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Ignition Switch Problems of Chevrolet Trailblazer - part 1



Chevrolet Trailblazer owners have reported 61 problems related to ignition switch (under the electrical system category).

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer 1
Failure Date: 08/10/2016

When turning the ignition switch off from the run position while in park, the switch slips into the accessories position with no effort to turn the key. Truck will not turn off of assesoriy position until I wiggle the key for a while. The key can be removed after turning off truck but remains on assesory. Happens every time. Been doing this for a week now. [8-03-16 to present].

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car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer 2
Failure Date: 05/05/2016

Travelling to work on 5/5/2016 @ 30mph vehicle completely shut down. Luckily pulled to side road. Was unable to start no power to ignition circuit, locked in park. Towed to repair shop & replaced faulty ignition switch @ cost of $300. 00. Very dangerous situation!.

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car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer 3
Failure Date: 03/01/2016

When driving the engine randomly shuts off, looses power steering have to switch to neutral and restart vehicle. Suspect ignition switch possible.

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car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer 4
Failure Date: 02/24/2016

Instrument cluster gadge stepper motors all are bad. Have read hundreds of other Trailblazer owners complain of the same. Also the ignition switches are very faulty.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer 5
Failure Date: 02/21/2016

About 3 weeks ago I lost power and all dash lights were flashing. Pulled to side and restarted without problem. Yesterday, I had SUV in for new tires and when they went to back out of the bay smoke came from the steering column. When they tried again, the ignition switch is dead, no dashboard lights. Disconnected battery to prevent a fire and am towing to Chevrolet dealer.

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car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2008 Chevrolet Trailblazer 6
Failure Date: 09/16/2015

On )9/16/15, I was driving my 2008 chev Trailblazer on the highway at 55mph and the ignition switch failed and the the vehicle rolled to a stop. It would not start again and was towed by glenn's towing service faribault mn 55021 to harry brown's service center faribault mn 55021. They replaced the ignition switch and charged $389. 25. I'm concerned if they put in the same switch with a defect or one that has been improved to eliminate the defect as Chevrolet has been recalling ignition switches on other vehicles but not the Trailblazer. I was lucky I didn't get hit when the truck stopped.

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car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer 7
Failure Date: 04/10/2015

The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer. While driving approximately 25 mph, the vehicle stalled and the security warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician stated that the vehicle was operating as designed. The failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 106,000.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer 8
Failure Date: 04/08/2015

I recently purchased this vehicle 3 weeks ago from a dealer in st augustine, florida. The engine will just shut off when I am driving, I have two young children and am concerned that this could cause an accident when driving. I have not been able to get any help from the dealer where I purchased the vehicle even to do a diagnostic on the vehicle. Has there been any problems/ recalls with the ignition switch on this make and model, even when at idle it will shut off, without touching anything.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2009 Chevrolet Trailblazer 9
Failure Date: 11/14/2014

The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Trailblazer. While driving approximately 15 mph, the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 104,000.

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car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer 10
Failure Date: 09/20/2014

I was driving in the left lane on interstate highway 290 (youngman highway) at about 65 m. P. H. When smoke began wafting from the area where the steering column meets the dashboard. I took immediate evasive action, pulled onto and off the shoulder onto the grass, shut the engine off, ran to the barrier fence and watched to see if vehicle was going to burst into flames. After calling aaa, about ten minutes had elapsed without further smoke so I assumed I could drive to the next exit ramp at colvin blvd. (about 1,000 feet away) and off to a wendy's parking lot where I waited for a aaa flatbed truck. My SUV was flatbed towed to my dealership, fuccillo Chevrolet on grand island, where the problem was diagnosed as a faulty ignition switch, code number c0379. Total cost of repair was$222. 66. It would be nice to be reimbursed for this expense. Though no visible fire was observed, the smoke was a clear sign of problem that was so hot it caused oxidation of material into visible smoke.


 
car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer 11
Failure Date: 09/01/2014

Letter from senator cardin on behalf of constituent re gm recall. 2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The consumer stated her Chevrolet Trailblazer, cut off in the middle of the road. She was informed, her vehicle was not included in the ignition switch recall. . . Updated 10/01/14.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2008 Chevrolet Trailblazer 12
Failure Date: 09/01/2014

Tl-the contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start. The failure occurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown. The VIN was unavailable. Djr.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer 13
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.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2009 Chevrolet Trailblazer 14
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.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer 15
Failure Date: 07/19/2014

The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer 360. The contact stated that while in the residential driveway, the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact was able to restart the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer who diagnosed that the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 70,702.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2008 Chevrolet Trailblazer 16
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.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer 17
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.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer 18
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 19
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.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer 20
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.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer 21
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 22
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 23
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 24
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 2009 Chevrolet Trailblazer 25
Failure Date: 04/20/2014

As I was driving in my yard I happened to bump the ignition key and the motor cut out and died. This caused me to not be able to turn and avoid bumping a post causing some body damage, but I was able to avoid hitting my friend in the yard because he had moved from by the post a minute earlier. I have had one more time with this problem, but not had a problem since, but I am now experiencing an occasional rough running engine. Could this ignition switch on this year vehicle need to be recalled also?.

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