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Old 01-19-2005, 10:01 AM   #1
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Any problems with the 2.2L S10?

I just bought a 1995 S10 - 2.2L 4-cylinder with 5-speed transmission. Paid $1500 for it (only has 105,000 miles). Anyways, I'm wondering if there are any problems with this particular make and model that I should be aware of. I know the head gasket leak is a problem, but it's usually a leak to the outside of the engine, right? (Better than a leak into a cylinder). I've also heard something about a wiper motor recall and problems with the fuel sending unit, but I couldn't find much information as to whether those were isolated cases or it's something that the trucks are known for.

The truck I bought is immaculate. It's silver, and except for one small dent and a broken bug deflector, the truck looks brand new. Came with a bedliner and towing package too. Which brings me to another question.... where can I find a replacement bug deflector? Idiot that hooked the car up to the U-haul trailer sat on the bug deflector and broke it.

Anyhow, thanks and advance, and nice to be here!

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Re: Any problems with the 2.2L S10?

they are slow.......
Old 01-19-2005, 10:16 AM   #3
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Re: Any problems with the 2.2L S10?

I got my '95 extended cab 2.2/a4 for 200 bucks.

It seems i have experienced all the typical problems with this truck.. nothing major really.

Leaking head gasket/cracked cylinder head. Not sure which i have.. I know im getting a small amount of coolant in the #3 cylinder. That plug fouls after a while but other than that it isnt really harming anything.

Timing chain and tensioner seem to go after about 100k miles.

2 of my injectors started leaking pretty bad.. Fixed it with some used ones.

Did the starter, but that happens on all cars.

All in all a nice truck, begging for a small block.

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Old 01-19-2005, 10:48 AM   #4
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Re: Any problems with the 2.2L S10?

I know it's slow. That's not what I asked. 30mpg is more important to me than speed in a truck. I've got motorcycles for speed.

Starter has already been replaced, so I'm good on that.

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Re: Any problems with the 2.2L S10?

The only problem with the 2.2L is the 2.2L
Old 01-19-2005, 12:19 PM   #6
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Re: Any problems with the 2.2L S10?

you guys are being absolutely worthless to this guy. he is being serious and you are just f in around . i have a 01 so i couldnt tell you about any problems that occur on a 94-97 sorry
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my buddy has 96 dime over 96k still runnin strong all stock, no replacement except fluid changes and a filter instead of air box, as long u baby em, it'll be ok, but we have common problem, egr valve, water pump, parts will eventually wear out. when it does we can help u out how to receive, replace them :thumbup: congrat on gittin the 2.2
Old 01-19-2005, 06:42 PM   #8
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I have a 94 auto first year they came out with the 2.2L s-10 and it has 100,000 and i love it no problems runs like new tight. Seams to have planty of power i can run 85 easy down the highway. And gets ok gas milege takes about 23 bucks to fill.

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Old 01-19-2005, 08:23 PM   #9
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Quote: Originally Posted by zaathur151
And gets ok gas milege takes about 23 bucks to fill.
WTF... Where are you getting your gasoline at??? My truck's got a 19 gallon tank and gas in Milwaukee is $1.90 per gallon right now... You do the math
Old 01-19-2005, 08:31 PM   #10
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I got a 2.2 and it made it a whopping 160k before I started haveing problems. It will Last as long as you treat it right it will treat you right. Goodluck and congrats on the new truck Welocme!!!!!
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Quote: Originally Posted by Milwaukee Don
WTF... Where are you getting your gasoline at??? My truck's got a 19 gallon tank and gas in Milwaukee is $1.90 per gallon right now... You do the math
$1.90 X 19 gallons = $36.10. so $23 sounds right.
Anyways, like everyone says just keep the fluids changed and filled and dont try and race anyone, not worth even trying, it will treat you good.
I have had mine for 2 yrs now and no major problems so far, runs strong very dependable.

Good luck! :thumbup:

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Old 01-19-2005, 09:32 PM   #12
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Re: Any problems with the 2.2L S10?

The timing chain+tensioner is generally the main problem with the head coming in second.Congrates on the new ride!I would treat her to a can of Seafoam via a vaccum tube and a good set of plug wires and you'll be good to go!
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i had 156k when the motor went ran it low on oil, it would drip and leak but only things u got coming are the timing chain, **Cat converter**, and jus overall maitience grease the front end, and always change ur oil
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http://www.lukclutch.com/support/bul...l?number=LB135
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Re: Any problems with the 2.2L S10?

What, exactly, goes wrong with the timing chain? What signs should I look for, and what's going to happen? At least it's not a damn timing belt... hate those things...

Also, "grease the front end"... grease what in the front end?

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Re: Any problems with the 2.2L S10?

Quote: Originally Posted by ChopperCharles
What, exactly, goes wrong with the timing chain? What signs should I look for, and what's going to happen? At least it's not a damn timing belt... hate those things...

Also, "grease the front end"... grease what in the front end?

Charles.
The tensioner for the chain is a cheap platic peice o' crap.It goes back and causes the timing chain to"slap" because there is not enough tension one it.Eventually it will jump timing.Its a very audible noise.Sound like a cross between a rod knock and a ticking valve.It generally will quiet down after warm up.There should be grease"zerks" in the front suspension.Ball joints,control arm...just top em off and check them for rips and tears.
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and also keep greasin up yer suspension too, check for bushing, ball joints, any wornd part on suspension so u can git it fixd, aligned if necessary then rotate tires n cruiiiiiiiise as long as u can
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Re: Any problems with the 2.2L S10?

Quote: Originally Posted by ChopperCharles
I've also heard something about a wiper motor recall and problems with the fuel sending unit, but I couldn't find much information as to whether those were isolated cases or it's something that the trucks are known for.
95 and 96 have a recall for the wiper motor, I know cause I did some research, my 98 has the same wiper motor issue, just no recall offered from the factory.

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... where can I find a replacement bug deflector?
I personally would remove the bug deflector, that is the one thing on a car that makes me gag more than donut size tires on a 69 impala.
Old 01-20-2005, 03:12 PM   #19
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engine is fine, it's all the other crap. idler arm, loose door hinges, rattling interior oh the list can go on and on and on.
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The exhaust flex pipe... They break loose from the bracket and cause a nasty sounding exhaust leak... Not hard to fix, but the pipe isn't cheap.
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Re: Any problems with the 2.2L S10?

Quote: Originally Posted by Stinky
The tensioner for the chain is a cheap platic peice o' crap.It goes back and causes the timing chain to"slap" because there is not enough tension one it.Eventually it will jump timing.Its a very audible noise.Sound like a cross between a rod knock and a ticking valve.It generally will quiet down after warm up.There should be grease"zerks" in the front suspension.Ball joints,control arm...just top em off and check them for rips and tears.
Mine does the same, but doesn't quite down after it warms up, people say that some 2.2's have piston slap.
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Re: Any problems with the 2.2L S10?

-water pump goes easy

-not sure what years the wiper recall is... best bet is to call local gm dealer

-engine will last Loooong time if properly maintaned

-after about 160,000 the valve cover gasket may need replacing (no big deal)

- some ppl get amazing gas milage.. others get HORRIBLE gas milage... not too sure why thaT is.. noone seems to know

-dont let it overheat.. the head gasket will leak easy

-some people have had probs with sideview mirrors coming off on small bumps

-it can tow its far share.. but not a racer.. dont even bother making it a racer

sorry i cant be of much more help :/ i got a 98 which is a bit different than the 1997 and under models.
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Quote: Originally Posted by zibzer
-water pump goes easy
I forgot to mention that one.

Had mine go out last year.
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