Windshield Wiper/washer Problems of Chevrolet Trailblazer - part 1

Chevrolet Trailblazer owners have reported 35 problems related to windshield wiper/washer (under the visibility category). The most recently reported issues are listed below.

car image   Windshield Wiper/washer problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer 1
Failure Date: 01/08/2015

The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The contact stated that after starting the vehicle, the windshield wiper would erroneously activate and the wiper fluid would spray onto the windshield. The contact mentioned that the windshield wiper switch would be off when the failure occurred. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 82,000.

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car image   Windshield Wiper/washer problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer 2
Failure Date: 03/18/2011

The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer. While driving approximately 45 mph, the windshield wipers engaged intermittently, then suddenly they began to function in slow motion. Nhtsa recall campaign id number 04v046000 (visibility:windshield wiper/washer) was associated with the failure; however, the VIN was not included. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage approximately 130,000.

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car image   Windshield Wiper/washer problem of the 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer 3
Failure Date: 01/15/2011

The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer. While starting the vehicle, both front windshield wipers engaged independently. The contact stated that the wipers would not turn off as windshield wiper fluid sprayed over the window, obstructing the contacts view of the roadway. The failure occurred sporadically and the vehicle was taken to the dealer where the contact inquired about NHTSA campaign id number: 04v046000 (visibility: windshield wiper/washer). The dealer had no information in regards to the recall and the vehicle was taken to a second dealer where she was advised that the recall was closed. She contacted the manufacturer and they advised her that they would get back with her. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000 and the current mileage was 70,500.

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Failure Date: 06/05/2010

The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The contact stated that on June 5, 2010, the vehicle was turned off when it began to make a humming noise and the windshield washer pump began vibrating. Also, when the contact started the vehicle, the windshield wipers would turn on and could not be turned off. The contact consulted a mechanic who stated that the vehicle was not included in recall 04v046000 (visibility:windshield wiper/washer). The current and failure mileages were approximately 104,000.

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Failure Date: 01/26/2010

The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The contact stated that the windshield wipers would not turn off at times. The vehicle was taken to the dealership where the contact was informed that he would have to pay a diagnostic fee. The vehicle was not inspected or repaired. The contact called the manufacturer and was told that the vehicle was not included in recall 04v046000 (visibility:windshield wiper/washer). The failure mileage was approximately 68,000.

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Failure Date: 11/01/2009

The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer which was purchased used in 2009. The front windshield wiper motor failed and the wiper washer would not shut off. The contact had to disengage the washer by disconnecting it from the vehicle. The manufacturer was contacted and stated that there was a recall; however, the repairs were done with the previous owner (see NHTSA campaign number 04v046000); therefore, the manufacturer no longer had any liability for the vehicle. No repairs were made to date. The failure and current mileages were under 118,000.

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Failure Date: 04/16/2009

The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The windshield wipers would not shut off; however, the driver can increase the speed but not turn them off. The failure occurred one time. The dealer repaired it and stated that it was the wiper assembly module and the contact was responsible for paying $298. 14. Nhtsa campaign id number: 04v046000 component: visibility:windshield wiper/washer is related to the failure. The dealer stated that the VIN is not a part of the recall. The failure and current mileages were 78,724.

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Failure Date: 03/10/2009

The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer. While driving approximately 35 mph in rainy weather conditions, the windshield wipers failed to operate in two speeds within the mode selection. In addition, the windshield wiper system failed to deactivate without shutting off the engine. The failures occurred without warning and each time the windshield wipers were activated. The VIN was excluded from NHTSA campaign id number 04v046000 (visibility;windshield wiper/washer), although the failures were identical. The vehicle has not been repaired. The failure mileage was 110,000 and current mileage was 117,000. Updated 3/4/2010 the consumer stated the windshield wipers did not shut unless the engine was turned off and they only operated in 2 speeds. The consumer was informed his vehicle was not included in recall 04v046000 even though the failure was identical. Updated 05/20/10.

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Failure Date: 02/15/2009

The 2002 Trailblazer had a recall on the windshield wiper motor and the possibility of damage that water inside the motor could cause. The correction was performed by plugging a hole in the motor. My vehicle was also under a gmpp extended warranty. Shortly later, the wipers began to malfunction while on intermittent. They stutter and sometimes stop in mid stroke, unless on high speed. I researched the internet and found numerous similar complaints that were caused by water damage that had occurred. I inquired at the dealer about correcting and they stated that since the recall had been performed, they could repair the unit only if I paid for the repairs. The estimated cost was around $350. Additional internet research indicates numerous other complaints that have been corrected by opening the wiper motor and cleaning the contacts - a result of water damage, obviously caused even though the recall. I believe Chevrolet should recall this vehicle and replace the wiper motor rather than plug the hole as they did originally. I also believe Chevrolet knew their original recall (plugging the hole) would not last and motors would fail at a later time. Updated 04/12/10.

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Failure Date: 01/25/2009

The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet trialblazer. The windshield wipers turned on and off automatically without using the switch. Nhtsa campaign id number: 04v046000 component: visibility: windshield wiper/washer is related to the failure. The dealer confirmed that his VIN is not a part of the recall. The failure and current mileages were 160,000.

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Failure Date: 03/07/2008

The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The windshield wipers failed. The contact stated that the wipers will activate at anytime and he is unable to shut them off with the switch. The manufacturer stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 04v046000 (visibility:windshield wiper/washer). The current and failure mileages were 62,000.

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Failure Date: 01/23/2008

The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer. While driving 55 mph, the windshield wipers turn on and off at random. If the contact activates the wipers, then they remain on and will not shut off. In order for the wipers to deactivate, the vehicle has to be off for 30 minutes to reset the switch. The contact spoke with the dealer and they stated that her VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 04v046000 (visibility:windshield wiper/washer). The contact would like the recall to include her VIN. The current and failure mileages were 53,068. Updated 02-14-08.

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Failure Date: 11/15/2007

The windshield wipers do not function properly. The wipers fail to turn off when the wiper switch has been turned to the off position. I later found that there had been a recall issued for this failure mode in this vehicle make and model, but my VIN is not included in the recall notice. I believe that the failure mode I am experiencing is the same as that described in the recall notice (NHTSA #04v046000) and believe the recall should be expanded to cover my vehicle.

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Failure Date: 09/25/2007

Windshield wiper stops working has to be shut off and restarted. Has been recalled but chevy said the they have closed the claims on this recall #04v046000 and will not replace the motor.

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Failure Date: 08/29/2007

The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The contact stated that the windshield wipers will activate, but not shut off. The contact has to pull out the fuse each time the windshield wipers have been used. He took the vehicle to the dealer and they identified the failure in the circuit board. The dealer repaired the vehicle. The manufacturer stated that his VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 04v046000 (visibility:windshield wiper/washer). The failure mileage was 65,000 and current mileage was 99,655. Updated 09/10/08. The circuit board shorted out. Updated 09/16/08.

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Failure Date: 11/14/2006

: the contact stated while traveling 45 mph on rainy wet road conditions, the front windshield wipers would not turn off. The service dealer was contacted, who determined that the windshield wiper module had failed, and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was contacted and notified the contact that the vehicle was included in NHTSA recall #04v046000, regarding the visibility: windshield wiper/washer. The service dealer was contacted for the recall repair, but declined repairing the vehicle because they found that the VIN # was not included in the recall. The manufacturer was contacted again, and confirmed that the vehicle was not included in the recall due the VIN.

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Failure Date: 09/07/2006

I have a 2003 chev. Trailblazer. The windshield wiper recently refused to turn off. It had been raining and they could not be stopped. My wife had to drive the car with them pointed forward until repair could be had. I noticed that a recall for the precise problem had been issued by nhsta--for vehicles mfd April 2002 to Nov. 2002. My vehicle was built Dec. 17 2002. The dealer has been excellent, but I had to contact Chevrolet motor division and they said my car was not covered--too bad. I find it incredible that this event that is precisely described in recall number 04v046000 and service bulletin 10008492. I am requesting your help with this matter, or the time period for the recall should be extended as clearly my vehicle suffers the precise problem you have specified.

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Failure Date: 08/15/2006

: the contact stated while having a light bulb changed at the dealership, a recall was found on the windshield wiper/washer, #04v046000. Although no problems were reported, the dealer inspected the part. After the inspection the wiper/washer would turn on and off on its own intermittently. The vehicle was returned to the dealer. Updated 10/16/2006 - the wiper cover shorted and the switch had an open circuit.

car image   Windshield Wiper/washer problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer 19
Failure Date: 08/05/2006

2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer ext- windshield washer unit will not turn off, even with ignition turned off and key removed. Had to remove fuse to shut the system down. Certain 2003 Trailblazer models had recall for this same defect.

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Failure Date: 04/20/2006

Windshield wiper motor will not shut off in 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer ext. 2003 model year had same problem and was recalled by manufacturer.

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Failure Date: 04/16/2006

(1) this complaint relates to the front wiper motor on a 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The partial failure occurs when there is light to moderate inclement weather (rain,snow,etc. ) and the intermittent setting is used on the front wipers. (2) the wipers on all of the intermittent modes are very weak, and struggle to return to their resting position after the sweep across the windshield. The wipers "chatter" on the way down from their upward position, creating hazardous visual conditions. The wiper motor is very under powered, and clearly not functioning as it should. The result is ineffective clearing of water from the windshield on the intermittent setting, which makes driving difficult. (3) gm had a previous recall (NHTSA campaign id number: 04v046000, gm recall number: 04005) to fix a problem relating to moisture entering the front wiper motor and causing a failure. This recall has been performed on my vehicle, but clearly the recall has not fully remedied the problem. I feel that all front wiper motors should have been replace, not just "inspected" and patched. Damage may have already occurred to the motor due to the fact that the recall was not issued until two years after the vehicle was built/sold. I contacted gm to see if I could get the motor replaced free of cost even though my car was out of warranty, and was told it could not be done. I now must pay for an expensive repair. This is clearly a safety issue that needs to be addressed by gm at no cost to the owners of the vehicle.

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Failure Date: 04/06/2006

2002 Trailblazer windshield wipers do not turn off. The consumer had to remove the fuse to get the wipers to turn off. The vehicle had been recalled for the wipers and the work had been performed prior to this failure. The mileage at the time was 60000 kilometers. The wiper worked fine prior to the recall repairs. Recall 04v046000. The vehicle now has 04000 kilometers and the wiper circuit board needs to be replaced. *****.

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Failure Date: 02/21/2006

Windshield wiper module: there have been multiple recalls on the windshield wiper systems on chevy Trailblazers (three on my vehicle). My windshield wiper crawls to a stop when set on high speed in heavy rain, making it difficult to see and dangerous to drive. I have been told by the dealer that I need to replace the windshield wiper module at a cost of $350+ because it has a short in it, but it is not covered under the recall. This is a safety issue with a known defective part, yet the manufacturer is refusing to replace or repair the defect. Windshield wiper modules are closed systems and if mine has a short in it, it is because the manufacturer was faulty and moisture was allowed to get in.

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Failure Date: 11/11/2005

The windshield wipers were on all the time. Switching them off did nothing. The wipers still ran.

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Failure Date: 10/12/2005

The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer ltz. While driving 35 mph, the vehicle's windshield wipers would not turn off. The contact has to remove the fuse to deactivate them and place the fuse back to activate them again. She was told that her vehicle was not included in recall # 04v046000 (visibility:windshield wiper/washer). The purchase date was unknown. The current mileage is 103,000 and failure mileage was 60,000. The consumer stated that this is a serious safety concern. Updated 09/05/07.


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