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Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,847 miles

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1998 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup electrical problems

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1998 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup Owner Comments

problem #13

Feb 042017

S-10 Pickup

  • 134,000 miles


My pickup was sitting in front of my home when it wouldn't start. I raised the hood and a rat was under the hood with debris with pieces of hoses and insulation from under the hood. After removing the debris I could see the wireing coatings and the hoses were all chewed and missing with part of it in the debris. I had discovered the same type of damage to my car that day but with a squirrel under the hood! I've lived here many years never had a problem with other vehicles. Afraid this could cause a safety hazard if it doesn't show up till on the road. Have not had it repaired yet due to the severity of damage & cost. Why are the rodents eating the wiring cover and hoses in vehicles?

- Hephzibah, GA, USA

problem #12

Oct 022015

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
The vehicle intermittently shuts off while driving. All power is lost. All lights on instrument panel come on as if the truck were just started. "service engine soon" light comes on. Sometimes the truck restarts and continues working and other times it stalls completely as if the key was turned off. This happens at random times and in random situations. We may be accelerating aggressively (merging into traffic) or driving smoothly at slower speeds. It is not consistent with road conditions, temperature or whether we are driving up or downs a hill, on the flats, going straight or around curves. It may happen twice within a mile then not again that day. Once it has staled completely, starting the engine can be difficult, like it is not getting fuel or electrical current to the engine. Fuel filter has been changed with no change in symptoms. Problem codes that come up when diagnosed are as follows... P1632 P0341 P0335 this problem has just begun to show itself in the past 6 weeks, maybe starting in early September, 2015. This is very disconcerting as this is my wife's commuter car and she does not feel safe in it at this point.

- San Geronimo, CA, USA

problem #11

Aug 152012

S-10 Pickup

  • 62,000 miles
Same as other complaints. Wipers stopped working during a rainstorm. Have changed the motor twice and recently started doing the same thing. Also both cables in the lid corroded and broke. Using some chains to hold until able to find and buy the cables. Will get the VIN number to see if it was ever part of a recall I wasn't aware of.

- Guayanilla, PR, USA

problem #10

Sep 172013

S-10 Pickup 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 65,000 miles


The contact owns a 1998 Chevy S10 pick up truck. The contact stated that while driving 55 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact stated that the failure was caused by the failure of the ignition switch. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 65,000. Updated 5/27/14 the consumer stated since relieving the key ring of added weight the problem has not recurred. Updated 06/04/2014

- Big Rapids, MI, USA

problem #9

May 152009

S-10 Pickup

  • 135,000 miles
My speedometer and odometer has quit working. I am sure you have heard this complaint before but I believe that GM should fix this problem for free one for safety and another for the economic stress that it puts on GM vehicle owners from1997-2004 maybe even newer than that.the problem is that the speedometer either fluctuates or stops working completely and the odometer stops working at the same time, the only repair is to replace the entire instrument cluster, which is not cost effective to the consumer. The safety issue to is that if I can not determine my speed then I put me and many other drivers on the road in danger. Think about it if I am going to slow then a vehichle driving the speed limit on any road could possibly have to steer clear of me and or hit me. We all know the safety risk of speeding of course you could look up the statistics on injury-related crashes when a driver is doing 5-10mph over the limit. This concerns me, because I have worked at a GM dealership and GM charges 500-700 dollars to repair this issue most of which is labor related. I feel this should be investigated throughly because I put faith in GM motors by buying their products and working for them. I feel that this is just something that should have been corrected long ago in just my expierence I have worked on this 7 year span of diferent models of GM, and over that many years it should have been addressed. This problem could have been earlier than my timeline or later this is just from my expierence. You can check the offical GM tsb database under many models and find this bulliten, also many other tsb identifacation companies like alldata and find the same complaints on many different models it also effects the odometer so this pretty much denies you quality resale because dealerships know of this problem and there is no telling how long it went on that way, so they deem it past it's mechanical limits whether it reads 7,500 miles or 150,000 miles and to me this is unfair to us.

- Elizabethtown , KY, USA

problem #8

Mar 012009

S-10 Pickup

  • 60,000 miles
The ECM went out. Also had a problem earlier about 2-3 months ago. The cam sensor went out. This truck only has 60,000 miles on it.

- Columbia City, IN, USA

problem #7

Sep 072008

S-10 Pickup

  • 9,000 miles


I am filing this report on behalf of the vehicle owner. Owner name is cathie dakel. I am a private electric vehicle service person, and have identified two software defects in the battery pack management system used in the 1997-1998 model Chevrolet S-10ev electric truck. The vehicle noted in this complaint had been completely destroyed by a fire that began while the vehicle was charging at a public vehicle charging station. I believe the fire was a result of one of the two known software program defects. I had previously contacted General Motors regarding these suspicions, and have not received a reply as to whether they have interest in investigating the fire, and if the software program defects will be resolved. This is the third of three vehicle fires occurring during charging within a six month period.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #6

Jun 092005

S-10 Pickup 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles
2 complaints on this vechile 1> needs wiper module recalled, like previous model years (had to pay for this service) 2> both of my tailgate straps are broken..have seen several of these vechiles with same problems. Had to replace wiper module and tailgate straps

- Athens, OH, USA

problem #5

Dec 232002

S-10 Pickup 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles
Automatic transmission cooler broke while driving and contaminated other components within the engine compartment. This made driving and gear changing difficult. Dealership will replace all contaminated components. The "service engine soon" light illuminated so the consumer took the vehicle to the dealer. The consumer had the radiator flushed at 550 miles and the engine continued to run rough. On one occasion, the consumer started the engine and it lunged forward almost knocking him to the driveway. The service manager agreed that the radiator may be defective. The battery was replaced, the instrument panel cluster was replaced because it had shorted out.

- Camden Point, MO, USA

problem #4

Dec 181999

S-10 Pickup

  • 27,000 miles
With the air conditioner, the relays and fuses keep blowing. I have taken the vehicle to a air conditioning place and they are not sure. With the ABS, I was driving down the road in snow, I used the brakes and the anti locks came on and all lights interior and exterior cut off completely. Had to stop and restart vehicle. With the electrical problem, I was driving down the road when all NY gauges jumped then went to normal. With the transmission it has constantly slammed into second gear and third gear. I have brought to the dealer numerous timed. It was worked on once, they said they replaced numerous parts on the transmission. Upon driving it down the road, the same thing happened. **dimsii IVOQ entry posted after 12/12/02 cut-over to artemis****734327

- Valdosta, GA, USA

problem #3

Aug 011998

S-10 Pickup 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 14 miles


Go to start truck would not start, also tail lights, stop lights backup lights will not work replace fueses and they blow evey time, I have one brake light for now went for 6 months with no lights in back at all, seat belts will not release at times, screws fall out of seat handle, lights inside truck go out at times and bob hook chev. Says they cannot find anything wrong had this truck since 1998 bought truck off lot new.

- Shepherdsville, KY, USA

problem #2

Jan 152003

S-10 Pickup 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles
Transfer case control module quits working

- Kingsport, TN, USA

problem #1

Feb 011999

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
This vehicle was bought for my 17 year old daughter. In August 1998. She parked the truck at a local grocery store and returned about 1 hour later. The truck would not start. She called roadside assistance which took about an hour to get there. They could not jump the truck off. It was towed to the dealership (pierson Chevrolet). They kept the truck about 3 days and could not find anything wrong with it. They told me if it happened again to bring it back. This was satisfactory to me. Then in approximately November, 1998, my daughter was driving home at night. She was coming down a very steep mountain (231S.) she put her headlights on bright and when she did the lights went the same time all of the dash lights came on (check engine, oil, seat belts) just like the truck had gone dead. Her immediate reflex was to dim the lights. When she did, they came back on. We took the truck to pierson the next morning. They kept the truck 4 days, and could find no reason for the lights to go out. They called me and told me to come and get the truck and return the rental car. I asked if they knew why the lights went out, and they (brent ellison) said no. Also, he said could not guarantee me the lights would ever go out again, nor could he guarantee me they would not go out again. I asked him if he would put his child in this vehicle and he said yes. I called him a liar and told him that was not a risk I was willing to take. I told him he could have the truck, and I would contact my attorney. He told me to do whatever I felt I had to. He never told me to contact Chevrolet. I was finally told by gmac to contact Chevrolet and file a complaint. I did and it was refused. We went to get the truck to remove the cd player. The truck went dead in the middle of a 4lane in front of pierson. Would not start...had to be towed. I have filed a second complaint. I am out of room but there is more to this.

- Ashville, AL, USA

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