Common Problems You’ll Probably Experience with Your Chevrolet K10
The Chevrolet C/K pickup trucks, including the K10, won’t stay in the industry for almost four decades 1960-1999 if they didn’t offer good value for the buying public’s money. If you are among those people who still have a well-functioning K10 in your driveway, you are lucky enough because since the time it was released, Chevy and GM has issued only a few recalls. But that doesn’t mean you won’t have to deal with the normal wear and tear that every K10 component will experience due to regular use. Here are some of the common problems you are likely to encounter along the course of your Chevy K10 ownership:
In a recall published by NHTSA on August 2011, owners of some light-duty pickup trucks and SUVs fitted with vacuum power, four-wheel disc brakes, including some Chevy K10, were notified that their ride are among those that fail to comply with the requirements of FMVSS No. 105, “Hydraulic brake systems.” Such vehicles were fitted with kinked brake booster vacuum supply hose. To correct this problem, dealers are asked to re-route such hose in the brake system.
There’s one problem with Chevrolet trucks, including the K10, that’s considered as one of the most controversial recalls in the industry. There’s actually no formal recall issued for this problem, but it made GM pay for the largest automotive class action settlements in automotive history. The issue has something to do with the side-saddle fuel tanks installed on either side of the pickups. According to some auto safety groups, the tank’s placement makes the trucks vulnerable to exploding in case of a T-bone accident. The tank’s location makes it exposed to direct impact once the truck is hit by another vehicle on the side.
The government asked GM to issue a voluntary recall to solve the problem, but the automaker refused. It, however, ended up settling with the DOT, pledging $51 million to U.S. Safety programs. The company also shelled out more than $500 million in settlements to those who have been victims of burn due to such defect.
If your K10 is an extended cab unit with high-back bucket seats, the bolts that attach the seat recliner to the frame can loosen or fracture, causing the seat to suddenly recline. If this problem will happen on the driver’s seat, it can cause sudden loss of vehicle control and may therefore increase the risk of crash. Dealers are asked to solve the issue by removing all the foam sandwiched between the seat frame and the recliner assembly, installing washers at each attachment point and putting in new bolts torqued to a higher specification.