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If the temp gets below 20 degrees f first thing in the morning after setting overnight all lights and dash lights come on but when I turn the key I get nothing at all just a click. If I continue to turn the key off and on numerous times it will eventually start. Its never the same amount of key turns and the battery light on the dash stays dimly lit sometimes it goes out sometimes it dosent. Any idea what the problem might be already replaced the battery. General Motors you would think if they dont want to recall the vehicle for this problem might at least a fix for the problem solution on their website

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  • jpsilverado4 Feb 08, 2010

    I dont believe its the alternator the battery is being charged the headlights are bright and stay bright when I turn the key dash lights are on just clicks when I hit the ignition and not all the time just when it gets below a certain temp at night. Once I start it in the morning than I dont have the problem again for the rest of that day and it might not happen again for days again it seems to depend on the temp? Also the battery light on the dash is very dimly lit you have to look twice at night and even less visible during the day. The only reason I changed the battery was that is what I thought it was. The local dealer wont give to much info on the phone and I googled the internet and this problem is typical but did not really find any solutions anything else you might think it is. I do my own work and have for years but I need some help on this one Thanks

  • jpsilverado4 Feb 09, 2010

    I have had the charging system tested the alt battery starter tested good this problem I described seems to be an ongoing problem with numerous gm vehicles not just the 04 trailblazer and by the way this vehicle only has 32000 miles on its still showroom cond. but no warranty left. check the internet for why dosnt my 04 trailblazer start and youll be surprised what you end up with and thats why it should be a recall

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Sounds like your starter solenoid is wearing out. Inside the solenoid, there's a copper disk that comes in contact with two copper posts when the solenoid activates, completing the starting circuit. When the posts arc out, or the disk arcs out enough, then it will intermittenly start just as you describe. It's more noticeable when it's cold, because the copper has contracted just slightly. You'll still get the click from the solenoid, but the starter won't catch. If you're mechanically inclined, you can take the starter off, take the back of the solenoid off, and pull out the mentioned parts for inspection. If the disk is the problem, then you should be able to flip it over for use for another 100,000 miles or so. If it's the posts, then find an auto electric store that rebuilds starters, and they're usually happy to sell you a couple of posts for $10 or less. This is a fairly common issue, not just with GM, but with almost all car manufacturers; honda, chrysler, toyota, mazda, ford, etc. It's a part that wears rapidly due to the high current draw, and the fact that it arcs every time it's started.

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  • Dustin Feb 12, 2010

    Ok, hearing that it has 32000 miles helps the troubleshooting process. Check the terminals on the back of the starter and make sure that they're tight. I'm talking the two small ones, not the big ones. They're what actuates the starter solenoid. If they are, then you're looking at the starting relay, or the ignition switch. The starting relay is the most likely. It'll be located in your under-hood fuse box.

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Sounds like the starter is going. next time (if possible) that it just clicks.... have someone hit the starter with a hammer. not hard enough to break it but hard. if it starts up it's time to change the alternator. you may also want to replace the starter relay. it's located in the fuse panel inside the engine compartment near the battery.

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The battery light on the dash indicated that the alternator/ charging system of the battery is not okay.

This is not a generic problem to General Motors therefore will not make a recall.

It is the alternator that you should be looking at replacing at this time. Since you have a new battery.

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