Driveability Problems Due to Internal Distributor Fault on Chevrolet S10

The distributor may develop internal faults. This can cause a rough running engine or stalling condition, the Check Engine Light may or may not illuminate. Our technicians tell us that the distributor should be overhauled or replaced to correct this concern.

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Average mileage: 96,783 (50,000–172,000)
Engines affected: 2.2L 4 Cylinder, 4.3L V6
8 model years affected: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, more2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
18 people reported this problem
7 people shared problem details
1998 Chevrolet S10- 2.2L 4 Cylinder172,000
truck starts and runs but when taking off and trying to give it more gas to go faster the truck acts like it is running out of fuel but has fuel. runs and then stalls but does not quit. thought I had water in the gas but put in a bottle of "HEET", still does the same, runs and then feels like it is chained to a tree, but like I said it never dies.
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2002 Chevrolet S10- 4.3L V670,000
I put in a new one
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1999 Chevrolet S10- 4.3L V6120,000
hesatation at 40-50mph-changed lots of parts-had timing checked and reset about 30 miles and back to same story. i bought a 10mm distributor wrench,reset timing sliped 35 miles.i will pull distributor and check gear,some were bad,not hardened.will end with changing it out.hope for the best.
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2001 Chevrolet S10- 4.3L V6
It appears shaft lift in distributor is destroying cap and rotors. Replaced distributor unit twice now. Body is plastic.
2002 Chevrolet S10- 4.3L V699,000
distributor gear wear do to cam walk now i have gear metal in my motor its junk now
2002 Chevrolet S10- 4.3L V650,000
The engine would run rough and stall and some time the engine would not start. Replaced the distributor twice one at 50000 miles and one at 80000 miles and replaced distributor cap four times.
1998 Chevrolet S10- 4.3L V6
rough idle, no lights/codes. replaced dist cap and rotor. performance and fuel mileage increased.
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