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Chevrolet Equinox Maintenance and Repair



  • I completely agree with Jim Dandy. After finding out about Top Tier gas in the owners manual (and having gas related carbon buildup problems with a previous vehicle) I have used the brands listed on the Top Tier website almost exclusively in my 2006 Equinox. It starts and runs great. I have only had it turn over more than once or twice before it started a few times. The Top Tier brands are the way to go.

    My Equinox has about 24,000 miles and had been very reliable.
  • packer3packer3 Posts: 277
    The over start mode is in all the Chevys, my 05 Malibu and Equinox did it, the gas has nothing to do with it.
    What you will find out one day as alot of people did during the gas shortages in the 70's was that there cars ran the same just as cars do today and if they didn't you wouldn't see un branded gas stations, do you think Sams, Costco, WaWa's make there own gas, they buy from the big guys you buy gas from however you pay a higher stuborn rate.
  • grosloupgrosloup Posts: 239
    Right! Gasoline as I see it is all the same. Maybe a little more refined from one companie to another) but still... At the pump I guess you're paying more for the "brand" than the quality of the product. Another thing that I noticed is if your engine is running and you turn the key to the start position ... not happens, usually the starter would make a grinching metal sound, but the Equinox.... nothing.
  • packer3packer3 Posts: 277
    It's an over start mode some car companies put in the cars today, due to such quiet engines some times you can't even tell the engine is running. GM had to do that when they were testing the Trail Blazer before it came out the engineers ripped up a few starters before they decided to put a safe mode in the starter.
  • Not sure if this is the right place for this question or not. But, does anyone know how to remove the roof rack cross bars on a 08? I just picked up my 08 and tried to remove them and can't figure out how. I can move them back and forth, but not remove. Thanks

  • They are really hard to get off or on. Mine didn't come with cross bars so the dealer ordered them for me and gave me a print out from the service manual on how to install them. You have to pry off the rear plastic covers on the roof rails and the the bars will slide in or out it you release the lock pins on the bars by lifting up the plastic tabs on the bars.Prying off the covers can break push tabs on the covers real easy or scratch the paint on the top of the car.I'd leave the cross bars on if I were you unless you really have to take them off. Maybe the dealer will do it for you, but probably not for free.
  • Thank You, I appreciate the answer. I think I will take your advice and leave them on.
  • I have read all of the posts related to the musty smell. Mine seems to be coming from somewhere else. Checked the tire well in rear and it is dry as a bone and smells fine.

    I have a 2008 Equinox LT with 5,400 miles. Brought it in last week to my dealer complaining of a musty smell. It was rather bad and my wife could smell it on my clothes when I got in the house. The first attempt to remedy it was to coat evap coil. I was told something shorted out,(dealer would not expand after numerous questions) and they said they coated a evap coil per a service bulletin. Car was deodorized which was a terrible smell for a couple days. Smell is back and giving it back to the dealer to remedy.

    Has anyone had any other musty related smells coming from car besides previously discussed problems related?
  • Mine is a 2005 LT. Never had any problems with bad odors but one of my friends owns a 2007 and he told me that when he passed his Equinox in a automatic car wash water had came in by his air vents on the passenger side. He did not notice it right away and a bad smell resulted from this (molded carpet). He also told me that once he drove in 6 inches of water on the road and he noticed that water came in again on the passenger's side, his carpet was humid. I never passed mine in a automatic car wash and I slow down when passing in deep water holes. So I can't tell if mine is the same.
  • klnncklnnc Posts: 12
    I have a 2008 LS. I have not noted a smell, but before I get into that, is it only happening with the air conditioner on? Mine has an "odor" of some kind, like metal almost, at times when the air is on. It smells toxic. Doesnt happen all the time, but when it does I open the windows. Also, what is the service bulletin noted stating to coat the evap coil? I dont know about that one, however, did you get the one about removing the shield on the AC Condenser? Can you tell me if you noted that the AC fan cuts to a lower speed at times even though it is on high or medium? The dealer showed me a note on that stating that there is noting that they can go that it is a voltage pull on the generator that cant be fixed...oh well...add that to the list.
  • My Equinox is a 05 LT. F.W.D.

    I'm looking forward to buy 4 snow tires this year. My original tire size is 235 / 65 / 16.

    I went on the "Tirerack" site and made a search. I figured out on the site that only Bridgestone makes winter tires that would fit on my Equinox and they are called "Blizzaks". I read that it's a really good tire but I wonder if any other company manufacture 235/65-16 winter tires or is there another size of snow tires that would fit.
  • packer3packer3 Posts: 277
    Save your money you won't need them.
  • grosloupgrosloup Posts: 239
    I've been driving for 33 yrs and never had snow tires, always drove with 4 seasons and only had one accident in winter time (little fender bender) but this year starting on 15 Dec. snow tire are mandatory here. If you're caught driving without snow tires the fine starts at 300$ and if you're involve in an accident your insurance doesn't pay you a cent.
  • Where do you live that "they" can make snow tires mandatory? I've used "studless" snow tires for several years, and they work really well. Probably better than studded tires. I think studded tires should be banned, too hard on the roadbed. You have to take studless tires off in summer because tread is soft and they wear out too fast.
  • packer3packer3 Posts: 277
    Wow, yea what state do you live in besides Lake Tahoe Nev. area, I think studs are banned in Jersey, they are excelent in the snow but bad in the rain.
  • grosloupgrosloup Posts: 239
    I live in the province of Quebec Canada. (western Quebec).

    We must get our winter tires before the 15 Dec but studless because studs are not allowed here, only in the northern cities of the province.

    What is realy weird about this law is that where I live it's right on the border of the province of Ontario just a river to cross (I can see the river from my home) but on the Ontario side snow tires are not mandatory. Go figure!

    Lots of different laws exists between the 2 provinces and both are in Canada.
  • I cant find winter tires size 235/ 60 / 17. What other size can I put in replacement, without causing any trouble to my Equinox 2006
  • grosloupgrosloup Posts: 239
    Had the same problem with my 2005 equinox. My original size is 235/65/16 and all I could find were "Bridgestone Blizzaks" good winter tires but they cost a foot and a leg to buy them. My dealer found out that I can install some 215/70/16 with no problem and more choices in that size. Even more... they're narrower so less slippery.

    Check with a G.M. dealer there must be an alternative.
  • grosloupgrosloup Posts: 239
    It's me again "grosloup".

    I've checked with and there is 2 winter tires size 235/60/17 available but also check with a G.M. dealer.

    The "Bridgestone Blizzak ws60" and "Pirelli Scorpion Ice & Snow".
  • Bridgestone Blizzaks are available in 235/60/17 at Firestone-Bridgestone and at Discount tire and Tire Rack online store. You could probable use 225/65/17 too, About the same circumference. You can get these in Michelin Studless snows too.I really like studless snow tires. Much better than studs on rain and much quieter too. Legal everywhere.
  • I have just returned my 06 equinox and happen to have 4 blizzak winter tires that I used for two winters. Wouldn't have gone without them. I'm willing to sell them since I've downgraded to a smaller vehicule.
  • grosloupgrosloup Posts: 239
    What kind of smaller vehicule are you thinking about?

    I own a 2005 Equinox LT and I'm thinking of downgrading to a smaller vehicule to. I was thinking of a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt but hesitating.
  • grosloupgrosloup Posts: 239
    Just bought a set of winter tires for my my 05 Equinox. First set of winter tires in my 33 years of driving. Now I'm a bit confused because on the tires it says maximum inflation 45 lbs p.s.i.
    I never went over 35 p.s.i. in my 4 season tires, maybe winter tires need more air pressure?.

    My question is.... Should I follow the tire recommendation or the "vehicule/owner's manual" recommendation?
    Some say "Go with the tire's" and others say "By what's written on the door panel". 10 p.s.i. difference is alot. I need some advice.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    Maximum isn't the same as optimal. The recommendation in your owner's manual is set by the manufacturer for ride comfort, traction and economy, comfort probably being number 1 in their calculations.

    People often tweak the psi (generally a few pounds higher) for better mpg or for hauling a lot of weight around, but going to the max can bounce you all over the road, which isn't too safe.

    If you put the max pressure in your tires, you'll reduce the size of the footprint on the road and with a smaller contact patch, they'll probably be more slippery. And they'll likely wear out faster in the center of the tread.
  • 2006 Chevy Equinox LT1, 52k miles. My rear hatch/liftgage stopped unlocking. Can not open liftgage.Can not hear any actuator or other noise from rear hatch door when lock or unlock on key fob pressed. Does not seem to be separate fuse or relay for rear hatch. Have swapped all power door related relays (that I have found). Have resynchonized key per owners manual - no change. Owner's manual makes no mention of "emergency" release to open liftgate.
    Dealer says there is no easy way in, that I must bring in and have technician pry off door panel.
    Please help, how do I open rear hatch.
  • I just bought an 05 Equinox LT AWD with 39,000 miles on it. It has a very noticable "whole car" vibration that occurs when accelerating between 40 and 50 mph. The vibration goes away after exceeding 50mph, and there is no vibration between 40-50 mph when coasting or braking, only when accelerating. Any ideas as to what this might be? Thanks
  • I have a used 2006 Equinox with 35,000 and was experiencing the SAME problem. Took it to the dealer (thankfully still under warranty) and he very quickly said it was a Steering Column problem - said it's a fairly common problem with these. I was honestly skeptical, but what da' heck, wasn't costing me anything. They ordered the new column and a week later I went back for the install. KNOCKED THE PROBLEM OUT COLD - completely. My 'Nox handles better than when I bought it and there is no vibration of any kind anymore in the 40-55 range (or anywhere for that matter). Totally corrected it.
  • I have a 2005 Chev Equinox - this is the first time I have put winter tires on a vehicle....ever! My all seasons were P235/60R 17. The tire dealer did not have this size but said that the P235/65R 17's would work. I had them installed and besides being noisy (which I was told to expect), when I cut the wheels sharply (to back in a space etc.) they scrape like crazy! Are these tires too big for my vehicle? I wondered also if maybe the mudflaps were causing it. Being a novice to winter tires I'm not sure if this is normal or not. Please help.
  • Hi all, I have a 08 LT I find when I have it in dash vent mode or any combination of the vents the one to the left of the steering wheel does not blow very much. I know it wont be as strong as the center vents, but it seems to be really lacking. Just wondering if anyone else has experience this, or is it just me?? Thanks
  • klnncklnnc Posts: 12
    Yes, I noticed the same thing...I bet the passenger side does it too. Did you also notice that when you have too much running, i.e. the radio, AC, lights that the AC fan cuts down no matter what speed you have it on? It cycles down a step. The reason is that the generator in the car cannot handle the load put on it. Chevy knows this since they sent out a notice to the dealers and there is nothing they can do about it. Also, do you have a bang sound from your left front end when you first drive the car, and again after it has been sitting for a happens only at 20 mph, once, and then not again. Example, if you get up to 20, hear the bang, then stop, it wont happen again when you get to 20 unless the car has sat for while. Mine is a 2008 and I am dissapointed in quite a few things....probably would not buy it again if I had to do it over...
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