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Fuel Pump, Alternator, and Air Bag problems

sstove00sstove00 Posts: 1
edited May 2015 in Chevrolet
Can I start off by saying being an owner of a Chevy is expensive. I bought my car with 31,000 miles on it. I drive a lot for my job and have put almost 100,000 miles on my car in 3 years.  I would say about 6 months after I got my car my check engine light came on. 

I took my car to my local Chevy dealership. I had a fuel pump problem. Luckily I was still under warranty. I got it fixed and went on my way. Well a few short months later my check engine light as well as my service stabilitrak light came on. So I took it back to the dealership. My fuel pump had to be replaced yet again. My husband noticed that my car was using oil so we had an oil consumption test performed on it. And sure enough it was using oil. So a few months later they basically rebuilt my engine and gave me yet another fuel pump. It lasted about a year and here I am with my check engine light back on with my service stabilitrak light coming back on. Now I am without warranty and will have to pay a lot of money out of pocket for the same issue that's been addressed and "fixed" 3 times already! 

On top of all of this I was told my airbag control unit in my steering wheel was out and that would be $500-$600 to fix. Also, my Battery Saver active light has recently started coming on. I did some research and found that it is most likely related to my Altenator so I had that tested and it was still good. 

Is this normal for Chevy vehicles? It is incredible frustrating to have so many issues with a car that is only 5 years old. 

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  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 171,793
    @sstove00 What Chevy do you have, and with which powertrain?

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  • thecardoc3thecardoc3 Posts: 5,344
    sstove00 said:

    So a few months later they basically rebuilt my engine and gave me yet another fuel pump. It lasted about a year and here I am with my check engine light back on with my service stabilitrak light coming back on. Now I am without warranty and will have to pay a lot of money out of pocket for the same issue that's been addressed and "fixed" 3 times already! 

    On top of all of this I was told my airbag control unit in my steering wheel was out and that would be $500-$600 to fix. Also, my Battery Saver active light has recently started coming on. I did some research and found that it is most likely related to my Altenator so I had that tested and it was still good. 

    Is this normal for Chevy vehicles? It is incredible frustrating to have so many issues with a car that is only 5 years old. 

    Fuel pumps are designed to be lifetime components, even so one failure wouldn't raise any concerns. Two failures would be very odd but given the nature of machines that wouldn't be thought of as anything more than an unlucky event. The suggestion that a third pump is failing puts this into a completely different category. Exactly what codes were setting, and what testing was done to confirm that the pumps were to blame? That's not saying that it couldn't happen but there isn't enough information in your post to really do anything with this. Has this actually been diagnosed as a pump this time, or are you just associating the check engine light and traction control system warning lights as "the same problem"? There are in fact many different failures that can result in all of those lights coming on.

    Based on what you wrote, I'd have to prioritize on the charging system warning first. If there is a system power issue then all bets are off when it comes to any other trouble codes or system faults. Can you be specific about what the symptoms are, and what codes have been retrieved?

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