99 through 06 GM Rusted brake lines
While returning from Camping World in Nashville for the hour and a half drive home I first made the mistake of assuming my brake controller was set from the last time I towed. Guilty, I did not check it nor reset it to be sure I had brakes working on the trailer.
On the north side of Nashville the right lane ending an 18 wheeler(car hauler full of new Toyotas) moved in front of me from the lane that was ending/exiting. I began backing off of him and noticed down his left side a three car accident happening right in front of him. I slammed the brakes, the 18 wheeler was outstopping me. I pressed the brake pedal hard as I could and pop, it went to the floor, no brakes. I swerved to the right lane forcing a pickup to the emergency lane narrowly missing the 18 wheeler moving to an area I had no idea what was there and thankfully nothing was. I barely missed the corner of the car hauler and proceeded to the emergency lane. Not stopping due to lack of brakes I came back onto the interstate since the accident was now behind me. I spaced from anything infront of me and began adjusting the controller. It was backed way off. No idea how. I'd carried passengers over the past mo, adults, someone touched it but again, my fault for not checking at hook up.
I could push the pedal completly to the floor then barely have brakes on the truck.
We make it home and put the trailer in storage then to the house. I checked both front brakes and lines, no leaks. I checked the rear and found a huge puddle in the garage and still dripping. Further inspection revealed rusted brake lines. The rear line bursted just before the coupling where it switches to rubber hose due to rust.
I come in the house and search silverado 2500hd brake lines, thinking I'd buy a kit.
Instead I come up with law suits against gm and forum after forum over this issue.
I have ordered a complete set of stainless steel prebent lines to install replacing what's on the truck.
My truck I purchased from a friend who stored it inside, I store it inside and it has no other rust. Only the brake lines.
My truck is a 2001 2500hd with 52000 on the odometer.
I have read that newer than 06 are also effected also but 99 through 2006 are numerous on the web. If you own one, check them. They will blow when you need them.
Under the hood mine are all brand new looking. Under the truck they are all rusted.
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