Print this page Notes: The 2002-2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer is known for many things, but perhaps it is most famous for its faulty fuel gauge.

This gauge flip-flops more than a politician during election season. Some report that the gauge says "empty" after a fill-up, while others report the gauge says "full" when they're running on fumes. Either way, there's one thing everyone seems to agree on: the darn thing is just wrong.

Following hundreds of complaints and a few accidents allegedly caused by the malfunction, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) opened an investigation into the issue in May 2011. Unfortunately for frustrated owners, no recall has been announced.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 6
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
77,767 miles

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2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #41

Sep 182016


  • 79,400 miles


Windshield wiper working incorrectly. On any of the low wipes, it might wipe and it might not. On high it will work sometimes and sometimes it works like it is on low (intermittent) and slow, and sometimes it acts like it's not going to work at all. My vehicle was in motion when this happened and now it is on-going. Appointment this wed., 10/26/16 to have it looked at and fixed. I'm afraid I will get caught in the rain when I really need them and I might have wipers and I might not.

- Surgoinsville, TN, USA

problem #40

Aug 242016


  • 140,000 miles
My wife and I bought a used 2006 Chevy trail Blazer. After two months the windshield wipers would turn on even though the switch was off. The windshield wiper fluid pump would turn on and spray fluid on the windshield which greatly reduced visibility. After a week I took the vehicle to my local garage. They replaced the multi-function switch. This didn't fix the issue, so they replaced the wiper assembly. This fixed the issue for about three weeks and now I am going to have to take my vehicle back and have the assembly replaced again. This happens at random traveling down the roadway at random speeds. This issue needs to be addressed before someone is killed. Not after a reported death!

- Galax, VA, USA

problem #39

Jun 212016


  • 100 miles
I have a 2006 trail Blazer the wiper comes on when I start it and while driving it, also the fluids will spray out. I took it to be fix, and about 3 to 4 weeks it started again. Why haven't there been a recall on this, since there is a lot of people has had this problem.

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #38

Feb 242016


  • miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer. When the windshield wipers were activated, they sprayed fluid that made visibility impossible. The contact stated that the windshield wipers independently turned on persistently. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- League City, TX, USA

problem #37

Jun 202016


  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V755000 (visibility); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Angie, LA, USA

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problem #36

Nov 072015


  • 134,200 miles
The issue is with the windshield wipers. They intermittently turn on and off, spraying washer fluid, regardless of the switch setting. The wipers will come on and spray washer fluid within the first minute of starting the vehicle, and will turn themselves off when in use, or go into a continuous spray mode when being used, causing visibility to be nonexistent. When the fuse was pulled to prevent further scratching to the windshield for a temporary reprieve, the wipers continued to go, with no change. The vehicle currently has less than 135,000 miles. The issue first started the first week of November 2015 and has progressed since then. It began with one swipe of the wipers just after the vehicle was started and has turned into an issue during all driving conditions.

- Arab, AL, USA

problem #35

Sep 142015


  • 142,000 miles


My 2006 Trailblazer windshield wipers come on when starting my vehicle, and won't turn off! and will spray the wiper fluid out as well, until it's completely gone.

- Winston Salem, NC, USA

problem #34

Aug 172015


  • miles
As soon as I turn on my car, the windshield wipers will turn on as well, even though they aren't switched on. They will continue to stay on for the majority of the drive. I have tried to switch from the on and off position and it will sometimes help, but has gotten to the point where that has no affect either. So, it continues to scrape across my windshield ruining it with the dry wiping that its doing. I need this resolved asap! I had a mechanic replace the motor (the part that controls the wipers and the turning signal) for $300 and that had no affect! I notice there is a recall on earlier models but not on the later ones but have seen several complaints on the later models as well. This needs to be taken care of soon!!

- Deerfield Beach, FL, USA

problem #33

Feb 202015


  • miles
Shortly after having the power control module replaced & reprogrammed through a certified shop, the daytime runners/low beam headlights began working/failing intermittently. We noticed the daytime runner lights would stop working/turn off and only sometimes turn back on. The low beam headlights turned off while we were driving to the store and we had to use the brights the rest of the way there and whole way back home.

- North Highlands, CA, USA

problem #32

Oct 222014


  • 142,000 miles
I have a 2006 Trailblazer and the windshield wipers will come on and spray wiper fluid when it gets ready while the switch is turned off. I use to be able to turn the switch on and back off and they would go off but now that is not working and they will stay on even though the switch is off. No wiper fluid is spraying out but it would if it was not empty because it sprays all the time. This is causing marks on the windshield from dry wiping and I am tired of going down the road with my wipers on and it is not raining. There was a recall on the 2002 model but this is happening on later models and the recall needs to be made so consumers can get their truck fixed

- Midland, GA, USA

problem #31

Nov 042014


  • 79,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer. While driving at 40 mph, the windshield wipers failed to turn off and remained on at all time. The fluid sprayed water and prevented the contact from seeing while driving. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 04V046000 (visibility). The failure mileage was 79,000.

- Toulsa, OK, USA

problem #30

Sep 152014


  • 101,000 miles
This complaint involves the rear liftgate wiper not functioning. It first started by running slower and slower, then finally stopped functioning completely. I have replaced it twice now, and both times the wiper motor would function for a very brief time, the first time around it didn't last for 36 hours before ceasing to function again. I have been to numerous forums to research this problem, such as, and it is quite apparent to me that this is a widespread issue, with little hope of an easy repair. It appears the suspect part, the lgm, can't be ordered or replaced by the common man, and many of us do not have the financial resources to continually be taking the vehicles to the service bay of our local Chevy, GM or Buick dealer. This is a safety issue for many reasons, but particularly for those of us who live in a rural environment of dirt/gravel roads as the draft at the rear of the vehicle always causes the lift glass to become soiled, reducing visibility to near zero at times, which makes for less safety when changing lanes, backing up and so on. Additionally, there has been no solution issued yet for the flickering headlight issue that a recall was issued for last year for these vehicles. This is becoming maddening, it has been far too long. Apparently none of the higher ups at GM live in regions where there is a substantial deer population. Thankfully I have yet to hit one. It would seem to me that this problem is given very little attention by GM.

- Lyons, MI, USA

problem #29

Apr 242015


  • 149,000 miles
The windshield wipers and wiper pump (water) went off continuously (on their own) and would not stop. The water sprayer kept squirting water and the wipers kept going non stop. Nothing we did would make it stop. Finally had to disconnect the wiper control module, just to make the wipers and water streaming stop. I could not see anything-very dangerous.

- Americus, GA, USA

problem #28

Apr 142015

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The contact stated that the windshield wipers would independently activate whenever the vehicle was started. The failure recurred twice while driving. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the failure originated in the steering column. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The approximate failure mileage was 72,000. Updated 5/19/15

- Wilton Manors, FL, USA

problem #27

Mar 162015


  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The contact stated that while driving approximately 45 mph, smoke started coming through the vents of the vehicle. In addition, the contact stated that the windshield wipers became inoperable. A fire and a police report were not filed and no injuries were sustained. The vehicle was towed to a mechanic, where it was diagnosed that the circuit board needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 12V406000 (electrical system, visibility); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 110,000.

- Pittsburg, PA, USA

problem #26

Jan 012015

Trailblazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • 98,000 miles
The issue began with the windshield wipers turning on/off and spraying windshield wiper fluid intermittently. This has caused visibility issues while driving. Now the windshield wipers stay on until the car is shut off.

- Davenport, FL, USA

problem #25

Jan 022015

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • miles
The issue began with the windshield wipers turning on/off and spraying windshield wiper fluid intermittently. This has caused visibility issues while driving. Now the windshield wider stay on for extended periods of time without stopping.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #24

Oct 152014

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • 120,884 miles
When you crank the vehicle the wipers come on and stay on until you turn the vehicle also puts out the windshield wiper fluid empties out all washer fluid and the motor still runs. Motor never stops running for the wipers. Will eventually burn out.

- Tompkinsville, KY, USA

problem #23

Sep 292014

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • 66,600 miles
Started raining, turned on wipers and washers started without being turned on and would not stop. Could not adjust speed of wipers nor turn off washers. Ran off side of road because wipers couldn't keep with up amount of washer fluid being sprayed on window. I couldn't see. Washers wouldn't stop!! attempted to turn off wipers/washers to no avail. Turned off car and restarted engine with wipers turned off. Wipers still restarted when engine started even though they are turned off. Wipers/washers come on randomly without being turned on and run for indeterminate times before turning off. Without control, windshield washers start and stop randomly blinding the driver. Someone will be killed if this is not corrected. I almost was!

- Aiken, SC, USA

problem #22

Aug 232013

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • 107,000 miles
With regard to the below service bulletin, I would like to file a complaint. At approximately 106,000 miles, my 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer windshield wipers and windshield spray mechanism activated without being prompted. The spray reservoir pumped washer fluid, at an alarming rate, all over the windshield while I was on a major freeway. I had a very hard time moving to the safe lane to bring the vehicle to a stop, because I couldn't see anything. Even though the wipers were on high speed, this was not fast enough to remove the washer fluid so I could see. The wipers will not turn off unless I remove the fuse. Therefore, when it is raining and I'm driving, I have to pull off the road and insert the fuse into the fuse box to get wiper action. I completely disengaged the washer fluid reservoir because I could not get it to turn off any other way. GM, of course, fails to acknowledge that this is a problem. Mak haik Chevrolet noted that the wiper motor was malfunctioning in Dec. 2013. Service bulletin no.: 040843005B component(s): Visibility NHTSA id number: 10008492 all products associated with this service bulletin close vehicle makemodelmodel year(s) buickrainier2004-2006 chevrolettrailblazer2003-2006 gmcenvoy2003-2006 gmcenvoy XL2003-2004 gmcenvoy xuv2004 oldsmobilebravada2003-2004.

- Houston, TX, USA

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