About Chevrolet S10
Chevrolet S10, as a compact pickup truck, has been produced by General Motors' Chevrolet Division from 1982 to 2005 for the North American market, and since 1995 for the Brazilian market. When it was first introduced in 1982, Chevrolet S10 became the first compact pickup manufactured by the Big Three. It was designed to replace its predecessor Chevrolet LUV. Actually, Isuzu Hombre from 1996 through 2000 and an SUV version Chevrolet S10 Blazer are also available in North America. Before Chevrolet S10 was replaced by the Chevrolet Colorado, it has been through two generations.
When the first-generation Chevrolet S10 (1982-1993) was released in 1982, GMC version was also introduced in the same year. It was equipped with 2-wheel drive and 4-wheel drive system in Blazer and Pickup models. Its engine options were so versatile that nearly every year it got a new or higher performance engine. From 1.9 L 2-barrel inline 4-cylinder engine that produce 82 horsepower and 101 pound-feet of torque to 4.3 L 195 horsepower V6 engine with 260 pound-feet of torque is its engine upgrading history. Then in the 1994 model year, the second-generation Chevrolet S10 arrived at the market. A high-performance version Chevrolet S10 SS and a ZR2 package were introduced. Its engine options were scaled down to a 2.2 L inline 4-cylinder engine fitted along with 5-speed automatic transmission and a 4.3 L V6 engine mated to 4-speed and 5-speed automatic transmissions.
Chevrolet S10 Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
The major mission of a pickup truck is no more than transporting goods for a long distance. While according to Chevrolet S10 owners, if maintain it not well, problems would pop out and the repair fee would be very high. In order to avoid this situation, you have the need to know how to diagnose and solve these problems by yourself.
First, high and reverse gears gone. It may sound strange, but simply put is the transmission failure. According to the survey conducted by CarComplaint.com, many Chevrolet S10 drivers complained this problem as indicator did not match the gears and the gears they start was false, sometimes, it would also not go into any gear at all. Faulty S10 shift linkage boot and broken S10 shift cable are often the culprits. Only steering knuckle, shock absorber, coil springs and pitman arm in Chevrolet S10 are also very vulnerable and they need your extra attention.
Second, reduced engine performance. Actually, as time passes by, engine performance reducing is quite normal. But if it appears problem prematurely, you need pay extra attention. According to Chevrolet S10 owners, the vehicle engine would give out ticking or clanking noise and consume more oil than usual after a while. Slow acceleration, inability to start the engine or hard starting and illuminated Check Engine Light are all very obvious signs for reminding you to check your S10 throttle cable, S10 rocker arm, S10 fuel pump.
As a matter of fact, Chevrolet S10 is also equipped with many electrical auto parts and these parts could wear and tear as increase of using times. The power window switch would cannot lower or raise the window smoothly if used for too long. A/C switch may also work strangely by failing to vent cold or hot air. Besides, seat belt as the protector in accidents also should get maintained well. And wiper blade undertakes the responsibility of cleaning or clearing off debris so that drivers vision won't get blocked by any obstacles, but it is usually works under harsh condition such as downpours or heavy snow and it is comprised of consuming soft rubber, so swapping it at least every six to twelve months is the wise option.
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