Bulletins


BulletinBulletin dateReplacement BulletinItem no.SummaryAdded
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
377710018585Fuel and temperature gauge inoperative, low fuel and battery light on, prndl inoperative. *tt01/06/2006
313001/01/200410010053Instrument cluster prndl inoperative and or battery light on. *sc11/03/2004
3031A01/01/200410009647Driver information center (dic) stays in bulb check. *tt10/14/2004
010856001A06/01/2001010856001623034Some customers may comment that the security lamp illuminates while driving; engine cranks but will not start; and / or the engine starts then stalls and the security lamp is flashing. *tt10/25/2001
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM - WIRING - REAR COMPARTMENT/TRUNK
25020202/25/2002629824Information on replacing corroded trailer pre-wire harness at the rear bumper. *tt04/09/2002

Consumer Complaints


Fail datemilesoccurencesPurchase date
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
01/01/2011128000
 Tl- the contact owns a 1998 chevrolet blazer. while driving, the contact stated that the vehicle made a buzzing noise in the front end of the vehicle. the dealer nor manufacturer were notified of the failure. a local mechanic diagnosed that the multi-switch was defective. the vehicle was not repaired. the failure mileage was unavailable. the current mileage was 128,000. rvk
01/01/2011128000
 Tl- the contact 1998 chevrolet blazer. while driving, the contact stated that the vehicle would make a buzzing noise, which came from the front end of the vehicle. the dealer nor manufacturer were notified of the failure. a local mechanic diagnosed that the multi-switch was defective. the failure was not remedied. the failure mileage was unavailable and the current mileage was 128,000. nw
01/01/2011128000
 Tl- the contact 1998 chevrolet blazer. while driving, the contact stated that the vehicle would make a buzzing noise, which came from the front end of the vehicle. the dealer nor manufacturer were notified of the failure. a local mechanic diagnosed that the multi-switch was defective. the failure was not remedied. the failure mileage was unavailable and the current mileage was 128,000. nw
01/01/2011128000
 Tl- the contact 1998 chevrolet blazer. while driving, the contact stated that the vehicle would make a buzzing noise, which came from the front end of the vehicle. the dealer nor manufacturer were notified of the failure. a local mechanic diagnosed that the multi-switch was defective. the failure was not remedied. the failure mileage was unavailable and the current mileage was 128,000. nw
11/20/2007500001
 Wipers don't work then work won't shut off for a long time, usually shut off during a downpour, cruise control quit working, flashers sound erratic won't shut off unless brake is pressed, passenger side seat adjustment handle broke off, i have cut my leg numerous times as well as others. passenger side seat belt won't lock just pulls out. drivers side seat recline broke off only used that about 5 times. now one of the rear hatch shocks broke off the bracket that holds the shock in place cracked off, hatch door is really heavy. the right flasher flashes real fast even though it still works. i will never ever buy a chevy blazer again or anything even close this vehicle has been nothing but a pain in my butt for 10 years. i absolutely hate it!! it's becoming a hazard to drive because of the wipers acting sporadic all the time and with winter coming early it's scary. i hope something is done about this soon. i been reading about other peoples problems and their exactly like mine. somebody said something about a multifunction board to repair it. yeah their 200.00 dollars and have to take apart the steering column. i shouldn't have to pay one penny for all my repairs that i need.. shame on gm. *tr
07/15/2008970001
 1998 chevy s-10 blazer with 97k miles and the windshield wipers worked intermittently. this would unfortunately occur when the windshield washer button would be pressed leaving the windshield completely covered in soapy solution and making it difficult to see. after visiting several websites the answer to our problem was on this link http://www.automotivehelper.com/topic130258.htm. the control circuit card attached to the windshield wiper motor assembly had cracked solder joints on 7 pins of the harness connector. i believe this to be a solder fatigue problem due to vibration and temperature cycling and the fact that the harness connector body is long and made of a different material than the circuit card leaving the solder joints under stress due to mismatch of thermal expansion coefficients. consequently, after ten years the solder joints finally gave up. the good news is that the circuit card is easy to remove (3 torque screws) and the solder joints can be simply reflowed with a soldering iron and fresh solder. the solder joint cracks are easy to see using a magnifying glass. the wipers are now working properly again. *tr
07/07/2007830002006/17/2007
 Windshield wipers work when they want. at times there is no problem at other times the stop in mid cycle and at other times the speed control won't allow them to shut off. this normally occurs during a downpour. i have looked at the other complaints and would like to know how many it takes before ntsb decides to make gm repair an obvious safety issue with this model. *jb
08/27/2006120829111/11/2000
 Issues one would not expect from a 20k plus vehicle including windshield wiper blade failure today (near miss accident from heavy rain and traffic), smoke emitting from steering column, continuous intermittent repetitive sounds emitting from turn signal controller(s). signs and symptoms have all previously been described in great detail by other owners as: an instrument cluster issue, wiper control board, various connectors and or harness, multi-function switch, smoke concerns etc. listed from complaints from odi case numbers: 743685, 10014026, 10023129, 10030946, 10036610, 10045357, 10060630, 10066061, 10086138, 10086896, 10098912, 10103977, 10112458, 10137415, 549079, 847885, 866953, 874993. *jb
04/27/20051180001004/26/2005
 Suspension - rides rough: replaced shocks electrical - interior/exterior problems with the horn, headlights, directional, windshield wipers, and caution lights. replaced: electrical unit inside steering column and oxgen sensor. steering - replaced: wheels, tires, rotors, ball joints, and several attempts to balance tires and front end alignments with no real difference. idles - rough. *jb
09/15/2005102/01/2004
 Dt: 1998 chevrolet blazer. the consumer stated on september 15, 2005 the vehicle caught on fire and it was destroyed. there has been no investigation to see where the fire started. the consumer state fire started in the electrical box because that was where it got the hottest. the consumer stated the vehicle was running the same prior to this occurrence. there were no injuries. the fire department was called and a report was taken. the consumer did not have the number. chevrolet has been contacted, but they were not going to help the consumer.*ak
03/01/2004103/01/2004
 I have owned my '98 blazer for about a year, and it was and still is a very well maintained vehicle, but the turn signal is clicking and making me crazy! i also have the windshield wiper malfunction, they won't stop sometimes. are the manufacturers going to do anything about this? i have the complaint history on these trucks and i think it is a rather large problem!
07/17/200273939511/01/1997
 My wife and i have had to make major repairs to our 1998 blazer. we had to replace the water pump ($294.55) in october 2002. then, the transmission started slipping and got worse. we took it to aamco, where we were informed that it had to be rebuilt. this was in july of 2002. the total cost was ($2077.37). i inquired that same month at chevrolet about recalls, and they said that there were none. since then, we have had numerous minor problems with the lame suv, including broken recliner handles, steering that pulls and grinds, and a malfunctioning electrical system (clicking sounds from under the glove box, three batteries replaced). i saw a report last week about the use of dexcool and its possible link to problems in gm vehicles. are there any remedies available at this time? *ak
05/26/20041
 The consumer purchased new tires and went to the dealer to have them put on. the dealer told her that they could not align her vehicle until she have the idle arm, the ball joints and the lower axle replace. she states they told her it could cost approx $500.00. she states she is also having a problem with her electrical system. the interior light does not come on any more. *nm
03/12/20044001503/21/1998
 Front driver's side door does not latch due to the body of the strike plate on driver's side caving in. *ak there was a crack around the sticker plate. the dealer adjusted the driver side sticker plate. the problem remained the same after adjustments were made. two months after purchase the consumer would hear rattling on the passenger and the drivers side door. the seat belt would not release, the encoder motor had become inoperative after the module shorted, the stabilizer link nuts were missing, the left door would rattle when driven over bumps, when braking, a squealing noise was heard, there was a hesitation in the transmission when changing the reverse, the trip meter was inoperative, the was a rattle in the dash when driven over bumps, there was an oil leak, there was a rattle in the front suspension when driven over bumps, the left rear door would open by itself, and the tail gate rattled. *sc *jb
12/01/20031
 -- passenger side recliner handle broke -- front brake pads and rotor have had to be replaced twice in the 6yrs of ownership -- windshield wiper works erratically (stopping in the middle of the window) -- the extra heavy duty battery died after 3 yrs of ownership -- the alternator had to be replaced. *jb
01/20/200033631108/16/1998
 Temperature changes to celcius when raining (replaced outside sensor), rear axel noise (not found), binding in front end (not found), shifting concern (not found), coolent missing (pressure tested,no leaks), loud noise when starting (replace starter), left mirror vibrates (replace mirror). *ak
03/06/200035600108/26/1998
 Passenger seat recliner lever broke off, rear differential front seal leaking, temperature display changes to celsius when raining, tailgate cover broke. *la
11/03/20031030001
 Vehicle stalled when driving and would not re-start. the engine would turn over but there didn't seem to be any spark. car had fuel and i didn't notice any excessive fuel smell so ruled out flooded engine. waited 20 minutes but still would not start. battery was nearly drained after just a few minutes of trying to start the vehicle. suspect electrical problem (alternator? short?) but haven't been able to diagnose. latest in a string of electrical problems including: wipers not working consistently or getting stuck, horn relay failing during routine driving, rear speakers weak/intermittent. overall dissatisfaction with vehicle for price. *la
11/06/20023021204/09/1999
 Vehicle headlights failed. *mr on two separate occasion the head lights failed. the first time the light would not come on the second time the headlight went out while driving in the early evening. *scc *nlm
08/26/20036462150
 On my 1998 blazer the windshield wipers would work intermittently. my husband would wiggle the wiring harness and they would start up again but only for a short period of time (usually minutes). chevrolet moran 586-791-1010 said there was no recall and that the problem was the circuit board. *nlm
01/01/200302/18/2002
 Sometimes when you are using the wipers they will just stop. or sometimes they will not come on when needed. you have to keep messing with them to get them to work. when the wipers do not work neither does the headlights.....*nlm
12/25/20027696112/18/2001
 Chevy's motto for their trucks on their website is...... the most dependable long lasting trucks on the road i bought a 1998 chevy blazer in decmber 2001 ...........this truck is not dependable nor is it long lasting. i have been concerned about the recalls on this vehicle. a representative from chevy told me that my vehicles vin # was not part of this recall. is there any way i can verify this without having to pay for it? my vin # is 1gnct18w9wk121536
05/02/20021
 The vehicle was parked the vehicle was on fire at the back .*jb investigator believes the fire was caused by electrical distribution. *yh
06/29/19996
 Vehicle has experienced continued failure of the instrument panel gauges/indicators, six attempts to correct malfunctions however continues to fail due to possible electrical failure. mjs
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM - ALTERNATOR/GENERATOR/REGULATOR
01/09/200591000312/01/2004
 We bought a 1998 chevy blazer on december 1, 2204, the alternator was bad, the wipers won't work, wiper module, and oil leaks from the oil cooler. drivers side door leaks air badly. *nm wipers quit working in the middle of a snow storm, almost causing me to wreck the vehicle.
09/22/20042
 While driving,the vehicle stalled. consumer was unable to restart vehicle, and noticed that the lights flashed on and off intermittently. road side assistance jump started the vehicle. then, it would start for a moment then stop.*ak the vehicle towed to the dealer for inspection. the mechanic informed the driver that the alternator needed replacement due to a corroded wire. please fill in additional information.
10/10/200148000405/28/1999
 10/10/2001 replaced the alternator - it was over charged and went bad! noticed several complaints about this too! 12/20/2001 windshield wipers stopped working in heavy rain. then when motor turned off and on again they worked, this has been happening on and off since that time, but today 06/26/2004 they just stopped all together - nothing helped. had to have the same soldering repair done as in the 1995 -1997 chevrolet s-10 / blazers - which i might add was a recall. the same parts are used in most 1998's as well. the recall needs to include all of the components, not just a few of them! also i have had several dash parts break loose - like the hatch door release / back wiper control is just sitting there - nothing holding it in. the passenger side seat recliner handle fell off - had it put back on at dealer - then it broke off. (makes being a passenger in my blazer very uncomfortable) i have noticed several complaints about this too! the drivers outside door handle - one of the screws that holds it in place is not able to put back due to plastic is stripped- so the door handle wabbles. the heat from the sun has bowed up the front windsheild vent until it is cracked and broken now too. i have always driven chevrolet's - but here latley with all of the plastic they are using - i am beginning to wonder if my money wouldn't be better spent in another make of vehicle. i love the design and ect. of the blazer - but the plastic is not holding up - this is some expensive plastic to be made so cheap. if you shut the doors hard at all the whole top of the arm rest pops up and has to be popped back in place.*ak
09/16/200270193108/16/1998
 Passenger seat recliner lever broke, 4 wheel drive will not engage (encoder motor) altenator light is on (replace). *la
05/21/2003008/01/1998
 Bought car brand new. drivers side mirror consistently vibrates - had replaced twice - dealer would not replace a third time due to bug shield being installed. it still vibrates. june 2001 - door locks went nuts. they would lock and unlock themselves while driving down the road or while parked - with keys in it. march 2003 - blinker switch went crazy. it would not stop clicking - whole dash had to be taken out to replace switch - not a cheap thing! may 2003 - alternator went out and ruined battery. almost caused a car fire. transmission fluid leak. not yet fixed because of unknown cause of problem. *nlm
07/01/2002400002011/30/2001
 Had to replace altenator. handle of passenger seat fell off in hand, causing riding and sitting difficult. puts me right up to the air bag. purchased this vehicle to take my husband to nashville, for his heart transplant visits, needed a reliable vehicle. on the last trip there, 70 mph, in hard rain, no windshield wipers, just quit on the expressway, in heavy traffic. gas pedal also sticks, and pushes with force, when it releases. (wonder we haven't hit someone). being on social security,we thought paying extra, for and extended warranty would protect us. (a wasted $1800.00) the payment takes almost half our income, we can't afford to fix the manufacturers mistakes. by looking at the other complaints, we're not the first with the above problems. very unhappy consumer. our first payment on the blazer was 1-14-02, we began having these problems 6 months later. *tt
09/19/1998103/01/1998
 My blazer is 2 dr with zr2,, funny sound from rear suspension when it bump, and engin cut off at backing up car without warm up, and make bone cracking noise or squeak noise from dash or brake, everytime i turn or stop or go. very poor fitting for both of 2 door and front and rear bumper and etc,,
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM - BATTERY
09/13/20043
 Consumer stated that at one point headlights and flashers were not working properly. consumer took vehicle to dealer and found that the wait was too long. then, consumer decided to take vehicle to a private certified mechanic, and was told by him that multi-function switch was defective. had this replaced, but hazard lights did not work half the time. also, something was draining battery because vehicle will not start. went to the web, and found that there had been a recall on vehicle. consumer called the manufacturer, and was told that this vehicle was not in the recall. *ak the vehicle ball joints were also replaced. *nm
03/20/200036100108/16/1998
 Hard starting, battery shot. *la
05/01/2001103/01/2098
 No summary listed for above vehicle. *ak
09/01/1999505/14/1998
 Battery failed five times, consumer states that the dealer and gm are unwilling to help resolve whatever is causing the excessive battery failures yet they acknowlegde that the number of battery failures is abnormal. *yh
09/01/1999505/14/1998
 Battery failed five times, consumer states that the dealer and gm are unwilling to help resolve whatever is causing the excessive battery failures yet they acknowlegde that the number of battery failures is abnormal. *yh
04/06/2001109/12/1998
 Delco battery failed, the entire battery positive(+) terminal fell out of the side of the battery, there was a substantial amount of corrosion on the battery and within the battery tray, also cracked and leaking, consumer had 5 years on battery,but was told by dealer that vehicle was over 36,000 miles and would not honor warranty, consumer has replaced batttery. *jb
09/22/20001
 Battery failed causing an acid leak that damaged both battery cables. *slc
08/22/2000112/01/1997
 Battery was replaced, it was leaking acid. *slc
06/29/2000112/01/1999
 Second set tires worn out at 39000 miles due to unidentified frt sus.problem.due to unusual amount of dealer verified concerns and past title history,even though most occured before factory w/added gmpp all attemts to have local gm dealers repair any of the problems acknowlaged, have been refused at presant time car sits in my driveway and we are using a rental paid for by me. the dealers,and factory have passified me through 3/36 coverage and made me think some conserns were not valid,because i was forced to drive vehc.all complaints have been duplicated and varified,documented by many gm techs. as well as passengers,private shops and the same dealer who questened concerns.my job,marrage,and daily life have been affected and saftey was and is disregaurded by what i once considered the greatest auto manufacturer in the world,there are many problems that exist to date and were recorded before 3/36 *ak( dot number: tire size: p235/70r15 )
07/20/1999108/11/1998
 Battery failed. mjs
03/26/1999
 Had tried to start vehicle the 1st time & it failed to catch. retried the 2nd time & finally caught. weather was not a factor in starting vehicle. had taken vehicle to dealer & mechanic replaced the battery. also had fuel pump checked & replaced it. the new fuel pump terminal was broken & needed to be replaced. the computer chip was also replaced. in addition, pcv hose was not insulated & the windshield wiper washer was not working. *ak
12/01/1998105/01/1998
 Battery failed.
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM - BATTERY - CABLES
02/21/200205/01/1998
 Replaced both seat adjusters. replaced battery after it broke and leaked on the cable operating the 4wd. replaced the cable operating the 4wd. replaced both back windows, (2-door) the seals kept coming out in front of the doors making it hard to open the doors. replaced drivers side mirror. seat belt warning light was staying on. lastly the lower ball joints, tie rod ends, pittman arm and idler arm have been replaced. all done under warranty except the front end components. what a crappy car!
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM - FUSES AND CIRCUIT BREAKERS
07/23/20061
 1998 chevy blazer with multitude of problems, which chevy denies. including wiper failure, brake failure, complete corrosion of anything touched by dexcool, and on and on. very unsafe vehicle!!!!! *nm
05/01/2001103/01/2098
 No summary listed for above vehicle. *ak
11/19/1998112/01/1997
 Horn fuse was removed, horn was blowing constantly. *slc
08/19/1998
 Interior lights would flicker off/on at will. headlights & running lights failed. took vehicle to dealership & was informed by mechanic problem cannot be resolved. components had been changed numerous times, but not the wiring. still has electrical wiring problem. *ak
08/19/1998
 Interior lights would flicker off/on at will. headlights & running lights failed. took vehicle to dealership & was informed by mechanic problem cannot be resolved. components had been changed numerous times, but not the wiring. still has electrical wiring problem. *ak
07/25/2000
 While driving turn signals malfunctioned in which the smoke came from the steering wheel, indicating a short circuit in the wiring harness. please provide further information. *ak
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM - IGNITION
08/21/200351679112/03/2000
 Vehicle shut down in heavy traffic on interstate at 60 mph,had to drift to side of road, panel lights came on including security light, would not restart.had vehicle towed to dealer who checked it out next morning. started right up and could find nothing wrong.*ak had happened before but occured in parking lot and started back up. this is a very dangerous situation when it occurs in heavy traffic. no engine, loss of power steering etc. have seen many similar complaints on internet and have heard of others. no one seems to have an answer, including dealer. wonder how many people may have been killed by this but are not around to tell what happened. all i want is to have it fixed.
11/19/1999112/01/1997
 Ses light comes on, dealer replaced spark plug. *slc
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM - IGNITION - MODULE
03/26/1999
 Had tried to start vehicle the 1st time & it failed to catch. retried the 2nd time & finally caught. weather was not a factor in starting vehicle. had taken vehicle to dealer & mechanic replaced the battery. also had fuel pump checked & replaced it. the new fuel pump terminal was broken & needed to be replaced. the computer chip was also replaced. in addition, pcv hose was not insulated & the windshield wiper washer was not working. *ak
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM - IGNITION - SWITCH
03/26/1999
 Had tried to start vehicle the 1st time & it failed to catch. retried the 2nd time & finally caught. weather was not a factor in starting vehicle. had taken vehicle to dealer & mechanic replaced the battery. also had fuel pump checked & replaced it. the new fuel pump terminal was broken & needed to be replaced. the computer chip was also replaced. in addition, pcv hose was not insulated & the windshield wiper washer was not working. *ak
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM - STARTER ASSEMBLY
08/01/200041236208/26/1998
 Replace starter again. *la
01/20/200033631108/16/1998
 Temperature changes to celcius when raining (replaced outside sensor), rear axel noise (not found), binding in front end (not found), shifting concern (not found), coolent missing (pressure tested,no leaks), loud noise when starting (replace starter), left mirror vibrates (replace mirror). *ak
103/05/1998
 Starter failed. yh
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM - STARTER ASSEMBLY - RELAY
10/18/200271000402/01/2002
 While driving down the road, the vehicle sounded as if someone was tampering with the locking mechanism. the consumer states that the rear hatch opened on its own, when the engine was off. the locks continued to click. ts per-invoice; electrical repair-relay, found the body control module faulty-replaced the bcm battery, found the the switch for the endgate glass inop/shorted replaced. scc
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM - WIRING
08/15/2004102000107/30/2002
 Smoking from the steering column when turn signal is being used and then the turn signals refuse to turn off. seems as though there is some kind of a short in the blinker system. if this is not fixed a fire could be in the near future. *jb
04/13/2004
 Unable to keep the vehicle in alignment, no matter how many times work has been sone on it. signal also continues to make sound even when the blinker is not on.
10/11/2003107/07/2003
 The turn signal on my blazer won't stop clicking. *jb
08/08/200395000108/12/2001
 I have a 1998 4x4 chevrolet blazer. i bought the vehicle in august of 2002. since then, the windshield wipers have quit off and on. if the quit, i have to tape the wiring harness where they plug in. it appears that the harness begins to sag after time and pulls the plugs out. *ak
04/01/200363500109/10/1998
 Upon returning to my truck on tues evening 4/1/03 (after it was parked for 1 1/2 hrs) i noticed a burning smell when i opened the door. i had about a 4 mile ride home so i started the vehicle and attempted to go home. as i drove, the burning smell became horribly worse even though i could not see any smoke. i decided it was safer to drop it off at my local dealer (patterson chevrolet in hamilton nj)since it was on the way. i disconnected the battery as a precaution. the dealer worked on the truck on 4/2. in the process of trying to locate the source of the smell, they had to reconnect the battery. this resulted in the vehicle catching on fire!! fortunately, they had traced the source of the smell to a wire harness under the passenger seat floor board that gets connected to a power seat (which i do not have!) and they had removed the carpeting and seats before the fire started. upon extinguishing the fire, they removed the damaged wire harness and re-installed the seats & carpeting. this left me with a vehicle that still smells absolutely horrible and a $531 repair bill. if i had parked my truck in my attached garage like i do every night instead of running an errand, the truck most definitely would have caught fire in my garage and could have killed my entire family. i consider this a very near tragedy and the design of this wire harness needs to be looked at immediately before someone actually does get killed. why didn't a fuse blow that automatically cut power to the shorting wire? is this a recall item? copies of this e-mail are being forwarded to the cpsc and the nhtsa for review as well. there is no way a wire under a floor board should simply catch fire! secondly, there is nothing that i could have done that could have prevented this incident or caused it. the repair expense in this instance should not be the burden of the consumer. *jb
05/10/2002107/01/2098
 The fuel injectors leaked onto the main wiring harness inside the engine. all of the wires melted. three different mechanics confirmed that this should never have happened and could have caused a fire. i was refered to general motors. estimated repairs for $1600.00 include replacement of the wiring harness, fuel injectors, fuel regulator kit, fuel body kit and upper intake gasket. gm has agreed to pay 50% of the bill. since the vehicle has only 42,000 miles, has been maintained properly with oil changes and tune ups, i feel that gm is responsible for the total amount.*ak
05/01/2001
 Vehicle caught on fire while parked during night. insurance investigator determined fire was started by main line of alternator. vehicle was totalled.*ak
11/03/2000110/01/1998
 While driving about 55 mph all of a sudden hood flew up and dropped back down. day before hood flew up, owner could not get hood to open. owner reported incident to chevrolet's customer service. *ak a modular relay switch failed. ground wire was not install. another ground wire was not install at fuel injector causing not enough gas to get into injector. break pedal failed. breaks locked after making screening noise. tape player failed. *yh
07/03/1998606/29/1998
 Due to a faulty wiring and transmission problems, the vehicle while driving, will shift lower gears unexpectedly, lurching the vehicle and may cause an accident. been to dealer several times. dealer cannot determine the problem.
05/24/1998111/24/1998
 Have notified gm, nothing so far, have ask for a different blazer, nothing so far, we stopped for a traffic signal and would not start. than smoke came out from under hood, than 3 feet of flames, i think gm should look at this very close. if the guy hadn't came along with coke it would had burn to a crisp. i am unhappy with gm respond time, they said it would take 10 to 14 days to let me know waht they will to. i don't want that blazer back!!!!!
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM - WIRING - FRONT UNDERHOOD
10/10/200148000405/28/1999
 10/10/2001 replaced the alternator - it was over charged and went bad! noticed several complaints about this too! 12/20/2001 windshield wipers stopped working in heavy rain. then when motor turned off and on again they worked, this has been happening on and off since that time, but today 06/26/2004 they just stopped all together - nothing helped. had to have the same soldering repair done as in the 1995 -1997 chevrolet s-10 / blazers - which i might add was a recall. the same parts are used in most 1998's as well. the recall needs to include all of the components, not just a few of them! also i have had several dash parts break loose - like the hatch door release / back wiper control is just sitting there - nothing holding it in. the passenger side seat recliner handle fell off - had it put back on at dealer - then it broke off. (makes being a passenger in my blazer very uncomfortable) i have noticed several complaints about this too! the drivers outside door handle - one of the screws that holds it in place is not able to put back due to plastic is stripped- so the door handle wabbles. the heat from the sun has bowed up the front windsheild vent until it is cracked and broken now too. i have always driven chevrolet's - but here latley with all of the plastic they are using - i am beginning to wonder if my money wouldn't be better spent in another make of vehicle. i love the design and ect. of the blazer - but the plastic is not holding up - this is some expensive plastic to be made so cheap. if you shut the doors hard at all the whole top of the arm rest pops up and has to be popped back in place.*ak
08/24/20003
 While driving in 2-wheel drive vehicle will jumps into 4-wheel intermittently. dealership has examined vehicle, and replaced wiring harness for the first incident, and then replaced transfer case shift modular. vehicle has not been examined for third incident. please provide any additional information / attachments.*ak
08/22/2000112/01/1997
 The engine cranks but won't start, dealer replaced crushed wiring. *slc
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM - WIRING - INTERIOR/UNDER DASH
02/10/20071009/09/1999
 Multi- function switch problem. the wipers quit working during the rain. in the past i have spoken to dealer service managers and they said a lot of complaints have been made about the multi function switch that controls the wiper delay but there has been no recalls made on it. mostly what happens is the wipers will not turn off with the switch, the ignition has to be turned off to turn off the wipers. the concern is the wiper stopping during heavy rain causing loss of visibility. this has been occurring for years, i just became aware of this route of complaint process. the replacement of the multi function switch is expensive. clicking is also heard at times due to the switch, a service manager has said the multi- function switch causes this also. the 10 for number of failures is the minimum number of times i can remember the wipers stopped when operating. *jb
05/02/20055990602/19/2005
 Blinker noise persists even when blinkers are turned off. sound disapears after engaging brake pedal then persists when break pedal is released. in a heavy rain storm, had to use windshield wipers and after a few minutes of use white smoke came from the steering column. talked to a gm mechanic who told me that this problem could cause my airbag to deploy - a real liability. called gm to explain the problem & possible liability of airbag deployment (case #1-333564043) & was told that because of the blazer being a 1998 there may be nonthing they can do. the same multi-function switch was made in mexico for 1998-2001 models and if it disfunctions can cause break lights not to work as well as major electrical issues like airbag deployment or fire - wouldn't this be a recall for all models that have the part?
11/16/200470000104/13/2002
 Electrical system-instrument panel cluster-shorted out truck became filled with smoke and had to pull over to get help. no help from my insurance co.*ak
11/03/2004609252504/29/1999
 The turn signal on my1998 chevy blazer won't stop clicking. i've already replaced the combination flasher/signal part that's behind the glove box with no result. today i saw wisps of smoke coming from the steering console. i checked the fuses and they are fine. i'm afraid my car is going to catch on fire!*ak
08/03/200492000404/05/2000
 Had drivers side door rehung due to sagging. shortly after that my interior lights began to malfunction and my auto reserve power(allows radio, interior lights and power windows to operate for 15 minutes after engine shutoff) began to work occasionally. also, the windshield wipers operate randomly - juggling the wires under the hood helps to make them run . now, at 3:30am this morning, i realize that my headlights are not operating, checked in the morning and the daytime running lights work, but when you manually turn the headlamps on, the daylights go out and you have no headlights on.*ak
03/16/2000105/01/1998
 Our blazer caught on fire while driving down the interstate. we were traveling at 75 mph using the cruise control. the steering wheel jerked a little and we immediately saw black smoke coming from the rear of the vehicle. white smoke was coming out of the passenger side under the hood. we pulled over to the side of the road and turned off the engine. as we were pulling off the road the computer controlled dash instruments started to malfunction, but at no time did the engine appear to have problems. as soon as we pulled over we realized we had a fire & immediately called 911. someone stopped with a small fire extinguisher to try a stop the flames. the fire appeared to be located towards the dash on the passenger side down in the middle or lower area of the engine compartment. the fire was so hot that it went through the passenger side below the dash board and entered the cab of blazer. at that point we had nothing left to extinguish the fire and shut all the doors and the hood to try & contain & smother the fire. we then waited for help. we were 150 miles from home when this happened on a rural stretch of interstate (the nearest town was 18 miles away). we would like an investigation to find our what happened to our vehicle. our insurance company won't help. we have contacted the dealer and we are still waiting for the general manager to call back. we contacted gm and got as far as the product allegation resolution team. they sent a letter stating our investigation revealed no evidence to support product allegation. we called them back and they admitted that they never looked at the vehicle. he said he followed procedures according to company policy (we have requested a copy of that policy). our vehicle is still where it was originally towed in march. we would appreciate your help in this matter. thank you. *ak
 Intermittently the control panel shorted out resulting in a non-functional speedometer. the dealer has repaired and inspected the vehicle several times. the manufacturer has been notified. *ak
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM - WIRING - REAR COMPARTMENT/TRUNK
05/02/20021
 The vehicle was parked the vehicle was on fire at the back .*jb investigator believes the fire was caused by electrical distribution. *yh