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Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon Engine Problems



  • thanks for the help. Do you know if it is common in the I-5?

  • jpfjpf Posts: 496
    Check out the forum for engine problems. Also, you may consider switching to a higher quality oil (e.g. synthetic). Good luck.
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    No, I am not sure about the I5 and fuel injector sounds. A friend has a Dodge Intrepid and that was his issue though his injectors were going bad. Sounded almost like the engine valves initially when I checked it out.

    Put some fuel injector cleaner in the gas and see what happens.
  • hi
    sorry to hear about your problem .I also had the same issue read my post on my 08 canyon they finally had to take it back . the problem centers around the timing chain tensioner. They adjusted mine and the issue went away not totally but better .I didnt accept it. Now i have another 08 canyon which had the same issue they adjusted the tensioner and i am pleased with it so far. My truck (#1) had less than a thosand miles on it at the time . Don't let them tell you that this issue doesn't exist. I researched it and went to dealers and cranked brand new trucks and it is not some common to the I-5 eng GM HAS AN ISSUE!!! stick to your guns GM has a fix and knows ful well that it is an issue .don' let them snow you with the warrenity thats a cop out. I use the word ISSUE because GM says THAT IT IS NOT A PROBLEM BUT AN ISSUE, TO ME IT's A SERIOUS PROBLEM
    GOOD LUCK semper fi
  • Thanks for the help. I'll make a call monday.
  • I have a 2004 that does the same thing. I was told that its because i had install the wrong type of oil filter, one with out a check valve. But I know that is not the reason for the sound. I've been changing the oil regularily and have had installed factor GM filter. My sound is getting worse and it now clatters while driving down the road. I to love my truck and am concerned about the problem. I have been a Mechanic for over 30 years and I know what loose or bad valves sound like, But the dealer said that my problem isn't covered by the GM warrantee or recall letter because there isn't any trouble codes that come up or any miss fires. So as it is right now. They will not do any thing and probably never will.
  • The only person that has changed my oil is the dealer. I only have 4500 miles on the truck.

    thanks very much for the feedback
  • Guys, the oil filter having or not having a check valve would NOT be an issue with the Canyon/Colorado engine. The filter is in the VERTICAL position on this engine, so how would the oil drain from it, when the engine is shut off??

    The dealer is giving you a load of "hooey".......

    BTW, I've been using Baldwin filters in my Canyon ever since the first oil change, and I've had no such issues. (Oil changes every 2000 miles, 25,000 miles currently on truck)
  • Guys its not the oil filter I'm telling you from exp that GM knows the issue and has a fix and it exist in the TIMMING CHAIN TENSIONER ADJUSTER > ASK THEM ABOUT THE REPAIR IT HAPPENED TO ME TWICE ON BOTH MY )08CANYONS ONE THEY TOOK BACK. HOPE THAT THIS WILL SOLVE YOUR ISSUE
    SEMPER fi
  • i have the same problem on my 2009 chevy colorado 4cylinder right after first gear on a fresh start i hear like a spring noise its annoying is this normal, i took it to the dealership and they told me that they cant to anything beacuse the engine is brand new with only 1500 miles they said to wait atleast until i get 3000 mi then if the problem continious then they crack they engine open. what should i do
  • I have the same problem on my 2009 chevy colorado 4cylinder right after first gear on a fresh start i hear like a spring noise its annoying is this normal, i took it to the dealership and they told me that they cant to anything beacuse the engine is brand new with only 1500 miles they said to wait atleast until i get 3000 mi then if the problem continious then they crack they engine open. what should i do
  • I recently had my check engine light go on. I have an 04 4wd canyon w/ z71 pkg, 5-cyl. I took it in to autozone to check the codes and a code corresponding to a bad o2 sensor came up. I changed the gas filter (removed the neg cable) and the ck engine light went away (i have 30 k on it). However later about 200 miles later the ck engine light came on again and then went away. I have not seen the engine light come back for about 100 miles.
    Any thoughts if this is the initial signs of the bad cylinder head problem i have seen on this discussion board. Thanks.
  • Thanks for you responce, I was thought the same thing. I have been making sure to change my oil regularily. I guess i will look into taking care of the chain tentioner. Then we'll see if there is a difference.
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    That is a sign of a poor dealer service center. If a mechanic/service manager can't diagnose a problem without codes than they are not very good at what they do. Check with another dealership.
  • i had the same problem with my colorado. About the tensioner.The service center said it takes a second to pump up the racket system on the tensioner.Well that sounds like a premature wear problem. My truck sounds like a deisel starting up.They told me to stop using any other filter except delco.I tried it and it didnt change the noise at start up.Heres another problem. Has anyone noticed and abnormal wear on the inside of there front tires.The factory set them in so they will not rub the inner wheel well. The dealership should of changed this if they did the new car prep right.My front tires are at the wear bars at 12,000 miles.So spread the news maybe GM might be listening.They wont listen to my truck problems.
  • dont all valves have hardened valve seat after they got rid of leaded gas.In the 70's
  • "dbcrue", yes, valve seats became hardened at that point in time. However, many engines today, including those in the Canyon, have aluminum cylinder heads. That in itself, would require valve seat inserts of some kind, as aluminum is way too soft to act as a valve seat.

    In fact, my first car, a 1965 Chevy Corvair, had an aluminum engine, and valve seat inserts in the heads.
  • I have the same problem. Have a 05, 63.000 miles, this is the 3rd set of tires.
    Can anything be done to correct this problem.
    What a headache this truck is........the only reason I am keeping not willing to take the money loss.
  • "cruznt2", are your tires wearing evenly across the tread? If not, then you should have the front end alignment performed on the truck, before throwing more tires at it. If they are wearing evenly, and simply wearing out, I suggest you buy better tires.

    If it's any consolation, when I bought my '05 Canyon 4x4, it came with the 265/75/15 General Ameritech tires. Poorest excuse for a tire I've ever driven on. They were off the truck within a week (3-400 miles), and I say this in all honesty, I GAVE THEM AWAY!!
  • gfcargfcar Posts: 2
    I have the 08 Chevy Colorado w/the 2.9L engine. Experiencing the same problems with engine knock during a cold start. Service managers and GM customer serv reps are all giving me the run around. What type of engine do you have in your new Canyon? I am also experiencing severe leaks inside the cab. Testing w/a hose on my own, I can tell the water is coming in from the back somewhere. GM and the service manager at Chevy tried to tell me the water was entering the car through a vent. Actually told me I have to keep my vent on recirculate when there is wet weather. What a joke! With all these issues occuring within the 1st year of ownership, GM wants to tear the truck apart, but not give me a new truck. Did you pursue the Lemon Law at all while dealing w/all of your issues? If anyone is having similiar issues, please let me know and contact GM or your service department, because it is definitely an issue.
  • catkencatken Posts: 6
    Can you get a 5 speed with the 3.7 engine. Ken
  • winmagwinmag Posts: 3
    If you mean a manual transmission 5 speed, I believe the answer is no. I went through all that a year ago when I was trying to get a manual transmission, and they have apparently become like photographic cameras - almost totally replaced with digitals, or in this case - automatic transmissions. Everyone tells me that no one orders those, so the factories have stopped making many of them. Well, you can get one, but only with the smaller engine, and I believe with not as many of the option packages. I ended up having to settle for the one they had in the showroom, which happened to be a 3.7 with an automatic. It had most of the options I wanted, and not many I didn't, so I settled. Shouldn't have to do that with the largest automaker, but this seems to be a society where customer service in all regards is not the priority anymore.
  • dmathews3dmathews3 Posts: 1,739
    I retired from GM and worked at the Lansing Car Assembly which built at that time the Grand Am, Buick, and Olds versions. We ran 2 assembly lines with each line running 60 cars an hour on two shifts of at least 8 hours each. That is over 1900 cars per day. We would build about 2 cars per hour per line with manual trannies. Thats around 64 manuals out of 1900+ cars per day. We lost money on everyone of them due to the so few we built but had to keep them in the mix to conpete with the Toyota's and Honda's which those type of people tend to buy cheap models though most americans that buy domestic perfer automatics. Hope this helps you understand why GM don't make a manual in the 3.7. Those that buy the 4 banger buy it for only one thing, either they want the cheaper truck or want the most mpg's they can get.
  • leadfoot4leadfoot4 Posts: 593
    "gfcar", regarding your water problems...There IS a ventilation system vent at both of the lower sides of the cab. They're visible between the cab and pick up box. Make sure that A) they're both in place; and B) the flaps are "closed" and/or not damaged.
  • gmerazgmeraz Posts: 5
    I also have a 2009 chevy colorado 2.9L iam too experiencing a spring noise from a cold start when it switches gears 1st to 2nd i know for a fact its not the tranny my guess is its coming from some part of the engine in the center closest to the cabin. could some one plz help me out i took it the dealership they said its normal cause the engine is agusting its self. but i have had brand new cars in the past and nothing like this has happened. this is not normal some one give me a hand!!!!!
  • dbcruedbcrue Posts: 6
    Chevy Colorado's just suck. they wont fix mine
  • gmerazgmeraz Posts: 5
    You have the same problem? or something else
  • I have this problem, I have a 2005 Colorado, front tires wear preferentially on the inside the dealer has aligned it 4 times, (3 times at my expense of $100) each time saying it will solve the problem, and it has no impact. I'm on my third set of front tires in 42k miles, first set replaced under warranty. This truck replaced a Ford Ranger that I drove 150K without ever getting an alignement, never rotated the tires and never had an issue.

    GM agreed with the dealer that the alignment should solve the problem, and that its my fault becasue I didn't rotate the second tires every 6K miles. They really haven't agreed to do anything about this, it seems its normal. I have been rotating at 6K, but there is no way this won't kill the tires early they are bald on the inside in 20K miles. I will have to take it back again, but I'm not anxious to waste another $100. Anyone had this problem successfully fixed?
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 57,861
    Bulletin No.: 04-03-07-004B

    Date: July 22, 2005

    Premature Front Tire Wear (Set Front Z Height, Toe and Rotate or Replace Front Tires)

    2004-2005 Chevrolet Colorado
    2004-2005 GMC Canyon

    Built Prior to November 18, 2004


    This bulletin is being revised to add a build date to the Models. Please discard Corporate Bulletin Number 04-03-07-004A (Section 03 - Suspension).


    Some customers may comment on excessive front tire wear on the inside edge of the tire.


    On four wheel drive (4WD) models, an incorrect Z height trim setting, resulting in an excessive front sum toe-out of specification, may be the cause.

    On two wheel drive (2WD) models, an incorrect front sum toe setting may be the cause.


    Follow the procedure below for diagnosis and repair of this condition.
    Important: Prior to performing any tire repairs, permanently record the current tire inflation on the repair order.

    1. Permanently record the tire pressure settings on the repair order.

    2. Inspect the inside edge of the front tires for excessive wear.

    ^ If the inner front edge of the tires are worn to the wear indicators, replace the front tires and continue with the next step.

    - For repair information, refer to Tire Mounting and Dismounting.

    - For tire warranty information in the U.S., refer to Warranty Administration - GM New Vehicle Tire Warranty Program Bulletin Number 00-03-10-003I, dated June 2005.

    - For tire warranty information in Canada, refer to Warranty Administration - GM of Canada New Vehicle Limited Warranty Tire Program Bulletin Number 01-03-10-003B, dated April 2004.

    ^ If the inner front edge of the tires are not worn to the wear indicators, rotate the tires and continue with the next step.

    Important: Prior to performing any additional repairs, permanently record the following information on the repair order.

    ^ Z Height

    ^ Alignment Measurements

    ^ Fuel Level

    3. Set the inflation per the vehicle tire placard located on the driver's door.

    Important: On 2WD models, DO NOT replace the front coil spring(s) or add insulators to compensate for a low trim Z height. A lower trim Z height reading is acceptable as long as it is within specification. Refer to Trim Height Inspection Procedure.

    4. Check and adjust the vehicle Z height.

    Important: ON 2WD models, ONLY replace the front coil spring(s) if the trim Z height is too low and out of specification.

    5. ON 2WD models, ONLY replace the front coil spring(s) if the trim Z height is too low and out of specification.

    6. Check and adjust the vehicle front toe to 0.00°+/- 0.20°.

    7. Road test the vehicle in order to verify that the steering wheel is straight.

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