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.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: The Trailblazer emerged from an "upscale trim line" of the Blazer, but there's nothing upscale about its transmission problems or its wonky, unpredictable headlights.


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
102,750 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. the whole rack and pinion replaced (2 reports)
2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer steering problems

steering problem

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2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 112011

Trailblazer LTZ 4.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 127,500 miles


This began leaking power steering fluid onto the brake drum. I thought there was a problem with the brakes. Instead, I found out the rack and pinion was failing. We kept having to dump power steering fluid into the system to keep it from screaming and ended up having to have the entire rack and pinion replaced. I dropped over $2500 in repairs on this vehicle last year alone!

- , Muskogee, OK, USA

problem #1

Feb 032009

Trailblazer LS 4.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles

This is the first of many problems on our 2002 Trailsquatter!!!!! At 78,000 the rack and pinion steering started leaking. Before we could get that fixed, the transmission failed just before my wife got onto I-75 to head up north. Luckily she got back to civilization when it quit completely. A police officer pushed her into a parking lot. $3000.00 later, the trans was rebuilt, new module for the transfer case, and pump for the transfer case! We finally had to have the rack fixed, it was covering our driveway with power steering fluid. 3 months later going up north, the 4whl drive light came back on. Knob was in 2whl drive position, but the light was on auto 4whl drive!!! I shut it off and restarted it and it seemed to cure it. We got up 3 days later to come home and the clutch on the cooling fan went out ($199 at AutoZone and I put it in) About a month or so later, the wife says it feels like it's in 4 wheel drive!!!!!!! I took it back to where I had it fixed and he unplugged the pump for transfer case, so we could make our trip!!!!! He thinks it's in the computer module. Well, before we got a solid 16mpg PERIOD, city or highway!!!!! (with it unplugged we now get 17.5/city and 21 highway. When I called GM on the tranny, basically, since I didn't by it at a Chevy dealer, I could go pound sand. No help there. Well I was happy that it was finally running right, til this morning. I went to replace another blasted taillight bulb (remember the recall?) and it didn't solve THAT PROBLEM Wasn't the bulb. That design sucks as well. I know we got a deal on it, but after keeping it running, I would have been better off buying another FORD PRODUCT

- , Macomb, MI, USA

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