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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
85,390 miles

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1998 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup windows / windshield problems

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1998 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup Owner Comments

problem #17

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 #16

Nov 202007

S-10 Pickup 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 2,500 miles
The windshield wiper motor would originally not turn off when activated on intermittent, or full on. Now it shuts off by itself when activated. It did this the other day during a severe rainstorm. Other owners of S-10's that I know are reporting the same problem. It is a severe safety hazard to have your windshield wipers quit on you, in traffic or not, during a rainstorm.

- Goose Creek, SC, USA

problem #15

Apr 122007

S-10 Pickup 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 148,000 miles
Windshield wipers failing intermittently. Happened in the pouring rain almost wrecked. I can see that there are other people with the same complaint.

- Sylva, NC, USA

problem #14

Jan 012005

S-10 Pickup 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles


Wipers stopped during thunderstorm on interstate! this has happened many times! they work intermittently. But you never know when. Mechanic says this is common in this truck. Parts and labor around $200. I see a potentially fatal situation that will happen or perhaps already has. Why is Chevrolet ignoring this serious problem that could result in death?

- Winston-Salem, NC, USA

problem #13

May 012004

S-10 Pickup 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 56,000 miles
Last year the wipers started to not work properly, it would speed up, slow down, not work, not shut off, now it is worse. Quite hazardous during rain, not repaired yet, called local dealer advised no recall for that year. There is a recall for 1997 model year with same problem

- Cook, MN, USA

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problem #12

May 212005

S-10 Pickup 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 60,000 miles
I own two 1998 Chevrolet trucks; one is an S-10 pick-up, the other a Blazer. The windshield wipers fail on both of them, usually in the middle of a downpour.

- Beaufort, SC, USA

problem #11

Apr 202002

S-10 Pickup 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 65,000 miles


My windshield wipers have a wiring problem. When the switch is turned, they work sometimes and sometimes they do not. They often do not work in the rain but on dry days they will come on. After doing some research, I have discovered that water is getting in the wiring harness, and the device had to be shaken in order for the wipers to come back on. Windshield wipers that will not work in the rain seems pretty ridiculous to me. There was a recall on earlier year models that have almost identical wiring. The wipers not working has put me in several serious situations.

- Brookfield, GA, USA

problem #10

Apr 112004

S-10 Pickup 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles
Windshield wipers will stop for no reason, then start again later, or you may have them set on intermittent, and they may all of a sudden stop orstart to go full speed.

- Clinton Twp., MI, USA

problem #9

Apr 252004

S-10 Pickup 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 72,450 miles
I own a '98 Chevy S-10. GM has recalled S-10's thru '97 for faulty wiper circuit boards. My wipers failed in a rain storm and nearly caused an accident. They refuse to work with me on getting the situation resolved. It can't be an isolated to my vehicle since there is documented history of trouble with GM's wipers.

- Simi Valley, CA, USA

problem #8

May 062003

S-10 Pickup 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles
Winshield wipers will stop working for no apparent reason. I stop the truck pull on wipers to start them again. Doesn't happen all the time. Intermitent problem.

- Hughesville , MD, USA

problem #7

Oct 162003

S-10 Pickup 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,375 miles


Have been experiencing intermittent windshield wiper failures with increasing frequency for the past three months. Wipers will work if and when they want to, and at whatever speed they choose. In past failures, the wipers would still work on high, or mist. In the most recent episode they totally failed. When they finally started to work again, they would not shut off!!

- Fair Oaks, PA, USA

problem #6

Oct 112003

S-10 Pickup 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,000 miles
Intermittent complete failure of windshield wipers on interstate highway during rain.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #5

Sep 072003

S-10 Pickup 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,200 miles
Windshield wipers quit working. Sometimes they work and sometimes they don't. we almost had an accident when spraying the windows while driving and the wipers refused to come on. This happened several times, and we finally had to have the module replaced. The Chevrolet dealer told us that they have had more than the usual number of people with 1998 S10S with problems but they can do nothing about it unless the company orders a recall. We believe the recall through 1997 should be extended to the 1998 model. Our truck only has 34000 miles on it. It cost us $139.11 to have this fixed. We could have had an accident on the road, but luckily it was an isolated area and we were able to stop in the road and clear the windshield.

- Charleston, OR, USA

problem #4

Aug 042003

S-10 Pickup 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 81,106 miles
Driving a 1998 Chevrolet S-10 pick up truck. Windshield wipers failed to come on during a heavy rainstorm while driving on interstate 80 in Pennsylvania. Wiper module was replaced. I believe this was the same problem which was the subject of a recall for full size Chevrolet trucks. The S-10 pick up was not part of that recall.

- Berwick, PA, USA

problem #3

Jun 192003

S-10 Pickup 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
GM will be having a recall that applies to Chevrolet S-10's through 1997. The recall relates to faulty wiper motor circuit boards that lead to intermittent operation of wiper blades. I own a 1998 Chevrolet S-10 VIN number [xxx] and have experienced numerous failures of the wiper blades during rain storms. The most severe incident happened during heavy rains today, when I lost the use of my wipers for 10 minutes. I have described the problem to mechanics who informed me of the recall and indicated that it is most likely the same problem as that of the recall. The recall should be extended to model year 1998 as soon as possible. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Pasadena, MD, USA

problem #2

Apr 022003

S-10 Pickup 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,000 miles
Problem w/ wiper control on '98 S-10 w/ 48,000 miles. First observed 6 months ago when windshield washer fluid was no longer pumped to windshield. Replaced pump in resevoir-- still had problem. About 1 month ago, wipers began operating erratically-- either running too fast, not at all, or refusing to shut off. Suspect this may be a control board issue, but current recall only covers '97's and earlier

- Derry, NH, USA

problem #1

Apr 242003

S-10 Pickup 4-cyl

  • 530,005 miles
The consumers vehicle experienced the same problem as the recall on the windshield wiper module. Recall# 1557585. The dealer would not repair the vehicle because the VIN was not included. The consumer replaced the module himself which solved the problem.

- Sykesville, PA, USA

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