Brake Light Switch Problems of Chevrolet Trailblazer

Chevrolet Trailblazer owners have reported 6 problems related to brake light switch (under the exterior lighting category). The most recently reported issues are listed below.

car image   Brake Light Switch problem of the 2001 Chevrolet Trailblazer 1
Failure Date: 08/09/2014

The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The contact stated that the brake lights failed to illuminate when the brake pedal was depressed. The dealer stated that the brake light switch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 60,000.

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car image   Brake Light Switch problem of the 2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer 2
Failure Date: 09/11/2009

Near collision because of loss of brake lights due to brake light switch malfunctioning.

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car image   Brake Light Switch problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer 3
Failure Date: 08/11/2009

Purchased a 2003 chevy Trailblazer-ext lt in Dec 2002 from the dealer, team Chevrolet in pasadena. Since purchasing the vehicle, there's been several recalls, one in particular that keeps recurring are the brake lights keep burning, the dealer changed both units but it keeps burning out. I got tired of taking it to the dealer, so I purchased new bulbs and looked into replacing them myself. However when I unscrewed the bulb, I noticed the bulb just didn't burn normally (like a home lamp) it looked more of an electrical issue, the lining of where the bulb is screwed in looked like it had white residue and it smelled smoky. Also, don't know if its the shocks or suspension,makes odd noises. Dealer said its fine, but the noise is still there. Shorly after my engine light turned on. . . The dealer could not figure what was wrong after a 2 to 3 week and costly expense and time. . . They switched out the gas tank. . . Come to find out, that wasn't the problem, the engine light turned on again, they said one of the pistons needed replacing. . . $$$ that was a big expense and time consuming. . . Everytime I took it to them it, something was fixed, they charge, I pay, and the engine light would turn on, it got frustrating. Till, they finally got it right. Now my car sounds horrible (shocks/suspension noise got worse) when I go over city bumps or driving even small like hills, and mind you,which is driven by myself (female 124lbs) it shouldn't squeak or make noises, the brakes pedal makes a noise when I place my foot on it. . . . Yes it has 90k miles and it's an 8 year old car, but I kept up with the maintenances, I've taken it to the same dealer since it was purchased, only drive it to and from work. . . . The car is in good condition, no hit/scratches/no tears. . . . I can't explain why. . . . Are there any other recalls, the dealer isn't aware of??? for instance they were not aware of the gas tank recall. . Which they were charging me over $1200 to repair, how can I trust they are doing their job?.

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car image   Brake Light Switch problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer 4
Failure Date: 10/24/2008

Gm failed to fix recall # 04087 Nov 01, 2004 | recall id# 25264 exterior lighting:brake lights Nov 01, 2004 model affected Trailblazer ------------------------------- my 2003 Trailblazer right brake tail lamp is inoperative and I am going to fail my annual safety inspection. Checked bulbs and switched lamp board 16532713 to determine it was a faulty lamp board. Determined part was on recall list in 2004. Contacted dealership and they said they replaced the part. Dealership, lindsey cheverolett, is unwilling to replace since they said they replaced the board in 2005 when the car was in for regular maintenance. Contacted gm headquarters customer service supervisor, paula alvera, and she said I would need to pay for a certified gm mechanic to look at the problem. This is a $25 part. Concerned gm has a temporary solution for this recall that only last 2-3 years.

car image   Brake Light Switch problem of the 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer 5
Failure Date: 03/01/2007

A couple months ago my right rear brake light went out. And I replaced it. Then last week my truck did not start. And I realized I had a dead battery, but nothing had been left on. I then discovered my left rear brake light had burned out . No sooner before I could replace it my right rear , the center rear and the left rear all stay on like the brake is applied . This is very unsafe to operate and am concerned on how I am going to get this repaired let alone get it to a automotive shop.

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car image   Brake Light Switch problem of the 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer 6
Failure Date: 06/24/2006

I experienced total brake light failure with no warning or indication on a 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer with 44,000 miles (which I take very good care of)! I was sitting at a stop light and the nice driver behind me informed me that my car has no brake lights. He said that happens a lot with these cars, the brake light switch blows. I wish I had more time to talk to him, bill estes Chevrolet in indianapolis charged me 200 dollars to diagnose the problem and put electrical tape around it. I nearly got rear ended driving to the dealer with my hazard lights on! at the dealer, the mechanic explained to me that when I applied the brake, the brake lamp switch harness was pinched between the bracket and something else. The documentation from the dealer reads like this: diag as shorted brake lamp switch harness aproximately 3" from brake lampswitch. Repair harness and reroute away from braket. The only parts described were 'shop supplies' (electrical tape?). The customer service rep explained to me that they don't design these cars; indicating, that he thought it was a design issue. While I'm disappointed that we had to spend 189. 54 to get the thing fixed, I am thankful that no one was hurt - I transport my 3 year old twins in this car. I am very disappointed in this issue and concerned for the safety for other drivers. I decided to check out the NHTSA website after I read on an internet chat room that there was consideration to ordering gm to recall the cars for this issue.

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