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Chevy S10/GMC S15-Sonoma: Problems & Solutions



  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    Lisa, don't hit "refresh" to see new messages - all that will do is re-post your message over and over. To see new messages, use the "Recent Messages" link in the little page number bar at the top and bottom of the page.

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  • sonomaguysonomaguy Posts: 5
    That may be so and I see your point, but it's still a S-15. ;)
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    All the more reason for GM to end the duplication :)

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  • phil87phil87 Posts: 1
    I just bought a 91 s-10 2.8 v-6 a year ago and i have the blower and the ac control panel and i have the vents. But what i want to do is put a ac system in it what else do i need to do this.
  • chevy02chevy02 Posts: 19
    But there is a difference. My dad has the Sonoma at a mid trim level. I have the s10 in the LS trim level. Yet, he still has more comfortable seats (Although they are 60/40 not the buckets) and those little extenders on the visors which I think is absurd the Chevy LS package doesn't have. Little things yes, but man I'll definitely go for the GM version next time!
  • joe3891joe3891 Posts: 759
    Please post that over again, I am confused as to what you did or what happened when it would not start. :confuse:
  • joe3891joe3891 Posts: 759
    Compressor, condenser, evaporator, accumlator, all the lines and fittings which should include the orvice valve, R134a and oil. The wiring and relays. A vacuum pump to evacuate the system or bring it to an A/C shop to evacuate. I may have forgot something but you get the idea. :)
  • joe3891joe3891 Posts: 759
    I buy my Sierra parts at a chevy dealer because they have a better stock on hand. :)
  • I was just recently given a 84 crew cab s-10 and it shifts from 1 to 3. I think it might be a modulator or the vaccum assist but if anybody has any help or advice that would be wonderful.

  • my 84 s-10 shifts from 1 to 3 (automatic) and i have no idea what could be causing it please help me

  • cgm707cgm707 Posts: 5
    I just bought my '98 Chevy S10 Pickup. Everytime I put a CD in, it says ERR and pops it out. I tried a lens cleaner, using the CD when the truck is off/cool/on, etc., turning the CD upside down.....

    Anyone else have similar problems, ideas?

    Thanks for any help offered...

  • if you know, please help......... :cry:
  • ron24ron24 Posts: 1
    I am having the same problems but with my electrical. The wipers come on by them self, the headlights are dim and when you put turn signals on the lights go dimmer, the dash lights come on by them self. I keep thinking it has something to do with brakes?
    Any luck yet?
  • joe3891joe3891 Posts: 759
    Try removing the fuse for 10 seconds. :)
  • cgm707cgm707 Posts: 5
    Even though the radio works ok?
  • lisaflisaf Posts: 4

    The water pump went out on my truck and it ran hot on the way home. I made it home and turned it off and let it cooled down so we could change out the water pump. And after we did, we tried to start it and it wouldn't start. So we replaced the Plugs and crank shaft sensor assuming that it was that. Well it still didn't start.And i have done everything i could possibly do to get it to start and NO luck.
    It ran fine on the way home and i just can't figure out as to why it wont start now. If you have any ideas please help. I have a chevy s-10 pickup. 2.2 liter. I had the timing checked and it's ok. The coil packs are ok and the module is ok. I am clueless as to what else it could be. Please help. I miss my truck :cry:

    thank you
  • joe3891joe3891 Posts: 759
    Sure, I repaired my CD that way and it was still on warranty, hey what have you got to lose.
    I picked this tip on another forum and its worked for lots radio and CD problems. :)
  • joe3891joe3891 Posts: 759
    Water pump went out ? Please explain, what was wrong with the water pump?
    First how hot, into the red and did it steam and boil out coolant. If that's the case I would check cylinder compression, it may have taken the temper out of the rings. :(
  • lisaflisaf Posts: 4
    Water pump was leaking really bad through the weep hole, and yes it was in the red, i checked compression on it and it's reading cylinder one is 80 psi and cylinder 2 is 50 psi and 3 is 60 psi. and 4 is 80 psi. could it be a blown head gasket maybe? :confuse:
  • ump50ump50 Posts: 1
    i have had the same problem with my 2000 s10.i talked to my mechanic and he said that it might be tempurature problem related in the transmission maybe with some sensors he has not recieved anything from gm on the problem yet . i have had to pull off the road and wait about 10-20 mins and then go again. i havent had the problem in the winter time only in the hotter months. if i find out anything else i will let ya know.
  • joe3891joe3891 Posts: 759
    Those compressions are low. The 2.2 has an aluminum head, they almost always crack when overheated, that’s the reason it has a temp gauge, GM knows the head cracks very easily when over heated.
    The statement that I got it home did not sound good. I don’t know your situation at the time but when you could see the gauge nearing the red, stop the engine, after it cools add water even from a brook or large puddle if need be. Looks like you have major engine work.
  • volstdvolstd Posts: 1
    I'm looking at a 98 Sonoma for my son that only has 44,000 miles and is a five speed and has no dents and has never been wrecked. The dealership said that I could get it for $5,000 out the door. I know it's a good price but are Sonomas good trucks. What are some of your opinions. Are you happy with yours?
  • joe3891joe3891 Posts: 759
    I have a 99 Sonoma std cab 2.2 auto with 48 K and no problems. :)
  • '94 S10 Blazer (150k)

    My brakes intermittently get very hard, with no stopping power. Sometimes I can push through this, but other times I have to let it up completely and try again. Usually the second or third time after I let it up, it depresses fully and normally.

    The problem only occurs after I have been driving for awhile. The first 15 minutes each time I drive it are usually fine, but then the problem gets worse the longer I go. Eventually the ABS and brake warning lights will come on, but that takes a long time, and I've only had that happen once or twice.

    Other symptoms include a low and soft grinding noise when it happens, and hot front rims after I've been driving.

    Front calipers and pads are new, and the rear drums are new.

    I've been doing okay going back and forth from work, but I have to drive half-way across the country in a couple weeks. Any insight would be greatly appreciated.
  • Same problem from #849

    I just put my front end up and noticed that the driver's side front wheel doesn't spin as freely as the passenger's side front. I get at least a full revolution when I spin the passenger's side wheel, and at most 1/8th of a revolution on the driver's side.
  • jusbojusbo Posts: 1
    Hey all!
    Long time listener, first time caller...j/k. :0)
    I got this truck used, its basically a work truck. A few things wrong with it, relatively minor.
    1. The horn doesn't work (Fuse has been replaced) the horn itself actually works(Hooked it up to the battery) missing foam/insulator maybe?
    2. Parking break doesn't work. Clicks down nice and strong, but no stopping action
    3. Am in the process of trying to install a cd deck (Sony) no wiring harness to speak of. Hooked up ground to the body, power and takes the cd in when I turn it to acc. but the face plate doesn't light up...

    Any suggestions, pointers, tips, advice, would go a long way. Thank you!
  • moes1moes1 Posts: 1
    i just bought a 2003 3 door sonoma pickup. estimated mpg is suppose to be 17 town and 23 freeway. i figured my gas milage to be around 11 1/2 mpg. should i take it back to dealership? i'm driving real easy. no fast starts. any comments as to what the problem might be? 38, 838 miles on the pickup
  • hoodlatchhoodlatch Mid-westPosts: 255
    I have a 92 S-10 pick-up with a brake warning light that won't go out. I replaced pads, calipers, hoses, master cylinder, flush and bled the system. Light is still on. Other than removing the light bulb, I don't know what else to do. The brakes work great and do a fantastic job. Any one else run into this problem?
  • alcanalcan Posts: 2,550
    GM trucks with rear anti-lock used the red brake warning light at 1/2 intensity to indicate an ABS fault. Quick test, apply the parking brake and if the light gets brighter you have an ABS problem. Before you throw any more parts at it, retrieve the stored codes by jumpering terminals A and H on the data link connector as shown here:
    Count the flashes on the light, post the codes, and we'll go from there.
  • On 87 S-10 with 2.5 4 cylinder engine. I have the water pump off for replacement and was wondering if I should check or replace the timing gear while I am this far into it. HAS 130,000 MILES ON IT. How hard is it to replace?
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