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Chevrolet Equinox Maintenance and Repair



  • dmathews3dmathews3 Posts: 1,739
    My guess is those inter panels are black plastic and by painting them the junk including stones etc. will end up chiping the paint and in about a year it will look as bad if not worse.
  • laserbluelaserblue Posts: 313
    Thanks for your advice but I saw your replies after the job was done. Let me tell you what I did (might help someone else in the future).
    Last night I went to bed thinking about that paint and what I could do about it.
    This morning I woke up with an idea...I brought a bucket and the water boiler outside and boiled some water. Put some plastic gloves on and with a sponge and boiling water I've wet the paint and with some old credit card and such I scrubbed the paint off.
    With some elbow grease and patience it worked. My hands are kind of reddish now but my inner fenders are back to there original state (almost) I've put a good coat of "armor all" and if you didn't know about the paint mess, you can't see it.
  • dmathews3dmathews3 Posts: 1,739
    Great, sometimes it is just better to sleep on a problem and then you can look at it from a fresh angle.
  • packer3packer3 Posts: 277
    Lacquer thinner usually works the best even on plastic and metal no after effects, my guess is the gasoline was the culprit. I would also agree with the plastic spray paint or they also sell undercoating spray you can get at an auto parts store.
  • tmauldintmauldin Posts: 1
    I have a 2005 Chevy Equinox and a few months ago it started making this same popping noise when started. Would this also cause the service engine light to come on? We took it to AutoZone to have it tested to see why the light was on and I got a print out of several different things that had to do with the emissions system. Could it be the Catalytic Converter?
  • nannynanny Posts: 3
    I love my equinox but paint is a problem some spots fixed under warranty 3yrs,now paint is "falling Off. Now the axle for the awd fell off. im down to front wheel only very expensive to fix, only 78000 mile ??? Whats next. i got great mileage on bridgestone tires
  • I just took my 05 nox in for oil change and tire rotation. Coming out I had problems with the brakes. The ABS would activate. Making a spring that sprung type sound. And a whining coming from the front end. Then the ABS TC lights would come on periodicaly. Took it back to the chevy dealer, they said the ABS electrical sensor and harness needed to be replaced. And there is also a knocking noise when going over bumps. They said the stablizers both left and right needed replacing. I also attempted to say that they caused the problems because this was not happening before they rotated the tires. Could they have caused these problems? They also wanted to replace the harness, stating that they just recommend this to be done when replacing the ABS sensors. The cost was outrageous!!! I think this whole thing is fishy and I would not suggest any one purchase and equinox. I have had numerous problems and especially after the warranty is out. Does any one know if it is really hard to replace the harness? Or what the harness may cost?
  • packer3packer3 Posts: 277
    Get rid of it and Nanny get rid of yours to those problmes you are encountering are inherited in the 05/06 Nox.
  • rvothrvoth Posts: 147
    Place your order for a 2010 equinox they should be at the dealers in late july.GM started building them in March 2009 at the same plant.
  • packer3packer3 Posts: 277
    I secound that motion.
  • I have a '05 Nox. Recently it began losing power to the radio on an intermittent basis and only to the radio. When this happens the clock is not on, the radio will not play and the door/lock chimes do not work. A few hours or a few days later it will just start working again. However, if you don't start the car for a day or more while the radio is dead it will drain the battery dry. Any ideas?
  • staycee03staycee03 Posts: 8
    My 05 Nox has gone through 6 radios since I have owned it. Everytime it was supposedly due to an open circuit (whatever that means). I don't know if that would have anything to do with it, but don't feel bad, you aren't the only one with radio problems :)

    Heck, right now mine is in the shop for coolant is never ending.....too bad I like my car so much!
  • laserbluelaserblue Posts: 313
    What's going on here?
    Mine is a 05 to and I'm up to 4 radio replacements. I had problems with the C.D. player. Sometimes the disc wouldn't go in or if they went in they didn't play and a couple of time, once they were in they wouldn't eject. Also one of my friend that owns a Equinox had problems with his radio....C.D. always being stucked in the player, wouldn't eject.
  • dmathews3dmathews3 Posts: 1,739
    You must remember that all your replacement radio's were someone elses problem. The dealer sends it in and if the company who refurbishs them either don't find the real problem due to the dealers mechanic not properly dianosing it and the refurbisher don't see the problem and puts it back on the shelf for you to get. That is the reason I never buy anything that has been refurbished. Way back when I had a Gateway computer I had 6 replacement monitors before they finally gave up and sent me a new one and then I had to raise holy h-ll to get it.
  • laserbluelaserblue Posts: 313
    Why don't they install new radios in when they replace a unit?
    Then it would be over with.
    Making business with G.M. is so complicated these days.
    You pay for a new car, the replacement parts are on warranty and they installed 4 rebuilt radios. Go figure!
    By the way I see it G.M. are going to start building "Used Cars" now.
    (well they install used parts on a warranted vehicle) might as well build them with used parts.
  • dmathews3dmathews3 Posts: 1,739
    I would say 99% of electronics etc. are this way along with most mech. parts on a car. Lets face it, anything has problems so what does a dealer/retailer do with these parts, throw them all into a landfill or recycle them. Thats just the way things are with almost all small parts.
  • dmathews3dmathews3 Posts: 1,739
  • Hi I recently purchased a 2008 equinox, and now i'm reading that many owners experience problems with the head gaskets. Most of the ones i've read pertain to the 2005 models and my question is if its the model or the fact that they are 4-5 years old. I love the truck and really hope these are first year aches.. The 3.4 has been around for a while you would think they already perfected it. No? I really wanted to 2010 but I needed now (family growing) and dealers want to get them off their lots for the 2010. over 6k off msrp... Please help, I need to know what i need to do in order to avoid the hg issue.
  • laserbluelaserblue Posts: 313
    Good luck.
    I drive a 2005 Equinox, bought it new and at 30 K I had a blown head gasket . I take care of my vehicles like you wouldn't believe, I could even say "I pamper them".
    I couldn't believe that this happened again.
    Before the Equinox I own a 99 Venture bought it new also (another 3.4 L engine) and at 36 K guess what.... a blown head gasket. Coincidence?
    If I'd bet the hell out of them I'd say it's my fault, but no, I'm a conservative driver not a lead foot, I drive my vehicle like it should be driven, follow the speed limits and look what happened twice.

    I noticed the 07 Aveo in your name...Do you own a Aveo?
  • tomwalttomwalt Posts: 13
    I have an 07 NOX, since new, and it's been a good car. I had to replaced a rear wheel bearing under warrenty (for a whinning noise, it did not leave me stranded), but that's it. From what I understand the 2005 Nox was the 1st year out and it had/has a lot of issues (lots of risk in buying a 1st year design of any car).
    As far as the 3.4L engine, I had an Olds with the 3.4L engine and put 180,000 miles on it with no problems at all - my brother still drives it. There is always a chance you'll get a defect, and the poor souls that get burnt like to tell the world about it, but there are 10s of thousands of Noxs out there without makor issues. If you already have the car, follow the owner's manual maintenance requirements and take care of it and it should do you fine - with that 1% chance there is a defect.
  • I bought my 05 Equinox new. It currently has 67700 mi. on it and I baby the thing.

    Back in March around 63000 mi I took it to the dealer and it needed new U clamps due to suspension problems. I know the suspension is weak, but it happened just after my car checked out great in the inspection and I had just gotten new tires. I got the new tires at Sams Club and I forgot to check about how they balanced the truck.

    Yesterday! I heard something under me (metal) break and spin around. I have to take it back to the dealer. I am thinking it may be a bearing in the gear box. I know others have had problems with that also, was it very expensive to fix? The dealer that I go to is an hour away and I'm not looking forward to making a return visit. I am ready to get rid of this thing so we can buy a Subaru.
  • Yes, my wife drove the aveo and i drove a colorado (reg cab). the family grew therefore I had to keep the aveo 07 and got the equinox for the wife. We got an 05 aveo for my mom and i believe its now at 40k miles and still running strong, and our 07 has now 27k and running like a champ. We are planning to get rid of both before hitting the 60k miles. but so far they both have performed very well. Many people think they are lemons but they have been good to us. (it takes me from a to b with little gas and they were very cheap)
  • tazzitazzi Posts: 23
    I'm considering a 2010 Equinox but was wondering what the average annual maintenance costs were.

    I've never had a Chevy before so don't really know much about them in terms of how often for oil changes, changing brake pads, scheduled service, etc. Or how much these things cost at the dealerships.

    Anyone willing to share?
  • steverstever Posts: 52,572
    Check the True Cost to Own tool.

    And the Edmunds Maintenance Guide will tell you what a typical service should cost in your area.
  • rstellerrsteller Posts: 4
    I have a '05 Equinox, and the DRL resistor is cracked, can anyone tell me if there was or is a recall about this on this vehicle?

    Also the light in my odometer has quit working what is the procedure to repair this?

  • tazzitazzi Posts: 23
    Oohhh perfect! Thank you so much!
  • laserbluelaserblue Posts: 313
    The same year that I bought my 05 Nox (bought it new) all Equinox owners received a letter from GM saying that the DRL resistor had a lifetime warranty on it.
    It was actually a recall but on the letter they ask the owners to do a homemade test to see if everything was o.k.
    We didn't have to bother about getting an appointment for this unless something was wrong.
    It should be repaired "no charge".

    About your light in your odometer....sorry, can't help.
  • rstellerrsteller Posts: 4

    do you have a referance to this letter so that I can show it to the dealer? They want to charge me for a new resistor.

    Thanks in advance
  • rstellerrsteller Posts: 4
    I made a call to GM customer Service and they have no record of this letter, f you could refeerence it for me I would be able to show them the proof, I am trying to fix my NOX.
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