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Crashes / Fires:
8 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
68,926 miles

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2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 brakes problems

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2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 Owner Comments (Page 3 of 7)

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problem #86

Sep 142013

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 75,000 miles


I was coming home from my daughters soccer game with her and my ex-wife as passengers.we were approximately 50 miles from home traveling on the interstate when I applied my brakes and peddle went slowly to the floor. I managed to get slowed down and by quickly pumping my brakes I could get enough pressure to stop the truck. I phoned a friend and he brought a trailer and we hauled it home. I do a lot of my mechanic work because of garage cost. I replaced the one line, had another one rust out so replaced all 4 of them. Then just this past week I was going down my steep driveway approximately 1/8 mile long and brake line under radiator broke and had to use emergency brake to get stopped. I keep my truck clean underneath and on top and the frame is rusting so bad it's shameful!! the bumpers and cab corners are rusting too.

- New Martinsville, WV, USA

problem #85

Oct 182014

Silverado 2500

  • 64,000 miles
Brake lines blew front and rear when a motorcycle in front of me slammed his brakes in an emergency stop. Luckily he was towards the side of the road, I slammed my brakes and my pedal went to the floor, I quickly swerved and downshifted and ebraked and miraculously was able to come to a swerving stop avoiding collision but it could have been much worse if I hadn't been able to react so quickly. My truck is very low mileage and meticulously maintained, I have owned it since 2009. There aren't any other cars out there that would have a brake line failure within 8 years and only 64K miles, I'm very upset over what happened.

- Wallingford, CT, USA

problem #84

Oct 032014

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 127,357 miles
Brakes lines rusty pressed brake pedal brakes failed.

- Cana, VA, USA

problem #83

Oct 022014

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 115,000 miles


Driving on the road at approx. 35 mph and had to make a abrupt stop. After making the abrupt stop, I proceeded down the road. The next time I pushed the brakes the pedal felt soft. After pulling to the side of the road and checking the vehicle there was a large amount of brake fluid coming from the rear of the vehicle. After futher inspection, I found that the rear metal brake line had rusted and busted open.

- Andersonville, TN, USA

problem #82

Sep 122014

Silverado 2500

  • 21,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact stated that while attempting to come to a complete stop, the brakes failed to stop the vehicle and the emergency brake had to be engaged. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that all of the brake lines and fuel lines needed to be repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 21,000.

- Cheswick, PA, USA

problem #81

Sep 102014

Silverado 2500 4WD 6-cyl

  • 53,765 miles
Backing up small grade, applied brakes and the pedal felt soft, pumped brake second time and pedal went all the way to the extent of its travel. Drifted to level area checked brake fluid which was near empty. The brake line under driver side floor area along frame rail had burst. The lines are rusted and flaking. Had vehicle towed to independent repair shop as I did not find a recall on this. Repair shop indicated that this is a normal problem for this make/ model vehicle.

- Fairmont, WV, USA

problem #80

Sep 092014

Silverado 2500

  • 150,000 miles


I was getting ready to pull out on the main hwy. When hitting my brakes to stop before entering, the brake pedal went to floor, I, M glad no one got hurt and I parked the truck safely. After parking it there was a puddle of brake fluid on the road. All the four lines were rusted and one or two broke. I've bought 4 new chev. This 2006 has had rusty brake lines since 2008 or 2009 when I bought it. These lines have rusted on a lot of these 2006 chev. Trucks I've heard. I think GM should do something about them, before we have another cobalt tragic. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Lakeview,, OH, USA

problem #79

Sep 142013

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • 15,000 miles
Complete loss of brakes while attending a reenacting ceremony at the eckley miners village and delivering supplies - all brake lines were completely rusted out.

- Hazle Twp, PA, USA

problem #78

Jun 132013

Silverado 2500 8-cyl Diesel

  • 120,101 miles
Brake lines failed, causing me to run off the road when trying to avoid hitting a deer. Had to replace all the lines due to corrosion on many of them.

- Sandston, VA, USA

problem #77

Oct 012013

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • 54,000 miles
I have found that the steel lines running along the frame rails are rusting and found a patch in one place and the possibility of more leaks happening.

- Pittsfield , MA, USA

problem #76

Jul 182014

Silverado 2500

  • 70,000 miles


The contact owns 2006 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact stated while driving approximately 2 mph in reverse the vehicle failed to respond to deceleration attempts. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where the mechanic stated that the brake lines were covered with rust. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000.

- Churchville, PA, USA

problem #75

Jul 082012

Silverado 2500

  • 20,000 miles
Another vehicle ran a red light in front of me and I had to apply brakes quickly. The brake line ruptured, I swerved, and barely missed the other car. They would have been killed if I was not able to move into the opposite lane. Latter found that the rupture was caused by excessive rust. Had that section replaced but its too expensive to replace all the lines - waiting for another failure.

- Revere, MA, USA

problem #74

Jun 252014

Silverado 2500 8-cyl Diesel

  • 81,000 miles
My wife while driving the above truck stated that the brake peddle "felt funny" and continued to drive it. She stated that she had almost completely lost the ability to stop. When I was able to inspect the truck I found a ruptured brake line that lead to the rear brakes. Also all the brake fluid had leaked out of the ruptured line. I have since have had all the brake lines replaced with stainless steel lines. I am learning that this is an on going issue with this model of truck and my concern should be obvious. My wife could have seriously injured herself or others.

- Hayes , VA, USA

problem #73

Jul 072014

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • 72,000 miles
I was moving my travel trailer in my driveway, in preparation for a vacation trip. When I stepped on the brake, a rusted brake line failed and the brake pedal went to the floor. I was able to stop the vehicle safely. Further inspection reveals that all the brake lines on the truck are badly rusted and will have to be replaced.

- Eaton Rapids, MI, USA

problem #72

Jan 122014

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • 52,760 miles
Brake lines had holes in them caused by corrosion, fuel line also. Noticed problem before anything serious happened. Cost over $1000 to replace brake and fuel lines.

- Versailles, NY, USA

problem #71

Mar 032014

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • 73,000 miles
As I was backing out of my driveway my brake pedal went to the floor. I stopped just in time to avoid being hit by on coming traffic. Took it to a dealer later that day and was told that the brake lines were rusted through and would cost over $700 to repair.

- Erie, PA, USA

problem #70

Jun 022014

Silverado 2500 8-cyl Diesel

  • 174,789 miles
Started the vehicle fasten seat belt exited the carport started to leave my yard had to stop a go back in house turned the vehicle off removed the key went back in the house came back got in the vehicle fasten seat belt started the vehicle put it in drive and the service air bag light flashed several time we out and came back and will not go back out it will flash several time go out and come back on and stay.

- High Springs, FL, USA

problem #69

May 302014

Silverado 2500 8-cyl Diesel

  • 65,230 miles
Saw wet spot under driver's side of truck, just behind engine compartment. Knew it wasn't good as the ac is on the other side. Figured I'd check it later. Started truck and as soon as I put my foot on the brake pedal, I could feel something was wrong. Stopped truck, popped hood and checked brake fluid level in master cylinder. Saw it was low. Added a pint of fluid and looked under the truck. Saw it leaking from a rusted out brake line near the ABS module. All lines are rusted and in need of replacement.

- Canfield, OH, USA

problem #68

Apr 242014

Silverado 2500 8-cyl Diesel

  • 110,000 miles
I was in fast lane on highway approaching some construction and was cut off by someone who passed me on the right. I stepped hard on my brakes and the pedal went all the way to the floor.. I hit the person in front of me and ruined my front bumper. Upon inspection of my vehicle I noticed brake fluid dripping from frame rail..I looked and noticed a line ruptured due to rust / rot and all the brake lines where in bad condition. I was able to crutch the truck to a repair shop and the repaired the steel line. Mechanic made me aware of the terrible condition all the steel lines were in ( fuel lines, transmission lines, ect) and that the brake bleeders on front calipers where also rotted beyond saving.. I believe all these lines should have been stainless steel as they are exposed to the elements and I'm lucky to have not totaled the truck, injured someone else and or myself.

- Danville, NH, USA

problem #67

May 272014

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • 76,000 miles
Brake pedal went all the way to the floor. Later on, the information console displayed a service brake system message. The brake lines are so rusted out that they are now leaking brake fluid.

- Lothian, MD, USA

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