About Chevrolet S10
As the first compact pickup of the Big Three American automaker, Chevrolet S10, also known as S-10, was produced by an American multinational corporation General Motors Company's automobile Chevrolet Division from 1982 to 2004 in North America as a compact pickup truck. Originally introduced as the counterparts of GMC S-15 or GMC Sonoma and as the successor of Chevrolet LUV, S10 also could be regarded as a member of the S-Series. But after being manufactured through three generations, S10 was replaced by the Chevrolet Colorado. Since the third-generation S10 was exclusively for Brazilian market, we will only focus on first two generations.
The first-generation Chevy S10 was produced from 1982 to 1994 and it was also available in Sport Utility Vehicle version, the S10 Blazer. And it also came in a Baja package and three colors. And Chevrolet S10 then was powered by engines ranging from a 1.9 L I4 and 2.0 L I4 to a 4.3 L V6 and power was sent through 3-speed, 4-speed automatic and 4-speed, 5-speed manual transmissions. The second-generation S10 arrived in the 1994 model year to confront with the Ford Ranger. And high-performance SS and ZR2 were available trim levels for S10. But back then, it only got two engine options: 2.2 L I4 and 4.3 L V6 and both engines sent power through 4-speed automatic and 5-speed manual transmissions.
Chevrolet S10 Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
Boasting good fuel economy and stump-jumping ZR2 off-road package, you should trust that Chevrolet S10 is a good choice for pickup truck in compact size. Only, it is not at a young age anymore, you have to be prepared for these common problems on your S10:
First, engine failure is often the first emerging issue when the vehicle is on the verge of breaking down. But if you could sense this problem in time, you could prevent your Chevrolet S10 from breaking down prematurely. According to experienced S10 drivers, symptoms such as ticking or clanking noises from the engine is only the start, then the engine performs worse than before. It will sputter at high speed, lose power while acceleration, surge or suffer from starting issues and consume excessive oil. Under such circumstance, you had better check if the S10 throttle cable, rocker arm, fuel pump, engine control module, water pump and timing belt tensioner are in order.
Second, transmission failure and suspension failure are also troublesome problems for Chevrolet S10 drivers. They are not only the culprit of unsmooth driving trip, but also could lead to fatal accidents if dealt with unproperly. According to some S10 repairmen, transmission failure is often caused by the shift linkage boot and shift cable, but the suspension failure often manifests as clunking noises and excessive vibration, tilting vehicle, unintentionally steering, swerving or nose diving when braking and poor handling because of loose steering wheel. And you could attribute these symptoms to the S10 steering knuckle, shock absorber, coil springs and sway bar kit.
If you treasure your Chevy S10 enough, you must know that routine maintenance on some vulnerable auto parts is helpful in increasing its lifespan. But, due to the vehicle is assembled by many different kinds of auto parts, distinguishing what parts need to be maintained routinely is the first obstacle. In your Chevrolet S10, windshield wiper and wiper blade are often made of soft rubber, which could only last for year, but they undertake the responsibility of clearing off debris on the windscreen so that drivers have a better driving vision under adverse weather conditions, thus, replacing them every six to twelve months is a wise move. Other parts such as headlight, fog light, seat belt, cabin air filter, antenna, door handle, door lock, horn and electrical parts such as A/C switch, window regulator and so on should be on your routine maintenance list as well.
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