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Hard pedal won't stop, 2000 silverado

ABS light activated, grinding/clunking noise from wheel area (believe front right) at low speed (less than 10 mph). Applied brakes, truck slowed to a stop fine and noise disappeared. Started to drive away again and at 10 mph or so noise came back, slowed to a stop again and noise went away. Reversed and decided to return home (300 ft away) and as soon as speed hit 10 mph noise returned, truck slowed again when brakes applied and noise went away but at 5 mph ABS activated and truck would not stop - both feet hard on pedal, pedal did not go to floor but truck would not stop and I hit parked car in driveway.

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  • archw1951 Oct 06, 2009

    Turned out it was a hub bearing on its way to total failure. Local shop replaced the hub and bearing and all braking functions returned to normal. Truck is a 2000 Z71 4x4 - 150,000 km. I was surprised to find that low speed ABS activation completely disabled the braking, even with both feet hard on the pedal at a speed of about 5mph, it would not stop but went at least 15' hitting the front of a car and taking out the grill on the car and the lower valance on the truck. Live and learn.

  • Richard Scordino May 11, 2010

    OUCH!!! Can't tell you exactly what failed but considering it was making noise, it shouldn't be hard to find out what is going on there ...just remove the wheel.Anything you find that you don't understand, just ask and I'll help you out if I can!

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