2021 Chevy Silverado Problems & Common Complaints

The Chevrolet Silverado is the popular United States make and model that debuted in 1975. While sales decreased eleven percent in 2021, Chevy still sold 519,774 Silverado units.

Of those sold, some consumers appear to have a few challenges on their hands, as reports say that is more than just a few 2021 Silverado problems occurring.

If you are thinking about purchasing a 2021 Chevy Silverado, you better think again, and here is why.

2021 Chevy Silverado 1500 Reliability

They assign a reliability rating to a vehicle based on repairs in terms of cost, frequency, and severity of maintenance and unscheduled repairs. The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Reliability Rating is 3.5 out of 5.0. This puts the vehicle in fifth place out of 17 total for full-size trucks.

$714 is their average repair cost per year (this is typical for ownership costs). The “severity” of the repairs, however, is more than what is average, but the number of repair issues in total is low.

Despite its rating, customers have a lot to complain about this truck.

2021 Silverado Transmission Problems

General Motors recently announced that it has a Customer Satisfaction Program to address 2021 Silverado 8-speed transmission problems. The issue is that the Chevy Silverado 1500 may have a reaction carrier ring that is broken.

The reaction carrier is a part of the eight-speed automatic transmission. It is important to its operation, and if broken, can prevent the transmission from operating. It is not an immediate hazard for those who occupy the vehicle, but take care of it as soon as possible.

If this affects you, there is a fix. You must visit a dealer to help replace the entire eight-speed automatic transmission. They will complete this for you at no charge.

Keep in mind that this Customer Satisfaction Program will be in effect until March 31, 2023. After this date, they will not make repairs to vehicles that were affected.

2021 Silverado Engine Failure

General Motors is also aware of the 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500 engine problems and issued a Service Bulletin #PIP5776C. This mentions a misfiring condition. Lifters that come apart cause it.

2021 Silverado Lifter Problems

To fix it, they must replace the lifter guide and the four lifters. This shouldn’t be happening. If you have this vehicle currently, get it checked immediately, or if you are shopping for a 2021 Silverado, make sure you have this inspected prior to purchasing it.

Electrical System Problems

For Chevy Silverado, electrical problems are common. This can include issues like the dash lights or wipers randomly turning on. This vehicle has a lot to perform, so it needs a sophisticated electrical system.

Five Recalls for the 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) lists five safety recalls. They are as follows.


Recall Date: 12-16-2021

Recall No. 21V985000

Certain Silverado 1500 vehicles (models ranging from 2019 to 2021) face a recall if they have certain accessory road tires, including a 17” spare tire. Unfortunately, the 17” spare tire that comes with the vehicle is not compatible with its accessory wheels.

This can cause the ABS (anti-lock brake system) not to function correctly in some conditions. As a result, occupants of the vehicle are at risk of crashing.

To correct this problem, dealers will provide a brand-new wheel assembly and 17-inch spare tire that is compatible at no charge.

Air Bags

Recall Date: 07-01-2021

Recall No. 21V495000

General Motors has a recall for some 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500 vehicles relating to the front driver’s side airbag module. It could miss one or more metal tabs. These secure the airbag cover to its housing.

The risk to the occupants in the vehicle means it increases the possibility of injury in case of a crash. To address the issue, the dealer must inspect the frontal air bag on the driver’s side. If needed, they will replace it at no charge.

Seat Belts

Recall Date: 12-23-2020

Recall No. 20V811000

This recall affects many General Motors vehicles, including the 2021 Silverado. They have found that incorrect belts may be in the vehicles at one or more fastening locations, where the seat belt secures to the vehicle. If the incorrect bolt is in the vehicle, then it is not correctly attaching as it should.

In the event a crash occurs, this increases the risk of injury. General Motors will notify the owners of these vehicles and their dealers will replace the bolts for free.

Another Seat Belt Recall

Recall Date: 12-17-2020

Recall No. 20V792000

It is possible that the 2021 Silverado, along with other General Motors vehicles, does not have seat belt brackets that are secure to the seat frame, in the center seating position in the front row.

Like the other recall issues, in case of a crash, there is a greater chance of injury. General Motors is reaching out to its customers and if there is a problem, its dealers will correct it at no charge. The owner must bring the vehicle in for inspection.

Another Tires Recall

Recall Date: 11-05-2020

Recall No. 20V684000

When these vehicles were manufactured, they gave them Continental tires that may be over-cured. The problem with over-cured tires is that they can experience a carcass break in the sidewall.

This leads to a sudden loss of air, or it can lead to a belt edge separation. This then leads to a partial or full loss of tread/belt. All conditions might cause a crash.

GM has reached out to owners and dealers have the responsibility to inspect them when they come in. If the tires have a production mold number or DOT number by Continental, they will replace them at no charge.

2021 Silverado Problems

We want to be careful and do some research before purchasing any vehicle. When buying a Chevrolet truck, you want to consider the 2021 Silverado problems as we mentioned. If you are in a bind because you purchased a lemon, we can help.

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