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Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
36,417 miles

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1998 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup windows / windshield problems

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1998 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup Owner Comments (Page 1 of 5)

problem #85

Jun 142007

S-10 Pickup

  • 100,000 miles


The contact owns a 1998 Chevrolet S10. The contact stated that the windshield wipers worked intermittently, which reduced visibility in inclimate weather. The manufacturer stated that his model year was excluded from the recall; therefore, they would not replace the wiper motor circuit board for free. The vehicle has not been repaired. The NHTSA campaign id number was unknown. The failure mileage was 100,000 and current mileage was 130,000.

- Hastings, TX, USA

problem #84

Apr 172008

S-10 Pickup 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 37,000 miles
Wiper motor stops running - occurs off and on - through-out vehicles history starting around the 40,000 mile mark. Current mileage 75,000 miles.

- Wichita, KS, USA

problem #83

Jun 152007

S-10 Pickup 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 128,000 miles
The windshield wiper motor stops working on my 1998 Chevy S10 pickup truck. This happens without warning and has made it difficult to drive safely during a rain storm.

- Hollister, MO, USA

problem #82

Jun 062007

S-10 Pickup 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 113,200 miles


I recently purchased a 1998 Chevy S10 pickup truck. The windshield wipers exhibit the exact behavior described in NHTSA saftety recall bulletin #03023--the wipers only work intermittently, obviously dangerous here in rainy washingon state. It is my strong belief this vehicle should be included in the recall which now only covers 1995-1997. I would guess it is highly likely this '98 has the same wiper motor circuit board installed as the previous years had.

- Auburn, WA, USA

problem #81

Aug 022006

S-10 Pickup 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Visibility:windshield wiper/washer motor.

- Erie, PA, USA

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problem #80

Jun 102006

S-10 Pickup 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Windshield wiper motor works then it doesn't.

- Harned, KY, USA

problem #79

Mar 072006

S-10 Pickup

  • miles


This is the same problem as others have listed. I turn on the wipers and they sometimes turn on, sometimes don't, other times they go at similar speeds, other times they will not shut off. This seems to be the same as the 97 S-10 recall, this needs to be extended. My dealer told me it would be $800 to fix this problem, I have elected to take my chances.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #78

May 052002

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
Windshield wipers used to work at varying speeds, regardless if they were on or not. Now, they rarely ever work. The problem began while it was pouring, during rush hour, on the freeway, while driving through construction. I lost all visibility and there wasn't a shoulder to pull off on. This is a very dangerous problem. Wipers only work intermittently.

- Macomb, MI, USA

problem #77

Aug 112005

S-10 Pickup 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles
My 1998 S-10 pickup wipers will fail without notice at any setting of the intermittant switch. I replaced the switch assembly but that did not help the problem. Somwetimes they will restart by wiggling the wires going to the wiper motor. This is very dangerous because when it fails in a downpour you can not see how to get off the road. The problem has existied the last 3 years.

- Montgomery, AL, USA

problem #76

Sep 212004

S-10 Pickup 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles
I own a 1998 Chevy S-10. The windshield wipers have stopped working after months of very sporadic behavior. This behavior began after only 19,000 miles. The consequences of wipers not working are obviously grave. Faulty circuit board has to be replaced (the same board involved in the 1997 recall). I have heard and read of many, many others with the same problem.

- Cumming, GA, USA

problem #75

Jun 182000

S-10 Pickup 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 40,000 miles


Windshield wiper motor stops working sometimes. You can tap on the motor itself sometimes and it will work for a while.

- Glendale, AZ, USA

problem #74

Jul 062005

S-10 Pickup 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,000 miles
Windshield wipers fail intermittently. Failure is unpredictiable. Last failure occured while I was driving down interstate 495 during a heavy rainstorm

- Medway, MA, USA

problem #73

Aug 302001

S-10 Pickup 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Consumer says while driving ve in the rain windshield wipers periodically malfunctioned. Sometimes stopped completel, slowed down or turned off. This happened since purchasing vehicle. Consumer received no help from dealer or manufacturer.

- Tomsriver, NJ, USA

problem #72

Feb 222005

S-10 Pickup 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Windshield wiper motor quits intermittantly, needing to go outside and wiggle wiper arm to get going. Very much a hazard during heavy rains. Should be recalled.

- Maplewood, MN, USA

problem #71

Sep 012004

S-10 Pickup 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,000 miles
Sometimes windshield wiper does not wipe at all. Ometimes it won't stop wiping. Ometimes when set to interrupted wiping, it wipes continuously. As happened frequently, almost every time it has rained and I have had to use the wipers since it started in Sept. 2004.

- Roswell, GA, USA

problem #70

Apr 152004

S-10 Pickup

  • 25,000 miles
While driving at any speed front windshield wipers failed intermittently. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

- Navarre, OH, USA

problem #69

Sep 242004

S-10 Pickup 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 95,000 miles
Windshield wipers worked intermittently. This occurred because of a crack in the solder joint as described in the windshield wiper recall 03V159000, but this vehicle was not included in the recall due to VIN.

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #68

May 222004

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
1998 Chevrolet Blazer windhshield wipers do not work on a consistant basis. The worst scenerio was when my son broke his arm and we were leaving the emergency room. Minutes after getting in the car a terrible rain storm hit and made it almost impossible to see. We pulled over and sat for about 1 1/2 hours - when we should have been at the pharmacy getting his pain pills. To me, this is unacceptable. There have been too many times to even recall as to when the wipers have not worked. The recall needs to include 1998 Blazer!!! dls.

- Des Plaines, IL, USA

problem #67

Mar 052004

S-10 Pickup

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,000 miles
Windshield wiper motor failed. A recall was issued. However, this vehicle was not included due to VIN.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #66

Aug 212004

S-10 Pickup 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 114,070 miles
During a rain storm windshield wipers stopped working. After a near accident, the truck was pulled over and stopped at an unsafe location on the shoulder of the freeway. This happened just Saturday, Aug. 21, 2004 to my daughter who was driving I-40 from raleigh to our home in chapel hill.

- Chapel Hill, NC, USA

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