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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
55,658 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 #3

Apr 182010

S-10 Pickup 4WD 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles


Brake line failure on 2002 Chevy S-10 crew cab. One brake line began leaking. Dealer suggested replacing two lines. When repair was being completed a third brake line began to leak. The parts are not readily available from GM and the dealer said it could take months to get.waiting to see if a local shop can manufacture the third line. I was told that the lines corroded due to brine used on roads during winter. I saw an article stating that the NHTSA is investigating other GM trucks between 1999 and 2003 for this very same problem but the S-10 is not listed as having an issue. I was fortunate that I caught it early by seeing a puddle of fluid under my truck. The brake light did not come on. I do not feel very confident about the remaining lines that have not been replaced.

- Hilliard, OH, USA

problem #2

Apr 212008

S-10 Pickup 6-cyl

  • 16,973 miles
The contact own a 2002 Chevrolet S10. The brakes failed while driving 35 mph. The dealer repaired the brakes; however, the failure occurred at 16,973 miles and reoccurred at 38,000 miles. A tire mechanic stated that the axle that holds the wheel together was cutting through the brakes and rubbing the wheels. The manufacturer informed the the contact that the dealers invoice indicated that they replaced the rotors; however, the contact was informed that they resurfaced the rotors. The failure mileage was 32,555. Updated 05/21/08 the brake lines also failed. Updated 05/21/08

- Bellport, NY, USA

problem #1

Oct 022006

S-10 Pickup 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
: the contact stated while driving 30 mph on dry road conditions, an attempt was made to stop the vehicle with the emergency brakes. The hand brake was also applied but failed to engaged or slow down the vehicle. There was no warning signals prior to the incident. The service dealer was alerted and admitted that there were other vehicles of the same make and model with this problem. The manufacturer was notified and offered to analyze the vehicle.

- Okemos, MI, USA

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