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Chevrolet Equinox Maintenance and Repair



  • Hey Radboiler,

    I wish I was replying to say I have a solution for you but sadly only another problem. Our 2005 Equinox is doing the very same thing and I was wondering (and hoping) if you had discovered a solution.

    My father n law is a mechanic and has tried several things but the bucking and jerking continues. It's not all the time and is so inconsistent that it's difficult to trace down. The only thing we have not replaced is the computer on the trans but I've noticed that I can put the car in park or neutral and it is still idling sporadically and sometimes the engine even shuts off which is very bad when we are sitting at a red light..

    Anyway if you ever find a solution and can reply back and let me know I would greatly appreciate it ...
  • clebo1clebo1 Posts: 78
    Enough is not enough until these hunbks of hunks are fixed.i am still tracking you past assocaition with GM.You seem to be the only one who is defending this vehicle obviously you must be employed by them.!!!! :lemon:
  • dunzydunzy Posts: 1
    hi kris, my name is jim and i am posting for the first time and hopefully helping you and others. i have a neighbor who called me over to help with a 2005 chevy equinox. he called me because i had a similar problem with a 2004 chevy blazer in which my hatch/ gate would not open and i had to break the inside panel to access the latch then went to junkyard for a new panel. he however had better luck than me with his hatch. when i got there he took the open palm of his hand and tapped on the lower end of the hatch while hitting the remote unlock button numerous times. call it chance or dumb luck but the hatch did open. he had a replacement latch mechanism in his possesion and we replaced it immediately. kris as far as the manual release for the lactch if you go to a parts store and ask to see a latch you might see a ring style piece connected to the mechanism, at least this is where the 2005 one was. however i dont think it is accessible without bending back the inside panel which could result in breaking it. last resort options only. as far as fuses i am not sure. sometimes you can call automotive parts stores and they will help you diagnose problems. hope this helps. jim
  • fig79fig79 Posts: 1
    I just traded in my 2003 expedition of which never left me stranded or had any major issues just getting up there in mileage and fuel expenses. I found a 2006 Equinox at a dealer down the street ,test drove it and liked it enough to purchase it. I did some general research on the reviews before I bought it and seen pretty much the same stuff over and over again with ignition,brake and overheating issues but never the less took the chance. I have owned it for 6 days and last night at my kids baseball practice it left me stranded. NO START!!! Either ignition or security lock out at 60k miles. I disconected the battery for 60 seconds and it started. Once I got home it wouldnt start again, but this morning it did. It is on the tow truck on the way back to the dealer. I also noticed the day I bought the car it had a wet spot on hte drivers floor right at the bottom of the A pillar and a week later its still there???????
  • I had the same problem on my 2007 Equinox about six months ago. Authorized chevy repair center said it needed a new "shift kit". Cost was about $350 total, but no more problems.
  • gmcustsvcsarahgmcustsvcsarah Posts: 1,964
    Good morning toolmanmarv,

    I'm glad to hear that the repair done by your service center has resolved the ignition problem you had been experiencing!

    Many more happy miles,
    GM Customer Service
  • I bought my 2006 Equinox LS (FRNT wheel drive) two years ago from a Chevy dealer. It had 38,000 km on it. I thought it was an excellent deal...was I wrong!

    Complete disappointment! I've had to replace the blower motor ($1,000 repair at the dealer I bought it at) and now I'm not only having to replace the air blend temperature door ($1,707 at another dealer) but also the thermostat AND the drive shaft tower assembly! For a car that had that low km on it I'm surprised at all the repairs needed!!! In two years I'll have spent over $4,000 on repairs and new tires (as they, for some reason, were completely worn too).

    I'm curious of how a drive shaft tower assembly can be coroded within 6 years and with so little milage. I'm curious of why GM won't do a recall on the air blend temperature door (as it seems to be an extremely common problem) and I'm curious how a GM dealership could sell a car with so many issues!! Optimum vehical?! I think NOT!

    I've always bought GM vehicals and am completely disappointed not only with the Dealership but with this car specifically. I've driven other years of the Equinox (hence why I bought one) and really like how she handles and the comfort. I'd like to keep her but honestly if anything else goes wrong I'll be living in a box so it won't matter!
  • dcrabbdcrabb Posts: 3
    I have been dealing with nothing but issues with my Equinox! GM acts like there is nothing they can do because they can't connect all the issues as one problem. I want a replacement vehicle! I bought my car in 2010 brand has been in the shop several times. I had to send the dealership an article to get the to actually figure out the problem. The first time I took it in they said it was a sensor so they reset it. Few days go by and the car is having problems again. I take it in a second time and they stated that it was a timing chain and my oil was really black. I just had a oil change the week before so I found that odd. They said change your oil more often...I was very confused because I just had it done so I knew there was more to it. A few months go by and my check engine light starts to come on and my car is again back to doing the same thing it's done in the past. The engine revs up when I'm stopped, MIT shakes, when I turn it off the car stays running several seconds, etc. so here we go again I take the vehicle back in. This time they say your car is no longer under warranty and it's an O2 sensor. I said I have had it and I want the codes my car is pulling. They gave me P0172 and P0300. Red flag!! That's codes for fuel pump and engine misfire. After some research I found several articles online about the equinox having issues where the fuel leaks into the oil...hints why my oil is black after just having it changed. I fault with them to take a look further and when they did they called me and said they had good news that fuel is leaking into my oil and that is covered under warranty! Ok that's great that it was under warranty but seriously...I had to send an article for them to solve the problem. I have been fighting with GM because I no longer want my Equinox! It's been nothing but trouble and on top of it my heated seats just stopped working! I recommend anyone looking to get a 2010 Chevy Equinox to rethink their decision! This vehicle is the worst vehicle I have ever owned!! And GM won't do anything to help you out!
  • I have 2010 equinox; 50+k; and started having problem of power of car. Can not go no matter how much gas you give. Also start and runs with lot of noise. DEALER changed cam selonoide still the same problem. infect it stopped middle of the road and shaking like crazy. I bring home and checked there was no oil and oil indicator shows oil level is ok. also oil life also shows 35%. I did went to oil change at 3k before and dealer associate says u don't need it because it is still 70% life. You want to do it about 5% or show.

    This car has multiple problems. Air bag, gas millage, noisy start and run, water condense in engine, oil consumption and indicator is not correct and so on. Now i am taking this car to dealer see what happens.
  • We hope your appointment with your dealership goes well, equinox10. If you would like for us to follow up on anything with your visit, please email us at (include your name and Edmunds username, phone and address, the last 8 of your VIN and current mileage, and the name of your involved dealership).
    Sarah, GM Customer Service
  • I have been having issues with my 2006 Chevrolet Equinox as of the last 10 months or so (Only finding out 2 weeks ago, there was a Technical Service Bulletin for the exact issue I've been having, extending the warranty for the part (not by enough for me apparently), 7+ months AFTER having the issue start on me.

    Basically the classic blend door issue, where I now have no heat in my car. So when my wife takes my son to school, and then goes to work in her vehicle, the window now doesn't de-fog properly, as well as it being as cold in the car as it is outside (Sometimes even colder, because the only way to keep the window from constantly fogging up is to keep the cold air blasting on the windshield.., even then it doesn't work well). I have taken it to a local dealership, as well as have a case open with GM, but I was informed this morning that they will not help me, and I cannot afford to pay the $1,500 repair bill they are charging for it all.

    So it's either I get help fixing it, or I will be trading in my car and never looking at GM as an option again. And to think, I was originally thinking of trading this car in later on for my wife for a brand new Equinox or Traverse.. I think I'm going to second-guess that one now. If this didn't cost so much (Labor time anyhow), I bet they would have recalled it, as it's a wide-spread issue, as well as being a safety hazard.
  • rsills82,

    If you wanted to forward us either the last 8 digits of your VIN or your case number (71-**********), we could check into this further to see if there are any alternative options.

    Sarah, GM Customer Service
  • I don't have the last 8 of the VIN handy right this second, but I have heard back from senior representatives (Including a regional GM person), as well as Sunset Chevrolet here in Sumner, Washington that they won't do anything to it, even know it is a defect, not a wear and tear part.
  • My wife's 06 equinox just lost the heat a couple of weeks ago. after checking the internet i called the gm customer service line and found there is an extended warranty for this for certain vin numbers. as long as the hvac system works( vent/floor/def) selector but no heat comes from the vents and under 10 years 120k. her car qualifies.

    I can hear the door actuator move with each click of the temp selector, meaning the actuator has traveled beyond its intended range and broke the plastic drive lug off the door causing it to stick in the last position selected.

    Its at the dealer with 119,818 miles on the clock. hopefully they will fix it and not try to claim its not covered
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,055
    We hope that all goes well with your wife's Equinox. As you are already working with our Customer Assistance Center it is best that I allow you to continue working with your current agent to avoid any confusion, but if you had any immediate questions I'm available!

    Sarah, GM Customer Service
  • Yeah that's the weird part.. I was diagnosed at a local 5 star, they said that's what the problem is with ours. Our heat doesn't work, but it makes no noise at all when I switch between warm/cold, it's as if it just doesn't work.. so that makes me want to check out and see if it might be something with the gauge being stuck closed or something maybe.. hmm. It stopped working almost a year ago (When we were below the mileage part), but GM took too long to post the service bulletin extension for the whole thing, and when i recently worked with several reps from GM, I was told that I was SOL. The final dude on the phone was falling asleep halfway through the conversation, not even paying attention to what I had to say. The only one who went out of their way at all, or seemed to care one bit was the first guy that I worked with (Vince).

    I will never buy a chevrolet product again, this should be a mandatory recall, as at night time when it's cold outside, or anytime it rains, we can't drive our car. My wife has to take our Autistic son to school in the mornings, and we have to figure out other arrangements now because of this, and because of his care, we can't afford to spend $1,500+ that they quoted me to fix the problem.
  • My wife has a 2005 AWD Equinox, I just noticed a vibration at just above 70 mph, stops below that. Jacked it up and found the driver side rear CV joint has play in the differential housing (the joint is OK). Are there replaceable bearings in the housing? Thanks
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,408
    you might be barking up the wrong tree here. First off, get a proper tire balance. I don't think your vibration is axle related, as that would cause vibration at a much lower speed, and it would not "go away' now and then. The play you feel might be another problem, or could be just normal wear and tear.


  • Shiftright, thanks but its not tires. The 1 inch of play in the differential housing and the CV joint, shake in the floor (rear of vehicle) and not in the steering wheel points me to the read end. My question is here because I have not found a GOOD parts breakdown of the differential. Is the CV joint/diff connection supported by replaceable bearings, sleeve or just an aluminum housing that's shot.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,408
    edited November 2012
    Hmmm...I searched ALLDATA but I can't find a good blow-up of the rear diff either. It's interesting that they don't list "vibration" as a typical symptom.

    Before we dig into that, have you checked the support bushing for the differential housing?

    how about the driveshaft, for a u-joint problem?


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