Chevrolet Silverado 1500 owners have reported 114 problems related to brake fluid leak (under the service brakes category).
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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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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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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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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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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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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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?.
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.
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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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.
Had just made a left turn onto my street, approximate speed about 5 mph. After the left turn was made, I proceeded about 200 feet to my driveway. Upon pulling in, I attempted to stop and the pedal went to the floor. The brakes were not hit abruptly however there was snow on the ground. Moving at 10 mph when coming to a stop, the truck did not slide but eventually stopped, without incident. After parking the truck, 20 minutes later I decided to see if it was still the same or if this was just a "fluke" (no the abs light did not come on when parking). So as I opened the drivers side door, I looked down and noticed the snow was a golden/bluish color. I looked underneath the truck and saw brake fluid dripping slowly onto the ground. The leak is coming from under the drivers side door, near where the group of brake lines is located. I checked out possible fixes online and noticed I am not the only one with this complaint. It was suggested I file this complaint, which I am glad I did so. This needs to be addressed before someone is not as lucky as I was (pulling into my driveway at a slow speed). Thank you.
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The contact stated that after reversing out of the residential driveway, the front and rear brakes failed. The brake light illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact mentioned that the vehicle came to complete stop after the emergency brake was engaged. After inspecting the vehicle, the contact noticed that brake fluid was leaking from the brake lines. The contact added more brake fluid into the vehicle but the failure persisted. The manufacturer was contacted. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who stated that the brake lines were faulty due to the salt damage. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 74,000 and the current mileage was 78,000.
My wife was driving our 2003 Chevrolet silverado 4x4 pickup on secondary state route. While descending an approximate 6% grade into a right hand turn at bottom she depressed the brake pedal to slow for the grade and turn and it went to the floor, the service brake message came up in the dic and the door chime sounded. She pulled over as soon as possible as she was shaken from riding out that hill and turn with minimal brakes and called me. I went out and drove the truck back to our home and put in the garage to inspect the problem. Once under the truck I found brake fluid dripping from the side of the fuel tank and frame area under the cab and bed of the truck. The service brake line from the abs block to the rear frame point where the brake hose to the rear axle mounts was corroded through and leaking. Further inspection showed all brake hard line plumbing to be in poor condition and also the fuel lines showing high corrosion. A call to a local gm parts counter revealed that gm does not make a replacement set for these lines and that a technician would need to field bend and make up each line. Later research proved this to be wrong as gm offers a deeply discounted unadvertised line set from ac delco. In researching finding parts to repair, I have found this to be a common problem with Chevrolet/GMC trucks from about 1999 up according to the various truck owner forums online. Driving the vehicle home at slow speed, braking was very minimal with the rear brake circuit out,and the knowledge of poor brake operation, so therefore it is my opinion that this is a safety issue with these vehicles with the potential of injury or even death when all the factors combine poorly, and at the least, gm should be required to notify owners of this potential problem with their vehicle, if not recall and repair those effected vehicles.
Had driven truck home for lunch. Was returning to work. When I tried to stop at redlight to make a left the brake pedal went to floor and I had no brakes. Was able to get truck into parking lot. Puddle of brake fluid on ground under driver side rear wheel. I was scared. It could have been bad. I have never heard of this happening before. Brake lines rusted. I had no warning. One minute I had brakes and the next minute I had no brakes. Had truck towed.
I was driving my 2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 late at night when a deer entered my lane of travel. I depressed the brake pedal but nothing happened. I luckily avoided the deer by swerving. I was able to get the vehicle back to my residence by driving in first gear and using the emergency brake. When home I looked under the vehicle and noticed brake fluid leaking from one of the corroded brake lines on the outside of the frame (driver's side) where it bends to go into the abs module. Further inspection revealed that the lines are completely corroded clear up along the frame and where they enter into the brake reservoir. Noticing this, I am now going to have to replace all of the lines so that I don't have this happen again. These lines are a danger and should be replaced by gm. If this would have happened in traffic, especially slowing down for a light or stop sign, an accident would have most likely happened. I would recommend to anyone that is reading this to visually inspect your brake lines. A large portion of the lines can be seen by simply laying down in the area of the driver's side door to the front wheel, and looking at the frame to where they are attached.
While stopped at an intersection at a red light, the vehicle started to creep forward toward people in the crosswalk. Depressing the brake pedal further resulted in it fading, ending in a fully depressed position with no more pedal travel available. The vehicle continued to roll forward into the crosswalk. Placing the transmission in neutral stopped vehicle movement. After stopping and inspecting under the hood and under the front end of vehicle showed leaking brake fluid from one of the metallic brake lines serving the right front brake. After taking the vehicle to my local gm dealer and placing it on the service rack, inspection showed that all the metallic brake lines are severely rusted over the majority of the line surface. The right front line disintegrated to the point where the line separated while checking the condition of the line. The other brakes lines are rusted to the point where failure is imminent. All the metallic brake lines from the master cylinder, down to the abs control module and then out to each brake caliper must be replaced. The failure of the braking system created a serious situation that could have resulted in bodily injury to the pedestrians in the crosswalk. Without placing the transmission in neutral it would have eventually struck a pedestrian. In addition to the brake lines, the fuel lines show excessive rust as well. The dealer does not recommend replacement of the fuel lines at this time, but replacement will be required in the near future.
Stepped on the brakes, the brake pedal went to the floor. I was fortunately able to exit the road and, upon inspection, saw fluid leaking from a heavily corroded front left brake line. I had to have both front brake lines replaced by the dealer at a very significant cost. I have n ever had a corroded brake line on any other vehicle. I believe gm should take responsibility for this problem ? it is a safety issue caused by the use of inferior materials or improper brake line placement/layout.
As I was driving and using the brakes I noticed that the brake pedal was going further and further to the floor. When I got home I noticed that fluid was leaking from the rear of the vehicle. The leak was from a rear brake line that had completely rusted through. I looked at the other brake lines and noticed that they were all severely corroded. Took the truck to Chevrolet dealership and was told that all the brake lines needed to be replaced due to the corrosion. They were concerned that the other brake lines could leak at any time. I had the lines replaced at the dealership at a cost of $2600. 00. This is a very serious defect that could have been catastrophic.
Apparent brake line failure. Appears to have corroded and is leaking fluid.
I was driving on the highway, and approaching a red light, stepped on the brakes. Upon doing so, the brake pedal went to the floor. I was able to pump the pedal, and drive into the next parking lot. I walked around to the rear of the truck, where I saw a puddle of brake fluid. I looked under the truck, and saw the fluid leaking from a heavily corroded brake line. When I got the truck home, I did a more thorough inspection, and discovered that all the brake lines were heavily corroded, and would need replacement. I ordered an aftermarket, pre-bent stainless line kit. I took the truck to a local mechanic who was able to replace the leaking line, and a few others, but was unable to replace the lines going into the abs module due to their location on top of the frame, under the cab. I am able to drive the truck now, but will need to find another mechanic who is willing to separate the cab from the frame to replace the rest of the lines. I have owned many vehicles over the years, and none have ever had a corroded brake line. The last truck I owned was a 1993 chevy silverado, which I had for 15 years, and racked up 300,000 miles, with no brake or fluid line issues, and driven in the same northeast climate as the 2006 silverado. Judging by the amount of complaints I have read online, describing the same problem I am experiencing, I believe gm should take responsibility for the repairs. This problem is a safety issue caused by what I believe to be the use of inferior materials.
I went to move this truck in my driveway, when I put it in reverse, the brake pedal went to the floor, nearly hitting my car which was behind me. I got out and opened the hood and noticed that the brake fluid reservoir was very low, and that brake fluid had squirted all over the front of the engine and was also leaking from a second place just under the master cylinder along the frame. The brake lines were wet and are very rusty, to the point of scaling. Now, I can't use my truck, which I very much needed on 09/14/2013. This is very disgusting!.
Noticed that brakes were "spongy" the night before. In the morning I started the car, and started to drive out the driveway when I applied the brakes , the pedal went to the floor. The dash board information center indicated "service brakes". I got out and lifted the hood to detect the issue. I saw fluid leaking from a rusted brake line. Upon closer inspection I noted that it ruptured. The real issue is that this could have happened while in traffic or when exiting my driveway which is 100 feet elevation from the road. Either way it could have been a very dangerous situation. After this happened I researched similar incidences with the silverado. This seems to be a design default that should have a safety recall. I have owned many vehicles, some years older than this 2003 and this is the first time a brake line ruptured.
Replaced front brake rotors and pads. When I tried to get brake pedal pressure, the pedal went to the floor, and brake fluid was leaking from the left rear wheel. I brake line was badly corroded and broke through. I had zero braking ability and had to back the truck out of the garage using only the emergency brake. This is the second occurrence of broken brake lines due to bad corrosion on this vehicle. The first incident also resulted in a broken, badly corroded brake line breaking and leaking fluid, and resulted in zero braking ability. I had to have the truck towed for repair that time. Not sure how im going to get it fixed this time. All remaining brake lines are also badly rusted and are sure to brake shortly if not replaced. The undercarriage of the truck is also severely rusted to a point that appears that the truck is 100+ years old. The frame is nearly to the point of being rusted through. These are serious and dangerous conditions with these trucks that needs to be addressed by Chevrolet. Someone is going to get killed because of this negligence by using inferior material for brake lines and frame steel.
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|Brake Hoses, Lines/piping, And Fittings problems||
|Service Brakes problems||
|Brake Fluid Leak problems||
|Brake Electric Antilock problems||
|Brake Antilock Wheel Speed Sensor problems||
|Brake Sensor problems||
|Brake Abs Warning Light problems||
|Brake Disc Caliper problems||
|Brakes Failed problems||
|Brake Light On problems||