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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 engine problems

engine problem

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1996 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup Owner Comments

problem #20

Mar 302001

(reported on)

S-10 Pickup

  • miles

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

While stopping at light and depressing pedal vehicle surged. Also, engine check light and air bag indicator light flashed onoff.

- Lee, FL, USA

problem #19

Oct 012000

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
While accelerating from a light at approx 30 mph the fuel injection assist return cable broke and the engine went to full throttle. I was able to manuver between the vehicles in traffic and pull to the side of the road. I was luckey, some other circumstance could have caused a serious problem. I have contacted the manufacture and have gotten a response that they have received my complaint, but I needed to report this condition to the dot because of the serious safety issue on the uncontrolled full throttle movement.

- Kissimmee, FL, USA

problem #18

Aug 162000

S-10 Pickup 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While starting vehicle it would suddenly accelerate. Brakes did slowdown vehicle, but it took time which could result in a crash. Dealer had to replace throttle body unit. Common problem. Previously ABS was on recall.

- Gadsden, AL, USA

problem #17

May 222000

(reported on)

S-10 Pickup

  • miles

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

When applying brakes the engine surged, causing extended stopping distance. Cause unknown.

- Waverly, OH, USA

problem #16

Jan 011998

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
Engine speed will increase from idle to 2400 RPM without throttle input. This condition has occurred both when the vehicle is in motion and when the vehicle is stopped. When in motion, this condition creates a sudden acceleration problem. The only way for the driver to get engine control back from the computer (?) is to shut off engine and restart. This is an ongoing problem - for a year now - and occurs several times a week. I have taken the vehicle to the local Chevrolet dealership, but was told that they were unable to diagnose the problem because the engine check light light hadn't come on. I have also E-mailed Chevrolet about this problem several months ago, but have received no reply or acknowledgement. Aside from being an inconvieniance, this problem with the engine speed control is contributing to excessive brake and clutch wear, and has the possibility of putting the vehicle out of control with possible associated loss of life. Please help. I have read of similar problems with other 1996 S-10's that seem to be related to a bad computer program in the PCM computer. Chevy don't seem too interested in helping out, so you're my last hope in getting this problem addressed. Thank-you.

- Sweeny, TX, USA

problem #15

Sep 041996

(reported on)

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
Tachometer--erratic operation. While driving, driver let off throttle, but car didn't slow down.

- Fulton, OH, USA

problem #14

Aug 051999

S-10 Pickup 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Consumer tapped brakes to shut off cruise control but it didn't release. The cruise control switch was cut off, and the vehicle started accelerating. Consumer contacted the dealer.

- Sidney, OH, USA

problem #13

Oct 151998

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
Ongoing problems: Whenever the clutch is applied vehicle would accelerate at a high RPM. Dealer inspected / repaired on three occasions and problem still reoccurs. Can NHTSA help in this matter.

- Chambersburg, PA, USA

problem #12

Jan 121999

S-10 Pickup 4WD

  • miles
No summary listed for this vehicle.

- Cumberland, MD, USA

problem #11

Jan 121998

(reported on)

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
The throttle sticks, cause engine to accelerate to 2000 rpms.

- Cypress, CA, USA

problem #10

Nov 241997

S-10 Pickup

  • miles

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

Going about 60mph w/ cruise control on; while going down a hill, was applying the brakes, the cruise control failed to release. Vehicle rearended another vehicle & air bags deployed. Vehicle was totaled. Have a copy of police report.

- Ogden, UT, USA

problem #9

Dec 111996

S-10 Pickup 4WD

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Intermittently, the vehicle will accelerate on it's own. The dealer has been notified. Rpms will not go down between shifts, vehicle idles up and down at times, dealer had replaced vcm, oxygen sensor, and iac motor, problem still exists.

- Hindman, KY, USA

problem #8

Oct 211996

S-10 Pickup

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Sudden acceleration.(1st vehicle on 601860)

- Wheatfield, IN, USA

problem #7

Mar 191996

S-10 Pickup 4WD

  • miles
Throttle locks in between 1100/2400 RPM, only way to unstick it is to turn the engine off.

- Soda Springs, ID, USA

problem #6

Jan 051996

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
Failure of the throttle control, when driving the throttle sticks; upon lifting foot off ga spedal vehicle continues to accelerate.

- Loxahatchee, FL, USA

problem #5

Aug 191996

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
Vehicle suddenly surges from 1000 RPM tp 2000 RPM, also computer failure.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #4

Dec 181995

S-10 Pickup 4WD

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Driving vehicle at any speed, vehicle will go into open throttle position.

- Coldwater, MI, USA

problem #3

Dec 181995

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
Driving vehicle at any speed, vehicle will go into open throttle position.

- Coldwater, MI, USA

problem #2

Jun 201995

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
When you take your foot off the gas pedal the vehicle continues to pick up speed.

- Medford, NJ, USA

problem #1

Nov 101995

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
When accelerating up a hill to pass a vehicle at 70 mph. Failed.

- Upland, CA, USA

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