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Chevrolet Trailblazer Cooling Fan Clutch May Fail Causing Noise and Check Engine Light

Chevrolet Trailblazer Problem
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Model Years Affected: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006

Engine Affected: 4.2L 6 Cylinder

Average Mileage: 115,449 mi (12,000 mi - 216,000 mi)


The cooling fan clutch may fail causing excessive fan noise and/or the Check Engine Light to illuminate.

  • Visitor, , 4.2L 6 Cylinder, 86,000 mi

    I fixed both issues by cleaning the electric clutch connector on top of the radiator

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  • Visitor, , 116,000 mi

    There is a loud humming noise from under hood-- shakes and vibrates when started up and at stoplights... transmission feels like it was slipping, would go to 3,000-3,500 rpms before shifting gears, terrible gas millage--

    Found out it was the electronic clutch fan-- dealership wanted $400 for part, with 3 hours for labor,
    found the part at autozone for $199, saved a couple hundred bucks---vehicle runs alot better and gas millage has gotten alot better

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  • bk3994, , 4.2L 6 Cylinder, 180,000 mi

    bought new clutch fan at autozone for $200. installed with my son in about 2.5 hrs. dealer wanted $800 for same job.

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  • Visitor, , 4.2L 6 Cylinder, 112,600 mi

    One day I noticed a loud whining noise from my under my hood while accelerating. At first I thought my transmission or motor was acting up, I got scared. A few days later, my check engine light came on. I took it to a car parts store to get the engine light scanned and the codes indicated was pump motor circuit open and fan high speed. I have not fixed this problem yet, just researching some sites to see what this problem could be but it looks to me that the fan clutch is or went bad. Any suggestions?

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  •  Rookie

    while accelerating through the low gears, the engine sounds like it's ready for take off

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  • Visitor, , 4.2L 6 Cylinder

    It has happened twice in 120,000 miles

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  • Visitor, , 4.2L 6 Cylinder, 160,000 mi

    Have replaced the fan clutch twice since buying the vehicle used in 2004. Eventually had to replace the transmission too and suspect it was due to not replacing the fan clutch soon enough and driving it that way too long.

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  • Visitor, , 4.2L 6 Cylinder, 62,100 mi

    replacing fan clutch. At the shop right now. $800 at the dealer WOW A friend was visiting last week and has a Honda Accord. 2008 with over 100k miles. He bragged all he's done is oil changes and one set of front brakes.??
    It makes me think because I've had several good size repairs on this Trailblazer already.

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  • Visitor, , 4.2L 6 Cylinder, 110,000 mi

    Vehicle sounded like an airplane taking off when RPM was increased. Had just had water pump replaced due to bad bearings, making the fan wobble. Less than 100 miles later, fan clutch failed in the "on" position and would not disengage. Had to replace fan clutch at about $450.

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  • Visitor, , 4.2L 6 Cylinder, 149,000 mi

    bearings in the water pump went out. now at 165000, fan clutch is going bad.

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