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Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
71,317 miles

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2006 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 brakes problems

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2006 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 Owner Comments (Page 3 of 5)

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problem #52

Mar 032014

Silverado 3500 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 #51

Jun 022014

Silverado 3500 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 #50

May 302014

Silverado 3500 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 #49

May 272014

Silverado 3500 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

problem #48

Sep 152013

Silverado 3500

  • 140,000 miles
Driving home from a camping trip pulling 30ft 5th wheel, pushed on brake pedal to slow down & pedal went almost to the floor, pulled over & found brake line leaking under master cylinder on top of frame rail, repaired line to get home, upon inspection of brake lines, they are very weak, since then I've had to fix 2 more brake lines, luckily not pulling anything, I have friends with these same trucks & inspected there's & also look the same,1 friend took his to dealership & they told him that this is normal? I feel they did not use the correct kind of metal when producing these vehicles brake lines.I work in the service field & have never seen brake lines rot the way these trucks do, these trucks are bought for pulling & a lot of them on the road, so I was hoping you could look into this matter for safety reasons. Thank you

- Bellville, MI, USA

problem #47

May 122014

Silverado 3500

  • 71,500 miles
I applied the brakes. The brake pedal went to the floor with little resistance. I got the truck home and noticed brake fluid draining from the drivers side metal brake line just forward of the rear axle.

- Nashua, NH, USA

problem #46

Apr 282014

Silverado 3500

  • 60,000 miles


Left rear brake line blew out and rusted through. Do not trust any other brake line on this truck now.

- Candor, NY, USA

problem #45

Apr 272014

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 84,700 miles
Brake pedal went to the floor with no braking available. This was just after a 300 + mile trip hauling a horse trailer and two horses. Service investigation revealed ruptured hydraulic brake lines. All brake lines are severely corroded and all must be replaced. Worst portion is just under the drivers seat area where three lines run together. Called dealer and GM, it appears to be a common problem since GM now offers a discounted brake line kit. May posts on Chevy forums reveal the exact problem. Something should be done as this appears to be a bad design. Fortunate that this did not happen while on the turnpike.

- Mentor, OH, USA

problem #44

Apr 112014

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • 69,000 miles
Brakelines have corroded, rotted out.

- Florence, KY, USA

problem #43

Mar 032014

Silverado 3500

  • 75,500 miles
When I backed out of my driveway, which is on an incline, the brake pedal went to the floor and I just missed backing out into a busy road. I took the truck in for repairs immediately following the incident. The repairs cost nearly $750. They said that most all of the brake lines were rusted and the one on the rear drivers side had a hole rusted through.

- Erie, PA, USA

problem #42

Feb 012014

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • 26,500 miles


I bought my Chevy 3500 dually 4X4 to drive when I needed it to haul things or for the 4WD. I told my daughter it was going to snow and make the roads dangerous so I would take her to work and pick her up when she was done everything went well no signs of any problems before and after I had taken her to work so when she called I went to pick her up at work and had to wait a little while for her to finish up after I had gotten to her work then I drove her home and just after getting off the interstate we pulled into the driveway and I pulled up to the house and almost went through my garage door when my brake pedal went to the floor at about 10-15 mph with absolutly no warning what so ever I would have never used the truck if I had remotely thought something was wrong with the brakes I drive semi trucks for a living and always check things around my vehicles by second nature since I am responsible for the safe operation of the vehicles I drive. I had my truck towed to the dealer where I purchased it new and told them I had contacted GM about the problem and that I told them I expected it to be repaired free of charge and GM response was that they wanted the dealer to evaluate it and the evaluation would be free of charge they did and they found the brake lines rusted in half and also busted at the rubber hose connections so GM said that they would cover 30% of the repair of the brake lines in which they did but it still cost me $1800. GM insisted that my brake lines rusted in half because my truck sits a lot I told them I have a 1990 Mazda I bought new that sits beside it that I have never had any safety problems out of. GM also has changed the brake lines to a plastic coated line. I had also told them that it was a poor design where the water ran off the windshield and down onto the brake lines right where they rusted and broke GM needs to stand behind its product.

- Waddy, KY, USA

problem #41

Jul 172013

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
I have a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500hd all of the brake linings had rusted. My brakes failed while I was driving. Fortunately I controlled the vehicle and was able to stop, saw the leak and was towed.a private company replaced all lines. I emailed my concern to Chevrolet, asked to have my comments forwarded to CEO-product improvement. Subsequently had a phone conversation (866-790-5600) [xxx]with [xxx] could not send this information to CEO product improvement. If the brake linings fail you have no brakes. My service request[xxx] I spoke to private mechanics they said this was systemic issue to Chevrolet. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Manassas, VA, USA

problem #40

Mar 282014

Silverado 3500

  • 61,000 miles
ABS engages at slow speeds - evidently there is a known problem with the ABS sensors engaging at low speeds. This is a potentially dangerous defect. It is scary when you approach a stop and the brakes release. GM has known about this problem and has issued a service bulletin. There was a recall on previous years but stopped in 06 even though they never fixed the problems. They should reinstate the recall and fix the remaining vehicles. We have not been involved in an accident because of the defective sensors but I consider us fortunate.

- Council Bluffs, IA, USA

problem #39

Jan 112014

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 96,956 miles
Happened in the driveway, thankfully. Brake pedal spongy, pushed again and went to the floor. Got out of the truck and found a puddle of brake fluid under the driver's side. Further inspection, the brake line has rusted through and was spraying fluid when the pedal was pushed. Complete failure of brakes. Thank goodness for the E brake.

- Baldwinsville, NY, USA

problem #38

Dec 142013

Silverado 3500 6-cyl

  • 74,255 miles
While traveling along rt 80 in New Jersey at 65 mph, traffic began to slow in all lanes. I hit my brakes only to find that my foot went completely to the floor and had possibly 10% braking ability remaining to stop the truck. I was only able to avoid contacting the vehicles in front of me by downshifting, using the emergency brake and running onto the highway shoulder and off the road to avoid an accident. I was able to drive slowly to the closest repair shop where I was informed that the brake lines were corroded and leaking brake fluid. As a result, when I hit my brakes, the brake fluid leaked causing the lack of peddle pressure and did not operate the brakes properly. I had no previous warning that there was any brake problems. Additionally, the gas lines were corroded and required replacement. This is an additional hazard that could cause a fire. The corroded brake line issue is a well known (except to me prior to the incident) and documented problem of which Chevrolet refuses to notify vehicle owners. The first time owners are aware of the brake line problem is when they try to stop the truck and by that point, it is too late.

- Chester, NJ, USA

problem #37

Dec 202013

Silverado 3500 8-cyl Diesel

  • miles
Brake failure when stepping on brakes on highway. Steel brake line from front to rear brakes ruptured and pedal went to floor with no warning. From reading on web this is a commend problem with corrosion on brake lines due to poor quality materials used in manufacturing.

- Cutler Bay, FL, USA

problem #36

Oct 012013

Silverado 3500

  • 39,000 miles
The brake lines rusted out and the fluid leaked out causing brake failure.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #35

Aug 102013

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 14,285 miles
Service brakelines rotted and caused a complete loss of service brakes - while driving and close to home - used emergency brakes and low gear to get to home. Spoke to friend at Chevy dealer. They are having problems with this truck series due to corrosion and premature rusting. Truck is currently in garage due to failure (corrosion) of transmission cooling lines. Current mileage 15,211. Lost both anti-lock brake modules and alternator and temperature sensors.

- Hazle Twp, PA, USA

problem #34

Nov 112013

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • 9,028 miles
Chevrolet Silverado 2500 hd (2006) was purchased new, from gengras Chevrolet-585 Connecticut blvd.- East hartford, ct. 06108- telephone # 860-528-2575. Brake line ruptured due to corrosion, fortunately, vehicle was being operated at a slow speed (25) mph. Upon inspection of under the vehicle, I was appalled at the condition of brake lines, fittings, brackets and related components. The rust on the underside including the frame was such that it could be flaked off in 1/16" thick chunks. This truck has only 9028 miles, what kind of auto industry do we have !!!!! ? I was made aware of this corrosion problem (that Chevrolet is aware of) by a local auto mechanic that this corrosion problem was in primarily (2004-2005-2006) Silverado. The materials GM is using to cause these problems is a disgusting sample of our manufacturing system. This vehicle was parked outdoors (on a asphalt driveway). The repairs for this situation are in line with the poor quality materials that were used, I was informed that the body of the truck bed had to be removed (lifted-off) to access brake lines and get this, the fuel line is also in the same location, might be suspect to corrosion. The cost of these repairs is off the charts. (who is responsible for these design flaws). As an american, who advocates buying domestic vehicles, I wonder who is watching what is going on. I hope someone of authority reads this and acts on it, before it is to late for all of us. Remember, this vehicle has (9028) miles on it, and experiencing these problems. Yes, that is correct (9028) miles !!!!!!!!!!

- Cromwell, CT, USA

problem #33

Nov 092013

Silverado 3500 8-cyl Diesel

  • 61,000 miles
Complete brake failure due to brake line defect / leak. Repair estimate from dealership $2800+.

- New Hartford, CT, USA

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