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Chevy Tahoe Stabilitrak Problems

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  • My first post here too and I'm sorry to make it. We have a 2008 suburban LTZ purchased used 4+ years ago which now has 115k miles on it. My wife loves the car. In December we had the same problems many others have had - ticking, misfires, SES light on, stabilitrac light on, etc. My local garage said it could be lifters and the cam shaft so I took it to the dealer. They replaced the throttle body, spark plugs, wires, did a fuel service and got me back on the road for $1,200. Was happy not to have an engine problem even after paying a pretty penny... for the time being. This weekend the ticking came back and Sunday night was incredibly loud so we took it to the dealer Monday morning. They said the #1 lifter had collapsed and recommended that all be repaired ($3,500) and if the camshaft was worn the total would be $4,700. Or, they wrote on my recommended services fax that I could "Replace engine (new engine may be better option than repair)." I like our dealer and the service manager has been good over the years but this was too much for me especially after 10 minutes on the internet reveals a gazillion stories that are all the same. At any rate, I called GM and they contacted me right away on Wednesday morning. I explained my situation to the customer service rep and asked for some assistance with the repair. She told me that the car was out of warranty and they would not help share with the cost. I told her that I knew I was out of warranty but that this was a very common issue that surely GM was aware of and they should be willing to help. She then told me that I had bought the car used and it "would have made a difference" if I was the original owner. Never mind that I bought it from a Chevy dealer. I get the message - I am a second class owner. I asked to speak to her supervisor and she said someone would call within 24 hours. It's been longer than that (by a half day) and no call back. Further evidence on how common this thing is... I work in a small office with 6 other people, one of whom has a Suburban like me. I was complaining to her about my issue and she said that she had all the lifters repaired on hers too. I'm really hoping GM will help, but if they don't, any advice on whether to repair or trade the car in?
  • tiredofmychevytiredofmychevy Posts: 1
    edited January 19
    I have read every single post. All 9 pages. I have a chevy avalanche 07. Bought it last February. Was in the shop for lifters two weeks later. I had the traction control problems too!  Everything all of you are saying. My truck now has 97000. I bought it with 70000. Yes I drive a lot. The traction control problem started Thursday night,  it is now Monday and I was just told my engine is not fixable. I guess I throw a shaft if that makes sense. I bought it again with 70000 11 months ago. I treaded my truck great. Never any 4 wheel, never any hi speeds. Just high way at 65. I had a 2002 gmc 1500 before this truck and sold it for $3500 with 230000. My truck did not make 100000. I always talked ford down but even their worst stories are not as bad as this. My truck has had about $8000 worth of repairs in 11 months. Four lifters were done 10 months ago. I am done with gm. And the gm representatives that pop up every few post are fake and just there to make people think something is happening. The two things I got from this form is. Do not but a gm from 2003 to 2013. And gm will never own up it what they did wrong. You think this is only a few million worth of mess ups you are dead wrong. The [non-permissible content removed] up by gm is hundreds of millions of dollars. We are paying that!  Us!  I am looking forward to giving ford a chance. I now have a$16000 loan with a blown engine that will cost me $7-8000 to fix. From my local gm dealer.  The sad part " I read this form before I bought it". I thought all of you were full of it. I am sorry for thinking that now. You live and learn and that us what I am doing. Do not buy you will regret it I guarantee it 
  • I have a 2007 tahoe with stabilitrack issue happened 3 times now I took pictures of all the lights bells and whistles going off with my phone. Now im am starting to track oil consumption. 
  • I am so mad and frustrated right now. We had bought a 2000 Chevy brand new right off the lot and had to replace the fuel gauge just like every other owner of a Chevy that year. In addition we had to replace the radio, headliner piece, door motors, and my son who bought it from us had to replace the transmission at 55,000 miles. Ridiculous and I swore I would never buy another Chevy. We are not hard on our rigs, we had a 76 Ford that we were tough on, getting wood and four wheeling, our Chevy's have only been used on road and very few miles a year. My husband loves Chevy's so we bought a 2009 Chevy brand new right off the lot, even though I wanted to buy Ford. Now at 36,000 miles we are looking at $800 to have our Stabilitrak issues solved. This wasn't caused by our driving, we put 7,000 easy gentle miles on this rig a year. It's about time for Chevy to step up. Like I said, everyone who had a 2000 Chevy had the fuel gauge issue, and now it seems everyone is getting this Stabilitrak issue. I am going to contact Chevy and if they don't offer some sort of resolution for my barely out of warranty truck with 36,000 miles on it I will go Ford or Dodge and never look back. Burn me once, shame on you, burn me twice shame on me.
  • Our 2010 Chevy Suburban had the same faults. Every dealer gave high dollar quotes saying the problem was everything from the computer, to the cat. converter, bad lifters, bad transmission, etc etc. One of the clerks at Autozone said it was a bad coil pack. We bought one coil pack and changed out one at a time until the truck suddenly ran great. The problem was a bad coil pack on cylinder 4. Coil pack was $80 and shade tree mechanic's time was $50.
  • I have 2007 Suburban and having all same issues... Stabilitrak, traction, burning oil etc.....
    Seems like nobody resolve the issues... Dealer told me to replace engine than will be fine. check engine light is on because of burning oil and that leads to stabilitrak, traction issue and lead to harsh change gear between 1st to 2nd....Told me $3700 for rebuilt engine or $6100 for new engine replacement.
    Still have question if I replace with new engine, will everything be fine?????
  • I started having the problem after we changed the oil pressure sensor yesterday. The Stabilitrak light and hard shift from 1 to 2. I've not reset the computer again yet but will try it shortly today. Hoping it's just a computer reset issue....
  • mikehuskeymikehuskey Posts: 2
    Just to share my experience to hopefully help someone else, we have experienced the same issues with our 2008 suburban. For several days we have searched and read countless sites trying to find what was causing the rough idle, stabilitrak warning, and the hard shift from 1st to 2nd... After going by advance auto, O'Reilly's, and Auto Zone and having them hook up the code reader, we kept getting several codes. From oil pressure sensor warnings (which I replaced first) to a warning related to the stabilitrak needing serviced. But the code that turned out to be the fix to our issues was the multiple misfires on our number 7 spark plug. One of the guys at AutoZone suggested that it was most likely the coil pack that was the problem. With the vehicle running rougher and rougher I (not a mechanic by no means) swapped the ignition coil pack on #7 with #5 to see if the misfire code would then switch to #5 as well. Running rough I went back to two different stores to run the diagnostics and it was still showing up as the #7 misfiring. At that point the automotive angel nudged me to go ahead and buy a new spark plug. After an hour of trying to find my socket wrench and busting a knuckle getting the old spark plug out, I was a little shocked to see the old spark plug corroded and pretty ugly to look at. I got the new plug in and crossed my first fingers... And upon starting her up she ran like a top. No more warning lights... No more service the stabilitrak errors... And everything seems to be great. Not sure if this will fix everyone's problem, but after $7 for a new plug and a skinned knuckle the problem seems to be fixed. Hope this helps someone and good luck! 
  • atc007atc007 Posts: 3
    edited July 29
    I am at a COMPLETE and utter loss of words... have we as Americans TRULY become so stupid to simply think ANY of this 1 million word thread is OK????? Families losing brakes, losing steering, brakes locking up,engines shutting off. Sometimes ALL AT THE SAME TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! For Gods sake..... Thousands of posts of the SAME exact things happening all around the world. And we are so damn gullible we roll into our GM dealer and ,,,,,,,,,PAY them,,,,,,to fix what is extraordinarily clearly a WARRANTY RECALL issue?? I just bought a 07 LTZ Burban Friday afternoon. THE flagship of this disgusting companies fleet. TV's everywhere, power boards, the works. So, I know going in, the boards are stuck out,and the airbag light is on as well as the fr left TPS isn't working. Sound familiar,oh yeah,,it also uses a ton of oil, the PO honestly tells me, So I'll keep an eye on it. Receipts of religious maintenance using Nothing but Mobil one. Sat am,,, batteries dead,,,NOT The first time GM had a pile in my garage dead the very first AM... New battery,,, back it out. Service stabilitrak, traction control... D in law takes my Handicapped Brother to an event,,all is well. She likes big land yachts... Leaving in bumper to bumper traffic,,,rear brakes are locking up,,screeching tires. She is NOT on the brakes!


    So, I get on here to find not only am I not alone, But this is simply par for course!! I am a very reasonable fella. I can't use my local stealer, Eighmey Buick/Chevrolet in Troy PA. I was there 3 weeks ago with my Loaded Outlook XR. I had bought 2 new OE AC Delco struts to have installed. They sent me and my family of FOUR special needs out the door and down the road with a steering wheel OVER a 1/8 turn off alignment and a completely broken off unhooked swaybar!! Pass fr wheel dangling,clattering and slapping! GM FACTORY trained BUFFOONS....So I run the VIN,, figuring there must be some recalls imminent! In poking around under the hood researching the power boards and dead battery, I noticed my cute little fusible link was gone,MIA ,for my Heated washer fluid. Well, turns out,,,,and trust me,,, Hollywood can't make this [non-permissible content removed] up!!! My amazing wonder of GM's best and fanciest designs has zero recalls outstanding :angry: ,,,BUT! On 10/16/07 it had a battery short problem, sound familiar?. On 12/17/08, it had a tsb to put in another harness for the heated washer fluid,,,and on 11/29/13,,,,wait for it!!! It had a tsb,,REMOVE heated washer !!!!! After FIVE years,,, this despicable filthy dirty company could not figure out a simple freaking heated washer component and had to DICTATE ON RECORD, They removed it all together! So, here I am, I have the same exact POS sitting in my driveway the rest of you do. Am I going to go beg and grovel,ohh please can I PAY you thousands and thousands more of my hard earned money to replace my engine with a bad oil pan design and a bad lifter design? No, I am going to be completely and totally taken care of,or this thread and the hundreds identical to it WILL BE forwarded to lawyers offices that do nothing but specializing in suing vehicle manufacturers. BTW, the comp says this vehicle has averaged 15.4 MPG , what are the rest of you seeing for mileage? Anyone in for starting a class action lawsuit? I am. Thanx and good luck to anyone seeing this :(
  • ray80ray80 Posts: 1,533
    @atc007 You had your independant mechanic check this 8 year old vehicle out before you bought it and they didn't find any of these issues? I think I'd find a better mechanic.
  • thecardoc3thecardoc3 Posts: 2,235
    atc, it's really tough to follow what you wrote but in trying to make sense out of it you bought struts and took them in to be installed? "I was there 3 weeks ago with my Loaded Outlook XR. I had bought 2 new OE AC Delco struts to have installed. " If you carried in parts to be installed did you ask them to advise you of any additional needs? Did you ask to have the vehicle aligned? Were you quoted prices for that additional work?

    The suburban that you bought, did you buy it from a dealer or an individual?
  • atc007atc007 Posts: 3
    edited July 30
    ray 80, Yes, the boards were stuck out,and airbag light on. And he advised after showing the religious Mobil one oil changes about the oil useage. Only problems at purchase. The battery and all other problems showed up AFTER purchase. You seem to be possibly suggesting I should have "saw this coming!!?". I never could have foreseen these problems! Brakes locking up without a foot NEAR the pedal??? The problems found at inspection,were googled and determined roughly what it would take to fix them. I am truly flabbergasted you have that "tone" given the track record here!! Oh well :). Carddoc, yes,sorry. Carried in new AC Delco parts, was quoted $130 for job. They came out halfway through stating,,,both of your swaybar bushings are shot. $56 a piece. I quickly checked Ebay,,,fresh new STEEL ones,with grease zerks, $29 shipped. I said ,just leave them. At pick up""" Broken piece is in the back",,what!!? Without so much as cleaning the threads or shooting PB on the threads,,which were Spotless BTW. ZERO rust. He had Broken the stud off. NOTHING wrong with the bushings :((. Yes,,of course they wanted to sell an alignment!!! My life is spent running family to hospitals here and there. We had an appointment to get to upon leaving.I called the service manager, Barry Humber, I said ,,I have a front wheel that sounds like it's coming back through my Wifes feet,a steering wheel aligned perfectly with the DITCH and Stabiltrak and traction control lights flashing!! I drove in there with a a PERFECT car with ONE soft strut on it a couple hours ago!!!!! WTH IS THIS!?? Well, you said change the struts,,, no alignment was talked about.. And swaybars break off ALL THE TIME when changing struts! ALL the time! He said..WHY would it need an alignment unless you screwed it up!... It drove straight as an arrow that am. I had a 08 Outlook, same struts, Landon Tire installed both 2 years ago. $100. NO alignment needed. Car drove like a dream another 40,000 miles. Never chewed a tire at all. And my next door neighbor now runs foster children all over Gods green earth with that car.. This 07 Outlook is absolutely unsafe to drive in the condition they returned it in. Bill was $140.. I get it. This is the new world order,and most of you simply swallow it. Not me, not by ANY stretch of the imagination. I have twisted wrenches my entire life and know right from wrong. And these stories on here,,,are not right. Suburban was brought privately.
  • atc007atc007 Posts: 3
    I would also like to add. I have no ill will obviously. Toward the GREAT mechanics who TRY hard every day ,and dedicate themselves to being great and doing right. As with anything, it's the bad ones there collecting a check and taking up space that ruin it for all of the good ones. I know first hand how many tens of thousands of dollars free time and advice I have given through the years repairing over the phone and breaking my knuckles on rusty junk I wouldn't charge extra for :(

    It is General Motors I have the HUUUUUUGGEEEEE Problem with. Do not think for one SECOND, their filthy low down belly crawling layers and Corporate asset preservation teams don't see these threads. Ford Pinto gas tanks, Explorer Firestone tires, They were NOTHING compared to this fiasco. Please,,, if ANYONE knows of anyone who has actually been in an accident ,or was killed or injured. PLEASE get ahold of me or post here. This entire situation does not sit well with me. Also,, My entire family WAS gm forever, the brutal Ford Chevy battles.Monster trucks, nascar, We bought a new Caprice or silverado every other year. Like MANY in this thread, I have chased ALL of my friends, neighbors, customers to ANYTHING but a GM. This after many disc brake/fuel pump problems with prior models.
  • berriberri Posts: 4,617
    I think GM needs to either fix Stabilitrak or develop a better performing replacement. Given the long period GM has apparently had these issues, the answer is probably the latter alternative.
  • thecardoc3thecardoc3 Posts: 2,235
    atc007 said:

    I never could have foreseen these problems! Brakes locking up without a foot NEAR the pedal???

    If you want an attempt at a silver bullet, one guess would be that the e-brake shoes might have corroded and the brake lining broke loose from the shoes and is moving inside the rotor hat (like a mini brake drum). No matter what this needs inspected by the symptom.
    atc007 said:


    Carddoc, yes,sorry. Carried in new AC Delco parts, was quoted $130 for job. They came out halfway through stating,,,both of your swaybar bushings are shot. $56 a piece. I quickly checked Ebay,,,fresh new STEEL ones,with grease zerks, $29 shipped. I said ,just leave them. At pick up""" Broken piece is in the back",,what!!? Without so much as cleaning the threads or shooting PB on the threads,,which were Spotless BTW. ZERO rust. He had Broken the stud off. NOTHING wrong with the bushings :((. Yes,,of course they wanted to sell an alignment!!!

    Thank-you for a classic description of what happens to shops when the management isn't smart enough to turn away someone that wants to carry in their own parts. Well, you just gave them the lesson that goes with the experience so maybe they will start saying "No" now. Those sway bar links almost never survive being removed and re-installed and while you can say that there was nothing wrong with them it cannot be proven in a forum. However given their failure rate unless they had been replaced some time in the last year or so that would very likely be incorrect.
    atc007 said:


    My life is spent running family to hospitals here and there. We had an appointment to get to upon leaving.I called the service manager, Barry Humber, I said ,,I have a front wheel that sounds like it's coming back through my Wifes feet,a steering wheel aligned perfectly with the DITCH and Stabiltrak and traction control lights flashing!! I drove in there with a a PERFECT car with ONE soft strut on it a couple hours ago!!!!! WTH IS THIS!?? Well, you said change the struts,,, no alignment was talked about.. And swaybars break off ALL THE TIME when changing struts! ALL the time! He said..WHY would it need an alignment unless you screwed it up!...

    The strut is responsible for not only maintaining one of the main alignment angles, Camber. (among others) Where the bottom of the strut bolts to the knuckle an adjustment can be made to correct the camber angle. Any change in the camber angle and you get a change in toe (in/out) and that would leave the steering wheel off center when going straight down the road.

    The shops biggest mistake was letting you tell them what to do. You aren't a technician and have no training so you have to learn all of this by experience. Yes you can get stuff cheaper off of the net, but those prices are for you to do it yourself, not for what you have done here.
    atc007 said:


    I have twisted wrenches my entire life and know right from wrong. And these stories on here,,,are not right. Suburban was brought privately.

    I have been a mechanic/technician all of my life and based on what you posted you have a long way to go to claim yourself as proficient. If you genuinely had experience you would have known about needing the car aligned and the sway bar links with the installation of the struts. It's not a stretch to believe that a real technician examining the Suburban prior to purchase would also have discovered a good number of the faults you described. Caveat Emptor.

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