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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
12,083 miles

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1996 Chevrolet Blazer steering problems

steering problem

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1996 Chevrolet Blazer Owner Comments

problem #6

Jun 072003

Blazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,500 miles


My 1996 Chevrolet Blazer did not pass a state inspection due to corrosion of the upper and lower ball joints and as well that the idler arm, . the front steering and suspension must be replaced. Upon searching the internet, I have discovered that this has been a serious problem with 1996 Blazer's and a recall was issued. I did contact Chevrolet and speak with a representative about the recall, however, after providing my vehicle's VIN number, I was told that my Blazer does not qualify for the recall. I feel that this is inappropriate. If my vehicle is experiencing the exact same problem discribed in the recall, then it should qualify for the remedy.

- Bethlehem, PA, USA

problem #5

Sep 242002

Blazer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer states ball joints are constantly failing. Consumer has had to replace them twice. A recall was initiated, but consumer's VIN was not included. Related recalls 01V200000 and 01I018000. Right front wheel fell off as a result of the faulty ball joints. There was squeaking noise on turns due to idler arm failure. Front pads worn out and rotors failed, both were replaced.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #4

Dec 232000


  • miles
Steering started getting tight, had to jerk it to steer. Took vehicle to dealer, and they said that lower ball joints and idler arm were bad. Consumer replaced ball joints, and they only lasted for 38000 miles. They should have lasted longer than that.

- Montrose, CO, USA

problem #3

Mar 121998

Blazer 4WD

  • miles


Idle arm failed and replaced.

- Williamsburg, VA, USA

problem #2

Jun 151999

Blazer 4WD

  • miles
1&2) lower left ball joint and idler arm have been replaced, lower right ball joint is showing signs of wear and will require replacement in the near future. 3) 4X4 electric shift just failed last week. Preliminary troubleshooting indicates a #2 failure code which point to either the encoder/shift motor assembly or the transfer case control module (tccm). 4) this is a continuing problem. Whenever the gas gauge indicates 1/8 tank or less and the vehicle stands for more than 2 hours it is difficult to start. It takes 4-5 tries and requires that the gas pedal be pressed about 1/2 travel in order to start. When taken to the dealer for repair with a nearly empty gas tank, dealer claimed that they could not duplicate the problem. Yet, the day before the hard starting problem occured at least 6 times.

- W. Seneca, NY, USA

problem #1

Sep 061997

Blazer 4WD

  • miles
Idler arm failed. Mjs

- Killeen, TX, USA

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