How to Troubleshoot a 1995 Chevy S10

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The 1995 Chevy S10 is a small-sized pickup truck. If you're having problems with your Chevy S10, there are a few things that you can do before you take it to a repair shop. The most common issues do not involve invasive repair. You can attack issues with the battery, fuel or the starter head on to get your S10 back on the road as quickly as possible.

Things You'll Need

  • Gas
  • Jumper cable
  • New battery
  • Turn the ignition on the S10 to engage the electronic instrument panel. Check the instrument panel for the fuel gauge if the instrument panel turns on. If you can check the fuel gauge, make sure that there is enough gas in the fuel tank to start the car. Fill the gas tank with fuel if needed. Check the battery if the instrument panel does not turn on.

  • Pop the hood from the hood latch on the right side of the S10's grill. Raise the hood to locate the battery to the right of the engine block. The battery is in black casing with a red and black wire connected to it. Tighten the cable connections to the battery if the connections are loose. Try to restart the S10.

  • Jumpstart the vehicle with another car if needed. Connect the red (+) jumper wire to the red (+) terminal on your S10's battery. Connect the black (-) jumper wire to the black (-) terminal on your S10's battery Connect the other ends of the jumper wire to a different car's battery. Turn on the other car and then start your S10.

  • Allow the battery to charge for about 10-15 minutes before turning the S10 off. Try to restart the S10. If the S10 will not restart, you need to replace the battery. The 12-volt car battery can be found at local auto shops or department stores.

  • Climb under your S10 and locate the starter. The starter is located on the left side of the engine block. The starter is a small block box with a red wire going to the battery. Have your friend turn the ignition to the truck. Listen for a "buzz" or "click" sound coming from the starter. This indicates that the starter is faulty. Have a technician replace it.

  • Look around the S10 for any leaks. If you find leaks coming from the bottom of the S10, you will need to have a qualified technician diagnose the problem. The technician should also be the one to repair the leak as this could prove complicated and you could damage your S10 further.

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References

  • "Chilton Chevy Service Manual 1994-2001"; Chilton Publishing; 2001
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