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#1 of 618 Chev Silverado Brake Failure
Jun 24, 2006 (12:13 pm)
I own a 2003 Silverado that has intermittent brake failure problems . The dealer has repaired this time and time again but the problem persists . The dealer and now GM say that this is a normal function for this vehicle , but now the brake pedal goes to the floor and although they are telling me it is safe to drive I am refusing . This truck sits in my garage .
I found over 100 similar complaints on the NHTSA web site , some involving accidents with injuries and deaths .
Does anyone have any advice . This truck has 48000 KM on it .
#2 of 618 ??Bent Axle Or Rotor????
Jul 09, 2006 (1:26 am)
I was wondeing if any one could help me out on this i hit a rock like a year ago and as the time went by i starting hearing sweaking form the rear passinger tire i went to places and they said it was a bent axle well the sound has gotton way worse but when i hit the brakes it goes away so i dont know what it is can someone help thanks.
#3 of 618 Re: Chev Silverado Brake Failure [mcleand]
Jul 18, 2006 (12:13 am)
Yea i have the same thing when i hit a bump when i go to hit the brakes and they told me its has something to do with the sensor and they fixed it and it hasent done it since then
#4 of 618 '97 sierra brake pedal to floor
Aug 04, 2006 (6:32 pm)
Changed master cylinder thinking that may be the problem, but pedal still soft and goes to floor. Mechanic thinks it may be abs module? Can this be bypassed? Suggestions???
#5 of 618 '01 Silverado 1500 emergency brake issue
Oct 05, 2006 (10:35 am)
I just had my mechanic replace my brake rotors and pads on my rear wheels. Almost immediately I noticed a sound coming from my rear wheels. Took it back to my mechanic and he tells me my emergency brake pad came loose and was rattling around in my wheel. Question: Did my mechanic have to remove the emergency brake assembly to replace my rotors and pads on my initial visit?
#6 of 618 Re: '01 Silverado 1500 emergency brake issue [jgriffith]
Oct 14, 2006 (10:37 am)
Yes. The rear rotors have the barking brake on the inside or back side of your rotors. The parking brake shoes operate similar to the old drums whereas they push out on the internal surface of the drum which is actually the inside component of your rotors.
here's a picture of a slotted rear rotor where you can see the internal drum surface.
#7 of 618 Re: Chev Silverado Brake Failure [mcleand]
Oct 29, 2006 (5:37 pm)
The brake bleeding procedure in my"96
' book(Dealer "tech." manuel)includes pumping the pedal and cracking open and closing in succession, each fitting on all hydraulic components, working your way back to and including the master cylinder, untill all air is bled out. Don't forget to use something to prevent brake fluid from sraying all over the paint and yourself."TRY IT! YOU'LL LIKE IT!
#8 of 618 Re: ??Bent Axle Or Rotor???? [thompson1223]
Oct 29, 2006 (6:06 pm)
I experianced some thing like that, cruising on the highway for a long way with out using the brakes, when I applied the brakes, the pedal went way low. I think I pumped the pedal before it bottomed, however on the second pump I had brakes. These symptoms repeated whenever I was on a long high way cruise. So I would apply the brakes every so often, (I'm cheap) until I replaced the rotors. With new rotors Inever had the problem again. Runout,jouncing,etc. can cause some calipers, more then others, to retract the pistons enough that the brake pedal will depress frieghteningly low before the brakes are applied if at all on the first brake application.
Oct 29, 2006 (6:33 pm)
I replaced my front rotors,pads,caliper guide o-rings,cleaned all "sliding"surfaces and lubed the guide pins. When driving,I found myself smelling somebody riding with their parking brake on way to often. So I jacked up my front and spun my front wheels-free spinning-drove truck still smelling fillet-ala-brakes. Checked rotor temp. after coming home using very light brakes. One rotor-525F-other-675F.The caliper pistons retracted as caliper pistons usually do.I replaced the calipers with "Cardo" rebuilts. 80,000 later, still O/K. P.S. 120,000 and still original untouched rear brakes.
#10 of 618 Re: '01 Silverado 1500 emergency brake issue [jgriffith]
Nov 06, 2006 (4:54 pm)
I just replaced my rear rotors and pads as well. What happens is the emergency brake, if not properly adjusted, wears a groove into the drum and prohibits the rotor from pulling off -- you basically need to finesse it off and if that doesn't work -- pound it off. If the guy whacked it with a hammer, etc. to get the rotor off he probably broke the e-brake shoe retainer clip. If he didn't replace the clip, that would cause the ebrake shoe to rattle around inside the drum.