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10.0

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

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1996 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup transmission problems

transmission problem

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1996 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #24

Dec 012003

S-10 Pickup

  • miles

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

Tranmission is not shifting from first to second, unless you go very slow.

- Lowndesboro, AL, USA

problem #23

Jun 152002

S-10 Pickup

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission went out at 61,000 while driving on highway @65 miles per hour, just quit on the highway, GMC wouldn't stand behind it, transmission shop rebuilt it and found a crack in the case due to it not cooling properly, had to put a larger cooler unit in the truck to handle the transmission for this truck. Timing belt went while going down the highway @65 miles per hour, everything locked up on the truck power steering, brakes and just died in the middle of the highway. Both situations very dangerous.

- Auburn, MI, USA

problem #22

Jun 052002

S-10 Pickup

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While accelerating transmission will lock up, and will grab rear wheel. Cause unknown. Dealer notified.

- Hereulanevm, MO, USA

problem #21

Apr 242001

S-10 Pickup 4WD

  • miles

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

We do not believe that the power train automatic transmission should have failed at 58788 miles. The vehicle is not used for off road, heavy hauling, or for any other purpose than normal city/highway driving. We paid $1987.74 for a new automatic transmission and want to know if other Chevrolet S10 Blazer owners have had similar problems at low mileage. We would also like to know if any factory/dealer recalls were out there that as an owner we were not notified. We have learned that other S10 Blazer owners have experienced auto transmission failure but have no specifics on mileage or circumstances surrounding failure. Please reply at earliest opportunity. Thank you for any help/information you can provide.

- Beaver, PA, USA

problem #20

Oct 182000

(reported on)

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
No summary

- Asherton, TX, USA

problem #19

May 012000

S-10 Pickup

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer was traveling about 65mph on highway, and without prior warning transmission just locked up. Also, rear wheels locked up. Vehicle was towed to dealer. No transmission fluid was leaking.

- Salem, VA, USA

problem #18

May 142000

S-10 Pickup

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

The day the transmission failed.we were traveling on the interstate going 70 mph when the truck made a funny sound and then it just locked up. The truck almost swerved off the road before I got control of it. Luckily no one was hurt but it could have been much worse. We would like to know why we were never made aware of the recall on this problem so we could of had this fixed. This problem would of been remied a long time ago and we wouldn't be in this position. We should of been told about this problem so we could of had an opportunity to get this fixed. This could of caused serious injury or possible death. I find this totally disbelievable and now we can't seem to get this matter cleared up. We seem to be getting doors closed in our faces.

- Newbury, VT, USA

problem #17

May 312000

(reported on)

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
Rear wheels locked up while driving on expressway due to faulty transmission.

- Hollow Lake, MI, USA

problem #16

Mar 052000

S-10 Pickup

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The transmission went out about a year and a half ago, I had it fixed under warranty, and now it is leaking fluid again. I am in the military in germany, and the geraman opel dealarship said the transmission had a one year warranty, so now I have pay for it myself. The truck has very low miles for 4 years, and it's already had two transmissions go on it. I'm not very happy with the way this has all turned out, because I really do like the truck, but now I will never buy a Chevrolet again, and I have warned all my friends not to as well.

- Boston, MA, USA

problem #15

Nov 121999

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
Transmission malfunctioned due to improperly installed Pilot bushing.

- Roosevelt, NJ, USA

problem #14

Sep 011998

S-10 Pickup

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

In August of 1996 I purchased a 1996 S-10 pickup from reliable Chevrolet in albuquerque. It was sold as a vehicle with 26 miles on it instead of the actual 7064 miles it really had. I had never bought a new car and they saw me coming. The legal part of that contract is being reviewed by the attorney general of New Mexico and senator domenici. I notified Chevrolet in Michigan immediately, telling them about the fraudulent contract and the slippage in the transmission. I rarely drove other than to my two jobs. On the first extended trip outside city limits, the transmission suddenly refused to shift into third gear while I was passing. It blew a large amount of transmission fluid out the vent tube on the rear of the transmission. I have spent over $300 and a great deal of time and missed work trying to get reliable fix the problem. I found out recently that Chevrolet installed a defective pump in the transmisson that cannot handle the pressure, forcing it out the vent tube and overheating the system while causing shift failure. Do you consider losing power suddenly when on a highway where the speed limit is 75 dangerous? I have nearly lost my life three times now because of my inability to go faster than 44 mph when the transmission locks like this. Only my skill as a driver has prevented you from seeing me in the fatality section. Chevrolet sent me 5 letters concerning their faulty windshield wipers, but no notice about a really dangerous and expensive condition they willingly keep quiet about. I am unable to drive my vehicle more than 25 miles in any direction before the transmission stops shifting properly and starts spewing fluid out the vent tube. This is a serious defect, it almost cost me my life 3 times now. At least 7 drivers had to swerve to avoid me as the truck lost power suddenly. For every raised middle finger I got, I hate Chevrolet and their vulgar deceit even more. My truck has been in the shop 5 times now and the problem only gets worse. No safet

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #13

Feb 042000

(reported on)

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
They say my transmission is not one that seizes but it is locking up and bucking for some reason. I have to disengage, then speed up to get it to stop bucking. Any ideas? this has occurred since I bought it used w/limited warranty. I can't afford $65. Everytime I need an estimate (down time) and this might be related to the recall. How can they tell which ones (not just VIN) regarding special torque tool.. also, what is the life expectancy from manufacturer on the rear oxygen sensors? I had a cracked cylinder head two months after purchasing. They say it was a defect in the water-cooling system. It sucked all my coolant thru engine, blew out back. My sensor in rear was clogged...direct result...they say it couldn't have gotten past cat. Convertor, although blue was blowing out my tailpipe... they won't fix. I am just curious as to how I can keep from them blowing smoke up my skirt. Thanks, I'm single, female and they saw me coming.

- Hartland, MI, USA

problem #12

Nov 141998

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
There is a recurring problem with the ses indicator on my dash and transmission shifting that causes the light to come on during interstate driving. When exiting the interstate onto local roads the transmission shifts extemely hard jolting the car. After driving this way for a while the hard shift stops but the light remains on. I can get the light to go off by disconnecting the battery ground for a short time and reconnecting. This resets the car computer. I have taken the car twice to the dealer who was unable to draw a code from the diagnostic machine. I was charged for both attempts. I was told to just drive the car until the transmission went out and then bring it back in. This is ludicrous. I reported the problem to the Chevrolet headquarters. I also took my car to a very reputable transmission shop where a code 1870 was pulled. There were five other Chevy trucks there with the same code problem. My transmission man does some transmission work for the Chevy dealer across the street and when he mentioned the code to their service dealer, he was told that they did not have a fix for the problem as they couldn't diagnose the cause. This is obviously a common problem, a production defect, that they wish would go away. This is a dangerous situation in so far that you cannot know when it will happen or if the transmission will work when it does happen. A real potential for an accident exists, yet mums the word from Chevrolet. They would rather replace the transmission and let the consumer pay for it. The transmission is not the problem but the sensor is, since it controls the shifting of the transmission. My problem continues every time I drive for more than 30 minutes a high speeds. So far I haven't heard anything from Chevrolet. I guess they would rather pay later.

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #11

Oct 151999

S-10 Pickup

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission went out which was causing the vehicle to stall and cut off while driving.

- West Blockton, AL, USA

problem #10

Aug 231999

S-10 Pickup 4WD

  • miles
Is this a common problem for Chevrolet? they would not tell me. I know of two other similar trucks that had the same problem. Thanks

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #9

Jun 171999

S-10 Pickup

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving 65 mph brake booster malfunctioned, causing loss of control, brake booster failure was the cause. Transmission slipping due to failure of the fitting and line..et.

- Dozier, AL, USA

problem #8

Mar 051999

S-10 Pickup 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving at 45 mph heard a noise and had no reverse when trying to back up into garage. Dealer contacted, and stated that transmission was defective. Ealer replaced transmission. No recalls were established. Problem was remedied.

- Chardon, OH, USA

problem #7

Mar 121999

S-10 Pickup

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
On highway, billows of smoke appeared from underneath truck; engine stalled. When started up again, would not go over 35mph. Mike at gerry lane Chevy in baton rouge, la (repairing dealer) stated 'major internal failure' that at his best guess was from a loose part from the factory, which finally freed itself and caused failure. He described the underside of my truck as 'black' from the incident. I paid $1890 for a new transmission...mike sd failure was not due to driving habits or any neglect.

- Church Point, LA, USA

problem #6

Sep 171998

S-10 Pickup

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The ses light appeared and stayed on after approximately 1-2 hours driving at freeway speed. This happened on several occasions. After turning engine off overnight or for several hours, the light would go off. Then after continued driving, comes back on again. While on, the transmission shifts extremely hard, jolting passengers. This occurred several times. Took car to dealer for service but light was not on. Service advised could not get ses code with light off. When ses problem happened again, took to dealer. Service advised that ses problem coded to the transmission. Manager advised that nothing was wrong with transmission, but problem was electical. Transmission man may be able to fix by placing a wire to bypass solenoid problem. When the transmission man tried to do so, he found that a wire was already in place. Service advised that my Blazer was a later model that already had the wire. He advised that nothing was wrong with the transmission, and to continue to drive until it failed to shift completely. A solenoid which controlled the shifting was sticking and causing the problem. When this happened I could shut off the engine completely, and the computer/ solenoid would reset and I could continue driving. Otherwise the assembly body would have to be replaced. My problem is that this seems to be a problem Chevrolet determined early on and tried to fix with the wire bypassing the solenoid. I'm expected to wait until it goes out completely, drive my car in 2D gear from wherever it is to the dealer, and pay to have the assembly body replaced, at my expense. What's wrong with this picture ? I would expect a known problem with the ses light/ solenoid to have been remedied prior to sale of a new vehicle. I would appreciate any guidance or assistance you can provide regarding this matter. The solution seems totally illogical as well as poor customer service.

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #5

Mar 261998

S-10 Pickup

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
No summary.

- Godfrey, IL, USA

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