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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
36,922 miles

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2003 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup brakes problems

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2003 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup Owner Comments

problem #12

Dec 212010

S-10 Pickup 6-cyl

  • 54,252 miles


Four days prior to incident date, I had applied brakes very hard, could be described as a "panic stop". on the days following, I had noticed a small amount of fluid under left front of vehicle when approaching vehicle. Then, after four days, I noticed at a stop light the vehicle began to creep forward and required more pressure on the brake peddle to remain stopped. Brake peddle also went further towards floor. Upon returning home I opened hood and confirmed brake fluid level was low. Took vehicle to shop and was told all brake lines needed replacing because of corrosion. The brake fittings on the lines and bleed screws on calipers were almost nonexistent, nothing but rust. The line itself had split, which had caused the leak. I feel this could have caused a catastrophic incident had I not hastened discovery by having to apply heavy brakes at a slow speed. Replaced all lines and calipers because of corrosion. First time I have had any problem like this in thirty seven years of owning a vehicle of one sort or another.

- Newark, DE, USA

problem #11

Nov 152011

S-10 Pickup 6-cyl

  • 47,163 miles
I applied the brakes on entering my driveway. The pedal went nearly to the floor. A pool of brake fluid formed on the driveway under the driver's side about the middle of the truck. Investigation showed a corroded and burst brake pipe just in front of the fuel tank.

- Harrisburg, PA, USA

problem #10

Oct 102010

S-10 Pickup

  • 28,800 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet S10 pickup. While driving there was a noise coming from the rear of the vehicle and after inspecting it he noticed the rear brake rotors were corroded and deteriorated. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 28,800.

- Revere, MA, USA

problem #9

Jul 302010

S-10 Pickup

  • 33,590 miles


Year 2003 Chevrolet S-10 pickup has a defect in the brake tubing. Very dangerous as brakes fail. For the last 3 years I have experienced brakes failing 3 times. The first 2 times the shop replaced a full tube from the master cylinder to the wheel. Now I have a new failure..I suggest a recall to assist me and others with this very dangerous and expensive problem. The brake lines must have been manufactured with inferior material that tends to rust out in eastern areas where salt is used on the roads.

- Wilmot, NH, USA

problem #8

Jun 212010

S-10 Pickup

  • 40,000 miles
Bought 2003 S-10 V6 one year ago.(11/2009) truck has less than 45000K on it brakes on the vehicle squeal and lock up all the time. I have had my brakes worked on 4X's by a GM certified mechanic, the problem still is not fixed. I have turned rotors, changed brake pads, loosened back brakes, etc. Nothing works! if it is raining outside vehicle is unsafe to drive due to skidding into car in front of you. As a matter of fact it is unsafe to drive all the time due to skidding/brakes locking up/increased stopping distance. Mechanic has looked online to see if anything is mentioned about what to do next. I have looked and looks like more people are having the same problem. I have spent already close to $700 on this brake problem. One diagnosis is to replace rotors but I feel this should be something GM does since more people are having this problem and the severity of this issue. Someone could be hurt or even killed.

- Wendell , NC, USA

problem #7

Jun 072010

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
2003 Chevy S10 pick-up truck to many complaints on brakes and rotors and not a [xxx] thing being done is [xxx]. my rotors need replaced they are defective and I have to pay for it. Again, [xxx].why aren't we being heard" they want us to buy there Chevy's but not make them safe, again [xxx]. do we have to band together and go for a class action law suit" sadly it might come to that. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Pleasant Plain, OH, USA

problem #6

Apr 082010

S-10 Pickup 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet S-10. While driving approximately 30 mph approaching a stop sign the brake pedal traveled to the floor when engaged. The vehicle continued to travel through an intersection. The contact began to pump and apply pressure to the brake repeatedly until the vehicle came to a complete stop. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing. The rear brake line corroded causing brake fluid leakage. The vehicle was in the process of being repaired for the malfunction. The failure and current mileages were 87,000. Updated 06/29/10 updated 07/13/10.

- Gowanda , NY, USA

problem #5

Sep 292008

S-10 Pickup

  • 65,261 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet S10. The vehicle was parked when the contact observed brake fluid leaking on the ground. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing. The failure was contributed to corrosion in the rear brake line causing the brake fluid to leak. The vehicle was repaired for $176.69. The failure mileage was 65,261. The current mileage was 73,000.

- Erie , PA, USA

problem #4

Jan 012008

S-10 Pickup 6-cyl

  • 3,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet S-10. In inclement weather conditions, the windshield wipers fail to return to their proper position. As a result, the windshield remains partially covered with debris. The contact, who is a certified mechanic, stated that the failure was due to improper spring tension in cold weather conditions. He heard grinding metal when the brake pedal was depressed. Eventually, the brake pads completely failed and needed to be replaced. He called the dealer and the manufacturer, but was not provided any assistance. The failure mileage was 3,000 and current mileage was 62,000. Updated 2/9/09 updated 02/13/09.

- Cassadaga, NY, USA

problem #3

Dec 272008

S-10 Pickup

  • 42,000 miles
Bolts fell out of rear brake hanger while driving home they appeared to have been strip out at the factory and were not installed properly the vec. Only has 42000 miles on it.

- Lake Havasu City, AZ, USA

problem #2

Dec 272008

S-10 Pickup

  • 42,000 miles
Bolts fell out of the rear brake hanger and caused a lot of damage to the pad and rotors apparently they were strip out at factory as no one has work on the brakes the vec. Only has 42,000 miles on it.

- Lake Havasu City, AZ, USA

problem #1

Feb 112004

S-10 Pickup 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While applying the brake pedal, the vehicle failed to stop completely. The consumer applied the emergency brakes and the vehicle stopped completely. This caused the passenger to move forward and sustain major injuries. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection numerous times. The mechanic was unable to duplicate the problem.

- Quebradillas, PR, USA

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