I have a 1998 Blazer that exhibits the common intermittent windshield
wiper problem. I attempted to do the repair on the circuit board
connector/solder joints. All instructions I have seen for this repair
state that only three #15 torx screws need to be removed and the
module cover will come off.
I removed the three visible screws and my cover simply would not come
off. So by using a small dental mirror, a flash light and a lot of
contortions, I discovered that my 1998 Blazer cover has FOUR screws.
It is almost impossible to align the torx driver/ratchet with the
screw and if I could get it out it would be impossible to get it back
in place after the repair was made. It looks like the only way to get
at this fourth screw is to remove the ABS unit. That could easily be a
I always wondered why the 1998 and 1999 Blazers were not covered by
this recall. Up to 1997 and again starting with 2000 this recall was
honored. I suspect that the 1998 and 1999 models have four screws in
the cover and repairing/replacing them would be too expensive. I also
don't understand why GM didn't just correct the original problem
instead of coming up with these Mickey Mouse fixes.
If GM wants to know why the Japanese manufacturers are kicking their
butts they need look no further than the Blazer situation and while
they are at it, why don't they move the fuel filter under the hood
where Subaru has their's.