About Chevrolet Blazer
Standing together with its GMC twin, the Jimmy, Chevrolet Blazer was produced by an American multinational corporation General Motors Company's automobile Chevrolet Division from 1969 to 2005 as a crossover Sport Utility Vehicle based on trucks. Originally introduced to compete against the International Harvester Scout and Ford Bronco, Blazer as a name was shared by two complete unrelated model lines, K5 Blazer and S-10 Blazer. But in the end, Blazer was renamed the Tahoe in 1995 after being manufactured for two generations though it was Playboy Magazine's Truck of the Year for 1995 and was also the unanimous winner of the Motor Trend 1995 Truck of the Year.
Since the first-generation Chevrolet Blazer produced from 1982 to 1993 was actually the S-10 Blazer, thus we will focus on the second generation, which dropped the S10 prefix. The second-generation Blazer was produced from 1995 to 2005 and it was bigger than its predecessor but smaller than competing midsize SUVs like the Ford Explorer and Jeep Grand Cherokee. Initially coming in three trim levels: base, LS and LT, then it added a Trailblazer trim in 1999. The two-door version was sold throughout the model run, but the four-door was discontinued after 2004, with fleet sales continuing through 2005. During this generation, Blazer was powered by a 4.3 L V6 rated at 190 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque and this engine sent power through 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual transmission to the rear wheels or four wheels.
Chevrolet Blazer Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
Chevy Blazer is quick, fun to drive around town, comfortable to ride in and decently capable off-road. But, its handling seems sloppy and vague. Thus, if you also have a Blazer, you need to be alert about these common problems on it as accumulation of mileage:
First, when the Chevrolet Blazer drives at about 101,642 miles, transmission failure would become its top issue. For drivers, they could only see these symptoms such as indicator not matching the gear, vehicle not turning off, vehicle starting in another gear, or not going into gear at all and sometimes, all these even trigger the Check Engine Light. For mechanicals, Blazer shift cable and automatic transmission shifter are often the culprits. However, suspension failure in the vehicle is also very serious. Under clunking noises, excessive vibration, unintentionally steering, and tilting vehicle, sluggish in vehicle handling could put you in danger. Thus, please make sure the Blazer steering knuckle, sway bar link, sway bar bushing, wheel bearing and shock absorber are consistently in good working condition.
Second, obviously, engine failure is also what Chevrolet Blazer could not get away with in the road of wearing. Apart from obvious signs such as impact noises from engine, fuel odor in the car, leaking coolant and oil on the ground, steam coming from the radiator, and illuminated Check Engine Light, there are some other subtle and complicated symptoms of this issue in Blazer. Hard starting, roughly-running engine, hesitant acceleration and poor fuel economy are all reminding you of the need thorough inspection on Blazer crankshaft, engine mount, fuel injector, spark plug, throttle cable, intake valve, exhaust valve, drive belt, oxygen sensor and water pump.
For a long-lived Chevy Blazer, routine maintenance on some vulnerable auto parts is often essential. First of all, electrical auto parts are also very vulnerable due to high frequency of usage. In your Blazer, please maintain the power window switch, body control module, A/C switch, steering angle sensor, wiper motor, starter, ambient temperature sensor, ABS control module, turn signal switch and wiper switch regularly. Meanwhile, you are supposed to put some vital parts for safe and comfortable driving, including wheel cover, emblem, wiper blade, windshield wiper, wheel seal and door handle on routine maintenance list as well.
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