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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
36 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
12 / 0
Average Mileage:
816 miles

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1996 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup brakes problems

brakes problem

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1996 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup Owner Comments (Page 1 of 9)

problem #171

Aug 192004

S-10 Pickup 6-cyl

  • 52,000 miles

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

After hitting a bump in the road brakes failed while the consumer was parking in the lot causing the vehicle to hit a lamp post at a speed of 5 mph. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #170

Jan 012004

S-10 Pickup 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,493 miles
When traveling on wet pavement and upon applying force to the brake pedal, noticed a loud noise, pedal traveled to the floorboard, vehicle got into a skid, resulting in loss of vehicle control for a brief period. Note-every time it is wet.

- Kansas City, KS, USA

problem #169

Jan 182004

S-10 Pickup 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 5 miles
Antilock brake systems failure.

- Somerset, MA, USA

problem #168

May 162000

S-10 Pickup 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

When I apply the brakes, there are occasions when it feels like they release! and I do not have the ability to stop. Because of this I have narrowly missed other cars, and have had to use curbs to stop. This has happened on more occasions than the one listed below.

- Anderson, IN, USA

problem #167

Jun 252003

S-10 Pickup 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 79,000 miles
Consumer had the same problem as the recall on the ABS light illuminating. Dealer would not repair because VIN was not included. The vehicle check engine light illuminated and the dealer indicated that the oxygen sensor was bad, the radiator leaked, the head gasket had blown and the water pump leaked.

- Montross, VA, USA

problem #166

May 022003

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
While driving the ABS brake light appeared on the dashboard panel.

- Everett, WA, USA

problem #165

Sep 132002

S-10 Pickup

  • miles

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

After dealer replaced switch for ABS recall 99 V 193 000. Anti lock brakes failed to operate while driving.

- Beaverton, OR, USA

problem #164

Aug 212002

(reported on)

S-10 Pickup

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Truck is equipped with anti-lock brakes. Brake pedal went to the floor upon depressing pedal. After taking vehicle to dealership for inspection, they gave truck back, stating it was fine. Brake pedal went to the floor with driver losing control, driver was able to avoid hitting another vehicle.

- Norwalk, CT, USA

problem #163

Mar 292002

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
On a dry well traveled road with an emergency vehicle approaching an intersection from the right, I applied my brake (non panic) and at first braking was as expected. Then pedal went down and braking action was lost. The same problem has occurred at least 5 times before over the years. My dealership in California has on two occasions attempted to recreate the problem but at a problem rate of once a year the likelihood of this occurrence in a 20 minute period is poor. The dealership can not find any ABS malfunction. The ABS was reprogrammed 2 years ago per a service bulletin without correcting the problem. GM has refused to take effective action to fix this problem. GM points out that many conditions can cause the ABS mode to be activated. My arguement is that my S10 should not require 3 to 4 times the normal stopping distance to stop.

- San Marcos, CA, USA

problem #162

Feb 012002

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
Brakes power was lost while applying brakes, there was a noise.

- San Leandro, CA, USA

problem #161

Dec 012001

S-10 Pickup

  • miles

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

While traveling on a side street was blind by sun. Consumer applied brakes and pedal went all the way down to the floor. Vehicle did not stop, resulting in a collision. Dealership is aware of problem.

- Danbury, CT, USA

problem #160

Jan 302002

(reported on)

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
When brakes were applied there was extended stopping distance, resulting in a collision.

- Clintwood, VA, USA

problem #159

Dec 152001

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
ABS motor comes on during normal driving and normal braking resulting in partial brake failure. Brake pedal gets hard (cannot be pressed down) or soft (goes to the floor).

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #158

Oct 302001

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
ABS warning light was on. Consumer took vehicle to a mechanic, and mechanic stated that braking system is wired wrongly, and and that is why the light is coming on.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #157

Dec 231999

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
Consumer received a recall notification in the mail regarding ABS system, consumer dropped vehicle off at dealership and was advised that the vcm was reprogrammed, after proceeding to take the vehcile home the ABS light came on after numerous attempts to fix problem consumer was advised that the vcm would have to be replaced and the consumer would be responsibile for the cahrges, after some deliberation on both sides GM customer service decided to apply goodwill to consumer's claim and cover the repairs, consumer was assured that the replacement of the vcm would fix the problem, however the ABS light came back on, consumer tok vehicle to another dealership and diagnosed problem as being the ebcm needed to be replaced, but was advised they needed to go back to dealership that performed the original recall repair, consumer was advised again that she would be responsibile for repairs and again it was being disputed, finally the approval for repairs were given at no charge to the consumer, however the ABS light did continue to come on after the repairs, consumer took vehicle back to dealership and it was discovered that a shorted pump needed to be replaced and the ABS unit was replaced again, after all the numerous attempts to try and remedy problem the ABS light still continues to come on.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #156

May 312001

(reported on)

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
When brakes are applied ABS light would come on and remain. Brakes would totally non-exist. Took vehicle to dealership, and mechanic replaced entire braking system.

- Providence Forge, VA, USA

problem #155

Apr 012001

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
The ABS brakes pull with loss of control while driving.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #154

Apr 272001

(reported on)

S-10 Pickup 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Recall 99 V 193 000. After vehicle was repaired under the recall ABS light illuminated while in motion. Dealer stated that sensor and module were bad. This ABS light did not come on until kit was installed.

- Troy, NY, USA

problem #153

Mar 012000

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
At around 45,000 miles, the ABS light went on during travel. I went to a brake shop and they informed me of a problem with S-10 brakes. I called the dealer where I purchased the truck and they said there was no recall yet. They did tell me there was a problem with S-10 braking systems and I should wait until I receive a letter. I used the internet to check and see if there was recall on my truck. The information I read was the final letters would be sent in Dec. 2000. As of now, I have not received anything. I called the dealed and they gave me a price of $350 to fix the problem. I do know there is a ABS problem with 2,400,000 trucks. How do I find out if my truck is part of the recall. The truck stops fine, except in wet weather. If the road is wet, the brakes lock up.

- New Lenox, IL, USA

problem #152

Jan 172001

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
Recall 99 V 193 000/ABS: ABS system engages intermittently and causes extended stopping distance. Also, recall 98 V 150 001/windshield wipers: Windshield wipers work intermittently. This can result in inoperative wipers, thus, reducing driver's visibilty, and increasing risk of a vehicle crash. Dealer/manufacturer notified, and informed consumer that vehicle was not covered under the recall due to VIN. Feel free to provide any further details on this matter.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

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