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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
83 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
41 / 1
Average Mileage:
1,524 miles

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1996 Chevrolet Blazer brakes problems

brakes problem

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1996 Chevrolet Blazer Owner Comments (Page 1 of 18)

problem #341

Feb 172008

Blazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

There are several different issues with this truck: 1. the wheels are making a squeaking noise while driving; replaced brakes, rotors, had tires rotated, balanced and new alignment done with no help 2. brakes go to floor while braking..this just started 3. back windshield wiper makes a loud noise and doesn't work...ever! 4. seat control gets stuck and won't move 5. no reverse light(s) and cannot figure out issue 6. final and biggest issue is that all the lights (including headlights) flicker both while driving and idling) I have had the alternator tested and replaced as well as the battery..still happening I bought this truck December 8, 2007 used from a local dealer. I purchased a small warranty but one that won't cover anything mentioned above. If there are any recalls will someone please contact me!

- Marthasville, MO, USA

problem #340

Oct 202006

Blazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
On Friday October 20, 2006. My son and 3 friends were leaving a friends house. When my son applied his brake to slow, the brakes failed. When they failed the engine revved completely up, throttled out and shut down the vehicle. He of course had no brakes, but now no steering, and the engine was off. Not having any control, the vehicle hit a loose rock, slid into a ditch which then sent them into a series of rollovers no less than 5 no more then 7. the airbags did not deploy. When they landed 3 of the 4 doors were jammed shut. As they climb out of the vehicle, they noticed it was burning. It burned from behind the dash through the engine. I have pictures if you would like to see. The worst injury at the time was my son's shoulder, they were concerned it had a worse tear. Nothing can be done to fix this vehicle. I have notified Chevy and GM. I am also talking to an attorney next week. The service brake hydraulic antilock recall has caused me concern. We don't know if it was ever taken for it's repair. Now GM can't even find or trace yet the VIN number. He had only had it 2 weeks when we had to put it in the shop because it had to be jumped to start. Then a week and a half almost 2 weeks later the brakes go out. Something major went wrong, and he hadn't even had it 30 days yet. It could have killed 4 kids. I want to know what malfunctioned.

- Hot Springs, AR, USA

problem #339

Feb 212006

Blazer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 117,000 miles
: the contact stated the dash panel warning light illuminated indicating there was a lack of ABS at 3mph while brake pressure was applied. Although the vehicle adequately stopped, there were no antilock brakes. The vehicle was seen by a dealer, but no repairs were made. There is a NHTSA recall, #05V379000, regarding the antilock brakes. The vehicle has the same problems as indicated in the recall; however it is not included in the recall due to the VIN.

- Tavares, FL, USA

problem #338

Oct 112005

Blazer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 1996 Chevrolet Blazer. There were problems with the ABS system. A loud squeaking noise came from the brakes, and when the brake pedal was pressed the noise became louder. There was extended stopping distance that was caused by the ABS. Also, the ABS light illuminated until the back brake pads and cylinders were replaced. This remedied the ABS light from being illuminated, but the consumer was still hearing the loud squeaking noise, and was still having extended stopping distances. While the brakes were being repaired the second time the brake specialist referred him to General Motors for the brake problem. There is recall 99I006000 safety improvement campaign for this year, make, and model of vehicle, for the service brakes, hydraulic: Anti lock brakes. However, this vehicle is not included due to VIN.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #337

Oct 012004

Blazer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,000 miles
The consumer was involved in an accident and the air bag failed to deploy. The consumer was traveling 40-45 mph at the time of accident. The air bag light was on at time of accident. Frontal impact occurred. The consumer was wearing his seat belt at the time of impact. In wet conditions, the brakes did not grab and the consumer experienced extended stopping distance. Consumer states that the air bag system has always been a problem every since the purchase of the vehicle. Consumer feels that this is a safety issue and it need to be addressed. Vehicle is out of warranty and can not be repaired because of it.

- Hialeah, FL, USA

problem #336

Dec 142004

Blazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
ABS braking light appeared on the dashboard and remained on. While applying the brakes pedal went to the floor. A banging noise was heard coming from the front. Vehicle drove roughly. Consumer was able to maintain control of the vehicle, and drove it to the dealer. Mechanic determined that both front driver's side and passenger's side ball joints, and ABS module needed to be replaced.

- Corinth, TX, USA

problem #335

May 142003

Blazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The ABS light illuminated and there was a smell of gas. The manufacturer has been contacted and there was a recall on these items and they have been repaired per the manufacturer. The windshield wiper motor was intermittent, the hatchback light was intermittent and the internal light was intermittent. Recall# 03V159000 and 96V234000.

- Norman, OK, USA

problem #334

Feb 152004

Blazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When driving over bumps the anti lock brakes would lock up causing the vehicle to have extended stopping distance.

- East Mckeesport, PA, USA

problem #333

Oct 152002

Blazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles
ABS brake system; consumer took vehicle to two dealers.they had no record of recalls. Vehicle grabbed/released/ kept sliding, and would not stop.

- Bemidji, MN, USA

problem #332

Aug 272003

Blazer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I have experienced several problems with my 1996 Chevrolet S10 Blazer including problems with my anti-lock braking system after talking to two other peolple that have experienced the same problem with the same model vehicle I decided to look for recalls and indeed there are several recalls on this model none of witch I have been informed I alond with a close friend of mine depend on our Blazer to Transport our child to and from school. The heater cores are also defective I believe GM is respobsible and I will hold them liable if they do not fix these defects and an accident should occur.

- Eastman, GA, USA

problem #331

Jul 022003

Blazer

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While applying the brakes vehicle will skid and make a knocking noise coming from driver's side tire. ABS braking system light appeared on the dashboard.

- Prairieville, LA, USA

problem #330

Mar 262003

Blazer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,760 miles
The vehicle is equipped with ABS. On multiple occasions, when I attempted to stop the vehicle the wheels locked and the vehicle went into a skid. The skid (slid) is a safety issue since it causes a reduction in steering control which could result in an accident.

- Manhattan Beach, CA, USA

problem #329

Jan 012001

Blazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,000 miles
1. anti-lock brake controller bad 2. air conditioner compressor leaks out all refrigerant 3. head lights are so bad, you can not see the road hardly at all.

- Springdale, AR, USA

problem #328

Nov 302002

Blazer

  • miles
Consumer states that when applying the anti lock brakes they can hear a loud noise and the brake pedal will go to the floor causing the vehicle to have extended stopping distance. Dealer notified.

- Bedford, IN, USA

problem #327

May 162002

Blazer 4WD

  • miles
The brakes have been checked several times for this problem and I was told that there was nothing wrong, but it has caused 1 accident in wich I was cited and nearly caused 4 other accidents. The brakes have failed at least 5 other times in conditions that normal brakes wouldn't have had a problem.

- Irving, TX, USA

problem #326

Jan 281996

Blazer

  • miles
No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Englewood, FL, USA

problem #325

Aug 222002

Blazer

  • miles
While applying brakes at low speed, intermittently brake pressure caused pedal to harden. More pressure needed to be applied on brake pedal to get vehicle to stop. Dealer was not notified at this time. Feel free to provide any further information.

- Urbans, OH, USA

problem #324

Nov 212001

Blazer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The consumer states that he suffered loss of braking after the ABS was fixed on recall due to the dealer using defective parts. Every light on the vehicle went out while the consumer was driving, consumer believes the service department improperly installed the wires while performing the recall.

- Romeoville, IL, USA

problem #323

Jul 012001

Blazer 4WD

  • miles
The headlights have never been good, can't see. Air conditioner compressor leaked out refrigerant, independent garage wants $ $1000 to fix properly..... anti lock brake module went out, independent garage wants $ $1000 to fix.

- Springdale, AR, USA

problem #322

Jul 052002

Blazer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving at 5-10 mph consumer tried to slow down, and when applying brakes vehicle made a buzzing noise, and did not stop. Vehicle ran into another vehicle. *akconsumer explains that there was plenty of room for the vehicle to come to a complete stop but because of the defect with the brakes, consumer hit the vehicle in front. It was as if vehicle was operating on ice. Consumer is convinced that this is a problem straight from the factory.

- Norford, CT, USA

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