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Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,970 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 brakes problems

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2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #28

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 #27

Jun 012006

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 7,000 miles
I have had so many problems with this truck, here are some. Alternator, air bag, brakes, ABS, steering box, water pump, blower switch, speedometer, horn. When the blower switch started smoking my grandson tried to jump out of the truck while it was moving. My dash is always lit with some type of problem.

- Hubbard, PA, USA

problem #26

Apr 062012

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • 72,000 miles
Braking at low speeds affected. When coming to a stop pedal sinks and vehicle rolls forward. I find this as a safety recall for 2001,2002 but not for my 2005 2500hd. Having work done at a repair facility. Rusted ABS sensors and rusted wheel hubs. Replacement cost about $700. This is a known defect since 2001 that should have been corrected before 2005.

- Delaware, OH, USA

problem #25

Mar 042012

Silverado 2500 8-cyl Diesel

  • 147,036 miles


Brake lines rusted through. 2005 Silverado 2500hd. Six and a half years old 147036 miles mostly highway driving. I always washed the truck and the frame etc. After driving it on salted roads so they should not have rusted. The problem is it appears these are bare steel lines with no apparent coating on them to keep them from rusting. As everyone knows any bare steel will rust extensively when not coated with a paint or some form of corrosion protection. If I would have known the brake lines were not treated I would have sprayed undercoat or something on them to keep them from rusting. The GM dealer that has done all my maintenance and repairs never left me know they were rusting while it was under the 100,000 extended warranty period. I contacted General Motors for assistance and they refused to pay for my brake lines, this is a safety item and there should be a recall on all trucks no matter how new or nomatter how old that has these cheap steel lines on them. I took a 700 mile round trip and I didn't know my brake fluid was leaking until I got home and saw the fluid running down the frame onto the driveway. When I pushed on the brakes the brake fluid gushed out real bad. My reservoir was half empty and no warning light came on to let me know there was a problem. I was towing a snowmobile trailer and was extremely lucky I didnot have a situation where I had to brake hard. This is a major problem and should be addressed and recalled before someone gets killed.

- Dover, PA, USA

problem #24

Jan 102012

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 87,300 miles
When bringing the vehicle to a complete stop the ABS activates on all surfaces and during regular braking. It showed a code of right ABS sensor and rear speed sensor.,however after replacement of right sensor all codes showed clear. But the problem still persist. You think the truck stops then it leaps forward about two feet. Not safe!!

- Ma, MA, USA

problem #23

Dec 012011

Silverado 2500 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 #22

Dec 052011

Silverado 2500 8-cyl Diesel

  • 164,805 miles


All brake lines under drivers door severely rusted. The line going to the rear ruptured above the fuel tank causing failure of brake system.

- Millington, MD, USA

problem #21

Nov 302011

Silverado 2500 8-cyl Diesel

  • 58,600 miles
When trying to turn at an intersection, the brakes on my 2500hd with duramax diesel applied without driver using the pedal. This happened at every turn while trying to get to the repair shop. The shop replaced the factory sealed hydraulic booster assembly. After 1500 miles the problem has not recurred. We have contacted General Motors, but since there was no recall, there is nothing they will do. This same condition happened at 30000 miles, but cleared up and no dealer could find a defect code and could not duplicate the problem. Hopefully, this does not happen again at high speed.

- Pound, WI, USA

problem #20

Nov 012011

Silverado 2500

  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500hd. The contact stated that the anti lock braking system engaged at low speeds, causing the vehicle to lose decelerate. The failure occurred while decelerating and before depressing the brake pedal, nearly causing a crash. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was notified and informed the contact that there were no recalls addressing the failure. They offered no further assistance. The failure mileage was 90,000.

- Newport, PA, USA

problem #19

Oct 122011

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 74,655 miles
Brake lines are rusted and need to be replaced according to dealer.....estimate for the work is $1,800. This seems very premature for a 6 year old heavy duty truck.

- Colchester, CT, USA

problem #18

Sep 292011

Silverado 2500

  • 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 #17

Jul 042010

Silverado 2500

  • 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 #16

Nov 082010

Silverado 2500

  • 33,333 miles
Moving my Chevy 2500 Silverado (year 2005) in my driveway, I applied my brakes the pedal was very soft and went to the floor, I applied the emergency brake stopped the truck, got out to look what happened. There was a large mark of brake fluid on the driveway, the brake line had failed, it had corrosion all over it. Had it towed to dealership, they said the brake line had failed, and GM, was not going to repair it.

- Stow, OH, USA

problem #15

Aug 012010

Silverado 2500

  • 15,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500. The contact was driving approximately 55 mph, approaching a stop signal. The brake pedal was engaged with full body pressure before the vehicle came to a complete stop. The failure occurred during brake application. The vehicle had not been diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 15,000.

- Maysville, MO, USA

problem #14

Aug 032010

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 87,122 miles
I have a 2005 chev Silverado truck where the ABS system comes on at 15kms or less. This happens on matter the road condition, its started about 2 months ago. Now it comes on all the time, everytime I stop. What happens is that the ABS comes on when below 15kms, scarely whne your not exspecting it. I reaseached this as to why or if theres any recalls. I found out the 1999-2002 chev Silverado's had recalls on these vehilces for this problem. Problem is that it stated that it's caused from corrision in the hub, giving a wrong signal to the ABS system.

- Quispamsis, 00, USA

problem #13

Jun 102010

Silverado 2500

  • 43,280 miles
Power steering hose ruptured and lost brakes and steering. Had replaced at a independent shop and was told by G.M. was not one of the affected vehicles.

- Hatboro, PA, USA

problem #12

Sep 102009

Silverado 2500

  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500. While driving at various speeds and applying the brakes, the contact noticed that the brake pedal would fall to the floor when it was depressed. After examining the vehicle the contact noticed that the rotors were covered with rust and that the brake pads needed to be replaced. The rear rotors and brake pads were replaced by the contact. The failure was not diagnosed by the dealer. The failure mileage was 40000 and the current mileage was 58000.

- Canfield, OH, USA

problem #11

Oct 292007

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500. While the contact was driving approximately 30 mph the brakes were engaged and a sudden loss of power steering occurred causing the vehicle to swerve off of the road. Extreme pressure was applied to the brake pedal in order to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer. The technician refused to inspect the vehicle and stated that they were not responsible for any under carriage corrosion regardless of the severity. The manager agreed to replace the corroded power steering tank and repair the brakes. The manufacturer was notified and stated that they do not cover any corrosion under the service warranty due to the environment. The manufacturer also stated that the warranty would not apply to corrosion failures where the residence was close to a beach with exposure of salt in the air. The failure mileage was 23,000. The current mileage was 28,000. Updated 05/28/10. Updated 10/12/10

- Melbourne Beach, FL, USA

problem #10

Jul 032008

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • 18,359 miles
In February, 2005 I purchased a 2005 Chevy Silverado 2500 hd fwd pickup. From day 1 I had brake fading with the vehicle. I complained to the dealer when ever I brought it in for service to no avail. In July 2008, with 18,359 miles on it I was told "the rear rotors were rusted to the point it was affecting braking power" and had to be replaced. The front rotors were also rusted and had to be replaced in June 2009, with 25,001 miles on it, I again had brake problems and 3 bleeders were rusted and ruined and had to be replaced along with one caliper. At the same time the rear brake pads had to be replaced and the rotors resurfaced.

- Higganum, CT, USA

problem #9

Dec 102008

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
On two different occasions with my 2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 I experienced power steering and brake loss after starting the engine and beginning to drive.. steering was very hard and I had to "stand" on the brake pedal to stop the vehicle. After a few minutes it all began to work again but I was without power steering and brakes for several minutes. I took it to my dealer and they replaced the brake unit and replaced a hose on the power steering pump. Parts are probably not available as I left them at the dealer. Now I am getting a slight surge when brakes are applied and this is one of the events that happened before the failure causing me to fear that failure might happen again.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

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