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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 miles

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1996 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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1996 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup Owner Comments

problem #15

May 122003

S-10 Pickup 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Turn signals malfunctioned. The A/C stopped working due to a faulty evaporator. The stabilizer bar broke on right side which caused drift/pull. Engine coolant/antifreeze leaked. The ball joint for the right-front tire gave out. The alternator had to be fixed and replaced the battery. Speedometer seemed to be off by 5 mph. The windshield wipers would not work properly and stopped in the middle of a down-pour. The device to lower the spare tire had to be replaced.

- West Chicago, IL, USA

problem #14

Apr 012001

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
Air conditioning belt tensioner needs replaced.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #13

Sep 052000

(reported on)

S-10 Pickup

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Hole in the A/C plastic housing has caused engine fumes to enter into the passenger compartment.

- Pasadena, TX, USA

problem #12

Apr 012000

S-10 Pickup

  • miles

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

Air from air conditioner not cool. Noticed air conditioner not cooling as well in fall of 1999. Since winter was near I did not use it until the following spring. First time in the shop no leak found but no coolant in the system. Coolant replaced and worked for about 4 weeks. Then same problem. In shop again and was told I needed new compressor. Said it was leaking around case of compressor. This is a very expensive repair ($1000). I asked GM to help me out with it because I felt an airconditioner should last longer than 4 years. They declined because it had 71,000 miles on it.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #11

May 202000

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
Compressor leaking at clutch seal.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #10

Oct 231999

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
The light switch problem is a dangerous defect, the air compressor an expensive defect.

- Bogart, GA, USA

problem #9

Jul 211999

S-10 Pickup

  • miles

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

Air conditioner compressor failed.

- Huntingburg, IN, USA

problem #8

Dec 081999

(reported on)

S-10 Pickup

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Air conditioner failed. Mjs

- San Juan, PR, USA

problem #7

Dec 081999

(reported on)

S-10 Pickup

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
A/C compressor failed. Mjs

- San Juan, PR, USA

problem #6

Oct 031998

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
Have had problems with the windshield wipers from the beginning. I would be driving in pouring-down rain and the wipers would go out causing me to have to pull over. Right now they do not work at all. I had to work on my brakes the first year and a couple of times thereafter. I recently had to have my air-conditioner done. The latest was my water pump that I fixed myself. The worse was my motor. I had been stalled a number of times till finally it wouldn't go at all. I had it towed to michael holley Chevrolet in lakeland (the town I worked in). They refused to honor my smartcare saying I had not changed the oil. That was not true since I had changed it myself and had it changed also. They wanted over 3000 for a new motor. I am and was still paying on my truck and did not have that much cash. I had to tow it at my mothers and park it. I was able to change the oil and noticed that the Chevrolet dealers had removed the alternator belt and had left it loose. That did not give me any confidence in them. 4 months later my mother's car was totalled and she paid for me to get a motor from an amoco dealer. In September of 1999 my mother was surfing the net and found out that there had been recalls on this vehicle almost from the first and I have never been notified at all. I wrote to the home office in early September but received no answer. I still owe 2 years payments. If I had been traveling on the highway when my motor went out on me something bad could have very well happened. I feel sure that I will never trust in Chevy's products again.

- Winter Haven, FL, USA

problem #5

Oct 151999

(reported on)

S-10 Pickup

  • miles

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

Rear axle fell off while moving. Luckily in bumper to bumper traffic therfore truck did not turn over. Could have caused fatal accident. Mechanic said inferior plastic parts used. Furthermore, anti- lock breaks malfunction when the ground is wet/damp. The fly wheel is gone. The airconditioner is broken. The clutch is going out. The tail gate is boken. Not to mention 7 recalls already.

- Lacombe, LA, USA

problem #4

Jan 251999

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
No summary listed for this vehicle.

- Huntsville, TX, USA

problem #3

May 041999

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
Freon leaked all over the engine. Unusual for air conditioning system to fail after 38,000 miles.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #2

Feb 161999

(reported on)

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
Speedometer sticks, almost every trip after a short duration (5-10 min). Also, tachometer occasionally sticks during extended drives 3hrs or more. In addition, instrument cluster replaced under warranty after first failure. Speedometer up to 15 mph off. Forcefull tapping on instrument cluster will cause speedometer/tachometer needles to indicate current speed/RPM. Problem is independent of climate control temperature.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #1

Oct 161996

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
A/C has been making unsual noises due to four compressor belts breaking. Vehicle been in dealer shop for correction, but dealer informed consumer that the problem cannot be found.

- Coonrapids, MN, USA

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