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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,382 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 brakes problems

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2005 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 Owner Comments

problem #15

Mar 202016

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • 66,188 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado 3500. While the vehicle was parked, the contact observed that the power steering fluid was leaking from an unknown area. The failure occurred constantly. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the brake hydro-boost unit was leaking and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 05V043000 (service brakes, hydraulic). The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 66,188. Updated 06/15/16 the consumer stated the vehicle was repaired. Updated 06/22/16.

- Crystal River, FL, USA

problem #14

Dec 012011

Silverado 3500 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 #13

Sep 292011

Silverado 3500

  • 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 #12

Sep 082011

Silverado 3500

  • 27,914 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado 3500. The contact stated that the brake lines were corroded. The contact was driving attempting to stop when the brakes failed. The contact had the vehicle towed to the dealer and was told that the front passenger side brake line failed and the other brake lines were faulty and would also fail eventually. The failed brake line was replaced only. The failure and current mileage was 27,914.

- Stanford, CT, USA

problem #11

Nov 182010

Silverado 3500

  • 44,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado 3500. The contact stated that the brake pedal went to the floorboard when depressed. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who stated that the passenger rear brake line broke because it was corroded which caused brake fluid to leak. The contact called the manufacturer who offered no assistance. The vehicle was repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The current and failure mileages were approximately 44,000.

- Apollo Beach , FL, USA

problem #10

Jul 042010

Silverado 3500

  • 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 #9

Aug 032010

Silverado 3500 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 #8

Sep 232010

Silverado 3500

  • 65,000 miles
Brake failure, rusted brake line leaking, 2005 Chevy Silverado, 65,000 miles.

- Richfield, OH, USA

problem #7

Jun 022009

Silverado 3500 8-cyl Diesel

  • 35,000 miles
Intermittent violent brake shimmy. Dealer replaced brake rotors and shimmy still continues. Dealer was unable to rectify problem. Similar complaints from other truck owners. Dealer stated that there was no known fix.

- Los Gatos, CA, USA

problem #6

Sep 102009

Silverado 3500

  • 31,060 miles
The 'service air bag┐ started to be displayed frequently beginning early September 2009 on my 2005 Chevrolet 3500. I notified my local dealer on Sept 10, 2009 and the vehicle was serviced on September 11. The diagnose was a faulty ┐frontal sensor┐. on October 31, 2009 the 'service brake system┐ displayed and the ABS light would not go out on the same vehicle. This was accompanied along with an annoying repeating beep sound. I contacted my local dealer again and informed of the problem. After several stopping and restarting of the engine the lights went out. On November 8, my 'service air bag┐ message displayed multiple times through out the day. The truck is scheduled for another service appointment. Is there a problem with the electrical system?

- Hughesville, MD, USA

problem #5

Nov 092008

Silverado 3500

  • 12,500 miles


Antilock brake system engages at vehicle speeds of under 10 mph on dry conditions. I previously owned a 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe with the same problem. One would think that GM would correct this problem. Vehicle has 13,000 miles, but is over 36 mo. Old, so is no longer covered under warranty.

- Mt. Pulaski, IL, USA

problem #4

Aug 012008

Silverado 3500

  • 40,000 miles
Anti-lock brakes activitating @ 10 mph or less.

- Toronto, OH, USA

problem #3

Apr 182004

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles
Fading of brakes dealer installed new brake booster owner installed new brake pads on all axles bleed all brakes no air found.

- Brockport, NY, USA

problem #2

Sep 062005

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,000 miles
: the contact stated the brakes on the vehicle are not working properly. When applying the brakes, the rear brakes do not work. The vehicle was taken to the dealership to determine what the problem. The dealership adjusted the rear brakes and explained the vehicle was repaired. After driving the vehicle for a period of time, it is experiencing the same problems with the brakes. The vehicle was taken in a second time for repairs to be made. At that time the drums were turned. The vehicle was driven again for a period of time, while still experiencing the same problems with the brakes. The vehicle was taken back a third time and at this time the dealership is unable to duplicate the problem.

- Glenwood, IA, USA

problem #1

Dec 012004

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,449 miles
I reported that the vehicle did not seem to want to move from a stopped position. Approximately three weeks later the problem repeated itself but with the service brake system lights coming on.

- Cleveland Hts, OH, USA

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