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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
115,237 miles

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2000 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup brakes problems

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2000 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup Owner Comments

problem #10

Oct 152019

S-10 Pickup

  • 230,000 miles


The contact owns a 2000 Chevrolet S10. While driving 26 mph around an S curve, the brakes pedal was applied, but seized. The contact lost control of the vehicle and crashed into an embankment and creek. The air bags did not deploy. The driver was not wearing a seat belt and sustained neck, nose, and eye injuries that required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence. The manufacturer and dealer were not contacted. The cause of the failures was not determined. The failure mileage was 230,000.

- Galena, MO, USA

problem #9

Mar 062017

S-10 Pickup

  • 131,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Chevrolet S10. While driving various speeds, the brake warning indicator illuminated. Also, the vehicle failed to stop when the brake pedal was depressed to the floorboard. The failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that there was oil leaking between the brake hose and front passenger wheel. The technician replaced the washer for the brake hose, but the failure recurred. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 99V220000 (service brakes, hydraulic). The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 131,000.

- Brownsville, TX, USA

problem #8

Feb 262014

S-10 Pickup

  • 90,000 miles
Parking brake mechanism failed under normal use, will no longer engage parking brake. Pedal can be pushed down but will spring back and not engage. Unknown cause.

- Wilmington, NC, USA

problem #7

Feb 152017

S-10 Pickup

  • 107,500 miles


The brake lines burst while driving down the road under normal driving conditions and the brakes failed resulting in no braking power. Inspection by a mechanic determined that the brake lines had suddenly failed during braking and the fluid had drained out resulting in an immediate loss of braking power during my braking. Was driving at about 30 mph on a city street when I started to brake and they failed, was able to stop without injury due to manual transmission engine braking and a very bad parking brake.

- Wilmington, NC, USA

problem #6

Apr 012015

S-10 Pickup 4WD 6-cyl

  • 46,000 miles
Driving normally, pressed the brake pedal and it went to the floor; fortunately, I was close to home and no traffic that I managed to roll slowly home. Rusty brake lines causing brake fluid to leak by driver side door. Tried brakes again- totally not functional. Ironically read article about GM's problem with rusty break lines in their older model trucks. Making it a point to notify NHTSA that this problem affects S-10S as well as the bigger models. Conversations with friends indicate to me that this effects a lot of drivers. All GM truck owners should be alerted to problem. Under different conditions with higher speeds or traffic or pedestrians, this could have turned into a catastrophe.

- Muskego, WI, USA

problem #5

Aug 202008

S-10 Pickup 4-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
Applied brakes 200+ feet from stop sign. Road surface was bumpy. ABS malfunctioned and gave no braking. Stopped vehicle with hand brake with slight overshoot of stop line. Removed fuse from ABS unit and have driven since with manual braking ignoring dash warning lights indicating that ABS wasn't working. This was a problem noticed prior to this incident and occurred only when brakes were applied on bumpy surfaces.

- Oakville, CT, USA

problem #4

Jun 252013

S-10 Pickup 6-cyl

  • 96,873 miles


Engine failure - had to be rebuilt at app. 75000 miles - both sides of cab bottom rear rusted out - first time brake failure 2013 - put brake on to put the truck in drive no brakes front right - Aug 2014 brake failure - put brake on to put in drive no brakes.

- Stevens, PA, USA

problem #3

Jun 252014

S-10 Pickup

  • 165,000 miles
My ABS and emergency brake lights have been on ever sense I have bought the truck (mid 2014) and I can't seem to figure out why. I have read several places that say that some of the solder points in the ABS module have probably cracked and need to be repaired if it throws a certain code (and mine does). Haven't had the time or money to fix the problem as my truck is my daily driver. Have noticed some slight pulsing in the brakes when stopping, but not enough to annoy you. The lights on the dash will annoy you though. I have also been chasing several vacuum leaks. One was by the brake master cylinder and another (from inside the cab) sounds like it's right above the transmission housing at the back of the engine (where you can't see). It's so bad that when I first start the engine and start to drive at 1/2 throttle, it has absolutely no power, but then picks back up again after about a 1/4 mile with no power. Because of the vacuum leak, I'm guessing, it sounds like I have a turbo on the truck from inside the cab. If you turn the radio off, you can definitely hear it.

- Marshfield, MO, USA

problem #2

Nov 252013

S-10 Pickup 4-cyl

  • 146,000 miles
Went to slowdown to turn into a business and the brakes failed due to a center brake line blown that feeds the rear brakes.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #1

Aug 302013

S-10 Pickup

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Chevrolet S10. The contact stated that while driving 20 mph, the brakes seized. In addition, the vehicle became resistant to acceleration attempts as the ABS warning light illuminated. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000.

- Stuarts Draft , VA, USA

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