I just bought a new '03 GMC Sierra 1500, ext. cab, auto, 4x4. The brakes
feel a little soft to me, but I'm wondering if they are or if I'm just used
to my smaller Dakota. Thought I'd check with you all to see if there is a
known problem before I talk to the dealer. Any input will be appreciated.
These trucks have soft brake pedals. Your Dakota had a very hard pedal
that grabbed as soon as you stepped on the pedal. The GM Trucks have
soft, inadequate (in my opinion) brakes. I've driven the Dakota and once
owned a god damned Ram so I know what you are used to.
Having had a 1999 Silverado for two years now and complaining that I thought
the brakes needed bleeding for the entire two years to the dealer that I
bought it from, I finally found some information from Chevy about the issue.
It seems that the Anti-Lock brake system, with the proportional braking
system is the cause of the mushy feel. The proportional unit sits under the
drivers seat, attatched to the frame. If you ever jammed on them, on ice
especially, it sounds like a machine gun going off, but it is the
proportional valve and the Anti-Lock system working together.
System works fine, but is very mushy do to all the piping and system
Took me a while to get used to it, but it still stops on a dime if asked to.
Ed ( firstname.lastname@example.org)
I work in a GMC dealer. the only problem that I seen on these Trucks brakes
is with rear pads wearing out sooner than the fronts. must of the one that i
seen with this problem the tow heavy. beside that i seen them with 80k miles
and still 20 to 30 percent pads life. great brake system.
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