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#1578 of 1701 2006 Equinox Problems Solved and Unsolved
Sep 17, 2010 (8:58 am)
I bought a 2006 Equinox AWD LT brand new. Early on I noticed the same problems with the rattling noise on the front drivers side, usually on a little rougher pavement. Didn't think too much of it. By 30,000 miles I realised it was the front shocks/struts. I had replaced the rear ones around 25,000 miles because one leaked and the walls of the shock were grinding. I replace the front and rear shocks, which are oil filled, with KYB gas shocks. Not to try and sell KYB but they are working great still at 68,000 miles. Just go with gas shock instead of the oil filled made in Brazil shocks that come with the car. Next problem, heater went out. A door or valve was not working and had to be replaced. Good thing the car was still under warranty other wise it would be a $1200 repair, $100 part and a full days labor to take the dash out and repair heater door/valve. Next problem, like many of you, ROTORS! First time was around the 25,000 miles and had them turned. Then around 32,000 warped again, had them replaced, all under warranty. Then around 45,000 miles new rotors are warped and because my car is no longer under warranty I replaced the rotors and pads myself with parts from Advance Auto Parts. I wanted to try a different brand other than GM eventhough the rotors that Chevy put on are BOSCH, which I thought would be good rotors and very well could be. Anyway, at 57,000 miles rotors are warped, yaaahh! Im bringing it in next monday to have the braking system looked at. They have on record my previous visits and I will let them know that I even switched brands of rotors and type of brake pads, OEM pads are ceramic so I tried semi-metallic but will go back to ceramic because the semi ones squealed a lot. My theory on the rotors are that they are undersized, along with the calipers, for this size of vehicle. Also my rims are the standard black rims with the gray hum caps, so my thinking is that the standard rims don't allow for as much air to cool off the front face of the rotors and pads because they have less openings than the aluminum mag wheels that are optional on the Equinox. Could also be a combination of the two. I'll follow up next Tuesday After I get the car back from the shop.
#1579 of 1701 Re: Extended Warranty for 2006 Equinox LS [laserblue]
Sep 17, 2010 (9:47 am)
1.) Buy new
2.) Buy the service manuals from the manufacturer
3.) Buy the Haynes manual from your local parts store
4.) Immediately start reading and learning about your new car so that when problems start happening in the 3rd or 4th year you can either repair it yourself or at least have an idea how to troubleshoot it before taking the car in to a "professional".
An informed/knowledgeable owner is a happier owner.
#1580 of 1701 Re: 2006 Equinox Problems Solved and Unsolved [mig66]
Sep 17, 2010 (10:03 am)
Which brand of rotors did you install? I just put a set of Wagners (from Advance) on my '97 Taurus (~185,000 miles). Think I paid about $75 for them. The originals from the factory were warped from DAY ONE, but I refused to replace them, thinking they'd grind themselves down over time. Well, they sort of did (or maybe I just got used to the rumble), but now with the new dics - smooth as glass. Amazing how such a simple fix can make the car feel like brand new again!
Maybe your vehicle DOES have undersized rotors, or maybe your replacements were poor quality from China (I was shocked to see "Made in China" on my Wagners/Federal Mogul - something I was trying to avoid), or maybe someone air-gunned your lug nuts (over-tightening them)? Another reason could be the discs mounting unevenly on the hub (rust buildup behind?).
The brake squeal is usually caused by the pad vibrating in its bore (in the caliper) - if it's a new pad. If it's an old pad, it could be the metal "hook" that is designed to cause a squeal to indicate the pad is worn (way down). Some people smear that pad goop on the backside during install to stop the squealing. I've never used it and have only very rarely heard any squealing from the pads on any of my vehicles. I think the cause of the squeal is variability in the making of the pad's metal body. I don't think they're all exactly the same size. Plus you've got the caliper bore possibly wearing over time, too...
Oct 13, 2010 (1:10 pm)
Took car in to have radio checked keeps going in and out and the door chimes do not work when you open doors. Well its not the fuses its the amplifier yes thats over 1000 to fix. How does this go bad? Car is 2005 equinox I have cars over 10 years old and this does not happen.
#1582 of 1701 Re: Radio [bhollander]
Oct 14, 2010 (3:26 am)
Dear (bhollander), they had to change my entire unit and to make things worse, they always replace it with a "rebuilt".
My radio was playing o.k. but the problem was the C.D.
Unit # 1 (The original) I couldn't insert a C.D.
Unit # 2 Same thing.
Unit # 3 The unit couldn't read the C.D.
Unit # 4 The C.D. got stucked inside the unit ( lost my C.D.)
Unit # 5 I couldn't insert a C.D.
Unit # 6 Was still working after 4 months but I traded the Equinox for a 2010 HHR.
The HHR 2LT and it"s a jewel and fun to drive.
P.S. you are not alone with the 2005's Radio/C.D. units.
#1584 of 1701 maintenance Schedule
Oct 26, 2010 (4:50 pm)
Edmunds has a great schedule but, when I was in ther service department, the advisor had a completely different schedule list and a kinda scary price list. Anyone knw where I can find the Mr Goodwrench scheduled maintenance listing?
#1585 of 1701 Re: maintenance Schedule [ctetzlaff]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Oct 26, 2010 (7:16 pm)
Edmunds gets the maintenance information from Chevy.
The other stuff on the dealer or Goodyear's recommended list may be ok to do, but it's not what Chevy says needs to be done.
Remember that most service writers work on commission and most will try to upsell you services that your car may not need.
Instead of asking for a 30k service, you can just ask that the mechanics just do the specific items that Chevy recommends be done. If the price still seems outrageous, say so, and go elsewhere.
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#1586 of 1701 Re: maintenance Schedule [ctetzlaff]
Oct 27, 2010 (12:30 pm)
Everything you need to know about maintenance schedules are in the back of your owners manual. It is your best friend, read and use it.
#1587 of 1701 Re: Grinding/Rubbing Brake sounds [tdiaz339]
Dec 19, 2010 (9:26 am)
I may be able to give you a clue of another underlying problem you are having since I experienced the same thing. I thought my rim was bent, my tires were bad, my rotor was warped after having them turned. What the real root cause of the issue was a bad wheel bearing/hub assembly. It will grind and make a rubbing noise as the bearing were shot inside hub. You might want to jack up your car and try to see if there is any play in your wheel, there should be none.