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2005 Chevy Equinox Problems

This is the second time I've had problems with my MP3/CD Player in my 2005 Equinox. I got it replaced the first time while the vehicle was under warranty but now I am having the same problems where it will accept CDs but not play them. It will not play any of my CDs even my regular audio ones. It just says "Reading Disc" and then "Check Disc" and will not play.

Also, recently I have heard a very loud squealing noise while I am driving. It is relatively constant while driving whether I'm braking or accelerating. It only will stop while at a complete stop. Any help on what this could be?

If anyone could give me some advice I'd really appreciate it. The car is no longer under warranty. I don't have a lot of money to replace CD players. Thanks for any help!
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  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    Chevy Equinox Stereo, iPod, CD, Bluetooth, Sat, AUX, USB, DVD would be a good place to pose your CD question.

    tidester, host
    SUVs and Smart Shopper
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,001
    Hello Wendy_w,
    I apologize you are experiencing a concern on your vehicle. You may want to check with your dealership on the warranty you may have with the stereo that was originally replaced. I am not sure how long it has been but, you may be still under warranty and be able to get it fixed. Thank you,
    Mariah GM Customer Service
  • wendy_wwendy_w Posts: 5
    Yes I already did that. They said 12 months warranty and it is definitely past that. How is it that the CD player can't last longer than 3 years? That seems pretty ridiculous to me. GM should guarantee it's stereo systems for longer than that!
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,001
    Hello Wendy_w,
    Again, I apologize that you are experiencing a concern with your CD player. Have you had anyone look at the CD player recently to check the concern?
    Thank you,
    Mariah GM Customer Service
  • laserbluelaserblue Posts: 313
    I owned a 2005 Equinox and in my first 2 yrs they had to change my Radio/C.D..... 5 times.
    That's 6 units if you include the original.
    Good Luck!
  • wendy_wwendy_w Posts: 5
    Oh my God! That is horrible!! Did you ever find out why you had so many problems? They should do a recall on the cd players if they are going to be so problematic.
  • wendy_wwendy_w Posts: 5
    I called the dealership who replaced it the first time and explained the issues and was told I would have to replace the entire unit. It is the same problem I had before where the CD/MP3 player will simply not read any discs.
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,001
    Hello Wendy_w,
    What I can do is have an agent look into your concern further. However, the agent may require you to have the CD player diagnosed by the dealership. If you want me to proceed with this I will need you to email me your contact info, VIN, current mileage, dealership and best time to contact you. You can get my email by clicking on gmcustsvc. Thank you,
    Mariah GM Customer Service
  • laserbluelaserblue Posts: 313
    Your right Wendy, they have to change the entire unit and to make things worse, they replace it with a "rebuilt".
    The radio was o.k. but the problem was every time the C.D.
    Unit # 1 (The original) I couldn't insert a C.D.
    Unit # 2 Same thing.
    Unit # 3 The unit couldn't read the C.D.
    Unit # 4 The C.D. got stucked inside the unit ( lost my C.D.)
    Unit # 5 I couldn't insert a C.D.
    Unit # 6 Was still working after 4 months but I traded the Equinox.

    Good luck to the new owner.

    P.S. We are not alone with the 2005's Radio/C.D. units.
  • i see people here with equinox cd problems, but i see none with the dex/cool problem, if you look on consumeraffairs under dex/cool. you will see a bigger problem. i am one with this problem, and the government is giving gm a pass, so they don;t have to do a recall and make them look bad. i see there are things in the works in many state for a class action, so anyone with not just chevy but gm should look into it. i am they say we have till oct to file, i just have to findout, file with who...good luck
  • I am another one with a stereo problem. Mine goes in and out cd and radio,, I also have a problem that my door buzzers do not work either I have had fuses checked and nothing wrong ther. Any suggestions what to do now. I know I am out of warranty, OF Course
  • I know how you fell, had my share of problems with my 2005 Equinox (see my last post) The CD/Radio is bad.
    What I did...got rid of the entire pile of scrap.
    I used to call my truck "My Equinox" but suddenly I noticed I was calling it "My Equijunk".
    Traded it for a 2010 HHR 2LT....The HHR is the real thing. No problems at all, a real dream car (it is a car). Comfortable, fun to drive, economical, 110% better than that Equinox (especially the 2005 model).
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,001
    Hello Bhollander,
    How long have you experienced the stereo concern? When you had the fuses checked, did the dealership check the radio to see if something else was wrong with it? Thank you,
    Mariah GM Customer Service
  • :confuse: Took into shop and they say its the amplifier. What causes this?
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,001
    Hello Bhollander,
    Unfortunately, I am not a service technician and cannot tell you why the amplifier is causing the problem. I would ask the service technician that diagnosed the concern for you for the answer. Did they fix the concern? Thank you,
    Mariah GM Customer Service
  • laserbluelaserblue Posts: 313
    Dear (bhollander), they had to change my entire unit and to make things worse, they always replace it with a "rebuilt".
    My radio was playing o.k. but the problem was the C.D.
    Unit # 1 (The original) I couldn't insert a C.D.
    Unit # 2 Same thing.
    Unit # 3 The unit couldn't read the C.D.
    Unit # 4 The C.D. got stucked inside the unit ( lost my C.D.)
    Unit # 5 I couldn't insert a C.D.
    Unit # 6 Was still working after 4 months but I traded the Equinox for a 2010 HHR.
    The HHR 2LT and it"s a jewel and fun to drive.

    P.S. you are not alone with the 2005's Radio/C.D. units problem.
  • 2005 Equinox AWD, built 45km from my home (at Cami in Ingersoll ON), out of warranty, approx. 80,000kms, well maintained.

    recently noticed fuel economy dropped significantly (last 3 weeks or so), about the same time as I noticed a vibration (almost like a drag), feels like it's coming from the back end. Does this sound like a seized caliper/bad rotor?

    what's the consensus on aftermarket/OEM parts?
  • The car runs fine but putting the car in gear is useless, nothing happens. The transmission has no access to check or add fluid so I have to take it in to the dealer.
    What do you know about this transmission?
  • I owned a 2005 Equinox (bought it new) until spring 2010. Traded it with 63,000 kms for a 2010 HHR (new), what a difference in every way...LOVE my HHR.
    All my vehicles are always maintained religiously.
    My Equinox had closely the same problem that yours has and it was all caused by the left rear wheel hub bearing that was but this didn't bother with the fuel economy.
    For the decrease of fuel economy remember that in or cold Canada weather it is normal that the cold air has an effect on this.
    I see you live somewhere between Toronto/London, I live near Ottawa and every time winter season arrives it has an effect on the fuel economy all my cars did the same since 1975.
    This is probably not related to your vibration problem but on the cold air.
    As I recall, your problem can't be cause by a bad caliper/rotor because the rear wheels of the 2005 Equinox had shoes/drums.
  • These things could be the answer to your problem.

    1- Check your shift linkage.
    2- Old fluid, time to change your fluid.
    3- Low fluid level.
    4- Over filled fluid level.
    5- Your transmission might be shot.

    There is no "dipstick" to check your transmission oil level but underneath the transmission there is a "plug" that you unscrew and insert your little finger in the hole to check the level.
    If you can't touch the oil, the level is low, if it spills out = to much oil, if you can touch the oil with the tip of your finger the oil level is o.k.

    My transmission seal on my Equinox had to be changed on warranty because my transmission was losing oil about 1 once a day (even more when hot).
    Did you check if you see if you have red oil spots under your Equinox?
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