Last post on Mar 20, 2013 at 6:08 AM
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Chevrolet Equinox, Gasoline, Auto Repair, Fuel System, Scheduled Maintenance, SUV
#18 of 21 Re: 2005 CHEVY EQUINOX [clebo1]
Apr 02, 2010 (1:37 pm)
The problem is not with the Equinox...it's with ALL the 3.4 L engines.
I had a Venture with a 3.4 L engine and the head gasket blew (prematurely) 12,000 miles. the a Montana still with that 3.4 L engine and again...a blown head gasket 31,000 miles. Now again with my Equinox...another blown head gasket.
So you see...it's not because it's a Equinox.
Every time I called G.M.'s 800 # I always got an answer and talked with a very polite and curtious person at the other end of the line and he/she understood my problem and gave me all the support I needed.
I'm very satisfied with G.M. products and I just traded in my 2005 Equinox for a 2010 HHR LT2 with a 2.4 L engine.
Made sure it wasn't a 3.4 L to avoid the surprise of a blown head gasket again.
By the way, my Equinox has been a very good and dependable truck for 5 years (except for that head gasket).
#19 of 21 Re: 2005 CHEVY EQUINOX [laserblue]
Apr 07, 2010 (11:40 am)
SORRY MY FRIEND,IT'S THE HEAD GASKET AND REAR SEAL GASKET.I JUST HAVE MINE REPLACED COST ME $516.00,MY WARRANTY COMPANY $1309.
6 MORE MONTHS AND THIS PIG IS HISTORY. SORRY CHEVY,THIS VEHICLE IS NO GOOD!!!
#20 of 21 Re: 2005 CHEVY EQUINOX [clebo1]
Apr 08, 2010 (3:46 am)
Why did the head gasket blew on my 3 vehicles that had the 3.4 L engine?
My Venture, my Montana and now my Equinox and lots of people I know have the 3.4 L engine in there car, truck or van and had the same problem with their "head gasket".
How can a bunch of people be so hard or unlucky with "head gaskets"?
I don't know where you got your "certified mechanic diploma" but my brother in law that is a "real" certified mechanic told me that YES there is a serious problem with "head gaskets on the 3.4 L engines and not only the ones in the Equinox.
Do you think your engine knows it's in a Equinox?
So it's NOT because it's Equinox.
SUGGESTION: Buy a other vehicle with the 3.4 L engine and you'll probably get your proof.
#21 of 21 Re: Fluid Sound Through Hoses @ Acceleration [eaglevision]
Mar 20, 2013 (6:08 am)
We have had 2, 2005 Equinox SUVs, The first was bought new and had no gurgling in some 120 k miles before my wife decided to total it into a stopped car at 50mph.
She liked the car up to that point so well, that I got her the same year with 60, 000 miles on the odometer at the time we picked it up. From the start, the car had the gurgling sound that everyone mentioned. Every once in a while a drop or 2 of coolant from the area of the water pump would be noticed.
Realizing that the shaft seal was probably letting a drop or 2 of water through from time to time, I planned on changing the pump since this type of leak is bad for the pump bearings.
Once changed, the gurgling stopped for good which led to one of those ah-ha moments where I realized that the coolant was weeping when the fluid was hot and expanding. When the coolant was losing it's heat with the engine off, it contracted which not only withdrew coolant from the surge tank as designed, but introduced air through vacuum through the same waterpump seal.
This air when forced through the engine water jackets and back to the surge tank causes the percolating sound in the tank as its released.
Likely, as the engine heats with air bubbles in different water jacket sections and until it's released into the surge tank, engine uneven heating must occur causing failure around the head gaskets and possible warped heads as well.
Overall, we've been very happy with the stability of these cars and the highway mileage is pretty good on the earlier models, considerably better on the more recent offerings.
Hope this info helps.