I have a 1998 Chevy Blazer and it's been dying on me. It only has
60,000 miles on it! I am so disappointed. Here's the situation.
1. It first died after driving about one hour on the highway at
70mph. While it was coasting, I put it in neutral and restarted it.
It restarted with no problems. The engine light came on right before
it died, but no warning lights have come on since. The engine light
has never come on again.
2. Now, my Blazer dies after I drive it for about ten minutes. I put
it in park and then wait about 30 seconds and it just dies.
3. While I am driving it, it makes a very strange sound. It reminds
me of the noise that you hear at car shops when they are removing
tires. Kind of an electrical zzzz......zzzzz sound.
So we have taken our car to three different repair places in the
1. Chevy dealer - wanted to replace lower intake gasket, valve cooler
gasket, lifters, water pump. Estimated cost: $2000. I thought the
estimate was too high and did not trust the dealership so we left. We
paid $70 for the estimate.
2. Small Local repair shop - For $206, they replaced the belt
tensioner, fuel filter, 1 head gasket chemical, and changed the oil.
This did not repair the problem. But this shop ruled out the water
pump that the Chevy dealer wanted to replace.
3. Larger chain repair shop - We went to this third shop, after the
car started dying after 10 minutes of driving and putting it in park.
Now, it makes the weird sound that makes me afraid to drive it. This
shop wanted to replace the control module and ignition coil for
$580.00. (Diagnostics run by this shop and the Chevy dealer did not
Can someone please, please help me??? I can't afford to put any more
money into this car unless absolutely necessary.
What do you think is wrong? Is it the control module and ignition
coil? Is $580 a fair price?
Thank you in advance for your help! I appreciate your time.