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Ignition Switch Problems of Chevrolet Trailblazer - part 1

Chevrolet Trailblazer owners have reported 42 problems related to ignition switch (under the electrical system category).

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer 1
Failure Date: 08/08/2014

The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 118,000.

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car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2009 Chevrolet Trailblazer 2
Failure Date: 07/22/2014

Was on expressway traveling about 65mph. Vehicle started to shut off while driving, felt as if it was out of gas, but tank was over 3/4 full. Managed to get to shoulder of road, sat there a minute or so vehicle recranked. I drove home. Took vehicle to mechanic that evening, he tested it the next day and said ignition switch was defective. He replaced switch, vehicle seems fine.

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car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2008 Chevrolet Trailblazer 3
Failure Date: 07/14/2014

The ignition switch has been acting like the ones that are recalled with the 05 - 07 model years. Our vehicle when you turn the ignition on it acts like its dead, even with no key in ignition you can turn switch a little and the gear selector light comes on as well as the battery light, and we have had two dead batteries from this.

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car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer 4
Failure Date: 06/25/2014

My vehicle started randomly shutting off while driving. Loss of power to everything but the brakes. Luckily I was only going 10-15mph each time this happened. With the recent recall in gm vehicles regarding the ignition switch I thought it would be a good idea to switch this part out first. Fixed the problem immediately. I would like to be reimbursed my cost for part and labor. I can't believe as many known problems the Trailblazer has with this that it has yet to be added to the recall list.

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Failure Date: 06/24/2014

When I pulled into driveway, I put the vehicle in park, and turned the key off, and actually pulled the key out of the ignition switch, with the vehicle still running. I backed the car up, without the key in the ignition, where I started smelling wires burning. I called fire department, and they put fire out on the fuse box, with everything melted around it. I have had minor problems with the car, I. E. Wheel bearing and brakes, but, nothing like this. While my 14 year old daughter and I were in the car at the time, we did get out, and no one was hurt.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer 6
Failure Date: 06/16/2014

I was driving down the road and all power went out and steering locked up with no brakes. The car shut off and wouldn't start. I had the car towed and they ran a test on it and replaced the ignition switch. I have the receipt showing I had it repaired.

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car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer 7
Failure Date: 06/04/2014

The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The contact stated that she was able to remove the key out of the ignition while the vehicle was in reverse. No warning lights illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was restarted and resumed normal operations. The failure recurred on two separate occasions. The manufacturer was contacted and did not offer a remedy. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 140,000 and the current mileage was 150,000.

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Failure Date: 05/28/2014

I was driving to work and all of sudden I had no gas peddle and my SUV came to a stop. I had it towed to a shop and was told my ignition switch went. I called gm today was told my SUV wasn't part on the recall but they have been getting calls about Trailblazers and could be in the future. Something needs to be done about not doing a complete list right up front.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2008 Chevrolet Trailblazer 9
Failure Date: 05/24/2014

On the 2008 Trailblazer, had two problems with the ignition switch. In April 2011 the tumbler mechanism portion of the ignition switch failed at approximately 27,225 miles and was replace under warranty. In may 2014 had difficulty starting the vehicle when the ignition switch was in the start position. Was able to start the vehicle and drive to the Chevrolet dealership. While waiting for the service technician, I moved the tilt steering wheel to a different position and the vehicle stopped running. This would have been an extremely dangerous situation under normal driving conditions. It was diagnosed that the electrical portion of the ignition switch had failed. The ignition switch was replaced. The approximate mileage was 71878.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer 10
Failure Date: 05/23/2014

Driving down interstate 79 in pennsylvania at normal speed when my airbag light lit up and my air bag disengaged flashed, followed by more lights on the dash going on, and tracking disengaged flashed, then engine light came on, engine failure flashed as I started moving toward the right hand lane in heavy traffic. Just as I made it to the right lane my power cut out and I was going 20 - 25 mph in two seconds flat. I swerved to the berm of the road as the four wheeler semi truck that was behind me nearly clobbered me. I inched on the berm at 20 mph to the bridgeville exit and got to the colussy Chevrolet dealer where my car stopped dead in the service dept. First, they thought battery, but the battery was fine. It was ignition switch failure which caused my air bags to disengage and my losing power. I was lucky I wasn't killed!! the cost of repairs was $337 but I was told that my 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer was not on the gm recall list, even though I had the exact things go wrong with the vehicles on the ignition switch recall list. And they repaired it the same way, with no guarantee that this wouldn't happen again!!! this is not a "vehicle" recall, it is a "parts" recall and my vehicle had to have the ignition switch replaced. I called the gm ignition switch recall hotline and they escalated my case up and up and everyone said the same thing. . . . They are sorry for my distress, my inconvenience but my vehicle is not on the recall list so they cannot replace the cost to repair my vehicle. Perhaps if the semi truck that was behind me killed me, they might acknowledge my safety concerns for the ignition switch (part) and not my vehicle!!!.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer 11
Failure Date: 05/01/2014

My wife, daughter and myself were driving on idaho state highway 70, a narrow, winding, two-lane road with little to no shoulder, when the motor stopped and ilost all power-brakes, steering etc. I was fortunately able to steer the car over to a wide spot on the shoulder and stop. I was unable to re-start the blazer and called aaa to have it hauled to knudtsen Chevrolet in coeur d'alene, idaho. In another half hour we would have been driving 70 mph on interstate and the outcome could have been disasterous if the car had failed then in high volume traffic. The next day I was advised by knudtsen that the ignition switch was the problem. I wrote a follow-up letter to the owner and the service manager called a few days later indicating that since my warranty had expired neither gm nor knudtsen could help me with the $268 charge for replacing the switch. Since then I have been told gm and knudtsen would split the cost three ways since I was a long-time customer (three blazers). I have not yet received any reimbursement as of this date. Is this possibly another car which should be on the recall list?.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer 12
Failure Date: 03/03/2014

On or about this date my 2005 Trailblazer experienced and electrical failure during a snow storm. Both power door lock and power window switches became in operative and the windows opened automatically while driving and would not go back up. I also encountered an electrical smell in the vehicle, after stopping and turning off the vehicle and then restarting the switches functioned again. I noticed that in the gm recall on 6-30-14, the 2005 Trailblazer was in the recall for defective window/lock switch can overheat and malfunction also mentioned is the key switch problem gm had. I have contacted the dealer and been told that without an official recall from gm that there is nothing that can be done. The was in fact a recall but it seems it was "swept under the rug". Here is the reference list I found: currently, the following list of vehicles are all subject to the gm recalls on ignition switches: 1997-2005 Chevrolet malibu 1998-2002 Oldsmobile intrique 1999-2004 Oldsmobile alero 1999-2005 pontiac grand am 2000-05 Chevrolet impala and monte carlo 2004-08 pontiac grand prix 2003-14 Cadillac cts 2004-06 Cadillac srx 2011-14 Chevrolet cruze; 2012-14 Chevrolet sonic 2013-14 Chevrolet trax, Buick encore and verano 2014 Chevrolet camaro and impala, Buick regal, Cadillac xts 2007-11 Chevrolet silverado hd, GMC sierra hd equipped with an auxiliary battery 2005-07 Buick rainier, Chevrolet Trailblazer, GMC envoy, isuzu ascender, SAAB 9-7x 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer ext, GMC envoy xl yet gm has failed to act and take responsibility. What can be done??.

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car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer 13
Failure Date: 01/22/2014

My car was in garage warming up on a cold day. After about 1 min. It stopped idling. I went out to restart the car and the key was in off position. I restarted the car and let it idle for approximately 3 min. I then backed out of garage and proceded down a hill to make a left turn. My speed at the turn was 15 mph. After I made the turn, the engine quit. I was able to bring it to a safe stop. The key again was in the off position. I retried to start the car, but there was no sound. I called my mechanic and he said to have it towed. I tried one more time and it started. I drove approximately 5 miles to his shop and when I pulled up in front of the garage doors, the engine quit. We could not get it restarted. He placed the hand held computer analyzer and determined it was ignition switch which he replaced. Cost with labor was $147. 00.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2008 Chevrolet Trailblazer 14
Failure Date: 01/15/2014

The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The contact stated when the brakes were applied the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where the ignition switch was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 86,000.

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Failure Date: 11/05/2012

Sir/ MA'am, I noticed recently in the news that several gm product lines have been plagued by faulty ignition switches causing the vehicle to lose power and/or cut out. I implore you to look into the Trailblazers. I emailed gm while I was deployed (2012) and they gave me the runaround saying that it is not a documented problem, as expected. A simple internet search would show that a lot of other Trailblazer owners have bad ignition switches/ electrical issues that cause the vehicle to lose power at all speeds. My wife lost power going about 35 mph and I had my two children along with her. This is just one example, on one occasion. Granted, I do acknowledge this problem is intermittent, it still occurs at random and at all speeds. Gm tells me to go to a dealer and have them look at it. I refuse to pay gm any money to have a dealership rip me off for an ignition switch that is flawed and replace it with the same faulty oem style/model number. I have ran a scan tool looking for codes and it doesn't have any. Like stated previously, this is another line of gm that is plagued with ignition and electrical issues that gm refuses to take ownership of. The mileage I have entered is approximate. I cannot remember exact numbers, but it has happened for years, intermittently. When the vehicle has coasted to it's final destination after losing power, it starts up and drives normal again after it is put back into park. Also keep in mind that it doesn't show any check engine lights, indicating a problem or need of servicing. Again, please look into this product line as I know the result(s) will show that gm is liable and I don't want any fatalities because nobody spoke up about it.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer 16
Failure Date: 09/12/2012

Car has a delay in starting. Starts to turn over, but sounds like its trying too hard. Once started the clock resets to 1200 and the check engine light was on. When the dealership checked for a code the only thing that came up had to do with the gas cap not being on tight. It has been happening with more frequency regardless of how tight the gas cap is. Check engine light is no longer coming on. Battery gauge is where it should be once it starts and does not drain. Wondering if it could possible be a faulty ignition switch, but the dealership won't attempt a fix as they cannot get the problem to duplicate.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer 17
Failure Date: 04/07/2012

I have had to have the ignition switch changed 3x in a year due to it failing. My vehicle has stalled out, will not start, and my dashboard lights, head lights also start acting up right before the ignition switch starts acting up. If I wiggle the key, sometimes that will get it to start, sometimes not. I have seen tons of complaints about this same issue with other Trailblazers in the same year when I went online to forums to see if anyone else is having the same issues with their Trailblazers. Someone needs to look into these vehicles also as part of the gm recall. I will get it fixed and it will be ok for a bit, then the same thing starts all over again. I saw on the tv lastnight the special about gm and the ignition switches, and this is exactly the same thing my Trailblazer does. Please, I hope someone will look into this. I'm sure that if you put something out there about the "06 Chevrolet Trailblazers you would get numerous complaints like mine. Thank you.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer 18
Failure Date: 02/01/2012

Tl- the contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The contact stated that the ignition switch can be turned over without the key intermittently. The contact stated that the battery had been drained more than once due to removing the key and the ignition had been in a forward position intermittently. The contact had to continue to check to ensure that the ignition was in the off position after removing the key. The vehicle was to be inspected, diagnosed and repaired. The VIN was not available. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 65,000. Dyd.

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car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer 19
Failure Date: 03/01/2011

2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer. Consumer states problem with brakes and traction control light illuminating. The consumer the abs would activate when making right turns. Several components were replaced, but the consumer continued to experience problems. The blower resistor was replaced due to it only working on high. The engine light illuminated, the fuel sensor was not working, the heat was inoperative, there were noise/creaks coming from the steering wheel when driving slow and making turns, the power windows and heated seats stopped working, the fuel gauge was inaccurate, the 4-wheel drive switch had to replaced, the seat belt was difficult to fasten, the head lights and tail lights sockets burned out, the fan for the heater and defroster stopped working, the transmission would not down shift properly and eventually had to be replaced, the ignition switch didn't always work and the key would sometimes get stuck.

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Failure Date: 10/14/2010

The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The contact was driving approximately 65 mph when the engine stalled. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where they advised the contact that the ignition needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired for the ignition switch. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was approximately 39,700. Updated 02/15/bf updated 05/021/2.

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Failure Date: 10/09/2010

2006 chevy trail blazer with approximately 75,000 miles on it. About a year ago the vehicle died on me while at a stop sign. All the icons in the dash board lit up and engine alarms went off before it died. I tried to restart, but nothing happened. Also the key locked in the ignition. A good samaritan gave me a jump start and I made my way home. I drove it to the dealership and they replaced the ignition switch. A month has gone by and the problem started all over again. This time, I turned the key in the ignition and nothing happened. 5 seconds later on it's own the vehicle cranked over as I was about to step out of the car. I continued driving the vehicle for another week with no problems. This week is another story, it started all over again. I have read blogs online with many chevy Trailblazer owners having the same problems. As of right now my vehicle is at the dealership for the third time this year. All they can say is that I have a dead cell in my battery. Of course a month ago, they said my battery was good. My brother inlaw also owns a chevy Trailblazer and has the same problem. Can someone please investigate I'm running out patients and money. Not to mention a safety issue being stranded on the side of the highway.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer 22
Failure Date: 07/06/2010

I have a 2004 chevy Trailblazer; while driving on the highway; all guages, lights, etc. Abruptly stopped working and continue to not work. I researched on line and found it could be what is called the "cluster board". I took my vehicle to a local chevy dealer in daytona beach FL. They insisted it was the ignition switch. They replaced that mechanism for just under $300. The following week (this occurred in 2010); the exact same situation recurred; so I brought it back to the dealer and they then agreed it was the cluster board which would now cost me close to $700. 00. In order to avoid being ripped off to the tune of almost $1k; I purchased a gps unit so I could at least monitor my speed. The speed/rpms never register correctly; however, so far the other guages seems to be ok (except for the oil pressure, it goes out of whack frequently so I just bring it in quickly to make sure I have sufficient oil and that it's clear/clean). Most recently my headlights just go out without warning; I am able to use the high beams, but of course that puts me in jeopardy of getting a ticket. There are so many complaints on the 2004 chevy Trailblazer - I do not understand why there has not been a recall on the cluster board and the electrical issues (lighting). I cannot afford to have all the repairs completed and would like to see Chevrolet take on some responsibility for the cost of these flaws in the manufacturing of this vehicle.

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Failure Date: 03/25/2010

While driving on 96 freeway, my SUV shut off without warning. Ever since then it continued to shut off at random times. Had the ignition switch replace and would like to be refunded for the repairs. I just seen on the fox news that general motors is recalling vehicles of my year that's why I'm reporting.

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Failure Date: 03/22/2010

The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The consumer stated the vehicle was at a stop, but still running. The contact noticed that all the lights on the instrument panel had suddenly illuminated. He turned the vehicle off and noticed that neither the windows nor doors would not unlock. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealership where the ignition switch was replaced. The current and failure mileages were 47,717. Updated 7/16/10 at one point the consumer was unable to open any of the doors and had to turn the vehicle completely off. Once he turned the vehicle back on, everything operated as normal. The dealer stated there was an internal failure in the ignition switch. Updated 07/21/jb.

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Failure Date: 12/26/2009

Last Dec I was driving and my tachometer began reading higher than expected. When I turned off the vehicle to refuel, the tachometer continued to read ~3000 rpm. My vehicle had approx. 38k miles on it at the time. I researched this symptom and found this is a common problem that was addressed by a recall on other gm vehicles using the same instrument clusters. One solution is to remove a fuse and then turn on the ignition switch. This resets the cluster. However, this is temporary and the problem soon returns. According to numerous internet forums, it is only a matter of time until more critical instruments (speedometer, fuel gauge, etc. ) exhibit the same erratic symptoms.

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