These trucks are much stiffer and ride less comfortably than the standard Silverado 1500 (1/2 ton). They are designed for hard work and a 3/4 ton capacity. The ride is bouncy but the available engines include a relatively refined, Isuzu-developed 6.6-liter turbodiesel V8 and a huge 8.1-liter, 340-hp V8.
Alerts
There are 2 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

We expect the 2022 Silverado 2500HD will be more reliable than the average new car. This prediction is based on data from 2020 and 2021 models. Select the used car model year to see reported issues with those similar past models.

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for over 300,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2021 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"LF ABS failed"

R M., AB (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD WT 8.1-L V8)

"Had ABS module fail just before warranty expired. Then got recall notice for brakes, for same problem"

William H., HI (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 8.1-L V8)

"ABS speed detection sensor failure"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD WT 6.0-L V8)

"frooze up and did not work any more"

Anonymous, PA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.0-L V8)

"Antilock brake disabled warning comes on in extreme cold temperatures, -25 C"

Lincoln K., MB (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LS 6.0-L V8)

"ABS system failure. Needed to have parts replaced"

Amy H., MI (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Base 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"The ABS sensors in the front hubs fail. I've replaced both front hubs. All was fine for awhile, but now I'm getting brake system warnings again. It stops, but I'll need to dump a good deal more money into it to fix these faulty parts"

James D., MD (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LS 6.6-L V8 diesel)
Calipers

"Calipers froze up"

Anonymous, MI (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LS 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"LF caliper seized"

R M., AB (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD WT 8.1-L V8)

"The calipers seized up on the front break system and the front end of the truck started to shimmy as the brakes were sticking to the rotors while the truck was being driven"

Thomas K., ON (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LS 6.0-L V8)

"Rust and corrosion caused them to stick"

Edward-Sandra K., MI (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"Rear calipers worn out at less then 60000 miles"

Wayne B., MI (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"left front caliper seized"

R M., AB (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD WT 8.1-L V8)
Master cylinder

"Failed and required replacement with a new unit."

David G., MI (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LS 6.0-L V8)
Normal routine brake wear

"rear brakes worn and leaking fluid but mileage achieved was much higher than average"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"Brake line leaked because of rust and needed replacing."

Anonymous, MI (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LS 8.1-L V8)

"replaced all brake lines"

Anonymous, (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Unsure 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"time to replace, like all vehicle owners should"

Keith Y., NJ (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LS 6.0-L V8)
Parking brake

"premature wear and inability to hold vehicle on slight grades"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"Could not adjust parking brake"

Anonymous, IA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LS 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"won't hold truck on even a slight hill. must put truck in gear and shut off engine to hold on a hill"

Philip P., KY (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD WT 6.0-L V8)

"The parking brake has never worked reliably and remains a nuisance even after the best repair efforts from dealer's garages and third party garages."

Anonymous, MO (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LS 6.6-L V8 diesel)
Premature brake wear

"Right rear brake rotor disintegrated and only the outer half was left. I am in the process of replacing the front brakes, Hoses and all the Brake Lines due to corrosion failure. I have already replaced the rear axle brake lines and will order the l"

Edward-Sandra K., MI (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"Brakes wear very fast, rotors warp every time, 63000 miles on 3 rd set of rotors, wheel bearing bad replaced already? GOOGLED it said it was a manufacture defect.. No kidding"

Rehab A., NY (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LS 6.0-L V8)

"All four wheels premature brake wear at less than 60000 mi"

Wayne B., MI (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)
Pulsation or vibration

"The truck would vibrate on the front right hand side"

Kenneth H., ID (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD 6.0-L V8)
Regular brake failure

"Brake lines rusted thru"

Anonymous, VA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"Brake lines corroded and caused a complete failure of the brake system. I had all the lines replaced with stainless steel"

Anonymous, NJ (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 8.1-L V8)
Rotors

"wore down rear rotors"

Anonymous, UT (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LS 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"Rotors needed replacement. Vehicle is not used in the winter months"

Amy H., MI (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Base 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"axle seal rear"

Ivan M., SD (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LS 6.6-L V8 diesel)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Ball joints

"Upper ball joints on both sides failed and had to be replaced"

Jeffrey J., CA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)
Bushings

"bushings had failed on previous owner"

Robert G., BC (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"Expensive replacement-over $400.00(@$80.00/hr labor) to replace"

Jerrell R., AL (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LS 6.0-L V8)
Power steering leaks

"hose leaks"

Anonymous, UT (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LS 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"Unit rust out and leaked"

Anonymous, IL (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.0-L V8)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"The power steering pump which assists steering and is also the power assist for the brakes quit working. Also had another hose start leaking 6 months later"

Jeffrey J., CA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"Power steering pump failed and power steering hose rubbed a hole in intake hose for turbo and water pump replacement ($3,000)"

David P., OK (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LS 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"Installed new power steering pump."

Angelo S., NH (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LS 6.0-L V8)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"worn bushing in steering column caused annoying rattle on rough roads"

Anonymous, AB (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"I had Idler arm replaced 5/20/2013"

Edward H., CA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LS 8.1-L V8)
Steering wheel vibration

"It has the Chevy rattle in the steering column which so many chevys develope. It's been in to the shop four times for repairs to the loose steering linkage but once again has returned"

Keith M., GA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD WT 6.0-L V8)
Tie rods

"Chevrolet only installed front ends for a standard V8 engine instead of heavy duty for a diesels causing premature failure"

Terry M., WA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)
Wheel bearings

"My ABS would not work casing vibration until wheel brgs were replaced"

Troy K., AB (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.0-L V8)

"Had to replace right front hub assembly"

Anonymous, UT (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"replaced both front wheel bearings"

Anonymous, VA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"Right front wheel bearing worn when I purchased the car. I had it repaired as soon as I bought the truck"

Anonymous, CO (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"wheel bearing gone at 74000 without getting caught by dealer"

Terry M., WA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"Left front wheel bearing went bad after 70K,had to be replaced at $800. Never had a bearing go out on any other vehicle owned"

Anonymous, MI (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"Very expensive to replace front wheel bearings"

Anonymous, AZ (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 8.1-L V8)

"The truck developed a shimmy we couldn't figure out. We took it in and the mechanic said the front wheels were loose indicating bearing wear. We had them replaced and problem solved."

Anonymous, (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LS 6.0-L V8)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"series of failures requiring replacement of various sensors"

Seam M., TX (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Base 6.0-L V8)

"The connections between the fuel system and the charcoal absorber fail intermitently,, so it's hard to get repaired"

Anonymous, WA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.0-L V8)

"Light came on and the code was for EGR, took it to a dealer ended up replacing But still the light came on with same code. Truck was there on and off for three + weeks and never fixed it. Lots of $$$ ( Dumb Shits). Went to another shop , had been their before for electric work and in 30 min he found the issue, EGR heat exchanger, great place. So I got the part on line and will install it this weekend."

Anonymous, TX (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD WT 6.6-L V8 diesel)
Fuel injection system

"Fuel injector wire rubbed and shorter out"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"injectors formed cracks allowing diesel to pour into crankcase($4,000)"

David P., OK (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LS 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"Went into "limp mode" and had to get mechanic help. A real pain in the ass"

Martha E., SD (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"Fatal terminal problem with wiring harnass causing limp-home mode; covered by TSB. Harnass to two injectors has cross interference. Truck hasn't moved since December, when problem started"

Anonymous, GA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"injectors fail right after warranty, ccost is $$$$, aftermarket parts are garbage, buy only original Bosch"

Anonymous, QC (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Base 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"Due to the age of the diesel fuel injectors, the lack of regular driving of the vehicle, several injectors failed. Since the vehicle had so many miles, when we had the injectors replaced, we also opted to replace the fuel pressure pump and added some minor upgrades to the fuel filtering and pump systems. Rather than purchase a different truck we opted to perform this rather expensive maintenance. We plan on keeping this truck for the foreseeable future. Up until this major work, the truck has performed remarkably trouble-free."

Anonymous, CO (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LS 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"Diesel Fuel Injectors are failing causing excessive smoke at idle."

Anonymous, MI (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"Fuel injector control module (FICM) required rebuilt replacement at significant cost of $2,200.00"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Unsure 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"Injectors were worn. 6 of the 8 were out of tolerance which caused excess black smoke from the exhaust (diesel engine). Known problem with this engine. Replaced injectors ($4000 worth) and it is fine"

Anonymous, UT (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"poorly designed injectors/system. Last injectors installed lasted only 60000 miles. Cost ranges from $4000 to $8000 to replace them."

Anonymous, CA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"Poorly designed fuel injectors"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LS 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"Replaced all 8 fuel injectors due to excessive smoking/leaking."

Anonymous, TX (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LS 6.6-L V8 diesel)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Gone off many times had repairs fine still goes off"

Anonymous, ID (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.0-L V8)

"Both sensors wire out at the same time. Thin insulation on the wiring was the problem"

Keith M., GA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD WT 6.0-L V8)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

12V power plug

"failed"

Anonymous, IA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LS 6.6-L V8 diesel)
Body control module

"intermittent battery drain, interior lights stay on ,part is $$$$$$, have disconnected battery"

Anonymous, QC (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Base 6.6-L V8 diesel)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"I have replaced the running lights twice this year"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 8.1-L V8)
Gauges

"Still have erroneous warning lights which glow or flash at random intervals. Gauges do not always indicate operating. Still under extended warranty granted by company, but they refuse to wholesale replace gauge panel, instead I must bring it in for every single problem individually"

William H., HI (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 8.1-L V8)

"There is some kind of connection problem that causes the gauges cluster to blank out completely. There was a recall that covered it, but the time limit was 7 years, & the problem didn't appear in our truck until after 2011. It comes & goes, though, so we haven't corrected it yet. The repair is costly"

Anonymous, MI (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Base 6.0-L V8)

"speedometer & voltmeter--both very erratic or non-functioning"

Anonymous, WA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"tachometer occasionally goes full scale and hangs there. Oil pressure sometimes incorrectly indicates very high pressure"

Warner H., TX (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"Instrument cluster Odometer, tact, oil pressure gauges giving faulty readings"

Anonymous, MI (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LS 6.0-L V8)

"The transmission gear indicator light has burned out as well as several lights on the radio and heat controls. The dealership has told me the only way to correct this is to replace the entire dash instrumentation at a cost of $850. Wish lights only c"

Daniel H., SK (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)
Headlights

"Outer headlight lenses becomes clouding. Not clear"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)
Heated or cooled seats

"The heated seat controls will come on for both seats, but only stay on for the passenger side. They turn off approximately 5 seconds after setting for the driver side. In other words, the driver side heat controls do not stay on."

Don B., SC (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)
Interior lights

"The interior over head lights bulbs have needs to be replace twice in as many years"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 8.1-L V8)
Keyless entry

"Driver door latch won't open with keyless signal when very cold"

R S., OR (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LS 6.6-L V8 diesel)
Warning lights

"Check Engine light always on. Mechanic fixes it then it comes back on"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"The warning light would come on and then all the gauges went off while driving. Sometimes the engine would die, too. We determined that it's due to an aftermarket banks system that was installed and still haven't resolved the issue"

Anonymous, NV (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD 6.6-L V8 diesel)
Wiper motor or washer

"windshield wipers would not turn off after turning switch off. And the intermittent cycle would not cycle they would run continuous"

Anonymous, WA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"I live in TX, and the actuator for the A/C is under the dash and though the part is relatively inexpensive, the labor to take apart the WHOLE dash is over $1500...so my AC does not work for any passenger in my vehicle. I will NEVER buy another GM vehicle again."

Rick M., TX (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)
Automatic climate control

"When calling for air condition, sometimes get hot air from vents"

Don A., TX (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.0-L V8)

"When A/C on during hot day, heater will randomly blow hot air. Resets when vehicle is turned off and back on"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"Sometimes when calling for cooling I get heat from the vents. I usually can correct this by shut engine off and restart"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.0-L V8)

"Drivers side A/C shuts off intermittently"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"a/s will not blow very cold problem with mixing of warm and cooled air"

Michael Z., WI (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"climate control module quite working and could not adjust temp coming out of vents"

Anonymous, AR (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LS 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"Heat comes on automatically sometimes."

Anonymous, HI (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"Air blows hot as if heater is engaged during cold setting. Very intermittent issue."

Anonymous, GA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD WT 6.0-L V8)

"There are times that one side of the vehicles heating/cooling will not reflect the temperature that the controls are set to (e.g. temp is set to 90 degrees and the drivers side is blowing cold air, while passenger side is hot, this will also happen in the reverse - set for cold, and driver side will blow hot, passenger cold). The situation can be resolved by pulling over and turning off the vehicle for at least 10 seconds."

Don B., SC (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"A/C doesn't always work, unit blows out hot air instead of cold. Was told it had something to do with some door inside the whole heating/air conditioning unit. Will reset itself if I pull over, stop the truck, and restart it."

Don B., (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"The air conditioning vents spontaneously change and start blowing through the windshield defrost vents. Sometimes heat starts blowing out of the driver side vents event though its set for air conditioning."

Anonymous, TX (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)
Heated or cooled seat controls

"Drivers side seat heater shuts off after approximately 5 seconds after turning it on. Passenger side will remain on."

Don B., (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"The seat heater spontaneously turns on."

Anonymous, TX (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)
Heater system

"FIRST THE GAUGES DIDN'T WORK. THE DEALER FIXED UNDER WARRANTY(AT 12000 MILES AND 10 YEARS) AND THEN THE HEATER QUIT. $168 MODULE I'M TOLD,THEY WON'T WARRANTY IT NOW"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.0-L V8)

"heater temperature would have to be turned up to 85 to 90 degrees in order to get warm air out other wise it would put out cool air. Our truck was taken in once to have it repaired. It worked for awhile but now it is doing the same thing again. Have not taken it in second time to have it repaired"

Anonymous, WA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose interior trim or moldings

"Interior roof lining peeling above the doors"

Anonymous, MT (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Base 6.6-L V8 diesel)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Chips on hood led to pealing"

Tom A., OR (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LS 6.6-L V8 diesel)
Rust

"The back bumper has rusted out to the point that it's barely hanging on to the frame"

Cathy S., AK (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD 8.1-L V8)

"Rusted brake,cooling and fuel lines. Inoperable spare tire holder due to rusted secondary release"

Anonymous, NJ (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LS 6.0-L V8)

"below door panels"

Ken E., IA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD 6.0-L V8)

"Brake lines rusted through leaving no brakes with little warning. Body beginning to rust in many areas"

Anonymous, OH (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"Rocker panels are rusting out on vehicle with only 57000 miles on and kept in heated garage year around."

Anonymous, MI (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"rocker panel and cab corner-- wheels starting"

Theodore G., PA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LS 6.0-L V8)

"Rust hole above windshield causes leak"

Robert G., FL (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Base 6.0-L V8)

"Rear bumper rusted away"

Anonymous, NH (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Base 8.1-L V8)

"the body is rusting but the rest of the truck is good"

Anonymous, MN (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LS 6.0-L V8)

"Rocker Panels are starting to rust"

Anonymous, MI (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"ROCKER PANELS, CAB CORNERS, WHEEL WELLS ON BED"

Anonymous, PA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD 8.1-L V8)

"Rear bumper rusted out well before other body parts and now same for front"

Anonymous, NH (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Base 8.1-L V8)

"The rust appears at the bottom of the crew cab panels below the doors. It appears to be rusting from the inside and most repair suggestions simply offer filling with body putty and repainting. Would prefer readily available replacement panels that can be fastened in place."

Anonymous, MO (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LS 6.6-L V8 diesel)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"top edge windshield seal leak causing rust, expansion and windshield cracking"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"Air leaks are very inconvenient due to the noise they create"

Anonymous, NJ (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LS 6.0-L V8)

"Air leak around driver's door--unable to correct it with new seals."

Anonymous, CA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LS 6.0-L V8)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Door seals are coming loose. Wind noise on passenger door"

Anonymous, MT (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"Windshield seal leaked, causing body rust and swelling. Pressure from swelling caused windshield to crack."

Anonymous, CA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"Poor weather stripping"

Michael S., IN (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD WT 6.0-L V8)
Squeaks or rattles

"Rattle in steering column. Most noticable when turning. Dealer has looked at it a few times but can;t seem to fix it. Rattle keeps coming back"

Anonymous, IL (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.0-L V8)

"There is something loose under the front dash panel. I have not been able to locate and stop the rattling. Just play the radio a little louder. The problem is annoying but not a great hindrance to driving."

Anonymous, TN (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"the car is old granted but it sounds like the bottom will soon fall out"

Anonymous, CT (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.0-L V8)

"Rattle in the passenger side door"

Anonymous, MT (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)
Wind noise

"Interior noise is loud"

Michael S., IN (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD WT 6.0-L V8)

"Same as discussed with leaks."

Anonymous, CA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LS 6.0-L V8)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Difficult to fill up gas tank

"Truck has a work body and has always been hard to fill since new becaause of routing of fill hose"

Robert G., FL (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.0-L V8)
Engine computer

"Intermittent check engine code for glow plug error (code P0380) that resets itself even after glow plugs and related relay were replaced. Not related to ambient or engine temperature"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LS 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"the problems had to do with sensors, which caused the engine light to go on"

Paul A., CA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)
Engine knock or ping

"Defective Valve lifters. The bolts holding the exhaust manifold to the engine broke of on both sides. Had to replace all brake lines due to rust out"

Anonymous, CT (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Base 6.0-L V8)
Fuel leaks

"Backflow Valve in Engine Compartment Fuel Filter Failed causing vehicle to stop and refuse to restart"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LS 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"WHEN FILLING TANK TO FULL IT WOULD LEAK BECAUSE LINES NEAR TOP WERE AGED"

Anonymous, PA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Unsure 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"Fuel line from tank rusted & seeping fuel. Had same problem with brake lines &they did fail while on the road."

- T., OH (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.0-L V8)
Oil leaks

"that was a bad gasket, on an after market oil filter"

Paul A., CA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"Rear differential pinion seal leak, replaced with new seal"

Anonymous, WA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LS 6.6-L V8 diesel)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

4WD/AWD components

"Transfer unit failure"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD WT 6.0-L V8)

"Parts failure when engaging 4WD NO ot certain which parts needed replacing"

Anonymous, WI (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.0-L V8)
Driveline vibration

"vibration caused by failing front wheel bearing"

Warner H., TX (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)
Electrical failure

"Needed new batteries"

Anonymous, SK (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LS 6.6-L V8 diesel)
Transfer case

"It was leaking oil and I had to have it rebuilt"

Anthony P., CO (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LS 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"Pump rubbed a hole through the case and all of the oil leaked out causing failure. Poor design and they knew about it"

Anonymous, OR (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD 6.6-L V8 diesel)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

"External, door hardware failed on the driver's side door and back-seat, driver's side door"

Anonymous, SD (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)
Seat controls - movement

"Had many electronic/electric since day one! They could not find them while under warranty. like roll down driver window dr seat goes all the way back at times, park- in morning all settings changed back to factory, radio lost channel settings, ETC"

Stephen S., NV (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"hinge rusted through"

Ken E., IA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD 6.0-L V8)
Windows

"right front door power window won't go up"

Anonymous, WA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LS 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"Passenger side front window is inoperable."

Anonymous, TX (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Exhaust leaks

"I have had the exhaust manifold bolds replaced three times poor design"

Thomas P., NY (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD WT 8.1-L V8)
Exhaust manifold

"it cracked"

Anonymous, MO (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.0-L V8)

"Exhaust manifold bolts rusted away"

Anonymous, IL (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.0-L V8)
Muffler

"Making a noise like a worn out muffler. Replaced with dual exhaust and an accelerator"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.0-L V8)
Other/unsure

"Airbag error light stays on continuously. Tech could not discern the problem"

Anonymous, GA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD WT 6.0-L V8)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Alternator

"Replaced"

Norman W., FL (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"Alternator lasted over 10 years as did the rear factory brakes"

Douglas D., MN (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)
Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"One of the two batteries in my turbo diesel truck blew it's top, literally, when starting the truck one day. But considering that they were both original equipped when the truck was purchased new, losing one at 100K miles is outstanding service life!"

Dennis D., CA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LS 6.6-L V8 diesel)
Starter

"Intermittently would not turn over. Replaced starter and nutural safety switch"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.0-L V8)

"Starter randomly would not start. Ruined 2 batteries. Difficult to detect"

Anonymous, VA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.0-L V8)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"HAD TO REPLACE THE CYLINDER HEAD STUDS, THIS IS THE THIRD TIME IN 10 YEARS THAT THEY HAVE BROKEN"

Thomas K., ON (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LS 6.0-L V8)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"Husband dealt with it, don't know all the details, just that it broke so badly an engine replacement was less expensive than attempting repair. It was a common problem with this engine type, but the truck is a workhorse and rides better than any of the other trucks we have had."

Anonymous, ID (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)
Turbo or supercharger

"Turbo charger self-destructed"

Dennis D., CA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LS 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"Turbo vanes frozen in position. Vane holding plate frozen to turbo casting by corrosion debri. 20 seconds with a file removed the problem. Took a day to get it out and back!"

J H., OR (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"Turbo locked up the variable vane control disk on the end of the vanes. When I took it apart 30 seconds with a file fixed it. The disk or plate was stuck to the turbo body casting"

Anonymous, OR (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD 6.6-L V8 diesel)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Overheating

"Started when new under towing/load conditions. Mfr wouldn't resolve. I installed a supplemental cooling system on the truck, extra radiator and fan. Been okay ever since."

Anonymous, UT (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LS 6.6-L V8 diesel)
Water pump

"Replaced"

Norman W., FL (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"Water pumps go out but this one took a lit of time to access and replace"

J H., OR (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"Over $350.00 to replace(@$80/hr labor). Has special 'Y' connector made of plastic that is dealer-only part and is easily broken. Care must be taken to protect part. Over $200.00 to replace 'Y' if broken. Mine survived the water pump replacement proce"

Jerrell R., AL (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LS 6.0-L V8)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

CD player

"Wont eject CD and won't play the CD"

Anonymous, AZ (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LS 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"Simply wore out REplaced with aftermarket"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LS 6.6-L V8 diesel)
Radio

"Six disc CD player. Has had very little use. But will not play a CD nor eject one"

Don A., TX (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.0-L V8)
Rear entertainment system (e.g., DVD player, rear screen)

"rear dvd player will not play dvd's"

Michael Z., WI (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Transmission computer

"So I needed a transmission control module. I take it into the dealer and they said it would cost me $1800 and to leave it. THEN I find out after an entire day that they don't even have the part...no loaner vehicle, and they did not tell me they didn't have the part. Not only that, there were no distributors in the region with the part. I finally had to find a rebuilder who had could rebuild the part for way less than CHEVROLET wanted, so I did that. CHEVROLET had no idea when they would get the part, but were going to keep my truck until they got it."

Rick M., TX (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)
Transmission leaks

"there were seals that needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, NM (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 8.1-L V8)

"The seal between the transmission and the transfer case failed"

Thomas P., NY (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD WT 8.1-L V8)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"dual masted flywheel went out, $2000 major, including entirely new flywheels, clutch throw out etc"

Anonymous, OR (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"The truck has 200000 hard working miles on it. Something has to give"

Anonymous, (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 8.1-L V8)

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Recalls
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WHEELS
Jun 04, 2007
DAMAGE OCCURS TO THE VEHICLE COMPONENTS AROUND THE RIMS ON THE FRONT OF THE VEHICLE. THE ANTI-LOCK BRAKE SENSOR WIRES COULD BE CUT.
Summary:
ON CERTAIN VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH SERIES 0307, HR0307A, HR0307B, HR1000A OR HR1500HB HY--RAIL GUIDE WHEEL EQUIPMENT, THESE STEERING STOPS MAY NOT BE CORRECTLY INSTALLED.
What should you do:
THE VEHICLE'S FRONT TIRES, WHEELS, UPPER CONTROL ARMS, AND ANTI-LOCK BRAKE SENSOR WIRES WILL BE INSPECTED. IF ANY DAMAGE, WEAR, NICKS, GOUGES, CUT OR FRAYED WIRES, ARE FOUND, CONTROL ARM GUARD PLATES WILL BE NEEDED AND/OR THE STEERING STOPS WILL BE REPLACED. THE ANTI-LOCK BRAKE SENSOR WIRES WILL ALSO BE RELOCATED. OWNERS WERE NOTIFIED ON FEBRUARY 23, 2007. OWNERS MAY CONTACT HARSCO AT 1-507-235-7212.
For more information:
CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 07V228000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 700
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
May 19, 2006
THIS CONDITION MAY CAUSE AN INADEQUATE SEAL AT THE CONNECTION, POTENTIALLY LEADING TO A FUEL LEAK. IN THE PRESENCE OF AN IGNITION SOURCE, A FIRE COULD OCCUR.
Summary:
CERTAIN REPLACEMENT FUEL FILTERS, FRAM BRAND NAME P/N G3727, WITH DATE CODES X52911 THROUGH X60801 SEQUENTIALLY OR X600141 AND A MEXICO COUNTRY OR ORIGIN MARKING ON THE FUEL FILTER HOUSING MANUFACTURED FROM OCTOBER 18, 2005, THROUGH MARCH 21, 2006, SOLD FOR USE ON THE VEHICLES LISTED ABOVE AND ON CERTAIN SCHOOL BUSES. (TO SEE THE SCHOOL BUS ENGINE SIZES, CLICK ON "DOCUMENT SEARCH" AND THEN "BUS APPLICATIONS"). THE CONNECTOR ON THE FUEL FILTER WAS NOT MANUFACTURED TO HONEYWELL'S SPECIFICATION. AS A RESULT, THE O-RING MAY NOT SEAT CORRECTLY ON THE FUEL LINE.
What should you do:
HONEYWELL WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND REPLACE THE FUEL FILTERS FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON OCTOBER 18, 2006. OWNERS MAY CONTACT FRAM CUSTOMER SERVICE AT 1-800-890-2075 (OPTION 1).
For more information:
THIS RECALL ONLY PERTAINS TO AFTERMARKET FRAM FUEL FILTERS AND HAS NO RELATION TO ANY ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT INSTALLED ON THE VEHICLES LISTED.CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 06E043000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 88303
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