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Chevrolet Equinox Maintenance and Repair



  • rvothrvoth Posts: 147
    The coolant expands when it's heated up, the level will go up but not to normal level in the overflow tank in your case. You show check the level in the tank after using the vehicle. Top up the tank to just below the normal level on the tank with 50/50 mixed coolant when truck is hot.

    Keep checking the level every day to make sure the coolant isn't disappearing. It's normal to have a small amount , couple of ounces of lost in 5-9 months depending on age and mileage of the vehicle. Your vehicle sounds like it's just operating normally but if the problem continues have GM check it for a possible leak in the cooling system.
  • I've just added 8 ounces of coolant in the "coolant tank". I remember that when the Equinox was new (24 may 2005) in the spring of 2007 I had to add some coolant and about the same quantity. Can the coolant disappear without having any leaks?
    If so, how and from where does it vanish?
  • rvothrvoth Posts: 147
    If it's been 24 months between topping up the coolant tank ,and you only have to add 8 ounces that's normal. Yes the coolant can disappear without any signs of leaks. Sometimes it seeps by the head gasket and also can go through small hairline cracks not visible to the naked eye . This is just normal expansion and contraction of the metal the engine goes through during heating up and cooling.

    Example, Aluminum expands faster and farther than steel does at the same temperature, the 3.4 engine has a case Steel (case iron) block with Aluminum heads There's a better chance of tiny leaks due to the disimaliar rates of expansion of the two metals.
    Compare this to other GM engines that are completely made from Aluminum, like the 2.0 , 2.2 , 2.4, 3.6, 4.4, 4.6, 5.3, 6.2 and the 7.0 liter . These are better built engines.

    Hope this helps clear up your question.
  • Thank you very much rvoth. Your response will surely makes me sleep better at night.
    I thought it could have been a busted head gasket because the engine head is a bit dirty but every engine I look at seems to be like that after a couple of years and replacing a head gasket could have cost me around 1,000$ or more.
    I appreciate your reply.... Thanks again.
  • are the coolant and gaskets typical problems for this suv? Is it a particular year and model that has this problem? if your responding to this email please tell me if your purchase this truck again. :blush:
  • rvothrvoth Posts: 147
    So far the 3.4 doesn't have a problem with head gasket leaks. The service bulletins from GM don't mention any problems with the head gasket .
    I have an 2008 Equinox LT 3.4 liter ,had it for six months 6800 km and love this engine / transmission combination great for the city and good on the hwy. It has (220) ft/lb torque you can feel when starting from a stop and conservative amount of horsepower (185)
    . If you are looking for more speed/horsepower look at the SS version with the 3.6 (264) hp and 250 ft/lb of torque. It gets just a little less fuel mileage but much more power with a six speed transmission.
    I would purchase this vehicle again it has too many positives going for it.
  • I would also buy the same thing (Equinox).
    Mine is a 2005 LT FWD and in the past I've owned 2 Blazers S-10 (1984) and (1994) and I love my Nox as much as my Blazers.
  • rvothrvoth Posts: 147
    My Equinox is AWD we picked it up in Sept 08, every option available but we really enjoy the traction of AWD in snowy road conditions. Also the stability control works very well and we enjoy the seven speaker bose with XM radio. Nice feather the built in phone with the GPS system. The red beauty should last at least ten years i hope not nineteen years like my (90) GT Beretta has ;)
  • Mine is only a FWD and it has "traction control". I'm driving on winter tires because starting this year they are mandatory and what a difference it makes. My Equinox is very good in the snow.
    We can get between 15 and 30 cm. (6 to 12 inches) when it's a good storm and no problems.
  • rvothrvoth Posts: 147
    You must live in Quebec, they are mandated by provincial law for using winter tires. Yes the Equinox would claw through deep snow with a good set of snow tires and stop alot faster. Where i live were luckily to have lots of snow 10-25 cm when it storms. This year we can't buy any snow tires they are all sold out. :confuse:
  • Yep! Quebec alright, but born in Ontario.
    I was even lucky to find some winter tires for my Nox. I had to go with a different tire size than my originals because they were out of stock.
    Tire companies knew about all this, they should had upgraded there tire quotas for the 2008/09 winter.
    Personally, it's my first time that I buy winter tires in 34 yrs of driving. Had no choice, it's that or getting caught without them and pay a 300$ fine + still have to buy some within 48 hrs.
  • packer3packer3 Posts: 277
    Stay away from this year I had the 05, alot of issues, have an 08 PontiacTorrent now, it's cousin, 100 times better.
  • You must have surely fell on the bad apple in the basket. In general, all the persons that I know who own 2005"s Equinox are very satisfied and not to much issues. Normal things like any brand or year.
    You've been very extremely unlucky my friend.
  • rvothrvoth Posts: 147
    I'm born and raised in Alberta .
    Here we didn't have enough winter tires this year and we have had lots of snow in dec that's stayed around, not the usually Alberta winter. You can get away with a little narrower or taller sidewall, it will cut through the snow a better and wouldn't mess up your speedo reading. The tire calculators allow a 3 % difference in tire sizes before you would have to recalibrate the computer in the Nox.
    The Bridgestone tires that came with our Nox have alot of grip starting but less grip in the braking. Maybe next winter if there is enough tire stock and personally funds (allow) new tires would be great.
  • rvothrvoth Posts: 147
    I will never buy a first year model and the Nox was introduced in 05 usually they have a large amount of problems. GM did with the new Malibu in 04 so i waited until 05 and haven't had issues that would get me to dump the car.
    I was reading in Consumer Report on vehicle for 2008 and it showed that Nox 05 was a below average in just about all the categories it tested for but 06 and on GM Nox greatly improved in just about very category.
    I love my Equinox.
  • The originals were 235/65/16 Bridgestone Dueler H/T
    The winter tires that the dealer suggested were 225/70/16 "Arctic Claw" made by Vanderbuilt (a division of Cooper Tires). They are a bit narrower.
    The only 235/65/16 that could fit on my Nox were Bridgestone "Blizzaks", very good winter tires but 192$ each + tax. No thanks.
    I paid 127$ each + tax and I'm very satisfied.

    My brother in law used to live in Alberta a couple of year ago.... Calgary, Taber, Olds and Red Deer. He's been to Fort McMurray for a couple of mouths to work there.
  • rvothrvoth Posts: 147
    Just compared your 235/65/16 to 225/70/16 tire and your speed will be 1.4% slow with the winter Arctic Claw, so you can speed 1.4 % more and still be within the speed limit.
    My tires are the hard to find because of the lower profile, 235/60/17. There aren't many choices in the winter tire size, I'm going have to go to higher profile and narrow tire like you did to keep operation properly. About 180 - 209$ each+taxes. Ouch

    Things here are slowing down fast, everyone is laying off workers because contracts are on hold or postponed due to uncertainly of oil production. It's starting to hurt bad.
  • packer3packer3 Posts: 277
    Just read through some the older blogs, apparently you can't have enough friends

    I posted this back on May 25.

    On my 05 Equniox I just turned in that I leased (I now have the 08 Pontiac Torreant instead), the following things happened to it,some of the following may sound familiar:

    GM Warranty Items Covered
    Prolong starting crank - They replaced fuel pump module - 382 mls
    Popping noise in the front - They had to replace both front struts - 8,130 mls
    Steering grinds on sharp turns - They had to replace both sway bars - 15,752 mls
    Rear growling like noise - They had to replace rear differential - 17,115 mls
    ABS light came on - They had to replace the right rear speed sensor - 24,236 mls
    ABS light came on - They had to replace left front speed sensor - 32,115
    ABS light came on - They had to replace the left front speed sensor wire harness - 32,815

    The whirring noise - They had to replace the right rear bearing.- 32,079 mls

    Dont ever lease four years, I happened to get a major discount on the extended warranty with no deductible, thank God. Even though the SUV only had 32,079 mls, it was in the fourth year when the the rear bearing went, so the extended warranty paid for itself and then some.

    Brakes 32,100 mls normal these days for brakes to be replaced - I replaced the rotors and brake pads myself, you should never cut the rotors in a lot of these newer cars, they are to thin, and are fairly cheap to replace.

    Tires 34,350 mls they were bad had to change them I was getting to many flats and some sliding in the rain.

    Dead battery 35,963 not normal (thats a Delco battery for ya) I replaced it with an Interstate Battery.
  • packer3packer3 Posts: 277
    Dont know the mileage on yor cars. however have you begun to hear any noises or clunks in the front end on your BU yet while turning, did the battery die after 3 years.
    On the Nox have you heard any thumps in the front end or grinding in the rear, I willing to bet your ABS light has already come on at least twice since you had the truck.
  • rvothrvoth Posts: 147
    YA I had the battery replaced because one or two cells was shorting and decreasing the capacity of the battery , showed up in -22 Celsius and when listing to the radio for two and half hours while waxing the new NOX. The only grinding sound i have form the front end when the tires are turned compeletly to either side they rub on a small piece of the Chevy mud flaps from GM.

    The ABS hasn't come on, only the stability light momentary when the vehicle is getting out of position (sliding) on winter streets. Works very well a different sound compared to the ABS on the petal. I've notice a faint driveshaft vibration only under sudden acceleration from a slow speed. Just an alignment with the rear driveshaft nothing to be picky about at least not yet. I' II pay more attention to the rear knocking noise , once in a while.

    Oh ya that advise you gave to that guy with a 2006 Malibu about a roaring noise at 40 mph isn't a CV joint. Sounds like the hub bearing in the spindle that the CV joint goes through. A worn CV joint makes a clicking sound when turning the wheel at slow speed and gets louder the farther you turn the wheel in that direction. The tri-union bearing joint is then worn out and it happens because the CV boot gets broken or a tear in the plastic cone shaped shell. Or when the grease has leaked out from the clamps that seal the shafts each end of the shaft. If it clicks there is no grease left in the bearing assemble, probable has turned the bearing into shavings.

    So please don't offer advise to these members of this board if you DON'T know the difference between a bad front hub bearing and a bad CV joint. Your leading them astray.
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
    Oh ya that advise you gave to that guy with a 2006 Malibu...

    I think it's a bit of a stretch to call it "advice" when one offers that the problem "might be the cv joints." And, of course, if you think the original poster in the Malibu Forum has been led astray don't you think it would be more productive to educate him rather than chastising someone in an unrelated Forum who was trying to help? :)

    We'll stick with discussing the Equinox here.

    tidester, host
    SUVs and Smart Shopper
  • My Equinox is up to about 29,000 miles. I have not had any of the major problems discussed above. The plastic chrome piece on the rear lid bubbled and the battery just went out. Both were replaced under warranty. Looks like some of us have had the battery go at about this point.
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
    I didn't trace back that other discussion through its entire history but we agree it would have been helpful to apprise the original poster. :)

    tidester, host
    SUVs and Smart Shopper
  • laserbluelaserblue Posts: 313
    OH Boy!
    By the way I see it, you criticize and you're saying that you didn't like your 05 Equinox at all?
    You got rid of your 05 Chevrolet Equinox for a 08 Pontiac Torrent?
    You must not know the difference between 4 quarters and 1 dollar.
    The Pontiac Torrent is the same thing as the Chevrolet Equinox.
    You've just changed a red apple for a green apple.
    I hope you got a good apple this time.
  • rvothrvoth Posts: 147
    Yes my NOX 2008 LT AWD was sitting on the lot for eleven months before we purchased the vehicle. Gm replaced the battery with an A/C del co battery same as the original , if it goes out might just squeeze a spiral type battery, optimum ( red top) . About twenty to thirty dollars more but better capacity build quality, around 135 - 145 dollars compared to 110 for an interstate battery.
  • john1965john1965 Posts: 7
    My tire pressure gauge light is still illuminated after filling the right front tire. The indicator did show the right front needing air. I filled the tire upto the approatie pressure and the indicator is still illuminated. The vehicle info system showed
    the pressure of the that tire still at 24 lbs. But after checking the pressure of that
    tire , it showed 30 psi.

    Anybody have an idea before I call dealer?
  • rvothrvoth Posts: 147
    I believe they are battery powered and transmit a frequency that's picked up by a receiver in the car. Gm has been having problems with them.
  • rvothrvoth Posts: 147
    There's a a tool (J 46079) to re calibrate the TPM sensors in each corner of the vehicle. This has to be done when you rotate the tires so the RCDLR sends the correct sensor location signal to the IPC and BCM computers in the car. This seems to be the only way to find out if the TPM sensor in the rim is bad or needs to be re calibrated or replaced.
  • packer3packer3 Posts: 277
    One problem there laser light, never said I didn't like the truck nor did I say I drove it. The truck belongs to my wife and even though there was problems with the truck she loves the way it drives and it's verseatility, besides the lease deal on the Torrent was off the wall way less than the Nox four years latter, better looking and less problematic.

    I know they are the same, they are or were both built in Canada one of the better plants GM has or had, I'll bet you didn't know the the standard V6 engine in this truck is built in China. And I'll still bet the cv joints on that BU are shot.
  • packer3packer3 Posts: 277
    The TPM receivers are in your wheel valves, have it replaced and it will go away. By the way I built model airplanes when I was a kid.
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