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#1683 of 1701 2006 Equinox tries to start with NO KEY
Sep 01, 2013 (3:16 pm)
I bought the car used 11/2008. A few months after having the car went to turn car off, took keys out of ignition when all of a sudden my radio started turning on/off, headlights and dash lights start blinking and the engine tried to turn over. Luckily my husband was in the car so he witnessed it. Took it to the dealer who thought I was crazy and thank god it did the same to them. They replaced a power control module and told me that it should fix the issue. Well since 2009 the car has been doing it on and off. The last time was today. I had my phone with and recorded myself taking the key out and the engine trying to turn over and the dash lights flashing. It even kept running when I took the key out. I've noticed it does it when it rains or if I do not hear a "click" noise after I take the key out.
I had the head gasket replaced about a year ago (45,000 miles) with the assistance of Chevy and mentioned this issue to them. Of course Oscar from Chevy told me there is nothing he can do about it. Unfortunately I still owe on the car or I would have taken care of the issue and traded the piece of crap in on anything other than a Chevy product!
#1684 of 1701 Re: Chevy Equinox 2013 issues [alisaman]
Sep 02, 2013 (7:48 am)
Good Morning Alisaman:
I have been following the "Equinox issue," because I almost purchased a new 2010 4 cylinder Equinox in 2010. ----- (I purchased a 2010 LTZ Malibu 4 cylinder. This is a "non direct injection fuel engine!" ----- The equinox has a "direct injection engine.")
I though that GM had solved the problems with the Equinox for 2013, and I was going to take a hard look at the vehicle, but GM seems to have dropped the ball BIG TIME again! ----- These are on-going problems! ---- What are the engineers at GM doing between "coffee breaks" and "meetings at the water cooler?"
If I owned this vehicle I would be VERY professional, and call Chevrolet Customer Service, and open up a "case number" that describes all the issues that are related to this vehicle. ---- (Explain to the representative that you expect the vehicle to be repaired in a timely / professional manner, and since it is under warranty you need a loaner vehicle.) ----- I would then make a service appointment with the selling dealer for service. ---- I would be up front with the service adviser and give him / her the case number. (Be professional to everyone that you speak to with regards to this issue.) ---- When leaving your vehicle for service make it VERY clear that after the repair has been made you want someone at the dealership to drive the vehicle to be sure that the problems have been resolved. ---- (I had a "hesitation issue" going up a hill with the 2010 - 2.4 Malibu engine, and it was a "software issue!") ---- This is how I resolved the issue! I only owned the vehicle for a few months, and they knew that I was headed to the "Lemon Law" in my state if the issue was not resolved. ----- My vehicle now has 47,000+miles and it operates properly. ----- (I am a maintenance person, so I change my oil and filter at the "selling dealer" every 2,500 miles, and I use a fuel additive at every fuel fill up! ----- I DO NOT believe in 5,000 mile oil and filter changes. ---- I use a fuel additive because the gasoline sold today is "dry" in terms of lubrication, and fuel pumps and fuel injectors need some lubrication along with the upper cylinder of the engine. ------ The two products that come to mind are "Lucas Upper Cylinder Lubricate, and / or Marvel Mystery Oil. ---- YES, the manufacture does not recommend these products, but I have seen the results of the use of these products. ---- When I first picked up my new Malibu the engine sounded life a "4 cylinder American coffee grinder," ---- now it is "smooth" and "quiet." I do not use oil between oil and filter change intervals.) ----- Best regards! ------- Dwayne
#1685 of 1701 Re: Chevy Equinox 2013 issues [alisaman]
Sep 02, 2013 (8:00 am)
Your problems could be related to an ignition switch. ------ I had a new loaded 1995 V8 Jeep Grand Cherokee, --- (THE VEHICLE FROM HELL), --- that had most of your symptoms, and it came down to a bad ignition switch. The switch was changed and the problems went away! ---- (I WOULD NEVER PURCHASE ANOTHER JEEP PRODUCT!) ---- Poor quality products, and VERY poor dealer service!---------- Dwayne
#1686 of 1701 Re: 2006 Equinox Problems Solved and Unsolved [mig66]-UPDATE
Sep 06, 2013 (1:21 pm)
I did go with the EBC drilled and slotted rotors and brake pad kit and have not had a problem with them since I put them on over a year and a half ago.
#1687 of 1701 Re: Chevy Equinox 2013 issues [alisaman]
Oct 13, 2013 (1:54 pm)
Had our 2013 Equinox in for fuel in the oil. They replaced the high pressure fuel pump. We too thought that problem was solved in 2012.
This week it's going back for a fuel module replacement. On cold start-ups we here a popping sound from the fuel tank. It goes away in a about 15-20 seconds but it should not be doing it.
After that repair I'll be doing another oil analysis to confirm that the fuel is or is not still entering the crankcase and diluting the oil.
#1688 of 1701 Re: Chevy Equinox 2013 issues [skiziks]
Oct 14, 2013 (6:13 am)
This problem started in 2010 with the Equinox! ---- What is wrong with the engineers at GM? ------ Do and oil analysis ASAP! ---- Watch your oil consumption! ---- With fuel in the oil you may have already damaged your timing chain assembly, the piston rings and cylinder walls, and the main & camshaft bearings. ---- You may now have an engine that is an "oil pumper!" --- DO NOT let the engine run low on oil. Keep oil with you to "top off the oil level as necessary!" ----- Contact GM and open up a case number on this vehicle. ------- If you have additional problems with this vehicle activate the "Lemon Law" in your state ASAP! ------ Get some "legal advice" ASAP from a Lemon Law Attorney! ----- THIS IS SIMPLY UNBELIEVABLE! ----- All the best to everyone! ---- Dwayne
#1689 of 1701 Re: Chevy Equinox 2013 issues [skiziks]
Oct 14, 2013 (9:56 am)
GM is trying to squeeze as many MPG out of an engine. GM has made a corporate decision to fully embrace sophisticated overhead cam engines with direct injection in order to achieve this objective. Problem: GM engineers, at least until this point in time, have shown an inability to design a reliable direct injection engine to achieve this objective. There's no point in asking GM to step up to the plate and make it right when their engineers can not design the product to make it right. GM needs to change its objective and go back to multipoint fuel injection. In fact, I remember reading something a few months ago where a Ford engineer stated that Ford was not going to fully embrace direct injection because of the reliability issues associated with adopting direct injection. GM needs to get back to basics and produce reliable products.
#1690 of 1701 Re: Chevy Equinox 2013 issues [jpf]
Oct 14, 2013 (10:27 am)
Why doesn't GM install the 2.4 ---- four cylinder engine that is in the 2010 Chevrolet LTZ Malibu into the Chevrolet Equinox. ----- This engine IS NOT a "direct injection engine," and the best part, ------- IT THAT IT RUNS without a problem! ---- How come GM cannot come up with this solution? ----- Have they lost the ability to "problem solve" or "brain storm a problem?" ---- I am sure that the 2.4 Malibu Engine will fit into the Equinox as a replacement engine! --- The basic engine block is probably the same! ---------- Just sharing some ideas! ---------- Dwayne.
#1691 of 1701 Re: Chevy Equinox 2013 issues [skiziks]
Oct 15, 2013 (5:22 pm)
I did some research on the "net" today dealing with the "NEW & IMPROVED four cylinder GM engines in the Malibu line of vehicles. ------ It seems that the 2.0 / 4 cylinder Turbo engine, and the 2.5 / 4 cylinder engine are both "Direct Injection Engines." ---- Does this mean that now the "Malibu line of GM vehicles" are also going to have the "fuel in the oil problem," and the "engine issues" associated with the failure of the high pressure fuel pump? ----- Only time will tell! ---- Is this the same engine in the new Impala? ----- If this problem continues, it will destroy the product line! --- I will be following the postings on the 2013 Malibu site to see if engine problems exist! ------- All the best! ---- Dwayne