2008 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD Q&A
2008 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD Question: Need advice on Brakes. They got hot while on downgrade and towing.
I tow a 5th wheel. Have had brakes checked by two different dealers who said they're "fine". Of course they won't drive w/trailer attached. Shimmy (much more that ABS) occurred after overheated. Had rotors resurfaced at dealer. Nothing in manual about resurfacing. Someone told me just replace, but shouldn't resurfacing do the same as long as in tolerances? Truck has about 65K miles. Brakes fine w/o trailer. Trailer brakes have been adjusted. Brakes just don't seem as strong as when new. Pads still have about 75-80% left. Shimmy is less, but not gone but occurs only when towing. I'm under GVWR by about 11%. No turbo or exhaust brake, but may add when warranty is over. - Comeupwithsomething
More brake bias to trailer!! Turning rotors removes precious metal for heat dispersion especially for towing. One time may be ok. Shop around and get the best brake pads for your application, severe duty if you tow a lot! Your pads may now be glazed from heat. Use lower gear going down LONG grades! - pushrod