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Spare Tire Problems of Chevrolet Trailblazer

Chevrolet Trailblazer owners have reported 8 problems related to spare tire (under the tire category).

car image   Spare Tire problem of the 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer 1
Failure Date: 07/11/2013

The indicated vehicle is my wife's. We bought it brand new on 09/26/2001. She has never towed anything and has city and highway miles. We have had numerous problems: instrument cluster, rear tailgate strap, right rear brake light, (3) solenoids, spare tire dropdown and deteriorated transmission lines. I have repaired all of the previous out of pocket (except for the strap and the spare tire dropdown). Now, my wife was on the way to the bicycle store in her truck, with the bicycle on the back. She was making a turn onto the main road when she heard grinding and squealing, and the speed dropped drastically. Luckily, it was around 10am when there is not much traffic on the road. Reading numerous posts on this website, it is the same problem everyone has had, the transmission sun shell, and no reverse. With 98911 miles, I was about to spend the weekend changing the fluid in the transmission to keep it to spec. Now, I'm looking at a very expensive bill of which I cannot afford. $30 is easier than $1200. And, I'm a manufacturing engineer, so I check fluids regularly, even though the oil change stations check them. Seeing that there are problems with these components, I think that general motors should produce a recall. I'm very disappointed that with all of the complaints, nothing has been done to remedy the situation. We will be calling the dealer that we bought the vehicle from first thing Monday morning.

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car image   Spare Tire problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer 2
Failure Date: 09/15/2009

Got a flat tire on the road. When I attempted to drop the spare from the back bottom of the vehicle it was frozen in place. Cable holding spare was frozen with rust. This part failure is dangerous to people of similar vehicle makes because it must be happening to others. I was under the vehicle trying to break the tire free in traffic that could easily have led to me being killed trying to break spare tire loose and it caused me longer delay and exposure to dangerous traffic due to part failure. I could not get it loose and had to have the dealer replace the whole cable. Dealer from Chevrolet said cable was frozen. 2003 chevy Trailblazer.

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car image   Spare Tire problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer 3
Failure Date: 09/02/2009

Due to corrosion of the spare tire component the spare tire will not release from the car, the problem is not easily fixed it is a problem and a safty issue. With out a spare tire a person can possible be stranded with no help and possibly harmed or in worse events envoled in a crash if in high traffic area. The main use of a spare is to get the car back on the road in a timely manner and with this persistant problem with the spare tire component risk of injury or death is increased greatly.

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car image   Spare Tire problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer 4
Failure Date: 03/27/2009

The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The vehicle has kelly safari trex tires, size p245/70/r16 (na). While driving approximately 50 mph on a snow covered road, the vehicle began to fishtail into a spinout unexpectedly. The driver pulled over to the shoulder of the road and inspected the vehicle. She noticed that the tire exploded on the rear driver's side of the vehicle. The tire tread debris exploded in all directions in the road due to the massive force. The tire was changed and replaced with a spare tire. The vehicle was able to resume normal operation and then taken to an independent tire shop. Two replacement tires were ordered for the vehicle. The failure and current mileages were 12,000.

car image   Spare Tire problem of the 2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer 5
Failure Date: 03/10/2009

The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The vehicle has four continental tires, size 25/65/17. The contact noticed that the original spare tire located in the trunk of the vehicle was a different size from the original four tires mounted on the vehicle. The spare tire was a goodyear wrangler, size lt235/75r16 (na). The authorized dealer was notified and they stated that the spare was designed for the vehicle by the manufacturer. The spare tire exhibited no defects. There had been no failure to date. The current mileage, VIN, and dot number were unknown.

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car image   Spare Tire problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer 6
Failure Date: 08/16/2008

My family & I were on our way back from chicago on I-55 near pontiac IL when we had a tire blow-out on our '03 chevy Trailblazer. I tried to remove the spare tire from underneath the vehicle, but it would not lower. (chevys have a winch system for the spare tires) the tire would lower about 2 inches, but would not lower completely. I tried several times to lower the spare w/ no results!! if this system would have worked properly I would have had the flat changed in a matter of minutes. The spare tire storage is a good system, if it works! there was no rust on the cable, or anything hindering it from working the way that it is suppose to. I followed the instructions in the owners' manual to no avail! it just didn't work! because of this faulty system, I had to call a towing service to get our vehicle hauled back to bloomington from outside of pontiac. The bill for said tow, wound up costing my family $255. 00. What good does it do to have a spare tire on a vehicle, if you can't retrieve it from it's storage spot? there was absolutely nothing I could do to get my family off the side of the interstate, so we had to wait for a little over an hour on the shoulder until the tow-truck arrived. Like I stated, if this system had worked properly, I would have had the spare switched in a matter of minutes & saved my family alot of stress not to mention $255. 00!.

car image   Spare Tire problem of the 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer 7
Failure Date: 09/25/2005

The spare tire hoist cable system tangled or jammed and would not allow the spare to lower further or raise. I had to use rope to tie the spare tire to the frame to make sure it would not fall down while I was driving which clearly could have thrown the back of the vehicle upward. The dealer had to cut the cable and replace the entire hoist assembly: $176. 54. The hoist had been used successfully on three other occasions.

car image   Spare Tire problem of the 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer 8
Failure Date: 08/20/2004

From first attempt to use the spare tire lowering device it has not worked. Goes down about three inches and stops. Tire cannot be removed. This is a problem when stuck on the highway and is a real safety concern. Chevy has told me that nothing covers this. I am reporting this so that if other people are experiencing the same problem it will be rectified.

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