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Pontiac Torrent door wiring harness problem

Anyone else experience this?....the wires that run from the door into the car that controls the windows, locks, side view and all that...a few of the wires actually came apart! Seems that a the whole harness was getting pinched as the door would be opened and closed until some of them actually broke apart. I soldered them back together and everything works fine now...but I've never seen that happen in any car before.

Started out with my lock not working...then my side view mirrors wouldn't go side to side, then a tweeter was out until I finally looked into it after the radio wouldn't turn off once you opened the door and wouldn't hear the warning chimes.


  • We had that same thing with our '06. Our driver window stopped going up and down and they found that the wires were breaking like you described. They said the harness was installed too tightly. They replaced our whole harness for free. We were just glad it stopped working when the window was up!
  • vice86vice86 Posts: 5 got lucky then that it was under for "installed too tightly"...that sounds like a problem from the factory that should be fixed if a lot of people are having the problem. My dad ended up ordering the harness BEFORE taking the door apart and realizing he could fix by himself....and getting stuck with a 195.00 harness that can't be refunded...D'OH.
  • wbechardwbechard Posts: 2
    I had this same problem, power window on the driver's side stopped working.

    I was under warranty and had the harness replaced on my 2007 Torrent.
  • caubreycaubrey Posts: 1
    I have a 2006 torrent and my door lock quit about a month ago, and now my power window quit. I read your tip about checking the wiring going onto the door and BINGO i had 3 wires completely broke and 2 more on their way. Reconnected them and everything came back.

    Should'nt this be a recalled item? it sure is a design flaw

  • I also have a 2006 Pontiac Torrent, which has only had an oil pump require replacement (while still on warranty) to date and I have 103,000km, so it has been a great vehicle for me!

    My issue started the same as described above - driver side door lock and the radio wouldn't shut off when driver door was opened (what I thought was the driver door sensor). The kicker is that after these problems started in March of this year, I took it to the dealership for an inspection at which point they informed me that the driver door lock didn't work but didn't investigate as to why or explain that this could be a much bigger problem so as far as I knew it was just a simple inconvenience. Sure enough last week during -40 (celcius) weather, all my door locks and windows stopped working!

    I was very excited to find this post and to find that the problem was the same cause (snapped wires), unfortunately there was not enough give in the wire that we could fix it ourselves. So off to the dealership I went. Turns out that 8 wires were snapped completely, another 8 badly damaged and 2 fuses were blown, so they repaired it for a mere $504. I asked if the harness was installed to tightly but they of course said no, it was caused by opening the door in cold weather - I don't know, do people get sick days for their car? I don't think I'd be able to get away with that one - sorry boss, it's too cold for my car to come to work today!
  • tcsd26tcsd26 Posts: 1
    where exactly are the wires breaking?
  • Sorry, this answer may be a little late for you! The wires are in between the door and the vehicle - there is a black accordian like conduit, slide it over to one side to expose the wires.
  • gb21914gb21914 Posts: 5
    Yeah, we ran into this item.

    $700 later, with a new wiring harness / labour we will be submitting a letter to GM requesting an answer as to how this would occur under regular conditions. Seems to me a door opening and closing would be something that they would account for in their engineering.

    This is the 3rd major item we have had with this vehicle in the past months...and we were less than enthused that this was not a warranty item.

    That being said...until this year it has been nothing less than stellar.

  • coach03coach03 Posts: 1
    I am currently having issues with my door locks not working properly! I can unlock the driver's door with the key but once in the door lock button will not unlock any other doors! Also, once the vehicle is shut off and I open the door, the radio will not go off! And the interior light will not come on once the door is opened! What in the world could be the issue!? I am thinking the wiring harness in the door but my dealership says no way! But for 500.00 dollars they could possibly tell me the issue! Anyone havinig these same issues...and have you found the proper repair! I love this vehicle but hate the issues!
  • vice86vice86 Posts: 5
    Hey coach03...sounds like all the same stuff that happened with me. You could always take off your door trim and see if the wires are frayed. That's how I found out some of the wires were split. I eneded up ordered a new wire harness kit but never used it due to soldering the old ones..I don't have the Torrent anymore but still have the wire harness kit should you be interested in purchasing it off me if you find out that you need one. Still in the box never used. That was a waste of money since they wouldn't let me return it.
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,004
    Thank you for taking the time to post your concerns. Can you please email me directly with your VIN, current mileage, and involved dealer? I would like to look into your concerns for you. I look forward to your email.
    GM Customer Service
  • yuleyule Posts: 1

    I have the same issue with my vehical, door lock doesn't work, door light doesn't work, now my window won't go up all the way all on the drivers side door.

    VIN 2CKDL73F166183726
    133,000 km

    I couldn't find your email directly.
  • Christina, me too. It just happened today. Driver's door power lock no longer actuates. Which wire do I need to splice? VIN: 2CKDL33F886053471, 2008, Sundance in Grand Ledge, MI. Approximately 47000 miles.
  • :mad: My torrent is bucking between 45-50mph using my pedal,notice if i have my cruise contrl set to 60 and hit resume from the 25mph mark it will accelerate to 60 without bucking. Does anyone have any idea on possible causes?
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,004
    Good morning yule,

    Our apologies - we're only able to assist United States drivers at this time. If you're writing from Canada, please contact GM of Canada at 800-263-3777 for further assistance (Hours: M-F 7:30am - 11:30pm, Sat 7:30am - 6:00 EST).

    All the best,
    GM Customer Service
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,004
    Good morning tedbj50,

    Thank you for contacting us. We're unable to provide technical information like this as we're not certified mechanics, but if you had wanted to get this checked into at one of our dealerships we're available to help in that process. Please contact us at (include your name and contact information, the last 8 digits of your VIN, and a summary of the situation).

    Sarah, GM Customer Service
  • I'm probably a little late, came here trying to figure out my front door losing all power (locks and window). We had same problem with hesitating power. Changed all spark plug leads and it seemed to fix it (mostly). Was a pretty cheap fix considering I thought it was something with the fuel injection. This has got to be one if the worst designed vehicles I've ever owned!!
  • rspencer4rspencer4 Posts: 1
    This is happening to my 2008 Pontiac Torrent right now. Its funny how all of us experienced the same issues. My Drivers and front passengers door locks has to be unlocked/locked manually and once the car is off and locked the radio/DVD player does not shut off. I am concerned about the door locks mostly due to the safety issue. I have a case with GM Customer care and will take to the dealer August 1st. I would be nice if this was covered under warranty. My Case number is 71-1139088689.
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,004
    Hi rspencer4,

    Glad to see that you're working with GM Customer Care for this issue. If you have any concerns about your case, or need us to contact your agent for you just let us know.

    Amber N.
    GM Customer Care
  • Same issue, all my electronics stopped working. Called GM, they said that its not their problem. Anyway, I bought new wires, and are going to use butt connectors and heat shrinks and fix it myself. Here are some photos of my cars wires.

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