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Brake Line Corrosion in GM Trucks and SUVs

By August 1, 2011

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In 2010, after receiving owner complaints, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) initiated a preliminary evaluation of brake failure trends among six million General Motors vehicles build between 1999-2003, including the Chevy Avalanche and Silverado, the GMC Sierra and some of the automaker's heavy duty trucks.  Initially, about 100 owners reported failure of corroded brake lines, resulting in either lengthy stopping distances or crashes.

The problem has escalated, with more owners reporting brake line failure, and so far GM has not kicked-in repair dollars. In early 2011, NHTSA upgraded the preliminary investigation to an Engineering Analysis. Can General Motors handle a recall of this magnitude? If a recall occurs, you can bet it will be terribly expensive.

Has your truck or SUV experienced brake line corrosion issues? Use the comment button and add your voice to the hundreds of reports we've received so far from GM truck owners.

File a Complaint with the NHTSA if you feel your truck or SUV has had early brake line failure.

April 17, 2010 at 7:23 am
(1) Al says:

Thats incredibly ridiculous. Here in NYS (and many other areas of the northeast albeit) Its more or less normal for an 8-10 year old car that has spent its entire life in salty mess our roads get coated with to need a brake line replaced, regardless of the manufacturer.

April 17, 2010 at 8:14 pm
(2) Starsky says:

Never heard of brake line failure after 7 years in the Salt belt or ANYWHERE else for that matter…
Dude, how many vehicles have you seen blow brake lines in the northeast? To say its salt caused only is ignorant. If every car had brake lines only last 7-10 years in snowy salty areas, poeple would be dying daily due to old brake lines.

April 18, 2010 at 3:49 pm
(3) trucks says:

There must be some concerns or NHTSA wouldn’t have opened an investigation. We don’t have enough specifics to know if all of the rust-through points are the same, and there could be other factors involved, like a rubbing bracket or clamp, a place where dirt and salt gets trapped — we’ll have to wait and see where the investigation goes.

April 19, 2010 at 10:02 am
(4) wmhjr says:

I was an owner of an ’00 Silverado – bought it brand new. Brake lines rotted out in 2 years. I had a catastrophic failure while pulling a trailer. I’ve owned tons of vehicles, and have never ever had rust such as what was on the ’00 Silverado. I finally got rid of it last year and will never buy another GM due to them denying the problem from the start. This is NOT about brake lines on 10 yr old vehicles failing. These problems started immediately.

April 19, 2010 at 10:47 am
(5) chasmosis says:

I just saw this as my truck was sitting up at the shop with a leaking line. Under the drivers door on my truck, ’00 Silverado, there are 4 or 5 spring wrapped lines all running together outside the frame. They then jump inside the frame and go to a ABS module. One of the lines has a leak, they all gotta be replaced, how you gonna get 1 out without braking otherw when they look that bad. My shop tells me the dealer told him they don’ t have pre-bent lines to replace the rusted ones so they’ll all have to be bent/made by hand….BIG $$$. When I saw this NHTSA investigation told my shop to lock the keys in it…I’ll wait until the end of thet investigation and hope for a recall.

April 22, 2010 at 3:49 pm
(6) Ken Marrin says:

GM’s corrosion problem is worse than brake lines.

I am currently in a lawsuit with GM over serious corrosion on my 2005 Silverado that extends throughout the undercarriage, including the frame, suspension, brakes etc. They claim that their warranty does not cover any corrosion caused by the environment (which is all corrosion). They also said that they wouldn’t cover it because it was caused by sea air, though that exclusion wasn’t added to the warranty until 2007. We deposed the GM engineer in Detroit who developed the corrosion specs for the undercarriage. He admitted that the corrosion protection is only designed to last one year, and that their vehicles are only designed for a 95th percentile customer in a 95th percentile environment. He also said that the corrosion would not have been covered regardless of where I purchased the truck, how I used it or how I maintained it. That applies to the undercarriage and the sheet metal body panels. Their corrosionI warranty is a sham, and I believe that this problem may be widespread. I have already seen numerous instances of it on the blogs.

Email me if you have a Chevy truck with severe undercarriage corrosion at kmarrin@davismarrin.com.

May 2, 2010 at 9:04 am
(7) Gary Carr says:

I own a 2001 Silerado 2500 HD all of my brake lines are rusted so bad that they all need to be replaced. Why don,t they just put stainless lines on when they build the truck they would last forever! And Yes the whole underside of my truck is severly rusted it looks like it is alot older than it really is.

May 3, 2010 at 12:06 pm
(8) George says:

Own a 1999 GMC Sierra. Three years ago the fuel line ruptured due to severe corrosion. Yesterday, I experienced a catastrophic brake failure while heading to the shopping center. The brake line ruptured and the brake pedal went right to the floor. And yes, the underside of my truck could pass for that of a 50 year old frame. NHTSA investigation can’t come too soon….everyone save your receipts!

May 18, 2010 at 9:31 pm
(9) Tom says:

I have a 1999 Silverado 1500. Just had a brake line failure, all lines need replacing due to corrosion. Undercarrige is severly rusting. special ordered it in 99 , can’t believe how bad it is. Vehicles 50 + yrs old have better looking frames

May 20, 2010 at 8:12 am
(10) chris says:

I am the owner of a 2002 2500HD and I am now in the process of replacing all the brake lines. After I had the truck (which I bought new in nov.2001) a year or so they had recalled the rear rotors for a corrosion issue so there was a problem back then on record somewhere.they did replace the rotors for free.my truck is a crew cab short but the only problem I am having is trying to get one piece replacement lines.

May 29, 2010 at 8:55 am
(11) Jeff says:

My year 2000 2500 Suburban blew a brake line yesterday. Thank goodness it didn’t happen while driving. I was pulling my boat off the water and when I pressed the brake pedal to take off the parking brake it went straight to the floor. Fluid pouring out of a rusted line near the driver rear brake. >:(

June 11, 2010 at 9:30 pm
(12) Brian says:

Apparently, this problem may extend to GM cars as well. I experienced major brake loss and knew I had a leak in my brake line. Just today I saw the undercarriage, and the brake lines are seriously corroded, as are parts of the fuel line. My 2000 Impala has barely 50,000 miles on it, so part of my problem may be due to lack of use. But it’s still shocking to see such important components so seriously compromised.

June 13, 2010 at 9:28 pm
(13) Mike says:

My 1999 Sierra just had the brake line rupture. Its funny my exhaust won’t rust but my brakes do. $1000 to replace the lines on a $3000 truck. Thx GM! For all of you who experienced this please file a claim at NHTSA’s website so this becomes a recall.

July 1, 2010 at 2:54 pm
(14) Debbie Schenck says:

We have a 1999 Chevrolet truck and the brakes lines broke this past weekend while our son was in the mountains. Everything underneath is rusted.

July 5, 2010 at 7:13 am
(15) David Murphy says:

Here we go again!!! Over the 4th of July I was working on my 99 Silverado and noticed my brake line leaking. I babied it from the shop back to the driveway with little problems. I can’t imagine what it would have been like with my daughter driving the truck driving down our winding country roads. OHH yes, the underside does look like a rust bucket. Come on GM, make this right with loyal owners.
Mooresville, IN

July 5, 2010 at 10:01 pm
(16) DR Kev says:

Two days ago while pulling my boat out of the water I went to release the emergency brake and pushed the brake pedal…straight to the floor. Upon inspection (after a very tense drive to a safe location) the 5 lines that lead into the ABS module are all in different states of corrosion. One is completely in failure. The undercarriage and the rocker panels have significant rust. This was a catastrophic failure and the only thing that kept me from going into the lake was luck! Maybe a class action suit is in order? There are several factors that law firms must consider prior to bringing a lawsuit as a class action:
–Numerosity – are there enough people affected by the illegal practice to warrant a class action
–Commonality – do the affected people share common legal issues
–Typicality – are the claims of the person(s) bringing the suit typical of those of the entire class
–Adequacy of Representation – will the law firm bringing the case be willing and able to represent the interests of the entire class.

I just want GM to fix my truck!

July 7, 2010 at 5:04 pm


July 11, 2010 at 8:22 am
(18) scott Maxwell says:

6 days ago while traveling to Asheville in my 2001 Silverado had stopped at rest area and when I was about to leave, released emergency brake and brake pedal went to floor. Had a brake line fail. Thank goodness I was at rest area and not on interstate. repair shop said everything underneath truck is rusted and needs to be replaced. Come on GM, I need my truck repaired.

July 16, 2010 at 9:19 am
(19) steve george says:

2001 GMC 3/4 ton sierra, brake failure two times 1st at 35k miles they fixed reluctantly, then month later brake line failure at the MASTER CYLINDER! $250 to fix then the lines to the rear (first section). another $250 to fix, now at 49K while on a trip to Maine 800 miles away catastrophic failure right to the floor no brakes! rear line ruptured at the tank.
underside looks worse than a 50 yr old truck, back plates on rear axle fell off from rust while out on the trip. who do we have to run over before GM admits they F-up?
anyone else want to contact me please do!
sgeorg1@twcny.rr.com put GM corrosion in the subject line.

July 16, 2010 at 4:40 pm
(20) sgeorge says:

to all with corrosion problems on their GM trucks,

brake lines, under carraige ect.. call this number and file a report! (888) 327-4236

they dont know the problem if we dont tell them! also if you get a response from them refer them to this site and any others that have the same issues.. copy the URL and send it with the complaint form!.

July 19, 2010 at 12:02 pm
(21) Dave says:

Its not just 99 and up. Last night I got in my 95 GMC Sierra and pushed the brake pedal, it went to the floor and the brake light came on. Under the truck was a puddle from one of those rusted spring wrapped lines.

I have a 59 Plymouth as well and its metal lines look great, and its 51 years old! Funny how technology seems to go backwards sometimes in the car biz!

July 22, 2010 at 8:18 am
(22) Deb Kovac says:

I have a 99 2500 extended cab 8 foot bed Silverado ordered in 98 but took delivery in 99. It has had 3 brake line failures. I’m researching the dates so I can put in a complaint. I am a die hard Chevy person, and routinely pull a 28 foot gooseneck HEAVY horse trailer. I have been very lucky I have yet to have lost my brakes while towing AND on the road. I am currently without my truck due to the failure of one of the lines clustered together outside the frame under the driver’s side. The mechanic is having difficulty located proper lines (he states the normal generic lines of the same size do not have the correct fittings to go to the attenuator) so we’ll be bringing the truck home and replacing the lines ourselves. The truck has 185K HARD miles yet still runs like a dream.

July 22, 2010 at 9:11 pm
(23) paul lukas says:

2003 GM Pontiac Montana – brake line corrosion created a large leak this past week (7/20/10) – all in the heart of Detroit’s rust belt.

July 23, 2010 at 6:51 pm
(24) terry says:

My 99 GMC just experienced a brake line failure and the underside looks like it is a fifty year old truck. Thanks for the phone number above. I’ll add my complaint as well…

July 24, 2010 at 10:35 pm
(25) Robert says:

Just had my 2nd brake line failure today on my ’00 GMC. Both times I was parked and very lucky not to have been driving. I filed a complaint with GMC and the NHTSA. GMC called me but I was too mad to speak to them. I’ll call them on Monday when I’m calm…I will get my truck repaired again and it will be immediately traded in for a non-GMC product. Good bye GMC forever.

July 25, 2010 at 10:33 am
(26) robert says:

2003 Silverado
Noticed the rust a couple of years ago-seems they stopped using coated brake lines at the end of the century
Mine failed outside my house as my son was taking the car
Although they were all rusted the failure was under the drivers cab approaching the ABS unit
My truck has an unusual amount of rust- If I remember right, having the truck undercoated would void the warranty ( I would have to research it)
Seems the frame was coated with a wax like paint that peels off as rust attacks- I started covering the rust with
rust paint
The brake lines -fuel lines- and power steering lines represent serious safety defects if they fail- somebody screwed up in the name of saving money on cheap parts and methods

July 31, 2010 at 7:59 pm
(27) Gerry says:

1st gmc truck I bought was 1990 kept 9 years. Bought 1999 Gmc sierra new body style.
39,000 miles right now, stays in garage most of the time.

Had a brake failure in drive way. Thank God it was not on the expressway.

Everything is rusted. All needs replaced.
Took bed off
Frame is rusted and bottom of bed.

August 2, 2010 at 8:26 pm
(28) Jaime Smith says:

same problem with my 2002 GMC Yukon Denali. My boyfriend was driving the truck when all of a sudden, the brakes are done! Thank God we weren’t on an interstate. All he could do was coast, it could have been terrible! when he stopped the truck finally, underneath the driver side, it was leaking out brake fluid, puddling underneath the vehicle. Now, we can not use the vehicle at all. It is parked and not safe to drive. I went on the net today and found that we are not the only ones this has happened to, yet no recall?? what does someone have to die in an accident to get this problem fixed?We need our truck fixed! Very frustrating!! Went to the NHTSA website and submitted a complaint and now, we wait…what do we do in the meantime? If anyone finds out any recall info, please email me at jaime_smith_77@Msn.com

August 3, 2010 at 4:59 am
(29) Dana Hodgkins says:

I have severe rust on my 2001 Suburban which has 135k miles. I have just fixed both lower rocker and quarter panels due to body side rust through which did not pass inspection. Now I have to replace all of my rear brake lines and it is hard to argue with the mechanic when I see what is happening. I do have severely rusted brake lines to the point where I am concerned for my own and my family’s safety when driving the vehicle, especially when towing my boat.

Is there a GM recall for the premature brake line rust?
Other GM rust related recalls?
Where/who should I report my problem to?

I love my Suburban, yet his is so frustrating.

August 4, 2010 at 9:36 pm
(30) Matt says:

2001 gmc sierra brake lines failed while driving. Thank god did not hit anyone or anything. Any update on recalls??

August 7, 2010 at 3:18 pm
(31) Brian says:

Going up 1-10 in arizona (i.e. a state with almost no corrosion at all) and my brake line failed, still trying to figure out what went wrong, thankfully nobody was hurt. 99 GMC suburban

August 8, 2010 at 1:40 pm
(32) Harry says:

well lost my brakes and rear shackles on my 1999 silverado stepside all at the same time last week and went off the road doing 70 mph (highway)
truck totaled im in hospital frame is rusted so bad and brake lines rusted through .
Luckely i didnt hit anyone!!!!
Obama motors outta do something! and now!
the trucks are going for a premium price and all the parts are coming from Mexico !
they are using recycled steel to make the frames etc. and the impurities are causing premature corrosion.
I live in connecticut and they have been brining the roads in winter instead of the sand/salt mix to save money .
tthe brine mixture is corroding vehicles at an alarming rate.
And yes I retained a lawyer to sue chevrolet and the state of connecticut!
Im not sue happy but need to pay hospital bills and knock some sense in the corporate bastards that are using cheap parts to save a buck at a cost of our safety!

August 16, 2010 at 1:24 pm
(33) Slowrid-Der says:

On August 14th 2010 I was traveling in heavy traffic when I came to a light. My brakes failed on my 2000 GMC Sierra 1500 Extended Cab , pedal to the floor. Lucky I was the first at the light and was moving slowly. Upon investigation, the brake line to the rear blew and dumped fluid on the ground. Continuing my inspection I found that all five lines are corroded and need to be replaced. The line that travels along the rear is perfect. It is just the five lines that exit from the pump under the drivers seat next to the frame.

The underside of my truck is in very nice condition. There is almost no rust at all, other than the inside of the rear bumper and the brake lines.

I am spending tomorrow, 08/17/2010 replacing all the lines. It is cheap if you do the work yourself. If you pay a mechanic you will spend a lot of hard earned money. I suspect it will take me 6 hours to do the job completely. I am going to spay all the lines with undercoating so the elements do not have a change to corrode the lines again.

August 17, 2010 at 9:55 pm
(34) Charlie says:

I am the owner of a 2002 2500HD, crew cab short bed, 6 Liter Gasoline Engine (which I bought used in June, 2007 with 79,000 mi.) and I am now in the process of replacing all the brake lines, I had a major brake line failure while towing a 26 foot travel trailer. When I looked under the truck I was shocked at the condition of the brake lines, rusted and slowly oozing fluid, as well as the overall rusted condition of the underside of the truck. The failed brake like ran from the ABS unit to the rear on the Dvr side, nicely hidden by the fuel tank. It seems that replacement lines are not available from GM, but if they were they would probably prematurely rust too. After I had the truck a year or so I replaced the rotors due to corrosion. I never knew of any recall.

Do you have any suggestions or contacts to help in this situation?

I will be calling the 800 number for DOT Safety tomorrow.

My contact info is below:

cnmartin8@yahoo.com (also please put GM Corrosion in the subject line)

THANK YOU !!!!!!!

August 19, 2010 at 7:40 am
(35) Ron says:

Hey Steve,

I came across your post while doing a search on brake line corrosion on chevy trucks,i had the same problem yesterday,i was pulling into the garage and my brakes went to the floor i slammed the parking brake on to stop,i got out of the truck and saw fluid leaking out on the driverside at the middle of the truck,when i looked under i saw the line had ruptured and all the other lines going to the abs block were severely rusted,call dealer asked if there was a recall on this as he informed me it would be 1,000.00 to fix it,my truck is a 2000 silverado k1500,with 100,000 mi on it .I called GM and gave the women at customer service all the info,she called the dealer back and had a conversation with the service manager,she got back to me and said that it was not covered and that this was from not doing steady maintenance with the vehicle,i informed her brake lines are not a maintenance issue that this is a defect and someone is going to get killed,she took it to her supervisor and the put me on hold,then she got back and said they are going to the next level with it and someone will contact me in the next 24-48hrs,this was yesterday and so far not contact,i had the truck towed to the dealer as i have to get it fixed i need it for work,i took pictures of the lines before the driver took my truck and i called the service tech at the dealer and informed him that i want the old brake lines back and today i am going to ask him to put the reason for the repair in writing on the receit he gives me,so i have something in writing,i also filed a complaint with the NHTSA as others have and hoping there will be a recall before someone gets killed in one of these,

thanks Ron

August 20, 2010 at 10:48 am
(36) Art says:

I have had different portions of my brake lines corrode and blow on my 2004 K3500 GMC dually. Two the of three times that it burst, I was towing a 37-foot fifth wheel. I was able to stop ONLY because I was traveling 35mph both times. he first time is cost me $1440 to repair on the road in New York state (last year). This time (August, 2010) it happened when leaving for a vacation just 8 miles from home. THE TRUCK HAS 39000 MILES ON IT!

August 22, 2010 at 8:39 am
(37) foreman says:

I had an ’84 chevy truck prior and expected this to happen on that truck. My current truck is a 2002 3500, the brake lines went this week. I use the truck privitely. I live in Connecticut, we have salty, slushy winters. I run a Europen Car repair shop. Unless there is some kind of damage to the line, I never see failed brake lines on this German cars.

August 26, 2010 at 12:49 pm
(38) Charlie says:

As an update to my last post!

Before I decided to replace ALL of my brake lines I contacted GM. I was nice but VERY firm, with my issue. When the girl on the phone said that nothing could be done, I told her that I would need to speat to her supervisor. She said that her supervisor would tell me the same thing. I said then I will speak to their supervisor and their supervisor and their supervisor until GM fixed my truck. I told her that this was obviously PREMATURE failure of the brake lines. After some discussion she transfered me to her supervisor (after being on hold for 25 minutes). I spoke to this woman who said the same as the first girl (after a lenthly discussion). I kindly told her – that this is unacceptable! So she said that I should take my truck to a GM dealer and see what the service manager has to say, so I did! The service manager was amazed at the poor condition of my brake lines. He stated that he would need to talk to his GM rep. to see what could be done. (He did however, order parts for my truck. And he stated he would call me if their was a cost associated with the repair. If their is a cost for this repair I refuse to pay more that a couple hundred dollars for it because it should be FREE). I received a call yesterday from GM stating that my situationhas moved to the upper managment of GM and they should be contacting me soon. We’ll see!!!

I was sure to clean my truck prior to taking it to the dealer so they could see the good condition that my truck was in.

I would encourage every one that knows of someone that has a GM truck to have their brake lines looked at. I have a friend that has a similar truck except one year older and 15,000 more miles on it and his brake lines look great. (maybe his truck was recalled in the past).

The first GM rep I talked to said that I could not get this fixed under warranty since I was not the original owner.
I said “your right, but I stop the truck the same way as the original owner would…. ….I PUT MY FOOT ON THE BRAKE!!! (said nicely of course).

Please put GM Corrision in the subject line.

call NHTSA Safety line to report these issues, they can pressure GM for a recall if enough truck owners call in. Have your VIN handy. dont worry if you think your truck is too old. (its not).

Also, call your local news trouble shooters, E-mail CNN, cnbc and others as we need to get people talking about this, even if you have already made repaires to your truck as you don’t want other UNSAFE TRUCKS driving near your loved ones!!!!

If I should have to replace the lines myself I found a place out of New York called “Classic Tube” that sells CUSTOM BENT Brake Lines (1-800-882-3711) Seven custom bent brake lines for my truck are $ 299.00 (plus about $ 40.00 shipping) and they are STAINLESS STEEL – with all necessary fittings. Sounds like a lot of money but pre-bent can save a lot of time. This is the only place I found with pre-bent stainless steel. The dealer can’t even get stainless, theirs is “corrosion resistant.” Note: I have no affiliation with this company.

I will save all my receipts so that GM can reimburse me later!

August 27, 2010 at 1:20 pm
(39) George Kotrady says:

I just got done paying $1488.00 on a brake line replacement on my2004 1/2 3500 full ton Dulley with 38000 on it and they tell me I haven’t driven the truck enough and that is the reason the brake lines rusted through. I have owned many different brand vehicles and orginally come from the north country and never had any trouble with rusted braked lines before. I try to get help from GM and they turned me down alone with the local dealership. I can say the local dealership did give me a loyal (use to be) customer discount.

August 28, 2010 at 5:44 pm
(40) Ray says:

I just had my brake line rupture. I was on a very steep and dangerous incline and had to use my emergency brake to slow the vehicle down in order to navigate the curves. I could have been towing 10 thousand pounds of cargo at high speed. This is an outrage. I have worked on cars and done many brake jobs, never have I encountered a failed hydraulic line. Hydraulic lines are too important to fail. People die when hydraulic lines fail. These lines are sub standard and innocent people are going to be dying I promise you that. I am contacting our local paper and will post this on our local blog. I will also be calling the NHTSA and GM dealership. We must all do what we can to organize and to protect the innocent people that are driving these death traps and the others that will be at affect when their brake lines fail.

2002 GMC 2500 HD

August 28, 2010 at 9:34 pm
(41) Jeff says:

I have a 99 sierra, brake line leak as i was on way home from work. everythingrusted underneath fuel line leak as well all the fuel lines and brake lines need replaced. someone has to help us all!!!!! recall is needed!!!

September 9, 2010 at 5:41 pm
(42) Bill Chance says:

Discovered a ruptured brakeline last week in my 2004 Silverado, which I purchased new. Totally caught me by surprise, since the truck only has 48,800 miles on it. Had it towed to the dealer, who said all the brake lines needed to be replaced due to rust, at a cost of $1300 plus tax. Called GM to complain. They contacted the dealer, who told them it was a northern car (Cincinnati), and such rust was to be expected. I wonder how many GM owners north of the Mason-Dixon line know they are driving death traps?

September 10, 2010 at 12:24 am
(43) Ed says:

2003 GMC Sierra, 2500 HD, plow package. Ruptured brake line at 6 years, 50,000 miles. Had to run off into shoulder to avoid collision with a slowing tractor trailer. Engine oil cooling lines corroded through at 3.5 yrs, 34,000 miles. Seeping transmission lines replaced under warranty(crimps), less than 3 yrs old, Replacement again at 8yrs ( 5 yrs on lines) due to corrosion. PS line corroded ~ 4yrs and again all lines needed replacement at 8 yrs. You lose steering and brake booster pressure when this happens. Rear bumper, rust in first month! Normal in NY to have failure this early? BS! I never experienced that in 32 yrs in the NE. Improper engineering, and material specifications for design environment. Improper engineering design safety factor for critical parts affecting human life and safety. Cheap materials. Expensive truck.

September 13, 2010 at 7:49 pm
(44) Phil says:

I have nothing new to add: brake lines rusted out last winter while plowing snow at 54,000 miles with 2002 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD. On Sat, another section blew while towing a trailer. Got lucky and happened to be in a good spot. I plan to replace all remaining lines with stainless .. which is what GM should have installed in the first place. As Ed says: “Improper engineering design safety factor for critical parts affecting human life and safety. Cheap materials, expensive truck. “

September 15, 2010 at 9:39 pm
(45) Joseph says:

Hook up my 5th travel trailer to go on a trip, as normal I was checking the brake function on the trailer, next thing I know the brake pedal went to the floor and brake light came on. Got out of the truck to check trailer brake connection and noticed brake fluid driveway. I told my wife I’m looking at this as a blessing because it happened in the driveway, I said we could have been on the highway and heaven knows what could have happened. I can’t believe all these cpmplaints have been filed with the NHTSA and they haven’t reacted. They were all over the Toyota acceleration issue, but not this potentially fatal concern.

September 15, 2010 at 9:44 pm
(46) mountain6 says:

I own a 1994 ford f-150. basicly it’s a decent, dependable vehicle. Recently, while pulling out of a parking lot a brake line blew and I had the vehicle towed to my repair shop.

They repalced the line and while bleeding the brakes a 2nd line blew. Whle replacing that line another line blew. You guessed it, while bleeding the third line, the forth line blew. i would be really suspicious of this, but my mechanic owns the shop and also lives directly across the street from me and we have been great friends for years.

my question is this…why isn’t there some type of law mandating that brake lines be made of stainless steel? How much could it possibly add to the cost of a new vehicle? How many lives could be saved by this simple change, how much pain and suffering?

We need to work to get legislation passed to make the roads just a little bit safer for everyone.

September 19, 2010 at 1:49 am
(47) Alex says:

1999 Silverado 2500 all lines rusted. Luckily the lines finally went at the dealership when truck was going in for something completely different. They know there is a problem! Everyone make sure if you know someone with one of these GM trucks that they check the lines! This is a very real and very dangerous problem. And as mentioned contact the NHTSA about this.

September 19, 2010 at 12:10 pm
(48) Edith says:

I’m a73 plus lady who was starting a 2500 mile trip alone in my ’99 GMC truck that I just love. I was about to cross into Canada when the brake light came on. Luckily there was a GM dealer right across the street from the gas station I had pulled into. I went in there and they looked at my truck immediately. They found a slight leak in the brake line under the driver’s side. They said all the lines were rusty and needed replacing. My son made arrangements with my son-in-law for me to take it back home. I made it just fine with God watching over me. My son-in-law has replaced the lines, said the whole underbody is so rusted it isn’t safe to drive. That was last Wednesday the 16th and he is still working on it as just as he thinks it is all repaired , he finds another leak somewhere. At present he had to take the gas tank down to replace yet another line. My truck only has 94,000 miles on it and has had regular maintenance done ever since I purchased it new in Feb. 1999. Always had everything checked over before I would leave on a trip. I’m broke and can’t afford another vehicle. I’m heartsick as I love to go and visit my family in different places twice a year. This trip was an emergency to help an ill sister and I have no way of getting there. I’ve delayed my trip five days already and I still don’t know if and when I can leave here. This truck was purchased in Texas but I have lived in New York, Maryland and now Michigan with it.

September 28, 2010 at 4:12 am
(49) phil says:

I have a 2003 silverado that I purchased new. It currently has 58,000 miles and was driven daily as a back and forth to work vehicle. At 34,000 miles I had to replace all rotors and pads and rotors were rusted so badly that they couldn’t be turned.At around 50,000
miles my abs system started kicking in at low speeds , apparently sensors again due to rust.The latest issue was a burst brake line due again to rust , along with all the rest of the lines under the truck being badly rusted.I’ve owned a lot of vehicles over the last 45 years,but never had rust issues like I’m experiencing with this truck.Costliest upkeep of any thing I’ve ever owned, yet all driven and maintained under the same conditions.

September 28, 2010 at 12:39 pm
(50) Susan says:

I have a 2002 Silverado 2500HD with 38,000 miles on it. I have replaced the rotors twice, the ABS sensors once, and this year had three rust related repairs: Rusted through lines to Power Steering Fluid cooler, and two incidents of the brake lines rusting through. The entire undercarriage of the truck is very rusty and it’s probably only a matter of time before the next thing goes. I’m thinking it might be time to cut my losses and get a new truck even though this one is in great condition in the body and engine, and has such low mileage. I pull a horse trailer with it and need to be able to trust in it.

September 30, 2010 at 11:14 am
(51) Joel says:

In response to all the questions about stainless steel brake lines a company called inlinetube makes them for almost every vehicle and most of their full kits are under $200 plus shipping.

October 4, 2010 at 12:28 pm
(52) Bill LeCroy says:

This is unbelivable. How can so many people have such a dangerous problem and GM isnt doing anything about it. I was just in wisconsin on a camping trip. I drove 4 hours from home pulling my boat with my 99 K3500 crew cab dually with 106,000 miles on it. I was just getting ready to put my boat in the water and the pedal went to the floor and the brake light came on. I crawled underneath to find that the line that went from the brake pressure modulator valve to the left front wheel rusted through. I went to the parts store and bought a double flare tool, some brake line, and a tubing cutter. I also bought a line union and a plug. I made a block off for the left front and was going to try to make it home on 3 wheel brakes. As I was pumping the pedal back up the line that goes to the rear brakes blew!! That line was way beyond any type of repair. So I called my dad to come pick me up. He drove 4 hours one way to get me. As we were on our way home some A hole wisconsin cop gave both my father and I tickets for not moving over far enough for him when he had someone pulled over on the side of the road. Since I felt bad that my dad had to drive all that way to come get me there was no way that I was letting him pay for his ticket. So the total fees for both tickets were 527.00 dollars!!!!!! Thats alot GM and Wisconsin!!

October 4, 2010 at 12:37 pm
(53) Bob says:

I lost the brakes due to a rusted out line on a 2000 silverado 2500 4wd. Same place, where the line goes over the frame to the ABS. Passenger front(top) line. Getting new stainless from http://www.inlinetube.com for $200.00 .
My 2003 S10 4wd is exibiting the same problem, haven’t gotten under it yet.
Two months ago the transmission cooler lines rusted through on my 2002 Trailblazer while I was pulling a utility trailer up north to pick up a “FREE” portable generator from my brother-in-law. Took out the transmission to the tune of $1800.00 — so much for free! This vehicle is my wifes and has 51,000 miles.
All of these vehicles look like rust buckets. I have a 1988 2500 chevy 4wd with 327,000 miles that burns a quart of oil every 300 miles and have yet to replace a brake line. Had the trans rebuilt twice and put lots of brake pads on, but that’s it.

October 7, 2010 at 2:32 pm
(54) Stinger says:

Just to let you know, this happened to my truck (Chev 1995 2500…) as well. The problem is that the rear brake line runs close to the frame. On mine, the brake line failed at two different locations where the plastic holders attached to both the line and the frame. These unfortunately, trap water and dirt causing the rust… The bigger issue for me was both failure points happened between the fuel tank and frame….

October 9, 2010 at 6:41 pm
(55) Marc says:

I just had a section of brake line fail on my 2000 silverado extendend cab 4×4. I was googling a replacement part to repair it with and was shocked to come across this site and see how common this is. I thought it was a freak thing as its never happen to any car I’ve owned in the last 30 years.

I was one of the lucky ones who had it happen in a safe area, but this is a very serious problem. It could have very well happened when I had my whole family in the truck with me as we’re traveling down the highway.

At a minimum GM needs to make drivers & owners of these vehicles aware of this problem. even if they can’t afford to fix all the vehicles they owe it to their customers to make them aware there is a potentially life threatening issue!

With the amount of people reporting this probelm I can’t believe it has not made national headlines. When Toyota had that issue with their gas pedals, which turned out to not even be an issue at all but rather operator error, for weeks you couldn’t turn the news on without hearing about it. This problem effects EVERYONE on the road now matter what type of car you drive and people should be made aware!

October 10, 2010 at 6:34 pm
(56) Richard says:

I was driving to Orlando in my 2002 Yukon with trailer in tow from Tampa and my brakes gave out on the freeway going 70 MPH when I applied my brakes the pedal slowly sank to the floor braking a little, as it began sinking I had to apply my emergency brake and use my tralier secondary brakes to stop causeing those to burn up however, they did slow me down, I also threw it in netural it was a nightmare as it happened all of a sudden with no notice. After being towed back to Tampa. I saw the brake resevoir empty so I added fluid saw leaking coming from under the drivers door. Notice a cluster of lines all corroded and leaking. I have never seen something like this in 35 years in on real old cars I had been a master mech ASE certified brake specialist in the 80′s I am now retired. I think there should have been a recall I will start checking tomorrow today is Sunday. But from what I have read some attorney should take notice and contact most of us to start proceedings. I never ever had of a metal line failing while I was a mechanic only other types, those are the ones you could rely on. Unbelievable.
I will call GMC tomorrow and see whats up. . . .

October 10, 2010 at 7:32 pm
(57) jim marquardt says:

2003 all brake line leaking from rust

October 13, 2010 at 4:55 pm
(58) Carl Rodeheaver says:

had a brake line break last week ,pedal went to the floor fixed it myself pain in the a$s from the mastercylinder to the block under the cab.

October 14, 2010 at 4:36 pm
(59) Chris L says:

Just had the line go out as mentioned above, on the frame before the abs in a 99 (new body style) sierra 4X4. I am glad the guy in front of me noticed I lost my brakes or me and my 15 month old would have been in a bad situation!!

This is after fixing the rear brakes which rusted a hole earlier this year and had been fixed…

October 15, 2010 at 12:21 am
(60) Orismar says:

I own a 1999 Silverado LS and a 2004 Silverado Z71, I live in Boston, My wife owns a Toyota 2003, Both of my trucks are rusted every part you’ll see under the car is rusted, the bake lines and transmission cooller lines needs to be replaced on the 1999. And the 2004 it’s very rusted. Now my wife’s car it looks new… after seeing all the comments above it must be a problem with GM even tho still a great car to own.

October 17, 2010 at 1:20 pm
(61) DaveC says:

I have a 2003 Avalanche over here in Scotland and boy do we love to salt our roads. I have just had a rear brake pipe blow out due to corrosion. Maybe there is something in it?

October 19, 2010 at 7:24 am
(62) JimP says:

I have 2 brake lines leaking under drivers door on my 70k mile 2002 2500HD Chevy Siverado Crew cab shortbed. When they fail completely, I may take it to the GM dealer and see if it will stop as I drive up to the service department automatic door before it opens. :)
That may make the news!!
Also the anti lock brakes activate at speeds under 5 mph due to corrosion on the bearings and sensor. This started at 40k miles.
Rear brakes were completely gone at 24k.
Cutting costs on brake lines may cost Government Motors a lot in the long run.

October 21, 2010 at 11:40 am
(63) JimP says:

This is a link to what Toyota is doing about “possible weaker braking power”. This is a quote for the story about Toyota “The majority of vehicles this time around need to be fixed for a problem with the brake master cylinder which could lead to weaker braking power, said spokesman Paul Nolasco” TOYOTA 10/21/10
Toy is taking care of their customers For possible weaker brakes. WILL GM STEP UP AND TAKE CARE OF LOSS OF BRAKES ALL TOGETHER.
I ordered my new stainless brake lines from inline tube last night. They said that it will take a week to make for me due to the LARGE demand for these custom bent lines.
02 2500hd crewcab

October 22, 2010 at 3:38 pm
(64) MichaelD says:

2001 Suburban in Blossvale NY (Snow Country) just had driver side brake line blow out – not sure how the truck made it home but I had to have it towed to the repair shop. Brake pedal goes to the floor with fluid gushing all over driveway.

Also – they say its a bear to replace the line due to placement. Waiting for bill.

October 22, 2010 at 6:41 pm
(65) larry says:

same problems as all others, all my fittings and brake lines are rusted ,leaking bad, took to repair shop, mech, says about 750.00 to remove and install new brake lines, had near miss driving home from work , slamed brakes, pedal went to floor, missed hitting a nother vehicle, by swerving into another lane, ,what happened to quality work man ship used to get, no more chevys for me, ,mine is 2002 silverado, 4 wheel drive, gm should pay ,for damage who can i call
need a number

October 29, 2010 at 9:00 am
(66) Frank says:

PLEASE file your complaint with NHTSA at https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/ivoq/index.cfm if you have had an incident. My 2001 GM full size pickup has brake lines that are badly corroded, but I have been told that the lines are double wall thick with a copper alloy material on the inside. The next generation of “GMT900″ full size pickups have a plastic coating on the brake lines to prevent this corrosion. Hopefully GM will issue a recall at least in the rust belt states to replace the brake lines with this new type of brake line with a plastic coating. I have considered replacing my truck’s brake lines with stainless steel preformed lines made by http://www.classictube.com/ but the cost is quite high and the labor involved in tremendous. Without having access to a hoist or lift to raise the body up off the frame by loosening the body mounts and pickup box mounts, it is difficult to do this at home, so I am waiting for the recall and counting on new GM to do the right thing as they probably knew about these problems when they were looking at their durability vehicles after 10 years of accelerated corrosion testing, but some Vehicle Line Executive or Chief Engineer from the “old GM” probably said that “it is good enough”. What do they care – they get a new company vehicle every 4 to six months, right. I would not be afraid to buy a new 2010 GM truck for worries about brake line corrosion, but just make sure you keep your hem flanges on the bottom of the doors and tailgate well oiled, or you will have rust in a year, at least in the rust belt states.

October 31, 2010 at 8:13 pm
(67) Randy says:

My 2000 chevy silverado half ton left me brakeless yesterday. Fortunately I was not going fast and made it home by back roads. One line was gushing fluid and all others are a ribbon of rust. I think maybe a Ford next time!!!

November 5, 2010 at 12:10 am
(68) Barney says:

Everyone must understand that all brake tubing used and sold in the US is made in China. I operate a repair shop and replace a lot of busted/rusted lines. The answer is stainless lines,but the cost is prohibative. OEM or replacement, these
lines will rust quickly due to the poor quality of metal used.
If new lines are installed, they should be painted with rust inhibiting paint. I would not use undercoating, as it may hold

November 8, 2010 at 8:07 pm
(69) Brandon20 says:

The brake lines failed on my 2003 Silverado 1500 this year. Luckily, I was only going 25 mph and the off ramp was on an incline. I was able to stop by using the parking brake. This cost of repair was over $1100 for all of the brakes lines which were ALL corroded. Only 20843 miles. If you have had this issue, please go to https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/ivoq/ and file a complaint.

November 8, 2010 at 9:38 pm
(70) Susan E. says:

Just had my brakes fail about 4 hours ago. All I did was put on the brake to put it in gear! I got it home from work(about 1/2 mile) by using my emergency brake while holding up on the release handle & only going 10-15 mph. Thank the stars I was not doing 55 on the highway! I am filing a complaint with NHTSA. After reading all the complaints, I will check out classictube.com & inlinetube.com for replacement brake lines.

November 10, 2010 at 11:28 pm
(71) Jack says:

I have a 2003 Silverado 1500 ext cab which needed rear brakes at 18,000 miles because of rusted rotors a while back. Now at 40,100 miles the front bearing started grinding…so I order two bearing and while under the truck I notice all the brake lines are rusted pretty bad. No leaks from them but looked like at any moment they would blow. After doing a search and reading all the complaints here I placed an order at Inlinetube for the preformed SS complete tubes set. It took me about 10 hours to remove the old and install the new tubes with the truck on jack stands. I didn’t have to lift the body off the frame but it was still hard to do. I don’t have to worry now if I am going to rearend someone or something. Now when is that recall going to get here so I can get reimbursed for the brake lines…GM?

November 12, 2010 at 11:01 am
(72) Patrick T Lynch says:

I have a 2000 Silverado, the brake lines failed last year just before hauling my boat to the river for a day on the water. I was was suprised at the amount of brake line corrosion. If GM had spent another $5.00 per vihicle this would not have been a problem.


November 12, 2010 at 1:27 pm
(73) jaosn says:

99 sierra, I had to replace every single line on the truck !! all the brake lines (blew once patched under bed, then blew up by abs unit) JUNK! not 3 months later fuel lines leaking (corrosion) and Just last night trans fluid all over my driveway !! tranny line rusted and is leaking like crazy !! AHH WTF !! I have a 72 chevy truck also and it looks 10x better under it than the 99 No joke ! and it gets driven in the snow more than the 99 !! The throwaway world we have made sux.

November 13, 2010 at 10:09 am
(74) mike b says:

2000 chevy siverado brake lines failed two times this one with the wife thanks gm i will get a ford

November 15, 2010 at 3:17 pm
(75) Don says:

’99 Suburban w/ 90K miles located in Northern Virginia-This truck is used more like a station wagon vs a real truck. In replacing the saddle brackets for the rear leaf springs (both very rusted out but I’ll save that for another blog…) I noticed that several of my brake lines are rusting out. So far, no blow outs but after reading this, am very concerned about this. This truck has very low mileage for it’s age and spends most of it’s time sitting in the garage protected from the elements and still, lots of rust.

November 15, 2010 at 7:15 pm
(76) Chris Bartlett says:

My husband owns a 2000 Chevy Silverado ,I had to drive it to work the other day,and low and behold….the flippin brakes went out on me….it’s a damn good thing I was not in a wreck…I would have sued the piss out of GM for this. This is obviously a HUGE problem..There should be a recall on the brake lines. We do have families out here..had my grandbabies been in the truck it would have been on like donky kong. This is complete bull crap and now we are a two job family with one vehicle, for we cannot afford to fix this problem at this time.GM needs to get their heads out of their ass and fix this problem before someone gets really hurt!!!!!!

Pissed off in Illinois

November 15, 2010 at 9:02 pm
(77) Willie D. says:

An otherwise great 2005 2500HD 4×4 w/65k miles…The ABS is activating at low speeds. Brought it in to my local mechanic and he said all the brake lines were severely rusted. In fact the whole under side of this truck is rusting like crazy. He basically sent me home and recommended I go to the dealership. Reading all these posts doesn’t make me confident that they’re going to give hoot. GM.. What joke.. How could they justify using inferior materials on brake assemblies!!!

November 16, 2010 at 10:44 am
(78) Ann Leeth says:

I just had my 2000 Chevy Silverado brakes, sensors, drums, calipers, etc. replaced. My mechanic said it was so rusted, he was amazed, considering it is in a garage and has only 30,000 miles on it. Contacted GM as stated here they said it was out of warranty and not their problem. I mentioned the GM rust investigation and told them I would be awaiting the outcome of that. Also, back in 2005 there was a recall on the brake sensors and I never received a notice, but on the GM site it showed as being repaired. I told them it had never been done, as my husband was bedfast and died during the time the supposed repair was made. Go figure that one out. Either the GM dealer send the recall bill on his own or there is somekind of payback here.

November 19, 2010 at 2:17 pm
(79) A Knowledgeable Person says:

Most of the prior comments have been left by completely clueless automobile owners. First of all, corrosive parts on a vehicle have nothing to do with MILEAGE! Exposure, age, and lack of maintenance are the culprits. Salt is definately corrosive but what is even worse is plain old, ordinary, everyday, mud and dirt. Try running your truck through a underbody car wash now and then. Secondy, a catastrophic brake failure is rarely caused by brake lines. A vehicle braking system is divided into two separate subsystems. On a rear wheel drive car or truck should a brake line burst the other subsystem will stop the vehicle even tho the brake peddle sanks lower than normal. In order to have a catastrophic brake failure due to brake lines, a line on each system would have to fail simultaneously.

November 25, 2010 at 1:29 pm
(80) bryan935 says:

thanksgiving day and i just got done replacing a completely rusted broken line on a 2000 sierra truck. right above the frame rail just before the anti-lock brake module. all were rusted very bad. Everyone get this checked!!!

November 27, 2010 at 8:31 pm
(81) Tom says:

Same issue here. Brake lines run down from master cylinder, bundled together, lay on top of frame, then twist down to the side of the frame. From there back to the ABS unit. The lines look good everywhere, except the top of the frame and where they twist down to the side. I say it is a design flaw in the placement of the lines. Since they lay on top of the frame, there is no way to be sure all the salt is completely washed away. You can actually tell from the rust, an undercarriage wash gets some salt off, but it must drip down the lines from where it wraps to the side of the frame. I plow with the truck and always get an undercarriage wash. The rest of the undercarriage looks great, with the exception of the brake lines and its a 2001 2500HD. Yes I had a failure and big $$$ to fix them all. Keep investigating, this is a serious issue!

December 1, 2010 at 3:04 pm
(82) Carl Rodeheaver says:

Brake line went out when I was leaving a friends house lucky I had to go only a few miles . I fixed it myself . Got a 2000 chevy silverado 4×4 3/4 ton worried about the other ones when they are going to brake, always on my mind .

December 2, 2010 at 9:25 pm
(83) Silverado2002 says:

Just had fuel filter replaced and gas line was corroded and broke. $200+ later fixed and upon inspection one brake line is leaking and all need to be replaced. I was quoted a price of around $700 to have coated lines put in. And yes the break in the line is right under the driver door like others have mentioned where everything is exposed by the frame. May have to switch to the new Ford motors. I’ve always owned Chevrolet but that may change.

December 5, 2010 at 12:43 pm
(84) NeverAgainBuyGMorUnion says:

I just drove my 2003 GMC Sierra Sportside 4×4 (131k miles) and dog across country from Maryland to California for Thanksgiving. Only problem was my washer fluid froze in Nebraska and Wyoming. It was a fantastic ride with my GPS and XM Radio !!! My Truck then sat on my parent’s driveway for 2 days, and then on the way to the carwash, I slammed on the brakes at a yellow light, and my brakes stopped the truck, and the brake pedal went to the floor. As I went a block or two and turned into the carwash, SMOKE was coming from my front left wheelwell. Brake fluid is highly flammable, and had the engine compartment been hotter, I would of had a FIRE. It was still dripping fluid for over an hour, and after being towed it was dripping after I left it at the shop. All brake lines are totally rusted. I was planning to drive back East Sunday, but not now, as no dealer parts are available – GM discontinued them ! Why? I guess we all now know why don’t we … GM has no shame and eventually it will have no customers. Watch … government fools will be the only remaining customers. Too bad as I thought buying 5 GM trucks over the past 10 years was good for the USA? My 07 Escalade and this truck will be my last.

December 5, 2010 at 2:59 pm
(85) Ray Stewart says:

My 2003 Yukon just had a sudden brake failure due to rusted out brake lines ,all of the lines are very abnormaly rusty and all need replaced.I believe this could have been avoided by simply coating the lines with a protective paint or plating of some sort.I am sure this will cost me a lot of money to repair ,not to mention my lack of confidence about GM cars or trucks.The brakes failed without any warning. beware of any rust on the undercarrige of these vehicles,have your lines inspected asap ,We were lucky a crash did not occur.Brake line should last the life of the vehicle and I am not shure but willing to bet that brake line replacement is not considered routine maintanace.
shame, shame. GM

December 7, 2010 at 1:58 pm
(86) steveg says:




December 8, 2010 at 10:41 am
(87) Dave says:

at less 12,000 miles I had a line leaking and took it to the dealer to look at they told me it was lack of maintance on my part it would be $700 to fix the problem i had the line replaced to the tune of $330, last night i pulled into my inlaws moving a boat as i was backing in the brakes went to the floor. under the drivers seat the brake lines are pouring out I am told this time will be about $1500 to replace all the lines,this is a 2004 z71 1500 truck i have had it with gm

December 9, 2010 at 12:12 pm
(88) william says:

1 have a 2003 suburan on dec 7 2010 i used my car to go to the store,when igot back to my car i steped on the brakes,and they went to the floor, i had to get towed to the dealer.they cliam the trouble was caused by salt,they are charing me $4000.00 to replace the rusted out brake lines+the other parts ,that go with it.they claim it is not their problem.i hope nobody gets killed.

December 9, 2010 at 12:29 pm
(89) william says:

on dec 8 2010 igot into 2003 suburan steped on the brakes and they went to the floor. i got towed to the dealer,and found out all brake lines were rusted out.i was told it was caused by salt corrosion,i have owned cars for sixty years,and ihave never had a brake line rust out.they are charing me $4000.00 to replace all brake lines+all the other parts that go with it.i hope no one gets killed. william

December 14, 2010 at 4:57 pm
(90) G Roberts says:

2002 chev silverado 80,000 mi brake failure due to rusted lines

December 16, 2010 at 9:33 pm
(91) Dan Dorn says:

Lost 1 brake line 3 years ago on my 2001 GM Sierra. Costly repair while out of town. Had catastrophic brake failure with broken lines in SEpt. of 2010. Wife and I were lucky when failure occurred on steep hill. Whole underneath of truck is rusted so bad that it looks 20 years old. Have spent big $$$
on repairs.

Dan Dorn
Cinti. ,Ohio

December 17, 2010 at 7:06 pm
(92) mark says:

I had the lovely experience of having my brakes fail doing sixty down hill in a rain storm when a car in front of me slammed on the breaks. My foot when to the floor, I was luck to have a fast reaction, and swerved to avoid the car, but I had to cross into a two lane road. I was just lucky thay no trucks/cars where coming the other way. That was in my 2000 GMC Seirra.
My wife had the same problem on her Yukon XL 2002.
The goverment should make GM recall all of these trucks/suv’s and repair them. Oh, that right that would mean the Goverment would loss more money on Goverment motors.

December 17, 2010 at 11:30 pm
(93) MIKE says:

Had the L/S rear brake line go on my wife while picking the kids up from school earlier this week. Luckily no one was hurt. It’s a 2001 Chevy 2500HD.120,000mi. Love the truck. Use the truck. Do not want to get rid of the truck. But this obvious problem needs to be addressed. I will do my part by reporting this to the NHTSA and maybe a few other agencies. In the mean time looks like I will give Classic tube a call. For what it’s worth, I also own a 1969 Buick Skylark.All original. Even at 42 years old the chassis looks better than my 10 year old truck.

December 18, 2010 at 8:04 am
(94) Chris archer says:

I own a 2000 silverado 1500 ex cab 8ft bed.I have had a complete brake failure at 30-35 mph and hit a new minivan with 3 little girls in it. Thank god no one was hurt.. After getting my truck released by the State of RI,It could only be towed to a state insp. station for repair. I have had all brake lines replaced,all made by hand. And haveing all the other damage repaired. The truck had to be recertifed for public roads, i finally got mmy plates back.At the time this trk. was barely 8 yrs old with 150,000 miles on it.I keep all of my vech. in excellent cond, They are kept neat as a pin,and are serviced constantly.The brake line let go at the abs block in an area that is’nt easy to see at all. I have been in touch with GM(haha) and NHTSA. It looks like that there are hundreds of peoplehave this problem, Good luck and be careful,Your brakes WILL fail, when who knows.I was contacted recently by someone claiming to doing a research project for GM/NHSTA, I went to a dealer for them to insp. my vech. So something is possibly happpening? Anyone who has had or is haveing this problem needs to contact NHSTA. As a final note, I also had no air bag deployment with the accident.

December 18, 2010 at 10:04 am
(95) Rit says:

I have a 1999 GMC Yukon, my wife was on her way to work when she applied the breaks, and the brake warning light came on. The pedal became soft and went to the floor. Upon investigation the master cylinder was almost empty and I found fluid coming out of the break line just behind the fuel tank. Fortunately this didn’t end in an accident .

December 18, 2010 at 10:24 am
(96) D Lane says:

My husband and I were traveling to the Tennessee mountains, but as we rode, the brakes became louder and louder. Finally, in a small Ga. town we decided we had to have someone look at them before we got to steep terrain. The man who specialized in brakes said that the 2003 GMC truck was out of brake fluid. When he put some in, the lines ruptured. He said they were completely corroded and that it was lucky we stopped when we did. He made as good a repair as he could so that we could go on our way and be safe traveling in the mountains.

December 18, 2010 at 10:25 am
(97) K Moore says:

I’m glad this was posted. I just had a major brake line failure on my 2002 Chevy Suburban where both front and rear brake lines blew out during a panic stop. Fortunately it didn’t result in a crash and the emergency brake was able to stop the truck. It was a MAJOR repair bill nonetheless. I’ll be keeping an eye out on this. Thanks guys.

December 18, 2010 at 10:32 am
(98) K Moore says:

Just wanted to add that there ARE pre-bent brake lines for these trucks and you can get them in stainless steel also. You can visit http://www.inlinetube.com Good luck.

December 24, 2010 at 1:29 am
(99) Dewey says:

I have two GM trucks, and both have had brake line failure repairs to them. My 94 GMC Sierra had the rear brakes blow on a trip across the state, but made it home to be repaired. My 98 Silverado blew the rear brake lines about 2 years ago, had the replacement done at a Monro muffler-brake shop, cost me $400, and now I think the ABS unit is bad, another $800 to $1000 to replace. I’ve seen 1968 Camaros with better looking origional brake lines.

December 25, 2010 at 12:59 pm
(100) John says:

it happened to me last may. i have a 99 sierra 1500

December 29, 2010 at 4:04 pm
(101) Tony says:

I’m taking the time to right this e-mail with the hope it will save other lives because mine and others could have ended a few weeks ago. I went to apply my brakes on my 03 Silverado with 65,000 miles and garage kept at the stop sign and noticed a minivan going South. When the brakes were applied the pedal went all the way to the floor and I couldn’t stop. The van had to swerve off the road to avoid me and almost tipped over. The minivan contained 2 adults, and three small children. The last thing on my mind was no breaks. I have been driving for 39 years and never experienced break failure in my life. I was sick to my stomach looking at the little kids and the thoughts of what could have happened.

I have 2 friends that are mechanics and they both looked under my truck and said they have never seen such corrosion and rust on a break system in their life, and mine was leaking causing my breaks to fail.

Had the truck towed to my local Chevy dealer between them and GMs customer service dept located in the Philippines ‘’ listen to GM buy American’’ I bet not many people know this. All they did was give me the run around for days. The scam was to get my truck to a GM dealer so I would have to pay them to fix it. Those nice people were going to replace my corroded lines for a cost from $350 – $2,000 depending on the amount of lines needing replacement. The all do, and they were even willing to replace them with the same inferior lines that are on our trucks now.
It will only get worse. This is not a new issue with GM but one they have done nothing about. Poor innocent people probably haven’t a clue that they can crash their truck any time. Until a few weeks ago I was one of them. I guess they haven’t learned from Toyota!!!!!!

December 30, 2010 at 5:22 pm
(102) bill regan says:

Both my son’s 99 & my 02 Silverado have had sudden steel brake line failure. We are in CT but have not heard of any other mfr having this issue.
Luckily, neither resulted in a crash, but the repair is $$$$.

December 30, 2010 at 10:48 pm
(103) Ron Butler says:

I have seen and experienced many fuel and brake line failures over the years. I have brought it to several people’s attention they are spraying fuel out from under their car. Every one of them caused by rust.
It is criminal the OEMs haven’t been held accountable for using such poor quality fuel and brake lines.
All the manufacturers are guilty. I installed stainless steel lines in my old truck and that is the best investment I can think of. They have been on there for over thirteen years and still shine like a new nickel.
It is a real hassel on newer vehicles with the routing of the lines making it very difficult to work on. It isn’t a matter of “are they going to fail” it is only a matter of when!

December 31, 2010 at 10:08 am
(104) larry says:

only 100 reports ,I have repaired more than 100 of these trucks in ma. for rusted lines , not just gm trucks ,ford ,dodge, toyota,nissan,its not just from salt ,up here they spray the road w/calcium before a storm . i have done some 3 year old plow trucks 200 bucks more for stainless when new would be the answer, get yours checked before failure…..

December 31, 2010 at 11:01 am
(105) Lou says:

I have a 2004 Silverado with less than 35000 miles on it.
My brakes went out (luckily) at a time when there was very little traffic on the road. I was , fortunately able to nurse my way home with very little braking ability and the assist from my E Brake. ( not recomended ) It was a very Nerve racking
trip. It was an all of a sudden thing thing to me. When I started out on my journey , every thing was ( I thought ) fine , as I was leaving my last destination , with no REAL WARNING , I got a message on my DIC. to service brake system. Upon a quick visual inspection , I noticed there was what seemed to be a leak under the truck about mid way behind the cab , driver side. As I said Iwas able to get home and park the vehicle. Upon further inspection the next morning I noticed a good bit of CORROSION on what I could see of the brake line.

January 2, 2011 at 12:49 pm
(106) Marty Reynolds says:

2003 Sierra Brake line corrosion is real. I have owned mine since 2007 and have now had TWO brake line failures with a close call accident. What is being done about this with GM and do I have any recourse with them?

January 7, 2011 at 1:27 pm
(107) Nick says:

I have a 2004 GMC Sierra and just lost the brakes last week as I was driving down the highway. Luckily traffic was light and I was able to pull over without incident. The mechanic said the break lines were rusted through.

January 7, 2011 at 10:09 pm
(108) Bryan C says:

I have a 01 Silverado with 112k. Thankfully I was pulling a trailer when my brake lines ruptured. I was able to use the brake control to get me stopped and home. The lines are bad right under the driver floor pan. I am replacing the inner two lines and going to clean and spray the others to try and proserve them. Just a week ago I pulled a huge peice of paint and rust off the rear spring shackle. I am going to replace those also. I am going to file a claim with NHTSA.

January 8, 2011 at 8:03 am
(109) bill sramek says:

99 sierra classic ruptured line 11-09 towing camper,cost350 to repair. lines ruptured again in 10-10 4 miles from home, towing and repair 1700 dollars. dealer unaware of problems with rusting brake lines made complaint to gmc customer complaint department. not overly concern expressed by them

January 9, 2011 at 3:52 am
(110) Joep42 says:

I would hope NHTSA looks further than model year 2003, the problem does not end there. My 2004 Avalanche burst a rotted brake line in May 2009 with only 38,916 on the clock. Pictures, details and all the agencies I contacted (without success) are in this link I created if you are interested -> http://sites.google.com/site/gmbadbrakes/.

Unexpected and sudden brake failure for any reason has the potential for deadly consequences. Brakes lines should last the life of the vehicle. This is not an isolated problem, just about every auto/truck forum has posting about metal brake lines rusting out. But until it results in deaths, no one in Washington or Detroit will listen.

Thanks everyone.

January 9, 2011 at 1:33 pm
(111) John says:

I guess I got lucky, my first brake line failure wasn’t until 55000 miles, second one 2 days ago 98000.I’m going to replace all lines with stainless and sell it and buy a Ford or Dodge. I have a 99 silverado.

January 10, 2011 at 11:24 am
(112) Paul says:

The NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation (PE10010) was closed on 1/5/2011. There was enough evidence to open an Engineering Analysis (EA11001) for this problem, which determines whether a safety recall should be initiated. According to the definitions on their web site, most EAs are resolved within one year.

You can get updated information on the ongoing NHTSA investigation, including documents showing the scope and frequency of the braking problems encountered, at the following URL. Use the numbers above in your search.


Also, you can call the NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236 to file a complaint or fill out an on-line complaint form at the following URL. Make sure you have your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), year, make, and model before you call.


Part of the engineering analysis involves assessing the frequency associated with these brake failures, so it is beneficial to file a complaint if you have experienced sudden brake loss in a vehicle covered by this investigation. The NHTSA complaint hot-line was surprisingly responsive. It took me less than 10 minutes to file my complaint.

Finally, you can call GM to file a complaint as well. You may receive a quicker recall notice if you have a complaint filed with both organizations.

January 19, 2011 at 3:04 pm
(113) paulG says:

I own a 2001 silverado, had total brake failure 2 days ago due to brake lines under drivers door along the frame. i bought the truck in 2008 with 19,000 miles on it from gm dealer. they undercoated it so i would not notice that rust all over the frame, i now have 90,000 miles on it. the transmission went at 70,000 miles(never towed or plower..ever!) now the brake lines went..in the same area that hundred upon hundreds of complaints with the same exact problem in the same location…this should be a SAFETY RECALL.

January 19, 2011 at 3:07 pm
(114) JASPER says:

complete brake failure on 2001 silverado, no warning lights, nothing, could have been catastophic. brake lines completely rusted under drivers door along frame..like hunreds and thousands of other complaints of same exact problem, same location. RECALL NEEDED.

January 29, 2011 at 6:49 pm
(115) Cindy says:

Just had all my brake lines on my 1999 Silverado replace. Rusted out thank goodness it happened in my drive-way.

January 29, 2011 at 9:00 pm
(116) Bob says:

2000 Silverado. Not only did my brakeline rust through but my truck which I paid $10,000 for a year and a half ago is unsafe and can’t be driven because the frame rotted through to complete failure. The rear crossmember came right out with the gas tank bracket and right shock on it. The frame is rusted right through all over. I figured the truck would get me through for a few more yearsas it only had 70k on it when I bought it and the body and everything else is in fine shape. I’ve lived in New England my entire life and realize salt is corrosive but it’s BS. I’ve had many trucks and cars over the last 30 years and have never seen a frame disolve and fail like this. This is a serious and costly defect that needs to be sorted out. Is there any pending class action or recalls? Thanks GM

February 4, 2011 at 1:05 pm
(117) Ted says:

Have a 99 Silverado 1500. I had the trans lines rust thruogh about 18 months ago and last night my break line under the driverside door blew. Sounds like I need to go ahead and replace the fuel lines while I’m at it from what I’m reading. I have an 82 Oldsmobile with 175k on it and no rust on the trans, fuel, or brake lines. This is only an issue due to poor quality parts.

February 9, 2011 at 5:02 pm
(118) Jake says:

Just bought a 2001 Silverado 1500 off my parents for my daily driver sight unseen. Whole underside is completely FUBAR. any update on a class action?

February 15, 2011 at 4:46 am
(119) John F Sheehy says:

I have a 2003 GMC Sierra 2500 HD WT front brake lines faild. The dealer said it was because I parked it on the grass; also I have to have the parking brake cables replaced because of rust. Sone thing is wrong,I have never hade a brake line or brake cable rust out.

February 16, 2011 at 3:02 pm
(120) Q says:

I just lost my brakes on my 2003 GMC Sierra 1500 4×4 due to the brake line bursting from corrosion. Luckily it was only backing out of the driveway to take my daughter to school.

My 1999 Dodge Grand Caravan’s brake lines look fine, yet my 2003 GMC rusted to the point of bursting? And my frame is rusting out, and both bumpers are completely rusted out and only held together by the chrome.

February 17, 2011 at 6:55 pm
(121) H. Collins says:

Just got done replacing all brake lines on 1999 gmc sierra 1500 cab and half What a job that was. One line blew, after looking at the others, i was not about to commit suicide. Wher ever there was bend it was bad.

February 19, 2011 at 7:59 am
(122) Art says:

I have a 2002GMC 1500 with 58,000 miles on it. two wheel drive never driven in the winter. Main lines from the master cyl to the abs box are rotten. I am replacing tem with teflon coated and flaring my own. I can’t wait for the recall. No wonder GM went bankrupt. !!

February 21, 2011 at 2:50 pm
(123) Mike says:

I own a 2001 Silverado 1500, bought new in 2000. It has 65k miles on it. The frame, suspension, brake rotors, brake and fuel lines and everything else under the truck are rusted almost beyond recognition. A friend who recently replaced all all the brake lines (at a cost of $900), asked if I park the truck in a pond. He has never seen anything like it. Another friend has a 2002 Silverado…same massive corrosion issues.

February 25, 2011 at 9:50 pm
(124) Ryan says:

My 1999 gmc sierra 1500 had the front brake lines rust out on it about 3 years ago. It had about 100k miles on it then. I was driving up to a carwash going about 50mph to get it washed and pressed the brake and it went right to the floor. The place I took it to replaced 4 front brake lines for $650 but not the one that goes to the back axle and splits to both tires. Just about 6 months ago the one that goes to the back bursted when I was moving it in my backyard. It had about 143k on it when that one went. They need to recall it now before people get hurt.

February 26, 2011 at 12:09 pm
(125) Tom says:

My 2001 suburban just blew the rear brake line a few days ago. The one that comes out from the frame and runs along the axle tube. I took the spare tire down and can’t beleive the rusting that has happened to the back of this truck. Like some others have written, the outside of my truck looks fantastic. It has just over 100k on it and runs and drives great. It is a shame that GM cut corners on the rust prevention for these trucks. But it’s denying the problem and telling people to just go away that is going to wind up hurting their image, just when they were starting to pull themselves out of the bad rep from the eighty’s. But people are not going to go away. We are going to get our trucks repairs paid for , even if it takes a few years to get it. Lets hope that nobody dies because of this – because that will be the tragedy of all this.

February 28, 2011 at 11:26 am
(126) snookie says:

2003 gmc ukon slt 1500 break failure on highway. diagnosis rusted break lines. ouch. lucky no crash.

February 28, 2011 at 6:23 pm
(127) Rob says:

Just this weekend had a rusted brakeline fail under the drivers side of a 2002 Sierra . Replaced the rusted sections on two lines but the others will no-doubt fail soon. Talking to other owners of GM trucks they have had the same problem in the same area. Lucky for me it happened in a parking lot and not on the road. I’ll now have to spend 100′s to replace the lines alltogether. Thanks GM for using &%#! steel. Try using stainless from now on. It’s only the most important system on the truck.

March 1, 2011 at 7:12 am
(128) JP says:

I have a fleet of 6 Suburbans and brakeline failure has been high. i have been replacing brakelines axle to axle on these vehicles. Luckily no caualties thanks to my experienced drivers.

March 3, 2011 at 12:39 pm
(129) Steve Monahan says:

I just found this thread. My 2000 silverodo had a brake line failure almost 6 years ago the truck was about 5 years old when it happened. Thats unreal. They made a bad design change I belive in order to simplfie robotic assembly. They moved the lines to the top of the frame rails and used very large clips. Snow and ice builds up around the clips. My failure happened while towing my hot rod on I 75 if not for trailer brakes I dont think I would be writing this now. I replaced all the lines with Stainless steel. Which I belive GM should do if they continue to put the lines on top of the rails

March 3, 2011 at 10:37 pm
(130) syl says:

2000 gmc 1500,blew brake line a couple years ago,took everything to stop at intersection,lucky no one got hurt,now the gas line and transmission cooler lines are leaking.

March 7, 2011 at 7:54 pm
(131) jms23 says:

My 2002 2500HD that I have owned since new in northern virginia had brake line failure in the driveway today. No injuries and no damage to the vehicle. I consider myself very lucky as I coach baseball and one use is to haul players to and from practices and games. There was no worning light, no loss of pedal before todays incident. I have been changing my brake fluid every 3-4 years and other than this the truck is flawless with 115k miles.

IMHO GM needs to step up to the plate and own this issue.


March 7, 2011 at 10:42 pm
(132) Joe says:

I just bought a 2003 GMC Sierra 2500HD Duramax diesel. The brakes lines all had to be replaced because they are rotten. The fuel line leading to the cooling unit is rotten too — about a$5 piece of tubing but they won’t sell it alone — they $619.00 for a replacement piece of tubing!

March 8, 2011 at 5:36 pm
(133) Bryan says:

I own a 03 2500HD and just recently went through 5 brake lines in about 2 months. The first time it happened was the result of slamming on the brakes to miss a deer only to hit it. No damage done to the truck until i noticed my pedal getting squishier. Then they went one by one after that. I love my truck but come on GM, do something about the under carriage of these trucks. I cant complain tho cause i have plowed snow and spread salt with it since 03. So 8 years later aint too bad.

March 9, 2011 at 6:08 pm
(134) Jon says:

Just bought a 2000 GMC Sierra 4×4. It looks great for it’s age and I thought that I had found a nice truck. Crawled under it to do fluid changes and noticed a very rusty brake line. Talked to a local repair shop about fixing it and he suggested that if 1 was bad that there might be more. He is right. Started looking and found that all are shot and need replacement. Never had to replace a brake line on anything that was less than 15 yrs. old and usually it is just an isolated area where dirt and salt accumulated. These entire lines are total rust. Can’t drive this truck until all are replaced. Never seen anything like this except for trucks that sit in the weeds for 10yrs. The rest of the truck looks normal.

March 15, 2011 at 3:56 pm
(135) mike bardzilauskas says:

i own a 02 2500hd crew cab lake county,ohio trans lines replaced 6 times if not more stop counting always have new ones on hand in garage. brake lines been replaced few years ago,waiting for gas lines to go . rockers all of sudden rotted through like holly shit what happen it was like over night. exhaust manifolds every other year. is govt motor company that hard up for us to buy products that they have to nickel an dime us.if

March 16, 2011 at 10:40 pm
(136) sherri says:

Glad to have found this web site to know that I am not the only one having this problem. I have an 02 2500 Chev Silverado and had the brake lines blow on me today. Luckly I was on my street but I had 1 tonne of salt in the back and was pulling my heavy duty dump trailer. I think the only thing that eventually stopped me was the weight of the trailer. This could have been so dangerous if it had happened anywhere else. After seeing all these comments I will be looking into this further. Thanks

March 17, 2011 at 8:52 pm
(137) Scott Duffy says:

2000 Chevy Suburban – 167k miles, rear brake lines corroded causing brake failure. Discovered problem when pedal suddenly lost pressure and could be pushed almost to the floor board. Very nice….

Canadian Tire estimates that $100.00 worth of brake line will cost approximately $1000.00 in labour to install. Awesome.

Why does this stuff never happen when I am close to home (and my tools)??????

March 18, 2011 at 6:27 pm
(138) Shawn says:

2000 GMC Sierra, the brake lines corroded, I found that out the hard way as I was trying to stop for a school bus. Frame is rusted, rocker panels are rusted and the body work over rear tires is rusted. Exhaust on the other hand is fine, I’ve never replaced that and I have had truck for 5-6 years. I do live in the northeast, but if GM uses that excuse then perhaps they shouldn’t sell their trucks up here. Needless to say this truck will not pass state inspection anymore, so now I have a useless piece of s*** truck sitting in my driveway that I’m still paying for and cannot drive anymore.

March 19, 2011 at 11:28 am
(139) W1B says:

I have a 2003 Ford F-350 owned it since November 2002. My rear Break lines Rotted away and had to be replaced in spring of 2008 so just out of warrenty but not even 6 years old. There was no warning just was driving it one day and NO Breaks.

What Pissis me off is Ford tried to use the same Bull excuse it was the salt from the roads that corroded them to nothing the funny thing is if that was true the whole line would have shown evidence of the corrosion. I only had problems where the brake line goes through the clip that holds it to the frame so I feel its a design flaw and two disimilar metals to close together causing a problem.

When the truck was at Ford being fixed the replaced the entire rear brake line costing me 776.00 when they tried to bleed the entire brake system they blew out one of the front brake lines so they replace that one free of charge that just sounds fishy to me.

I have owned several cars and trucks and Never had a brake line fail even in a 20+ year old vehicle so I feel all the brake line problems are from Crappy brake lines put in by auto companies trying to save a buck.

It’s only a matter of time untill someone dies from this problem and then the Lawsuits will fly.

March 19, 2011 at 6:27 pm
(140) gary tandberg says:

Brake lines corroded and transmission lines and cooler lines. Engine oil pan rusted out too. 199 chev 1ton.

March 21, 2011 at 8:08 pm
(141) Brian says:

Had my rear line go last week on a 2003 Sierra. It emptied out fast on my way home from work. No warning or drip, it just went. $625 to fix. I’ve had much older vehicles and never had a brake line go. Seems pretty dangerous to me. I can’t believe so many people had this happen and no recall ! I sent a complaint to the NHTSA.

March 26, 2011 at 10:21 pm
(142) Brad says:

I have a 1999 Tahoe that has been garage kept since day one brand new. The underside is very corroded and today I experienced two line failures.

I had just hitched up a travel trailer and experience brake line failure only 100 yards into pulling it. I detached the trailer and ran to Sears Autocenter because it was a Saturday. Three hours later and $300 later after replacing 11 feet of special bent tubing, they returned it to me and I was on my way back to the trailer. Within one hour I had the trailer where I was taking it and noticed a wet spot under the Tahoe in the same spot as before.

Again, I detached and ran right back to Sears to ask if they would stand behind their work ……….. to my surprise, this wet spot smelled of gas !!!

Of course, now my gas line from within the tank was leaking pretty badly. Funny how that happened just an hour after full brake failure. If these lines corrode together because of their placement ……. then I’m sure their monkeying around with the brake lines upset the gas line too.

Now the Tahoe has to sit at Sears for several day while they get from a dealer the special lines to run into the tank. I’m sure this will be an easy $300 again or even higher.

What a shitty day.

March 27, 2011 at 10:23 am
(143) JS - 02 Denali says:

a gently used 2002 Sierra Denali with 65k. all the lines are needing replacement. brake lines blew at 5 mph. when i removed them i was amazed at what i found. the corrosion was beyond anything i had ever seen for such a lightly used pampered vehicle. after inspection all lines between the master and calipers need to be replaced. everything. fuel lines are next.

April 3, 2011 at 6:22 pm
(144) AndyK says:

1999 Yukon “Denali” or today a Yuckon – This year was a bridge year for this vehicle and parts were used from past and future years to make this model. It has been a pretty good SUV… except for replacing the brake lines – twice(and the a/c is crap – have a feeling the corrosin issue as well.) This is counting the rear line blowing out this morning @ 0430 pulling up to a SLOW stop at the Dunkys drive-thru for a much needed cup of brew. Thankfully we had not yet grabbed the coffee or way more of us would be steamed! A great way to spend a butt load ofcash just before a divorce settlement! Can the Class Action God’s help us all with Government Motors?

April 4, 2011 at 12:03 pm
(145) Charlie Muller says:

I just had my third brake line failure on my 2002 Silverado. The first one occurred when the truck was only four years old. The shop where I had it repaired told me they see this all the time on Chevy trucks and if you search the internet you’ll see a huge number of complaints regarding this. I filed a complaint at http://www.safercar.gov/ and everyone who has had this problem should file also. I can’t believe there hasn’t already been a recall. Perhaps not enough people have filed complaints with the Feds.

April 6, 2011 at 10:59 am
(146) JAMES J MURPHY says:


April 7, 2011 at 4:31 pm
(147) NAP says:

Just happened to me on my 1999 silverado.

April 7, 2011 at 9:37 pm
(148) Ski says:

My father has a 00 Sierra with 80k on it. He took care of it, washed and waxed, but it didnt help saving it.

Ive replaced the rear brake line, shackles, shock mount rotted off the frame, rear bumper is rotted, rocker panels rotted, and the gas door is rusty.

Everyone is making fun of Toyotas for rotting out but they are at least covering there mistakes.

April 9, 2011 at 9:56 am
(149) jmack says:

My 2005 GMC Sierra 2500hd is a rust bucket. all new brakes, shocks, front and rear bumpers, abs sensors, wheels, and all the brake lines lines before 100k. Now its in the body shop at 120K for new rockers, cab corners, door bottoms and the gas door not to mention the frame looks terrible. All of the body rust is coming from the inside. I’m going to have the underside coated with Fluid Flim to TRY to slow the damage from here on out. THIS IS OUT OF CONTROL.

April 15, 2011 at 12:49 pm
(150) Jack Reilly says:

My 2002 Chevy Tahoe lost ALL braking ability 2 days ago. Took it to my dealer and he said it was due to rusted brake lines. Interestingly, he confirmed what my wife reported (who was driving the truck at the time) that ALL braking ability was lost (this runs contrary to GM’s claim). My wife was barely able to dodge a busy intersection and possible accident with my daughter in the car.

How many of these incidents have to occur before GM accepts they have a real problem?

April 15, 2011 at 5:36 pm
(151) TRoy Bolton says:

My 2001 1/2 ton has been sitting since last fall. I charged the battery and went to take her for a spin and lost all brakes. Luckily I love in the country and was only a mile from home when it happen. Both my front and rear lines failed.
To date things thats have rusted and failed. rear brake lines,(3 YRS ago) tail gate lines, tail gate lock, brake guards, all four door locks, spare tire holder, under panels are almost completely rusted away.
Chevy needs to pony up and pay for selling automobiles with garbage metal

April 17, 2011 at 9:18 pm
(152) Ron Belcher says:

Same thing here…. 1999 Silverado and the brake lines are all rusted out. Underbody all rusted… I’ve been driving GM’s for over 20 years and have NEVER had this problem before .

April 19, 2011 at 5:59 pm
(153) Farmer says:

Our 2003 Silverado Duramax/Alison had the brakes rot out twice now before putting even 27k miles on it.

Something is not right!

April 20, 2011 at 5:01 am
(154) Bill Bixley says:

Own a 2000 GMC Safari Van. Do not live in a salt state, am in Texas. Problem 1. Brake line right front wore through where it crossed another line along the top of the chassis. Pedal did not go to the floor until the fluid in the reservoir ran empty in one of the two separate containers. However, one drains into the other and it will run both dry in time. Then the pedal goes to the floor. 2. Next problem occurred when a line broke at the ABS Control Module. When that occurs the pedal goes to the floor and little or no brakes. Reservoir was 3/4 full in both compartments front and rear brakes. However, since the ABS module controls both front and rear the lines from the Master Cylinder feed to the Module Block. Any leakage at that point causes total brake failure. Thus the system designed to be separated Front and Rear is joined at the ABS block. The ABS Block is designed to decrease braking distance, provide stability and increased control on loss of traction pavement etc. But in this case it causes total brake loss. Who is the Einstone that came up with this design? Obvious why GM filed for Bankruptcy producing these shoddy vehicles with obvious design flaws that never seem to be updated or improved for a decade. Majority of these trucks and vans are unsafe due to this brake system design in my opinion, I have been a mechanic for 18 years.

April 20, 2011 at 5:10 am
(155) Chauncey says:

Brake line corrosion SUSPECTED????? Seem obvious it is an epidemic, and no longer SUSPECTED. These trucks should be in service for well over 10 years. What is the Warranty on the Exhaust System? Is the Exhaust more important than the Brake System? Good ting the majority of the folks driving these trucks, vans and SUVs have enough experience to know how to stop one using the parking brake to avoid a large number of accidents. Happened to me in my Chevy Astro Van as well. Asian hard brake lines may do us all in soon it appears.

April 21, 2011 at 7:54 pm
(156) Rob B says:

02 Silverado 1500 rear brake line went. Totally rusted out. Going to be about $1k to fix. LAST Chevy I every buy. Many break problems as well. I pulled the fuse on the ABS becuase no garage could fix them. GM you owe lots of people for your crummy mistakes.

April 22, 2011 at 7:58 pm
(157) sam says:

I am a GM tech, and i will say there is no reason they are not using either a stainless line or even a plastic coated line such as many foreign cars use… But if u switch, the parts will become just that, foreign, like, not even Canada… That is until the local manufacturers retool and become a price competitor after the switch. In 12 years as a Chevy tech, ive never seen a brake line rupture before 8-9 years of driving in NE Ohio, where everything on a car/truck gets coated in salt/calcium/other corrosive or conductive elements/etc, for 5 months out of the year, and even when it happens that soon it’s usually on a vehicle that someone never undercoated, never washed, etc… The rest of the undercarriage would do fine with infinite years of such treatment.(other thank brake and fuel hard lines.) Saying these vehicles are any worse than others is ridiculous. Ford uses stainless fuel lines, but not brake lines. Dodge, same as Chevy, both standard. 20 minutes of owner knowledge and care to spray some primer on your fuel and brake lines,(or as much as i hate dealing with it, PROPERLY undercoating.) to prevent this from happening after ten years of plowing snow/salting/hauling mulch(falls between cab and frame, rots lines QUICK.) ((or even driving in this crap every year)), would go a long way. As for the rest of the truck? Solid.

April 22, 2011 at 10:16 pm
(158) Mike Eberl says:

My 00 silverado has had rusted lines since 05 My mechanic puts my truck down because its rusted lost my brakes two time
chassis around the engine is rusted

April 23, 2011 at 2:43 pm
(159) Greg says:

I’ve noticed that the brake lines on my 2001 Suburban have rust. The section near the master cylinder is easily visible with the hood open.

Today I went under the vehicle and was shocked at the rust I found on the lines running along the frame to the back brakes.

It looks like they could rupture and any moment. I am going to bring the vehicle to a mechanic ASAP.

April 25, 2011 at 9:02 pm
(160) Rich says:

I have a ’99 Sierra – two years ago, after my brake pedal went to the floor and I rolled through in empty intersection, my mechanic told me my brake lines were rotting out. He replaced the worst pieces with plastic coated replacements.

Sunday April 24 – just pulled my boat out of the back yard and onto my driveway. When I tried to stop, my brake pedal went right to the floor again. Had to throw it in park and hit the e-brake to stop. I was going to haul the boat to the shore this weekend. There is no way I would have avoided an accident if I tried to do that. How can a well known problem like this not be addressed by GM? I’m afraid to use the truck now, since it’s already happened twice. I would be a fool to think it won’t happen again.

April 26, 2011 at 11:38 am
(161) S says:

If it was due to salt then all brands would be having this problem and would be under investigation, not just GM. But it is just GM and that says they have a problem they need to fix. That’s why the recall.

April 26, 2011 at 7:11 pm
(162) Al says:

2002 Suburban. 19 year old son driving with friends on I-94 and brakes failed. Limped car home with maybe 10% braking ability. Took car to dealer, quoted $551 to replace one or two brake lines and up to $1,950 if modulator block needs to be replaced. What a joke. Glad I am buying German cars now. This and my Corvette will be my and my families last GM’s. They need to stop paying union dues and benefits to people that don’t even work there anymore and add value to car. Oh and Obama, another joke.

April 27, 2011 at 8:30 am
(163) Sue says:

We have an 04 Silverado. We live in a no snow area. The undercarriage of the vehicle looks almost new. The engine is cleaned regularly via pressure washer (water only). Had a brake line failure and peddle to the floor. Where is the supposed redundancy? I filed a complaint on NHTSA because our model and year were outside the scope of the current investigation. Low and behold, GM is investigating the issue and they paid for the repair! I think because we were probably outside the scope of the current investigation. They took the old parts away too. File that complaint people and be VERY detailed on it! There needs to be a recall and from the sounds of it, it will be a big one! I have a newer GM truck and the brake lines are actually coated and look brand new.

April 27, 2011 at 11:57 pm
(164) Rocco Rotondo says:

I Have a 2000 Silverado 1500. I am having all my break line s replaced as I am typing this. 4 months ago I had the rear line replaced They are all rusted out. I have had the truck since new. I have 35 thousand miles on it. I don’t drive too many miles as you can see by the miles I have on the truck. I thought the lines rusted because of the amount off miles I drive it. But looking at all the other coments it seems this is a GM problem. The tech told me it would start at $900.00 Hoping he can get the line off without breaking my calipers and not having a problem getting the lines out of my ABS. I was thinking about trading it in for a new Chevy but I now have 2nd thoughts. If I did I would not make a deal unless the dealer pays for the work I am having done.

May 3, 2011 at 10:11 pm
(165) Christine says:

I had a brake line rupture near the rear wheel on my 2001 Silverado 2500HD. Paid a couple hundred to get that repaired. Brake line then ruptured right by the driver’s door a couple days later. Unfortunately it was 230 miles from home and while pulling a trailer. This was the first Chevy I bought new and will be my last. I’ll add that the doors are rusting through and one spring shackle rusted through and broke. This isn’t even a daily driven vehicle.

May 6, 2011 at 10:36 pm
(166) Anthony says:

I have a 99 Silverado. It’s sitting right now because of a brake line failure. One of the hardlines ruptured along the frame near the gap between the bed n cab.

So why does gm wrap their brake lines with the coil spring stuff? It seems to hold condensation, leading to failure of a critical system. I guess if you’re only worried about 3 years or 36k, it doesn’t matter.

May 7, 2011 at 1:30 am
(167) Ben says:

I am the owner of a ’99 Silverado 1500. I also just had the same problem with the rear brake line at the split between the cab and the bed. It rusted and corroded out so bad, it just blew out. The brake pedal went right to the floor. Luckily I was idling on the side of the road when it happened. It is only a matter of time before this happens to someone driving down a highway that ends in a tragedy. Is someone going to have to lose their life before a recall is made on this death-trap of a problem?

May 8, 2011 at 6:46 pm
(168) Jesse Robinson says:

2001 GMC Sierra. Today had a brake line rust through and burst. I live in southern De. and out of the 10 years that I have had this truck, we might have had three or four winters that the State highyway heavily coated the road with salt. Sure hope they do something about this before someone gets hurt.
GM seemed to have fixed the body corrosion, but now they got brake corrosion.

May 9, 2011 at 1:27 pm
(169) Jessica says:

I had a sudden brake failure in my 2001 Chevy Tahoe two days ago and narrowly avoided a crash with my two kids in the vehicle. We lived in Pennsylvania 2001-2003, but have been in southern Virginia since then.

The brake lines were badly rusted, and I am irate that when I had the brake pads replaced and brake fluid flushed 6 weeks ago at the dealership no one warned me that there was a rust problem. The service manager is now telling me that it isn’t part of their job to look at brake lines when they work on the brakes. Is that reasonable?

May 11, 2011 at 10:16 am
(170) jeff says:

Well I own a 2004 Silverado and I had a 2000 Silverado. This december I had the lines Burst and I crashed into a SUV on teh Highway. Both a front line nad a Line to teh ABS failed. When the took the lines off my truck it is a wonder someone didnt die.

GM is simply waiting for the 2000– 20004 trucks to be in in the Junk yard.

Bare Steel Brake lines /// Was this designed by your Inidan Engineering team… This is a American Truck and we use Road Salt on our rods every year.

get it fixed GM or Someone will Die.

May 11, 2011 at 8:41 pm
(171) J Steadman says:

My 2004 just blew 2 brake lines. The fuel lines don’t look any better. I think its time for a recall GM…..

May 12, 2011 at 6:20 pm
(172) Ken says:

It’s all been said before, so no reason in restating the obvious, rusty brake line on my 2002 Chevy Silverado along outside of frame rail under the floor board gave out, good thing they let loose in the driveway. The other obvious but sad fact is that someone will get killed before long or before GM will do anything about it.

May 13, 2011 at 3:38 pm
(173) DAVID MORGAN says:


May 14, 2011 at 8:58 pm
(174) Stan Visser says:

I have a 98 Silverado 1500 Sport Side with 130,xxx miles. I was out of town for the previous 2 days. My brother in law had borrowed the truck to pick up a sliding glass door in my absense. I got into the truck to use it today, put the brake on to put into ‘drive’ and the pedal goes almost to the floor. Brakes still worked somewhat, just LOTS of travel almost all the way to the floor.

Checked brake fluid and the the smaller front reservoir (for rear brakes?) is empty, the rear larger reservoir is down quite a bit. Looked under truck and just behind driver’s side rear wheel, it looks wet and oily. I tracked it down and there is a leaking brake line (hard line – spring covered) just ahead of the the rear wheel where it runs along the frame on the driver’s side.

Checking on line and found this thread. I am going to contact GM and NHSTA. In the meantime I need to get this fixed because I need to use this truck and wonder if I should do so before someone looks at it?

May 15, 2011 at 6:00 pm
(175) Rich says:

This is an addition to my post (161). I just had all of my brake lines replaced ($2280). My mechanic told me he could push his thumb through any section of my brake lines. My truck is maintained very well, so this issue with the brake lines is definitely a quality problem. I’ve owned the following vehicles and never had any issues with brake lines.
68 Impala, 71 Impala, 77 Monte Carlo, 79 Impala, 72 Monte Carlo, 85 Oldsmobile

The 99 Sierra – the only one with brake line issues. What does that tell you?

May 16, 2011 at 2:27 pm
(176) Greg says:

Lost my brakes, brake lines rusted behind the rocker panels. Needless to say the rockers are shot anyway. Time for GMC to step up with a recall.

May 17, 2011 at 3:24 pm
(177) Rob says:

1999 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 6.0L 300,000kms Last week i felt my brake pedal go soft on the odd occasion, I had replaced ALL brakes last year (with the exception of the brake lines) didn’t really have time to look into the issue right then. went of a trip with the truck and back…no problems. Truck sat for a day today I jumped in it to get my holiday trailer from storage. Everything was fine (brake pedal was somewhat spongier than usual), had some errands to run first, then on my way to pick up the trailer and pedal would go to the floor. Upon inspection, I noticed the power steering was low (hydro-boost brakes on my truck) and I figured that was the problem. As I came out of the parts place with my power steering fluid I noticed a trail behind my truck and pool below right rear side. The leak is coming from the brake line, not the first time I have had a brake line blow out, and it is coming from an area where the line is clamped to the axle. Not saying this is GM’s fault really but from what I am reading here I think I will go aftermarket brake lines on this!!

May 18, 2011 at 5:41 pm
(178) Nate says:

I am a mechanic and have a vehicle here NOW with this issue. I operate out of the West Coast, so it’s not just a “salt belt” issue or East Coast issue. I have never seen such a mess as on these vehicles. I have a 49′ Ford pickup with original lines on it and they are in better shape! So I called the Dept of Trans Nat. Highway Traffic Safety Admin today as a character by the name of Robert Esser is the guy who’s looking into this and he’s out of the office for another MONTH. NO kidding! No alternate extension to dial and going to the operator gets you to a voice mail for general delivery. They’ve been looking into this since 09′. WTF, its a no brainer, just checking the internet this am I read so many complaints about this and yet this is still not a recall?? Worse, I called the local dealership and the lines aren’t sold as replacements, they are sold in bulk and we have to make em’. Anyone who says just fix the broken one or says oh, it’s easy to make replacement lines DOESN’T get liability or how many lines are affected. The fact the dealership has none should speak volumes right there! Great job on the part of the Goverment office overseeing this to drag their asses this long…. This problem causes sudden failure of brakes and most of the time it will be when the brakes are applied in an emergency or while towing because of the increased hydraulic pressure. Further, to clarify some people that are confused, this is NOT the same issue as the increased braking distance issue, that was due to ABS failure because of corroded or damaged wheel speed sensors. That is another story. So, anyways, hope Mr. Esser is enjoying his vacation… Meanwhile more brake lines are breaking and people anywhere on the road are at risk, not just GM owners…. Think about it.

May 21, 2011 at 10:17 pm
(179) Tim Arnold says:

I have a 2003 Sierra 2500 4WD pickup with 40 K miles. I have experienced two incidents of brake line blow out due to corrosion. Once when I jammed on the brakes about a year ago and the second today when pulling my trailer and I had to stop fast.
I have also had to replace the entire rear drums and brake assemblies due to corrosion and rust out. This is a great truck performance wise but this corrosion of the brakes in unacceptable. I will file a formal complaint with GM (whoever that is now) the NTSB on Monday.

May 22, 2011 at 1:58 pm
(180) Rick Ledford says:

Me and my two daughters age14 and 10 drive everywhere in my 2002 chevy silverado. Luckily I ran to the store by myself and my brakes gave out on me while driving. Luckily I pulled into a parking lot and saw basically brake fluid spilling out of my truck under driver side. When I looked under the truck I seen all the lines are badly rusted anneed to be replaced the truck only has like 55000 miles on it gm should really take care of this. There are too many innocent lives on the line here

May 22, 2011 at 9:47 pm
(181) Tom R says:

I am shocked and disappointed to find 181 complaints about my same situation. I have a 2000 Silverado with 60,000 miles, very rarely driven in the winter. Yesterday, I almost went thru a intersection towing my 26 ft. car trailer, with race car. Come to find out all brake lines and fuel lines need to be replaced due to the heavy corrosion. This situation needs to be resolved before someone is hurt or killed.

May 23, 2011 at 6:57 am
(182) Brian says:

The frame of my 2000 Gmc Serria is rusted very bad, so far I’ve lost all my brake lines, leaf spring shackles(both side’s) leaf spring saddles(both sides)and frame crossmembers that hold the shocks and mounts.

May 23, 2011 at 9:29 am
(183) Bob says:

My 2003 tahoes Brake lines went. I was driving my kids to school and a deer ran out infront of me. I hit the brakes.. and it was like I had NONE at all. The Pedal went to the floor. I just missed The Deer(because It moved). I had to have all the Lines replaced due to corrosion. My daughter thought we where going to die.

May 24, 2011 at 8:11 pm
(184) jim says:

I have a 04 GMC 1500 with 32K miles on it. i live in south Fla and have NEVER driven in the snow or salt water for that matter. The brake line blew as i was exiting the highway at 60mph. after getting it stopped and restarting my heart I had it towed to the dealer. well they said it was salt air corrorsion. BULL. They told me it will be 1,800. bucks to fix. When asked if the rear lines were corrorded no was the responce. the ones that failed on the frame next to the engine. I wonder what memo corp. GM put out to the dealers about this problem?

May 25, 2011 at 3:14 pm
(185) whitecap says:

Have a 2003 Avalanche that is having catastrophic brake line failure. This is going to be an expensive fix and could have easily been avoided for a few dollars more for better quality tubing at the assembly plant. Hope the NHTSA steps up.

May 26, 2011 at 8:40 pm
(186) Marco delacruz says:

I have a gmc Sierra 1500 extended cab on May 23th my wife crashed rear ended minivan. When I arrived to the accident my wife stated she had trouble breaking ( at first I didn’t believe her) but when we took the truck home I notice a puddle of brake oil under the driver side door, notice the frame oil dripping from the frame. No visible corrosion ( purchase truck new and lived in southern California) and after tracing the leak it came from the one of the four brake lines between the frame and cab.
Does anyone know if there’s a recall from GM?

May 26, 2011 at 10:23 pm
(187) kendonhank says:

It’s not just brake lines.

A good number of GM trucks are experiencing premature undercarriage corrosion. My truck rusted out in two years and they would not cover it under the warranty.

GM will do nothing to fix it until NHTSA forces them to.

I sued them and they stated in court that they do not cover ANY corrosion caused by the environment, which as anybody with common sense knows, is all corrosion.

They also stated that their undercarriage protection is designed to last one year.

GM is a sham.

Government Motors!!!!!!

May 28, 2011 at 11:24 pm
(188) SAE GUY says:

GM’s corrosion spec for brake lines, from what I understand, is designed to provide up to 15 years of corrosion resistance allowing minor surface discoloration/ aesthetic rust. Not the heavy flaky deterioration I have seen on those same model year and makes from GM.

Brake lines are a class 1 safety item. I would hope that the and airbag would work after 10-12 years.

Brake lines are made from a mild steel plated with a special type of galvanization process that is supposed to meet GM’s environmental specs.

Most of what I heard came from a source familiar with these types of parts and part life expediency.

May 29, 2011 at 2:54 pm
(189) danr says:

2002 tahoe.1 owner lives in ct. just replaced 1st rotted brake line on tahoe. i hardly drive it in snow as i always drive my plow truck. they are all rotten and need replacement now. I replaced many brakes lines on 4 different cars from mid 1990 to my o2 tahoe all with rotted brake lines due to chemicals used in treating roads in winter and poor metal in brake lines in the last 4 months. i like the new coated lines.

May 29, 2011 at 10:40 pm
(190) Eric Stewart says:

Was going to take my wife’s ’06 DTS to the local Chev/Caddy dealer to fix a minor problem. I said take my ’00 Silverado to work. She starts it, steps on brake to put it in gear, and puff!
Brake pedal goes to floor. I crawl under the rear of truck and can’t believe the EXTENSIVE amount of rust. Not just the brake lines, but the frame and cross-member tubes rotting away. Truck looks pristine on the outer surface.
Frame, cross-memebers, brake lines, fuel lines, = POS!
Color me pissed!! and now, to old to do these types of repairs. Been a GM guy my whole life,
but now looking to purchase from the one & only remaining American Car Mfg . . FORD.

May 30, 2011 at 11:15 am
(191) Bob says:

I have a 2001 silverado 1500 ext cab, and i loved this truck, but right around the 7 year mark this truck seems to just be rusting away, its a shame i’ve have 2 silverados before this and this is the worst, I always liked the silverado but this rusting problem is making me look elsewhere for my next truck. The list is rear brake dust covers are completely gone, rocker panels rotting out, brake and gas lines are rusting out, rear spring shakles are so thin and rusted and 1 just broke, I live in New England but use this truck as light duty and dont haul a boat and has never been in water, I think GM got a deal or a bad batch of medal, either way its a shame!

May 31, 2011 at 12:47 am
(192) neb says:

i own a 2003 Suburban that blew out both rear brake lines today. i too was googling brake lines when i found this site. thanks, it’s a bit of a shock to see this many failures. GM has a facebook page i plan on visiting, for starters.

June 1, 2011 at 2:06 pm
(193) Rick Beaulieu says:

2002 K2500 Suburban
130K miles
Rusted brakeline blew 3 days ago. Never had I had to replace brakeline on any vehicle, this was the first.
Replaced all of the brake pipe….

June 1, 2011 at 4:57 pm
(194) Mike A. says:

I have a 2000 Chevy Silverado and the the brakes went out on my this morning. Nearly crashed. It is currently at a repair shop where I am being quoted between $1,100 and $2,000 to replace the brake lines due to extreme corrosion. This seems to be a real problem with these vehicles.

June 2, 2011 at 7:47 am
(195) gary says:

My 04 GMC with 50 K on it needs the main rear line, it’s leaking right now. The others will be leaky soon.

BIL just paid 1200.00 to the dealer to replace the lines on his 02 Silverado.

I alway have bought GM but they make some real crap. Never again. They let the crappy intake gaskets go for years. GM thinks we all will just over look this stuff and keep right on buying GM. Guess what, hello FORD !!

June 2, 2011 at 9:44 am
(196) Ed says:

I have a 1999 GMC Sierra, last week I had brake falure as the brake line under drivers side cab ruptured from corrosion. Two years ago I had to have about 5 foot on both sides of the frame welded due to corrosion. What is up with this?

June 3, 2011 at 12:46 pm
(197) hugh yancey says:


June 5, 2011 at 12:37 pm

I own a 2001 Chevy 2500 HD pick-up. About 18 months ago my brake lines failed. Luckily I was in my driveway and was pumping the brakes up after replacing the rotors and pads. The brake lines failed underneath the driver side door where they run along the frame rail. Called the dealer about it and they said there was no recall at this time. Only 80,000 miles on the truck. W’ont buy a new GM truck again.

June 5, 2011 at 8:25 pm
(199) Brent says:

Own a 2004 GMC Yukon XL, and brake line burst today during hard braking.

June 6, 2011 at 9:12 am
(200) truck04 says:

I own a 2004 silverado with brake line rusting. My truck only has 60,000 miles on it. Friend of mine with the same truck lost his brakes while driving due to brake line rusting.

June 8, 2011 at 3:32 am
(201) Lisa Vaughn says:

We have a GMC Canyon that the break line busted. A friend replaced but I never thought about a corrosion issue, I’ll have to ask him about that. I’ll have to see if there’s any recalls on the issue. I’ve been checking all my appliances for recalls lately at http://WeMakeItSafer.com

June 8, 2011 at 12:07 pm
(202) Nicholas says:

My father and I work in construction. We were driving down a busy road yesterday in his 2001 Chevy Silverado 1500 with VERY LOW MILES hauling our utility trailer loaded with material. Went to stop at a red light and the pedal went to the floor, thankfully we didn’t hit anyone or anything at the intersection going 55 mph with no brakes. Got out and saw a trail of brake fluid on the road. I own a ’02 and am worried that mine will eventually have the same problem.

My father and I have owned many vehicles in our life time including rust buckets and have never had something like this happen. CHEVY NEEDS A RECALL.

June 8, 2011 at 5:01 pm
(203) Erika says:

I have a 2001 GMC Sierra that has been parked for over a year due to extensive corrosion! The truck has less than 70,000 miles and it is NOT drivable. It started with my brakes going out and me almost wrecking out going thru a red light because I couldn’t stop. The entire undercarriage is rusted out. I have had it towed to 2 different body shops and no one wants to touch it because the damage is so extensive. My dad worked for GM for 31 years and this was the last truck he bought before his death and it is a worthless piece of crap!!

June 8, 2011 at 10:48 pm
(204) ben says:

2000 sierra,70,000 miles, all brake lines, fuel lines and rear brake backer plates rusted out ,lost brakes while driving, will never buy another gov motors car again what a POS

June 9, 2011 at 2:40 pm
(205) John Ryan says:

Well I own a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 4×4 Z71 in Maryland. I just experience a similiar brake line failure, one of the four that run down the driver’s side frame rail underneath the drivers seat. I had just hooked up my boat a 21′ run about (only tow it 2 miles 10-15 times a summer) pulled it off the grass onto my drive way, stopped, placed the vehicle into park. completed a walk around of the lights etc. Hopped back in to the truck pressed the brake to put the vehicle into gear “pop” then I hear the brake fluid exiting onto the ground under pressure, brake warning light goes off and the “service brakes” in the information display. Well I guess I am not going boating on Memorial Day weekend!

Get vehicle towed $100
Parts to replace all five lines $300 (if one went that others are soon to follow)
labor $800

GM does not offer pre-bent line sets other then parts
219984439 and 15095955. The lines have to be custom made / bent.

Best of all I am informed that the one of my caliper bleeder fittings is so badly rusted that I will have to replace the front left caliper to bleed system properly.

Side note my model year has the 4 wheel disc with the drum parking brake. I have never gone throught so many sets of brakes and rotors. They did not wear out, they would just start cutting groves into the rotors. I have used OEM Parts, top of the line after market, they all do the same.

Called the NSTSA hotline for vehicle 1-888-327-4236.
filed a complaint. (10 mins on the phone, lady was nice)

My vehicle was always serviced at the dealer, I had a GMPP (GM extended warranty) which I used for steering and radio issues, since expired. I worked for GM had my truck cleaned frequently ( I worked at a dealership)

This is B/S and unsafe.

I never seen a piece of safety equipment have such an epic fail.

June 11, 2011 at 3:08 am
(206) chris simons says:

I have a 2000 1500 4wd Suburban that lost its brakes the other day because of a rotted brake line, The brake line that goes to the module between the frame and the floor plate under the drivers seat rotted out. Did GM issue any recalls yet on this, I don’t want to touch it if they need to see it.

June 11, 2011 at 7:23 pm
(207) Joe Q says:

While driving down the street my brake pedal on my 2000 Silverado 1500 went to the floor scaring the crap out of me. Like everyone, i just blew one brake lines. While inspecting the damage i noticed that everyone one of my brake lines is severly rusted out and i now need to replaced all the lines including my gas line. How is there not a recall on this. This seriously needs to be addressed…..

June 12, 2011 at 4:54 pm
(208) wayne says:

I was pulling out of my driveway today and guess what, my brake pedal on my 2003 silverado 2500 hd, went to the floor!! After getting under the truck for a look, the brake line leaving master cylinder to the abs has a corrision or wear hole at the bend in the frame, this should not happen, truck has 35,000 miles, and this could have been a serious situation on the road ,someone could have been killed, I have not called the dealer YET because its Sunday they will near from me tomorrow.

June 16, 2011 at 11:16 am
(209) Robert says:

I have a 2000 GMC 2500, I have had a brake line failure twice in the last few years, both times I was towing my 8000 lb camper, not fun towing when vehicle brakes are not working properly. Just repaired a line this weekend and from the looks of it, I should replace all the brake lines.

June 16, 2011 at 3:15 pm
(210) Terry says:

Have 1998 Silverado with same issue. Driving with loaded dump trailer, brake pedal to the floor. Luckily able to stop and I carry brake fluid with me so was able to limp home. Hole in line is not in a accessible location unless gas tank gets removed.I will probably just reroute lines until investigation is done. Did anyone else have problems with their 1998?

June 16, 2011 at 10:51 pm
(211) Richard says:

My 03 Tahoe just lost it’s brakes. In the last year I have dumped over 5k in repairs to this vehicle. If I didn’t still owe 7k on it I would get rid of it. Never gonna give GM my money again.

I was told by the mechanic that all the lines needed to be replaced and it would cost about 1500 to fix.

June 17, 2011 at 2:46 pm
(212) Toddski says:

My 2000 GMC Sierra has blown brake lines. About two years ago one along the rear axle blew out and I replaced it. This week the main 1/4″ line that runs from the ABS to the rear corroded and blew out. Now I’m replacing all the lines but having trouble tracing which ones go where on the ABS unit.

June 19, 2011 at 8:29 pm
(213) Rocky says:

Almost wrecked my pick-up today…car in fromt of me made a sudden stop, hit the brake hard and lost brakes. Luckily I swerved into the next lane to avoid an accident. It was a ruptured/rusted out brake line. The rear brakes failed. It was the front section running to the union connection by the fuel tank that rusted out. I have a 1999 CK-2500 pick-up with only 72,000 miles on it. This is disgraceful, didn’t our government bail them out when they needed it? The government should take some action for a recall.

June 20, 2011 at 10:21 am
(214) Nicholas says:

Immediate and total brake failure on my 2000 Silverado, 2 separate lines ruptured from corrosion. I’ll be replacing every single steel line today with an alloy line, but someone could have very easily been killed. I’m filing a complaint today, and encourage all others who read these stories to do the same. Do not just fix the problem – ALERT NHTSA. Lives are at stake, no question …take the 10 minutes to communicate your issue to them.

June 20, 2011 at 7:27 pm
(215) ron marcum says:

I own a 2001 silverado ext cab z71. I was driving about 70 mph on the freeway with wife and kids strapped safely in when all traffic ahead was at a standstill. No problem because i had just replaced the rotors for a second time and new calipers all around with less then 70k miles on the odometer. So i jumped on the brake pedal and oh sheet no brakes, all the way to the floor.Nothing i could do except jerk the steering wheel to the right and missed the very back car by about half a foot at the most. I went past about 10 -12 cars before i finally got slowed down by pulling it into low gear and also on the e brake pedal.The engine overreved severely but its all i could do to get slowed down. SOMETHING HAS TO BE DONE The 4 of us almost died plus the other stopped vehicles wouldn’t have faired much better. I will now have to buy 2 right side tires and rims, about 2 grand plus i will be replacing all the brake lines ..Goverment Take Some Action Before Someone Dies

June 20, 2011 at 7:41 pm
(216) ron marcum says:

Oh yeh i forgot to say that when i did get pulled off and checked the problem, i had a busted brake line under the passenger side. I checked it out further and all the brake lines are rusted severly. I have a 63 chevy 2 with original brake lines and they are still in very good condition compaired to a 10 year old truck with all lines rusted away..Something is not right here..
Everyone remember to take pictures before you change your brake lines..

June 23, 2011 at 3:17 pm
(217) ron marcm says:

Follow up, after further inspection i found that the leak that i first seen was a very small pinhole on the metal line going to the passenger side front wheel and was squirting on the frame and running down and dripping off under the passenger side.
The line that had busted and left me without any brakes was one of the four lines right under the driver (me). All the metal brake lines are completely rusted and i will have to have all replaced at the same time, because i think if one is moved while replacing just the one then the others will also start leaking because they are so rusty..

June 26, 2011 at 2:56 pm
(218) chris says:

We have a 2000 Suburban 1500. We were driving the other day and the brake pedal went down to the floor, The brake line under the driver seat floor board that go up over the frame rotted out, they should have a recall for using cheap materials for something like this, in my book I think brakes are kind of important!, if they want to use China parts this is not the area. I have cars from 1965 and I never had a brake line rot out and I can see there is a lot of people out there that have the same problem and some not as lucky in stopping in time. At present the truck is off the road till I can find prebent lines to install.

June 27, 2011 at 9:03 am
(219) Vern says:

I just replaced another rusted brake line on my 2003 pickup. Twice I was driving it and had near misses with blow lines, the third time my wife had just pulled out of the garage stepped on the brake to stop and the pedal went to the floor. I’m very glad she wasn’t on the road when it blew a line. Like everyone eles is saying the underside of my 03 looks like it is 50 years old. I have driven GM vehicles all my life and have never seen an issue like this with any of the others. I have a 1983 3500 4X4 and the brake lines on that are in better shape than what is on my 03. When is GM going to step up and do something. They worry about a rusted tail gate cable, I think that stopping a vehicle would be a much bigger concern.

June 29, 2011 at 1:37 am
(220) DEUSA says:

I have a 1997 Chevy Blazer, 165,000 miles, and the left rear metal brake line running above the chassis, over the axle, corroded through.

This is my first Blazer and I still have a 94 Jeep Cherokee, 265,000 miles, without any brake system component failures.

The 1987 Jeep Cherokee before that had 245,000 miles without any brake system component failures.

Brake lines should not be failing this early. The chassis is in good condition and otherwise the Blazer runs great.

Luckily, the brakes went out in the driveway.

June 29, 2011 at 1:56 pm
(221) Joe Bassi says:

What a shame that GM is giving it to us all. I’m driving a 2002 Sierra and had the pedal go right to the floor while stopping at a stop sign. A ruptured brake line from rust, a good thing I was going up hill and used the E-Brake to secure the truck. I just purchased $300 worth of SStl brake lines and spent the entire weekend pulling out the rusted OEM lines and fishing in the new ones. I’m now bleeding the system and fighting a real soft pedal issue now. I bled the system twice and the pedal is still soft. GM screwed us when they went bankrupt and they’re doing it with their second rate metals in their vehicles. I’m beginning to hate that company and hope they really go bankrupt for good.

July 3, 2011 at 9:35 pm
(222) Rookie Rider says:

I live in south east Virginia. The only salt we see is in the ocean water. I recently found brake fluid in my driveway. The deal diagnosis is brake line rupture and an estimated repair of $2200. The vehicle is a 2003 Chevy Tahoe. I am sick.

July 5, 2011 at 11:14 pm
(223) Chip says:

I was driving home from a meeting tonight and the brake petal went to the floor. I limped the truck home using lower gears and the emergency brake because I live on a back road and there is no other traffic there. Driver’s side brake line on top of frame inside the front wheel rusted through. I am appalled that GM has all these brake problems due to rusty brake lines and has not offered to fix them and am even more appalled that the government that bailed them out is dragging their feet on the investigation. I have filed a complaint with NHTSA and plan to do the same with the Government Motor Corporation as well as my Senators and Congressman. It would be interesting to know why an investigation into this matter is taking longer than Presidential campaigns.

July 6, 2011 at 11:22 am
(224) Silerusto says:

I also have a 2000 Z71 with the rusty line problem. The factory lines rusted and burst. Luckily it was in my driveway and I simply coasted into the yard. I’ve replaced all the brake lines with high grade coated lines. Now the fuel lines are in need of the same treatment. I would definitely agree that this is a material quality issue and a vehicle this age should not have this problem. I’ve taken apart / restored several 30-40 year old cars and trucks from the north that have less corrosion.

July 6, 2011 at 11:27 am
(225) Silverusto #2 says:

I might also add to my previous comment that Toyota, upon discovering premature rust on their trucks in a critical area, issued a massive recall….so where is GM on this one?

July 6, 2011 at 1:52 pm
(226) DG says:

2005 GMC Sierra (58,000 miles) in Pa. with severe rust problems. All brake lines replaced; front right rotor replaced; ABS sensor replaced; power steering cooler line rusted through and replaced. I asked GMC for reimbursement and they of course refused. I will never buy another GM product again!

July 6, 2011 at 10:24 pm
(227) kevin b says:

brake lines just rusted thru on my 2000 z71, pedal to the floor. the truck has just over 100,000 miles, but the underneath looks like its been sitting in the woods for years. the frame, axles, lines, etc. are all rusty. not to mention the rocker panels and fender wells. come on gm this is rediculous.

July 10, 2011 at 7:49 am
(228) Al D says:

Same here. 2002 Silverado 3500 rusty leaky brake lines. Tech said all need to be replaced. Can’t afford to fix can’t afford not to fix. Frame full of rust. It will crumble before drive train wears out. Next truck will not be a GM unless they do the right thing. NJ here.

July 11, 2011 at 9:48 am
(229) CARL Rodeheaver says:

thank god, I was in the driveway when both front and rear brake lines broke at the same time ,leaving me with no brakes at all !! I was just getting ready to tow a car trailer ,when the lines broke ,had my heart pumping when I could not stop, turn the the key off just to stop. I replaced all the lines ,pain in the a#s . all rusted out !! something should be done with this before someone gets KILLED ! got a 2000 chevy silverado 3/4 ton 4×4

July 13, 2011 at 7:32 pm
(230) Rob says:

Have a 2000 Chevy Silverado 1500, going down the road to a stop and “SLAM” pedal went to the floor, Got lucky enough to stop before drillin the car in front of me. After babin it home I seen fluid dripping from under the vehicle. Well after further inspection I also have a rusted to crap brake line (rear) that has devolped a hole. Now Im just tryin to figure if i can fix it or is this a Chevy screw up to get me to spend hundreds at a dealer, Thanks GM for puttin my life at risk. Maybe time for another make.

July 16, 2011 at 7:25 am
(231) HV trucker says:

2002 Silverado bought new with 27,000 miles. Major brake line rupture causing loss of control. Ran truck off road to prevent hitting another car. State Trooper said I was one lucky person to be alive. GM better do something quick before they have a large body count to contend with.

July 18, 2011 at 8:29 pm
(232) Kevin Patterson says:

2002 Chevy Tahoe, My wife called after almost rear ending a car at a very busy intersection of RT 42 & 536 in N.J. As she was stopping she heard a squish sound and the brake pedal went to the floor. After getting the truck home I found severely rusting lines under the left front door over the frame rail. You can’t see them until you pull back the wiring harness. The sight is scary; had has been there for a long time to be this bad. I never would have let my wife drive this truck with my kids knowing how bad they are! Someone is going to die over GM’s poor choice of materials for a safety item! The fuel lines are stainless, why not the brake lines! Ford stood behind the Windstar problems, and did not even need a bailout! Toyota stood behind the frame rust problems. We helped GM where is the help from them & their unions!

July 19, 2011 at 3:29 pm
(233) stevew says:

Agree on the entire brake setup – horrible. Just had a set of pads put on the front (rear pads 4 rotors in the fall)….guy that put them on advised me to sell the vehicle due to the fact that the brake lines will fail and he said likely also having rust issues relating to bleeder screw etc – probably have to replace all 4 calipers – 3K he said in costs…said best thing to do is sell. 2004 w/ 51K on it… really don’t want to. Tow a 30ft travel trailer — would get a lot of media if something were to happen and injuries resulted… feel OK for now since he said I had some time — just don’t like that they won’t back their product… typically buy foreign vehicles (Honday Odyssey for example)… Toyota Tundra is looking pretty good right about now for the future… Other than the UNION pension plans…wonder why companies go out of business/bankrupt — their products.

July 21, 2011 at 10:14 am
(234) Jason says:

Have a 01 Chevy Silverado that the brake pedal hit the floor this morning while unloading a boat, luckily my son (5) was out of the way and I managed to get the truck to stop before it wound up floating.. argh what a way to start the morning.. I hope gm does something about this..

July 21, 2011 at 6:50 pm
(235) Bob Boughter says:

I just had a brake kine rust through on our 1999 gms sierra. This truck has been pampered all it’s life and in very good shape. My opinion is that there is no way dirt etc. can fall out from around the brake lines when they are tight against the frame as they are from factory. Good thing I was pulling in my driveway when it broke in half!

July 24, 2011 at 10:36 pm
(236) Jerry says:

I have a 2003 Silverado with 65,000 miles on it and my pedal went to the floor the other day. Front line from abs block to presure regulator pissed out. I looked at the rest of the lines and they are all rusted badly. I was going slow thank God and just stopped on rear brakes. I baby this 4×4. It still has the new car stink in it. How come my 98 Surburban with 234,000 miles has never needed a brake line or my 76 Nova SS. My extended warrenty will only pay for the one line that is leaking.Thats no good. The Dealer defenitly knows about the problem. Mechanic says they see it all the time. I’m looking into Classic Tube who has a pre bent kit. It looks like a lot of work but ain’t got no choice. These vehicles should be recalled. Could have easly killed someone.

July 29, 2011 at 10:23 pm
(237) Tate says:

I have a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado Regular cab with 60,000 miles and had a steel brake line failure due to corrosion. I live in South Louisiana and have neither salty air from the ocean or salted roads due to snow in my area. Still the lines and undercarriage are rusting away.


July 30, 2011 at 6:49 pm
(238) Richard Kramer says:

My 1998 Serria just experienced a ruptured left rear brake line due to excessive and unusual amount of corrosion/rust. Thank God, it happened in my driveway instead of on the highway while pulling my enclosed 22′ car hauler! I bought this truck new and it only has 69,000 miles on it now and has always been garaged and auto washed with underside rinses. GM should have had a recall due to it being a safety problem. I wish I would have known about this problem before it failed!

August 1, 2011 at 5:57 pm
(239) Jack says:

Add me to the list of “Almost crashed because of brake failure”. My son was driving my 2000 GMC Yukon and lost the brakes. He didn’t get in an accident, but had to pass his exit on the highway and slowly back-tracked on side roads to his destination. All brake lines were completely corroded and needed replacement. No warning, they just failed. cost me almost $ 2000.oo to have them replaced. Also had to replace a snapped emergency brake cable.

August 1, 2011 at 8:41 pm
(240) Rob says:

Wow! I can’t believe that my problem is being shared by so many. My 1999 Silverado 2wd extended cab blew the main rear brake line yesterday just before the splitter block at the axle. The line is pretty rough all the way back to the ABS module. I removed the box to make life easier and that’s when I notice one of the gas tank straps was broken. After tracing the main rear line back to the ABS, I noticed ALL the lines coming from the module really should be replaced (this truck tows our horse trailer on a regular basis and I can’t continue taking chances). I cut the line out at each fitting and removed the fittings with deep sockets but can’t conclusively match the thread pitch on the fittings, which is how I happened onto this site. Now I have a bad feeling the one at the ABS is an odd-ball, so I might have to re-use the old one. Anyhow, I was taking all this in stride because we live in Southern Ontario and I just figured being in the salt belt meant we get poorer life out of our vehicles. Now that I have read so many complaints about this problem, I believe my case is not so forgivable. After a little more thought I realize that my old 2000 Ford Focus and 1997 Ford Explorer are both still on the road with no brake line rot. Even my dad’s 1992 GMC Sierra 1500 is going strong with no brake lines replaced and he only lives 10 miles from me.

I need to get this rig back on the road in the next couple of days, so I will only fix the burst line for now but I am certainly not looking forward to pulling out the remaining 4 lines from the ABS unit. I can fully understand why a shop will quote 8 hours of labour to perform this task. If I had the money to replace this truck, I wouldn’t buy GM again.

August 1, 2011 at 9:31 pm
(241) Gregory Despathy says:

I just ran into the same problem this weekend and thank you all for the thread and information.

My truck is a 2005 Silverado 2500HD with 22,000 miles. My regular mechanic said that they have seen this at least 20 times. Same rusted lines at the ABS unit under the driver’s door. I don’t plow, it’s obviously not my daily driver, and it has always been parked on a paved driveway.

My nephew was using it to move firewood and I am so glad that he called me when he felt it wasn’t stopping right instead of continuing. My mechanic is going to replace all the lines with a nickel/copper alloy product as well as the hoses and the calipers because the bleeders rusted completely off. $1500.00 estimate. There goes the vacation. I will start contacting the dealer, GM, and NHTSB tomorrow. I’m going to tell everyone I know.

On a side note, my dad has a 2007 Silverado 1500 with 3 times the mileage. He lives 2 miles up the street, on top of a hill that gets extra “salt” in the winter and after a quick look under his truck I could see no rust; neither does my 2003 Camry which has over 115,000 miles and is my daily driver in most snow storms. (Fuel economy)

Thanks for listening

August 2, 2011 at 11:48 am
(242) James says:

I went to move my truck in the driveway today, luckily that is as far as I went. Low and behold brake lines are rusted and shooting fluid under the cab. I see I am not the only one with this problem. There should have been a recall on this. There are post all over the net about this very issue. Just glad I was not our on the road.

August 2, 2011 at 6:51 pm
(243) Bill Snyder says:

2002 Avalanche z71
Bringing my wife home from surgury, attempted to stop at the first light I came to and brake pedal to the floor, smoke coming from under hood as brake fluid sprayed all over the engine from the rusted line burst at the bend onto the rail, I will file the complaint, have gotten nothing from my local dealer, who I have pointed the rust problem to every time I come in for maintenance. This is a Florida truck yes we are close to the ocean, no I never drove in it, but the bottom looks like I park it there rather than the garage

August 2, 2011 at 8:23 pm
(244) Tommy Mac says:

2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500- replacement for 1999 Dodge Dakota. Brake lines and frame on the Dodge-driven in the same area that I got my Chevy in-looked perfect. I have a 1968 Mercedes with all original metal lines (everything else was rebuilt or replaced in the brake system) and very little rust on body. My ‘new’ truck has corrosion on the brake lines front to back. When I spotted the corrosion in the engine compartment on the lines I started looking it over closely-frame is camoflaged by paint that falls off when you touch it to reveal heavy rust, side step mounts corroded. Brake lines are by far the worst I have ever seen. Had I known this I never would have bought it. I was a pro technician for 8 years. So far I’ve sprayed motorcycle chain lube all over the underside to try and keep the rust at bay until I can sand blast and paint the frame and replace all of the lines with corrosion resistant steel/copper alloy lines. If you have moderate to severe rust you may want to try the chain lube- sprays out very thin but dries to a heavy coating that is completely water repellant.

August 3, 2011 at 12:46 pm
(245) Mike R. says:

I received an estimate today for my 2001 GMC 2500. Brake lines are shot, all need to be replaced. Up to 6 hours labour plus brake lines. If there is some type of rebate I would definately be interested!

August 3, 2011 at 5:33 pm
(246) Tony Butts says:

2004 Chev Tahoe Z71 Brakes failed without warning. Checked myself and found a pinhole in rusted brake line sitting on driver’s side chassis. Went to local chev dealership (NJ). Was told no recall for rusted brake lines. Was told to have car towed to him to have them check problem. After inspection, was told all brake lines, brake pads and rotors, shocks and other metal parts would have to be replaced as per service manager. Asked them to replace brake lines only. They said that would cost $3150.00 + tax. Told them to stop everything and I would have truck towed back to my house. As of now, I am out $250.00 and still no brakes. Will be looking for other options. Maybe lawsuit if I can’t get any satisfaction from GM thru phone calls, Emails. or letters.

August 3, 2011 at 7:13 pm
(247) Kevin says:

Ive owned quite a few GM’s and I always buy used. Ive learned to look at the brake/fuel lines before i ever set foot in the car/truck. My 95 safari blew a rear brake line this summer. Ive replaced NUMEROUS brake lines on my GM vehicles myself and I would rather be changing a colmplete motor rather than replacing brake lines! Even my dad says brake lines never use to rust out as fast on the older vehicles. And we both agree WHY NOT USE STAINLESS STEEL????

August 4, 2011 at 2:22 pm
(248) john says:

Mine just broke today – 8-4-11 2002 GMC Siera 2500 HD Rear brake line and it looks like they are all rusting out.

August 4, 2011 at 4:22 pm
(249) John says:

Last week (July 26, 2011) I lost my brakes in my Chevy Astro. Under the truck was a puddle of brake fluid. Had it towed to the nearest mechanic (a Firestone place) and it cost $756 to have ALL the brake lines replaced. They told me it was due to corrosion. They also told me that Chevy may cover the cost. Does anybody know if this is true?

August 6, 2011 at 11:01 am
(250) David Conlin says:

My 1998 Chevy 2500 just had brake failure due to brake line corrission.Repair facility will only replace all lines due to how often they see the problem and there liability concerns.All comments are right on,truely a life threatening situation.I am going to file a complaint everywhere I can and hopefully save someones life

August 7, 2011 at 12:05 am
(251) 02YUKON XL says:


August 7, 2011 at 1:19 am
(252) Tommy says:

This is a joke!! I have a 2001 gmc yukon. I bought it new. Had the the abs sensors fixed through the recall. 1 year latter needed it fixed again,but gmc says they fixed it already so I must pay for it myself. BS!! So I fixed the abs problem 4 times now. Brake lines are rusted through and almost crashed beacuse of failure. Need to replace every brake line. I have a 2000 honda driven in the same area without ANY rust ! Needed new rotors 4 times,callipers 2 times. This is a major issue. $38,000 P.O.S. Someone needs to be held accountable

August 7, 2011 at 6:23 pm
(253) Doug Theobald says:

Got 2000 Chevy 2500 HD 173,000 blew a brake line under drivers door. Just about to drive off with camper. Started to replace leaking line but found all lines rust so badly. move one and they all leak now. Thankful not driving and towing camper someone would be dead or hurt.

August 7, 2011 at 10:29 pm
(254) Whygerman says:

My brake lines on my ’00 silverado 2500 blew today. Douched off the area and sure enough, they rotted out. Wtf? I do all of my own repairs and have worked on vehicles for years. The last time I saw lines rot like that I had to build my own on a ’65 VW. Wtf? Is GM backing this issue? Do they even sell a replacement kit? Wtf?! Life can be difficult, that’s why I buy GM. Parts are usually cheap and they are the easiest vehicles to work on. Any insight let me know. Thanks, D.

August 8, 2011 at 12:59 am
(255) Donny Dog says:

Yes… I have 1 of these junky made chevy trucks also. A ’00 silverado 2500 4×4. 2010, I was towing my car/trailer on the way to the track when I made a quick stop (or so I thought) for a yellow light. The brakes went to the floor and luckily there was no one in front of me so I gave it gas to get thru the intersection and pulled into an empty lot. Brake line blew at ABS unit under drivers seat. I know about the corrosion under the truck issues also, rusted rotors, froze up caliper bolts. IT IS BS!!! My ’00 Grand Prix has blown a brake line on the highway after the truck incident, thought I was going to rearend a taxi and semi trailer as they were all coming to a sudden stop for a drive shaft rolling on the highway. GM SUCKS!!! I used to be a loyal GM fan… operative word “USED”.

August 8, 2011 at 1:18 am
(256) Donny Dog says:

I have a ’00 silverado that blew a brake line at the ABS unit while towing a car/trailer on my way to the track in 2010. Luckily, no one was in front of me when I tried to stop at the yellow light. I gunned the throttle and pulled into an empty lot. The corrosion is disgusting, as the truck doesn’t get driven a whole lot and sits on concrete mind you and still have rusted rotors, frozen calipers and paint flaking off the frame and the front drive shaft looks like it will rust off. Thanks GM for not caring about the consumers… just your FAT wallets! I used to be a loyal GM customer. I purchased this truck new and a ’00 pontiac grand prix. The pontiac has lost it’s brakes after the truck incident. The fuel lines are rusty on it also. I live in Indiana. Thanks again… The GENERAL SUCKS!!! Anyone want to buy a “00 2500 silverado 4×4?

August 8, 2011 at 4:30 pm
(257) Joe says:

This is the second time my brake lines failed on my 2001 Silverado 2500HD.

August 9, 2011 at 9:26 pm
(258) Keith says:

2005 Yukon Denali sudden loss of braking while driving. Noticed a nice brake fluid leak under the drivers side door from the rusted brake lines. Complaint with the NTSB is on file. This bites!!!!!!!!!

August 10, 2011 at 8:36 am
(259) JoeB says:

I have a 2001 Silverado 2500HD with only 68K miles that I bought new in 2001. Yesterday I had my second brake line failure. Both times the leak was right under the driver’s side (seat) cab. (I have a crew cab with long bed.) Thankfully there was no crash involved and was able to coast to a stop. The mechanic who made the first repair couldn’t believe the condition of the brake lines let alone the whole undercarriage. He showed me a piece of the brake line and it snapped into two pieces, I MEAN IT DIDN’T EVEN BEND, IT SNAPPED. I hope that everyone who has this problem files with the NHTSA so that maybe something can be done, because you know GM isn’t going to step up to the plate. Be safe all.

August 10, 2011 at 11:04 am
(260) Greg Palko says:

The brake line for ABS burst from corrosion last night and almost cause an accident when the pedal went to the floor. Was there ever a recall for the brake lines on the 2500 Silverado 2500 trucks?

August 10, 2011 at 11:06 am
(261) Jerry in missouri says:

My 1999 silverado brakes went out last week. Pedal went to the floor. Leak found at abs box under drivers seat on frame. Vehicle has approx 123k miles. I also have a 68 elcamino and 70 chevy truck, brake lines on them are still good and solid. 1999 to 2003 lines must be from china???

August 12, 2011 at 5:36 pm
(262) Larry Gray says:

I just replaced the hydraulic booster on my 1999 Silverado. The brake lines were rusted up and I couldn’t believe ask the rust on the frame and undercarriage, and I live in California.

August 13, 2011 at 3:19 pm
(263) Patnis says:

1999 Chevy Astro in MO, 140,000 miles, rusted brake lines at junction where the hose from the caliper meets the steel. Now what do I do? Looks like a nightmare and no pre-bent parts available?

August 14, 2011 at 10:57 pm
(264) Bob says:

Just emailed Chevrolet and filed my complaint with safecar.gov NHTSA. This is my second failure (four lines total). 2 before and just last Thursday August 11 2011 2 more ruptured. This is just bad. My truck a 2002 chevy 2500HD 6.0l 4wd.

August 15, 2011 at 12:10 am
(265) Eric Syren says:

My brakes failed as I was coming into a gas station, could have been ugly! My truck is a 2002 sierra, big puddle of brake fluid under drivers door. Looked closer to find very rusty brake lines….great job GM! My 69 malibu has original brake lines that look better, doesn’t make Denver to me.

August 15, 2011 at 7:43 am
(266) John T says:

Yes, my Sierra just had a failure. The mechanic fixed the line that blew but informed me that all the lines need to be replaced. My neighbor had the same thing happen to his Silverado last year.

August 15, 2011 at 9:58 am
(267) William Knapp says:

The brakes failed at rush hour in Guadalajara, Mexico. A local in a short box truck sped into a space in front of my 1999 Georgie Boy motor-home (on a GM chassis) just as the vehicle in front of me applied the brakes. God was on my side as I slammed on my brakes; avoiding a catastrophe. A hole was ruptured in the brake line! That was 3 years ago. Two days ago my pedal reached the floor just as I was coming to a stop in my driveway. I am blessed with that timing as well. However, now I face replacing all the lines to preclude it happening again!

August 15, 2011 at 6:16 pm
(268) Tim Q says:

My 1999 GMC Sierra, 2500 just blew a brake line. Luckily got home before fluid was exausted!

August 15, 2011 at 8:42 pm
(269) Bob says:

ok so I spoke with a rep from Chevy after filing my complaint and he said given the age/milage there was very little to nothing chevy would do. Shocking right! Ha! He told me to “drive it to a chevy dealer to have it inspected”! WHAT? I have two lines that are leaking in my driveway. I asked if chevy would pay the tow bill? Of course he said no.
Here is the kicker….I already filed my complaint with the NHTSA.gov and I am currently scheduling a meeting with an investigator from the Department of Transportation who wants to personally inspect my vehicle. The investigator is working strictly on these cases. I URGE EVERYBODY TO FILE A COMPLAINT WITH THE NHTSA.GOV! That is really the only way we can get any help from GM!

August 15, 2011 at 8:46 pm
(270) Theo says:

My truck is in the shop now getting ALL brake lines replaced. There was no warning that there was a problem, the brake pedal went down to the floor in my driveway. There was no brakes at ALL at that time. Just towed a 7000 lbs travel trailer two weeks before this happened. (2003 Chevy Silverado) Could have been very bad towing the trailer with no truck brakes. What is GM waiting for?????

August 16, 2011 at 10:40 am
(271) mike says:

I have a 2001 silverado that had issues with the brake sensors on the rorotrs which caused the ABS system to activate. GM recalled it for that reason and fixed the problem which came back a few years later. I replaced both front rotors. big$$$$$

I replaced literally everything in the brake system and this year the brake lines failed(corrosion) which was more big $$$$$$$$$$$. Now the brake sensors are causint the ABS system to activate again and the underside of the truck looks like it has been sitting in a field for 50 years.

Its time to go back to Ford

August 16, 2011 at 11:29 am
(272) Tim says:

The brake lines on my 2000 Chevy Silverado ruptured in 2007 while on vacation in Maine with my 26′ travel trailer. Fortunately the trailer was not in tow when the line ruptured due to corrosion but I had no vehicle for 3 days while it was being fixed for about $2800 if I recall correctly. I still had rear brakes but driving to repair was not a safe condition. Now I’m replacing the fuel lines which have also corroded to the point of rupture. These lines look like they were on the Titanic under salt water for 100 years!

August 16, 2011 at 7:00 pm
(273) Ralph Raldi says:

I own a 2001 suburban. While changing the fuel pump I noticed an unusual amount corrosion in the frame of the truck. I was shocked to see how corroded the brake lines were. While inspecting them, they litterally broke apart in my fingers. It could’ve been dangerous!! SOMETIING MUST BE DONE!!!!

August 17, 2011 at 12:49 pm
(274) Joe says:

I have a 1997 Chevy Silverado 4WD and I have been repairing rusted brake lines and fuel lines section by section for 8 years. When my truck was 9 years old the frame from the front wheels to the radiator supports 50% rusted out. Thankfully I like welding and considered it a challenge to repair. This problem isn’t new and GM has know about it for many years and has done little besides coat the lines. I just can’t understand why they didn’t use stainless long ago since most owners of 4WD’s live in the salt belts of the north. To this day my truck being 14 years old has no rust to the body panels but massive rust where it can’t be seen. It’s a terrible thing when the frame rusts through before a fender.

August 17, 2011 at 7:01 pm
(275) KB says:

I had a brake line rust out earlier this year on my 2000 Yukon XL and again today. I was lucky not to have a crash either time as I lost my brakes. Last year my 99 Buick Le Sabre had a brake line rust out and I replaced two lines. I would have to say that the Chevy/ GM cars are time bombs about to explode into a whole lot of crashes unless people are warned! With a poor economy ,people will not be buying new as much, so watch out even if you don’t have a Chevy/ GM car it may be you that gets ran into.



August 18, 2011 at 8:28 am
(276) BIG RED says:

(1999 GMC Sierra) Driving home Monday from work, went to stop for a red light and pedal went to the floor. Almost rear-ended another truck, swerved and blew through the red light. Babied it home and checked it out. Brake lines badly rusted and it burst, front passenger side where the bend is to run along the front of the engine. Hopefully something is done with these.

August 18, 2011 at 9:07 am
(277) Mike says:

I have a 1996 Silverado that I just experienced the corrosion problem. Good thing it broke in my drive and not on the road! Family members were suppose to use it on a road trip this weekend to move my niece down to college!

August 18, 2011 at 9:38 am
(278) Rick says:

My 2002 GMC Sierra 1500′s rust is my fault. That’s what happens when you never wash it in 200,000 miles and 9 years of driving in New England salted winters.

If it was a Toyota the frame would have broken in half already. Don’t believe me? Google for their recall! They had to buy back trucks because of rot much more severe than what’s happening here.

I noticed that a fuel line, just a few inches away from my rotted brake lines, looks like new. You can see it in this photo:

What’s the deal with that, GM? Why would you not use the same quality on brake lines as fuel lines?

August 18, 2011 at 1:12 pm
(279) jim says:

95 gmc 2500hd 144k..my plow truck..ft rt brake line from abs to caliper..rear line from abs to rear splitter block..left rear axel line to wheel cylinder(replaced cylinder too)..They currently make copper lines you can bend by hand and wont rust..I have bent all these without benders, by hand no accidents but the parking brake gets more use then the hydrallic ones..now have a small gas leak above the tank..this is gonna get copper lines too..underside of the truck looks like hell..my 78 chevy 3/4 ton plow is prestine in comparison I am gonna bend the rest of them before they burst.Scarey stuff people..think of me behind you at 55 with a 6k truck and a 8ft blade in front..Gmc/Chevy needs to be held accountable for this immediatly..

August 18, 2011 at 4:44 pm
(280) ERIC says:

Well, it happened again. After fixing the the rear brake line from rusting out, now the brake line for the left front, at the ABS module decides to piss all over the transfer case.
Luckily I was on the street where I live coming to a stop at the mail boxes. Had I been out on the highway, I would have become a statistic. And maybe taken a few other people with me! I’m glad the parking brake works or I would have crashed into my house.
All the lines going to the ABS module are rotted. GM should have started using plastic coated lines a decade ago, when the DOT started to use liquid salt on the roads.
Dealer estimates it will cost nearly $1000, because it is mostly all time consuming labor.
We the consumers are Bending Over for GM . . AGAIN!
I believe the new GM pickups are now using the plastic coated lines. FORD has been using them for years.
So, Dr. Ben Dover aka GM says – “pony-up” $1 grande.
So, whose check is in the mail??

August 18, 2011 at 6:59 pm
(281) lefty brown says:

brought truck new in 2003
within 2 years had to have all 4 rotors replaced
one day pulling a boat behind the rear
brake line burst,replaced that complete line
got to looking around and they all need change
truck is 5 years old at this point.
this is totally unacceptable on the almighty
GM. to be using lesser grade brake lines.

August 18, 2011 at 11:34 pm
(282) raynman says:

I have a 00 silverado reg cab(pos) that failed to stop going into my driveway .After i got my truck back out of the fence (took out 4 posts) i got underneath and found a big puddle of brake fluid under the drivers side. Checked further and found a broken brake line in front of abs block at a plastic clip on the frame.Tried to undue the nut at the abs block and it feels l
like its welded on.Any suggestions be sides a match.Wheres Ralph Nader when you need him!!!!


August 20, 2011 at 10:12 am
(283) Richard says:

I have never had brake line problems in trucks before unless they were 20 plus years old. This year however, I blew my front brake line in my 99 Suburban CK 1500 4×4, luckily I was still in my driveway and no damage. The body on this SUV is in good shape but everything else is crap. Main bearing on the crank, radiator x2, water pump, coil, dist cap x2, starter, calipers, drums, head seal x3 and the list goes on. Maybe I just got a bad one. Then about two weeks ago I was driving a buddies 2000 GMC 2500HD 4×4 in a parking lot and blew a front brake line on that one too! Twice in three months? No question, the brake lines on these trucks are crap.

August 20, 2011 at 11:15 am
(284) Mike says:

I have a 1995 Chevy Silverado and it only has 120000 miles on it. I noticed my brake pedal getting really soft and going almost to the floor before stopping. I checked the reservoir and refilled it. Luckily I was just around town when I noticed my brake pedal doing the same thing again. I went around my truck checking brake lines and noticed fluid pouring out of the brake line over my gas tank. Luckily I wasn’t out on the interstate or needed to stop suddenly in an emergency situation!

August 20, 2011 at 1:13 pm
(285) Theo says:

GM’s new excuse Aug 19, 2011 (Reuters)GM is seeking to dismiss a lawsuit over suspension problems on more than 400,000 Impalas from the 2007 and 2008 model years, saying it should not be responsible for repairs because the flaw predated its BANKRUPTCY.
The case is Trusky v General Motors Co, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, No. 11-12815.
So if you have any warranty from what they call the Old GM, you are SOL.
Thanks again GM here I come FORD. My brake lines were finally fixed this week by my repairshop. (2003 Chevy Silverado)Feel save again no thanks to GM.

August 20, 2011 at 1:47 pm
(286) Theo says:

Just drove the company truck to check something in the plant. What failed catastrophically. THE BRAKES. No brakes at all (2002) Chevy Silverado 2500HD (19214 Miles on it) Glad the Speed limit is 15 mph.

August 20, 2011 at 8:58 pm
(287) Jim says:

2000 Chevy Impala and I was surprised when I lost my brakes all of a sudden. Never imagined I would have a brake line rust out with 11 years of service. The fuel line looks just as bad.

August 21, 2011 at 3:09 pm
(288) sierra says:

I just lost my brakes while towing my boat with my wife and kids in the truck, almost rear ended a tractor trailer, was able to swing around him inside a tunnel on the PA Turnpike. It could have been real bad. Now I need to replace them all because I do not trust the rest of the rusted out lines.

August 22, 2011 at 1:28 pm
(289) Gary H says:

I have a 2002 GMC Sierra 2500HD. Rarely driven in areas where they use significant road salt (principally central and south New Jersey). I have had two brake lines fail from corrosion near the brackets and ABS accumulator under the drivers door. After the second line went, I decided to replace all of them.

August 22, 2011 at 2:27 pm
(290) SoutherCross says:

2000 Silverado, ext. cab. last weekend, pulling boat out of water, stepped on break pedal to release parking break, break pedal went through the floor. left rear break line bursted. Two years ago, complete rust through of driver side lower panel side of extended cab.

30 year loyal GM buyer…never again !

August 22, 2011 at 6:02 pm
(291) Michael Samson says:

2001 GMC Sierra extended cab. Babied this vehicle, only 80 miles and now brake line leaking and all lines rusted. This is a huge problem for GM and should be addressed. Only lucky that I put fluid in before brakes failed with family in the truck.

August 23, 2011 at 5:02 pm
(292) Mike says:

My 2002 Chevy Duramax has been driving me nuts with the brake and fuel lines rusting out lost brakes 2x fuel lines need to be replaced now getting ready to buy a Ford Chevy needs to do something about this and by the way you better be sitting down when you get the price on GM fuel lines.Not a happy camper

August 24, 2011 at 11:07 am
(293) Rick says:

99 silverado ls 2500 4×4, bought new, brake line feeding rear popped last week pulling 5th wheel, lucky wasn’t going very fast, all brake lines are rusted out as well as rockers, and I keep salt sprayed off in winter, rest of body in great shape, will buy Ford next time.

August 24, 2011 at 11:52 am
(294) Ed Lynch says:

I just had my brakline rot out on my 03 ford f 350 called ford and they don’t even carry the part anymore they told me to make my own. I also had to spend $3200.00 about a year ago because my oil pan rotted out and had to pull the motor out just to replace the oil pan?? I would love to meet the engineers that designed this garbage and my oil dip stick sleeve rotted at the same time as my oil pan ford charded me $80.00 for a new one that already looks like its 10 yeas old? It’s clear to me that they are using the cheapest material on these $60,000 trucks so they can make a killing on parts. I never thought i would say this but Ford really does SUCK! Not to mention i had to do upper and lower ball joints on it at 25,000 miles truck only has 52,000 on it now

August 24, 2011 at 8:04 pm
(295) Al-2 says:

Not buying the Northeast road conditions as the cause of brake line failure. Two lines running parrallel to one and other, one corroded to hell, the other looks brand new. Under carriage looks as though it was dragged through the Atlantic Ocean. I have been fighting brake problems on my 2001 Suburban for several years, this year it failed the State inspection for weeping brake lines. Last spring my other half was sitting at a stop and low behold the pedal went to the floor. Forunately she got it stopped without hitting anything. Right rear line blew ! Right now I’m in the process of dropping the fuel tank to replace all the lines. Inferior metal materials is the problem, and all the manufacturers should be responsible ! For the money they get, they could spend a few cents more on basic mechanical issues.

August 25, 2011 at 12:18 pm
(296) Jed Moskwa says:

I have a 2002 Silverado and have had nothing but problems with corrosion on many parts. I have less than 50 K Miles on it and have had to replace, all 4 brake rotors twice, 2 sets of tailgate straps, tailgate latch rods all from the metal flaking off and breaking.
Now I have a rusted thru rear break line and the steel wheels are so badly rusted they leak air around the valve stems. If you get under the truck and look how badly rusted the frame and other metal parts are you would never beleive its only 8 years old.
I will never buy another GM product, the company should use a better grade of iron and steel in there products.

August 25, 2011 at 3:07 pm
(297) darrel moore says:

I have a 2000 chevy k2500. Just found a leaky brake line located at the bend on left rear where the rubber line and steel line connects. The leak is on the steel line. I see where there is an investigation on this matter. So do i fix it or wait till maybe a recall. I dont drive it that much.

August 25, 2011 at 9:57 pm
(298) bill hunt says:

2000 chevy truck complete brake failure due to rusted out lines. all of them

August 26, 2011 at 1:08 pm
(299) Dale says:

I have a 2002 Chev. 2500 HD. I was towing my travel trailer for S. Carolina to New York. I was in N.Carolina
when I came to an intersection. Iwent to stop and my
pedel went to the floor. If it was not for the trailer brakes
slowing me down my accdent could have been a lot
worse. That was in 2008. This year the rest of the brake
line were rotted out. Good old US steel Ha Ha

August 26, 2011 at 1:44 pm
(300) Ernest Baksa says:

I have a 99 GMC 4WD Sierra & live in Michigan. Just this wk. as I was backing my boat trailer into the water my brake peddle went to the floor.. luckily I still had it in drive so I saved my truck from going all the way into the water. I pulled out immediately & was just able to park. Exactly as everyone else here has posted the brake line was leaking underneath the drivers side between the ABS & master cly. The 4 lines clamped together was severly rusted through and needs to be replaced. I have never seen this severe rust problem in my life!! Needless to say this ruined my vacation. Had to be towed 100 miles back home & can’t drive. Would like to be updated on GM’s recall…

August 27, 2011 at 1:34 pm
(301) Dave says:

I own a 1998 silverado with 95,000 miles. I was getting ready to enter a busy intersection when with no warning my brake pedal went to the floor. The only thing that kept me from hitting the car in front of me was because it was an uphill grade. The brake line blew out because or rust. My wife and I have owned chevy vehicles for thirty plus years but I will never buy another one. General motors uses cheap parts but they charge you a high price. I have a friend who worked in research and development for a certain auto manufacturer. He said that all of the auto makers disassembles the competitors vehicles to see how well they are built. Can you guess who makes the cheapest?

August 28, 2011 at 2:09 pm
(302) Anthony Catoe says:

I have 2004 chevy 2500hd 8.0 gas. The rear brake lines have just rusted through. 105000 miles. I was almost in a deadly accident when my pedal went to the floor. Turns out the whole underside of this vehicle is rusting out including all the brake components. I have to re[lace all the brake lines as well. Last year they were all fine then they just completely got ate up with rust. American manufacturers have to do better than this. Guess someone will have to die to get this fixed.

August 28, 2011 at 3:51 pm
(303) norb kendall says:

I had a brake line failure in my 2000 gmc 61000 miles in my drive way I got stopped the lines under the driver door was rusted thru. I have this in a shop to be repaired this is a major problem my son has a 2003 silverado and I looked at his brake lines and they are the same way is gm going to wait for people to be killed because these brakes will fail real soon. I will never buy a gm product anymore. Toyota knows how to take care of there customers.

August 28, 2011 at 10:54 pm
(304) Anthony Catoe says:

I have a 2004 2500 chevy hd crew cab that all of a sudden is rusted to the gills underneath. I just finished replacing the rear brakes completely, they were one big rust ball. Started bleeding the brakes and the rear line blew right over the gas tank. All of this came about after a near fatal 6 car pile up when my brakes failed. No one hurt but it is only a matter of time.
This all really stinks of salvaged recycled metal for fabrication. Thank you china and thanks Chevy. It wont happen to me again. Chevy, champagne truck built on a beer budget. Where did America go?

August 29, 2011 at 1:17 pm
(305) Terry K says:

2001 GMC Yukon XL (Mexican made). Had the brake line for rear wheels rust through above drivers rear wheel. Wife managed to get it home safely. Rest of the vehicle shows significant body rust on lower quarters and frame. Its weird, I keep the vehicle extremely clean, washing under body etc, but its like the whole vehicle has been constantly bathed in salt! I live in Northern Alberta Canada where salt is used, but not to the extent to which it is used in eastern Canada and US.

August 29, 2011 at 6:45 pm
(306) richn says:

1999 sierra low miles not driven in snow often brake lines failed two places am replacing with new can not patch for lines in bad shape.

August 30, 2011 at 2:18 am
(307) J. Hyde says:

This stuff it is pretty spot on. I have a gas leak due to a corroded and rusty fuel line, wile I was inspecting the leak I also found that all the brake lines are very rusty and so is the frame etc. the truck is only ten years old. real nice, my biggest bitch is these lines should have been made out of stainless steel. but then again the whole vehicle is cheaply made. to save a tenth of a cent. good luck with trying to sue gm — the big wig bald execs couldn’t care less, in the end were the ones that pay the price some of us with our lives because of this issue. I will be changing the brake lines next weekend. then truck goes up for sale and that is it for gm products — absolute crap! too bad, gm used to be a really good manufacture of vehicles.

August 30, 2011 at 6:20 am
(308) Bill Vallentine says:

my 2003 Chevrolet Suburban had a complete hydraulic brake failure due to badly corroded hydraulic steel brake lines.
Dealer advises that all lines be replaced.

August 30, 2011 at 8:27 am
(309) BrianT says:

My 2003 Chevy duramax just had total brake line failure. Service shop told me the rear line had rusted through some time ago and I’ve been running on just the front brakes. The front lines blew last weekend. Luckily I didn’t hit anything. This is the last GM vehicle I’ll ever own, for the money I paid for this truck it should have had SS brake lines.
Underneath the truck it looks like a 30 yr. old truck. Severe rust everywhere. More government motors junk that they claim is the best?? My next truck will be a Ford or Toyota.

August 30, 2011 at 8:42 am
(310) Mark P in PA says:

My 1999 LS Silverado developed a leak in the brake line from the ABS Module to the right front, along the frame under the driver. Almost all the lines are severely rusted. I was lucky to find the leak in my driveway. Can’t trust the rest of the lines. Looking to replace them all with SS.

August 30, 2011 at 6:26 pm
(311) Chris B says:

03 Avalanche – had a busted line and the dealer pulled the threads out of both modules. ended up costing me $4100 to replace modules and all lines. 8 months I noticed a leak, took it in today and they said they never had a work order to change the rear lines and now want $2700 more for the rear lines.

August 30, 2011 at 7:15 pm
(312) madi hill says:

add me to the long list. I have a 2003 Suburban 2500 approx 90,000miles, all my braaklines are rusted & one of them just burst today. Luckily I was local and limped home using the emergency break.

August 30, 2011 at 8:44 pm
(313) Leonard C says:

2001 Chevy Silverado 5.3 V8 Extended cab. Total brake failure. two of the four brake lines rusted just under drivers side floorboard blew out all of the fluid with my wife driving. Luckily no accidents or major issues. A week earlier, with a 7500lb camper behind it may have been a totally different outcome. Generate a recall and get this fixed before Chevrolet kills someone!!!! Maybe its time to go Ford or Foreign!

August 31, 2011 at 12:28 am
(314) Jay says:

I have a 2002 Sierra Denali. I have this same problem with the brake lines rotting and leaking brake fluid. I was pulling my trailer when it happen and had no brakes. It was the front passenger side . So I replaced that line only to have another one leak. So I changed them all. My truck is starting to rust bad frame, lines and rocker panels both sides. I hope gm man up to this rust problem.

August 31, 2011 at 12:42 pm
(315) Ben says:

My 2002 Silverado has had the rotors replaced twice because the coating came off of them. The brake lines will have to be replaced because of corrision. I do not live in salt country. I only have 85000 miles on vehicle.

August 31, 2011 at 1:35 pm
(316) johnmn says:

2000 Silverado; now at 245k miles. So far replaced one fuel line, two tranny cooling lines, and a brake line due to leaking. Mechanic told me a year ago that all my lines are corroded. I’ve found that it is pretty ugly under there, especially after only 10 or 11 years. I always spray under my truck in the winter to try to remove salt.

Real annoyance for me has been complete rear brake replacement three times due to parking brake design issues.

August 31, 2011 at 8:41 pm
(317) Steve says:

Brake line just blew in my 2002 Silverado 1500. Left rear wheel area, upon further inspection I discover it is the line that goes the length of the frame on the drivers side to the ABS control unit. I treat my truck like a baby, is always clean and I powerwash the undercarriage to prevent this kind of crap. Truck just turned 100,000 miles but the bulk of that is highway, and the truck has spent almost four years in Florida. RIDICULOUS CHEVROLET!!!!! YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED. I have a 1986 K-10 and it has the original lines. I should have seen it coming because I just did brake lines on my brothers 2000 Silverado, but he doesn’t treat his like I do mine. Especially what you pay for a truck now.

September 1, 2011 at 7:28 pm
(318) paul says:

have 2003 silverado w/t 4 x4 steel line to abs failed ,front brake hose failed,all brake lines very rusted, replaced rear shackles,front hub brg sudden failure,heater fire ( blower wiring) both chrome bumpers rust thru,frame has server rust all this in 70K pampered and garage kept (heated)miles. Going to replace it with a real truck 1969 chevy C-10 ( back when they gave a crap) old is good.

September 1, 2011 at 9:37 pm
(319) Ernie says:

Iam # 300 on this forum posting, after useing two 25′ rolls 1/4 brake tubeing and several boxs of 7/16 and 1/2″ fittings, a good hand bender I was able to do what I thought was impossable. the price of the parts was about $70.00, from your local auto parts store, I had the bender. and a good three days of labor. back on the road, oh ya, the gas filter and lines are the next project, severe rust there too.

September 3, 2011 at 1:42 pm
(320) David says:

I have a 2003 Chevy Silverado 2500 Hd. I was in my driveway backing up when the truck stopped so suddenly I thought I backed into something. There was nothing around me. I left my door open pressed on the brake pedal, which went right to the floor, and saw fluid squirt from beneath me. The brake lines were packed with rust you’d think the truck sat in salt water. I replaced 3 lines, but the forth line burst while bleeding the brakes. The truck took 40 feet of brake line. Thank God I wasn’t driving when the brakes failed. Can anyone tell me why the distribution valve in the middle of the truck and not under the hood. That thing is badly rusted also.

Now, the truck won’t start in a parking lot and I had to have it towed for $300 to a garage. The shift indicator says it’s in 2nd gear. What the hell is going on with Chevy? You try to buy American, but when outright design and parts flaws crop up as much as it has, this makes me think I may have to switch.

September 3, 2011 at 1:59 pm
(321) Robert Landrum says:

I have a 1999 GMC 1500 4WD it has been a great truck until I lost a right rear caliper, when bleeding after it was replaced a brake line started spraying and wow ! what a shock to find the brake lines under the truck were all but rusted away. in the process now of replacing all the lines What a pain ! never had a 10 year old machine with brake lines that looked this bad, last car I had was 1985 Monte Carlo that I kept for 19 years and no problems.

September 4, 2011 at 7:44 pm
(322) mike says:

I Own a 2001 Silverado and the lines are very badly rusted and my daughter owns a 1999 Chevy Malibu that just had all 4 rusted brake lines replaced at her cost, over $1000, and her old car a 1997 Chevy Cavalier was also sold due to leaking brake lines due to severe rust, After being A Chevy guy for my entire life I can say now I am done with GM.

September 4, 2011 at 10:06 pm
(323) Ray says:

Same issue same place. Right at driver door on a 2002 avalanche. Just got it 4 mths ago. Bought it from father in law because I didn’t trust my 02 ram w my children in it. It had over 100k on it so I bought his with 60 k on it. I never had to worry about the brakes working on it. I am going to try to repair the lines by cutting out the rusted part and replacing the lines. I’ll prob trade it in on another ram. Thanks GM for caring
About your coustomers

September 5, 2011 at 9:55 am
(324) Gary says:

2002 chevy Silverado, just blew a rear brake line and luckily I got it stopped. What BS.

September 5, 2011 at 3:41 pm
(325) John says:

Looks like it’s started. Had one rear brake line replaced on my 98 Jimmy two weeks ago, after it blew out taking half my brakes with it. Now I’ve got leaks in both the transmission cooler lines. There is something WRONG with the material being used in these lines.

September 5, 2011 at 9:07 pm
(326) Sam says:

I have a 1999 Chevy Silverado,wherehas last month I had a catastrophic brake failure and due to that I was involved in an accident,I rear ended another vehicle at a stop light,my brake lines busted at the junction on the box,where all the lines come out (as I was told by a mechanic),also,the undercarriage is rusted out,plus above the rear wheels,I have had many cars in my lifetime and this was the first time that I experienced brake line failure, I have called GM Canada with no results and help.

September 6, 2011 at 9:51 pm
(327) curt smith says:

While pullng my camper brake pedal got alittle mushy when trying to turn into camp ground brake pedal went to floor .I got stop with E brake had little or no brake fluid . I started looking under truck for leaks line under driver side rusted and busted .This is on a 2003 Chevy SILVERADO HD2500 feel lucky no one got hurt .

September 6, 2011 at 9:51 pm
(328) Kyle Williams says:

Just got home from a trip that included a trip up and back down the auto road on Mt Washington in N.H. I’m considering myself lucky. Pulled in my driveway after getting home from the trip and decided I needed to go to the store to pick up a couple things. At the end of my driveway, the brakes went to the floor. Backed in and took a look, brake fluid all over, looks like a rear brake line rusted through. Will look at it closer tomorrow. But at least it didn’t happen while I was going down the auto road on Mt Washington.

September 9, 2011 at 6:27 pm
(329) mike says:

i have a brake failure in my 1999 2500 silverado ext cab 8ft bed. i noticed the brake pedal getting low then i when straight to the floor. upon inspection i was surpise to find out that all the brakelines are rotted out.. this is a costy fix to me $450.00 along with the exaust manifold bolts braking in the head… Gm should pay the expense !!!!! NOT ME

September 9, 2011 at 7:52 pm
(330) craig says:

yes I bought my 1999 chevy 1500 2/14/11 and my brake line just rotted off. How in Gods name can you hand bend the line 180 degrees in that tight spot to get into that module? I have been GM my hole life, but I am going to fix it, and trade it for a different product. I also have a 1995 1500 in my driveway ripped apart because of fuel pump failure and yes lines have to be replaced all the way to the throttle body. GM EXECTS. I HOPE YOU READ THIS. I’M DONE!!!

September 10, 2011 at 11:29 am
(331) Julie says:

Just filed a complaint for total brake failure with no warning on my 2003 2500HD… this truck has been nothing but problems… 2005 – speedometer cluster failed twice, glow plugs replaced, 2007 – blower fan resister caught fire while driving down the road, 2009 pump in transfer case wearing through case, rear seal failed, replaced yoke and front half of case, 2010 both power window motors failed. I own a 98 Toyota Camry with over 250K miles and it does not have the rust or corrosion on any lines like the Chevy does, the underneath has rust everywhere!

September 10, 2011 at 2:33 pm
(332) Mark H says:

I have also had a problem with my brake lines. One blew and all are extremely rusted.

September 11, 2011 at 9:56 am
(333) Wooly says:

1995 GMC Sierra K2500, 8600GVW

Drivers side rear brake line failed, had been rubbing on spring mounting bracket. On inspection, found passenger side rubbing on same place.

After 250000 Kms disconcerting but not unexpected.

September 11, 2011 at 3:05 pm
(334) Turbopower6 says:

Just one more rusted / busted steel brake line on a 1996 K2500 Suburban Diesel! This line blew out coming to an intersection at 35 mph. As we tried to stop the pedal hits the floor and we sail right through the stop sign. Fortunately, no one was in the way as we would never have been able to stop in time before hitting them or their vehicle.
I am guessing that Government Motors will do nothing because they have the best interest and well being of their boy in the White House, Barry.. eh… hmmn… Barack more in mind than their former truck/SUV customers. We can only hope that those government Suburban and Tahoe drivers experience what we did. One thing is for sure….we are going to continue buying and driving large SUV’s (not GM) since those little pukey Hybrids could not tow an express wagon.

September 11, 2011 at 7:17 pm
(335) TONY BRADLEY says:

I own a 2005 Siliverado and I had in undercoated when it was new. now is has rush all over the under carriage and the break line are in bad shape too.

September 12, 2011 at 8:10 am
(336) robert morgan says:

We just had our brake line replaced on our 2003 Yukon due to corrosion. Fortunately we were at a drive in bank across the street from our dealer when the brake warning light went on. Fortunately we were able to limp across to the dealer, parked the Yukon and watched it bleed all over the ground. Total repair tab. $1500. Thank God we were not on a superhighway which we travel about twice a week. Since i could never trust this truck again I traded it in.

September 12, 2011 at 1:51 pm
(337) Jim W says:

2003 Astrovan, ditto, ditto, ditto

September 12, 2011 at 4:06 pm
(338) Tom says:

My 1999 GMC Suburban 1500 SLT brake line to left front wheel just burst due to corrosion. Trying to find a replacement now

September 13, 2011 at 8:57 am
(339) GeoM says:

1999 GMC Surburban. In May 2011, rear brake line blew at rear axle — no warning, just pedal went to floor as approaching intersection. Line was corroded through. Two nights ago, front right brake line blew in center over frame — much more exciting than rear failure. Checking all other lines for severe corrosion. My 1997 Honda brake lines look like new.

September 13, 2011 at 9:08 am
(340) Dan G says:

99 Silverado ext cab 4×4. Complete underbody rust. Rear brake line blew out big time, right near the rusted bracket. So much rust I don’t know how to repair myself so I’ll take it in.

September 13, 2011 at 10:52 am
(341) Rich C says:

1999 GMC K3500…. blew the line on driver’s rear…. all lines look like hell though

September 13, 2011 at 7:10 pm
(342) Joe Trout says:

1998 Chev trucks should be included in the brake lines rusted situation. I have already done one repair on the left rear line from the fuel tank to the wheel cylinder. Now my fathers silverado has a blown blake line in the front in front of the tank and when I looked at it all the lines are rusted very badly. I am going to have to replace them all. I quess when I get that done I should look at the rusted fuel lines. There needs to be a recall before people start getting killed. This truck is one year before and 1 state below the “corrosion states”
Screwed in NJ
Joe Jr.

September 14, 2011 at 8:59 am
(343) Richy says:

I’ve worked on cars for 35 years, I’ve replaced maybe two brake lines on my cars, mostly the rubber lines to the calipers. I’ve never seen a mess like this that I witnessed on my 2002 Suburban, how this can be ignored, I don’t know. This is NOT normal. Maybe on a 20 year old vehicle, but not an 8-9 year old vehicle.

My lines are rotted, and rust is a poor choice of a word to describe this mess. It’s like they ground up old FIATS, melted the steel and made GM truck brake lines out of them. GM states that the vehicle can still be stopped safely with a bad line. I disagree, if a line fails on a 2.5 ton truck, it’s hard to stop if not at all.

The Feds should open up the hoods of some of these trucks and actually look, how they can turn a blind eye is beyond me.. These trucks are unsafe and 2 ton missiles waiting to plow into unsuspecting motorists when they fail. Salt is no excuse, this isn’t happening on any other brand vehicle less than 10 years old.

September 14, 2011 at 11:24 am
(344) Michael says:

First let me say we have had 4 Suburbans & 2 2500 pickups and my 2004 is by far the best of the bunch. Use it for hauling horses 90% of the time & it spends winters in SC. Brakes were fine on Saturday and went to move it closer to the barn Sunday night and had total brake failure. Was able to get it to the mechanic and was informed the brake lines had rusted through. Just glad it happened on the farm instead of goint 75mph down the highway with a trailer full of horses.

September 14, 2011 at 2:37 pm
(345) Kevin M says:

I am one of those complainants. My tucks first set of rotors were rotted out before 12k miles. My first blowout of a brake hardline was <4yrs. Whole system replaced at 6yrs due to multiple rot spots all around ABS module. Frame has been cleaned and coated 2 times and still rotting at fast rate. I have a 79 bronco sitting in driveway next to the Silverado that has very little frame rust and original brake hard lines with 150k+ on it. GM has admitted in court that they only produce coatings to last 1 year. They do nothing for environmental corrosion (like there would be another reason). And the brake line issue is a material one. I replaced mine with Conifer tubing and I never need to worry about my family being hurt due to a brake line rupture.

September 14, 2011 at 8:33 pm
(346) B.C. says:

just lost the line going to the rear today… whoosh! pedal to the floor with 8 tons in tow. trailer brakes and the o1 3500 silverado’s e-brake saved what could have been a bad situation. this seems to be a hot topic on the net. to all out there on the road, make sure that e brake is functioning properly cause you never know…

September 14, 2011 at 9:15 pm
(347) will says:

I have had cars for over 30 years without the experience of a rusted brake line catostrophic brake failure. athese lines are made of crap steel. My brakes failed leaving my driveway.

Thank ngod not on the highway. Time for GM to buck up !!!.

I will be bending my own lines using stainless.

Never have there been failures like this.

NTSB should set an example. They won’t of course. We wouldn’t want to burden a car company we bailed out
since they are in recovery mode eh NTSB.

September 15, 2011 at 1:36 am
(348) Mike says:

I just had the left rear brake line fail on my 01 silverado 1500 2wd. I had almost no brakes going down a steep twisting hill in the rain, went down in 2nd gear. I also had to replace the rear leaf spring shackles, they disintegrated from the rust. My mechanic says it is a problem with all the gm trucks, they are using cheaper lower grade imported steel. The new saline solutions they use on the road are murder on metal and gets into places that salt never got into. This sucks, it is rotting away like a 70′s ford.

September 15, 2011 at 9:53 am
(349) Dan says:

I have a 2000 silverado 1500 4×4 and have had all brake lines replaced,the dust covers on rear brakes have rusted off, replaced both rockerpanels,both shackles that hold the rear leaf springs rusted and the leaf springs went up through the bed of my truck leaving two nice holes in my bed. I’ve noticed both cab corners have rusted through and over the rear wheel wells have started to bubble up. Like others have said the undercarraige looks like its a 50 year old truck.GM needs to step up and make things right.

September 16, 2011 at 10:44 am
(350) Jamie says:

Just took our 2001 Silverado in for service due to a brake line leaking. Got a call from the servicer that in addition to the one that is leaking, the other 3 brake lines are suffering from heavy corrosion. We live in Ky. Not an area for heavy salting of roads.
We purchased the truck new in 2001 and it has less than 80,000 miles.
I am SO done with Chevy. This truck has been just one thing after another as soon as the warranty ran out. All due to design and engineering flaws.

September 16, 2011 at 1:03 pm
(351) wally says:

This is my second time in two years that I had a brake failure due to corroded lines. Changing them all this time!

September 16, 2011 at 7:26 pm
(352) Marc Jenkintown PA says:

I own a 1997 Chevy G3500 Van brake lines started leaking around June of 2009 didn’t realize it was brake lines until Oct. when one of my techs was driving truck and stated brake pedal was touching the floor. Thank God he made it back to shop with out incident. Lines from master to abs booster pump and pump to front wheels rusted and needed replacement.

September 16, 2011 at 9:56 pm
(353) Chuck says:

1995 Tahoe front brake line (ABS unit to front right wheel) failed due to rust last summer. Big job since radiator and fan have o be removed… line has multiple precise bends.

Today…2000 Suburban 2500 front brake line (ABS unit to front right wheel) failed due to rust. 80K miles and garage kept.

I have a 69 Olds 88 with brake lines that look factory new…go figure…technology has gone backwards

Brakes are not something GM should be trying to save $$ on! Just a thought.

September 17, 2011 at 1:28 am
(354) Ben says:

I have a 2000 silverado 4×4,came to a four way stop,brake line failed.second one this year.will have to get all replaced this time.The lines are all rusted

September 18, 2011 at 5:44 pm
(355) laurie ambrose says:

I have a 2001 chevy 2500 silverado. at 100,000 miles the brakes total rust out, coming back from the store, could not stop, was in a state a panic. something needs to be done.

September 18, 2011 at 10:32 pm
(356) Don D says:

My 03 Avalanche lost a brake line in 09 while towing a boat with my wife and 3 kids in the car. Very scary experience but was able to stop safely due mostly to luck. Wrote a lengthy letter to GM with pictures. Only asked for replacement of other rusted brake lines. Nothing else; not even the tow. They didn’t even have the decency to answer my letter. When I called to follow it up, they told me that it’s out of warranty, so too bad. Too bad because I like thier products and now I feel like a chump.

September 19, 2011 at 9:09 am
(357) JOE says:

Bought new in 2005 a GMC 25 HD Serra. This was my 3rd
GMC truck and will be my last. Since I have had this truck I have had so many problems with the corrosion and rust that the dealership hates to see me coming. Have had thousands of dollars of parts replaced. Some were under warrenty and a lot were out of pocket. The last problem was just on Set. 9th. The break lines let go and I rolled out into traffic from a small hill from a shopping plaza. That little fix was going to be anothe $1800, but the dealership did give me break. They let me see the condition of the underside of the truck and it was worst then I expected. The funny thing about ,this even if there is anything funny, is the body looks just like new because it has been really taken care of. I have been in touch with GM several times and recevied no breaks from them. In the last 5 years or so, it’s like customer service means nothing to them. It was my dealership that was more help. I don’t know, maybe it was the 7th vehicle that I bought off them. All I can say is GM TRUCK OWNERS–BEWARE OF RUST & CORROSION

September 21, 2011 at 2:39 pm
(358) CARL Rodeheaver says:

My gas tank straps rusted through ,the rusted strap rubbed the drive shaft leaving a big grove in it .had to lay in snow and water to put a rachet strap to hold the tank from falling off ,I was 170 miles from home. when I got home I made two stainless straps to fix GM”S high quality junk straps.

September 21, 2011 at 3:22 pm
(359) BP says:

I have a 2003 GMC 2500HD for weekend towing and errands. The truck is not rusty. Last year, at 58,000 miles I blew the break lines while returning from the hardware store. Completely rusted through. My mechanic replaced all the lines because they were all corroded. Cost to me was over $800. He stated “they must have been made of cheap metal because he is seeing this on multiple GM pick-ups from this period.” He further stated that in his 30 years as a mechanic, he has never seen this happen to so many late model vehicles in such good condition.

September 21, 2011 at 10:31 pm
(360) Dave (in NE PA) says:

Have a 94 Silverado and brake pedal went to floor on me a few years ago when rear brake line failed along bed frame. Tonight the same thing happened (front line this time) to my wife while driving our 2 young daughters. They almost took out a nice buck, but luckily nobody was hurt and they made it home safely.

September 22, 2011 at 7:46 am
(361) Joe Minnichbach says:

It started with corrosion on my wheel hubs which caused my ABS sensors to kick in at low speeds. GM says they fixed it, but the corrosion keeps coming back.

All of the brake lines on my 2001 GMC Sierra are corroded with rust flaking off the steel brake lines. A hole appeared in my passenger side brake line causing the brake pedal to go all the way to the floor. Stainless steel lines would have helped.

September 22, 2011 at 2:15 pm
(362) g e says:

It actually goes back to 1992 truck models. There is a spot along the frame rail by the gas tank that collects crap and rusts out the brake line in one spot. Piss poor design over and over. SOS. My dads 2003 GMC truck has had the master cylinder go out twice now. Crap on crap. Now my 2002 Olds Silhouette van has a brake line rusted out and I bet it is in the same spot as the 6 million other vans. It probably would have cost GM another 2 cents to route the line correctly but noooooo, save that $$$$ screw the customer.

September 22, 2011 at 2:47 pm
(363) John in CT says:

Brake lines started rusting away on my 99 Sierra after 80000 miles. They are junk. Anyone who says this is normal (even in Northeast) does not know what they are talking about. Not to mention rusted rocker panels and rear shock mounts. I am 59 yrs old, have owned dozens and dozens of vehicles, I have never had a truck rot like this.

September 22, 2011 at 11:46 pm
(364) John says:

1999 Silverado 1500, 4wd, ext. cab, new body style.
Brake line(s) ruptured in 2005 – rusted through. No crash, but a near-miss. Had a cab-full of passengers. Very scary. Replaced all brake lines @ a Chevy dealership.
Two weeks ago (Sept. 2011), the brake line(s) failed again – rusted through. No crash. No passengers.
…………………. Very lucky – twice! ………………………
Disappointing that Chevrolet hasn’t stepped forward – sure would go a long way to restoring trust.

September 23, 2011 at 10:49 am
(365) Ben Duncan says:

I’ve got a 2000 GMC Sierra 4WD extended cab and luckily while changing rotors and pads lastnight found out I have a pin hole in one of the corroded lines. All of ther brake lines on my truck are severely corroded. This is the 4th GMC i’ve owned and by far the worst I’ve ever seen. I’ve never moved from the area so the enviroment has been consistant.

September 24, 2011 at 9:54 am
(366) Ron Levy says:

2003 Yukon Denali, total failure of brakes, all break lines severely corroded. lucky no one was hurt or killed. Can’t even drive the truck to get repaired, will have to be towed. Can only imagine what this repair will cost.

September 24, 2011 at 2:46 pm
(367) Fred says:

2000 Yukon SLT – NO warning lights, just one day I was driving down the road and when I tried to use the brakes, the pedal went to the floor. I was able to stop the vehicle but the stopping distance was so long that I ran through an intersection and had to make a sharp right turn to avoid going into traffic lanes.

Dealer told me the aluminum brake lines were corroded so bad that they ruptured.

Why does GM use aluminum brake lines and then run them along a steel frame on the underside of the vehicle where they can get wet?

Any boater knows that putting to different metals together in a place where they can get wet will cause electro-chemical corrosion of the weaker metal. Thats why boats use zinc and zluminum as sacrificial metals to protect the engines from corrosion.

This is definitely a design flaw and there should be a recall and reimbursement.

September 25, 2011 at 10:52 am
(368) Randy Jones says:

This doesn’t just impact GM’s trucks. I got in my Impala last week and fortunately felt something funny in the brake pedal prior to moving the car. The line to the passenger side started leaking. I looked under the car and every line is heavily corroded.

September 25, 2011 at 9:55 pm
(369) Tod says:

I was leaving work the other day and noticed a puddle under the driver side door. The brake line had literally just rusted to the point it started leaking. After inspection I decided to replace all the brake lines. While shopping for brake lines I found this webpage. Filing my complaint in the morning. My mechanic believes the plastic clips holding the lines is trapping water and moisture keeping the lines wet.

September 26, 2011 at 11:15 am
(370) GM says:

My 2002 GMC Sierra Denali has severely rusted out brake lines. One, L/Rear line has ruptured. The whole undercarriage looks like it’s 40 years old. Also, all of my previous brake jobs had severely delaminated brake rotors due to rust and stuck calipers. The emergency brake was almost unusable.

September 26, 2011 at 1:15 pm
(371) Mark Nelson says:

I have a 2004 Chev Suburban with 95k on it. Backing my snowmobile trailer up Sat. Night and pedal goes to the floor, lots of chimes, dash indicator says service brakes. Left it there, in the morning huge puddle under it coming out near the ABS unit.

Summit Racing sells a pre-bent stainless steel kit for $298. Anyone have any expereince with these? CT1190-SS for mine, special order from Summit.

Based on the comments on this website, it seems like patching isn’t a viable solution.

September 27, 2011 at 9:55 am
(372) Virgil says:

2004 Sierra, 63,987 mi., brake failure from rusted brake lines. Sixth time brakes have required major repairs, as well as steering shaft and gear replaced, all chrome trim replaced, fuel pump sending unit at tank and all four doors had hem flange repairs, all from rust. GM and dealership (Darlings in Ellsworth, Maine) have fixed before but dragging feet this time. Estimate $3000. +/- to fix.
“Your vehicle was designed and built to resist corrosion.” says the Warranty and Owners Assistance Information.
You wouldn’t know it by looking under this $33,000. truck. The underside is a rusting mess. Owners Beware, look at the underside of your truck and then call GM.

September 27, 2011 at 8:14 pm
(373) Brandon says:

My brakes blew out a few months ago, we replaced every line on the vehicle and the brakes still aren’t quite right. Shortly after the brakes being replaced, the gas tank fell off while driving on a rather smooth road. The mechanic said it was caused by rusted straps on the gas tank (obviously), but Ford had this problem and recalled the vehicles prone to that problem. At least they owned-up to it… I emailed GMC and they sent me information on their new lineup. I doubt they even read the email… I will never own another GMC again, even though their engines run forever if you take care of them.

September 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm
(374) SHANE says:

I have a 2001 Sierra 2500, bought it brand new and now has 102,000 on it. I just recently had a brake line rupture on my way to work. Thank god that when the pedal hit the floor, I had just come to a stop in the parking lot. This is vey scary considering I’m an avid RV’er and pull a Fifth Wheel Camper. Thank god I wasn’t pulling on this day!!! To my amazement when I looked under the truck to find the leak, I also discovered all four brake lines to be very corroted and in much need of immediate repair. This is a very SERIOUS & DANGEROUS situation and shoul not be ignored!!
I think that GM and NHSTA need to take immediate action in regards to this problem and GM should stand behind their products and offer a recall withh the lines being fully replaced with Stainless Steel tubing……………

September 29, 2011 at 7:59 pm
(375) Vince Kratky says:

My daughter crashed her Chevy truck this week due to total brake failure. She is still around because of nerves of steel and a lot of luck, but she owes the city some money for damages…what was the result of the investigation??

September 29, 2011 at 10:50 pm
(376) Dale says:

I’m glad your daughter is okay. They’ve bumped the investigation up to the next level – an Engineering Analysis. I won’t be surprised to see a recall at some point.

September 30, 2011 at 4:03 pm
(377) Brian K says:

Well…to be honest, I didnt expect to find this MANY people with similar issue.

September 30, 2011 at 10:12 pm
(378) Roger says:

2004 Chevy Express van. Complete brake failure 64000 miles. Pedal went to the floor while attempting to stop for a school bus. An evassive manuver turning sharply onto a side street helped avoid an accident. Partial brake function returned after pumping but brakes do not feel normal. The brakes are VERY touchy.

October 1, 2011 at 10:24 am
(379) Brian K says:

2003 Cadillac Escalade Complete Brake Failure!

I got in truck and stepped on brake to put into park and my foot went right to the floor, NO BRAKES. My son was with me cause he had a doctor’s appointment and the thought of how bad this could have really been, made me so upset.

Angry does not fully express how I felt. After a few hours I started to calm down a bit and write it off as, wear and tear. Things do break, sometimes for no reason. I excepted it and was moving on.

My repair shop called me today and said, the brake line rusted through and the other lines look real bad. He didnt have a price just yet but explained he had to do a brake line job for a car (NOT GM…Lol) and cause there is custom bends, it take alot of time. That job was $1500. Would call me later with better idea on price.

I quickly went to google and started searching for how to fix. It did not take long to find lots….LOTS of people with same problem. Remember that feeling I said I had when the brakes first broke…well, it came back but this time I absolutely lost it. GM…has known about this for a long time and still did nothing.

So, now I have to figure out where I’m going to get the EXTRA money to fix the other brake lines. Cause even thu they may work, they can fail anyday. And I will be changing the gas tank straps cause a few people had them drop out. I already filed with NHTSA.

GM….I dont know if you read these or not, I would not feel so angry if this rust problem just started to come to your attention. I would completely understand that it takes a little bit of time to research what is failing….BUT this is more then a YEAR later. And you clearly dont care who gets hurt and the families that have to go thru this.

I can promise you this. I will NEVER…..NEVER buy another GM. And I will do my best to tell everyone I see with a GM, that they should have the brakes checked.

Disappointed in Staten Island, NY
Brian K

October 2, 2011 at 3:18 pm
(380) MulyCat says:

I have a 2001 Silverado 1500. Just had a brake line failure while slamming on the brakes. Looks like all lines need replacing due to corrosion – I certainly would not want to depend on them. Undercarriage is severely rusting. The dust shield on the left rear parking brake drum is so corroded I was able to break most of it off with my fingers. Driver’s side rocker is half gone. Guess I’ll take it off the road and just use it to plow my driveway.

October 2, 2011 at 3:37 pm
(381) Joe says:

2003 GMC Sierra 1500, rotted brake lines blew while my wife had the tuck out. $1,300 bill to fix the lines. Under carriage looks bad as well. Mechanic said oil spray once a year to stop rust or get rid of the truck. FILE A COMPLAINT, call GMC and make your issue know as well. This needs attention. No brakes, how many deaths has this been at fault for?

October 3, 2011 at 2:16 pm
(382) Tony Davis says:

I just had a blow out on my brake line yesterday. I have a 2002 Silverado 2500HD, and I was fortunate that I wasn’t pulling my trailor. It is in the shop right now, and the mechanic said this was very common with these trucks. He said he sees a lot of them.

October 3, 2011 at 4:55 pm
(383) Dennis Cole says:

I have a 2000 k2500 chevy truck. It is nothing but a rust bucket. Bumpers ,brake lines, bolt heads completely rusted off. I did not oil truck for winter use what a mistake.

October 4, 2011 at 2:01 am
(384) Aaron says:

Same problem with my 2005 GMC Seirra 1500, I was luckly sitting in traffic when by brake went straight to the floor !!!!!!! A brake inspection revealed that all my front steel brake lines were rotted to the core. Sooooo glad my three daughters were not in the vehicle and no one was hurt……. This is and should be a top priority , people are at risk for injury or death…………….

October 6, 2011 at 11:10 pm
(385) Matthew Cominole says:

I have a 2003 GMC Sierra 2500 HD and the rear brake lines went in 2009 while driving the truck, the dealer only replaced te rear lines after taking the truck bed off, they never replaced the front lines and in september 2010 while on the boat the ramp the front lines went. What can I say, when there is a hole in one shoe the other can’t be far away. Now I just replaced the passenger side exhaust manifold because one of the bolts rusted and broke off, luckily my mechanic was able to drill the bolt out and I did not have to replace the cylinder head. Just 20 mins ago I lost my brakes and power steering while driving and I can only assume rust is the issues again. I live in New York and do not use the vehicle often, in 8 years I have put 100,000 miles on it. After reading all these posts it appears corrosion is an an issue with these vehicles. My mechanic told me when they set out to build these trucks they ask for bids on the steel and take the lowest bid, it appears we are all vitims of the lowest bid steel supplier.

October 7, 2011 at 7:53 am
(386) David Harris says:

My 2002 GMC Sierra brake lines rusted and rubbed together on drivers side whre they run over the frame.

October 7, 2011 at 2:51 pm
(387) Victor Lopez says:

03 Chevy Silverado extended cab

My nephew 2 days ago had a brake line on the front drivers side rupture while going down a hill. He needed to use his E-brake to stop. After I replaced the line another bursted while pumping the brakes to bleed them. After further investigating all the lines are rusted beyond saving. it’s gonna be a long day to fix this thing. Unfortunately he can not wait around for Chevy to do a recall…it’s his work truck.

October 8, 2011 at 1:20 pm
(388) Paul says:

1996 GMC Sierra K1500 with 148,000 miles. Brake line ruptured on drivers side next to the fuel tank. This is one of the lines that runs down the length of the frame, and has rusted at a point in the frame where there is hole you can see through to the line.

October 10, 2011 at 9:54 pm
(389) Rick says:

Having worked on cars and trucks all my life, and my son has a repair shop as well, this isnt just a gm product problem. In Ohio they use a brine solution made up of , they say”harmless beet juice mixture” on the roads in the winter, It is many times more corrossive that rock salt. I have older vehicles that have more than 150000 miles on them but havent been on the roads in the past 7 or 8 years, and the bottom sides of them dont have 10% of the rott that my current vehicles have. The government is to blame, maybe they are trying to force us to not be able to keep our vehicles so long to try to clean up our air quality, LOL

October 12, 2011 at 12:48 pm
(390) John Ferris says:

I recently bought a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4WD and developed a brake line leak on a trip to Mass. I got under the truck to check out the problem and discovered that all lines connected to the proportioning valve which is located under the drivers side cab are severely rusted. There is one line leaking which comes from the ABS block but when the lines are disturbed for repair they are all going to need replacement. Its seems like a very poor design and apparently poor material.

October 12, 2011 at 8:31 pm
(391) cindy says:

2005 K2500 Silverado with less than 75k miles…..dealer tells me the brake lines are rusted and nee to be replaced…..wth

October 12, 2011 at 9:37 pm
(392) Mike B says:

Rusted rear brake line drivers side on 2000 GMC sierra driving on i95 evening rush hour hit brakes and to the floor it went. Very dangerous situation.

October 15, 2011 at 8:46 am
(393) John says:

Well add one more 2003 Chevy Avalanche to the rustyed and busted brake lines. Lucky enough for my family and I, we were just starting to back out of our driveway when we heard a loud pop and then the brake warning light came on. So now what do I do? Got to get them replaced and futher more is that cost money that I know for myself and many hardworking Americans don’t have that much of. What is the status of this recall?

October 15, 2011 at 9:49 am
(394) John says:
October 15, 2011 at 3:09 pm
(395) Gina says:

I have a 2003 Silverado 2500 HD. I was very lucky today. I was about to haul my horse trailer full of miniiature horses to a parade for my children’s 4H when another parent noticed a LOT of fluid under my truck. I was hooked up to my trailer and we were getting ready to load and leave when this was found. My friend looked under my truck and discovered a rusted brake line up front driver’s side. I am so thankful he saw this before I drove away. I cringe thinking of the catastophy that could have happened if I had driven away. I had NO WARNING at all.

I love hauling with this truck, however its unbelievable how badly the underside is rusted on this truck. The 1999 Dahota we had looked pristine next to this. This truck drives wonderful, when I am not doing repairs.

I had another close call due to rust. I drove down with my daughter to NC to pick up a horse trailer. My power steering pump burst and we had to replace that and a line due to rust. We were stuck out of state overnight and had to pay for a hotel and repairs. I am only thankful we weren’t in an accident…..

The more repairs I have to make due to rust issues, the less likely I will be to ever buy a GM product again. The last GM I owned was a Jimmy and it was terrible with electrical problems and was never running completely right. The best vehicl I have ever owned is a Honda Accord. For a truck, we were told Chevy was the way to go. I am very sorry I didn’t know about the rust problems before we bought it or I wouldn’t have bought a Chevy, noi without seeing first if the Fords or Dodges have very costly recurring problems as well. Its a shame when a company doesn’t stand behind their product. I guess thats why GM ended up as government motors……

October 16, 2011 at 1:03 am
(396) Dudley says:

My 2000 Sierra K2500 is now in the shop for complete brake line replacement, following the second pedal-to-the-floor event in about three years. Corrosion under this vehicle is the worst I’ve seen in over 50 years of living and driving in MA. The chassis components are wasting away. The rear bumper has rotted through, along with the differential cover. And of course the brake lines are so rusted and scaly they are downright scary. I am not qualified to know where GM buys steel, but I’ll bet it is all recycled garbage from China. I was a loyal GMC owner until now, but having been so expensively burned, I don’t think I’ll buy another.

October 17, 2011 at 9:03 am
(397) Cory says:

2002 GMC Sierra. Brake line burst open while applying brake to park vehicle on an incline. Brake pedal went straight to the floor. Line was leaking where lines run along the frame under the drivers side front door. After further inspection all brake lines
are extremely corroded and near rusted through. I filed a complaint with NHTSA in hopes that their ongoing Engineering Analysis with GM gets promoted to a recall.

October 17, 2011 at 7:30 pm
(398) Margarmat says:

I have a 1999 GMC sierra 4×4 I have owned since new. Still looks new inside and and from the bottom of the doors up! We have had more sets of rotors and pads than I can count.
At 50k rear bumper rusted through. At about 65k miles it decided to quit stopping at 2 mph and we replaced both front wheel bearings and sensors.
At 75k miles total brake failure (70 mph PA pike, near catastrophe) due to blown line under driver seat. Quote of $800 to fix, I changed all lines myself.
at 80k miles the cover on the differential rusted through and the gear oil ran out! (honest) shortly after, the power steering cooler line rusted through and 6 month later, the cooler it self went out, then the transmission cooler rusted out.
Rocker panels rusted out a two years ago, frame is a bucket of rust.
Last fall 4 bolt heads that hold on left exhaust manifold broke off, just popped right of while driving, had to get really creative to fix with engine in truck.
Two weeks ago catastrophic front bearing failure again on PA Pike. Wheel almost fell off.
This week BOTH rear break shackles broke (rusted through) while my 17 year old was driving it! Springs went up though the bed.
I am a DIY guy so fix all this myself, But SHAME ON GMC for not at least making good on the potentially fatal brake issue! Oh Yea my exhaust system still looks new!

On the other hand, I got a bid of $1000 to change the plugs on my 2006 ford f150 with 50k miles, This is a well known problem They break off in head. Either need special tool to pull the piece out or maybe even lift cab off of truck! I think I’d rather have the GMC issues. Shame on ford for not taking care of that!

October 18, 2011 at 10:30 am
(399) heckle says:

When I bought my 2003 sierra I noticed an unusual amount of rust underneath for a new vehicle. Now 8 years later the brake lines have failed and the underside is a corroded mess. Its painfull obvious that GM screwed up. Hopefully there will be a class action suit.

October 18, 2011 at 5:08 pm
(400) DH says:

Put foot on the brakes to put my 2000 silverado 1500 on gear in a store lot. Brakes to the floor, looked under and puddle of brake fluid. rusted line, nursed home and up on jackstands all lines will need to be replaced. 30 years of driving and never had this kind of unanounced failure. not a happy camper

October 18, 2011 at 8:06 pm
(401) Fred says:

I have a 1999 gmc sierra 1500 2 wheel drive
on july 2 2011 the rear brake line broke under a hard stop
i replaced the rear steel line
on aug 10 2011 the right front steel line broke from rust
and i replaced all of the steel lines

October 19, 2011 at 10:56 am
(402) Gordon Mac Millan says:

My 2003 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD Diesel has major ongoing brake issues that include severely corroded brake lines/rotors/stuck calipers,as well as the badly corroded frame issue.
This truck was used in Vancouver BC,no salt used there.
Go figure…seems the metal is lousy.

October 19, 2011 at 11:18 pm
(403) russ says:

Just found this site. My 2000 Silverado 2500 4×4 sets in my driveway now after the second brake line failure in 2 months. First time i was on the highway and almost rear ended a car. That was a rear brake line. The second time i was just starting out and put my foot on the brake to shift to drive and pedal went all the way to the floor again. After a more thorough look all the lines from the Master cylinder are rusted terribly. This sucks.

October 20, 2011 at 7:26 pm
(404) Barry Hawkins says:

I have a 2004 1500 Sierra, the brake lines over the left front tire shield rusted through allowing the fluid to escape leaving me vertually no braking action. This resulted in a very close call. I was following a car which came to sudden stop to allow a cyclist to cross the road. I had to take evasive action to manuver around the vehicle narrowing missing the cyclist. Fotunately i was only travelling about 40 mikes an hour.

October 23, 2011 at 11:40 am
(405) Patrick says:

The brake lines on my ’99 P/U had been very rusty for years, and one finally let go on 10/15/2011. It was one of the lines connecting the master cylinder to the ABS unit.

October 23, 2011 at 2:44 pm
(406) Tim says:

2002 Chevy Silverado 4×4 160,00 mi.

rear brake line failed due to corrosion at bracket just above rear end , after replacing that line a second line failed 12 inches in front of abs controller below driver compartment, this was also due to corrosion. When the failure occurred the truck was nearly unstoppable, I had to swerve off the road into the ditch to avoid a left turning vehicle.

We have filed a complaint with the NHTSA they have opened an Engineering assessment #EA11001 look up the status of the inquiry here http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/defects/ Please fill out a complaint if you have experienced a failure this will force a recall.

October 23, 2011 at 7:45 pm
(407) charles kaelin says:

i bought a 2005 2599hd in may of 05′. i plow snow in eastern penna. after i plow, I always go to the car wash and spray off the under carriage. My brake lines are so corroded im afraid to physically touch them, if you disturd the rust you can actually watch them weep. I had to replace my trans lines 2 yrs ago because of excessive corrosion. im doing the research to find stainless brake lines to replace my rusted ones with, but cant believe the expence of thoes things, i want to replace them before i have a failure , with the plow on the front. At that point i’ll kill someone. I dont want that to happen. if anyone knows of any advancements on this topic , pls keep me informed ” chucksautorepair@comcast.net

October 25, 2011 at 2:33 pm
(408) John says:

I experienced brake line failure on my 2001 Tahoe due to rust. I was hauling a trailer last week in southern Utah and traveled over some high passes. In Escalente I put my foot on the brake and it went all the way to the floor. Scary to think what might have happened an hour earlier when I was driving in the mountains. The brake line running over the gas tank had completely rusted through. Fortunately, the only shop in town was able to make up a replacement line and that got me home. I’m in the process now of replacing all the brake and fuel lines.

October 25, 2011 at 3:12 pm
(409) kenny williams says:

purchased new chev. silverado in 2004, underside of truck and brakelines severly corroded, terrible , 44000.00 dollars for this truck, now experiencing brake problems most likely from corrosion and abs sensers dealer tells me, i’m scared to drive after reading all the comments here, no wonder gm is a bancrupt co. , never another gm product for me , why is there no recalls on corroded brake lines, dangerous problem.

October 25, 2011 at 5:07 pm
(410) Sean says:

I started up my 1999 Chevy Suburban in my driveway this afternoon and the brake pedal went to the floor. I opened the hood and noticed brake fluid splattered all over the area below the master cylinder and all over the ground. I discovered that the line to the left front wheel rusted to the point of failure. I checked the other brake lines and they are badly corroded. This truck has never left me stranded in 13 years. I don’t want to see it go, but this may be the end. Also, last year, I sold a 2005 Tahoe to a man who told me he had a 1999 Tahoe. He was buying my Tahoe because the brakes lines on his had corroded and ruptured. He was careful to climb all around and under my Tahoe to check for brake line corrosion before buying.

October 29, 2011 at 1:44 am
(411) John says:

My 2003 Silverado had the same issue with rusting brake lines. (I am the original owner).

About 2 months ago the rear brake line burst over the gas tank. At first I didn’t think a lot about it, but while I was under the truck repairing the line I noticed a lot more rust than I would have expected for a truck of this age.

Last week a front brake line burst, pedal went straight to the floor. Very lucky no one was injured. I decided then and there that no one would drive or ride in this truck until every steel brake line on it was replaced. The total bill was $1,400.

The mechanic left the old brake lines in the bed of my truck. There was rust everwhere. It was amazing how many different places there were that were ready to burst at any moment.

Something is definately wrong here. I have already filed a complaint with NHTSA.

October 30, 2011 at 7:39 pm
(412) Scott says:

I have a 2000 Chevy Silverado with 155,000 miles. A year ago I sprung a leak in the 4 line cluster under the drivers door. Fortunately it was sitting in my Uncles driveway when it happened and not on the road. Today I just sprung a leak in my rear line at the high spot above the drivers side rear axle. No where near any rub spots. This time I was fortunate that it again was in sitting in a driveway and not on the road. However, this driveway was 1-1/2 hours from my house in the middle of the woods and no parts stores open. I hope this recall if it happens will include towing, hotel and loss of work reimbursement! There is nothing left of the rockers on either side. This was my first Chevy truck. Neither window work any more. The tailgate has not latched in years. Once this thing rusts itself in oblivion I am buying another Ford. I had a 1997 Ranger 4×4 that I drove well over 200000 and sold to a buddy and it still is in better shape than this truck!

October 31, 2011 at 1:20 pm
(413) Mark says:

My 2001 2500hd had rusted corroded lines causing brake failure. I had the bad sections replaced at my cost 2 1/2 years ago.
Now I need the remaining lines replaced and the anti-lock unit has been invaided by the corrosion needing replacement.
Also anti-lock sensors have been replaced 3 times, 2 under warranty and once at my cost.

October 31, 2011 at 8:01 pm
(414) ed says:

I have a 2002 GMC Sierra, I’ve also have the severe rust and corrosion causing brake line failure and also severe rusting of the rear brake assembly. My mechanic tells me the entire front brake assembly will need to be replaced in the spring.

October 31, 2011 at 8:05 pm
(415) Michael says:

05 Chevy Silverado with less than 80k and the brake lines are all rusted. Brake lines need to be replaced at a cost of about 1200$. Worst case of brake line rust I’ve seen on a late model Chevy. My 95 had 232k on it before a problem with brake lines rusting. Definetly must be using some inferior material to make them, went to SS lines.

October 31, 2011 at 8:07 pm
(416) ed says:


November 1, 2011 at 8:42 am
(417) Bill gahagan says:

I brought my 2001 silverado over 2 years ago. Big mistake the previous owner had just replaced all of the brakes (rotors, lines , and pads. I am retired and put 11,000miles on the truck. Since I brought it I had the abs disconnected because of cost to repair. Last month I had to replace all of the pads & rotor due to rust cost $650 and last week the rear springs hangers rust out 1 main leaf broke due to rust on the right side and the left side about to brake cost $925. No guarantees because of the rust on the frame.

November 2, 2011 at 12:08 pm
(418) Hunter says:

I own a 1999 silverado and I was just in an accident when two of my brake lines blew and I had no brakes. This makes three lines that I have had to replace along with a new ebcm unit.

November 3, 2011 at 11:53 am
(419) Harry Seymour says:

2003 Yukon xl with less than 80,000 miles. Complete brake failure on 10/29/2011. Wife and two small children in vehicle. Vehicle was from northern state. Inspection of vehicle revealed metal line failed. Removed lines to replace with new lines and found that ALL the lines were approximately 70% rusted. Attempted to purchase all new lines and found that they are not available. Have to purchase them in bulk and form them. Can literally snap the lines in have with two fingers. What a great product. Hate to even think of going away from GM products, But…

November 3, 2011 at 4:06 pm
(420) Trevor says:

2000 GMC Savana 2500

badly corroded brakelines where they come down from the master cylinder to meet the main frame members underneath the drivers side. Caused loss of brakes in rush hour traffic. Fortunately, there was a sidestreet to turn off on and stop.

November 4, 2011 at 10:21 am
(421) A Chevy Dude says:

2000 Silverado 1500

I just recently had to replace one of my brake lines, the nice convenient one on the frame rail above the gas tank. But for being an 11 year old truck, maybe it’s not that bad??

Anyway my undercarriage is rusted too, but not horrible. The worst spots are the rocker panels and the rear bumper both of which have holes completely through them now.

November 5, 2011 at 11:55 am
(422) William Krauk says:

Hello, My name is Bill. I live in Tampa
Florida and have had some rusting on my 2001
Chevy Astro Van. Maybe the word “some” is
incorrect. All of my brake lines are rusted badly.
The other day I was trying to figure out what was causing the howl in my rear end which turned out to be the pinion bearing. When I went to back it up, the pedal
went all of the way to the floor. Needless to say that I am so glad I wasnt driving when this happened
because clearly it could have ended up very
badly for me. I have a small HVAC business and
my astro is my service vehicle. With 5 kids, and customers depending on me, I really need to get thistruck
on the road. I always do all of my own service work
but brake line I dont like to mess with. Would much rather have a professional do the work but i am stuck between rock and a hard place because i cant afford to get the work done. It would really be nice If GM would help me out with this. after all, my father was a supervisor years ago on the assembly line for final inspections at the baltimore plant in MD, and i being his son get the class a GMS discount and it has been great. I said all of that to say that i am an avid believer in chevy as was my father,and have always
been a loyal customer. Thanks for your time
William Krauk

November 5, 2011 at 12:36 pm
(423) Chris says:

2004 Chevy Suburban 3/4 ton.
Last night we hit a deer doing about 55- 60 mph. When it jumped in front of us I of course slammed the brake and freaked out when the pedal went to the floor with no pressure. We of course hit the deer, jarred everyone in the truck. Took out my grill, tweaked the bumper, knocked out drivers side parking/turn light assm.
When I finally stopped, saw the puddle under drivers door.
ALL the lines into and out of the ABS module were rusted. Just for safety reasons ALONE I am replacing all of the lines to S steel.
I will call NHTSA and the dealer on monday. I shudder to think if I was on the highway (where I was going) and this catastrophic failure of the brakes happened when I REALLY needed them. Thank God my family is safe and it was just a deer.
The deer got up and walked away,,,fyi.

November 6, 2011 at 12:39 pm
(424) steve hoffer says:

I own a 2000 silversado 4X4 all the brake lines corroded and ruptured above the ABS module on the frame. A bad way to engineer them for sure, This is an issue wit most silverado owners. My truck was washed religiously and sprayed to keep salt off the undercarriage monthly during our ohio winters but the location of the brake lines causes them to corrode/rust anyway. You will probably have to replace all 5 lines if just one goes bad. Very time consuming, confusing and expensive. We owners need a re-call and Stainless lines installe to eliminate this recurring problem

November 6, 2011 at 6:31 pm
(425) Brent says:

2000 Silverado 4×4 95,000 miles, one of the front lines blew while my wife was using the truck. Lucky it was low speed parking lot situation. Once I fix, I’ll sell and then on to Ford!

November 7, 2011 at 11:55 am
(426) Ron Trent says:

2002 K2500HD in lower Hudson Valley NY – 53K miles – brake line failed near ABS module inside frame rail near drivers door; fortunately at low speed in driveway; used emergency brake to stop

November 8, 2011 at 7:06 pm
(427) Rob Fraley says:

On my third set of rotors and now replacing all the rusted Breaklines. I gave up on these guys years ago. I pulled the ABS fuse to stop the ABS from kicking in from corrosion.

November 8, 2011 at 9:01 pm
(428) Irv says:

2005 Yukon XL A month ago i noticed a odd noise coming from the serp. belt area then noticed that it was a exhaust leak at the exhaust manifold, 3 of the 6 bolts the heads were gone. Just gone leaving the stud in the head. Needless not wanting to have this exhuast leak i had to drill and tap new bolt holes. That’s when i found the corroded brake lines to even add more to my grief. The whole under carrage is rusting at all the edges, i was thinking of just selling the vehicle but i am not in a postion to replace it, and what i here the other car companies are not any better! So now what?

November 10, 2011 at 6:07 pm
(429) Geoff Sampson says:

My brake lines on my 2003 2500HD failed in 2009. The lines were made of an inferior alloy and every brake line is routed over a notch in the frame that is positioned to capture the road dirt and corrosives expelled by the left front wheel. Braking function is an absolute critical aspect of fail safe reliability.

I replaced all of my brake lines with a copper/nickel alloy to prevent this from happening again. While I was under the truck staring at the huge stainless steel exhaust system I couldn’t help but think how I could far better tolerate a perforated exhaust pipe that brake line.

My 2000 Saab exhibits no corrosion in the brake lines and sees more road time and over a quarter million miles. It is unreasonable and unsafe that a 9500lb GVW vehicle is delivered with an unreliable braking system.

November 12, 2011 at 5:36 pm
(430) Martin says:

My 2001 just had brake failure due to corroded lines along the frame…

November 13, 2011 at 11:41 am
(431) Jeff Gurwell says:

I just experienced the same problem with my 98 K1500. The steel brake line failed at the 45 degree bend at the rear left side where it offsets to clear the frame. This is the also the exact same spot there is a clamp that held it to the frame. The entire brake line along the frame is severely coroded.Possibly electrolisis causing this?

November 14, 2011 at 7:05 pm
(432) Clark Creswell says:

1999 4×4 1500 2-dr another line failure under drivers door due to corrision issues, complete system is also in a state o “rotting away”!!!!

November 15, 2011 at 9:46 am
(433) Rich Tumolo says:

I guess it’s my turn. My 2004 Suburban had a catastrophic failure of the brake line on the driver side rear, just infront of the wheel. AAA is coming to pick it up this morning. Only 48K on the odometer. Rust in scary places like the brakets holding the bumper on. I too was fortunate that I didn’t end up in somebody’s butt.

November 15, 2011 at 10:56 pm
(434) Bob says:

I have the same problem with my 99 Chevy dually, brake line started to leak on frame just infront of rear axel, line is rusted out and so are the rear axel lines, but not leaking. If there is a recall, I’ll probably not get anything out of it cause I don’t take my truck to the Chevy Dealer around here got screwed to many time by them in the past so go to a independent mechanic with a lot of repair experience and is cheaper. I’m very satisfied with the work he has done for me over the past year or so, he is going to replace the lines from the ABS module back, including the rear axel lines and it is going to cost me only $130.00, which is very reasonable compared to what the Chevy Dealer around here would charge. This is the first time I ever had trouble with lines except for the rubber ones that rot and crack. I live in Wisconsin where they use salt and cholerine on the roads in the winter.

November 15, 2011 at 11:07 pm
(435) Bob says:

I to have problem with brake line leaking drivers side just infront of rear axel. My daughter used my Chevy crew cab dually to take her daughter and friends out for trick or treating on Halloween and said that the brakes act funny when she went to stop, I looked under the truck the next morning and the line was leaking even when no one was pushing on the pedal. I was thankful that she made it home okay without a mishap of any kind.

November 16, 2011 at 12:46 pm
(436) rick says:

no excuse gm none what so ever unacceptable had some of the same problems just last week rusted out rear line lost brakes stainless steel is the answer for this i do antique cars and street rods for many years for some one to say this is a common occurence anywhere because of weather etc is just plain stupid and ignorant and don’t have a clue!! us government should pass a law immediately to stop this nonsense !! peoples lives are at huge risks stainless would be there forever no rust no corosion. needs to be mandated by law immediately!!! brake lines can rust from the inside out as well as outside in seen it many times and it doesnt even show till it too late and your dead cause it saved a manufacturer a few dollars to use cheap steel brake lines. congress needs to mandate this immediately to all manufactures that make anything that has brakes on it period!!!! from go karts to semi trucks!!!!!!!!!

November 18, 2011 at 7:32 pm
(437) ed says:

and i thought it was just my bad luck today when i left work and couldn’t stop at first intersection. brake line at the first bend driver side, blew a hole, pedal right to floor.when you weren’t moving much it would stop you or look for the emergency brake. when it seemed like i’d been replacing brakes and rotors a lot, now i realize there really was lots and lots of cheap metal being used. yes it’s a 99 silverado and just turned 100,000, but cheap metal is cheap metal. has all the steel come from china like the rails all the railroads are using?

November 18, 2011 at 7:37 pm
(438) ed says:

99 silverado just blew a line leaving work. driver side at the first bend. now i see i’m not alone with the problem, cheap metal brakes and rotors that just keep needing change. are we still getting all our steel from china? file a complaint

November 21, 2011 at 10:31 am
(439) Steve says:

Well, count me as one of the many that’s had a brake line failure. Luckily, I was going at a slow speed (pulling into my apartment’s parking lot) when it happened. It’s leaking from the drivers side rear, right at the bend in the hard line near where it joins the flex line.

November 23, 2011 at 5:37 pm
(440) Jason says:

Also just had a brake line rupture, 2001 Chev Silverado 1500. Mine like Steve, comment 439, was a failure at the drivers side rear, at the bend in the hard line where it joins the flex. I was starting my truck and had my foot on the brake and, to the floor it went. I got out and looked at the ground to see brake fluid dumping onto the ground. I also have horrible rust from the rocker panels that started from the inside out. I didn’t know that tehy were rusting until all that was left was the paint, as it peeled off the truck. I am so mad, I’ve been a Chevy man my whole life. I guess its on to Ford.

November 24, 2011 at 11:28 am
(441) Dave C says:

My 2000 Silverado despite being under coated by the dealer has both the brake lines and fuel lines corrided resulting in leaks.
Never had that happen on my earlier Chevy vehicles

November 25, 2011 at 12:46 am
(442) Mark vanHerd says:

My 1999 sierra has experienced a blown rear brake line recently,although it has 260,000 km’s on it and it is in a northern climate with salt on the roads in winter it is very well maintained but I have NEVER experienced an exhaust failure!
The bean counters have gotten there priorities a bit askew here.
Stainless steel lines installed at manufacture would have cost pennies extra, just look at the awesome exhaust system that has lasted so long.
GM needs to step up to the plate here.

Someone start something on Twitter and Facebook please!!!

M vanHerd

November 25, 2011 at 2:01 am
(443) Scott E says:

My 2003 Chevy one ton dully had no brake pedal pressure. Look under truck no leaks and so it seemed to me to be a master cylinder.
BLEW OUT BRAKE LINES The day before using the truck for work almost rear ended a car. All the brake lines rusty and corroded. I have replaced the entire braking system. In the process of replacing gm shit brake lines one of the brake line fittings going in to the abs unit has cross threaded now i have to fix that. Seems to me that the investment i made to gm in 2003 of 50.000 dollar truck to run my business did’t really mean shit to them. Wonder why gm had to be bailed out by the government—- CRAP WE BAILED THEM OUT TO CONTINUE TO MAKE SHIT CARS AND TRUCKS LIKE THIS—-REALLY—- When I purchased this truck from day one I have had noting but trouble with this 8 YEAR OLD TRUCK I purchased a 1995w/t truck new in 1995 and have had no problems except normal maintenance BEST YEAR AND TRUCK CHEVY BUILT THAT’S WHY I PURCHASED ANOTHER ONE 8 YEARS LATER AND THEY CANT EVEN BUILD A GO CART I have always been a Truck Man I need a dependable truck that i can make my living with Soooo I guess the search goes on DODGE TOYOTA I REALLY WOULD HAVE NOT BEEN THIS UPSET AND CHALKED IT UP TO NORMAL WEAR ONE BRAKE LINE IS ONE THING BUT THE WHOLE BRAKE SYSTEM IS ANOTHER ISSUE I AM COMPLAINT #442 ON THIS WEB PAGE WONDER HOW MANY COMPLAINTS EXIST ON OTHER WEB PAGES THIS PAGE IS ENOUGH FOR ME REALLY DISAPPOINTED IN CHEVY I wish Chevy would have held up to the quality and hard work and determination of What got GM to where they came from. They need to go back to the beginning the founders of GM built quality cars and trucks for the customer in mind loyalty is earned and not given Earned by making a product you can be proud of (GM) and be proud you (The Consumer) owns one

November 26, 2011 at 5:42 pm
(444) Tom says:

What a joke! Total brake line failure due to rust. The whole truck is rusting out. 2001 yukon. I thought this truck would last me a long time when i bought it. I took great care of it. There is nothing anyone can do to prevent the amount of corrosion that these vehicles produce. Its amazing that gm will not solve this problem and make it right for all of us. The underside looks like its 60 yrs old. I pray for everyones saftey and something needs to be done.

November 27, 2011 at 5:54 pm
(445) carmine cacace says:

on my 2002 suburban brake line corrosion almost cost me my life brake lines look like there 50 years old

November 27, 2011 at 10:49 pm
(446) Roger B says:

I have a 1999 seirra and I have replaced every brake line one at a time since 2003. Now I am working on fuel lines they are goimg to do the same thing wait till you see a stream comming from beneath and wonder if you are gping to catch on fire..

November 27, 2011 at 11:17 pm
(447) Kim says:

I have a 98 chevy k3500 truck and last year one of my brake lines broke and our driveway goes straight down hill. Now today another broke and the pedal went all the way to the floor. This is crazy and someone could be seriously hurt. My truck only has like 43k miles on it and i shouldnt be having this type of problem.

December 1, 2011 at 4:37 pm
(448) Tonya says:

This is rediculas and dangerous I’m a owner of a 1999 silverado ext cab short bed 2500 rust rust and more rust!!!!!! The whole underneath. my father inlaw bought this truck brand new in 1998 for $49,000 and took excellent care of it and passed it down to us 2 years ago and at the rip old age of 10 it was covered in rust brake lines fuel lines the whole step on the drivers side is gone! . $49,000 that’s half of the price of my house!! For a rust bucket!!!! Way to go GM. I’m buying foreign from now on. My first car was 22 years old when I got it and it didn’t have a bit of rust.

December 1, 2011 at 6:03 pm
(449) Dale says:

It’s made by GM. What did you expect?

December 2, 2011 at 2:15 pm
(450) Brian says:

I live in ohio, have a 1999 silverado and my brake line burst after replacing back pads and testing, luckily I was in my driveway when it happened, I have a 1997 Ford explorer and checked those line out and not one spec of rust???? I also have a 2002 Tahoe and all the lines are rusty??? I own a 1979 ford f100 and the brakes lines don’t have rust, and I also owned a 1965 Chevy II Nova, and I definetly know the brake line weren’t rusted, cause I had to remove them for restoring the vehicle???? I am being charged 265.00 for the repairs on the silverado????

December 2, 2011 at 5:55 pm
(451) Tim says:

Add me to the list. 2004 Sierra Denali 118K miles. One of the brake lines going to the abs unit failed while going over the mountains to see my family during Thanksgiving. I cut out where the hole was and spliced in a brass compression fitting to limp back home (not exactly safe or legal for that matter but better than no brakes at all). Just got a set of stainless pre-bent lines from Classic Tube that will be getting installed this weekend ($330.00 shipped). I never would have expected this much corrosion on the brake lines of a 7 year old truck.

December 2, 2011 at 6:44 pm
(452) CG says:

98 GMC Sierra owner. My rear brake line sprung a leak near at a clamp inside the frame rail. Next to the fuel tank. The culprit was rust.

December 3, 2011 at 2:44 pm
(453) Dennis says:

Tim, I also got a complete set of line from Classic tube. Nice product, but pretty darn hard to install with the body on the truck. I had to remove my radiator and still needed to put a union where the line to the front rt. wheel passes under the radiator. The others were not too bad, but the one to the rear will need the fuel tank removed to get it fished into where it belongs. I might just put a regular brake line in for that one. I picked up some black brake line tubing. I think it might be teflon coated. I also made sure to keep track which line went where at both ends since they were so rusted it was almost impossible to change them one at a time. After I traced them to the ABS unit, I drew a picture of which line went to which fitting. Then I cut the lines, leaving the fitting in the ABS nit, removed the ABS and put it in a vise to get the fittings out. A bit more work, but I was able to use the extra room under the truck to get the new lines from the front into place. Good luck!

December 3, 2011 at 7:44 pm
(454) Michael Glenn says:

I have an 04 silverado 1500 ext cab 4×4 z71 with about 120k miles and today luckily I was in a McDonalds drive thru and my foot went to the floor. Pulled in parking spot and looked under truck and found brake line spraying between master cylinder and abs controller. It’s a cluster of 4 lines under drivers door and they are all rusted out. I’m dreading to see what it’s going to cost me to have replaced. I do a lot of work on my vehicle myself but the lines look as if they are very difficult to replace plus I’m not real sure about properly bleed ing everything after replacement.

December 4, 2011 at 1:00 am
(455) Chuck says:

My 2001 Chevy Silverado just had brake failure due to rusted and rotted lines along the frame under the drivers door. The undercarriage has always been pressure washed during the winter. The frame has very heavy rust. I had a 1986 chevy 3500 van I ran for 15 years, it only ever had light rust on the frame and never any on the brake or fuel lines. I complained about the brakes on the “01″ from the day I drove it off the lot. The pedal always felt soft, the ABS would kick in when you hit a bump braking. The frame rotting out and anything attached to it,seems to be the same problem for all these vehicles.

December 4, 2011 at 10:41 am
(456) Tim says:

02 2500hd all lines are close to failure inside frame rail by drivers side front body mount. Overall condition of underside is terrible, almost all of factory coating gone. Experienced all rotor and abs sensor issues more than once. I find this very frustrating as I spend equal time washing underside and topside on a regular basis especially in winter. I am Hesitant to drive let alone haul something with my heavy duty diesel pickup till i replace all lines with stainless. I dont expect anything from gm as they have burned me before with injector failure 21 days after my warranty expired while still being 120,000 miles short of limit. I have owned only gm trucks but that will probably change with next truck.

December 4, 2011 at 11:01 am
(457) Doug says:

I have a 2002 Suburban. This is the 4th one I have had as I used to love them. today as I was coming to a light that just turned red I stepped on the prake which lasted for a second and then to the floor. I tied to pump but had very little brake pedal left. Ran the stop light at about 20 and slowing. Thank God noone jumped the green light the other way. After getting under the truck I too have maasive amounts of corrosion on the frame. The main lines are all rusted. Can’t repair myself so will have to spend alot of money. The truck is worth maybe 5000 dollars now so why woudl I put money in it. Anyone know what is up with the investigation?

December 4, 2011 at 11:05 pm
(458) luis says:

I have a 2002 Yukon xl only 35k which I bought it new. it start to rust about 6 years ago when it still under warranty. last month my brake line burst at front passager wheel. Luckly it was parked at parking lot when it burst. I had mechanic replace that section only. The old line had about 1/8 of inch hole in it. and thickness of the wall is paper thin. I am afraid to drive this truck.

December 5, 2011 at 6:05 pm
(459) duane fuller says:

2002 avalanche this the 4th time my brakes have busted through another hole in my crappy brake lines .now after bleeding my brakes and put a another new line on abs light comes on and im still having trouble builing up pressure i almost ran over 2 people because my lines have just rusted or corroded from front to back i am sick of this truck it only has 70000 miles on it

December 6, 2011 at 3:37 am
(460) Gary says:

my 1999 chevy silverado’s brake lines are rusting through also.Also the frame is bad. I thiught the truck was well made till this all started happening. It only has 128000 on it and I am going to have to junk it . Its terrible My next truck will be a toyota or a nission. So much for there advertisements

December 8, 2011 at 9:31 am
(461) Dave says:

2003 GMC truck brakes a total failure at 35,000 mi due to corrosion and rust. Near miss on the road. Failure was a leak in the lines right under the cab where I sit. Brake fluid all over the asphalt The lines were totally disintegrated. Never a warning from GM thus far. A catastrophic condition.

December 8, 2011 at 1:35 pm
(462) Deb says:

We own a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD Crew Cab 8-ft bed (Diesel) and on 10/24/2011 while driving and attempting to turn into driveway, the brakes failed, completely, pedal to the floor, nothing, no emergency brake either. Luckily, I was able to continue on the State Route I was on and turn left at the next country road and costed to a stop. The truck was leaking brake fluid at the front and rear of the frame from the brake lines. We had it towed and the mechanic says that all lines have corrosion and one of them blew. We live in Ohio and we are the second owner (7 yrs) of this truck and like the first owner we have kept up on all maintenance. I have read in several articles that GM states that the brake failure is never a total brake failure, I beg to differ on that since that is exactly what happened to me.

December 8, 2011 at 3:01 pm
(463) R.J. Evans,Jr. says:

I had a complete brake failure on my 2002 Tahoe after driving at hwy speeds, no warning lights, nothing, could have been catastrophic, and or deadly. Brake lines completely rusted under drivers door along frame..like hundreds, and thousands of other complaints of same exact problem, same location. To replace all of my brake lines except the rear lines, which were replaced 2 years ago for the same problem, it cost me $800. RECALL NEEDED BEFORE SOMEBODY IS SERIOUSLY INJURED, OR KILLED. Come on GM admit there is a major issue, and take care of it!!

December 10, 2011 at 1:18 pm
(464) Greg from connecticut says:

My 02 silverado is loaded with rust, the break lines just went this past week, but the lines are heavily, heavily corroded along their full length, I suspect they need complete replacement. Many cars have stainless lines and put them in a channel to reduce the exposure, My backing plates on the rear brakes are almost failed, fuel lines, and frame parts. This is not salt/winter corrosion. I have had all GM cars in the family, cavaliers, malibus, a 1995 S10 pickup for 13 years, never, never anywhere near this kind of rust through. The S10 went through the same slop here in the northeast, not a mark on the undercarriage. I think GM did some poor quality metal changeover on purpose. What about stainless exhausts, brake lines and fuel lines?
On a $27,000 truck if they can’t shield it, it should be stainless, and they’ve done it before on all my other vehicles were it mattered. Does anyone know where to get a prebent stainless set of brakelines at the best price?

Greg M.

December 11, 2011 at 8:56 am
(465) Jerry says:

I have a 2002 GMC Sierra and I had to replace all the brake lines because they were rusted through including the front calipers because the bleeding nipples were gone. I am now having a problem priming the system. I filled the reservoir pumped the pedal several times but the fluid level in the reservoir never goes done. Do I nede to prime the master cylinder or open all bleeders, start the car and pump. The system also has a ABS EHSU unit.

December 12, 2011 at 4:16 am
(466) Rockco Burns says:

I have replaced broken brake lines 3 times in the last 6 mos on my 1999 chevy silverado z71.

December 12, 2011 at 9:28 am
(467) Bill in NJ says:

I have a 01 Silverado 2500HD, my rear brake line just broke, up on the frame near the gas tank. Luckily it happened when I was backing out of my driveway. When I crawled under the truck to inspect I noticed just how bad the brake and fuel line are rusted. Also there is quite a bit of rust along the edges of the frame. There should not be that much rust under the truck. I own, and know people that own cars and truck in my area that are just as old or older and do not have rust like this on the undercarriage.

December 12, 2011 at 2:44 pm
(468) ChuckR says:

I just installed a GoodWrench crate motor in my 1999 Chevy Suburban. When under the vehicle I could not believe how bad everything was rusted. My brother who was helping me said “your going to be coughing up money for brake lines soon.” So today I was checking eveything over making sure I had no leaks and all fluids were topped off, I noticed the brake fluid was a little low so I topped it off. Got in the vehicle to back out of the garage and I felt the brake line give way, the pedal went to the floor. I am aware that vehicles rust and here in Indiana they use chemicals on the roads for melting snow and ice but this really seems extreme. I have vehicles much older with less rust. So now on top of the crate engine I’m looking for prebent brake lines, that’s how I found this site. Perhaps I should have traded my 1999 money pit.

December 13, 2011 at 10:15 am
(469) Mac says:

2003 Silverado just had a brake line let go. All lines are being replaced because they bundlle them in a way that makes it almost impossible to get at without upset of other lines plus the others look bad. Major money and no way this should happen just because I happen to live in the North East. Brake and fuel lines should be made of a material that withstands being under a vehical.

December 13, 2011 at 11:45 am
(470) mike says:

99 1/2t same brakeline failure as everybody else,while backing my boat in had to grab a forward gear or i would have been in the lake.they recalled the tailgate straps for corrosion problems,but no brake line recall.they do make prebent lines at lmctrucks.com.save your reciepts there are too many failures for them to ignore too much longer.

December 13, 2011 at 3:03 pm
(471) nheath2004 says:

I have a 2002 Chev Avalanche with 105K miles on it. Recently I had a brake line failure at the curb in front of a relative’s house; fortunately, not while driving. Shade-tree mechanic said every one of the brake lines is corroded to the point of imminent danger. He also said there is significant rust on the vehicle frame itself.

December 15, 2011 at 9:52 am
(472) JoAnn says:

I drove the truck yesterday about 75 miles and no problem. This morning on my way to work the pedal just went to the floor. Almost nothing to stop with and the emergency brake didn’t work either. Luckily there was no other traffic around me so no accidents or injuries…..now what? A LOT of money to fix all of the brake lines….

December 15, 2011 at 7:11 pm
(473) neal says:

my 2001 silverado 1500 had all brake lines, transmission lines and gas lines replaced due to bad rust, brakes failed and gas smell led me to look under the truck, the undercarriage is all rusted and looks like the truck will fall in half,,,,, 2004 3500 lly dually, in shop now front brake rotors rusted and all brake lines need replacing,,, a real problem for gm but unless our goverment gets involved nothing will be done, we are on our own

December 16, 2011 at 1:19 am
(474) Jack says:

I was going through brake bleeding info when I came across this post. My 1997 S-10′s brake lines are ate up. Then I started reading all the posts about the cluster of fuel and brake lines under the drivers door. This is where the brake line ruptured on my S-10. The back ones are pretty bad too. I live in Delaware. Snow is not such a big deal here. The roads only get brine or salt/gravel a few times a year. My little truck has a lot of miles on it. I’m not looking for anything to happen here. The last time GM had a big recall they got away with a rebate check to use on the purchase of a NEW … you guessed it, GM truck, …go figure, huh.
What I want to do is to make people aware that the issue extends to the small trucks, too.
Thank you.
Coyote Jack

December 19, 2011 at 11:51 pm
(475) curtis cook says:

I own a 2001 Chevy 3500 Dually. 117,000 miles. Truck has been very well maintained since new. My wife went to get our annual vehicle inspection today and when she pulled out of the drive, the brake pedal fell to the floor. She was able to drive it a short distance to the inspection location where they found a brakeline rusted in half. Amazing that the last time the truck was drove, it had brakes. Upon inspection, it was found that all the metal brakelines running from the Master cylinder to the ABS box are very rusty where they run along the top of the frame just under the drivers seat area. GM absolutely needs to have a recall on these brakelines. These trucks are designed to pull and work with. After reading many many complaints about this problem, they need to make it right with the vehicle owners before someone gets hurt or killed.

December 20, 2011 at 8:55 pm
(476) scott menapace says:

Just happened to me too. Luckily we were just leaving home when my pedal went to the floor in 2001 silverado. Rear brake line before the tee and its a pain to fix! Been under truck for two days trying to figure out what to do and now seeing a lot of rust and corrosion on gas lines too.

December 22, 2011 at 4:43 pm
(477) Mac says:

I purchased my 2003 Chevy Avalanche brand new in August 2004 here in Maryland and have less than 20,000 miles (that’s correct, less than 20,000) on it. Basically, only drove it to Lowe’s or Home Depot on weekends. Last week, while driving, my brake pedal went completely to the floor. Luckily I was driving slow and close to home so I made it back home. I had the truck towed to a repair shop where it was determined that the brake lines were severely corroded and rusted which resulted in leaking brake fluid. I grew up in Michigan and have never heard of this type of complete brake failure. This will be the first and last Chevy truck I ever purchase. Now looking for an F-150!!!

December 23, 2011 at 3:01 pm
(478) david harvey says:

i own a 2000 chevy sububan 1500 have had it for 10 yrs
140000 miles on it .
my 20yr old daughter just had total brake failure on her way
to work luckly she dumped it into a ditch and nobody was hurt
need to replace all of the brake lines . cant believe the exhaust will last forever but could have lost my daughter because chevy did not want to use stainless on my 30000 dollar car ??

December 24, 2011 at 11:55 pm
(479) Tjboatboy says:

I purchased my 99 GMC Sierra Z71 in March of 2001 and I have maintained her through a local dealer. In tha last few years I have lost the left rear brake line while hooking up to our boat. I had it fixed. Then 3 weeks ago I was going home from work and a person ran a stop sign – I hit the brakes peddle to the floor!!! Just missed the car and blown brake line. Replaced all front brake lines. Got under the truck and was amazed as how the frame was rotted due to corrosion. I love my truck and it will not pass inspection in May. I love this truck. I will no longer allow my wife to drive this truck.
GMC Please step up like Toyota did to help their customers. They are replacing the frames up to 15 years.

December 26, 2011 at 11:42 am
(480) Jimmy B says:

Our brakes went completely out while driving on a very busy road in Indianapolis, IN. We were VERY lucky that the light had just changed or we would have been t-boned. Our truck is a 1997 GMC Sierra. We had it repaired, and one week later, it started leaking again. We ended up spending about $800 for the two repairs. The car place told us we were lucky it could have been worst. Please let us know if you do a recall, as it would be really nice to get reimburse for this expense repair, that probably shouldn’t have had to pay for.

December 26, 2011 at 6:59 pm
(481) '02 Avalanche says:

Yes, I too had major issues with my 2002 Avalanche Brake Lines. On all days (Christmas Eve) I got in my truck to move it in the driveway and the brake just went to the floor. Under the truck, brake fluid all over. The lines now have at least two holes we found and they all look like they need replaced. Thank god it happened while at home and not on our way anywhere for the holidays.

December 26, 2011 at 11:05 pm
(482) david says:

That’s ridiculous, I have a 64 impala that’s has nobrake line rust at all!! And I have a 99 silverado that didn’t rust at all!! Its people like you that are going too put the great automaker out of bussines.

January 29, 2012 at 12:04 pm
(483) trucks says:

Thousands of people are having issues that should not occur. The NHTSA has ramped this up to a preliminary investigation, so it must feel there’s merit in the complaints. GM is a good company, but if it used shoddy products (or obtained shoddy products from a supplier) GM is as subject to a recall as any other automaker whose products have safety problems.

December 28, 2011 at 1:44 pm
(484) dave burns says:

2003 Sirerra – brake lines gone – all rusted through

December 28, 2011 at 10:14 pm
(485) DL says:

2004 gm 1500 z71. Interlock breaks engage when they wont making stops unpredictable.
Already have 600 dollars invested due to dealer keeps giving diffrent diagnoses…. when is enough enough… better off disconecting ABS.

December 29, 2011 at 5:37 am
(486) joe says:

2000 silverado, replaced all brake lines before someone got killed, they were about to burst. Frame is just about gone also.

December 29, 2011 at 10:39 am
(487) Rick says:

2002 Silverado Z71 108000 miles Another brake line failure beneath the driver side door where the clip holds 4 brake lines. Lines are so rusted you can bend with your fingers. Called the NHSTA and filed a complaint
Rust has ate through on the rocker panels and cab corners and starting above the rear wheels. Price on ss lines from inlinetube is 269 and add 50 for ss fittings.

December 31, 2011 at 4:40 pm
(488) Walt in Cincy says:

I replaced all hard lines with SS prebent tubes from Inline Tube on an 02 Suburban. There is no way to install these “body on frame” without several cuts but be warned: the double 45 flare, that is required by law to rejoin the cuts, is not possible without industrial tools. Nothing from Advance Auto or Autozone is going to come close to making a double 45 flare in stainless steel. I found a shop that makes industrial hydraulic lines that could do a nice clean double 45 for me at a VERY reasonable price. If you don’t think you have that kind of shop available I would not attempt SS lines. Also, inspect the flares from Inline, several of mine were badly formed and would have been leakers had I not cleaned them up (dremmel tool) and/or cut and reflared some.

January 1, 2012 at 1:13 pm
(489) Sixday says:

Hit brakes hard and started a leak in brake system on 2003 S-10 w/ZR1 package. Took to shop. Familiar with problem. Gas line was corroding. They “cleaned it up” and we are making best attempt by coating with spray corrosion protection. ALL BRAKE LINES were a mess. All fittings corroded to the point of being useless. All caliper bleed screws were corroded to the point that a wrench was something to use as a paper weight as they are useless on the fittings. This vehicle is in Delaware with 54,252 miles, purchased brand new. Replaced all brake lines and calipers as they were scrap metal. My wonder is why GM makes 4WD if it is only to be used in dry, arid environments. Sounds from other posts as if that isn’t going to matter as well.

January 1, 2012 at 5:49 pm
(490) Paul Strange says:

This past summer of 2011 I was on vacation when one of mine blowed a hole in one of them causing me to almost run through a stop sign. As much as I am starting to see that other people are having trouble with this same problem I think that Chevrolet should have a voluntary recall in not force them into.


January 2, 2012 at 10:39 am
(491) Bill says:

Well, add me to the list. last year i had to replace all the brake lines as they failed one day leaving work. Now the shackle on my passenger side has broken and is is resting on the bed of the truck. i called the local dealer and they wanted $217 for each shackle, not including installation. i found a pair on line at rockauto.com for $68. Today i’ve been under my truck smashing my knuclkes trying to get the rusted bolts off. i came in to see what trick i was missing. apparently none. its just a rusty mess. i wonder why ford is the best selling truck in america?? I have also had problems with the ABS Sensor and had to replace the hub, and from the dealer records. they replaced one when it was under warrenty. What about the heater. The Fan stopped working for speeds 1-3. so you have to put it on 4 or 5 to get it to work. i have spoken to others with that same problem as well. thanks Chevy

January 2, 2012 at 11:30 am
(492) jim says:

add me to the list. everything needs to be replaced on my 99 sonoma

January 4, 2012 at 3:45 pm
(493) exiledtrucker says:

I had four brakelines fail just infront of the abs unit. When i ask my gm dealer about it they said it would cost about $1200.00 for them to fix it. I had them check on recalls and they said there was none. So i did it myself. What a pain in the ass. My truck is a 2001 2500hd Silverado. The lines failed at 80,000 miles.

January 5, 2012 at 10:51 am
(494) Frank says:

Yep, my 2005 silverado crew cab 4×4 just had brake pedal go to the floor. Truck has 98,000mi. on it. Nursed it into the dealer and waitin to hear the bad news….. It is rusting pretty bad underneath

January 5, 2012 at 3:34 pm
(495) Joe says:

OMG. My 2003 GMC Z71 extended cab had catastrophic brake failure with no warning, no dripping nothing. I was approaching a stop sign on a busy truck route. When I pushed on the brake pedal I had nothing and the pedal went to the floor. Fortunately I had time to push the emergency brake pedal which stopped the truck just in time. My stop also broke the emergency brake pedal so I consider myself very fortunate indeed, perhaps lucky to be alive. I thank God for saving my life and to GM I say shame on you folks… is this the best you can do??? Like many posts herein the top of my truck looks great but the under side is a rotten mess…..GMC are you doing this on purpose…. built in obsolescence…..sure seems that way.

January 8, 2012 at 4:16 pm
(496) Dennis Cole says:

I have a 2002 Chevy Silverado bought new I just replaced the brakes again.All the brake lines and everything under the truck is solid rust. I have replaced all 4 rotors, all 4 calipers, This time the bleeder screws were rusted off. All 4 shocks are very rusty, frame is rusty, I know i will need to replace all the lines soon unless i can get the rust stopped not sure how to do that. Dust covers rusted off the back wheels on the highway unless we get a recall this is my last Chevy 82,000 very easy highway miles truck still looks and runs great. have always had noise in steering since new

January 9, 2012 at 10:28 pm
(497) Daniel DiVito says:

I have an 01 Silverado 2500HD. Same issues. Rotted out brake lines. Two have been replaced thus far. I will be replacing the others soon.

January 12, 2012 at 4:24 pm
(498) John Tuggle says:

I have a 2004 Chevy 2500 HD 4wd which i use to pull my trailer. My truck has 52000 miles on it. My breaks failed while driving down I-95 from Jacksonville, thank God for the trailer brakes. I had the breaks / lines inspected and the services guy asked if they pulled this from the ocean. The underside was so rusted they wouldn’t bleed the breaks for fear of destroying them. told me it would cost in excess of $2000 to fix and I might have 3000 miles left before all hell breaks loose. They also recommended I replace the gas line as it is rusted as well.

January 14, 2012 at 8:27 pm
(499) Tjboatboy says:

I have a 99 Sierra Z71 75000 miles. Talked to a salesman about trading it for a new truck. They said because of the condition of the frame 2500.00 max trade in. Looking to go to Toyota tundra but not sure. Allways a GMC follower. Not sure where to go now. GM needs to show some gumption to help us.

January 16, 2012 at 8:49 am
(500) JC says:

I have a 2001 Silverado 2500HD and i have had to replace all of the brake lines over two visits to the dealer after experiencing complete brarke loss. Thank god for the paruking brake which was the only thing that saved my #%*. GM used a poor grade metal and simply dropped the ball on this one. I have had 50 year old vehicles that still have the original brake lines. Metal that doesnt corrode and rust is nothing new and has been used for decades. GM just wanted to save some production money here. I have spent over $1000 to fix the issue and lucky i didnt get killed.The first failure was within 5 years of the vehicle being purchased brand new. There should definetly be a recall.

January 16, 2012 at 12:48 pm
(501) Norm B says:

A co worker lost his rear brake line in 2005/6 on a 2000 Chevy truck. Went through a house when he tried to stop and nothing was there. I have a 2001 Suburban. Imported from Texas rust free in late 2004. My lines are toast. The one to the rear from the ABS module is a rusted mess. It has failed inspection. Actually all the lines were labelled “marginal”. So 7 years they have gone from new to junk. The lines run on top of the frame where salt and sand sits and eats them up. I hope they recall it.

January 16, 2012 at 6:18 pm
(502) scott says:

2004gmc weak brakes replaced all pads rotors to bad to be turned,replaced, back brakes twice within a year brakes still weak. 58k. My mech did not check lines! Help calling NTHB tomorrow

January 17, 2012 at 9:04 am
(503) Rick H says:

Update to Norm B. I am that person who lost his brakes while in traffic at 55 mph. I had no time to do anything but steer off the highway and into a parking lot where I struck a building. The truck was totaled I wasn’t hurt. There was no prior warning that there was a problem with the truck. It is a sick feeling when you loose your brakes. it ended up costing me a less then aceptable insurance settlement for the vehicle and three years of increased insuranc3e rates. I know i will never see anything for it but GM needs to be held acountable for what they have faild to do about the problems .

January 17, 2012 at 9:47 am
(504) Matthew Hose says:

I have a 99 Silverado and both brake lines that run the front of the truck from the ABS module and the main feed from the master cylinder broke when I was cut-off in traffic and almost ended up in a crash at highway speeds due to slamming on the brakes. I also now need to replace the rear half of the frame due to extreme corrosion. I owned a 1978 Bronco and never replaced a single line on that vehicle for as long as I owned it. GM knew they were selling garbage vehicles due to the sum of their defective parts. Some one needs to act on this!!! These vehicles should be 15-20 years old before these sort of things happen, not 5-10.

January 18, 2012 at 10:45 am
(505) Jordan says:

My 03 2500HD diesel fuel lines and brake lines have both rusted out. First issue was the fuel spilling all over the road, which I discovered while re-fueling. Band-aid fixed that issue to get me home, then replaced that line. Then a month later the driver side brake line to ABS module burst, causing a major loss in braking performance. Luckily there were no other cars around and I was able to get the vehicle under control without harming anyone or anything. GM will do nothing. I have filed a complaint with the NHTSA but as stated there case has been opened and closed already.

January 19, 2012 at 4:16 pm
(506) Steve says:

As an owner of a 2000 Silverado 1500 and also wife’s 2000 Impala LS, this is making me a little nervous living in the northeast. I always have had GM vehicles in the past and they were trusty and faithful and made me GM proud. Aside from piston slap, so-so transmissions and thinner sheetmetal on my current Chevy vehicles, I’ve found out how to keep them on the road longer and fairly rust free……..by using my go-to 91′ Camry as the workhorse in the family. Granted it is rusty too, but they did not sell a zillion of them over the years because they looked stylish. Almost all of the Camry rust is only on the exterior body panels and not on structural support areas. Whatever they did then, the car is still in good solid shape with 262,000 miles on it. It uses 1 quart of oil every 1,200 miles but gets 34-37 hgwy/mpg in summer. I wonder if the 2007-present GM trucks have even gotten less corrosion protection than the “older” ones? I know their sheet metal is alot thinner. They really don’t make them like they used to anymore. Bummer.

January 19, 2012 at 4:34 pm
(507) Dave Empie says:

My 2003 GMC pick-up totally lost its entire braking system due to corrosion and disintegration of the brake lines. After towing to the nearest fix it shop and a $1200 bill, I’m on the road again. This vehicle has less than 40,000 miles. Of course GM denied any responsibility for faulty materials in the original brake lines, but I expected some admission of guilt for the disintegration. Since warranty coverage long expired, customer service at GM refused any compensatory solution. Have talked to GM in Texas and Montreal–same nothings forthcoming. Notified NHTSA twice, but no reply yet. This condition is a critical safety issue. Additional pressure needs to be voiced! RECALL RECALL RECALL

January 21, 2012 at 9:13 am
(508) jeffrey says:

I own a 2002 2500HD. I live in a northeast state. i have replaced all my brake lines already!!!!! Now i have to do it all over again including all my transmission lines and fuel lines!!!!!!!!! drove it one day it was fine. got in to drive again a few days later and it wouldnt move. transmission fluid all over the ground!!! then poof! the brake pedal went to the floor! I started really looking the truck over to find all lines leaking?????? this truck only has 92,000 miles??????

January 22, 2012 at 8:00 am
(509) Steve B says:

Wow, So I’m here because the 2002 Montana I just bought a couple of days lost it’s brakes last night with kids en route home. I know its an older vehicle but what’s wrong with this auto manufacturer, non consumeable safety components should not fail like that. If I would have known how many good folks registered complaints I wouldn’t have even considered buying it. Stayed away from GM for many many years, think now for the rest of my life.

January 22, 2012 at 8:14 am
(510) Terry Strait says:

Just blew a brake line on my 2002 valanche while sitting at my mailbox getting mail. Thank GOD it blew there instead of on the highway. Looked at all the lines and could not belive how corroded they were. This is unacceptable. I hope GM saved a ton of money on their cost of this material to put lives at risk.

January 23, 2012 at 3:44 pm
(511) Greg says:

1999 Chevy Silverado 1500 Z71 4×4. Brake line from ABS unit to rear axle burst under hard braking and I lost all braking. Investigation showed this line to be severely rusted and ruptured. All other brake lines show similar levels of rust and look as if they could also burst at any moment. I am an Automotive Chassis Systems Engineer and have over 25 years experience in the brake industry. I have owned probably 30 vehicles (some of them pretty old rusted out clunkers) in my life and this is the first one EVER to have ruptured a brake line.

I was able to fix the burst line but I am now scared to death to drive the vehicle and will NOT take my family anywhere in it untill all of the lines have been replaced.

There is a company http://www.inlinetube.com that makes SS brake lines that are a perfect match for the factory lines. They are about $300 for a COMPLETE set for my truck.

In my professional opinion this is a VERY SERIOUS safety issue and a recall should be initiated with all haste.

January 23, 2012 at 4:44 pm
(512) Greg says:

To EVERYONE that has lefty complaints her… PLEASE PLEASE put in a complaint with NHTSA. If they get enough complaints they will FORCE GM to recall the vehicles. If they get no complaints they will not take action. OUR TAX DOLLARS SAVED GM. We did them A BIG favor. Now it’s time for them to do us a little favor. Go to http://www.nhtsa.gov and lodge a complaint. It’s really easy and will only take a few minutes. VOX POPULI. Make your government work for you… That is what we elected them for anyway.

January 23, 2012 at 5:49 pm
(513) ddlbrooks says:

i have a 2003 silverado 1500 hd crew cab with quadrasteer and the
rear brake line to the axle failed due to corrosion last summer.

January 24, 2012 at 10:01 am
(514) DageonYar says:

Just had a brake line blow-out on my 2004 GMC Sierra 3500 LB7 Diesel. The line runs along the frame along the driver’s side front wheel well. It appears to be corroded completely, and the blown-out portion is actually where the line is clipped to the frame using a plastic clip. Undercarriage is completely rusted. This truck looks like it’s 50 years old underneath, but the top/bed is fine.

Other issues I’ve had on this truck:
- All 4 calipers replaced due to corrosion
- Diesel injectors replaced twice (not covered under the special warranty…)
- Passenger side front wheel bearing replaced
- Fuel lines to fuel cooler replaced due to corrosion/leak
- Heater control module replaced
- Lower heater mode select motor replaced due to faulty sensor
- Wiring harness to TCM replaced due to connector issues
- Cam Position Sensor replaced (caused stalling at highway speeds)

Highly disappointed in this 70k$ truck with all the issues that we’ve had. I’ll never buy another GM again.

January 24, 2012 at 4:29 pm
(515) Steve C says:

My 2001 Chevy K2500HD just blew a brake line and the pedal went to the firewall on the road. I used up about 60 feet of 1/4″ line and an entire day replacing all the lines which looked like they came from the Titanic. My neighbor had the same thing happen a couple of weeks ago on his 2000 Chevy K2500. Seems like maybe a lower cost tubing vendor was used around the year 2000? Don’t see near the complaints on earlier trucks.

January 24, 2012 at 4:38 pm
(516) Jerry K says:

I own a 2000 K3500 Cab & Chassis. The Brake lines failed on my truck to the rear after I replaced the master cylinder. Noticed the the frame rails foward of the control arms are starting to rust through and also whl the frame makes a bend going under the cab is also rusting through.
Does anyone know of any action is being taken about this situation? I have a 91 a 95 and two 98 Chevy 4X4 trucks and none of them are rusted away like my 2000. I heard Toyota had a recall on some of their trucks from frame rails rusting through, is GM doing anything????

January 25, 2012 at 4:12 pm
(517) Tracy says:

Bought my 2002 Avalanche new. It has had to have all brake and fuel lines replaced from rust. the first line was replaced about 5 years ago…it is unbelieveable with todays materials and technologies that they can’t build a car that doesn’t rust out in 10 years. fenders rusting from the inside out, and the fuel door started rusting about 5 years ago-now is about ready to fall off. very disappointing on a vehicle that cost over $30, 000 and is now basically a rusted junk with no value…Replace it with a new one? why! to watch it rust out like this one and spend over $40, 000….. I don’t think so.

January 26, 2012 at 12:44 am
(518) ken boddie jr says:

I own a 2003 gmc 1/2 ton pick I have own since almost brand new I lost my brakes plowing last weekend!! right to the floor and all the bells and lights went off! I am shocked at how rotted out the brake lines are I have built and restored many many cars and trucks over the years I cound not beleave what a cluster f**k it is to replace the lines I only did the 2 that where bad but I know the rest have to be done I have a friend who has been fixing cars from japan for 30+ years and told me he has never ever replaced a bad or rusted out brake line on one of theses cars from japan !!what the hell are the US car makers thinking ?? I am # 518 to bitch about this problem !! I think ill try and light a fire under someones butt about this before people gets killed!!

January 27, 2012 at 12:33 pm
(519) Scott says:

2000 GMC Sierra 65K miles. Brake lines rusted threw last year. A serious accident was avoided by careful stopping, sparse traffic and a small hill.

Considerable rust under the doors and on the door to the gas tank. Otherwise no rust at all.

January 30, 2012 at 9:38 pm
(520) Mike K says:

Have 2000 S10 60,000 loaned it to a good buddy that just bagged a trophy buck. He pulls up in my driveway to tell me he just about killed himself….why….brake line rusted out. I’m glad it was him and not my wife that was driving a day before he used it. We took it to the shop got them fixed. Now just got the truck inspected……..rear spring shackles are rusted and need to be replaced. What next?????

January 31, 2012 at 8:07 am
(521) Stephanie says:

’02 Sierra 2500 HD
Second time:
Brake lines corroded and went on the truck during a snow storm…lines needed to be replaced, apparently master cylinder did too…now brakes won’t bleed…nothing but problem after problem with this truck.
The fact that a truck like this would fail like that..again..could have caused a terrible accident.
Luckily my husband was close to home, there was little traffic and he was able to get it in the barn safely.
This is the second time this has happend..last time lines went on the farm (no scary life threatening incident)…this time, while driving on a highway in a snow storm, it was the back lines, last time it was the front. All fluid ran out completely…brutal!
He takes it in all winter and sprays the underneath a couple times a week to clean and remove salt, dirt etc. etc….this is a well taken care of truck and the Brake Lines are falling apart…corroding still!!

February 1, 2012 at 8:34 am
(522) eric says:

well ive seen the complaints and it finaly got me . my 03 2500hd blew a line over top of fuel tank and had to limp her home.thank god i wasnt pulln my fifth wheel could have been real ugly.w.t.f. no recall or even a bulletin.

February 4, 2012 at 8:03 pm
(523) craig cyr says:

my wife went to leave a parking lot put her foot on the brake to put the truck in gear and the pedal went to the floor. all the brake lines going to the front of the vehicle were rusted and one was burst. The garage said it would cost over 3000 to fix. We spent the whole week replacing all the front lines. I am thanking higher beings that this did not happen when she was on the highway coming home from work.

February 7, 2012 at 8:42 pm
(524) Rick says:

have a 2002 $43,000.00 GMC Denali Less than 90,000 miles enitre under side rusted, rockers completely gone, side steps fell off, All brake lines, rotors calipers u joints replaced. soon to replace tow hitch if there is anything left to attach it to. even the gas cap door is rusted through so bad I can fill up without opening the door.
Not much salt on the roads I drive on in CT. it is going to be pretty hard for me to buy another GMC

February 8, 2012 at 12:40 pm
(525) Chris says:

One of my good friends truck just started losing brake pressure sunday so we checked and the lines were badly corroded. There is a large hole in the line. 03 Z71 Silverado

February 8, 2012 at 3:13 pm
(526) Brad says:

Well I am adding to this. I have a ’99 Silverado 2500 HD. I had and still have the problem. Was driving home from work and had the brake pedal go straight to the floor. Limped home and when I looked,drivers side rear was covered in fluid, leaking like a sieve. Upon inspection, they are all rusted like I have never seen before anywhere..I am disgusted to say the least..

February 8, 2012 at 8:44 pm
(527) jc says:

i have changed many brake lines in the midwest. many of them just seem to blow when driving for 10-20 years. i think it a vehicle in the salt belt lasts 10 years here it is a miracle. if we used aluminum and stainless steel lines we would not have the problem. it is a huge problem. people just do not know about it.

February 9, 2012 at 12:03 pm
(528) Jim says:

My 16 year old son just acquired a 99 Silverado 2500 from his Grandfather and was driving home from LAX practice when his brakes failed. Thank God he was almost home when the failure occurred and was able to creep the rest of the way home and into the driveway without an accident. I climbed under the truck and found a rupture in the long break line from the rear driver’s side wheel to the front of the truck that snakes in and out and over top of the tank, as well severe rust and corrosion on all the rest of the lines on the truck. This does not look like an easy fix. Needless to say, even after fixing this issue and reading what I am reading I do not feel comfortable driving the truck myself let alone letting my inexperienced 16 year old driver back behind the wheel. “Like a Rock” Not from what I see.

February 9, 2012 at 9:04 pm
(529) J R says:

My brake line failures began in June 2011. I pull a 20′ enclosed trailer every weekend with my 2001 Silverado 1/2 ton 4×4 extended cab short bed. I love the truck. I like the way it drives, rides, etc. Came home, backed trailer into its spot the brake pedal went to the floor and brake fluid all over the nice blacktop driveway! 2 days later when I put it in my shop to make repairs, I got under the truck and could not believe my eyes when I looked at these brake lines! I repaired 2 of them, bled the brakes and we were on our way that weekend with the trailer in tow. Came off I-81 on a off ramp and walaa, to the floor again! Through the stop sign at the end of the ramp and coasted to a stop. Sure enough, a 3rd brake line had ruptured! Limped it the remaining 3 miles to our destination (thank goodness for good trailer brakes). The following morning I was under the damn truck repairing that small section section of line. Me and a buddy of mine who got there that morning for the weekend bled the brakes. All seems good I said. I hit the pedal one more time for assurance and swish! The friggin back line ruptured where it ties into the left rear wheel rubber line. To the parts store for some fittings and I ran a new line BELOW and to the side of the gas tank. All repairs unfortunately are done with compression fittings for now. I got the truck home that Sunday evening and have not touched another line since but I have a 4th front line beginning to ooze so it is obvious I will be replacing all the lines as hundreds/maybe thousands have had to do. This truck is a 10 year old truck and underneath it is a disgrace! I will NEVER own another GM product again. I will be filing a report with the NHTSA tomorrow when they are not doing maintenance on their website like they are tonight! GM has a serious problem here and I guess it is up to us to make it known. Please file a report on your vehicle with NHSTA immediately

February 11, 2012 at 10:02 am
(530) IVI says:

2001 GMC Yukon Design Failures so far:
1.) Cheap wax type of undercoating failed. Frame and Chassis rusting away.
2.) Rear Brake lines completely rusted. My son lost brakes while pulling a trailer, luckily the right shoulder was empty and he avoided running through busy intersection. Replaced rear brake lines, myself, used copper/nickel http://www.copper.org/applications/automotive/brake.html which will not corrode, ever, easy to bend, easy to form double flanges, used in Volvo’s, Audi, Military, and Firefighting vehicles.
3.) Front Brake line rusting, will replace next.
4.) Fuel Line from engine, to fuel filter, to fuel tank completely rusting. Hope to replace before the whole truck blows up.
5.) Service Engine Light Soon is lit. Not because of loose Gas cap, but because the Gas Tank fuel Tank filler pipe is completely rusting away.
6.) Front ABS Sensors rusted, causing ABS to engage at low speeds, unable to stop at intersections. Pulled ABS fuse, to disable GM’s faulty ABS system.
7.) Parking Break System failed after first year. Rear Parking Break shoe design is a complete joke. Cheap rear shoe hanging bracket designed to fail. Can not adjust shoes from the outside.
8.) Rear Disk Rotor Shields disintegrated. Have to pull the whole rear axial off to replace. Really? Come on GM. (After market split shields are available.)

My 2000 Nissan Quest Minivan has coated brake lines with plastic shielding neatly run down the middle of the chassis. No Rust Period. Driven on the same roads as the Yukon. Why can’t GM spend an extra dollar and use time tested, verified, and properly validated materials.

February 12, 2012 at 9:37 am
(531) Steven says:

1993 GMC I live in Texas so not much salt repeated brake line problems.

February 17, 2012 at 5:49 pm
(532) Jonathan Cox says:

Had this same problem last week. Pedal went to floor and lost 98% of braking power. Thankfully no crash. Inspection of the brake system showed a brake line falure due to extreme amounts of corrosion. It just rusted out until it failed!. Looking at the other 3 lines they are about to do the same. This is on a 2000 GMC Seirra 1500.

Has this problem been recalled or do people have to DIE first??

February 17, 2012 at 11:45 pm
(533) Gary says:

Today driving home from work, brake light and ABS light came on. Luckily I was only 2 blocks from home. Went to put brakes onto turn left onto home street and the break pad went directly to the floor. Upon getting home popped the hood to see what the issue was. Checked the break fluid level and it was low. Added break fluid to the truck and had family member pay attention to around the break lines and master cylinder to see if I had any leaks. After starting the truck and pumping the break pedal to see where the leaks were coming from, noticed that it was coming directly from the 3rd line of 5. All lines are badly corroded along with the under carriage of the truck looking like it has the body of a 50 year old truck that has been sitting in a junk yard torn up. This truck has been very good to me, has 287K miles on it. For a truck which is only 13 years old this should not have happened. GMC we bailed you out and now it is time to help those who are true to GM and Chevy. I own nothing but Chevy vehicles and now I am going to have to put a lot of money into a truck that I could probably only get 3500 to 4500 out of it. Time to step up. I have filed a complaint following in the paths of other owners.

February 19, 2012 at 11:10 am
(534) Dave says:

1999 GMC Sierra 1500 on jack stands in garage due completely rotten brake lines. I also own a 1996 Pontiac Bonneville that all brake lines rusted through. I replaced brake lines on Bonneville myself with nickel copper lines as no bent lines available. Nickle copper lines bend and flare easily and never rust. I will be purchasing bent lines for the GMC from inlinetube.com. Both vehicles lost brakes while my sons were driving them, luckily no one was hurt or killed because of slow speeds and very slight braking left due to dual master cylinder systems. Due the sheer number of vehicles with this problem and the cost to fix them, I don’t see this getting to recall state as this would probably close GM’s doors. Federal Gov’t should mandate corrosion proof materials for fuel and brake systems on all cars. Funny, Pontiac still has original exhaust system. Go figure.

February 19, 2012 at 2:02 pm
(535) Glus says:

I have a 2000 S-10. Just blew a rear brake like. The truck is shockingly rusted out underneath. All the brake lines are corroded. The frame is really rusted. Its pitiful.

February 21, 2012 at 9:03 am
(536) Jason says:

I have a 2002 GMC Sierra. with only 59,000 miles. I bought it new. I had the rear brake line fail two years ago while plowing. The front brakes failed last year (2011), so I had everything redone from the master cylinder down rather than just the damaged branch. Glad I did because close inspection revealed serious rot overall, especially where the lines entered junctions or werre held by fasteners. All because of corrosion. Again, only 59,000 miles, though when the rears failed, it had about 55,000 miles! The shop that repaired the rears told me that the fronts were nearly rotted through, so I knew what to expect.

February 21, 2012 at 9:54 am
(537) Steven R. Scott says:

I had this exact same problem with my 2001 Suburban a few years ago. Fortunately, we discovered the issue without a major accident, but I am flabbergasted not only to learn about this defect, but to now find out that the many thousands of dollars I paid the dealership for repairs (which I was told was required and involved separating the body from the frame in order to repair the corroded brake line) could have easily been avoided by the simple expedient of running a replacement brake line outside the frame for a few hundred dollars. There should be a recall and reimbursement. If not, I will be searching for a class action lawsuit related to this matter. And, if there is not one already filed, trying to encourage a dedicated class action firm to do so. It seems possible that there are tens of thousands if not hundreds of thousands of vehicle owners that have been hit (as I believe I was) for many thousands of dollars for repairs for a problem that (1) appears to be a product defect, and (2) even if not a product defect, apparently could have been repaired for a pittance.

February 25, 2012 at 8:05 am
(538) Russ says:

I have a ’99 Silverado. Had 4 brake lines replaced replaced last fall; just had left rear one replaced. I couldn’t believe it.

February 25, 2012 at 11:12 am
(539) Mick says:

I purchased my 2000 Sierra new and love it. However, I did have a brake line burst from rust. I am very dissapointted in the rust that has developed on the underneath of my truck. I have had the damage repaired once already but it is rusting in new areas now. I was told by the dealer not to get Zeibart or any other underbody protection. I have done Zeibart on my other vehicles and it has been great. I am going to replace all my brake lines this summer so I do not have another brake line failure. I pull a boat and feel like it is just a matter of time for another blowout.

February 25, 2012 at 11:23 am
(540) david garland says:

I have a 1999 gmc 2500 new body style in 2004 abs stopped working .In 2005 recieved recall notice for abs wheel sensor. Did not fix abs pump problem dealership said recall was to only replace sensor. I had to pull the abs fuse to get the abs to stop pulsing .So now my abs light is on and my brake light is on, About a year later i’m pulling out of my driveway and my brake pedal goes to the floor. Luckily no cars where coming down the road. I have to have to have it towed to a shop and he tells me all the brake lines need replaced because of rust thru.700 dollars to replace the brake lines and he tells me he can replace the abs pump for 1500 dollars but i can do whith out the abs pump.So he just replaced the brake lines.Also major rust under neath the truck I would be very afraid to tow anything because of rust on frame and reciever. hitch.

February 25, 2012 at 12:12 pm
(541) david g says:

I have a 1999 gmc 2500 new body style in 2004 abs stopped working .In 2005 recieved recall notice for abs wheel sensor. Did not fix abs pump problem dealership said recall was to only replace sensor. I had to pull the abs fuse to get the abs to stop pulsing .So now my abs light is on and my brake light is on, About a year later i’m pulling out of my driveway and my brake pedal goes to the floor. Luckily no cars where coming down the road. I have to have to have it towed to a shop and he tells me all the brake lines need replaced because of rust thru.700 dollars to replace the brake lines and he tells me he can replace the abs pump for 1500 dollars but i can do whith out the abs pump.So he just replaced the brake lines.Also major rust under neath the truck I would be very afraid to tow anything because of rust on frame and reciever. hitch.Also fuel line rusted at fuel filter had to repair my self.

February 25, 2012 at 12:23 pm
(542) david garland says:

I keep thinking about things i replaced because of rust thru gas tank straps rusted thru 2010. I guess i should have wrote all the rust issues down before commenting.

February 27, 2012 at 7:17 pm
(543) Jeff P. says:

NHSTA is a government entity and being that it is they will never find GM to be at fault. Are you kidding, this brake line-ABS corrosion recall would cost MEGABUCKS. The Government already bailed them out once,I doubt they would put themselves and the US citizens in a position to have to bail them out again…………….I really do not think they want to see the GM morons flying in on their private corporate jets with their hands out again. We the consumers, after being bent over once again will probably have to take care of it ourselves. After all it is the American……Strike That…..The O_ama Way. My 2001 Yukon XL with only 42K is ready for the junkyard. A $45,000 plus vehicle in 2001!! REALLY…….what a joke.

February 28, 2012 at 1:23 pm
(544) Kyle says:

Yep same problem as many of you are having rusted out brake line caused a leak. Not sure how to repair without it costing a lot of money.

February 29, 2012 at 11:52 am
(545) Joe says:

Maybe they should take the $7000 profit sharing bonus that they gave everyone and fix our vehicles with it!

March 4, 2012 at 11:17 am
(546) Dave says:

I am a mechanic for a city and all i have are GM trucks the newest being a1994 and the oldest 1984. I have 12 trucks 3 being 4wd pickups and 9 dumptrucks. Out of all these trucks i have only had to replace brake lines on 1 and it is the one used for spreading salt on the streets. I just replaced them last summer and its a 1992 pickup. My own truck is a 2000 silverado garage kept with 51000 miles on it and the brake lines are shot! Rock salt? I don’t think so, there is a problem and i think GM should be made to correct this problem! I have been a mechanic for 32 years and never had this problem before.

March 4, 2012 at 10:42 pm
(547) mike says:


March 4, 2012 at 10:47 pm
(548) Mark Gilmore says:

I own a 2004 gmc 2500hd with the 6.0 drive through the winter and tow a trailer. Paid for the extra frame coating when new to prevent rust. Already stripped accessible frame down twice to prime and spray paint. Actually took the bed off to put a goosneck hitch in 2 months ago and removedall the rust again and painted the rear of the frame. The rear is very rusted with very large flakes and the 4×4 driveshaft is also rusted pretty bad. Towing a trailer I lost a supply brake line going to the abs. Pedal went to floor comming up to a red light at 50 towing a 36 foot goosneck trailer. Luckkly the other directions of traffic was not moving yet and there was noone in front of me. As a DIY job I bought 2 25′ rolls of 1/4 inch brake line for $23 each 3 boxes of fittings. $9 and 2 containers of brake fluid for $10 so replaced all 4 lines in the front of the truck for $65 with left over material for the future of the 2 rear lines witch are left. I love gm and will always buy gm but this is not right to have happen so quickly.

March 4, 2012 at 10:53 pm
(549) Mark Gilmore says:

Im back again to leace a comment about my 2000 cadillac sts with 128,000 miles this time. Brake lines rusted out blew out my Lr brake line first and see I have to replace them all along with a steal water pipe sending water to the altenater. Both support towers on eather side of the radiator are completly rusted out accross horrizontaly along with some rust inside the doors of the car. Blown headgasket with worries of the infamouse pulled head studs to find the headgasket just rusted out all over but blew out on the timing chain side of both head gaskets. Seams like some cheap metals are being used more and more.

March 5, 2012 at 6:27 pm
(550) Ted Kocijanski says:

I have a 2001 xtracab silverado with 63K miles, kept real clean and bottom pressure washed weekly to remove any road salt and sand during winter here in southeast NY state.I retired in 1997 ,bought this truck in 2002 with 22K miles from a GM dealer with no bottom rust showing with whatever factory paint or undercoating GM applies at factory. It is garage kept . Rotors were dealer replaced 22k due to salt rust and again at 37k along with front hubs due to salt corrosion of ABS sensors.In 2009 brake line failed due to salt damage above gas tank at frame clamp ! ALL the brake lines and frame and cross members have severe salt corrosion !!! GM will not admit there is a severe problem caused buy very poor engineering on their part!!! .At my expense I will have to replace all brake lines with stainless steel and sand blast frame and paint with marine epoxy paint. NO MORE GM ANYTHING————– Ted Kocijanski

March 6, 2012 at 9:18 am
(551) Adam says:

Today on my way to work, my brakes went squishy. Creeped my way to work. Pissing fluid all over the parking lot. Good things there’s a mechanic right across the road… 2000 Silverado. I just replaced the rockers and cab corners in the summer.

March 7, 2012 at 8:34 pm
(552) Greg says:

Climbed under my 2004 Silverado, 65k , today and found the brake and fuel lines to be severely rusted. I had 3 Fords prior,all for at least 10 years and 150K in SW PA winters with lots of salt. This Chevy has seen much less severe service as I’m retired and don’t have to be out in the bad weather. Basic safety item- Stainless Steel brake lines and fittings. What do you expect for $30K?

March 9, 2012 at 10:19 am
(553) GeorgeB says:

1999 GMC Sierra w/ 59000 miles..Pennsylvania…..I’ve replaced the brake lines, fuel line and transmission linkage all due to severe corrosion…..frame and suspension are a disaster. I’ve never seen this much corrosion on a truck! Fuel line blew first in 2008 followed by brake line rupture in 2009. Very lucky that someone wasn’t hurt.

March 11, 2012 at 5:42 pm
(554) Jesse G. says:

Mine just ruptured today, luckly in the pasture taking clippings down to the back field. 2001 Silverado, complete brake failure. The lines ruptured under the drivers feet along the frame rail.

March 12, 2012 at 2:40 am
(555) teresa says:

just had brand new brakes put on our 1994 Danali, and we were coming down the ski hill. we have been down it many times before and no problem. Well with our new brakes of just one day we went to stop there was no pressure to stop and we kinda had to luckily slowdown without going off into the field or being struck by an on coming car. So really what are we to expect from this company who says i was ridding the brakes too much on the was down! Really, I have driven this road for years and with many worse cars and have felt safer.

March 12, 2012 at 7:15 am
(556) Troy says:

2004 GMC sierra Brake line rupture in driveway on the drivers side just behind the front wheel, this is crazy!! GM needs to take care of this! Going to all stainless steel lines!

March 16, 2012 at 5:37 pm
(557) Bill says:

I have a 2002 Chevy S10 pick-up with 37k miles on it. The rear brake lines are rusted out, leaking and in need of complete replacement. I am amazed to see the amount of rust on the undercarriage of this vehicle – what’s next and why?

March 19, 2012 at 11:50 am
(558) jim says:

Well back on this site agian, as I said before had the line below the drivers side door blow out, e-brake I keep like new on this truck cause it gets more use then the regular brakes. replaced, then replaced bolth rear lines after one blew (had the plow on and it was snowing,plow wokrs well as a brake as well). Plowing last week gas tank strap snapped..dropped the tank and low and behold all the gas lines turned to dust in my hands..now I personaly have replaced every brake and fuel line on this truck custome bent them all myself..I also checked and retightened my e-brake cables as well yesterday..lol…scarey people 1995 gmc 2500hd 8ft fischer blade imagine me at 65mph behind you losing my brakes on the highway..

March 21, 2012 at 12:31 am
(559) Johnnyk says:

I have a 1999 Chevy Silverado extended cab. My wife was going into town today, and she burst the line that connects the front right wheel.
What a crock. I also own a 2003 Ford Focus, and guess what? That car has STAINLESS STEEL brake lines under it.
How can car companies put lives in danger with crappy quality parts that are suppose to provide safety and reliability??
There should be laws on what material the car companies should use on something as braking systems. What were they thinking??

March 27, 2012 at 8:34 pm
(560) Dennis says:

All brake hard-lines on my 2002 Chevy Avalanche 1500 4WD are extremely corroded and have begun to fail. This was discovered after having one of the brake lines blow-out during an emergency stop, while driving at highway speeds. An empty truck in front of me had braked suddenly due to a missed exit, requiring that I apply full braking instantly. I would have collided with the truck after my brake lines blew, except that I was able to swerve into another lane to avoid the vehicle. Had there been another vehicle next to me, I would have crashed into the decelerating vehicle. All of my brake tubing is corroded, as well as portions of the frame, brake calipers and rear brake rotors and dust shields. This excessive corrosion appears to be the result of substandard components with inadequate corrosion protection. I am currently replacing all corroded brake system components (quoted $3,100).

April 8, 2012 at 2:13 am
(561) GMfan says:

Got an 04 avalanche Z71… what a joke.

Just changed out the fuel pump module coz of corroded pipes coming out at the top and gas gushing out…
Plastic lines above the tank actually seem to work nice… except they go right back into crap metal ones just past the tank so now that I finished the whole pressure line the rest of the way to the engine needs replacing as it sprung a leak … REALLY GM?????? That’s the best you can do on a $50,000+ vehicle???
And of course all the break lines are a sorry sight to see… hence I’m reading this here… and will undertake complete replacement. Afraid to put my kids in the truck after reading this site….
Also at the same time looked why my transfer case not switching to 4×4.. well even wires are defective and rusting… yes not one but two wires in the same spot bulged over a 1in distance and turned to dust…. insulation intact…..

Funny thing is while the rest of the undercarriage looks like something from the scrap yard… though not the floor boards… they are mostly new looking… too bad coz when the brakes fail my last hope might have been to kick them in and stop this flinstone-mobil with my heels…

Of course the wheel hubs were all changed out already…
Dinky metal fittings on power steering lines rusted through…. etc…

Crap… my other 02 Hyundai for less then$10,000 is in 10x better shape….

Was my first GM product …. And now also my last…

Too bad too, I actually liked the look and feel of the truck.

And no… being in Canada I will not complain to any US consumer agency.
If GM doesn’t realize the idiotic decisions it makes… well then I just hope consumers realise the pattern of behavior and Corporate response to problems and act accordingly.
I don’t expect much interest from them in my case… vehicle simply not suitable for sale in Canada and probably most other places…

April 8, 2012 at 1:41 pm
(562) Michael Dulaney says:

I have a 05 gmc 1500 sierra with 69000 miles and the brake line rust thru and all them look real bad. I had all them replaced.

April 11, 2012 at 12:19 am
(563) Rob T. says:

I have a 2002 avalanche 83,000 miles .the brake line going to the rear brakes rusted through and almost got into an accident .checked out the other lines and they look just as bad, It is a shame GM hasn’t stepped up to fix this problem not sure if i want to go through the headaches of fixing it.

April 12, 2012 at 4:51 pm
(564) chuck says:

I’ve had a rear line fail a few months ago in my 2002 Burban (78k) and now one of the main lines running from the ABS module (who’s the idiot engineer that decided that was a good location!) along the frame rail failed. Some genius accountant determined that they could save $0.04/vehicle for using steel lines over treated or SS lines. I’d like to personally smack that bean counter.

April 21, 2012 at 12:16 am
(565) Jay says:

2000 Silverado 1500. Hole in rear brake line. How many post before a recall??? It shouldn’t hurt u to bad, Chevrolet. Obama can just borrow some more from China to bail u out again.

April 26, 2012 at 10:54 am
(566) Joe Sessa says:

I have a Chevy 2006 Silverado 2500HD truck. At 1,790 miles on 3/27/07 the frame rusted and had to be cleaned and recoated. On 8/6/08 at 2,965 miles front and rear roters were warped and had to be refinished. On 8/17/09 at 7,190 miles CS brakes pulsated and again recommed needed new roters. Again the frame rusted and was cleaned and recoated. ON 1/26/11 AT 11,262 rear brake pads and roters were replaced. The rear calipers were lubed and all pins and slides were serviced. On 3/2/12 at 13,332 miles the ABS was coming on at slow speeds when braking. The Tech found excessive play in both front Hubs causing sensor to misread rings. Replaced both front hubs. On 3/24/12 at 13,488 miles the brakes completely failed. The cause were rusted brake lines.

April 27, 2012 at 11:33 am
(567) Patrick T Lynch says:

I have a 2000 Chevy Silverado, all the brake lines had to be replaced this year. The lines were a mess, shame on GM for not using brake lines that are more durable. My Ford F150 was 13 years old when I traded it for my Silverado, great truck the Ford F 150.

April 28, 2012 at 11:19 am
(568) Mike says:

Just finished for the 3rd time repairing brake lines on my 2002 1500 Silverado. Purchaed new in 02, by 2010 the first burst happend. In the rear on drivers side. Next in 2012 this same line burst just behind the ABS block. This time I replaced the line with NiCopp line, this is a newer line that not many know about. It is ez to work with and should never rust out. 3 weeks later in front of the ABS block another line burst. This time I replaced all of the lines with NiCopp. Took a freind and I about 17 hours to do. The amount of rust under this truck is insane. The fuel lines will go at some point. This is a serious safety issue and GM should be forced to replace all lines on the trucks/suv’s that are affected by this problem. Good Luck.

April 29, 2012 at 8:12 pm
(569) RJW says:

My wife was driving our 2002 Suburban today when the brake peddle went all the way to the floor when she tried to stop. Thank God she was able to get the truck to a safe stop without incident. She was by herself in the vehicle, but usually she is transporting our 28 year old disabled son that lives at home with us. When I was able to inspect the truck for the cause of the brake failure, I found the steel brake line supplying the right front brakes was severely corroded. At first I didn’t even think of any widespread problems due to the fact that we live near the shore area and I have already replaced the rotors and backing plates on this truck and have a lot of frame rust underneath, until I started to look online for the brake lines and low and behold found this and many other sites stating all the problems GM customers are experiencing with similar problems. I have been a LOYAL GM customer since 1976 and currently own the 2002 Suburban along with a 2008 Silverado. Ironically, we own a 3rd vehicle, a 1988 Ford Bronco II with 199,600 miles on it that my older daughter drives and will not part with, that has all of the original brake lines, including the rubber flex lines. I find it disturbing that I get a recall for the 2008 Silverado a couple of years ago for a piece of foam rubber insulation under the drivers seat when actually it appears that the brake lines could be rotting away. As if I didn’t have enough to do in my life, It looks like I will have to get our Suburban towed home and start replacing all the brake lines on it, because to take it to a shop would be too costly

April 30, 2012 at 1:57 pm
(570) John Dzialo says:

I have a 2003 silverado 4wd Ext Cab 79000 miles on the truck and this weekend I was backing up my truck to hook up my boat and the peddle went right to the floor. If that had not happend in my driveway i would have been on the highway with boat in tow and who knows what would have happend. GM saying that you can still stop is BS! My main line to the abs unit broke and have no brake what so ever. Called the dealer and they want $1300-1600 to replace all the lines. I don’t understand what GM is waiting for? I hope no one gets severly hurt or dies.

May 4, 2012 at 9:04 am
(571) Rhonda says:

I was driving onto the freeway and when I went to slow down, I had no brakes at all. I ended up rear-ending the person in front of me of me because there was no where else to go due to construction. The truck continued and didn’t stop I had to pull into a construction lane and then ditched it in the grass in order to stop. After the truck was towed we noticed that there was brake fluid everywhere. I own a 99 Chevy Silverado. I hate to think that this accident could have been prevented by a simple recall.

May 13, 2012 at 12:25 pm
(572) Vincent Simon says:

I would recommend NEVER purchasing a first year model GM. My 2002 Trailblazer has become a money pit with only 114,000 pampered miles on it. Transmission coolant lines and now brake lines in need of replacement due to corrosion! Sensors! At this point in time, I’m done with GM. Never been a Ford man but that’s about to change. I wish I
knew what kind of steel GM uses because the frame on my SUV is chipping away. It’s only a matter of time before it becomes unsafe to drive! No wonder American cars are a second choice to foreign. They’re
built like crap from the ground up!

May 13, 2012 at 11:18 pm
(573) Jim Watts says:

I have a 2001 Chevy Siler 1500 and I am having to replace all the brake lines. I have order all new stainless steel prebent tubing for my truck.

Is there a class action suit on these SOB’s yet???

Jim, depjim94@gmail.com

May 21, 2012 at 10:45 pm
(574) Hal says:

I have a 2004 Suburban with 130 k. Same problem as others. Brake lines rusted through before they connect to ABS unit. Lost one line on the road and managed to drive home and then the other line ruptured. I bought stainless preformed lines from Inline Tubing and I’m replacing them myself. Not an easy job but doable for a weekend mechanic. Gas line is also severly rusted but I’ll take it to a garage to have these replaced

May 22, 2012 at 11:15 pm
(575) Doug Peel says:

I understand that brake lines fail. But when they do at least you get a warning light. Drivers may have brake failures at low speeds. 6 to 16 km/hr or 4 to 9 Mph for our US friends. There are serious issues with ABS systems produced in GM trucks from 1999 to 2004.

I recently discovered this problem with my own vehicle. The ABS system will only pulsate the brake pedal under your foot and will not stop your vehicle whatsoever. Their recall solution was to clean the sensor ring of debris and apply a thin coating of zinc based grease to both.

Smoke and mirrors! If you bypass the ABS system via pulling the fuse the vehicle will stop perfectly but you will have indicators on the dash telling you your brakes have a problem. Forced into driving an unsafe vehicle.

Concerned In Ontario, Canada

May 22, 2012 at 11:22 pm
(576) Doug Peel says:

Sorry I left out the best part of my earlier post. All of my brake lines are new like many of yours are now. But, the result of my ABS failure was
I slowly rolled over a parking block and into a storefront. Luckily no one was hurt. Just beware! That’s all I am saying. Be safe!

May 29, 2012 at 7:28 am
(577) robert says:

just had my 2005 chevy avalanche 1500 blow hole in the brake line after stopping hard to avoid collision. avoided accident and had truck flat bedded to dealer in georgia. I live in south carolina and formerly new york where I bought the truck new. dealer said salt caused corrosion ? ARE YOU KIDDING! this truck has never seen the beach or towed a boat into the water. I’ve had 2 ford broncos 1979 and have replaced (many times)universals, drive shafts, ball joints, exhaust, but never brake lines

May 29, 2012 at 3:10 pm
(578) Paul Robillard says:

Complete corrosion of the BRAKE SYSTEM lines on 2004 chevy silverado.Brought to local dealer where I purchased truck to have fixed.Wanted over 800$ to fix !!!!!Truck is only 8 yrs young!!!!!!That is alot of BS!!!!!!!Owned Chevy’s for over 35 yrs.but this is the last one!!!The braking systems on General Motors products are JUNK!!Nothing but problems with rotors!! alsoGeneral Motors needs a HEFTY FINE and a recall to get their act together,they won’t fix it otherwise!!

Really Pissed off ex-loyal chevy owner!!!

June 1, 2012 at 7:10 am
(579) steve says:

My 2004 gmc sierra 2500 hd has less than 60,000 mil.Brake line are all rusted. rear brake line just rusted through. then I noticed all lines look rusty

June 3, 2012 at 7:41 pm
(580) Bill says:

Had a 1980 Chevy CK for 20 or more years and only replaced the brake lines once! Traded the old Chevy in for a 2003 Chevy Silverado 1500. Salesman talked me into having a $700 rustproofing job done on the undercarriage of the truck which I paid for as it was supposed to never wear off and protect the undercarriage and brake/fuel lines. Was hauling a ton of pellets for my pellet stove, just got home and the brake pedel went clear to the floor. Because I do some of my own work I jacked up the truck to see where the leak was and I have to say I was appalled at the rusty condition of the the undercarrigae of my 2003 Chevy Silverado. All the brake lines need replaced, the fuel lines are all rusty, the complete frame is nothing but rust rust rust. I never could understand why all vehicles should not be required to be manufactured with stainless steel brake and fuel lines. Doesn’t anyone at GM understand how dangerous it is to lose your brakes on a four lane or while hauling a load on your truck. Same thing with fuel lines and there are several on a Silverado. Gas leaks can be very dangerous. If the brakes on my truck would have failed while I was hauling pellets I may very well not be writing this comment. Also in our area of PA the cost to replace the brake lines on my truck at a dealer is $1,160.00.

June 15, 2012 at 2:47 pm
(581) Nick HALL says:

My 2005 Silverado just lost most of its ability to stop.
It almost caused a bad collision.
The break line rusted so bad that it ruptured when I hit the breaks hard at a stop. The peddle went all the way to the floor and I had no breaks. I pumped and pumped and reduced gears to come to a stop.
It was very scary and people could have been killed.

Why are they using lines that can rust so badly and so fast?
Why are they not notifying people that the breaks can fail and need to be checked after the 5th year.

My God, this is killing people and no one is doing anything except letting people die. What is wrong with this pictures. People no longer count in America, it is all about helping companies lower costs.

June 19, 2012 at 9:51 am
(582) Gary D. Roberts says:

Both front (driver’s and passenger) failed due to rust and corrosion.
In addition the rear steel line had ruptured after the replacement of the front lines.

June 29, 2012 at 6:57 pm
(583) Darrell Vessell says:

At this very moment my 2001 GMC Sierra 2wd std. cab is dripping brake fluid onto my shop floor. The service manager at the dealer that I bought the truck from told me he he hasn’t heard any hints of a recall. He even said his 2002 GMC Sierra has serious rusting on all of the brake lines. Est. cost of replacement $1500.00 to $2000.00, an that’s mid-west dollars!

This has been posted already but I will repeat it! To everyone that has lefty a complaints her. It is vital to file a complaint with NHTSA. If they get enough complaints they will be unable not to force GM to recall the vehicles. If they get no complaints they will not take action. http://www.nhtsa.gov and file a complaint.

June 30, 2012 at 3:42 pm
(584) Donald Torpey says:

I have had my 2002 Avalanche for over six years. I have had the antilock brakes fail because of corrosion but was repaired at the dealer. I have recently brought the truck in for an inspection and they found a small hole in the exhaust and recomended a costly replacement $700-$1000 dollars. I repaired it my self and when I went to test drive my rear brake line blew out. I’m kind of surprised they didnt see it but found a small hole in the muffler.

July 9, 2012 at 12:12 pm
(585) paul nicolaou says:

brake failure due to rusty brake lines that ruptured.. on 2002 silverado HD in a parking lot on 7/8/2012. after further inspection ,the brake lines show rusting all over braking system.

July 11, 2012 at 8:02 am
(586) Jim Trail says:

I own a 2003 GMC 1500HD Quadrasteer with 68,000 miles. It has always been garage kept and looks like new on the top side. I wish I could say the same for the bottom. This truck has the appearance of a 50 year old truck that was left sitting in a field somewhere!

I noticed a puddle of fluid on the floor from my 2003 GMC Sierra 1500HD yesterday in the garage. When I went to move the truck to find out what was leaking- no brakes! When I pressed on the brake pedal, fluid began leaking from under the cab on the drivers side like a water fall. Further examination revealed (4) heavily rusted lines, (2) of which feed the ABS module from the master cylinder, and the other (2) feed the the front brakes. The failed line feeds the right front brake.

I have no choice but to replace all of the lines due to the visual condition and cost. Very frustrating………..

July 12, 2012 at 9:36 am
(587) Jesse says:

I have a 2002 GMC Sierra 3500 crew cab dually. One of the lines just in front of the ABS module(?) blew out this morning. All of lines in the immediate area are very rusty. If the lines in this area are any indication of what the rest of the lines look like I will likely end up having to replace all of them.

July 15, 2012 at 6:01 pm
(588) JOHNY says:

GM, THIS IS ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS. Reason I searched for links and websites regarding this isuue is because today, I can certainly say I could have possibly lost a limb or worst yet , my life driving my 1997 Chevy Suburban. Good thing it is Sunday and few traffic. 645 am driving from home to work on the same daily route. On a 50 MPH State road, there is this down hill and at the bottom is an intersection with traffic lights. Even if the lights on my lane is green, I always use the habit of slowing down as I approach the intersection. Lightly stepping on my brakes about 100 yards away due to the steepness of the grade, I felt pressure on my brake pedal and the lights turned YELLOW. Next move is to stop as RED will follow soon. Pressed more on the pedal, truck didnt slow down, pedal went down to the floor, still about 30 yards away from the light, Yellow turns Red. Leaned on my horn to attrac other drivers attention on the crossing street. Blew thru the red light, still at 40 MPH. Everyone on the crossing street saw me except for one that made a right turn into my lane. Avoiding rear ending her, hit my parking brakes, pulled to the right, into the shoulder and completely stopped in someones lawn, wiping out their mailbox in the process. Home owner was kind enough to just allow me to to replace the mailbox and will be doing it myself tomorrow. It was a lucky sunday morning for me as my suburban only suffered minor grill damage while kissing the mailbox.

Now i started to realize, had i was a few more yards back and the lights on the crossing street had turned green, and cars started to cross. T boning someone at that speed will be catasthropic.

I will file a complaint and if GM does nothing about this, My next vehicle will be a Ford.

July 18, 2012 at 3:06 pm
(589) BOB HACKETT says:

Mine is a 2006 Sierra with 27,000 miles in like new condition,on top, underneath, not-so-much. My brake lines are extremely rusty. My front suspension crossmember support is almost brusted through and GM tells me they have never heard of this problem, I must have the only one that has ever rusted!!! Just like when the paint peeled off in the bed when it was 2 years old. Also I am on my 3rd set of front tires at 27,000 miles, BUT EVERYTHING IS IS SPEC, WHAT A PIECE OF CRAP!! I have always owned GM, but sadly this is my last one.

July 18, 2012 at 7:52 pm
(590) John Howland says:

Yes this is a BIG problem, YES road sale rots our vehicles and auto makers need to build vehicles to withstand the year round road conditions in ALL 50 states not just in sunny Ca.!have a 2003 Silverado 2500HD and the frame is very heavily rusted as well as all of the brake/fue and /transmission cooling lines. I have known this for a while and have been expecting problems to arise. Well last weekend I was traveling on the interstate. I needed to slow down to almost a full stop due to traffic and the brake pedal went to the floor! I instantly knew what had happened (I have been working on rusty cars since 1970) and pulled safely into the brakdown lane. The line that had burst was under the drivers door. Since cars made from 1967 have dual circuit braking systems I felt confident that I could make it home if I drove slowly with only 1/2 of the braking system working. Like I have heard many times from other GM Truck owners who dont even bother to complain about the problam and just replace lines as they burst, WHY DIDNT THEY MAKE THE LINES OUT OF STAINLESS!!!! I just checked the price of buying a complete line set, prebent w/ all protective wrapping as when new and made out of staionless and it will cost over $400.00. Local mechanics who have done this job many times want about $1,000.00 for labor! This really ticks me off that because of General Motors skimping by using inferior steel lines rather than stainless to save a few bucks, WE, the consumers, safety has been com promised and have to spend about $1500 to fix their problem I am a Chevy guy, dont like Fords, but I have never heard of a F-150 -250 …bursting a brake line!

July 19, 2012 at 8:40 am
(591) Brian says:

yes, today is second time for this vehicle, first time it cost me 300 dollars for a joke splice??My wife left for work and went thru a stop sign, came back and got the tahoe, I investigated and they are almost completely gone, only cause there is stilll fluid in the system, but nowit is leaking out on my drive way, never had this problems in my life with any of my vehicles, in the last 40 yrs, with vehicles dated back to 1965??????, our govenment safety people for vehicles is seriously a joke, how many people gotta die before they look into the problem, concerned about my 2002 tahoe now the brake lines don’t look good, but my 1995 ford explorer’s brake lines are not even close to the crap my GM vehicles have, is there gonna be an answer or do i have to go to detroit and drive my vehicle through somebodies front door ooops sorry no brakes your fault tough you deal with the damages jerk????

July 21, 2012 at 8:16 am
(592) Pj says:

2001 Chevrolet silverado bought new. Northeast NY/NJ
Informed Chevy dealer of problems while under warranty, minor repairs made. Truck currently has less than 99,000 miles and had another complete brake job due to corrosion (including pads, rotors and calipers) approx. 2 years ago. This was not the first brake job just the most recent! Last weekend I tried to stop on a hill and had no brakes, pedal went straight to the floor. No estimate yet on repairs. I was able to pull over safely but for now my truck is DOA.
Thank you to all for your time in posting comments and making suggestions about repairs. A final comment about “GM RUST” I have also had repairs made to the cab corners and rockers on both sides of the truck it was embarrassing to be driving a truck with 80k miles that looked
so bad. GM has let me down again and this time… the last time. Pat Flynn

July 21, 2012 at 2:27 pm
(593) Will says:

We have an 2005 GMC 2500HD 4WD SLE with tow package helper leaf spring, front lifting keys Remote Auto Start Sun Roof Electric Everything with 33,500 we bought it new it’s only 7 years old this month 7/21/12 and now I have both rear brake lines that may be E-Brake line supply leak brake fluid?
The truck is like new still? I have to crawl under today Saturday and see what’s going on.
When is Government Motors going to take Responsibility? Oh yeah Obama & his gang doesn’t have to answer to anybody…
USA has gone down the Tubes!!!

July 22, 2012 at 10:11 am
(594) brian says:

had to make another splice on my brake lines, on my 99 silverado, can’t afford any other way in fixing this problem, scared to death to drive it??? also notice while I was splicing the line, that my fuel lines are not one bit rusty, not one spec of rust, funny they can do the fuel lines right but not the brake lines??????

July 23, 2012 at 2:49 am
(595) Eric says:

I have a 2002 Silverado 2500 HD and a friend of mine used it this weekend to pull a trailer to move some backline gear for musical artist John Waite and as he was backing the tandem axle trailer in to the loading dock at the venue in southern IN he said the brake petal went to the floor and after getting stopped he got out and looked under the truck and seen a puddle of fluid on the ground. Yes the brake line rusted out with about 5,000lbs of gear in the trailer. What woule have happend if he would have been going down the road at 65mph and that would have happend and all them guitars and drums and other expenseive items would have been destroyed in an accident. I think its time GM steps up to the plate and owns up to what they cut corners on. Maybe next time they will be hearing from a stars attorney for cost of replacement of the lost gear. I really like the 2500 HD but I may have to change to Ford. And to add to this he has a 89 Ford F-250 with about 400,000 mile on it and the brake lines look just prefect on it no badly rusted areas. From the looks of things you could get the lines loose if you need to on his Ford. Maybe Ford does have a better idea.

July 23, 2012 at 10:46 am
(596) WIlliam Wessner says:

I have a 2002 Chevy Suburban. I just finished a 1500 mile round trip with my family safely, thank God! The day after I got back I went up town to the local bank and my brakes completely failed! Petal to the floor. I have never experienced anything like that before and was very scary. I was fortunate not to be moving fast and I was able to think quickly and use the emergency break to stop. Complete brake failure? I thought that only happened in the movies. I am just thankful my family and I returned safe from our trip!

July 23, 2012 at 1:16 pm
(597) Frank says:

200 miles into a 400 mile vacation trip in a 2002 Tahoe. The vehicle had five passengers and was loaded for a week at the beach. A line ruptured and the peddle went right to the floor. Zero prior warning, no spongy peddle, no warning light, just catastrophic brake failure. We were very fortunate to have avoided a real tragedy.

July 23, 2012 at 7:17 pm
(598) rob227b says:

Happened a few day ago I went to stop and the pedal went to the floor, No warning light nothing I though I was going to die. I just got past the truck in front of me and ran the light at 50 mph. Had it towed in brake line rotted threw and my transmission lines are gone as well.
I bought this Chevy 1500 silerado new in June of 01 it has everything you could get on it. It cost $32,400 and as of today it only has 58000 miles on it. This is going to cost me over $2000.00 to have both the brake and transmission lines replaced and they found both u joints rusted out and my shift cable was also rusted threw. I’m not happy at all.
This should be payed for by GM but I’m thinking it won’t be.

July 25, 2012 at 5:09 pm
(599) poorboy says:

i just spend around 300.00 for new stainless stell brake lines,,,my truck has just under 75,000 miles on a 2001 2500hd silverado,,my old lines r so rotted its sad ,,,called gm and they told me to go to the dealer and have them replaced ,,at my expence ,, kinda sad gm wont help me out,,there is a kit for new brake lines,,hope gm will recall theses trucks,,its dangerous ,,,,

July 28, 2012 at 9:11 pm
(600) Matt says:

I own a 2000 GMC Sierra. The entire brake line system, from under the hood to all four brake calipers are completely rusted and hanging on by a thread. This also includes the rear brake plates which have completely disappeared. Rear brake line started leaking last week . Also, the entire frame is rusting at an incredible rate, thats evident of my rust stained driveway. My father owns and baby’s his 1997 GMC Yukon, his entire brake line system rusted through as well and he only has 65k on his truck and rarely drives in poor weather (salted roads). Good thing he’s retired because he replaced the lines himself for a week or so. He bent each line by hand as GM doesn’t sell the lines pre-bent. Lines cost $65. Same thing happened to his friends Avalanche which a shop repaired for $2,000. NHTSA will have GM recall and send a tailgait cable and spare tire extension rod but nothing regarding total failure of their braking system due to corrosion. The reason for that, cheap fix to a minor problem….recall to force GM to replace an entire braking system…..an expensive recall for GM to a major problem. How can NHTSA not see the dangers of this faulty product, I smell politics and donations. Great job GM, keep cutting those corners because you can’t hang with overseas competion, even if it means total failure of your braking system. My family and I will not be buying another GM product, I can’t afford it.

July 28, 2012 at 11:03 pm
(601) craig thielke says:

2000 chevy silverado. brake line failure, right behind the drivers door. almost t-boned a car, pedal went right to the floor. 135,000 on the vehicle. what a rusted mess underneath!

July 28, 2012 at 11:44 pm
(602) dcsze says:

2002 GMC Sierra 77000 miles complete brake failure backing into driveway. Almost knockd down garage door. If this were to happen on the road I would have killed someone. Line brake along outer frame rail under the drivers seat. Pre bent lines are available at Classic Tube.com in steel for 299 or stainless at over 400. I have owned vehicels for 35 years and have NEVER experianced any such thing you would think this is a 25 year old truck GM SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF THEMSELVES FOR SUCH SHODDY MATERIAL USE!!!!

July 30, 2012 at 12:02 am
(603) jrrmason says:

My 2000 2500HD had the same failure today that everyone else has complained about. I was pulling my enclosed race car trailer and the pedal went to the floor on the approach to the ramp to 95. Luckily there were no cars ahead of me or I would definitely have rearended someone. The trailer brakes controlled the vehicle and I was able to come to a safe stop. It’s the same line as mentioned, the line right by the driver’s door, before the ABS Unit. The whole underside of the truck looks terrible from the rust and corrision. I’m not happy about this crap at all. I know that I’m going to have to foot the expense for the repair and definitely ALL of the lines should be replaced. I purchased this truck new in 2001 and it’s not been in the snow/salt but from the looks of it, you’d swear the truck lived it’s full life running up and down salt treated roads. GM should be ashamed. This thing has got to go and it will NOT be replaced with another GM Rust Bucket.


July 31, 2012 at 10:18 am
(604) Mike says:

My ’03 Silverado 1500 ruptured a solid rear brake line on 7-26-12 due to corrosion. There wasn’t any indication of drivability issues while braking prior to the rupture. After further visual inspection, all the brake and fuel lines appear to be suffering the same extensive corrosion issue along with any undercarriage frame and suspension components, as one of the rear bump stops dropped right out from rotting. I own a ’91 Z28 that hasn’t suffered nearly as much corrosion as my ’03 Silverado! It’s tiresome hearing the statement of “Safety First” from manufacturers while these problems exist. It’s evident; budget has come before safety in this circumstance!

August 1, 2012 at 2:01 am
(605) Bruce says:

Driving my 02 Avalance with wife and 6 year old Daughter as passangers. Two blocks away from entering a 55 MPH stretch of roadway total brake failure suddenly without warning. Rusted brake line ruptured on drivers side just near rear door. Inspection from mechanic revealed rusted spare tire mechanism rendering lowering the spare tire impossible, rear springs severly rusted, rear calipers severely rusted and needed to be replaced, gas tank straps severely rusted. Mechanic asked me if I launched boats into salt water as the entire rear undercarriage in very bad shape. I do not own a boat and never had launched a boat., When vehicle was 30 months old with 39,000 miles drive shaft felll off while driving due to rusted joints *just out of warranty) and then at 42,000 miles rear inside quarter panel electronic “block” which controlled tail lights rysted out and had to be replaced.I have owned over 20 vehicles in my life as a 57 year old male and never ever saw rust on underside of Avalance like this.

August 2, 2012 at 11:15 am
(606) Perry Powell says:

I own a 2002 Silverado that I bought new from the dealer. This truck has spent 99% of its life in North Carolina. While pulling my boat this July 4th the brakes gave out while trying to stop at a red light. By the grace of God there wasn’t anyone in the way as I had to run the light. When I made it home I discovered that the brake lines and have severe rust corrosion and had ruptured between the cab and chassis. Praying that my family and yours do not get caught in a situation where we are depending on one of the vehicles with this same problem to stop. Sounds like GM is waiting for someone to be severely injured or killed before they do a recall.

August 2, 2012 at 6:09 pm
(607) Sean says:

Complete brake line rotted out from master cylinder. The brakes are horrible on my 2004 gmc 2500 hd. Quotes for brake lines coming in between 1500 and 2200. Problem being they will not replace lines with stainless steel lines

August 3, 2012 at 10:22 am
(608) Jim says:

2004 Silverado 68,000 miles brake pedal to the floor. GM service manager was well aware of the problem. $1300.00 repair. All lines rotted out. Filed a complaint with ntsb everyone needs to file a complaint

August 4, 2012 at 11:57 pm
(609) Frank says:

2003 avalanche.. blew brake line while towing boat. Hadn’t been under the chassis in awhile and was shocked at what I saw. Steel lines brittle to the touch on a 9 year old vehicle. So many other problems also,,Last chevy product ill own!

August 5, 2012 at 1:41 pm
(610) Michael Randazzo says:

2001 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Duramax/Allison pre-bent brake line failure after 10yrs…Truck spent 9 years of it’s life in Connecticut, so obviously it’s been affected by the salt on the roads in the winters. I’ve had it down in SC now for about a year and a half and the pre-bent lines that run to the ABS module failed. They are extremely corroded. I guess after 10 years I got my moneys worth out of them, but Chevy needs to do something about this problem. Millions of vehicles have been affected by this…something doesn’t seem right!

August 6, 2012 at 1:45 pm
(611) Roxanne Erich says:

We have a 2002 GMC Sierra 1500. The brake lines running to the back failed 2 years ago. My husband and my children will coming out of our neighborhood onto the main road and they failed, they proceeded out onto the very busy road, but luckily no one hit them. And just this past week, my husband was heading down the highway at 55 mph with my kids in the truck again, and when he attempted to hit brakes for slower traffic, he had none. Now it’s the front brake lines this time. I’m afraid that it’ll happen again, so we’re replacing all the lines.

August 7, 2012 at 3:10 am
(612) Dave says:

I bought a 1995 Buick LeSabre Brand New in 1996. I live in Tennessee where we have very little salt. The Pressure Control Valves to the rear brakes just rotted off so bad, the folks at AutoZone could not recognize the part. After close examination, the brake lines from the Master Cylendar to the ABS Control Module were rotted as well. After examining the ABS Control Module, ALL FOUR BRAKE LINES TO EACH WHEEL was rotted. No frame rust, No fender rust, No exhaust rust, etc. There was another thing connected to the front of the motor with some small hoses going to it that was also VERY RUSTY.

August 7, 2012 at 10:43 am
(613) Robert says:

2005 GMC Yukon XL 51,000 miles ,brake lines and A/C lines all rusted and leaking, all need replacing. Underside all rusted.Going to replace with S/S lines when I can afford it.GM sucks and why did we bail them out?

August 7, 2012 at 10:48 pm
(614) ANTHONY NEALE says:


August 8, 2012 at 3:11 pm
(615) joseph klisiak says:

I am have my brakelines replaced I have a 99 silverado… they look like 30 years old I cannot believe how bad they look.

August 9, 2012 at 9:05 am
(616) J Hess says:

My 1994 Chevy truck brake lines rusted through

August 9, 2012 at 12:43 pm
(617) Rick says:

MY 02 2500hd gmc is also eat up with rust underneath . I have already had to replace all the brakes on it . While at the shop my mechanic was replacing the switch and i ask him to replace my fuel filter .He call me and told me he couldnt get it off due to so much rust that the lines were going to break so we called all the parts houses and they said a dealer only item then we called dealer and they said that gm no longer made them for me to look in junk yard, After a lot of looking no lines yet its like looking for a needle in a haystack. Then to top it all off my breaklines need replacing also eat up with rust . THIS is totally bull_ _ _ _ !!!!!! to have a 2002 nice looking truck and cant buy parts to fix it . What are you to do sell it for junk !!!!!! I NOW UNDERSTAND WHY MY OTHER TRUCK IS A DODGE !!!!!!!

August 9, 2012 at 4:10 pm
(618) paul a kaminski says:

2002 suburban, 100,000 mi blew out the left side brake line

August 10, 2012 at 6:53 pm
(619) steve says:

I have an 02 GMC Sierra–just spent $1000 on new brake lines due to rust. The mechanic said he has never seen anything like it No rust on the undercarriage just the break lines and the fuel line. The fuel line will need to be replaced soon. No wonder people are afraid to buy American. This is outrageous and dangerous!

August 11, 2012 at 8:34 am
(620) Tjboatboy says:

I had a 99 GMC Sierra. The brake lines had failed several times and I had repaired them. I was nearly in an accident when the brake lines failed. The frame rotted out and I had to trade the truck. I went to Toyota Tundra and am pleased so far. Sad to think there are so many people having close calls due to brake line failure. Too bad that GM is not taking care of their customers. Unless GM starts to build a quality product I am never going to purchase another vehicle from them.

August 11, 2012 at 2:26 pm
(621) Philip Porter says:

99 GMC Ext Cab 4wd. backed out of the garage and lost brake pedal pressure. Opened door and saw brake fluid leading at a steady pace from under left side(drivers) door. No brakes and can’t fix it myself. Still sits in the driveway and has been for months.

August 12, 2012 at 6:27 pm
(622) s houser says:


August 12, 2012 at 10:34 pm
(623) Mike says:

I have the “good fortune” of owning a 03 silverado 2500HD.It is the first, and last GM product i will own.The truck has under 90000 miles on it.While pulling my boat up a steep hill i hit the brakes, ant to my surprize, there were noneAs i was rolling backwards down a hill, i had to jack the trailer to stop.Did not do much damage.Up on inspection of the truck brake lines, i found two lines burst under the cab.all lines are badly rusted.From what a gather on line, this is a common problem with GM tucks. I allways owned a Dodge truck.Had some that were ower 20 years old,And NEVER have i seen brake lines rusted that bad. The last Dodge ram i had was made in mexico, I wanted a truck built in USA, so i got a siverado. What a piece of crap this truck is!! From here on, i dont care where the truck i made, i will buy it.AS LONG IS IT IS NOT A GM!!!
Thank you

August 13, 2012 at 10:14 pm
(624) David says:

I have a 1999. I have had to replace 4 different lines on it so far. The abs is shot in it. I am about at my wits end, every time I go to fix something anything it is conected to breaks. I cant belive the rust under this truck

August 14, 2012 at 7:47 am
(625) rob Decandia says:

2000- sierra: Just had the rear passenger side blow out next to the frame. Nothing but rust, rust, rust under there. The backing plates are toast too. The spot welds on the rear wheel well are starting to rust thru

August 14, 2012 at 5:52 pm
(626) Homer says:

2003 2500hd 150000 replaced main line from module under driver door to the rear, both rear lines about 8 months ago, wife blew another today, waiting to see which one. I have a 96 jimmy I bought 6 years ago replaced all lines with armor coated lines and they still look brand new, maybe dealers need to be using this stuff as it is only pennies more than just steel lines. My friend has a 2001 2500 and the brake lines failed on his 2 years ago in the same location as I mentioned earlier. His younger sister had a 2001 1500 and her brake lines failed in the same locations as well.

August 14, 2012 at 6:01 pm
(627) homer says:

I thought of other problems as well, my friends 2001 2500 bed rotted out under paint so he took bed off, the frame was rotted through where reese hitch bolts on, but only on drivers side, if he had hooked to a trailer probably would have ripped the hitch off. shock mounts rotted off, cab corners/ rocker panels, and the GAS FILLER COVER!! my truck is a 2003, everyone I talk to with that year truck also has the cap rotted off, my friends 2001 cap is FINE!! everything under these trucks is rotten, pretty ridiculous with what we pay for the damn things.

August 15, 2012 at 10:09 am
(628) Gary Griffen says:

My wife was driving our truck last week to a campground when the brake pedal went to the floor and barely stopped.
I took it to a local mechanic and found out that every single brake line to all four wheels were rusted completely.
I had to have all my brake lines replaced at a heavy cost. I’m just glad she wasn’t towing our 30 ft travel trailer at the time.
The truck has under 60,000 miles and is a 2001 Silverado 2500hd with a 6.0 engine.
I’ve already had to have the famous ABS brake problem fixed at my expense because my VIN number didn’t match their earlier recall for that problem.
I still have the piston slap that they feel isn’t a problem.
Now I have to replace all my brake lines becasue they used steel tubing instead of stainless steel like they should have.
I will never buy a Chevrolet Truck again.
They should recall all these vehicles and replace the brake lines. How many have gotten into accidents becasue of this issue?
This is absolutely a safety issue and should be delt with as quick as possible.
I’ve never owned a vehicle that the brake lines rusted out like this.

August 16, 2012 at 11:11 pm
(629) Ken says:

Vehicle – 2000 Silverado K1500 4×4
Milage:350k ( Lot of highway MD & VA )

I am the 629th person that could have died here GM!!!!!!!!!!!!
Yes , I have above average mileage due to extensive highway miles, and the engine and transmission have been great.
On 8/11/2012 Saturday – I was traveling North on I-83 from Baltimore toward Hershey Park PA. with my boys.
A vehicle trying to merge into a 55mph hwy at a speed of likely 35 -40 mph forced me to SLAM on the break pedal in a panic at which point the break pedal went straight to the carpet – CATASTROPHIC FAILURE!!!!
Luckily for me and my kids the vehicle saw they were going to be “”DRIVEN THRU”" by my truck and outran the on ramp and stayed on the shoulder.. I was able to continue forward in my right lane.
Had they merged into the lane a collision would have been unavoidable!!!!
After passing the car on the shoulder & knowing I had NO BRAKES WHATSOEVER – I downshifted from DRIVE ( overdrive) to 3rd then 2nd and hit the emergency flashers as I decended a long hill which had no shoulder. I managed to get my speed down to 30-40 mph while descending a mountain like hill between MARKET ST and Rte30 on I-83.
Now I was worried about my slow speed in a 55mph zone on I-83 and the possibility of an 18 wheeler coming onto me at speed. A few cars came up at speed and at the bottom of the hill there was a shoulder (jersey walls or guardrails w no shoulder all along the downhill) . I was able to coast onto the shoulder without incident.. Tested brakes on the shoulder up and back @ 5-10 mph to see if I could get it to a repair shop – I HAD NO BRAKES WHATSOEVER. There was no warning light prior to this incident. Had vehicle towed and payed $973 to have all 4 front lines replaced. ( 2 from MC and 2 to front wheels) .I filed a NHSTA report .

August 19, 2012 at 9:28 am
(630) tom carney says:

We own a 01 Sierra and an 02 Avalanche. Both have exhibited this failure. Within a week of each other. The Sierra just got repaired by a non-GM shop (all new lines) for $1,200. How do we recover this? Should I just beach the Avalanche in the hopes that a recall will indeed be declared?

August 19, 2012 at 9:56 am
(631) Jim Jefferys says:

Just had brake line failure in my 2004 Yukon. Fluid leaking from lines which my mecanic of some 15 years has said he has never seen anything this bad. His estimate to remove and repair lines is $1500.00 also frame still ingood shape but it has rust. Thank God I had to back up 5 feet before I headed hme as I stopped to go forward the brake pedal went completely to floor, got out of truck and noticed puddles and a river of fluid in street. We love our Yukon for the comfort and mileage it gets but this is really disturbing. Truck is being refitted with non-corrosive fuel lines as we speak. Not a happy General Motors customer of over 35 years.

August 19, 2012 at 2:30 pm
(632) Kevin in NJ says:

Just had my second brake line fail due to unusually heavy Brake Line Corrosion on my 99 Tahoe. I was launching my boat when failure occurred. The car wound up in the lake, fortunately only two feet deep at that spot. I was able to drive it out in 4WD w/trailer. Thanks Chevy for the engineering to do that, but you have a DANGEROUS problem on your hands.Had I been on the Highway and needed to stop, this would have caused a serious(w/injuries) probably fatal accident. But as you can see ,this is no accident. There are over 600 posts on this page describing the same conditions warning Chevy/GM/GMC of a life threatening flaw in their products. Your Safety Equipment should be the last thing that wears out, not the first. Chevrolet ,It’s time to step up to the plate and make this right. Kevin Bourke Hopatcong, NJ

August 22, 2012 at 2:49 pm
(633) Don says:

I have a 2002 Chev z71 truck and while pulling my boat from the water the brakes went soft to the floor. Total brake loss almost. Could easily have had this thing roll into the lake. Total repair cost will be over $1000 according to the garage because all 4 lines have to be replaced. This is in addition to all of the clearcoat paint on the hood , roof and the sides (starting) coming off the truck. It looks like hell. I bought the truck used 5 years ago and I’m shaking my head over why I bought it. Rust coming in droves around the wheel wells also now. A year ago a transmission part went (which GM knew was problematic as well) and that set me back $2600. I used to love gm trucks but I’m not sure I’d buy another.

August 28, 2012 at 11:23 am
(634) Dan says:

Have replaced rusted two brake lines in 8 months (Jan and Aug 2012) on my 1999 GMC Sierra. Both repairs resulted from sudden total brake failure that occurred in areas of high pedestrian traffic. Brake pedal went to the floor at below 5 mph. I would NOT have been able to stop before hitting a walker if I’d been driving any faster. Auto garage is reluctant to replace all lines for some reason, they keep saying the others “look OK”. GM and the US government are waiting for more people to die before they issue a recall.

August 31, 2012 at 1:00 pm
(635) Barry says:

2001 GMC Sierra…Going down the road with my two young kids in the truck, slowing down from about 35 mph and the rigid brake line going to the rear suddenly burst.Good thing I was making a right turn because there was no stopping quick.Looking right now to price brake lines…..and yea, I also have severe undercarriage rust.I don’t think road salt is really the problem (living in southeast Va) ,We maybe get one or two snows a year.

September 4, 2012 at 12:30 pm
(636) Bob Dowd says:

We have 2002 GMC Sierra .My son-in-law jist got off of the highway into a parking lot,without warning the brakes failed without warning.This is a safety issue:-) It could have been a life threatening incident.And a very expeñsive repair.Their needs to be a recall.

September 4, 2012 at 12:30 pm
(637) Bob Dowd says:

We have 2002 GMC Sierra .My son-in-law jist got off of the highway into a parking lot,without warning the brakes failed without warning.This is a safety issue:-) It could have been a life threatening incident.And a very expeñsive repair.Their needs to be a recall.

September 5, 2012 at 4:43 pm
(638) l.bajor says:

Yesterday our 2003 GMC Yukon lost it’s brakes coming down a steep hill.
I got it safely on the shoulder. The guy from triple A said it was the 3rd brake failure of his day. Said he hardly ever had this kind of call before.
The fellow at the service station said he’s getting a lot of these lately. He thought it might have something to do with poor quality chinese steel.

September 6, 2012 at 3:25 pm
(639) Jeff says:

THANK GOODNESS this problem is finally getting the attention it deserves!!! I really thought that GM would outrun this most egregious safety hazard by simply doing nothing for a long enough period of time that the relatively high age of these trucks would mask the underlying obvious defect in steel quality.

I’ve written a rather forceful letter to my congressman Bill Johnson in support of a recall initiative. PLEASE consider writing your congressman as well. If you’d like a copy of the letter into which you can insert your name and congressperson’s name, e-mail me at j4aferguson@sbcglobal.net

September 7, 2012 at 6:34 pm
(640) Brian says:

207,000 Miles

I was driving down the road, my brakes went loose, I continued driving for less than a mile, my brakes went 90% out, I turned the vehicle off so that I could pull off the road, I get out of the truck, and my truck catches fire. It did not burn to the ground or anything (it was a minor fire), but I and the local fire department determined that the fire originated feom the brake line.

September 9, 2012 at 5:16 am
(641) Aaron says:

I have a 2000 chevy pick up brake lines look bad in the garage on jack stands I was debating on what to do the box was all ready off started researching break lines , so all I did was remove the line from plastic holder by fuel tank came back 2 hour later line was leaking in that spot I had all ready ordered my break lines from classic tubes two days earlier ,make a long story short l looked at the lines for a week debating what to do then my friend came in with a leaking line that was enough for me . Ordered new lines from http://www.classictube should be here this week

September 9, 2012 at 2:24 pm
(642) Jon says:

I have a 2001 GMC Sierra 1500HD which this just happened on ! My wife had just left the house and was still local when the pedal hit the floor and there were No Brakes ! Can you here me GM , No Fn Brakes ! Nothing but issue after issue with this truck since buying it in 2003, what a mistake ! Stealerships are programmed to dismiss everything as normal and make repairs only that are chargeable. Last GM vehicle that I’ll ever own. Maybe they will get the hint when we’re all driving the competitors vehicles ! GM your quality control just plain Sucks, and you know it ! Fixing this and trading it in on something not GM owned or manufactured . I’m # 642 and I’m sick of GM taking advantage of us loyal GM owners , time to move on and leave GM behind !! Greed is ugly !! Another disappointed customer !!

September 10, 2012 at 4:10 pm
(643) Dave F says:

My wife and I have owned GM/Chevy vehicles for over 30 years and NEVER had a problem with a brake line rusting away. I have a 2002 Chevy Tahoe and the lines rusted away and started leaking, luckily I noticed it before my wife drove it to work and she works 48 miles on way. Of course, we took it to the dealer and they replaced it and when they tested the line the other line blew out, so it cost me more money for something that should never have happened!! I own a 2006 GMC Pickup and notice that I am having the same problem with it rusting away and just a matter of time before those brake lines break thru. I will never purchase another GM vehicle, I thought I would always have the dependency of a GM but they have done us wrong. If they know whats good for them they will take a stand and recall all those brake lines before someone seriously gets hurt or killed due to brake failure.

September 11, 2012 at 2:43 pm
(644) Dave F says:

After placing my comment on this page, I decided to go straight to the top and emailed GM personally on their comment/questions. I sent them the same email I placed on this site. Low and behold I received a call from the Corporate GM Office this morning, telling me they will be checking into the problem with the rusted and blown brake lines. They are going to contact the dealer I had taken the vehicle to and they will follow up with me on Thursday morning to let me know what they are going to do about this issue. Sometimes you just got to go to the top!!

September 11, 2012 at 10:33 pm
(645) Amos says:

I have a 99 Sierra 1500 and I just did front and rear brakes then took it for a test drive around the yard and it started squirting brake fluid all over so I crawled under and my brake line are so badly rusted they look like they have been on the truck longer than I’ve been alive (at least 40-50 years).

September 14, 2012 at 8:07 pm
(646) Brian Benner says:

2001 Silverado 1500 4×4 Z85

In the process of replacing the dreaded rear line as I type this. Pretty rediculous considering every other line (fuel lines included) on the truck look very good but this one blew a hole about an 1/8″ round right above the coupler where it joins into the rubber lines.

GM really dropped the ball on quality here. Luckily I hadn’t pulled onto the road yet and had enough time to stop when it decided to drop the pedal to the floor.

September 16, 2012 at 8:19 am
(647) Jeff Elam says:

2000 GMC sierra 4×4 rear drivers side brake line rupture do to rusty lines. No crash thank goodness.

September 16, 2012 at 1:46 pm
(648) wes says:

Same as all of the above..Rusted out POS!!! 1999 Silverado 3 door..64,000 miles…just blew another brake line!! Just under drivers floorboard at a plastic clip bracket. Looks like a pain to change…I used to really like my Chevy’s…now Seriously…I am getting this prepped to sell and am buying a Honda Element.. I am so let down by this…Wife drives a Traverse with hitch..I’ll buy a friggin trailer and haul big stuff with that, as long as it’s brake lines don’t go!! Wanna buy my truck??? 64k miles 4×4..cheap..reply to my comment, I’ll get back to you..

September 16, 2012 at 11:43 pm
(649) silverado says:

i am currencly changing the brakelines and gaslines on my 1999 silverado. they went last year and the cost is very expensive to change them. As well the emergency brake althought lay is a design of gm they too area faulty design. they are heldin a metal square ring at the rear which allows them to move freely up and down wearing them through the cable.(the bumpier the road the faster the wear). mine have worn half way through, that include theinner cable itself.

September 21, 2012 at 8:45 am
(650) Dan says:

I have a 2001 2500 HD 4×4 and while on a fishing trip the rear bracket for the right leaf spring broke. After limping out of the woods and getting it to a local Chevy dealership we discovered the reason for the failure as well as several other issues, one of which was sever corrosion of the the entire brake line system. I was fortunate to not have a failure of the brake system while towing my boat and my camper prior to this trip. After further investigation we discovered the right rear shock mounting braket was completely corroded off which is probably what caused the leaf spring to break. Further investigation revealed the left side leaf spring was also cracked. While under the truck I noticed how severly corroded the frame was and commented on this to the Chevy mechanic who stated they see this all the time on the trucks. Since they couldn’t get all the parts needed to repair the truck I had to leave it there and make other arrangements to get me and my boat home as well as shortening my fishing trip. Estimated cost to date is $1600 plus what it’s going to cost to get a new shock mounting bracket fabricated and welded on if they can find good metal to weld it to. I feel somewhat lucky that I’m having the work down at a north country dealership. If this were being done at my local dealership I can guarantee you they would have raped me for much more than $1600.

September 21, 2012 at 6:02 pm
(651) Robert says:

Was driving my 2004 Avalanche on an interstate and had to slow down bexause the car in from of me was slowing to let someone in. Brake pedal went to the floor with no warning. Had to make a sharp swerve to avoid the car, I would have hit him at 50mph otherwise. The dash brake problem lights then came on and I nursed it to a auto shop. The mechanic said a brake line had failed and others were corroded; would cost $750 to fix. I never heard of this happening to a car under 20 years old but I see it is a common problem for GM trucks. Will it take someone getting killed for the NTSB to do something?

September 22, 2012 at 12:17 am
(652) Bill says:

.2002 Suburban 1500 4WD
Had my wife and two kids in the car coming back from a MLB game. Stop and go traffic. Peddle went to the floor. Towed it to the Chevy dealer. Rear line ruptured. They said all the lines need to be replaced. Cheeped out and replaced the one that broke. 3 months later, wife and kids in the car, the other rear line went out. No accidents, but now my kids know some new words. Crazy $$$ to have the dealer do it. Doing it myself.

Someone needs to be held responsible for this

September 22, 2012 at 10:33 am
(653) Noah says:

Had my left rear line blow out last weekend, complete loss of stopping power, absolutly no warning whatsoever. Luckily my friend owns a local repair show, I’m getting ready to go replace all the lines this afternoon. I’m a die hard chevy guy, but this truck has been nothing but problems. The whole thing is a rust bucket. I wish I would have kept my 99. I’m currently driving an 04.

September 25, 2012 at 4:02 pm
(654) Mark M says:

I own a 2003 Chevrolet Avalanche Z71 4WD which now has 96,000 miles on it. On 11/12/2010 after I dropped my boys off at school I had a major brake failure in the vehicle as I was heading downhill to a stop sign and intersecting traffic. Luckily I was able to avoid a catastrophe. Once I got the vehicle home I noticed the rear brake line had rusted through under the bed of the truck and fluid was everywhere. I made the repair myself figuring it was a one-time thing and replaced the original line with a Teflon coated one.
Then on 8/29/2012 as I was driving my three boys to school, I suffered another major brake line rupture. This time it was under the drivers seat near the brake block. Once again, major rust caused the line to fail. Once again I did the repair myself and replaced with Teflon coated line. This time, however, I noticed that all of the lines in the front of the vehicle are severely rusted and ready to go at anytime.
I spoke to an employee at my dealership who had the same issues with his Tahoe. He called GM and they agreed to replace all of his lines for $250. So I called GM as well and was not given the same treatment. Initially my major safety issue was being handled by a young man from GM North America, who works in Buenes Aires, Brazil. After dealing with that lack of customer service I contacted GM in Detroit. They did look a little further into my case but basically didn’t care about me or my family. They made a bunch of excuses about the age of the vehicle, mileage, and the fact that I didn’t report it the first time it happened in 2010. They also made mention of the fact that I repaired the vehicle myself and that it wasn’t repaired by one of their dealers. Basically they are waiting for a major death to occur as a result of this before they are willing to admit that they used inferior material on these brake lines.

September 25, 2012 at 6:34 pm
(655) ruxton says:

My 2002 gmc sierra burst a brake line and the peddle went to the floor.

September 27, 2012 at 8:31 pm
(656) Matt says:

I had a full brake failure with no warning on my way home from my sons soccer game. Good thing my wife had the kids in her car. 2003 Silverado, on top it looks brand new but underneath, look out man! Just spent $1500 rebuilding the transfer case and replacing the warn out slip yoke too. Im taking the crowbar to GM for this one.

October 1, 2012 at 1:36 pm
(657) peter petek says:

left rear brake line failed at 90,000 km

October 1, 2012 at 7:21 pm
(658) Rob Lazar says:

100% total brake failure on my 2002 Tahoe. Line burst with absolutely no warning. Luckily it was in my driveway otherwise I could have been a major accident. Pedal goes all the way to the floor. After having the truck checked it turns out all the lines are so rusted they all need to be replaced.

October 2, 2012 at 12:02 am
(659) campbell says:

Have a 2004 Yukon Denali..Brake line went due to corrosion..Reading about other GMC vehicles having similar problems…Did anyone get GMC to pay for the problem?

October 4, 2012 at 11:05 am
(660) Ruth says:

I have 2003 GMC 3/4 ton extended cab. Brought it is for second replacement of rear brakes (last repair 3 years ago). Just got call- ALL brake lines rusted right through, all parts associated with brakes so rusted that they cannnot get them off. $1200.00 repair-was originally given a $300 repair cost. Reading previous posts-why is this not being addressed as a recall. My entire truck is rusting badly-rear bumper gone from rust-all panels rustingthough- bed rusting…. HELP!!!

October 4, 2012 at 4:43 pm
(661) FRANK RAINES says:

my brakes failed on my 2001 silverado 3500 due to main brake line to rear just as i pulled in for fuel

October 7, 2012 at 7:06 pm
(662) chris says:

My 2001 chevy suburban 2500 has completely rotted out brake lines. Currently cannot drive vehicle.

October 10, 2012 at 6:10 pm
(663) J. Williams says:

2002 Chevrolet Suburban LS, 1500 4WD — Brake line failure October 2012, 190,000 miles while towing a travel trailer. Fortunately for my wife, she wasn’t in a dangerous situation when her foot went to the floor without warning and she was able to use the manual override on the trailer brakes to stop the rig before hitting anything. Virtually all the hard lines have started to corrode, the worst of it under the driver’s door where four hard lines (two from the master cylinder and the two lines going forward to the front wheel cylinders) run up along the frame rail from the ABS module. We live in Maryland so there is some salt exposure but certainly not as bad as New England. There is some light surface rust on other underbody components but nothing like these lines. This truck is not a rust bucket, just the damn brake lines.

October 12, 2012 at 9:13 am
(664) steve wolf says:

2006 chev silverado brake lines ruptured and pedal went to floor. stopped using e brake. mileage 42000. must replace all lines.

October 18, 2012 at 10:57 pm
(665) paul hazzard says:

I have a 2004 gmc yukon denali xl and at 104,000miles (this past week) it developed two ruptured (rusted out) brake lines. When the other lines were checked most needed replacement because of corrosion. very expensive to replace and truck would barley stop when it happened.

October 21, 2012 at 12:23 am
(666) E Z says:

99 tahoe michigan police package, 197,000 runs great, not a rust bucket. the brake lines though are rusted. Started with back line and went to bleed brakes and blew the front brake lines. Rust starts were the lines meet with the frame. Very frustrating when you are a do it yourself type of guy.

October 22, 2012 at 1:43 pm
(667) Mario Pac says:

2002 silverado crew cab, brake lines blowing left and right and also rear frame is rusted so bad. For the price I paid for this truck I hope something is going to be done about it.

October 23, 2012 at 12:07 am
(668) steve wolf says:

in addition to ruptured brake lines,my mechanic says the speed sensors are bad, causing false abs activation.cost 600 in additon to new lines 1200. 2006 silverado ,42000 miles.

October 23, 2012 at 6:56 am
(669) Lisa W says:

I live in east central Ohio. I own a 2001 Silverado. I have blown 4 brake lines in the last 2 years. The first 3 were low speed, no traffic, or at home. All of the lines were replaced in the last 2 years. Yesterday, I blew the 4th. Unfortunately, I was on the highway doing 45 mph in a construction zone. Traffic had slowed to a crawl, I applied my brakes and blew the line. I rear-ended the Ranger in front of me and shoved him several yards down the road before I was able to stop.

October 23, 2012 at 5:43 pm
(670) Jerry says:

My Father owns a 2001 3500 ext cab dually w/ 104k miles on it. This past weekend 10/20/2012 my father went to pull his 26 enclosed race trailer and had a failure the . the brake lines were all extremely rusty . Luckily enough the this happened before he even left his driveway, could’ve been nasty driving down the road and trying to stop 17k lbs of truck and trailer. It really coulda been really bad!

October 24, 2012 at 7:09 pm
(671) Ed says:

I live on Long Isl;and, NY I have a 2004 Chevy Avalanche with only 52000 miles I have had to replace rotted front brake rotors; rotted rear calipers, rotted and failed rear hydraulic lines (fronts are next along with front calipers which have rotted out bleeder valves) . Just yesterday had to have fuel pump assembly replaced due to a rotted metal top mounting plate causing a fuel and vapor leak.Frame and undercarriage are excessively rusted for a vehicle 8 years old.I have been driving for over 40 years and have had trucks much older than this without this kind of rust related damage. If there is a class action suite I am in!

October 27, 2012 at 2:08 pm
(672) Paul says:

70k miles 2004 Siverado, and blew the brake line going to the rear axle…..broke right in the middle of the gas tank area, which seems pretty common. Make sure you get 1/4″ lin to replace it with…..not the 3/16 I just laced through the frame, grrrr

November 1, 2012 at 9:00 pm
(673) Rob Guy says:

I have got a 01 Sierra and 03 Silverado. Both have 130-165K on them and have been Northern trucks for the most part. My 03 Chevy’s brake lines ruptured right under drivers seat attached to the frame. Two weeks later the EXACT same thing occured on my 01 Sierra. I was furious but kinda had to laugh and shake it off. I was really happy no one was injured. The shop actually cut me a better deal the second time at 650 dollars with me buying most of the materials. GMC should most definately step there game up for such a common problem

November 1, 2012 at 11:47 pm
(674) Mark says:

I’ve got a 2002 Chevy Silverado, and I’ve had to change the brake lines as well as the gas line. I currently have the bed off and trying to get all the rust off it so I can put corrosion 3M undercoating on it. I’ve already replaced the cab corners, and the rocker panels. This truck is a great truck if they only had this rust problem fixed. Toyota bought all there rusty trucks back that the frames were rusting into. Why can’t GM do that, oh I guess it would hurt their bottom line. I’ll never own another one, when I get this one looking halfway decent I’m going to trade it for a Toyota.

November 4, 2012 at 8:52 pm
(675) Bill says:

I have a 2002 silverado with the same problem as everyone else,no wonder GM is going down the tube. They build junk.

November 6, 2012 at 4:33 pm
(676) Ken says:

Just found my brake line on my 2003 2500 Silverado leaking. I have about 112000 miles.

November 7, 2012 at 6:47 pm
(677) Jon says:

I own a 1999 GMC Sierra in good condition with 120,000 miles. The brake lines have ruptured twice, and now repair shop wants $2000.00 to replace lines and calipers that wont bleed due to rust. Thanks GM! Already bought a dodge ram, and cant even sell this GMC or afford the fix.

November 14, 2012 at 3:28 pm
(678) John Dold says:

I have a 2004 GMC Seira 1500 4×4 extended cab that has severely rusted brake lines. I am having them replaced for about 1,000 dollars. at the local Chevy dealer. I live in Milford Ohio, where we have salted roads in the winter. My frame is also rusted in some areas. My truck is garage kept when i’m home.

November 15, 2012 at 5:53 pm
(679) Paul says:

All brake lines at the abs block rusted like a 100 year old piece of crap. Brake pedal went to the floor and almost hit 2 vehicles and scared the absolute shit out of me. Called GM, yes of course they want it towed for a diagnosis. Uh huh…..guess I’m so stupid that I can’t see where the leak is coming from or that the lines are totally gone. Manufacturer defect if you ask me….I was in the garage business for many years, and occasionally replace brake lines but this is horrible to see this. Filed a complaint with the NHTSA and will see where this goes. Should have been stainless from the start, we are talking “BRAKES” here GM, rear rotors rusted too. Get this my 2004 Silverado blows hot air on the drivers side and cold air on the passenger side. Was like that from almost day one, and GM dealership said there was nothing wrong with it…….and refused tear the system apart and find the problem, however when it was out of warranty, took it back to the dealership and showed them the problem, he said there would be a charge to tear it down and find the problem…….and we paid for the bailout?????

November 19, 2012 at 12:09 pm
(680) Jean Kenney says:

TWICE brakelines broke on my 2003 Chevy Tahoe and I live in the south where lines shouldn’t rust out so quickly. also truck is garage kept. First time they broke caused me to go down an embankful, costing me $1800. worth of repairs..They now broke again luckily I called my mechanic before I drove off. What can I do about this?? I love the truck but hate the hassle.

November 25, 2012 at 12:03 am
(681) Matt says:

2000 suburban illinios Drivin brake line ruptured

November 27, 2012 at 5:01 pm
(682) Eric says:

“12-02-04 General Motors has sent owners of 4.1 million trucks a reminder to take take part in a safety recall involving tailgate cables. On some of those trucks, the galvanized steel tailgate support cables may corrode, weaken, and eventually break.”

I find it to be UNACCEPTABLE that they issue a recall for tailgate cables and NOT rusty brake lines !!!! What is wrong with this picture???

2002 GMC Sierra 2500HD 4X4
149,785 miles
Had one line blow last year around this time and now a second line let go coming home with my son in the truck with me. Had to take the day off from work as the truck is not safe to drive. I see stainless steel lines in my near future , hopefully Government Motors will step up and take care of their loyal customers before they don’t have any more.

November 29, 2012 at 8:46 am
(683) Robert Rase says:

I own a 2004 GMC sierra with 47000 miles on it,not only are the brake line severly rusted but the rear bumper ,brackets and complete under carriage is severly rusted.I have owned the truck since it was new.It was garage kept and never abused.I’m retired and have been for the last twenty years, I’ve owned serveral GM trucks,this is the last one.When a bumper rust out in 8 years,then there is a problem.Every inch of the under carriage is rusted. Even the rear axle is flaking rust.

December 9, 2012 at 12:01 pm
(684) Chris H says:

1998 K3500 factory plow truck. Have replaced trans and oil cooling lines, all brake lines and now the gas tank fell of the completly rusted through support brackets that hold it to the frame. Truck has less than 50,000 miles. Have a 1958 GMC pickup in orginal condition, unrestored and still drives and stops with 67,000 miles. The underside of the ’58 has minimal surface rust and is completly serviceable. How can a truck that is 55 years old be in better condition than a 14 year old truck? The underside of the ’98 looks like that Chrysler they pulled out of an undergroud vault down in Texas a few years back. GM use to be a leader, now just a distant follower, maybe the goverment should have let them go out of buisness.

December 10, 2012 at 11:54 am
(685) Wayne Koslowski says:

on my 2002 avalanche not only are the brake and fuel line rusted the entire frame is covewred with flaking rust. I cannot recommend a GM product to anyone for that reason alone.

December 21, 2012 at 7:57 pm
(686) sonoma says:

It is not just full size GM trucks and SUV that have rusting brake lines. My 03 sonoma brake lines rotted out,I found it by investigating a leak under the back of the truck. Both lines on the rear axle were rotten. I replaced them with nickle copper alloy lines. Thanks GM for more crap.

December 21, 2012 at 10:08 pm
(687) Seth says:

2004 Sierra 1500: 60,000 miles on the odometer and my brakes blew out exiting the highway with my wife and 3 month old son in the truck. Ridiculous. Truck has spent the bulk of its life in NC. Still waiting for the dealership to examine the problem but my independent mechanic said the issue was too severe for them. They are thinking the cab will need to be removed to access all of the rusted lines. New Ford diesel is looking pretty good to me…

January 4, 2013 at 8:05 pm
(688) Terry and Gloria Metts says:

2002 Surbuban….Dropped my son off at school was heading to town when a truck in front of me slowed down to turn and when I hit my brakes, I had none…I hit him…it busted out my lights and busted the bumpers..also bent the front bumper into my tire…I had to drive a little ways up the road to get out of traffic..it was cutting into my tire….I was surprised to see so many people having the same problem with these rusted out brake lines..my husband had to come drive it home with the emergency brake….

January 10, 2013 at 8:24 pm
(689) Ezekiel says:

I have a 2000 GMC Jimmy and yesterday i stepped on my brakes and the brakes went all the way down. I then saw so much smoke. Thankfully I made it to a mechanic, when his assistant stepped on the brake, he showed me where the brake line was blowing out air due to corrosion of the brake line. I was not aware that there was such corrosion on the brake line. I did not have any warning lights, the brake light warning came on after the break line released so much pressure in the form of smoke. Has there been a recall on this model?

January 13, 2013 at 1:58 pm
(690) Joe Drasal says:

Hi Fellow Almost dead from faulty brake lines GM Truck owners.
My story goes as follows (short and sweet version) 2012 driving to cabin in the Mountains of North Carolina (400 miles). Pull up the driveway and then to porch to unload luggage stop and get out of vehicle to open front door and let my wife and son in . Jump back in truck to back up to porch and unload brakes go to floor and hit porch . So glad they waited to go out after the 400 mile trip. Boy I’m lucky-2002 Silverado Ext. Cab.-I reported to NHTSA not long after. Also have a Chevy 1999 1500 that guess what -I’m getting ready to fix those break lines also . Jan-13-2013. I have had vehicles for 20 years break lines lasted fine. What is the harm in using a material that would last, especially on something as important as break lines.

January 13, 2013 at 4:51 pm
(691) jeff says:

I have a 2005 Chevy Silverado. My front break line rusted so I replaced, bled all the lines, put everything back together only to have my rear break line burst. I am in the midst of changing that and it is no picnic. It is all rusted, hard to get to. I am at my wits end!

January 17, 2013 at 6:16 pm
(692) Jim says:

Lines corroded and let loose indriveway. No brakes at all as when the first line blew pedal hesitated as another line went and went straight to the floor! Driveway was down a hill, and I was lucky to stop with the aid of the parking brake. Mechanic stated that it was the dumbest thing that GM ever did by putting the ABS pump underneath and probably contributed to the corrosion problem.

January 25, 2013 at 10:19 pm
(693) tim moore says:

2005 silverado z 71 4wd crew bought new only 66000 miles. totally blew out front left steel line forward, never seen anything like it in my 40 years of driving.that 7000 lb truck was totally without brakes and would have killed, luckily it happened when parked

January 27, 2013 at 5:09 pm
(694) cindy says:

we own a 2000 Silverado 2500HD and a 2004 Silverado 2500HD deisel. Love both trucks except for the rust and corrosion. Both have had problems with brake line failure and one is a total rust bucket underneath. Both are set up to pull a gooseneck horse trailer but I really am afraid of brake failure while pulling the trailer. We always carry spare brake fluid but I am afraid something terrible is going to happen one of these days when the brakes give out again.

January 28, 2013 at 9:12 pm
(695) cathy says:

2002 Chevy Avalache, 105,000 miles . Truck has had to complete brake line rupture, 40,000 miles and 105,000 miles. The second incident had a minor collison. The uder body is completely rusted out, with other components rusting out also. I have filed a complaint at NTSB and contacted GMC. They have come out to do an investigation. This needs to be recalled. Please make sure you put your complaints on NTSB website.

January 30, 2013 at 10:41 am
(696) Ed says:

2001 Chevy Silverado 56,000 miles rear brake line corroded and burst while hauling a two place snowmobile trailer. Lost all braking. Fortunately I was only traveling 35mph and no one was in front of me. had this happened on an exit ramp or in an emergency situation I could have been a statistic. GM needs to step up and at a minimum advise people that this condition exists.

February 4, 2013 at 8:38 pm
(697) Stacy Lamb says:

1999 GMC Sierra 4X4. Always very light duty truck. 3rd brake line just let loose backing out of my driveway. Underside of truck is completely rusted. Mechanic cannot believe how poor the lines are. All need replacing. All vehicles in my drive are Chevy or GMC ….. Gonna look elsewhere for my next truck

February 7, 2013 at 1:57 pm
(698) cdbain says:

I have been driving for over 40 years I have never had a brake line break from a sudden stop untill recently on my 2000 3/4 ton heavy duty chevy pickup….good thing i was only doing 30 mph or I could of been killed!!!

February 8, 2013 at 4:50 am
(699) TexusTim says:

so I have a 2005 chevy silverado z71 there flagship truck for that year.
many great options and the computer/convenience package makes you really enjoy driving it over the preveious models….BUT the body of the 03 to mid 07 has many serious issues that gm had resolved in the mid to late 90 era truck mostly rust and corrosion and lots of areas that were protected by design have gone right out the window for the sake of style and gas millage……..you say gas millage..yes this 30 to 07 truck is has a much lighter frame and structural components,
and gm stopped rust proofing or galvanizing and of the sheet metal used in building the truck. this makes it much lighter and hence gets better gas millage as reqired as the total line up must meet that % so gm truck are one of the top sellers for gm so to meet that % they had to make the truck as light as possable…actually they are not nearly as safe in a crash or rollover thyan the 90s era truck they fold up in a front or rear end crash…..I have seen engines shoved in beyond the driver cab have have seen rears of these truck folded over the reae of the cab from a rear end collision…all these were 100% fatal for all ocupents..we have not seen this much damage to vehicles in mass for a very long time… class action is in the wings and total recall of these trucks in the future is highly possable…just not enough peole have dies yet…doesnt matter to gm how many customers they have offended by substituting “gimick” for quality for the sake of trying to keep customers in wtah are esentually 10 year throw away trucks.

February 11, 2013 at 3:47 pm
(700) Phil says:

I have a 2002 Chevy Silverado 2500HD. Last yr I blew 1 line. Yesterday i blew another got towed back to the house made the repair and while bleeding the system blew another one that I am still trying to fix.

February 14, 2013 at 8:15 pm
(701) Anthony says:

I have a 2000 Silverado Z 71 and blew a brake line today. Luckly like most I was driving slow.

February 14, 2013 at 9:55 pm
(702) Ray says:

I bought a 2ooo silverado brand new within a few years I was replacing brake lines one than another and another till all were changed,Shame on Gm for producing such crap and not standing behind there overpriced junk. With all the technology they have today you would think they could produce safe brake lines for our vehicles.Maybe the insurance companies should be notified in case some of these vehicles are in accidents pertaining to brake lines.Wake up Gm

February 15, 2013 at 1:11 pm
(703) Dennis says:

I am the owner of a 2001 Silverado 4wd. This is the 2nd line that has rusted and blown out on me. I was lucky to have once blown out in my driveway and the other time when I was gassing up. A repair shop was 1/4 mile away and I was able to “limp” there. I don’t feel that this is problem is normal and is probably due to the routing of the lines leaving them unprotected from wet and salty NY roads.

February 22, 2013 at 10:55 am
(704) Russ says:

My 1999 Silverado 1500 had brake issue in Jan 13. Had the master cyl replaced and one brale line ($880). On Feb 22 blew all brakes (ABS block?) at a stop light at a major Columbus intersection during the noon hour. I am lucky! No one was in front of me and cross traffic heard my horn!!! Now they tell me I should replace all the lines and probably the ABS block ($1800). I nned to have my alternate mechanic evaluate everything underneath as I get ready to file a complaint! I don’t want my gas tank to fall out! He estimated ~ $700 to do the same work!

February 23, 2013 at 6:10 pm
(705) Cube Hire says:

I own a 2002 4WD 1500 Silverado with 65K miles and inspected my brake lines after one line failed in the back on the highway (scary). They are are all rotted out especially in the rear. I also noticed the rear cross member is very rotted as well and don’t know if it will fail too?

February 25, 2013 at 5:42 pm
(706) Glen says:

99 Chevy Silverado 1500 – Just got back a camping trip with my church youth group. It was around 150 miles each way I drove the churches bus but I wanted a 4×4 to go also since it was after a heavy snow storm in the northeast. The guy driving the truck had 4 teenagers in the truck with him. Luckily the brake lines waited till we got home and I was pulling into my driveway to burst. Can’t think about how that could have turned out and what the liability would have been. Step up Chevrolet you used to produce the best vehicles. Now I would be safer in a Yugo.

February 26, 2013 at 8:17 pm
(707) Pam says:

I have a 2000 silverado extended cab I have had all the break lines replaced as they failed I almost hit the car in front of me so I had to jump the curb to avoid hitting that car also I have massive amounts of under carriage rust and this week I have a broken rusted stabilizer bar all this on a 2000 what if anything can be done and has anyone have a rusted stabilizer bar I have never heard of one rusting in half ? need help

March 11, 2013 at 10:18 am
(708) Stacy Lamb says:

1999 GMC Sierra 1500. Brake lines have failed 2 times now. Many, many complaints on the NHTSA website. Notice now on the new commercials they are offering a “loyalty” program for those who trade in a 1999 or newer. Hmmm they want to get these off the road!

March 25, 2013 at 8:13 pm
(709) Hal says:

I replaced my brake lines in the spring of 2012 and the fuel lines in the fall of 2012. I had brake failure due to both lines rupturing. Fortunatley, no accident. The fuel lines were very corroded so I had those replaced too. The mechanic said they would have ruptured soon.

March 26, 2013 at 10:12 pm
(710) Greg says:

1996 Chevy Express Van, 51,000 miles, always garaged, put foot on brake at 30 mph, light pressure, pedal went to the floor, luckily close to home, coasted up driveway, steel line that supplies rear brakes exploding with rust, burst when pedal was applied. Entire underside of vehicle a mass of rust. This kind of negligence by an OEM (GM) shows utter disregard for their customers and the safety of those customers and other innocent people who could be killed on the road. I don’t care that you don’t want to pay for the repair GM, but at least warn these people you regard apparently as fodder about the potential for this condition.

March 27, 2013 at 6:38 pm
(711) Shannon says:

My 2001 Chevrole Silverado With 58000 miles has experinced rusted brake line failure bad expierance , while backing boat out to launch, This was in year 2000….

March 27, 2013 at 7:26 pm
(712) Jason says:

I have had 4 line failures in the last 2 years on my 2001 yukon Denali xl. All 4 failures resulted in brake loss and extreme difficultly stopping. I had to use the e-brake and put the truck in neutral. 1st location main rear line just above ABS block. 2nd left front brake at the last clamp before going to the flex. 3rd right front where it curves down under the motor. 4th (2 days ago) both main lines from the master cyclinder to the ABS block at 2nd clamp on the frame under the drivers seat. This truck has high kms on it 348000km on it but the only real rust on the the truck is the brake lines and the rockers. Where the brake lines run seem to hold a large amount of dirt and salt. I had a lots of junk fall in my face while removing them. I am in the process of figuring out how to replace ALL the brake lines. I have a family of 8 and we use this truck to get around. It needs to be safe. I am thinking about relocating the ABS block from under the truck to under the hood. There is lots of room and that is where they put them on cars. my 2003 cavalier has 319000kms on it and the lines have very little rust on them. I think this is a issue.

March 29, 2013 at 8:50 pm
(713) Norman Roth says:

2002 S-10 ZR2 4×4, Two months ago the rear hard line to the drivers side rear wheel rusted through and burst, total loss of rear brakes while driving 65 MPH on interstate Rt. 95. When attempting to slow for off ramp, the brake pedal went almost to floor. Pumping did nothing but empty the reservoir, and there was not enough bakes left to effectively slow down. I shifted to 4th then 3rd and used the emergency brake. Found the reservoir practically empty, had truck towed, not safe to drive. Replaced line with universal line from auto parts store.
Today the brake warning light came on as I slowed to pull into a shopping center, parked the truck and checked the brake reservoir, low brake fluid in rear, found hard line from front to rear has rusted through and is leaking all rear fluid out.. This is unacceptable, if this had caused an accident I would be suing General Motors right now.. Getting tired of towing this truck around and have lost all confidence in the the truck being reliable and safe to drive. It is currently sitting because I haven’t decided how to repair it this time. I stopped letting my wife drive it after the last failure. I just found this web site, thanks.

March 31, 2013 at 10:44 am
(714) tony caruso says:

I just purchased a used suburban with 132K on it and when I got it home the brake pedal started to go away. Knowing the feeling of low brake fluid I wasn’t concerned very much. I went to a local store and purchased a bottle of brake fluid and within minutes it was leaving the car at the back left wheel at an alarming rate. I took it to a mechanic and he recommended that I replace every brake line. He said not all are 100% rusted yet but once the broken ones are replaced, the restored pressure will blow out the remaining. Can’t wait to get the bill. That coupled with the engine knock at startup that wasn’t evident until I started it the next day. Sucks to be lied to and cheated. I think this is my last used car.

April 11, 2013 at 12:14 am
(715) dwangl says:

Today just prior to hooking up my tool trailer to my 2000 GMC sierra i had complete brake failure while backing up…if i had of been able to hook up and pull away i was heading for the valley and one of the steepest hills in the area and at the bottom is one of the busiest intersections in town. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind someone would have been seriously hurt or killed, The rusted brake line is being replaced but i have lost ALL trust in the truck and will never own another GMC for the simple fact that they will not take responsibility for this incredibly serious situation. GM you can go F#ck your self and your garbage products. The public has to be warned not to buy GMC death traps!!!

April 16, 2013 at 4:11 pm
(716) Classic Tube says:

We have pre bent Stainless Steel Brake Line Kits. We stock most kits for 1999 up Chevrolet anf GMC Trucks. Never worry about rotted lines again. Give us a call 1-800-882-3711

April 19, 2013 at 10:45 pm
(717) John says:

my truck blew brake line yesterday 2005 silverado 2500hd along frame at cross member behind module truck only has 45,000 miles on it

April 21, 2013 at 6:52 pm
(718) Jaramia Becker says:

I have a 2902 suburban 1500 lt 4×4. Brake line along left reader rail blew today at 180,000 miles.

April 24, 2013 at 3:08 pm
(719) Dan says:

I have a 99 GMC sierra and my wife has a 2005 Gmc Yukon. My 99 Gmc had to have brake lines replaced two years ago to pass Inspection , now my wife’s Yukon has to have all brake lines replaced to pass inspection
Its going to cost a total close to 2k two have them replaced on both vehicles.

April 29, 2013 at 10:01 am
(720) Mark B says:

My 2004 SIERRA 2500 HD blew a brakeline in my driveway from rust. Thank God it happened there rather then down the road with my family and heavy boat in tow. Would not be writing this today if that had happened.
Total disgust in GMC at this point.

April 29, 2013 at 12:53 pm
(721) Rene' says:

I have a 2002 1500 HD from new, bought in Oct 2001. Have replaced all hard lines due corrosion and leaking. had to also replace all the calipers since the bleeders were also corroded tight. When I was under the truck I noticed my stainless exhaust still looks great, why not make the brake lines out of stainless also? Good luck with the NTSB

May 1, 2013 at 9:16 am
(722) Travis says:

Both my Grand Prix and C1500 have leaking brakes due to corrosion. They also both have leaking intake gaskets.. Why does GM use inferior parts.
I have a 98 Mitsubishi and never had this amount of problems.
GM is junk never again will I buy GM, never. ‘

Next car will have a J in the VIN.

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