Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

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Print this page Notes: It didn't take long for the cladding to fade, discolor, and in some cases crack. Cladding is the protective plastic piece that runs along the outside of vehicles, and exposure to both heat and UV rays give the Avalanche's cladding a chalky, faded appearance.

Owners have said the problem is especially bad on the panels near the cargo bed. Eventually, GM agreed to a one-time treatment of ArmorDillo, a protective treatment similar to what you find in any auto shop. Unfortunately, that would only help for 6 months (on average).

Eventually, GM offered another coating solution for owners within the 3 year / 36,000 mile original warranty under TSB:04-08-111-001C.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
68,621 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2005 Chevrolet Avalanche wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2005 Chevrolet Avalanche Owner Comments

problem #3

Sep 082012

Avalanche 8-cyl

  • 78,062 miles


The spare tire release is impossible to operate unless there are two people around. After 7 years of corrosion and rust the release mechanism wont release the tire. This is hazardous should you have a flat at 3am on the side of the highway.

- Midwest City, OK, USA

problem #2

Jan 012009


  • 71,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Avalanche K1500. While driving approximately 50 mph, the contact stated that he noticed premature wearing of the brake pads and disc. He also stated that the spare tire was not accessible. The dealer was not contacted in regards to the failures. The vehicle was repaired by a personal mechanic. The contact did not inform the manufacturer of the failure. The failure mileage was 71,000 and the current mileage was approximately 95,000.

- Stillwater, MN, USA

problem #1

Jun 202009


  • 56,800 miles
When lowering the spare tire the cable assembly lowers to the ground but the metal sleeve that the cable runs through and also is suppose to drop as the cable is lowers gets stuck in the assembly and the end result is the tire is only partially lowered and is stuck with the cable on the ground. You can kick pull try and use the tire iron to try and pry it down but it does not go down. If the truck were up on the jack and flat tire removed it would be very easy for the truck to come off the jack because of the force needed to try and get the spare tire down. The problem is the tire wont come down. If a person were to get frustrated and try and drive on the flat and forget to raise the cable it could be possible for the spare tire to suddenly be jarred loose and suddenly be dragging behind the truck and who knows what might happen to a vehicle behind the truck as it drove down the road.

- Sunbury, OH, USA

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