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Old 09-08-2015, 09:00 AM   #1
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Was a great weekend

Had a wonderful 4 day weekend at the lake. We loaded up and hooked up the camper and started home. Then it happened brakes went to the floor. Was going slow enough to use the trailer brakes to get slowed down and get off the road. Checked the brake fluid, it was empty. My 16 year old said dad look under the truck. Sure enough one of the metal lines that comes from the master cylinder down to the abs module on the frame had rusted and wore a pretty good hole in it. So there we set. Couple phone calls and a few hours of waiting, a good friend showed up 10 minutes before the roll back showed up. Already had the camper unhooked and waiting for him to show up. Hooked up to his truck and gave the tow company home address and off we went.
Just ordered new metal brake lines for the entire truck off Rock Auto $87 shipped.
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Old 09-09-2015, 09:34 AM   #2
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So lucky you had the RV behind you to stop you
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Old 09-09-2015, 11:40 AM   #3
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Very true, hate to think what it would have been without it.
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I've had similar happen. Though not when trailering. When a line blows, you still have 1/2 of the braking system. So a safe stop is possible.


It is a very unpleasant surprise. And yelling "Tell me something I don't know" at the BRAKES light doesn't help much.


Glad all is OK.
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Chevy seems to have a big problem with rusty brake lines on the Silverados. I found companies that are making stainless brake lines now but they are out of my price range. Is your ABS pump under the cab? I believe you have to use a special computer (Scanguage 2) to bleed the ABS pump.
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Old 09-09-2015, 03:55 PM   #6
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Yes it is right on the frame rail. I wonder how much its gonna cost to have that done?
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Pre-bent Stainless lines are now available for popular models at your local napa store. Might be a couple more bucks, but you wont have to worry about rusting out again. I Fluid Film (a great product for lube and rust preventer) all my brake, transmission cooler, and fuel lines every oil change to keep them from rusting. So far, so good.
As far as bleeding, I don't remember having to use a special tool to bleed the brakes on GM trucks, but its been a long time. Id try myself, and if you have an abs light or soft pedal after your done, you may have to have them bleed. If you have every thing open/loose, it shouldn't cost too much...
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Im gonna change them myself and hope for the best. Thanks for the input.
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I had the same issue on my 06,i put on all new stainless lines and hoses at the wheel.You will need a Tech 2 tool to bleed ABS module,or do it the poor mans way and drive down a dirt road and lock the brakes up a few times a re bleed
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OP, glad to hear you made it safely to the side of the road, that could have been messy.

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Chevy seems to have a big problem with rusty brake lines on the Silverados.
It's not just Silverado’s and it's not just brake lines. This is us after a transmission cooler line rusted through and burst during a trip earlier this year. If you own one of these trucks you NEED to check this (or have it checked). The Chevy forums are full of threads with people dumfounded that with all the recalls Chevy has done lately that this was never addressed. Very glad we've since bought a Ram 1500.

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