Project Description

Chevy Trailblazer – Back on the Road

This repair was part of our Back On the Road 2021 program where we selected two local veterans to provide automotive services at no charge

Our first awardee is a local veteran nominated by a fellow church member. Through interactions at both church and bible study, it was clear this veteran is “a gentle and caring man who is working hard.” When they learned that vehicle problems had interfered with job searches in the past, they reached out to us to see if we could assist.

Project Details

  • December 7, 2021

  • 2007 Chevy Trailblazer

  • Repair

The 2007 Chevy Trailblazer had an excessive amount of rust and corrosion under the carriage causing drivability issues. The customer let us know that the steering into left turns became stiff and noisy. We gave it a full inspection, especially the chassis and steering, and got to work.

Several issues under the vehicle were contributing to the issues. The driver side front sway bar link had a loose bolt at the sway bar. While the brake rotors had significant rust damage, we also found the existing driver side front pad bracket was wrong for this model of Trailblazer. On the passenger side, the lower ball joint, lower control arm bushing and wheel bearing had gone bad.

Rust had also degraded the power steering cooling assembly on the Trailblazer to where it was no longer cooling efficiently.

We were able to replace wheel hub, brake and ball joint assemblies to get the truck’s alignment back in the green. This Trailblazer is now back on the road.

What was wrong

Corrosion under the vehicle and around the wheels had caused increasing drivability issues

What we did

  • Replaced right front wheel hub assembly
  • Replaced right left lower ball joint & control arm bracket
  • Replaced front brakes rotors, pads & calipers
  • Replaced power steering cooler assembly
  • Perform power steering fluid exchange
  • Replaced starter
  • Replaced battery

New Power Steering Cooler Assembly

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New Ball Joint

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New Battery

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New Starter

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