Chevrolet Trail Blazer fuel gauge malfunction

The federal NHTSA is investigating fuel gauge malfunction in an estimated 865,000 General Motors SUVs, including the 2005-’07 Chevrolet Trailblazer and Buick Rainier, for defective fuel gauges that give inaccurate fuel level readings.   The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has received 668 complaints about the vehicles alleging inaccurate fuel gauge readings.   43 complaints reported stalling because the fuel level reading indicated more fuel availability than what is actually in the fuel tank.  Here are typical complaints.

Make : CHEVROLET Model : TRAILBLAZER Year : 2007
Manufacturer : GENERAL MOTORS LLC
Crash : No Fire : No Number of Injuries: 0
ODI ID Number : 10417133 Number of Deaths: 0
Date of Failure: August 4, 2011
VIN : Not Available
Component: FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
Summary:
MY 2007 CHEVY TRAILBLAZER HAS A FAULTY FUEL GAUGE. I WAS ALMOST T-BONED BECAUSE THE CAR DIED IN THE MIDDLE OF AN INTERSECTION AND THE FUEL GAUGE SAID IT STILL HAD FUEL IN IT.

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Make : CHEVROLET Model : TRAILBLAZER Year : 2007
Manufacturer : GENERAL MOTORS LLC
Crash : No Fire : No Number of Injuries: 0
ODI ID Number : 10417063 Number of Deaths: 0
Date of Failure: February 1, 2011
VIN : 1GNDT13S972…
Component: FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
Summary:
FAULTY FUEL GAUGE/CHECK ENGINE LIGHT

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Make : CHEVROLET Model : TRAILBLAZER Year : 2007
Manufacturer : GENERAL MOTORS LLC
Crash : No Fire : No Number of Injuries: 0
ODI ID Number : 10416690 Number of Deaths: 0
Date of Failure: July 26, 2011
VIN : Not Available
Component: FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
Summary:
TL- THE CONTACT OWNS A 2007 CHEVROLET TRAILBLAZER. WHILE DRIVING AT APPROXIMATELY 10 MPH THE FUEL GAUGE LIGHT ILLUMINATED ON THE INSTRUMENT PANEL AND A WARNING ALARM BEGAN TO SOUND NOTIFYING THE CONTACT THE FUEL TANK WAS EMPTY. THE CONTACT STATED FUEL HAD BEEN ADDED TO THE VEHICLE AND THE FUEL TANK WAS NOT EMPTY. THE FUEL GAUGE READING FLUCTUATES FROM EMPTY TO FULL WHILE DRIVING AT ANY SPEEDS. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT TAKEN TO THE DEALER FOR DIAGNOSTICS. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT REPAIRED. THERE WAS AN INVESTIGATION UNDER NHTSA ACTION NUMBER: DP10001 (FUEL SYSTEM, OTHER:STORAGE:FUEL GAUGE SYSTEM) THAT MAY BE RELATED TO THE FAILURE. THE APPROXIMATE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 37,000. DS

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Make : CHEVROLET Model : TRAILBLAZER Year : 2007
Manufacturer : GENERAL MOTORS LLC
Crash : No Fire : No Number of Injuries: 0
ODI ID Number : 10416253 Number of Deaths: 0
Date of Failure: April 1, 2011
VIN : Not Available
Component: FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
Summary:
2007 CHEVROLET TRAILBLAZER FUEL GAUGE DROPS TO “EMPTY” AND INDICATOR LIGHT COMES ON. HAPPENS WHEN ACTUAL FUEL LEVEL REACHES APPROXIMATELY HALF A TANK OF GAS.

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Make : CHEVROLET Model : TRAILBLAZER Year : 2007
Manufacturer : GENERAL MOTORS LLC
Crash : No Fire : No Number of Injuries: 0
ODI ID Number : 10415601 Number of Deaths: 0
Date of Failure: July 16, 2011
VIN : 1GNDT13S972…
Component: FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
Summary:
FUEL GAUGE FLUXUATES YOU NEVER KNOW HOW MUCH YOU HAVE IT WILL SHOW YOU HAVE A FULL TANK IT MAY BE HALF OR EMPTY, IT MIGHT SHOW EMPTY AND WILL FLOAT ANY PART OF THE GAUGE QUARTER OR HALF FULL. THIS COULD CAUSE A SERIOUS ACCIDENT, AT ONE TIME WE THOUGHT WE HAD A HALF TANK OF GAS AND RAN OUT OF GAS ON AN INTERSTATE FORTUNATELY WE PULLED OFF SIDE OF ROAD AND WALKED TO GET GAS WE WERE OUT OF GAS. THE ONLY WAY TO KNOW YOU HAVE GAS IS TO KEEP A CHECK WITH ODOMETER READING. THE LOW FUEL LIGHT WILL COME ON AND THEN MILES LEFT WILL COINCIDE WITH THE LOW FULL LIGHT BUT YOU MAY HAVE GAS IN THE VEHICLE. IT IS NEVER CONSISTANT. I WILL STAY AT A CERTAIN READING FOR SEVERAL MINUTES OR SO THEN YOU DON’T KNOW WHICH WAY IT WILL GO. THERE SHOULD BE A RECALL ON THIS VEHICLE. IT HAS ONLY 37,582 MILES OR SO. WE BOUGHT IT OFF A FRIEND WHEN HIS WIFE PASSED AWAY, HE BOUGHT IT NEW

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Make : CHEVROLET Model : TRAILBLAZER Year : 2007
Manufacturer : GENERAL MOTORS LLC
Crash : No Fire : No Number of Injuries: 0
ODI ID Number : 10415749 Number of Deaths: 0
Date of Failure: September 1, 2010
VIN : 1GNDT13S572…
Component: FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
Summary:
FUEL GAGE REGISTERED EMPTY AFTER FILL-UP AND HAS NOT WORKED SINCE.

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Make : CHEVROLET Model : TRAILBLAZER Year : 2007
Manufacturer : GENERAL MOTORS LLC
Crash : No Fire : No Number of Injuries: 0
ODI ID Number : 10414796 Number of Deaths: 0
Date of Failure: July 15, 2011
VIN : 1GNDS13SX72…
Component: FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
Summary:
TURNED ON TRAILBLAZER AND FUEL GAUGE SHOWED EMPTY WITH GAS LIGHT ON. THIS NOW OCCURS EVERYTIME WE TURN ON THE SUV AND CANNOT TELL HOW MUCH GAS IS IN THE TANK. WE ARE CURRENTLY HAVING TO RESET OUR MILEAGE EVERY 275 MILES TO MAKE SURE WE DON’T RUN OUT OF GAS.

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Make : CHEVROLET Model : TRAILBLAZER Year : 2007
Manufacturer : GENERAL MOTORS LLC
Crash : No Fire : No Number of Injuries: 0
ODI ID Number : 10413784 Number of Deaths: 0
Date of Failure: September 21, 2010
VIN : Not Available
Component: FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
Summary:
FUEL GAGE SENDING UNIT SHOWS THAT THE TANK IS EMPTY WHEN IT IS FULL. IT WILL WORK NORMALLY BETWEEN 3/4 AND 1/2 FULL AND THEN DROP TO EMPTY AND SOUND WARNING CHIMES AS IF IT IS OUT OF FUEL. THIS IS A HUGE ANNOYANCE AND IT IS VERY COMMON. I KNOW 4 INDIVIDUALS THAT OWN TRAIL BLAZERS AND ALL OF THEM HAVE HAD OR ARE HAVING THIS SAME PROBLEM. WHEN TALKING TO THE DEALERSHIP ABOUT THIS PROBLEM THEY TOLD ME THAT IT IS THE NUMBER ONE PROBLEM AMONG TRAILBLAZERS.

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Make : CHEVROLET Model : TRAILBLAZER Year : 2007
Manufacturer : GENERAL MOTORS LLC
Crash : No Fire : No Number of Injuries: 0
ODI ID Number : 10413110 Number of Deaths: 0
Date of Failure: January 6, 2011
VIN : 1GNDS13S472…
Component: FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
Summary:
2007 CHEVY TRAILBLAZER FUEL GAUGE NO LONGER WORKS AND CONSTANTLY READS “EMPTY.” THE TRAILBLAZER IS MY WIFE’S SOLE TRANSPORTATION AND PUTS RISK TO BOTH HER AND MY 3 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER. IN THE INSTANCE THAT SHE RUNS OUT OF GAS DUE TO HER INABILITY TO KNOW HOW MUCH GAS SHE HAS SHE IS AT RISK OF BEING STRANDED WITH MY 3 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER IN THE 100 DEGREE TEXAS HEAT. ADDITIONALLY, THE RISK OF HER BEING STRANDED AWAY FROM HOME OR ON A HIGHWAY PUTS HER LIFE IN DANGER. THE FAILURE OF THE GAS GAUGE AND FUEL DETECTION UNIT OCCURRED IN JANUARY OF 2011 AND HAS NOT OPERATED PROPERLY SINCE. TO FIX THE PROBLEM WILL COST $700. THE FACT THAT THIS IS A KNOWN AND COMMON ISSUE FOR THESE VEHICLES MAKES IT OBVIOUSLY APPARENT THAT THE FUEL DETECTION SYSTEM IS DEFECTIVE AND THE RESPONSIBILITY OF CHEVY. IT IS IN THE BEST INTEREST OF CHEVY TO ISSUE A RECALL ON THE UNIT TO MAINTAIN CONSUMER LOYALTY TO THE CHEVY BRAND. OTHERWISE, I AM COMMITING TO NO LONGER PURCHASE CHEVY OR GM VEHICLES.

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Make : CHEVROLET Model : TRAILBLAZER Year : 2007
Manufacturer : GENERAL MOTORS LLC
Crash : No Fire : No Number of Injuries: 0
ODI ID Number : 10410745 Number of Deaths: 0
Date of Failure: November 10, 2010
VIN : 1GNDT13S972…
Component: FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
Summary:
THE FUEL GAUGE DOES NOT READ THE PROPER LEVEL. EVEN IF I FILL THE TANK THE GAUGE READS EMPTY. PREVIOUSLY WHEN THE TANK WOULD REACH HALF FULL THE GAUGE WOULD READ ACCURATLY. HOWEVER; EACH TIME I FILLED UP THAT LEVEL WHERE THE GAUGE WOULD BEGIN TO WORK WOULD DECREASE, AND NOW IT DOES NOT WORK AT ALL. WHEN THERE IS APPROXIMATLY 1/8TH OF A TANK LEFT THE GAUGE WILL READ IRRATICALLY, SOMETIMES SAYING 1/4 FULL OR EMPTY. ALSO, THIS FUEL LEVEL SENSOR HAS TRIGGERED THE CHECK ENGINE LIGHT TO REGISTER ON THE DASH, WHEN DIAGNOSED BY THE DEALER THEY TOLD ME IT WAS THE FUEL LEVEL SENSOR TRIGGERING THE CODE AND NOT AN ISSUE WITH THE TRUCK EMISSIONS.

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Make : CHEVROLET Model : TRAILBLAZER Year : 2007
Manufacturer : GENERAL MOTORS LLC
Crash : No Fire : No Number of Injuries: 0
ODI ID Number : 10410082 Number of Deaths: 0
Date of Failure: April 1, 2011
VIN : 1GNDS13S672…
Component: FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
Summary:
TL – THE CONTACT OWNS A 2007 CHEVROLET TRAIL BLAZER. THE CONTACT STATED THAT THE VEHICLE FUEL GAUGE WAS DEFECTIVE. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT TAKEN TO THE DEALER FOR INSPECTION. THE MANUFACTURER WAS MADE AWARE OF THE FAILURE WHO ADVISED THE CONTACT TO TAKE THE VEHICLE IN TO THE DEALER FOR DIAGNOSTIC TESTING. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT REPAIRED. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 72,000 AND THE CURRENT MILEAGE WAS 75,000. KMJ

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Make : CHEVROLET Model : TRAILBLAZER Year : 2007
Manufacturer : GENERAL MOTORS LLC
Crash : No Fire : No Number of Injuries: 0
ODI ID Number : 10409099 Number of Deaths: 0
Date of Failure: May 1, 2011
VIN : 1GNDS13S072…
Component: FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
Summary:
AFTER FILLING MY CAR UP WITH GAS, THE FUEL LIGHT BEGAN BLINKING AND DINGING WITH THE GAUGE DROPPING TO THE EMPTY LEVEL. I CALLED A SERVICE CENTER IN VICTORIA TO INQUIRE AS TO WHAT THEY THOUGHT IT COULD BE AND MADE AN APPOINTMENT TO HAVE IT CHECKED OUT. THE CENTER CALLED ME BACK TELLING ME MY WARRANTY WOULD NOT COVER THE VISIT AND IT WULD COST ME APPROXIMATELY $140 JUST FOR THEM TO LOOK AT IT. I THEN MADE SOME CALLS TO SEVERAL AUTO PARTS STORES TO INQUIRE THE SAME AND LOOKED UP ONLINE ANY RECALLS THAT MAY HAVE BEEN DONE IN RE TO THIS ISSUE. I CANNOT AFFORD TO GET THIS FIXED ON MY OWN. THERE IS A SMELL OF GAS AT TIMES AND IT CONTINUES TO FLUCTUATE FROM EMPTY TO FULL, ETC. I AM A HOME HEALTH NURSE AND AM ON THE ROAD CONSTANTLY. THE CAR IS ALSO USING MORE GAS THAN USUAL AND IT IS VERY DIFFICULT TO DETERMINE HOW MUCH I ACTUALLY HAVE IN THE TANK. THE SMELL OF GAS IS NAUSEATING AND CAUSES HEADACHES. THE IDEA FO RUNNING OUT OF GAS IN A SECLUDED AREA IS FRIGHTENING. I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHERE TO START AS FAR AS PARTS BECAUSE TECHNICIANS HAVE TOLD ME IT COULD BE MULTIPLE THINGS I FEEL LIKE GMS SHOULD BE RESPONSIBLE FOR FIXING THIS DEFECT BEFORE SOMETHING TRAGIC HAPPENS. AFTER GOING ON LINE I NOTICED NUMEROUS CONSUMERS WITHTHE SAME COMPLAINTS AND NO RESOLUTION. THE ENGINE ALSO HAD BEEN ON.

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•Other vehicles involved in this probe include the 2005-’06 Chevrolet Trailblazer EXT, the 2005-’07 GMC Envoy, the 2005-’06 GMC Envoy XL and the 2005-’07 Saab 9-7X.
•The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has received 668 complaints about the vehicles alleging inaccurate fuel gauge readings.

WASHINGTON — Federal regulators are investigating an estimated 865,000 General Motors SUVs, including the 2005-’07 Chevrolet Trailblazer and Buick Rainier, for defective fuel gauges that give inaccurate fuel level readings. Other vehicles involved in this probe include the 2005-’06 Chevrolet Trailblazer EXT, the 2005-’07 GMC Envoy, the 2005-’06 GMC Envoy XL and the 2005-’07 Saab 9-7X.

“Of the 668 complaints, 58 incidents were alleged to result in a vehicle stall,” said the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in its defect investigations summary. “Of the 58 stalling incidents,

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