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Crashes / Fires:
25 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
37,650 miles

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2001 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 brakes problems

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2001 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 Owner Comments (Page 9 of 11)

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problem #49

Aug 182004

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles


ABS system intermittently engages at low speed (@5mph). While pulling into a parking space, the ABS engaged and I almost hit the car in the next slot. Also, while parking in front a a restaraunt, the ABS engaged and I almost drove into the lobby. I've had the speed sensors replaced at about 60K milesand today (73K miles)the hubs are being replaced.

- Akron, OH, USA

problem #48

Sep 152004

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,020 miles
When starting up the vehicle power steering and power brakes do not activate. The consumer started vehicle 10 minutes later and nothing happened. Twenty minutes later, consumer started vehicle and this time everything worked. This problem occurred intermittantly.

- Summerfield, FL, USA

problem #47

Sep 102004

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,500 miles
The antilock brakes failed to allow vehicle to stop. ABS engaged itself on dry pavement at low speed. After trying to repeat the problem, I found it occured intermittently; and if it did it was while braking at 7 mph. The only way to stop the vehicle in ABS "mode" is firmly press pedal to floor and allow 3 times the stopping distance. I have since removed the ABS fuse and the truck stops normally.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #46

Aug 112004

Silverado 3500

  • 70,000 miles


While braking at low speeds brake pedal would be hard when depressed. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

- Richmond, OH, USA

problem #45

Sep 022004

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,500 miles
I own a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. Recently the ABS control module (ecbm) failed, causing my ABS motor to run continuously (even with the key removed from the car). Upon investigation, this is a very common problem with this model truck. The dealer quoted my around $1100 to repair this. Given the fact that this is such a common problem, I would like to see GM recall this part. As this affects the car's ABS system, it is a serious safety issue I have no choice but to have the truck repaired, potentially with the same defective part.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #44

Jul 022004

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
After the vehicle reached the 30,000 mile mark vehicle experienced a soft spongy feel on the ABS brakes. Dealer stated that this experience was normal. Consumer disagreed. The brake pedal went all the way to the floor. Getting the vehicle to stop was difficult. The braking was especially poor when carrying a heavy load in the truck. The dealer checked the brakes and indicated that nothing was wrong with the truck.

- Willits, CA, USA

problem #43

Aug 172004

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,800 miles


Intermittently while driving under 15 mph, the consumer applied the brakes and they failed. The dealership inspected the vehicle and the technician replaced the ABS module sensor at the consumer's expense of $294.14.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #42

Aug 052004

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving at low speed and consumer applied the brakes they failed. Vehicle took longer to stop. Dealership inspected vehicle several times, and technician indicated that vehicle was operating as designed by manufacturer.

- La Fayette, NY, USA

problem #41

Aug 032004

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,300 miles
ABS sensor corrosion causing ABS to activate at five miles per hour leading to brake pedal traveling to floor and loss of braking ability.

- Ann Arbor, MI, USA

problem #40

Jun 092004

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
Problems with vehicle's ABS system. While attempting to stop the vehicle the ABS system activated. The consumer had to press the bake pedal very hard to get the vehicle T stop. This was not the first time this problem occurred.

- Auburn, NY, USA

problem #39

Jul 172003

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,000 miles


While driving at any speed ABS brakes system is under the impression the one of the wheels is locked up. When this occurs the ABS system will release the wheels due to corrosion. This problem occurred numerous times before the consumer became concerned about it. Dealer examined the vehicle, and cleaned the sensor disc on the braking system. When the brakes were applied the vehicle began to slow down normally until the speed was around 5-10 mph. When the speed was low the ABS would activate. The vehicle would slow down but not stop.

- Lee, NH, USA

problem #38

Jun 252004

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving between 5 to 10 mph consumer applied the brakes and the pedal went down to the floor. ABS brakes locked up, and the vehicle slid before coming to a stop. Vehicle was taken to the dealership. However, the problem recurred.

- Shelby Township, MI, USA

problem #37

May 152004

Silverado 3500 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When going to stop at any time, the ABS brakes will kick on and almost cause me to crash. If I do not hurry up and slam on the brakes, I would not stop at all and I would rear end the person in front of me. I would like to see something done about this, I have a two year old that rides with me in the truck and I hope nothing happens to her or I will slap a lawsuit on Chevrolet.

- Erie, PA, USA

problem #36

Apr 012004

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles
While driving and pulling into a parking space or stopping brakes disengaged. One occurrence resulted in a rear collision. Took vehicle to the dealer. They informed consumer that brake sensor failed.

- Fort Edward, NY, USA

problem #35

Jan 012003

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 200 miles
2001 chevrolete Silverado, ABS brake failures intermittent ABS slow speed failures, brake pedal goes to floor, no warning ligths come on before or after, no noise, vibration, nothing to warn brakes are going to fail. Vehicle as been to dealer 11 times for repairs, they do all the usual inspections, read the computer, drive vechicle.except for one, they have never ckecked the maze of wires, connections, and other componets that the ABS runs through, or is useing. The GM. Shop manual gives step by step instrutions, how to check vechicle for intermittent ABS failures. I have to drive vechicle with ABS deactiveated, using hydraulic brakes which are excellent, I have not had any brake failures driving vechicle

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #34

Feb 092004

Silverado 3500

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles
While driving at any speed and applying the brakes pedal went all the way to the floor, resulting in extended stopping distance. This vehicle was unsafe to drive. However, dealer replaced the speed sensor, but problem recurred.

- Swanton, OH, USA

problem #33

Jan 272004

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Have had intermittent anit-lock brake activation at low speeds when applying brake. This increases braking distance unexpectedly, and I have found myself in the other lane trying not to get hit. Complained of this problem to my local dealer and to Chevy customer assistance. They both said that there are no recalls or service bulletins on that particular problem. I told customer assistance that there is a bulletin for this on the NHTSA website. They could not find such a bulletin. The bulletin is for a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado. It is titled: Service brakes, hydraulic:antilock. The service bulletin number is 030525007, NHTSA item number is 10004310. I also called called 1-800-dash-2-dot to try and figure out why I'm being told by Chevy that there is no such bulletin, but NHTSA publishes a bulletin on the website pertaining to ABS activation at low speeds. The person I talked to could not answer my problem, but gave me the number to technical information services, ph# 202-366-2588. I left a message, since all I could get was an answering machine and a recorded message telling me to contact the number I just called. Nobody has contacted me. It has probably been a couple of weeks since leaving the message. I want to know if there is a valid service bulletin pertaining to my problem, since this is a safety issue. I do not want this to cause a wreck. I feel that I am getting the runaround by everyone. Please help.

- Smyrna, TN, USA

problem #32

Feb 022004

Silverado 3500

  • miles
While braking from 55 mph the brake pedal became hard and the vehicle would not stop. The ABS brake light also illuminated on the dash. The consumer was able to pull over to the shoulder and stop the vehicle by pulling up the emergency brakes. The driver had the vehicle towed to the dealer for inspection. (bernard fearron-service manager).

- Denville, NJ, USA

problem #31

Aug 012003

Silverado 3500

  • 20,000 miles
The consumer experienced problems with the brakes. When the brakes were applied, the brake pedal vibrated and went completely to the floor, there was no pressure in the brake pedal. There was also a grinding noise occurring at the same time. The consumer stated the problem was sporadic. The dealership was unable to duplicate the problem. In some instances, the consumer was unable to stop the vehicle.

- Waymart, PA, USA

problem #30

Oct 242003

Silverado 3500 Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles
The ABS light came on and remained on and the ABS motor continued to run even when the engine was turned off. The vehicle was taken vehicle to three different dealerships, however the problem could not be determined.

- Fleetwood, NC, USA

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