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Brake Fluid Leak Problems of Chevrolet Silverado 1500 - part 1



Chevrolet Silverado 1500 owners have reported 135 problems related to brake fluid leak (under the service brakes category).

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Failure Date: 03/27/2015

My wife and I were leaving home to go in to town to pick up some items with the truck. When approaching the roadway she applied the foot brake, the brake pedal went to the floor, there was no stopping. The emergency mechanical brake was used so we would not get hit. After getting out and seeing fluid drip, I opened the hood to find a cracked and rusted brake line that was leaking a large amount of brake fluid. Researching this vehicle it seems this is a common problem with this vehicle, nothing has been done about it. This truck spent many years in wisconsin before we located last fall to washington state. It seems to me that a recall needs to be done for this failure does not continue to happen. Brake failure is a very serious issue.

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Failure Date: 03/14/2015

Brake pedal went to the floor when trying to brake. Got the truck home and towed it to a auto repair business. The brake lines had rusted out and were leaking the brake fluid out, also had to replace the calipers because the fluid bleeding mechanism rusted out too this is a safety issue and gm should have issued a recall, this repair has cost me 1350 $.

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Failure Date: 03/13/2015

I just got home after driving 100 miles on the parkway, and I was just getting ready to pick up my fiancã© kids from school when I started my truck and applied the service brake to shift into drive and then the brake pedal went to the floor. I got out of the truck and saw brake fluid leaking behind the drivers side wheel. I crawled under to take a look and the leak appeared to be where the plastic bracket was holding the brake lines to the frame. The brake lines appear to be severly rusted and brittle and just by touching them the rust flakes off. Thank god this happened at home and no one got hurt or killed. I live on a mountain and the road down it is a 25% incline. Something needs to be done about this before something fatal or serious happens. If you have a brake problem similar to this please file a complaint so this gets recalled. I don't understand why so many people complained about this same problem and nothing is being done. Is gm this powerful and will not fess up to this even though this could be fatal?? please join me and speak up. . .

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Failure Date: 03/02/2015

The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. While driving approximately 35 mph with the brake pedal engaged, the brake pedal had to be depressed to the floor and an extended braking distance was required to stop the vehicle. The contact also had to apply the parking brake. While inspecting the vehicle, the contact discovered that brake fluid was leaking from the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the brake fluid leak was due to corrosion of the brake lines. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 104,000.

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Failure Date: 02/10/2015

Driving my '03 chevy Silverado 1500 (108,850 miles on the vehicle) on my way to get my oil changed, my brakes seemed to all of a sudden loose most of their stopping ability. I first noticed it approaching a stop light after traveling on a stretch of highway at 45 mph. I had to press the brake pedal in much further than normal. No warning lights were on indicating a problem. The next set of lights, maybe a 1. 5 miles down the road, same thing, putting the pedal to the floor to stop. This time a "service brake system" light flashed for a second then went away. I have now traveled about 6 miles from the first indication of problems to where I was getting my oil changed. As I pulled into there parking lot, very slowly (less than 5 mph), I once again had to put the brake pedal to the floor to come to a stop. I looked under my truck to notice fluid dripping from the brake line under the driver side door. The mechanics there said the line was shot and recommended not driving it til it was fixed. They were not setup to work on brake lines at this shop, so I had to have it towed to another mechanic. My brake lines were severally rusted. The thing that concerned me the most was how quickly this all happened without any warning, and by the time the warning lights did come on I already had no stopping ability if I was traveling at normal speeds. Gm really needs to consider this poor design in the material they use for their brake lines, before something like this leads to some ones death. Very dangerous!!! spend the time and money to put a quality braking system on your vehicles, it should be the first thing you do.

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Failure Date: 02/02/2015

The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The contact stated that while driving at an unknown speed, another vehicle cut the contact¿s vehicle off causing him to slam down on the brakes. As a result, the brake line fractured and the vehicle began to leak brake fluid. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the brake lines needed to be replaced due to corrosion. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 110,000. The VIN was unavailable.


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Failure Date: 01/06/2015

I was traveling down the road towing my trailer and went to stop and brake pedal went the floor I was able to get off road in the grass and slow down to a stop looked under truck drivers side near front and brake fluid was pouring out at the plastic brackets the were rusted very badly all the lines. I was a gm mechanic for 10 yrs of my life and this is the worst I have ever seen. I can tell all the lines needs replaceing they are all the bends are very rusted from front to back .

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Failure Date: 12/24/2014

Stopping the truck in front of my garage when the brake pedal went almost to the floor. I inspected below the truck and noted fluid leaking forward of the abs module. I still had partial brakes and was able to take it the few miles down the road to my mechanic. He inspected all my brake lines and ended up replacing them all as they were showing the same pitting and corrosion problems as the one that burst.

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Failure Date: 12/23/2014

I backed up to hook my truck up to the trailer, as I pulled ahead I stepped on the brakes and the pedal went straight to the floor. Brake fluid was leaking directly under the driver from the brake line that went over the frame into the abs.

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Failure Date: 11/07/2014

While driving on us rt 202 the light ahead of me turned red so I attempted to slow down and my brake pedal went straight to the floor and did not stop or slow down. I had lost brake pressure. Ran the red light where I almost t-boned another car, right in front of a police office. After avoiding the crash I parked on the side got out and saw brake fluid pouring out of the drivers side under the drivers door area. The brake lines had failed due to rust. I and other motorists could have been seriously injured for an issue that both gm and the NHTSA know about.

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Failure Date: 09/30/2014

I took my truck in for a routine oil change and tire rotation. I parked it in the parking lot outside of the shop and went in and sat down to wait. All of a sudden an employee from the shop came in and asked me if I had been having trouble with my brakes, I replied no as they had been working just fine. He told me when he went to push the brakes to take the car into their garage that the brake pedal went straight to the floor. He looked underneath the truck and he noticed that there was brake fluid spewing out one of the lines which had busted. There was no indication of any issues with the brake system prior to them completely giving out. They took me back to show me the lines and I was able to see that all of the brake lines had been completely eroded and rusted.

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Failure Date: 09/21/2014

Approaching a red light when applying the brakes the pedal went to the floor. Luck had it that I proceeded through the red light and the intersection without being involved in an accident. Upon inspection, brake fluid was leaking behind the front wheel driver side. The underside of the truck is in good condition with the exception for the brake lines. All the brake lines were extremely corroded. It is obvious in the appearance, that the material used to make the brake lines were not consistent with the corrosion resistance of the other components of the vehicle. The brake line failed to the front brakes. There was not enough remaining braking by the rear brakes to stop the vehicle.

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Failure Date: 09/20/2014

Two of the brake lines split open while applying the brakes during a routine deceleration to stop at an intersection. Brake pedal went to the floor and vehicle failed to slow. I had to apply the parking brake to bring the vehicle safely to a stop in an adjoining parking lot. Upon inspection the broken lines and leaking brake fluid we seen. The brake reservoir lost nearly 10oz. Of fluid. The brake lines are well known in the auto repair trade circles to be made of inferior steel and gm should offer replacement at no charge. For juxtaposition, I own a 1995 Jeep wrangler with the same amount of miles and has stainless steel brake lines and the look weathered, but no corrosion and never a failure.

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Failure Date: 09/18/2014

Just leaving home to go look at some parts for a pole barn and left driveway went to stop sigh , I proceeding to go down mitchell hill rd and on the second turn no brakes , luckily I have some experience in this area and instantly applied my emergency brake and put truck into lower gear . This was enough to slow me down so I didn't go over the guard rail but did hit it roughly . I made it to the bottom and coasted to a stop . Got out and looked under hood and truck to find brake fluid was pouring on to the ground. I had it towed home . Upon further inspection I located the cause of brake failure was due to brake lines broke due to heavy rust all over them . . Now I do a little research online for replacement parts and find out that this is a serious issue with many owners of Chevrolet silverado's . Why hasn't their been a recall . Why is because of the amount of money involved and gm doesn't want to pay . So someone else will be paid , but not the owners . Or a fatality will have to occure for someone to make a decision . That's the world we live in now ! sad but true .

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Failure Date: 09/13/2014

Tl - the contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The contact stated when the brakes was applied the brake pedal went straight to the floor. The contact looked under the vehicle and brake fluid was leaking. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 130,000. Bt.

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Failure Date: 09/07/2014

Brake lines went out with no warning - no light showing compression or fluid leaking. Still no lights have come on. If we had been going faster, we could have hit something. Luckily my husband was driving and he knew how to react by down shifting to save us. The brake lines are all rusted. The truck only has 80,000 miles on it and has been well taken care of. We feel that gm used cheap metal for these lines and could have compromised our lives.

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Failure Date: 09/03/2014

The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The contact stated that when the brake pedal was depressed, it traveled abnormally to the floorboard. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who informed that the brake line fractured due to rust corrosion causing the brake fluid to leak. The mechanic declared the vehicle unsafe to drive. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 30,000.

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Failure Date: 08/26/2014

Applied pressure to the brakes and they went to the floor with just a little catch. I was only doing about 25 mph and just so happened I was almost at my garage that works on it. (100 yards) I was able to turn in and coast to a stop. The brake line on the driver side underneath the driver and back of the master cylnder had rusted and ruptured. The master cylnder still had fluid in it when we checked it, so the rupture had just occured. I am having to replace all the lines. The vehicle has not been used by me in water situation except for normal driving in wet weather. When we tried to pump the brakes up, the fluid just poured out on the ground. That was when we determined the line was rusted and had burst when I applied the brakes luckily I was going slow and did not have to stop completely or I would have hit anything in front of me. I am having the steel lines replaced with stainless on the recommendation of my service center. (approx cost $1000. 00) this incident was my first and only indication there was a brake problem. I consider myself very lucky that I was not in an accident and was not towing my trailer and tractor. Using just plain steel brake lines in just inexcusable and irresponsible.

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Failure Date: 08/23/2014

Brake lines rusted severaly. No fluid leaks or failures yet, but I went ahead and bought new brake lines from gm delaership to replace before the lines fail. Severe rust, approximately half of the thickness of the lines is gone due to rust.

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Failure Date: 08/21/2014

After running errands I was returning home and when I came down my street the brakes did not work. The pedal went all the way to the floor. Luckily I was traveling slow and was able to stop with my e-brake. I looked under the truck and found brake fluid dripping under the drivers door. The brake lines had rusted . I got the truck to a brake shop where they found all of my brake lines were badly rusted and it cost approx. $1000. 00 to repair. I can't understand why Chevrolet would make stainless steel exhaust but not stainless steel brake lines. This truck has only 27000 miles on it.

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Failure Date: 08/07/2014

The contact owns a 2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph, the brake pedal traveled to the floorboard when depressed and the vehicle was able to come to a stop. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnosis and informed that one of the brake lines completely rusted which caused the brake fluid to leak. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 87,000.

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Failure Date: 08/06/2014

Rear brake line ruptured while braking for a highway exit. All the brake fluid leaked out when I attempted to pump the brakes to stop. I was able to use the emergency brake to come to a complete and safe stop. When I looked to find the problem, I found the rear brake line directly under the driver door was completely rusted and blown out.

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Failure Date: 07/26/2014

I left my parking and the brake light came on in the dash. I noticed a very spongy feel so pulled over and found that half of my fluid was missing. I inspected under the vehicle and noticed that all the brake lines were extremely corroded, even in the engine compartment. Based on this inspection, despite not being able to find a "smoking gun" leak, it is very apparent that the corroded brake lines are the cause of the leak. Fortunately, I was able to pull over with brake fluid still left in the system. It is ridiculous that such a critical safety item (brakes) should have a corrosion problem to the degree that this does.

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Failure Date: 07/08/2014

The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The contact stated that while driving at low speeds, the brake pedal sank into the floorboard. After inspecting the vehicle, the contact noticed that the driver side rear brake line corroded and leaked brake fluid. The failure occurred twice before. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 27,000.

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Failure Date: 07/07/2014

Monday July 7th, 2014, I was driving 55 mph, traveling west on hwy 290 w. , austin, TX just passed circle dr. (intersection has been called death trap). Deadly crashes on this stretch of highway occur frequently. Started to slow for next intersection when brakes failed - pedal was pushed to the floor. The hill helped me slow a bit, but switched to middle turning lane to avoid rear ending the vehicle in front of me. Thank god the light was green. One small car passed in front of me while I was turning in front of two lanes of eastbound traffic. Proceeded into lone star bank's parking lot missing a moving car. Turned right to avoid row of parked cars, drive up bays and curb that led to a possible ravene. Turned into parking space, went up over curb & stopped in front of landscaping rocks and a tree. It all happened so fast - had no brakes whatsoever. As went up over curb, I depressed emergency brake. With only the emergency brake, slowly allowed truck to roll back down over curb. Called for aaa service. Looked underneath truck & identified two brake fluid leaks on concrete. Had truck towed to davis auto and was told today that all brake lines were corroded, with no way to splice, and all would need to be replaced. They weren't sure of what else would need replacing, such as abs pump, but master cylinder was okay. I called ben white automotive & was told about another man with a similar situation, and that something needs to be done at gm. I saw on internet, an article dated July 7, 2014 (how ironic) where gm is resisting recall of brake lines on 1999-2003 chevy silverado pickups. Seriously, almost rear ending a small car with cars all around, swerving in between two lanes of oncoming eastbound traffic traveling 65 mph, how many people could've been injured or killed. The brake lines on these trucks have got to be recalled by gm!.

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