25th Apr 2008, 19:05
My 65K 2002 Envoy has the same loud fan clutch that everyone is talking about. I had it checked again by the dealer last month and once again they said it's normal. The thing that's annoying me is because the engine works harder during the problem, it burns more gas than normal. It's really starting to irritate me with gas at $5 billion/gallon. Just from reading the comments from everyone, it looks like GM is losing a lot of unhappy owners to Japanese brands. They either need to man up or at least offer a rebate of some sort. I'm so embarrassed when it's so loud and slow. It's supposed to be a luxury SUV; if it actually took off like a jet, I'd be happier with it. At best it's a useless jet. I tried towing a U-Haul a couple of years ago, and the fan went on. Hahhaha, it was sooo embarrassing I actually started laughing. I really wanted to put it out of its misery.
The funny thing is, besides the fan clutch problem, I love my Envoy. But it really leaves a taste in my mouth. I think I might be losing my hearing too.
5th May 2008, 22:37
I guess I am lucky... my fan clutch lasted over 85,000 miles before it started to roar. After reading so many comments saying this should be a recall item, I, too, am going to file a complaint with the Better Business bureau.
18th May 2008, 19:43
I have a 2006 Trailblazer LS, 42K miles, I bought it brand new, and today there is a noise where the belts are, sounds like bearings going out, not a noise from the belts. The fan has play in it, so I assume it is the fan clutch. The service engine light has yet to come on. I guess I am in the same boat as everyone else on this board.
20th May 2008, 21:07
Well, thanks to everyones posts, I now know what is going on with my 03 Trailblazer...
27th May 2008, 11:33
I have a 2003 Envoy XL that can be added to the "fleet" of loud vehicles on the road. Even if I could drive this vehicle for the next 5 yrs without repairing the clutch fan, it is sooo embarrassing to be driving a $43,000 luxury vehicle that sounds like a potato truck. I miss my Toyota!
3rd Jun 2008, 19:58
Add me to your list of disgruntled owners. My fan is roaring and the "service engine soon" light is on. I've read here that it's more than likely the clutch fan. My question is this... can I drive it for the next few days until I get it replaced? Thanks.
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7th Jun 2008, 08:31
We own a 2002 GMC Envoy with over 148,000 miles on it, and we first experienced the fan clutch problem at 80,000 miles. After having it replaced (along with the water pump and the alternator) by the local Chevy dealer, the problem went away.
Then last year I hit a deer, which along with the bulk of the front end, damaged the fan clutch again. This time it was replaced by the body shop, but the problem persisted. After three fan clutches, two wiring harnesses and multiple trips to the Chevy dealer (luckily all under warranty, but the dealer never could fix it) I bought one from http://www.apdty.com/ for 139.99 plus shipping with a lifetime warranty. It took me a little over an hour to change it with the tools from our local O'Reilly's auto parts store, and problem solved again.
7th Jun 2008, 22:26
Well, I guess my wife's 2004 Trailblazer is also falling victim to the old fan clutch trick. Way to go GM.
8th Jun 2008, 11:16
I have a 2003 trailblazer and I started hearing this roaring sound when I step on the gas. I cannot afford to even get it fixed. I wonder how long you can drive on this before you have to get this fixed?? I too have had my engine light come on recently and just out of the blue this morning on my way to work it started making that loud noise. If anyone can give me any information on this can you email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank You, Susan.
9th Jun 2008, 09:37
Add me to the list as well. '05 TB just over 47k miles, coming back from vacation and check engine light came on. I was going to drive home and take it to the dealer the next day. However, we did not make it that far. About 30 miles later I lost acceleration and barely made it off the highway to a safe spot. (kids and dog in the car). After paying almost $100 for the tow truck and having to call a friend to drive an hour to pick us up. The dealership called this morning with a bad fan clutch & water pump. only $1147.65. Think I will follow the lead of some others and try the BBB and GM Customer service. Only problem is it does not drive at all and we need a vehicle. I have to pay now and pray for some help later.
9th Jun 2008, 11:20
2002 Trailblazer. Fan Clutch problem @ 81,000 miles. GM dealer charged $332.79 for part and 5.00 hr labor... Does anyone have a Chilton manual with the official hours to have a fan clutch changed..??
9th Jun 2008, 12:37
I have a 2002 trailblazer that is coming up on 70k miles. Last year there was a ticking and then my air conditioner fan quit working on the level 5. Had the dealer check it out and they could hear nothing. Then today it clicked a couple of times and now it won't blow on level 1. After reading all the posts on here, am thinking of trading and not opting for repairs.
10th Jun 2008, 19:01
I too became the the victim of the fan clutch problem,2002 Trailblazer. I also checked the dealerships and got a quote of approximate $700.00. I went on EBAY and bought a after market clutch for 129.90 and installed it myself, took me about 3 hours to do. I then took it to my GM truck dealership and had the computer flashed, and that took care of the service engine soon light. Just don't understand the dealers outrageous prices. I also own a Ford Explorer and have never experienced this type of problem.
11th Jun 2008, 22:09
Add me to the list of the TB Fan Clutch problem. I called GM customer service to file a complaint and have been working with them for about 45 days now. I have asked for 50% assistance. They assigned a rep to my case and he has actually followed up with me many times over the past few weeks. I am very hopeful that GM will agree to the reimbursement. As with a few other people, initially you can expect to be blown off by the first customer service rep; however, be persistent and ask to be transferred to the US in order to escalate. I had to escalate two times, and make sure they actually assign you a case number.
15th Jun 2008, 09:56
Wow that's a lot of people having the same problem LOL. OK, I have a 2002 Trailblazer LT 4x4, bought it from a friend, he drove the hell out of it, has only 76k now. I think he had a few things replaced..
My problems currently are.. A/C won't work on level 5 (as stated above), power steering barely works when turning real slow, and only when I start it up, for the first 30 seconds or so, the fan sounds like a 747, otherwise it's fine..
She does rev a little high though before switching gears.. any ideas??