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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
3,266 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2002 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup brakes problems

brakes problem

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2002 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup Owner Comments

problem #7

Oct 032005

S-10 Pickup 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


The vehicle experienced a brake problem in which the ABS would lock up when used or driven on gravel and on wet pavement. The consumer had taken the vehicle to the dealership for repairs. The consumer said that the dealer did not fix the problem. The consumer had not contacted GM. When the brakes were applied, the ABS system would activates.

- New Albany , IN, USA

problem #6

May 032005

S-10 Pickup 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I have experienced the exact same situation with the ABS brakes on my 2002 Chevrolet S-10 crew cab pick-up truck as described below: Feds probe GM brakes Tuesday, May 03, 2005 the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Monday that stopping distances may increase when the brakes are applied at speeds of under 10 mph because of the buildup of corrosion. In some of the vehicles, the corrosion of salt and other cold-weather road substances led to unwanted activation of the brake system at low speeds and increased the stopping distance. Regards, jim zelasny

- Succasunna, NJ, USA

problem #5

Dec 162004

S-10 Pickup

  • 22,860 miles
When the ABS system engaged ABS failed, resulting in extended stopping distance. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

- Coraopolis, PA, USA

problem #4

Mar 172004

S-10 Pickup 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


When depressing the brakes brake pedal pulsated and pedal touched the floor. This caused the vehicle to have extended stopping distance. Consumer took vehicle to the dealership on two separate occasions, but problem recurred.

- Winter Haven, FL, USA

problem #3

Dec 022002

(reported on)

S-10 Pickup

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Computer chip constantly fails which causes a chain reaction of failures to occur. The truck is unreliable with various brake failures and constant towing back to the dealership. The dealership is patching the truck with minor repairs instead of actually doing a thorough inspection.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #2

Sep 132002

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
While traveling on highway ABS brake light appeared on dashboard and slowed vehicle down. Consumer's vehicle was rear ended by another vehicle. Dealership was aware of problem.

- Hubbardston, MA, USA

problem #1

Jun 022002

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
Brakes are not working properly, and there is extended stopping distance. At times vehicle will not stop at all. Contacted dealer, and the dealer was not willing to do anything.

- Ceres, CA, USA

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