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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,026 miles

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2001 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 wheels / hubs problems

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2001 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #27

Mar 132013

Silverado 3500

  • 151,000 miles


Spare tire fell to the ground. The cable that holds the tire to the under frame broke at the plate that holds the tire and wheel in place.

- Spicewood, TX, USA

problem #26

Oct 012008

Silverado 3500

  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado. The vehicle has steeltex radio A/T tires, size T245-75R16 E120L (na). The tires were purchased in 2005 and, at 30,000 miles, the contact began to feel a strong vibration from the front tires. The tires were inspected and he realized that there was strong tread separation in both front tires. The contact discovered NHTSA campaign id number 03T002000 (tires:tread/belt); however, the manufacturer stated that his tire size was not affected. The contact believes that the tires should be included in the recall if the failures are identical. The current and failure mileages were 130,000.

- Ells Summit, MO, USA

problem #25

Nov 112005

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,600 miles
To: subject: Owner assistance: P. adams subject: Customer has serious issues mossy Chevrolet date: Monday, September 19, 2005 4:59 pm to Chevrolet: Management and customer relations:from: sent: Saturday, September 17, 2005 10:14 pm subject: GM 2001 Firestone steeltex A/T custom alloy wheels w/A/T tires. That makes 8 rims but end result was the tires where Firestone LT245/75-16 steeltex A/T. 50psi.load range C spec. Or numbers on tires 108/104rm/S tpc spec.2313 (00 8008) (08162 0R5) (LT245/75-R16) Firestone steeltex A/T tires on customers truck where defective and sight of sidewall deformations customer given incorrect response to request before warranty expired it was brought to mossy Chevrolet that customer advising service writer of continuous problems with vehicle tires [peeling] GM in their 'commitment to safety' warranties such defects I will be filing for 'reimbursement' claim, along those grounds. May I suggest that you familiarize yourselves with what and how you sell. Denying or misrepresenting any terms of those agreements are fraud. My time was mis-used and wasted along with me and any passengers in vehicle where in unnecessary jeopardy from these practices. [plus the general public] if a serious accident would have occurred. The price of your actions [should have] anything more serious happened (you can't put a price on life) other than me losing the front tire and grinding to a stop on rim is not worth it. Learn this know it.

- Oceanside, CA, USA

problem #24

Jul 162005

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,900 miles


Contact stated the tread separated from the rear driver side tire, almost causing loss of control of the vehicle. The driver side rear fender was damaged because of the tread separation. Consumer was not aware of any indication that there was a problem with the tire. Two months prior to the incident the tires were rotated. At that time, there were no problems with the tires. The tires have not been inspected by a certified Firestone dealer. The vehicle was purchased new in 2001, the tires were the original ones on the vehicle. On original tire had to be replaced because it developed a bubble in its sidewall.

- South Gate, CA, USA

problem #23

Mar 012005

Silverado 3500

  • 55,000 miles
Chevrolet Silverado 2001, replaced timing chain at 55,000 miles. The consumer stated when he attempted to apply the brakes, the vehicle skidded and would not stop and when it occurred the vehicle made a noise. The consumer was told it was just the anti-lock brakes kicking in. The consumer also stated when the roads were wet and he applied the accelerator from a stop the back tire would spin out.

- Dallas, TX, USA

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problem #22

Oct 152002

Silverado 3500

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,210 miles
Front tire prematurely worn on one side dealer replaced rack &pinion, steering gear that was leaking dealer set toe refused to do full alignment.rotated tires.AT18,100 front tire again worn on one side different dealer installed another remanufactured rack & pinion, steering gear an did a full alignment. Vehicle then had slight vibration transmitted through steering wheel when taken back next day dealer said tires needed replaiced.

- Indio, CA, USA

problem #21

Sep 222003

Silverado 3500

  • 17,000 miles


While driving at highway speeds the vehicle started to shake severely which made it difficult to control the vehicle. The vehicle was driven to the dealership and the consumer was informed by the mechanic that all four(4) tires were out of round and would need to be replaced.

- Stone Ridge, NY, USA

problem #20

Aug 282003

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,000 miles
Rack&pinion steering was leaking and causing rapid/uneven front tire wear at 13000 replaced with remanufactured part that is now leaking again at 18000 mi. And is now making growling refused to align vehicle or replace either badly worn tire. Defective rack & pinion caused loss of power steering fluid creating danger of loss of steering had it not been discovered.

- Indio, CA, USA

problem #19

Aug 262003

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer states that the tires on a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado bounced while driving. Consumer took the vehicle to the mechanic to have them balanced, and was told the tires maybe recalled tires. The tires did not have bubbles or splits on them, they just vibrated and bounced while driving. Wilderness AT, size P265/75R16. All four tires were balanced time and time again, but the problem still existed.

- Coeburn, VA, USA

problem #18

Jul 082003

Silverado 3500

  • miles
Consumer states while driving on the freeway at about 60-65 mph he began to hear a grinding noise, he thought, it was front tire, but 30 minutes later, rear tire hub fell off. He was able to get to the side of the road and call a tow truck, and had it towed to a dealer for repair. Once at the dealer/mechanic he was told that they could not repair it under warranty because he was 3 miles over the limit, but they would repair it at 100% out of pocket cost.

- Rancho Cucamonga, CA, USA

problem #17

Jul 042003

Silverado 3500

  • miles


Consumer states that while driving and without warning the left front side tires blewout, causing consumer to pull over. Size#lt26575R16 please provide the dot#.

- Loup City, NE, USA

problem #16

Nov 152002

Silverado 3500

  • miles
While driving 50 mph the left rear tire blew out.

- Magnolia, AR, USA

problem #15

Oct 172002

(reported on)

Silverado 3500

  • miles
Per the manufactures directions I inflate the tires to 55psi front and 80psi rear. I tow a 30ft, 10,000lb fifth wheel whose king pin weight is 1600lbs. I drive up to 60mph towing and between 65 and 70 when not towing. I choose the truck to provide a one third safety margin for the trucks total capacity. Have rotated the tires front to rear as Chevy recommends and inflated accordingly. Have noticed lately that the tires have a circumferential depression midway up the tire side wall on both sides. In this depression area there is checking on both sides. The checking does not show up on the rest of the side wall. Being familiar with tire manufacturing this tells me that the rubber sheet layup prior to vulcanizing is not uniform from bead to bead around the tire. This may be a potential area of side wall seperation, due to loading or start up and stopping radial torque on the tire. All 4 tires exhibit this but I didn't notice it prior to rotating them. The tires were made in Canada to tpc 2012 ms 23572 ur BM05326-2 if this helps. I am concerned about these tires and the possible problem they may have. They are not to the point, wear wise, that I would buy a new set. Would like to know what you think amd how you view this issue. Please feel free to call or email me if you have any questions. I had talked with Mr. George gillespie and he advised me to fill out this questionaire, and he found this issue interesting. Thank you for your attention. Yours truley, mike grudt

- Simi Valley, CA, USA

problem #14

Aug 062001

Silverado 3500 4WD Diesel

  • miles
Tire began vibrating at 50mph. Inspection of tire revealed no lost balance weights or bulge. Upon continuing journey, tire blowout occurred within approximately 25 miles. Dealer has refused to replace tire or fix fender damage and GM customer assistance division created claim # but will not return phone calls regarding status of claim.

- Altoona, PA, USA

problem #13

Apr 242001

Silverado 3500

  • miles
While driving down the highway, consumer ran over a small nail, consumer stated the puncture was extremely small that should not have ruined the tire beyond repair, consumer stated on the second occasion a chunk of the tire came off, as consumer was driving no more than 43 mph, and once again the tire was damaged beyond repair, consumer feels that tires should not be ruined under such small circumstances.(no tire info given)

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #12

Jul 172002

(reported on)

Silverado 3500 4WD

  • miles
Consumer states Goodyear Wrangler St tires (tire size / dot # unknown)have no traction, are dangerous and spin on damp surfaces and heavy rainy roads.

- Livonia, MI, USA

problem #11

Dec 012001

Silverado 3500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Original tires were wearing excessively on vehicle. While turning corners vehicle shook drastically. Vehicle was checked by dealer, who advised consumer that original tires on vehicle were of insufficient grade to support vehicle's weight. Consumer contacted manufacturer with no resolution. 2001, Chevrolet express van, C3500 with 13000 miles. Consumer already had to replace tires.

- Chelmsford, MA, USA

problem #10

Jun 282002

(reported on)

Silverado 3500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving, seat belt becomes very tight, giving a feeling of clostraphobia. Took vehicle to dealer. Consumer stated tires vibrated at a speed of 45-50, consumer was informed that the tires were out of round, also when the vehicle is driven for awhile, it seems to miss speeds, when making hard turns in either direction, there is a whining noise coming from the steering, and in cool weather the steering is hard to turn, also the service engine soon light illuminated and the vehicle would stall while driving.

- Satsuma, AL, USA

problem #9

Oct 262001

Silverado 3500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Several Goodyear tires went flat

- Sun City, AZ, USA

problem #8

Nov 122001

Silverado 3500

  • miles
Experience vibration between 40 and 70 mph, feels as though tires are skipping on road surface. Driver input is limited by the response of tires. All 5 tires were replaced, experiencing same condition again at 4,000 miles. Have returned to dealer regarding same problem, and am going tor return once more as problem was not corrected. My father has a 2001 GMC Sierra with the same problem, same size and model tires have been replaced 2 times, awaits third replacement. Coworker has 2002 Silverado, same tires same problem. Both additional vehicles have under 5,000 miles. (tiresize: 255/70/R16)

- Titusville, FL, USA

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