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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
69,464 miles

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2002 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup brakes problems

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2002 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup Owner Comments

problem #4

Feb 152015

S-10 Pickup

  • 65,327 miles


First incident approximately 2/15/2015, brakes pedal went close to floor when trying to stop vehicle, downshifted transmission to help stop vehicle. It was determined rust had caused a hole to develop in brake line cooler behind radiator of vehicle. Significant loss of brake fluid. Second incident approximately 5/15/2015, brakes became mushy loss of brake fluid. Rust caused pin hole leak in brake line at rear wheel brake cylinder. Third incident approximately 7/26/2015 significant loss of brake fluid. Cause yet undetermined

- York, PA, USA

problem #3

Jul 092014

S-10 Pickup 6-cyl

  • 98,618 miles
Brakes lost power at about 50 mph on us-24 in Michigan. Main brake line sprung leak to rear axle was able to use emergency brake to safely stop. I have not removed line yet if you want digital pictures made Michigan mechanic certificate # [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Dearborn, MI, USA

problem #2

Jun 282014

S-10 Pickup

  • 100,911 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet S10. The contact stated that the brake line failed due to corrosion issues. The dealer was not notified about the failure. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 100,911.

- Crescent, PA, USA

problem #1

Sep 012006

S-10 Pickup 6-cyl

  • 13,000 miles
After I'd owned the vehicle for a little over 3 years and had only about 13,000 miles on it, it began to pull hard on braking. One of the front brake calipers seized and ruined the front rotor in the process. Although the truck was just out of warranty, because of the low mileage and age of the vehicle, I took it to the dealer. Chevrolet refused to honor the repairs under warranty or acknowledge any problems. They said it was because the truck sat outside. It is parked on a paved street in front of my house. It is a truck and most trucks in my experience "sit outside, " so I found this explanation totally unsatisfactory. Whatever happened to "like a rock!" I replaced both front rotors, both front calipers (upgraded from oem) and of course the brake fluid at my expense. Again this year, in May 2012, I experienced the same problem with a front caliper seizing. I took it to the dealer again and the dealer verified the problem and said I needed to replace the calipers, pads and, in addition, the brake lines. They offered to do this for a mere $975 plus tax and $80 for new pads. I will once again replace the calipers, pads, fluids and this time the brake lines which I suspect were the original problem. When I flushed the lines to replace the fluid back in 2006 and again in 2012 there was obvious contamination in the lines which when it builds up in the caliper, in my opinion, causes it to seize. I've owned a number of vehicles most of which sat outside for years and never experienced any type of problem with the brakes. My complaint is that I believe Chevrolet used substandard lines in their vehicles or allowed contamination of these parts or designed a defective system that allows condensation to infiltrate the system and destroy the lines.

- Fairfax, VA, USA

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