Check Engine Light and/or Excessive Fan Noise on Chevrolet Trailblazer

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

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Average mileage: 120,118 (12,000–220,012)
Engine affected: 4.2L 6 Cylinder
5 model years affected: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, more2006
74 people reported this problem
37 people shared problem details
2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer- 4.2L 6 Cylinder86,000
I fixed both issues by cleaning the electric clutch connector on top of the radiator
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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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2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer- 4.2L 6 Cylinder112,600
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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2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer- 4.2L 6 Cylinder180,000
bought new clutch fan at autozone for $200. installed with my son in about 2.5 hrs. dealer wanted $800 for same job.
while accelerating through the low gears, the engine sounds like it's ready for take off
2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer- 4.2L 6 Cylinder110,000
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.
2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer- 4.2L 6 Cylinder
It has happened twice in 120,000 miles
2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer- 4.2L 6 Cylinder149,000
bearings in the water pump went out. now at 165000, fan clutch is going bad.
2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer- 4.2L 6 Cylinder160,000
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.
2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer- 4.2L 6 Cylinder62,100
replacing fan clutch. At the shop right now. $800 at the dealer WOW A friend was visiting last week and has a Honda Accord. 2008 with over 100k miles. He bragged all he's done is oil changes and one set of front brakes.?? It makes me think because I've had several good size repairs on this Trailblazer already.
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2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer- 4.2L 6 Cylinder
Loud fan noise and reading really high rpms
it was diagnosed after noise started and check engine light came on. I have not had it fixed.
2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer- 4.2L 6 Cylinder135,000
clutch fan has always made a noise.
Fan clutch froze destroying belt, fan and water pump. 2700$
2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer- 4.2L 6 Cylinder
Check engine light stays on fan clutch running to fast make noise at sometimes
Check engine light on and loud noise in rear fan
No check light on just nose like an Loud fan or something I'm buying my fan clutch off of it's cheaper then autozone
bought used at 73000 miles. ticking sound when idling. Poor acceleration and gas ,ileage. I will replaced fan clutch and water pump as suggested.
2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer- 4.2L 6 Cylinder180,000
Chevy should have had a recall on this problem. I have changed this a few times all because the wires are not long enough and the BLUE wire breaks, (right at the connection on the fan) due to vibration. It is always the same wire. The fan then revs when you step on the gas and the eng. light comes on. You can't repair it becauce it breaks right at the rubber connection block. Mine just went again. This model also seems to go through water pumps too.
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