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#1580 of 2018 Security System Failure
Mar 11, 2006 (2:30 pm)
I have an S10 2002 4.3 extended cab with auto trany 2wd. recently my security system went on the blink and the truck failed to start. Had it towed to the local Chevy dealer and they said it was silicone grease on the battery terminals that prevented the truck form starting. Last night the truck failed to start again. The quick fix is to remove the positive battery terminal for about 5 minutes and then reconnect. All this does is reset the codes in the computer, which is exactly what the dealer did, and then the truck will start again for several weeks, until the codes set again. How did I find out about the quick fix? My son-in-law had a 2002 Malibu 4.3 auto and he had the same problem. The dealer he bought it from (used) told him about the quick fix, but after a while even the quick fix doesn't work anymore.
Has anyone else had this problem? If so, what was your solution? Have you had any luck getting the system repaired? If so, what did you have to do to prove the failure and get it fixed?
#1581 of 2018 Re: Security System Failure [paulz1]
Mar 12, 2006 (11:40 am)
I have a '98 S-10 with the same issue. It only happens every few weeks, and sometimes it takes longer than that. Generally, letting it sit for 10 to 15 minutes allows my truck to crank. I had a new key cut from the VIN, which has seemed to help. However, it has not stopped the problem completely.
Several mechanics have told me that the problem is caused by the ignition, and will need to be replaced. However, I have opted to put up with the issue rather than replace it. I'm not so sure if that would fix it either, and I am not willing to spend the money to find out.
Good luck in resolving the issue. I've been dealing with it for over a year now. It is the most irritating when it does it in the morning on the way to work. . .
#1582 of 2018 Re: vibration [hoodlatch]
Mar 13, 2006 (4:23 am)
"When" do you get the Vibration - every speed ? only over 40 MPH, Gets worse with speed ????
#1583 of 2018 Re: paint peeling [kcuhc]
Mar 13, 2006 (4:27 am)
Nope - not so far ... A little run under the tailate/seam I need to fix ... Mines space Blue... sometime the problem follows a paint color ....
#1584 of 2018 S-10 Starting Problem
Mar 13, 2006 (6:29 am)
I have a 2000 Chevy S-10 and I'm having a constant problem starting my vehicle when its cold. When it cold outside the truck just will not start. As the temperature rises the truck starts right up. I have replaced the battery and have also had the truck in the service shop serveral times and each time the service shop says that it doesn't know the cause or either they claim that it's fixed and charge me some money.
#1585 of 2018 Re: vibration [canufixit]
Mar 13, 2006 (7:53 am)
The vibration is fairly constant at any speed. It is most noticable in town, low speed, higher gear.
Mar 13, 2006 (9:30 am)
I have a 1993 S-10 4x4 w/ a 4.3l V6 w/ only 88,000 miles. I purchased the vehicle last spring because I needed a truck for off roading and hauling, not as an everyday driver. It ran fine the first few months I had it. The first problem I noticed was it began idling rough. Then one day I took it on the freeway and I could barely get up to 70 mph.
While replacing the plugs, wires and distributor cap, I discovered a leak in the gas tank. I decided to pour in some gas and try running it a little just to see if the previous problems had been fixed. They hadn't. I couldn't even get it up to 55 mph.
I did some research while waiting for a new tank to arrived to find out what could be the problem with the rough idle and the acceleration. I replaced the gas tank, but now the thing won't even start. It makes me worry that I've got bigger problems. Will replacing or cleaning the fuel filter, injectors, catalytic converter, vacuum lines, etc really fix the problems. I don't want to spend more time and money on this truck if it's a lost cause.
#1587 of 2018 Re: s-10 problems [thes10cometh]
Mar 13, 2006 (2:02 pm)
In my case I always have more time than money. Therefore when I'm trouble shooting I try the inexpensive things first. Have you checked the code read out yet? How's the MAP sensor? You mention off road, did the tank have water in it. Replacing fuel filter sounds like a good idea regardless. My S-10 had a leaking vacuum line to the PVC which reeked havoc on idle and shifting. You didn't indicate what the vitals were, like oil pressure, compression check, condition of transfer & transmission. All things being equal, I would recommend at this point don't give up the ship.
#1588 of 2018 Re: oil on the floor [phoneman2]
Mar 13, 2006 (8:24 pm)
Unfortunately, the 4WD S10/Sonoma or Blazer/Jimmy have more than their fair share of mechanical problems. These trucks are best in 2WD form. I have a 2WD S10 and it has been fairly reliable. One problem common to both the 2WD and 4WD models is a leak at the intake manifiold gasket. You may be experiencing a leak there and somehow it winds up out of the ac controls. Wheel bearings are also a problem on the 4WD models because they come in a self-contained unit that can not be lubricated. On 2WD models, at each brake service the wheel bearings can be repacked with grease. Finally, check out your oil cooler lines for leaks. If I were in your shoes and only did occasional off-roading, I would trade in this truck for a Tacoma or a Jeep Wrangler. Good luck.
#1589 of 2018 Re: Engine stalling while driving... [goral]
Mar 14, 2006 (3:27 pm)
I have a 1990 s-10 4.3 with same problem. I have been trying to solve it for two months. I've change the fuel pump, ecm, fuel filter, water sensor and rebuilt the fuel pressure valve. Still have the same problem. It will run fine then suddenly shut down. If you have found the solution, I would appreciate a reply