Chevrolet Silverado 1500 owners have reported 179 problems related to brake fluid leak (under the service brakes category).
Drove truck to go fishing, parked, finished fishing and went to take truck out of park an put into gear and the pedal went to the floor. Popped hood to check master cylinder, no visible problem, looked under truck, seen fluod dripping. Went to drivers side where fluid was dripping and seen all brake lines corroded and rusty and a bisted line. Had to drive home hoping the e brake would slow my speed, it did not, so had absolutely no brakes and had to drive thru town up and down hills pumping the pedal hoping their was enough fluid left to create pressure. Had to roll thru 3 stop signs and a red light, with hazards on honking to warn other drivers.
See all problems of the 2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500.
The brake master cylinder on the vehicle leaks brake fluid past the rear seal into the vacuum power brake booster. The fluid will cause the diaphragm in the booster to fail. The only way to check for a leak is to remove the vacuum hose and see if it is wet or to continue to add brake fluid until the booster is full of fluid at which a leak will become visible.
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Brake lines rotted/rusted out ,front to back. Fluid leaked out everywhere. Had to drive ten miles per hour ,but made it home from work safely! ($950 repair bill). Thank you general motors. My next truck will be a Ford.
See all problems of the 2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500.
Was driving vehicle on us 131 in holland mi. I was traveling at approx 50mph when I had to brake for stopped traffic ahead. Vehicle began to slow when suddendly brake pedal fell and I lost much of my braking. Had to vere off to the shoulder of the road to avoid possible collision with stopped traffic. When I pulled over to inspect my truck, I noticed fluid dripping from the frame rail near the fuel tank. It was brake fluid. The brake line that goes from the abs unit to the rear brake hose was rusted through and leaking. This is a 10yr old truck with only 122000 miles on it. I don't believe this type of failure is acceptable for a vehicle of this age and mileage. I was able to carefully drive the truck home and parked it. I contacted my local dealer service manager, who could only repair it at my expense. I got general motor customer assistance # from her and contacted them. They opened a case, #8-2572108769, and said they also would do nothing to assist in the repair of this condition. They are lucky not to have a death or injury lawsuit on their hands. I've seen several other complaints online from other owners of this model. These need to be recalled before somebody gets killed.
Driving along and we approached a round about circle, another vehicle was coming extremely fast which forced me to brake hard, my truck started to brake and then all braking was lost. I slammed the truck into 1st gear and pulled off the road. I looked under the truck and brake fluid was leaking from brake line. I did not have enough brakes to stop the truck. It was extremely dangerous, I'm just glad I was driving and not my son or wife. The truck is stored in a garage and I feel there is no excuse for these brake lines to rust.
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When parking in my driveway, my brake pedal went to floor and I was barely able to stop. My brake lines were leaking fluid due to severe corrosion and must be replaced for over $3000. 00. Fortunately this did not occur while I was driving on the street.
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I own a 2000 Chevrolet silverado 4wd, yesterday afternoon I pulled into my driveway and when I hit the brakes I heard a "pop" noise and my brake pedal went to the floor and a cloud of smoke came from under the hood . I got the truck stopped by putting the transmission in park. I inspected all 4 wheels looking for a leak and found none , then I saw a puddle on the ground under the drivers door , upon inspection I saw the brake lines heavily rusted and fluid leaking from them . I pushed the brake pedal with my hand and saw the fluid squirt out and splash on the exhaust pipe . I have read on - line that this is happening to many many chevy truck owners across the nation . I do not use my truck in mud or on the beach and I do not live in a state with harsh winter salt issues . I looked at the brake lines on my truck and they are rusted in places not the whole length and this to me looks like a material problem from the manufacturer . I had no warning of this problem , my bake pedal was fine right up to the second that line burst and the brake pedal went to the floor . I feel this is an issue that could cause a deadly accident and as such should be addressed and repaired by g. M. At no cost to the owners before someone gets killed . I was lucky I was in my driveway and not on the highway when this took place and moving at a slow speed.
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We just purchased a used 2002 chevy silverado on 9/25, took it for a safety inspection and was told that the brake lines had burst and brake fluid was leaking. These repairs are going to be very expensive and I feel that gm should cover the cost of the repairs, since there are hundreds of problems with the brake lines on vehicles of this year/make/model.
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While driving on a highway at 55mph, I pressed on the break to slow my speed as I was entering a congested area nearing a town. The pedal went to the floor. I geared it down manually with my gearshift and turned off the highway into a self-car wash. After looking under vehicle, I noticed brake fluid all around drivers side rear wheel. After further detailed inspection, the brake line that runs from the master cyc to rear of vehicle to a union mounted on frame that converts solid line to flex hose type had corroded and cracked. Truck was just inspected 6 months prior at dealer. In my 45 years of driving professionally, I have never had a brake line fail for no reason, as it was untouched and secured just as it was when it left factory. Its obvious to me and everyone I talk to that the break line is made of a lower quality steel or not as thick as ones produced in the past by gm. I have heard that thru the grapevine that a certain someone who decides faults in these cases suggested that salt put on the roads in the winter could have caused this if the trucks underside were not washed off after winter driving to remove the corrosive salt. While I would agree to that to some extent, because I am one who does take pride in my $ 32,000 vehicle, I not only power wash the underside several times a winter, but also undercoat it as well. What makes this so dangerous, is that break fluid that leaks causes major damage to everything it comes in contact with. My fuel tank, wiring, insulation around wire, paint that peels off eveything which means frame rust now. The worst and most dangerous of all is that the leaking break fluid turns pavement made with asphalt into a oil slick on the road that is not noticed by the everyday driver. And there is no stopping whatsoever when you start to slide. I want gm to fix and install the safe and correct ones, stainless steel. Thank you.
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The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. While driving approximately 10 mph, the brake pedal traveled to the floor without warning. The contact had to constantly pump the brake pedal and apply extreme force to ensure that the vehicle completely stopped. The vehicle was able to be driven to the contact's residence and parked. Upon further inspection, it was noticed that a brake line may have prematurely fractured and there was a presence of leaking fluid. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 05v043000 (service brakes, hydraulic). The manufacturer was notified of the failure and provided no solution other than to have the vehicle repaired by a dealer. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000.
The brakes went to the floor and completely failed; through the intersection we went. I was able to use the emergency brake to slow and then stop the truck. Somehow, we were able to avoid an accident. I was able to get the truck the rest of the way home using the emergency brake. The brake fluid reservoir was full, but I could see fluid leaking under the truck from the frame area near the driver¿s door. Looking under the truck, I noticed the brake lines were rusted; every brake line on the truck was rusted. Looking on-line, I noticed I wasn¿t the only one with this problem. I ordered a complete set of stainless steel brake lines. We had the truck towed the truck to the chevy dealer ($200. 00). They replaced every brake line on the truck as well as the front calipers ($2100). The dealer did a great job; $1600. 00 of the cost was for labor.
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. While attempting to engage the brakes, the brake pedal sank to the floorboard. After inspecting the vehicle, the contact noticed that the brake lines fractured due to corrosion and caused the brake fluid to leak. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 156,412.
Parked vehicle in driveway, moved it about three feet and braked. The pedal went to the floor. Looked under the truck and found a large puddle of brake fluid coming from a rusted through brake line. Upon further inspection the others were in the same state. Lucky this didn't happen with family onboard while driving on a roadway, could have resulted in a terrible accident.
I was driving down a 2 lane road road and a car slowed in front of me. As I applied the brakes the pedal went to the floor. I was able to avoid the car by going to the shoulder and then turing on to a side street. Once stoped I exited the truck and saw brake fluid leaking from below the drivers door. This exact problem happened to my grandfathers 2001 silverado not more that 3 months ago.
See all problems of the 1999 Chevrolet Silverado 1500.
Excessive corrosion on brake and fuel lines. Had a metal line blow out near rear driver side wheel causing driver to have to use transmission and holding parking brake release handle while using e-brake while steering with one hand. Upon splicing in a section of replacement tubing, I noticed the fuel return line from the engine to the tank is corroded severely too. I had a section of fuel line fall apart upon replacing a fuel filter and spliced in a rubber fuel hose with clamps to get a fuel filter replaced. When the fuel lines rupture, there is a chance of fire from the exhaust or hot brake drums. Was advised by mechanic that I need to sell truck as it has 18-24 months left without proper and expensive repairs being made. Rarely gets underbody wash as a quality wash is far away and was advised that the rust is probably holding it together and advised not to knock off any more rust as it would accelerate further corrosion. Was advised a waste of time to use rust reformer or undercoating. I noticed this stationary as the vevicle was making squeaking sounds from the rear axle hub on driver side (same line that blew) and figured hanging caliper so I did a full brake pedal press and felt the pedal get spongy and drop another 1" toward floor. I opened door, hung out looking under truck and pressed pedal again to see fluid pouring from rear axle area. Drove it 30 miles with no service brakes to get to the garage using only e-brake and 3,2,1 and neutral range of transmission to be able to stop if needed. Also was advised about fuel tank strap and that I would need a flame cutter to change the fuel pump as truck bed bolts looked horrible or would need to cut tank straps depending on how much fuel is in the tank. The "annual underbody wash" most owners manuals recommend is insufficient to prevent this problem.
Tl-the contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The contact stated that the brake failed. While, hauling a trailer when, the brake pedal was engaged the brake pedal lose pressure and stick to the vehicle floor board. The contact was able down shift the vehicle coasted onto the road shoulder and brought the vehicle to stop with the rear brake. The contact inspected the vehicle and found the brake lines corroded causing the brake fluid to leak. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000. Li.
I have a home in the hills of west virginia and had just returned from town after driving up and down local mountain roads. I parked in the driveway without incident. When I started the truck to move it in driveway and pressed on the brake peddle, the peddle went completely to the floor and I was totally without brakes. Luckily, I was on a flat surface and used my emergency brake to stop vehicle. When I stepped on the brakes again, I noticed a stream of brake fluid squirting out from the area under the driver side door. Upon further investigation I realized that one of the brake lines along the frame had failed due to corrosion. Only one of the 4 brake lines had failed, however, the entire braking system was rendered completely inoperable. Absolutely no redundant braking available, except for the emergency brake. If this happened while drive on the highway or down the mountain, it could have been catastrophic. The truck has no visible body or frame corrosion. How could the the safety-critical brake lines corrode when the rest of the vehicle is in good shape rust-wise? seems gm has used sub-standard brake lines in the vehicle. I have researched this issue and it is a well-documented problem that gm knows about and should be required to address.
Brake pedal went to the floor with no braking action backing out of the drive (thankfully not driving down the highway). Brake lines beneath the driver's side door were rusted and leaking fluid. Gm parts person said it was a known issue and that they sell a brake line replacement set but had not issued a recall and did not cover the cost of parts or labor (why?).
While driving through my subdivision approximately 20 mph and pressing the brake, the pedal went completely to the floor and the vehicle did not slow down. I pumped the pedal repeatedly and only slight braking action could be achieved. I went through the subdivision just narrowly missing two crossing cars and kids then turned onto a nearby side street. After finally getting the vehicle to stop, I got out and saw a puddle of brake fluid forming a few feet behind the driver side front wheel.
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet silverado. The contact stated that after inspecting the vehicle, the contact noticed that there was a brake fluid leakage and found that the brake lines were corroded. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 63,000.
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Tl- the contact owns a 2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The contact stated that after disconnecting a boat from the vehicle there was a brake malfunction. Upon inspection the contact noticed there was severe corrosion near abs control box on a brake line which resulted to access fluid leaking from the brake line. There were no warning indicators prior to the failure however after five minutes after the failure the vehicle brake warning indicator did illuminate. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The contact the vehicle mileage 147,000. Kh.
Tl-the contact 2007 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The contact stated that when he approached a traffic light and brake pedal was depressed it failed to respond. The contact stated the emergency brakes was used to stop the vehicle and when stepped out of the vehicle he noticed a leakage of brake fluid and corroded brake lines. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 48,707. Lb.
Approaching a stop sign I applied the brakes and the pedal went to the floor. Upon examination I found the brake fluid was leaking from a rusted line at the read right of the truck where the brake line from the front of the vehicle connects to the rubber hose that feeds both sides of the rear brakes. The rest of the lines look great but that main feed is rusted and failed. This has never happened to me in all years owning vehicles.
I was driving up my street to go watch fireworks and when I went to stop at the stop sign, my brake pedal sunk to the floor. I barely managed to stop in time and got turned around to get my 2000 chevy silverado back in my driveway. When I looked for the problem I saw rusted brake lines, and brake fluid dripping from them.
Brake lines had corroded and a pin hole leak allowed brake fluid to leak out of the system when the brakes were applied. Braking ability was greatly reduced. I was towing a boat at the time, making the failure even more dangerous. Inspection subsequently showed that all four lines which run forward from the abs module to the master cylinder had several areas of severe corrosion. All the lines needed to be replaced. The use of carbon steel brake lines was a poor design decision. Gm has subsequently in 2008 upgraded the materials of construction, but owners of older vehicles are at risk, and subject to an expensive repair bill.
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|Brake Hoses, Lines/piping, And Fittings problems||
|Service Brakes problems||
|Brake Fluid Leak problems||
|Brake Antilock Wheel Speed Sensor problems||
|Brake Electric Antilock problems||
|Brake Sensor problems||
|Brake Abs Warning Light problems||
|Brakes Failed problems||
|Brake Master Cylinder problems||
|Brake Disc Caliper problems||