looked under the truck and had my father press the brake pedal and found brake fluid shooting out of my brake line that is above the gas tank. I looked online for info about this issue and found that there is/was a investigation about 99-03 GM trucks having this issue and I'm wondering if there had been any other GM trucks the same year as mine that has been experiencing this issue and if so then there should be a recall for it.

- Palm Harbor, FL, USA

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