Battery Problems of Chevrolet Trailblazer - part 1

Chevrolet Trailblazer owners have reported 76 problems related to battery (under the electrical system category). The most recently reported issues are listed below.

car image   Battery problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer 1
Failure Date: 08/08/2012

Door locks repeatedly locked and unlocked, then cascading failures, anti-lock light, engine light, other warning lights. Engine started to run rough and would not make power, engine quit. Note transmission gear indicator read incorrectly. Disconnected battery, and reconnected, engine started got me home. Three occurrences that the engine just quits. It will restart after a few minutes. Mechanic could not find anything wrong. Had another occurrence, mechanic found a code indicating the ecm may be bad. He tells me this should have noting to do with the door locks. The door locks latch and unlatch, uncommanded. Engine stops when under power. Mechanic has no course of action at this time.

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car image   Battery problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer 2
Failure Date: 07/02/2012

All gauges on control panel not working, but all service lights come on check engine, abs seat belt, reduce power, battery lights. Speed and fuel are impossible to know as well as warnings to observe from lights. 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer, speedometer will show a faster speed than you moving or will go to 0 while on the freeway. The tach has the same problem. This is a serious safety issue and it should be recalled now. I heard that they had the same issue on pick-ups and they were recalled. Most instrument backlights have burned out preventing the speedometer and other gauges from being seen at night. Very dangerous. Quick search on internet results in a severe epidemic of this problem with all gm SUV's. A class action lawsuit resulted in a nationwide recall for this problem for all similar vehicles but not the chevy Trailblazer or GMC envoy. This seems to be a criminal act by gm. Something needs to be done to protect owners of these vehicles. Driving down highway headlights go out. . Read more...

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car image   Battery problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer 3
Failure Date: 06/05/2012

While driving down city road, I began to smell a burnt smell. I looked to my left and saw a little wisp of smoke from my driver side power window switches. I immediately stopped, shut off vehicle, popped the hood and disconnected the power to my battery. I called a friend who is a mechanic and he took out the switch cluster. Opened the cluster and saw a burnt mark on the bottom left of circuit board. It will need to be replaced. Pictures received 06/25/12 updated 06/29/2012.

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car image   Battery problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer 4
Failure Date: 06/04/2012

This issue started when the back hatch of the Trailblazer would not lock or open and the rear wiper would not work. After dealing with this for a few months the doors, windows and driver side seat stopped working. Also, the doors would not lock/unlock with the keyless entry. After some research, I changed the lgm fuse (it was blown). Once the fuse was changed everything started working except the back hatch. I manually locked the back hatch and closed it. Once the hatch was closed all of the doors locked and I could not open the truck. I manually used the key and opened the driver side door. When I opened the door I could hear the electrical wires burning in the door panel and throughout the truck. The truck was filled with smoke and smelt of burnt plastic. Luckily I was not inside the truck when the fire started because none of the unlock or window buttons worked. I would have been stuck inside of a burning truck. I unplugged the negative charge of the battery and put the fire out. Once the fire was out I tried starting the truck and it would not start. I went through all of the gears with the truck off, I pulled up the e-brake and the truck started. Once I shut the truck back off it would not start again.

car image   Battery problem of the 2008 Chevrolet Trailblazer 5
Failure Date: 04/15/2012

On starting vehicle all warning lights came on. Stopped engine and restarted and this time battery light, abs, seat belt warning and parking brake light stayed on. Windows would not work along with power locks, radio, onstar, and lights.

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car image   Battery problem of the 2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer 6
Failure Date: 02/19/2012

I left my house for work at approximately 0650 hrs on February 19th, 2012. Upon exiting my neighborhood's entrance, I accelerated to 35 mph. About 100 yards down the road, I begin to smell burning plastic and as I looked down I observed thick smoke billowing from the openings of my driver side door panel. I didn't know what to do except stop the vehicle and shut it off. Even when off, the smoke continued to billow until I disconnected the battery. Needless to say I was late to work, so I reconnected the battery in an attempt to make my way to work in a reasonable amount of time. When I started my car, the dome lights would not turn off, the gas gauge was inoperable and the driver side windows/locks were rendered inoperative. As I pulled into work, I glanced over and saw the smoke emitting from the door panel again, but it was not as thick as the first time. Thankfully, my coworkers were standing by ready to assist me as it had begun to rain. This event could have ended much worse if the door panel had actually caught fire. I have a newborn son who is approximately 5 weeks old and the Trailblazer is our main source of transport. It makes me angry to think about the possibility of him being in the vehicle with me and having an event such as this occur. Hopefully gm will issue a recall. Until then, I have to find a way to pay for the repairs on a faulty vehicle.

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car image   Battery problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer 7
Failure Date: 11/18/2011

My 2004 chevy Trailblazer instrument gauges started going haywire. Everthing that I have read says the whole panel needs replaced. The oil, battery, temp and gas clusters stopped working then all of a sudden while driving down the road start working again. Then the spedometer and tach stopped and started and now nothing is coming on. I have no idea how much fuel that I have and all of the warning lights are all lit up. Waiting for the whole thing to blow. I currently have it at a gm dealer and they said that it will cost me 500 bucks to replace the panel. I told them to go ahead because I dont feel safe driving like that. I have to have this vehicle to work and I want gm to pay for this to be fixed. Major safety concern for me!.

car image   Battery problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer 8
Failure Date: 07/09/2011

After driving the vehicle like normal, stopped at a gas station and when it was restarted, the fuel gauge, oil pressure gauge, battery gauge, tachometer, pretty much the entire instrument panel stopped working then came back on. Also, instead of reading driver like it normally does, the panel was reading unknown driver. Then as we were driving down the interstate home, the speedometer went to 0 and would not come back up. After we got home, the next day the panel worked fine. This has occurred numerous time since the first incident in 2011. I have read multiple forums and posts online from others stating it is the instrument panel cluster that may be the problem and there was a recall on other chevy makes but not the Trailblazer. This is a very scary problem and should be covered by chevy due to the numerous other Trailblazer owners with the same issue.

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car image   Battery problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer 9
Failure Date: 06/28/2011

Tl- the contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The contact was driving 50 miles per hour when the instrument panel started to register faulty readings to the following mileage, rpms, oil check light, and battery. The failure was not related to the instrument panel lighting, but the vehicle registered false readings. While driving 50 miles per hour the instrument panel indicated the speed was 110 mph. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer, and the manufacturer was not contacted. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 117,000. The current mileage was 120,868. Rvk.

car image   Battery problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer 10
Failure Date: 03/09/2011

Faulty speedometer - reads 60mph when at a stop - under warranty - dealership replaced instrument cluster panel current problems - gas gauge reads empty when tank jus filled, lights dim and brighten intermittenly, replaced battery 9/2011 thinking problem with battery when car just died on me, check engine light just goes off and on, replaced front left head lamp and within 1 week the same bulb is dead.

car image   Battery problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer 11
Failure Date: 02/07/2011

The problem started in January, 2011, with the voltage gauge taking a few seconds to come up to full voltage, accompanied by dim vehicle lights, at start-up. On February 6, 2011, the temperature, and one other gauge, started moving erratically. The next day, February 7, all of the gauges pointed straight down (6 o’clock position). Research showed this is a common problem, across several model lines, but gm is selectively refusing to fix Trailblazers, under a recall. I verified this with the dealer. The battery was removed for three hours and a loaner battery installed. Gauges worked properly. A brand new battery was installed (again, after three hours with no battery installed) on February 10. As of February 28, the problem has not re-occurred, but research shows many instances of the problem re-occurring after the installation of a new battery.

car image   Battery problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer 12
Failure Date: 02/05/2011

Safty issue!!!! I own a 2003 chevy Trailblazer. My speedometer started acting up a couple of months ago and got worse this month. Sometimes the needle starts at 50 or 70 mph insead of 0 and moves up from there. It will say that I am doing over 120 mph when I am only going about 45. Other times it will stay on one number at not move at all. Two weeks ago I turned on my car and the needle was pointing straight down to the odometer. I bought a new battery and that did not help. We unplugged the battery for 30 min and it rest everything. Two days later I was having problems again. We researched the problem on line only to find out that a very large number of Trailblazers were having this problem and that we needed to call gm. I did. The part has not been recalled even though the person I talked to knew exactlly what the problem was 5 min into our conversation. She told me I had to take my Trailblazer tot he dealership to confirm. I called the dealership and the service guy I talked to also knew what the problem was in less than 5 min. I took the car in and continued to be in contact with chevy to seek financial assistance. I was transfered up to the next step where a very rude man denied my claim because of the millage on my car. I had to pay for the entire thing and they would not provide me with the parts that they took off my car. The service guy a the dealership said their was a core charge on my part so he had to send it into chevy so they could rebuild it. Not knowing how fast I was going and knowing that my other gages were going to fail as well (since they are all conected to the cluster) is a major safety concern for me. It does not take mtch research on the internet to determine this is a major issue that chevy is not taking care of.

car image   Battery problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer 13
Failure Date: 12/06/2010

My fuel gauge on my 2006 chevy Trailblazer slowly stopped to where it is no longer working at all. Also, suddenly today, both of my dim (low beam) head lights stopped working after having the battery replaced. Have checked fuses and they are ok. I have seen many complaints for both of these issues.

car image   Battery problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer 14
Failure Date: 11/28/2010

The cluster/instrument panel on many 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer does not work, the gas gauge does not work, along with the speedometer, and the battery meter. The failure of these functions can cause speeding/ driving to slow, which could intern cause an accident. The gas gauge always shows that the tank is empty even after a fill up, which could cause you to run out of gas, and get into an accident. The only way to solve the problem is to replace the cluster panel.

car image   Battery problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer 15
Failure Date: 09/12/2010

At first the battery gauge went. 2 weeks later the tempature gauge and rpm gauge quit functioning properly. Another 2 weeks later the speedometer got stuck and now it reads improperly. The gas gauge has now gone. That was the last gauge to go. This is on a 2004 cheverolet trail blazer.

car image   Battery problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer 16
Failure Date: 09/12/2010

My 2004 chevy Trailblazer has multiple lights on -brakes, airbag,battery, service engine soon. All the gauges on the right-oil, gas, battery are below the red line as if the car is off. The car locked itself with the keys in it while it was turned off-had to call emergency road service to unlock. The mechanic states all the lights that are on are actually functioning and that the dashboard cluster module is causing the problem. This is a major safety issue and it appears multiple people have had the same type problem with Trailblazers-why hasn't there been a recall this issue?.

car image   Battery problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer 17
Failure Date: 08/26/2010

I have a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer LS ext and the speedometer, fuel, and battery gauges do not work properly. There is a dimming of the lights while driving and people sometimes think I am flashing my lights at them. . Read more...

car image   Battery problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer 18
Failure Date: 08/01/2010

Gas guage reads empty even though full tank, battery and temp guage also go up and down, check engine light is on. I know of more than 8 people with similiar vehicles of different model years with same issue. Chevy sent a letter saying that they would pay 50% for the repair of the of the instrument cluster if the vehicle had less than 120,00 miles or was 10 years old or less. My vehicle now has 146,000 miles, but the problem started a year ago when there were only approx. 120,000 miles on it. I feel that this is a safety issue being that my wife transports my children in this vehicle and should I neglect to tell her she needs fuel, she runs the risk of being stranded somewhere with my family, or worse on a heavily traveled road where the vehicle could stall with no warning. Thank you for your time.

car image   Battery problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer 19
Failure Date: 08/01/2010

The gauge cluster on my 2003 chevy Trailblazer stopped working over two years ago. From the readout upon my dashboard gauges, I have no idea at what speed I'm driving, how much fuel is in my tank, what is the electrical supply from my battery, or the engine's oil pressure. The tachometer does not register prm's. Thankfully I use a tomtom gps to gauge my speed, and the odometer does function, so I know to stop for a fuel refill every 250-300 miles traveled. This will usually place me at between 1/4 tank and empty. ## VIN failed ## 2003 chevy Trailblazer ##.

car image   Battery problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer 20
Failure Date: 06/01/2010

All gauges on control panel not working, but all service lights come on check engine, abs seat belt, reduce power, battery lights. Now SUV not cranking, it will spin but not turning over. Will crank up after letting it sit for a while. I received a ticket for speeding, already.

car image   Battery problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer 21
Failure Date: 02/12/2010

We own a chevy Trailblazer, 2003 ext! I swear the SUV is possessed!speedometer sporadically acts up, stating higher mph, sometimes it goes over 100mph, when were only going 30mph! it wont go back to 0 unless you turn the vehicle on/off repeatedly! oil, battery and temp gauges all high, yet dealer cant find problem! problem doesn't always occur yet I rely on my navigation system to determine speed as I no longer trust the 2003 chevy Trailblazer.

car image   Battery problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer 22
Failure Date: 02/01/2010

Head lights flickering and dimming while driving. Cars think your are trying to get them to stop allowing them to pull out in front of you. The volts drop severely on the battery gauge. This is no way safe and the gm says its normal. No way!!!.

car image   Battery problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer 23
Failure Date: 01/10/2010

The speedometer and battery guage will not work. The speedometer shows over 100 mph when you are not moving. Called the dealership and they said they get calls everyday on this problem, but gm does not have a recall on the Trailblazer only on the pickup trucks.

car image   Battery problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer 24
Failure Date: 01/09/2010

The rpm gauge, battery gauge and the fuel gauge stopped working. First the rpm gauge stopped and then about a year later the battery gauge stopped and last was the fuel gauge that stopped. The fuel gauge stopped working just a couple of weeks after the battery gauge. I am also having problems with the daytime running lights not staying on periodically. The daytime running lights will go out about twice a year and mainly at night.

car image   Battery problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer 25
Failure Date: 12/06/2009

I own a 2004 chevy Trailblazer and the speedometer has progressively gotten to the point of being completely inoperable. The first time I noticed the speedometer read 120 mph when I was driving on the highway were the speed limit was 55 mph and I was driving with the flow of the traffic. I turned the car off and the speedometer still read 50mph. As of a month ago my fuel, oil, battery, and temp gauge are all inop; the needles never move. With this my battery, seatbelt, abs, and parking park stay illuminated. This is a safety concern because I never know how fast I'm going, how much fuel I have, if my car is running hot, I have no warning indication of anything going on with my vehicle.

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