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2010 Chevy Equinox Problems



  • I have a 2010 equinox Lt. It has issues and not sure why? A month ago I had to change the front tire because of a screw, and the menu was telling me it was the wrong tire that was flat. Now the engine light goes on and off (mostly on) which will not let the remote start work. The drivers side window will not go up and down at times, the rear doors will not open when unlocked from the inside. Also the car sometimes runs on for a few seconds after I turn it off.
    Help! This has seriously all happened within a three week span. Worried it's going to cost me a lot!!!

  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,201


    We're sorry to hear that you are experiencing these concerns. Please feel free to reach out to us if you would like for us to take a further look into your concern. We can be reached by email at Please include your full contact information, VIN, current mileage and preferred dealership in the email. We look forward to hear from you soon!

    Kristen A.
    GM Customer Care

  • wizfin1wizfin1 Posts: 1

    Just sent a note to as now in addition to the other recalls, and having had the waterpump, and then the engine replaced due to timing chain issues, now had to replace alternator last month and today have to get Power Steering Assembly fixed to the tune of $$$$$! At what point does a car become a lemon. It can't be just due to a single issue that occurs multiple times...shouldn't it qualify if no matter what goes wrong and is replaced, yet another issue crops up shortly thereafter??? This car is less than 5 years old!!!

  • turbofan249turbofan249 Posts: 1
    edited May 2014
    I have a 2010 equinox, over the past year I have brought the car to the dealer 3 times and going to bring it in again this saturday. The first time I brought it in the car had a CEL and was stuttering/stalling while stopped or low speeds. During the visit they said they replaced the cam actuators and they said the cams but not sure. The second time was right after I picked it up from the first visit. On the way home(probably 2-3 miles from the dealer) the CEL came back on so I went right back to the dealer, not sure what they did this time. The third time I brought it in they said they were unsure of what it was and before they started the harder stuff they wanted to start with easy things to do so they cleaned the MAF sensor and the throttle body. Now about 2 months later the car is acting up again. Another thing that happened around the time of the first time i brought the car in was I did an oil change and about 2k-3k miles later the dipstick was completely dry, most people would say did you put oil in? but I did cause I no longer the new oil and i remember checking it after filling it. Just want to see everyones thought on this and if anyone has any advice. The warranty expires in Dec of this year so I want to get this fixed before then.
  • cjgacjga Posts: 18

    engine yellow warning light comes on and go off.......put on computer to get error...says cam error

    intake sensor.........Is this covered by powertrain(77k miles...purchased new)

  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,201

    Hi cjga,

    I see that your check engine light is illuminating. We'd be glad to reach out to your dealership on your behalf. If you'd like our assistance, please send us a private message with your full contact information and VIN.

    GM Customer Care

  • Back in march of 2013 at 62K miles I had the engine replaced under the powertrain warranty. I now have 83K miles on my 2010 Equinox. I know that others have had the engine replaced and was wondering how their vehicles are doing. I was told that the engine put in my car was a 2013 fresh off of the factory floor engine. I've done all required maitnence and oil changes at the dealer and don't rely on the oil monitor, I get it changed at the 3,000 - 4,000 mile mark. Dad always told me a regular oil change is the cheapest car insurance you can buy.....
    That being said, have any owners who had the engines replaced had any additional problems? I'm getting close to the 5 yr mark and while I like the car and cannot say enough good about my dealer service department I'm a bit skiddish none the less.

  • I have this comment in an older thread, but I just saw this much newer one so I wanted to post it here.. what do you guys think?

    I had the fuel pump go at about 33k miles. I'm at 47k now, thus out of warranty. The engine is groaning a bit when going up hills and the check engine light is on. The dealers here in Hawaii have a back log of about a week, so I couldn't get an appointment until October 1st. The error codes for me are:

    P0011, P0016 and P0017

    I found: #PIP4716C which said "This may be an issue with the cam phasers not parking properly. Once the noise is verified as the phasers, they must be replaced. If the cam phasers are replaced, remove the CMP actuator solenoids to inspect for debris. If debris is found, clean and inspect for torn or loose screens and replace solenoid if necessary." after checking a belts allignment.

    More so, I also found #PIP4469G which seems to point to the "if you're experiencing issues" recall on the timing chain. It talks about " Intermittent DTC P0011 P0014 P0016 P0017 Or Hesitation / Stall " I'm definitely having hesitation at lower speeds. Maybe this "The technician should inspect each CMP solenoid valve and cam phaser actuator for debris. If debris is found on the solenoid valve screens inspect for torn screens then clean or replace as necessary.
    When debris is found on the solenoid valve screens, thoroughly inspect the cam phaser actuators for debris and clean/replace as necessary. If the DTC continues to reset after thorough inspection and cleaning of the cam phaser actuators, replace the affected camshaft actuator(s) depending upon the DTC(s) that set.
    Note: When debris is found change the oil and filter before returning to service, in some instances it may be necessary to change the oil/filter multiple times. The filter can be inspected afterwards to ensure no additional debris is present."

    What are the chances it's the timing chain and I can get it fixed under the extended warranty/recall? I pulled my oil filter and it was clean, no debris or anything.

    The annoying thing is the dealer here says you have to get a $150 diagnostics which will not be "forgiven" even if you get work there. lame..

    I still feel like I should have gotten some kind of extended warranty or gotten rid of this thing. However, I still like it and it's in great physical shape inside and out. The engine? well, that's a different story.

    I was just thinking about the powertrain warranty, I wonder if this will be covered?

    Thanks, Nick
  • I have had all the same problems that you all have had. excessive oil consumption, loud engine noise, smell of gas during idle, smell of gas all the time, check engine light, and a ton of other problems. I received all of the notices from GM and presented them to my dealer. I got the fuel pump replaced, and all the recalls performed, including the ECU for the oil change timing. I am still having problems with excessive oil usage, reduced gas mileage, smell of gas during idle, loud engine noise, and definitely reduced power. I keep getting the runaround from my dealership, and it is getting old. It is a shame that GM doesnt get more involved with the way that their customers are being treated by the dealerships wearing their logos (that represent them). I don't understand why a dealership wouldnt want to make a customer happy and have their return business. I have read all of these stories about customers getting contacted by GM and given new engine replacements, and credits for repairs... I will believe that when I see it. Unfortunately, at this point, I am definitely losing alot of faith in GM products. Its a shame... Well GM... thanks for nothing. At this point, I am hoping that my Nox is still running by the time I have actually finished buying it from the bank.
  • teachertxteachertx Posts: 6
    I had engine issues for the last 3 years. Three times chain replaced, cam shaft actuators replaced and changing oil every around 3000 miles, Wanted engine replaced after the 2nd time Dealer/Chevy would not do it. Fixed it a third time now no warranty left. Engine failed, same evidence of metal shavings, no oil and they will not even pay part of the repair. Had vehicle in for leak nothing found wrong. The vehicle is not even paid for and they are saying it is not their fault. I have owned 6 gm trks/ suv kept them for over 10 years each, this one is not even 5 years old. Chevy just lead me along until the warranty ran out.
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