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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
7,290 miles

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2001 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #31

Dec 182007

S-10 Pickup 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 30,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet S-10. While driving 25 mph, the brake pedal was depressed and the brakes made a screeching sound. There were no warning indicators or friction in the brake pedal. The vehicle failed to stop and rear ended another vehicle. The road conditions were wet. The front bumper was damaged and a police report was filed. The vehicle was driven to the repair shop. The current and failure mileages were 30,000.

- Lynnwood , WA, USA

problem #30

Sep 012007

S-10 Pickup 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles
During rountine operation, after applying the brakes. The emer and ABS warning lights illuminated indicating a failure of the ABS brake system. After checking with my local dealership, I eas informed this is a common failure of the ABS control module and to repair the system it would cost appx $1,200. The very next day the lights went off and remained off for several weeks. Brakes operate normal, its impossible for the consumer to determine the exact extent of the failure and to what system. Also consider this to be a systemic problem with GM S series vehicles according to the local GM dealership.

- Hampton, GA, USA

problem #29

Sep 022005

S-10 Pickup 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
As our son was driving our 2001 S-10 ext cab pickup home, he came into a curve and the truck had no braking power. He said he heard a grinding noise in the vehicle and had no brakes. He went off the curve and hit a tree. The truck was totaled. My son as well as his two friends were taken to area hospitals luckily, no one was seriously injured as they had their seat belts on and were going the speed limit. I would hate to say what would have happened if they would have been traveling at a faster rate of speed. After seeing similar complaints filed by other 2001 S-10 owners, I'm wondering if someone will have to be killed before they rectify this brake problem.

- Springboro, OH, USA

problem #28

Apr 012005

S-10 Pickup 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Contact states: Last month husband couldn't go any faster then 35 mph in a 55 mph zone. It was like something was stopping the wheel back from moving, and it started smoking from the wheel. Took vehicle to auto zone, and they said the brake was pressing up against the wheel. They had the brake pads and calipers changed. But that did not fix the problem. They took the car to the dealer. They put on loaded brake pads, and redid the hoses and the calipers. However, the problem was not solved, and they claimed that contaminated brake fluid was in the hoses. There was no contaminated fluid put in the car. Insurance adjusters stated they did not see any signs of contaminated brake fluid and that it was something mechanical.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #27

Mar 022005

S-10 Pickup 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Horrible problem with the shifting of transmission. Transmission was rebuilt 6 months ago due to the burn out of the 2nd and 3rd gear. Shifting has not changed since the rebuild. Vehicle easily slips out of gear and increasingly loses speed...no matter if the gas pedal is to the floor or not. Truck will go 65 mph in 2nd gear with pedal to the floor and lose speed rapidly still. Second, brakes lock up going over small bumps, and then seem to not want to work properly on occasion. Lastly, tailgate cables have snapped after I sat on the tailgate (I'm 5'0" and 100lbs!!).

- Hanscom Afb, MA, USA

problem #26

Aug 012004

S-10 Pickup 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles
Brake pedal goes to the floor 60% of driving. I have had my pickup in two different Chevrolet dealership garages numerous times, but my brakes still go to the floor!

- Yerington, NV, USA

problem #25

Nov 032004

S-10 Pickup 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

With a hard application of brakes, especially over any rough surface, it appears that the antilock/skid feature fails and all braking ceases.

- Oswego, IL, USA

problem #24

Apr 192004

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
While driving 70 mph consumer applied the brakes and pedal went to the floor. Consumer was able to maintain control of the vehicle and drove it home. Consumer contacted the dealer, and service manager told consumer to bring vehicle in for inspection in two business days.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #23

Oct 072002

S-10 Pickup 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles
Anti-lock brakes work sporadically, one side will lock and pull the car to that side, sometimes I press on the brake and the truck keeps going and then stops slowly, has caused me to almost get into crashes many times.

- San Mateo, CA, USA

problem #22

Sep 242003

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
While driving at 30 mph brakes lost power, resulting in pedal fading and hard braking. Also, extended stopping. Dealer notified.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #21

Aug 082003

S-10 Pickup 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I have a 2001 S10 extended cab pickup. I have had several incidents of my brake pedal going to floor after hitting a bump. The latest event happened on 8/8/03 with my handicapped daughter in the vehicle. What could be causing this? my pickup has about 12,300 miles on it. Also how many problems like this has been noted.

- Lancaster, TX, USA

problem #20

Apr 042003

(reported on)

S-10 Pickup 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The anti-lock brake system did not work effectively, when the consumer made a panic stop, the vehicle continued to move, also the front of the vehicle vibrated severely, the manufacturer/ dealer stated it was normal.

- Laurel, MD, USA

problem #19

Dec 262002

(reported on)

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
Consumer called complaining about having problems with the vehicle ABS system, when applying the brakes fronts brake work properly but the rear brake always lock, due to a faulty design. Dealer has been notified.

- Ringwood, NJ, USA

problem #18

Feb 102002

S-10 Pickup 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,000 miles
I owna 2001 Chevy S-10 and have always noticed that the brakes, when applied going over a small bump or dip, will make a grinding noise and not engage at all. They will engage after a few seconds of applied pressure but by then I am already through the intersection and have nearly been hit/have hit another car due to this. Also, I was involved in an auto accident where I had to brake hard, but when I did the truck pulled left and rear-ended the vehicle in front of me. At the time I didn't question the brakes but now I have had constant noises and clicks from the front brakes and can push the pedal to the floor, and when I do there is a loud click. I have read 11 similar complaints and wonder if there is a major problem the public should know about. If the brakes were a cause of my accident I would like to know.

- Fullerton, CA, USA

problem #17

Aug 142002

(reported on)

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
When applying brakes consumer heard a loud noise. Dealer has been contacted, can't duplicate problem.

- Fairfield, CT, USA

problem #16

Jun 242002

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
While driving at 35mph brakes went out, and it was hard to stop vehicle. Dealer notified.

- Muskegon, MI, USA

problem #15

Jun 152002

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
During normal driving conditions brakes routinely fail when applying brakes while going over any kind of bumps. Brakes eventually come back on as long as I continue to apply pressure to the pedal. Initially thought my foot had slipped off of the pedal slightly and deployed anti-lock brakes, however, after 5 times this does not seem to be the case. I have read the consumer complaints section of this site and this appears to be a common problem on S-10 trucks.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #14

Dec 232001

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
Consumer states that when brakes are applyed they do not hold, had ABS senor replaced problem reoccured.

- Wappingers Falls, NY, USA

problem #13

May 292002

(reported on)

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
When applying brakes vehicle will not stop. Also, vehicle makes a grinding noise, and pedal goes to floor. Dealer contacted.

- Wappingers Fall, NY, USA

problem #12

Jan 152002

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
Brakes failed to stop my truck on exit ramp in stop and go traffic. Had to pump brakes to stop truck.didnt think much about it until truck started pulsating during normal braking; 13000 miles on truck. Only when antifreeze was leaking from engine could I leave it with a dealer. I told them the brakes failed once and they ;brakes are not working properly. This truck has 5 year 100,000 mile exstended waranty that I payed for. Iam not a mech, but I have worked on cars for twenty years. The dealer said under normal wear the truck needs a brake job on front 250 dollars,15000miles highway driving. I dont care about the brakes, because I can repair them my self.iam only concerned about brakes failing again.

- Lusby, MD, USA

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