Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Brakes and steering wheel quit working - 2002 Chevrolet Silverado 3500

asked by on

My car has gone 117,000 miles. The other day while I was pulling from the driveway, the steering wheel and the brakes quit working. Both parts failed simultaneously without any warning. There were no dash lights on, no unusual noises. I checked the belt and it looks fine. I checked all the fluids. They look fine and are at proper levels. What might be the cause?

A: Hello. Your truck uses a hydro boost system...

Hello. Your truck uses a hydro boost system to run the power steering system and brake booster. This means that the hydro booster controls both the systems when the hydro booster fails there will be no brakes and no power steering. Replacement of the hydro booster will fix your problem. Have a certified technician, like one from YourMechanic, assist you with this repair.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Grinding noise

If you'd like to diagnose the noise yourself try this. Cut a piece of rubber hose approximately 2' long(a garden hose or automotive heater hose will work) to use as a stethoscope. With the hood open and the engine running,...

Q: Steering wheel locked

It sounds like you may have a problem with your intelligent key and there is a warranty for this item. What happens is the key stop communicating with the car and renders the car useless. There is also some recall...

Q: Brake lights not working in a 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer

Looking at the wiring diagram for your vehicle, I see that all the brake lights share a common ground. They also all utilize the brake lamp switch, so both of these items can be ruled out. The only thing the...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...