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: 124,596 (50,000–241,385)
Engines affected: 2.2L 4 Cylinder, 2.5L 4 Cylinder, 2.8L V6, 4.3L V6
15 model years affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, more1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004
51 people reported this problem
22 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.
1993 Chevrolet S10- 2.8L V6
Changed cap, roter, distributer, and all plugs and wires still acting up starts when cold and dies shortly after getting to temp
had problems with rough running engine and would stall while idling at stoplights. while driving still ran rough but only wanted to stall when my foot was off the accelerator, slowing down or idling. had to replace distributer assembly. check engine light came on multiple times during this issue.
1993 Chevrolet S10- 4.3L V6106,000
Starts without any issue but when accelerating the engine seems to be muffled and will only give full power to accelerator when I reach speeds of 50 MPH.
2000 Chevrolet S10- 2.2L 4 Cylinder100,000
engine started running rough on freeway wasnt overheating at all. but the engine cut out and wouldnt start back up at all
1993 Chevrolet S10- 2.8L V683,000
would not start getting gas. replaced distributor
1997 Chevrolet S10- 4.3L V685,000
rough acceleration,occassioonal backfiring, occassional stalling,poor gas mileage.
idles rough and wont stay running without foot on gas and brake
2002 Chevrolet S10- 4.3L V670,000
I put in a new one
1991 Chevrolet S10- 2.8L V6
There is no fire coming from core and core in brand new
my truck run ok for a day, next day do not star
2004 Chevrolet S1085,765
it starts with throttle floored and runs rough the eng com was replaced and now it wont start at all
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.
1995 Chevrolet S10- 4.3L V6200,000
Engine hesitates during acceleration, feels like a electrical miss. Once up to speed seems to settle down. Have replaced all ignition components and various sensors to include ignition switch. Still acting up. Never thought distributer would go bad. Hate to spend another 100.00 hoping it will work but running out of options.
1993 Chevrolet S10- 2.8L V6100,000
Will not start after it gets hot
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.
1993 Chevrolet S10- 2.5L 4 Cylinder200,000
it was running fine then it just chugged and stalled had to replace distributor and plug wires $685.00 WOW wasnt expecting that.
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.
1993 Chevrolet S10- 4.3L V6135,000
My s10 was stalling intermittantly, running rough and randomly reving high. found out the electrical connections and wires in the distributor had corroded and rusted. replace distributor!
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