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Brake Fluid Leak Problems of Chevrolet Silverado 1500 - part 1

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 owners have reported 185 problems related to brake fluid leak (under the service brakes category).

car image   Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 1
Failure Date: 11/02/2017

While parked I attempted to put vehicle into gear, but foot went to floor while engaging brakes. Checked under car and didn't note fluid leak so I check reservoir which was full. Had vehicle towed to dealership that said that lines corroded and failed. They described how they wouldn't only replace corroded line since other lines would break off. Failed to mention that this is common occurrence for 1999-2003 trucks in northeast. Quoted $150. 00 for kit and $850 for labor to install. Vehicle has been inspected by bob fisher (reading, PA) dealership each yr. Since 2015 so I'm concerned that they never indicated that this was an accident waiting to happen.

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car image   Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 2
Failure Date: 10/05/2017

The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. While backing out of the driveway, the brakes did not work. The contact had to use the emergency brake to stop the vehicle. The contact shifted to drive to park the vehicle back in the driveway, but the brakes did not work again. The emergency brake had to be utilized. The contact exited the vehicle and noticed brake fluid all over the driveway. The contact looked under the vehicle and noticed the brake lines were severely rusted to the point that it was hard to determine which of the brake lines was leaking fluid. The vehicle was towed to the dealer (kendred Chevrolet in smithfield, missouri) where it was diagnosed that all the brake lines failed and needed replacement. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 63,000.

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car image   Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 3
Failure Date: 10/02/2017

Yesterday my brake pedal went to the floor and I could not stop the truck. I put my blinkers on and drove about two miles an hour to my regular mechanic and he said all the brake lines need to be replaced because the are rusted out and leaking fluid to a cost of $750. 00. It is in the shop right now so I won't have the invoice for a few days. He also said the the fuel lines look rusted also and hopes they won't break while fixing the brake lines.

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car image   Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4
Failure Date: 08/15/2017

Brake line completely rusted through on front, left side near wheel. Inspection of lines revealed significant rust on all brake lines. No braking action at all when I tried to stop, brake fluid poured out and I had to use parking brake to stop vehicle. Occurred when I was driving out of my garage. If I had been on highway when this happened, it could have caused significant injury to myself and others. This vehicle saw only limited use during winter months but lines are very rusted.

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car image   Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 1999 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 5
Failure Date: 08/09/2017

Had to have all the brake lines replaced. The lines burst due to them all being rusted out and corroded. I have a 1994 Toyota pick up truck with more miles than my 1999 chevy silverado and the brake lines are not rusted or corroded go figure! I was approaching a traffic light and when I applied the brakes, the brake peddle went all the way down to the floor. I pulled over and looked under the truck and saw a puddle of brake fluid on the ground underneath the drivers door and gas tank. I had the vehicle towed to the local Chevrolet dealer and all the brake lines were replaced for $1066. 33. I was charge for 8 hours of labor. I am pissed off and will never buy another Chevrolet vehicle, because of their use of substandard material on the most important part (brakes) of their vehicles and their failing to acknowledge & correct this serious problem with these model year trucks when it was brought to their attention, instead they made bogus excuses as to why these brake lines were failing! I have purchase nine Chevrolet vehicles in my life and like I stated earlier I will never buy another Chevrolet again and will discourage everyone I know that is in the market to purchase a vehicle to not buy a Chevrolet because, the way Chevrolet failed to resolve the brake line problem with these trucks is unacceptable!.

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car image   Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 6
Failure Date: 07/25/2017

Steel brake lines (brakelines) rusted through by frame of truck. Common problem with this year and model. Very dangerous as usually occurs (and did in my case) while driving since pumps will push brake fluid out of leaking rusted lines while driving.

car image   Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 7
Failure Date: 06/10/2017

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.

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car image   Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 2010 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 8
Failure Date: 04/25/2017

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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car image   Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 9
Failure Date: 12/13/2016

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.

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Failure Date: 12/06/2016

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.


 
car image   Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 11
Failure Date: 10/29/2016

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.

car image   Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 12
Failure Date: 10/24/2016

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.

car image   Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 13
Failure Date: 10/07/2016

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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car image   Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 14
Failure Date: 09/26/2016

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.

car image   Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 15
Failure Date: 09/08/2016

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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car image   Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 16
Failure Date: 09/01/2016

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.

car image   Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 17
Failure Date: 08/06/2016

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.

car image   Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 18
Failure Date: 08/04/2016

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.

car image   Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 19
Failure Date: 05/14/2016

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.

car image   Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 1999 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 20
Failure Date: 02/28/2016

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.

car image   Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 21
Failure Date: 01/26/2016

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.

car image   Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 22
Failure Date: 11/19/2015

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.

car image   Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 23
Failure Date: 11/01/2015

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.

car image   Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 1999 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 24
Failure Date: 10/10/2015

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?).

car image   Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 25
Failure Date: 10/05/2015

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.