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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
2,143 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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1996 Chevrolet Blazer suspension problems

suspension problem

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1996 Chevrolet Blazer Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #15

Aug 032000

Blazer

  • miles

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

While traveling 45 mph during rush hour, the front left top ball joint failed causing the tire to collapse inward and loss of steering control. $1000 to repair. I believe this is another case for investigation EA99022.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #14

Aug 082000

(reported on)

Blazer 4WD

  • miles
Premature ball joint failure. Two Chevrolet dealers refused to acknowledge or fix ball joint problem-vehicle was still under warranty. Lower ball joints replaced at our expense; upper will have to be replaced shortly. Several mechanics stated that this is a common problem for Chevy Blazer/trucks, but Chevrolet won't acknowledge the defect. Why is that?

- Oakfield, WI, USA

problem #13

Dec 111999

Blazer

  • miles
While driving the vehicle the ball joint failed causing the vehicle to drag.

- Saint Loui, MO, USA

problem #12

Jun 172000

Blazer 4WD

  • miles

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

While driving at 65 mph on the expressway the left ball joint failed, causing the drivers side wheel to buckle, cutting the tire, rim, and causing loss of control of the vehicle. The dealer indicated the right ball joint was broken also. The bottom line is "this shouldn't have happened." The ball joints are defective and my family and I could have been killed.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #11

Jun 252000

Blazer 4WD

  • miles
Was leaving on vacation, towing 2000lb boat - as we were pulling in to a local gas station to check the air in the trailer tires, the ball joint assembly in the left front wheel failed causing the upper half of the wheel to turn in at a 45 degree angle. Had it occurred while towing at highway speeds, we would have made the evening news.

- Stow, OH, USA

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problem #10

Apr 302000

Blazer

  • miles
The front top & bottom ball joints went bad while driving. Driver's side/front wheels caved inward. Unable to drive vehicle. Had vehicle towed to dealership. Mechanic gave no indication of cause of problem.

- Yutan, NE, USA

problem #9

May 182000

Blazer 4WD

  • miles

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

All front end ball joints failing from approx.. 38,000 miles and up. (6) total to date. Have been replaced with liftime ball joints. These ones also fail. This has caused us to purchase tires on a regular basis because for the front because of wear along side of tires. According to various auto dealers and auto parts stores, this is continual problem with S-10 Blazer. I have checked the recall list for Chevrolet and could not find this problem listed.

- Corry, PA, USA

problem #8

Nov 241999

Blazer 4WD

  • miles
I replaced all of the front ball joints, after 60,000 miles. As a result of the ball joints going bad it messed up my tires, so I had to get new ones. The ac compressor is making really lous noises, it sounds like it is defective bearings, on the front of the compressor.

- Sioux Falls, SD, USA

problem #7

Apr 262000

(reported on)

Blazer

  • miles
The upper and lower ball joints are prematurely breaking, causing a loud noise in front end.

- Mansfield, MA, USA

problem #6

Feb 192000

Blazer

  • miles
Coolant, rusty appearance in reservoir/radiator, dealer claims contamination of dexcool.this is a sealed system, GM contaminated system let them fix.claim denied 2/19/00 ball joints breaking? sloppy, loose sensation in turns, popping of tire/wheel area

- Flower Mound, TX, USA

problem #5

Sep 021999

(reported on)

Blazer

  • miles

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

4 ball joints have excessively worn out within 75000, causing a safety hazard.

- Baudette, MN, USA

problem #4

Apr 121999

Blazer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Ball joint failed.

- Elkview, WV, USA

problem #3

Aug 291998

Blazer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Backing out driveway with foot on brakes, heard a clunking noise & then scraping sound. Wheel rubbing against suspension, left upper ball joint had ripped out, and the right uppoer ball joint was ready to rip out. Ball joints replaced by dealer at owner's expense. Dealer denies that there is a defect.

- Warwick, RI, USA

problem #2

Sep 061997

Blazer 4WD

  • miles
Ball joint failed. Mjs

- Killeen, TX, USA

problem #1

Aug 221997

Blazer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Ball joints failed.

- Miamisburg, OH, USA

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