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Brake Fluid Leak Problems of Chevrolet Silverado 1500 - part 1



Chevrolet Silverado 1500 owners have reported 120 problems related to brake fluid leak (under the service brakes category).

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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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Failure Date: 07/01/2014

I was pulling into my circle coming down the hill and my brakes started to feel very soft. I was able to stop at the bottom of the hill just below the curb. I was just grateful that there were no cars at the bottom of the hill this time. When I got out I saw a trail of fluid on the street coming down the hill under my truck. I got down and looked under and there was a huge puddle of brake fluid. I towed it to the mechanic and he said all my brake lines looked like they were from a 40 yr. Old car, all rusted out. Cost me a boat load to replace, that is after they tracked down replacement lines (took them over a week). Thanks chevy, this is obviously a flaw in the lines on this truck. I appreciate you taking my life into consideration and recalling these brake lines. O wait, you didn't? that's right.

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Failure Date: 06/29/2014

Brakes failed, pedal went to the floor when I was pulling into my driveway. Checked under truck and the brake lines are rusted and 1 or 2 were leaking brake fluid. Could stop only by using emergency brake. If I was driving on the road I would have had an accident. Brake lines should not rust out in 8 years. These trucks need to be recalled. It is going to coast close to $1000 if I replaced all the lines.

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Failure Date: 06/28/2014

Driving up to red light. Began to brake. Pedal went all the way to the floor. Ended up going through the red light. Luckily oncoming traffic saw me and stopped. Under further inspection the brake lines were rusted through and brake fluid was leaking out. Same thing happened to my fathers 2003 silverado 3 weeks earlier.

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Failure Date: 06/20/2014

While my family and I were towing our camper to start our vacation, we were traveling on the highway. Traffic had started to stop so I stepped on the brakes and the pedal went all the way to the floor. Thanks to quick thinking I put on the trailer brakes to get us to stop in time! after pulling over to find the problem I noticed the brake line was blown out due to corrosion and was leaking brake fluid all over the engine.

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Failure Date: 06/11/2014

The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The contact stated that while driving 10 mph, the brake pedal was depressed and failed to respond. The contact depressed the brake harder as a result, the brake lines fractured and the brake fluid was leaking. The contact discovered that there was rust under the vehicle where the brake lines were located. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 64,000.

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Failure Date: 06/02/2014

After exiting the off ramp of i264 in portsmouth, virginia I sped up to approximately 35 mph and approached the next stop light. Upon applying pressure to the brake pedal no resistance was noted and the slowing of the vehicle was found negligible. I rear ended a vehicle in front of me at approximately 25 mph. Both cars involved in the accident were pulled into the median out of traffic. As I exited the vehicle I noticed fluid dripping from the truck frame at the forward hinge of the driver side door. The dripping fluid was brake fluid. I suspect a ruptured brake fluid line or tube had ruptured which caused the loss of braking power. There was no warning given by the vehicle's computer to warn of low brake fluid because the reservoir was still at the normal level. I believe corrosion of the brake lines was accelerated due to the use of salt treatments on the roads during the winter snow storms that have fallen in the past three years. Luckily nobody was seriously hurt and luckily this did not happen when I was exiting the interstate at a much higher rate of speed. Also the air bag did not deploy upon impact. These are two serious safety issues incurred in once incident to a truck which has less than 70k miles and 12 years old.

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Failure Date: 06/02/2014

After returning to the truck from an errand I started the engine and, upon depressing the brake pedal in order to put the vehicle in gear, the brake pedal went to the floor. No warning lamps of any sort were illuminated prior to the brake pedal going to the floor. Pumping of the pedal did not produce any resistance. After a few minutes the brake fluid level warning lamp came on. Brake fluid was added but did not result in any resistance from the pedal. Had to have the truck towed home where it then sat over-night. I observed a large wet spot on the driveway just below the driver’s side door. I looked underneath and saw that all of the brake lines going into or out of the abs module were severely corroded and at least one had obviously been leaking brake fluid. The truck was towed to a Chevrolet dealer. I arrived as they were raising the truck on a lift. Evidently they also added some brake fluid because quite a large puddle was forming on the shop floor below where the brake lines enter the abs module. The technician, the service consultant, and I all observed the rusted brake lines, and fluid was literally dripping from one that had obviously burst. The dealer advised that gm does not make replacement steel brake lines so all the lines would need to be hand fabricated by the technician. Dealer also advised that the abs module may have to be replaced because of how corroded the brake line fittings are (fittings are steel, abs module is aluminum) where they screw into the module. We also observed that the fuel lines were severely corroded. I have owned many vehicles far older and with far more mileage and have never had to replace the steel brake lines. I believe the design is flawed (the routing and placement of lines and module) or the brake line material (steel, instead of stainless steel) is insufficient.

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Failure Date: 04/25/2014

Upon slowing down near my house the brake pedal almost traveled to the floor. I was able to pull into the driveway without hitting anything and I used my emergency brake to hold the truck in place while I placed the truck in park. I pumped the brake pedal and fluid was pouring out of one of the brake lines. The brake lines are severely rusted out as were the fuel lines I had replaced in the past.

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Failure Date: 04/22/2014

During commute to work on 22 April 2014, as I was approaching a stoplight and pressed the brakes to slow down, the main console chimed, showed a message to check brakes, and I was able to press the brake lever to the floor. I was still able to stop prior to reaching the stoplight. I slowly returned home (about a mile) and was able to stop the truck nearby, though the brakes were no longer able to stop the vehicle while in drive. When placed on the flatbed tow truck, the driver noticed that the brake fluid was leaking onto the bed. At the dealership, the mechanics stated the brake lines were corroded and the entire system needed to be replaced behind the master cylinder. Additionally, I had asked them to inspect why I sometimes had difficulty starting the vehicle which was diagnosed as a faulty fuel pump. This could not be removed from the fuel tank (due to corrosion), and I was forced to replace the entire tank system to replace the pump.

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Failure Date: 04/22/2014

I was driving my truck and the brake pedal went to the floor. I was able to stop the truck in my driveway after pumping the brake pedal. There was no trouble light or indication on the dashboard of any brake problem. When I got out of the truck I saw a puddle of fluid under the middle of the truck on the driver's side. Upon further inspection, there is a hole in the rear brake line and all the brake lines are completely rusted and rotting. I was told by the Chevrolet dealer all the brake lines need to be replaced at a cost of $1000. How can the NHTSA allow manufacturers to install brake line materials that can fail without warning in 7 years or less?.

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Failure Date: 04/10/2014

Abs light came on at start up did not go out, got back home noticed spongy pedal parked noticed brake fluid leak on ground appears to be leaking from line around abs unit under truck, almost all brake lines are suffering from severe corrosion and need replaced, safety sensitive items such as brake lines need to be better protected from corrosion.

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Failure Date: 04/05/2014

Applied the brakes and the brake pedal went to the floor with no braking effect and no warning. Had to swerve off the road to avoid a car making a left hand turn. Drove the truck home slowly, pumping the brakes to get what little stopping power I could. Brake fluid was dripping from underneath the truck. Inspected the source of the leak and all brake lines going into the abs control unit were very badly corroded with at least one leaking fluid. Upon further inspection, corrosion in one form or another was evident in all the brake lines that were visible in the truck chassis. This appears to be a material defect.

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Failure Date: 03/12/2014

While driving approximately 25mph, brake pedal went to floorboard. Upon inspection, the solid brake line from the rear axle to the front was completely rusted through and brake fluid leaking out.