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#1177 of 2371 Engine noise at idle and when changing gears
Dec 25, 2011 (7:59 pm)
I have had my 2010 Equinox LT AWD for less than 2 years (2 year in March 2012). I have 47000 miles on it. Though it has been a good vehicle, I noticed at about 20000 miles that it started making a subtle "rattling" noise when accelerating. I mentioned this to the service person at the dealer where I get my oil change, but they said they checked and couldn't find anything. At about 35000, an acquaintance of mine mentioned to me he thought my engine was making noise - there was a soft "knocking", but thought it was just because it was a 4 cyl engine. Over the last 10 days, this noise has gotten louder - it sounds like a diesel engine, so help me, and when I accelerate, the noise disappears, there is a rattling sound for about 4 or 5 seconds when the vehicle changes gear. I hear no noise at speed, gas mileage appears to be OK. But once I decelerate and stop at a stop light, the noise is back with a vengeance. It is not only annoying, it is worrisome to me. After reading all of these posts - as well as posts on other sites - I am taking my vehicle to the dealer first thing tomorrow. I have seen posts elsewhere about complete engine failure and replacements.
This brings back memories because the last time I heard noise like this (without a check engine light coming on) was 25 years ago with a 1983 Honda Accord - and that ended up in complete engine failure. I got a complete run around from Honda then, and it took me literally 20 years before I took a chance and bought another one. This Chevy is my first GM vehicle in 20 years also - hopefully, I won't have to take the same measures.
Oh, and if I am told that this is "normal", I will point to my wife's 2010 Equinox, which is a mere month older, and has 17500 miles on it - it definitely does NOT sound like mine (and if I hear ANY similar noise coming from it, it too will be brought back to the dealer).
Dec 27, 2011 (7:47 pm)
My wife's equinox has had some issues lately. This summer it was about 95 degrees out, headed down the highway, no wind, not going uphill and it downsifted into 4th gear and ran about 4,000 rpm and would not shift back up into 5th or 6th gear. It only happened once and she mentioned it the dealer at the next oil change and they couldn't find anything wrong. It has also seemed low on power, even lower than normal lately. This weekend the check engine light came on for a few days and then went off. Then Monday morning when I went to start it, it would start and run for about 1/2 a second then shut off. I did this about 4 times, went in and told her, came out and it started right up. It has the 2.4 liter. Has anyone ran into problems like this.
It is a good looking car and drives nice other than being the most gutless vehicle I have ever driven. I'm a chevy person and have an 07 duramax, but this car is really starting to sour me on GM. Might have to go back to Fords, or got forbid get rid of the equinox and get her another Subaru.
Dec 29, 2011 (3:08 pm)
I have a 2010 Equinox which currently has 13,211 miles on it. Obviously I don't drive it much. Last December 22, 2010 the check engine light came on and the car stalled at every traffic light. I took it to the dealer, they said they fixed it and the problem was my oil was very dirty. Did't make sense to me, but I'm not the mechanic, the oil only had maybe 2,000 miles on it. Yesterday same problem. Engine shut down at every light. Check engine light is on. Took it in today and the tech according to the service manager thinks he found the problem, but couldn't tell me if it would be done tomorrow. If it isn't am I not entitled to a loaner under the warranty. And if this happens again would this not be covered under the lemon law. Thanks for any help.
#1180 of 2371 Re: trooperev [trooperev]
Dec 29, 2011 (4:22 pm)
My dealer called me and gave me a vague story that there was something wrong with the timing chain and the belt tensioner. No explanation as to why there was low oil in the pan, except that the engine must have been burning it (there were no leaks). As to why it was burning it, no explanation. I'm anxious to see how long the repair will last. I've loved this vehicle and want to keep it, but reliability is key for me.
#1181 of 2371 Re: Engine Timing Chain [smc8888]
Dec 30, 2011 (11:48 am)
Bought my 2010 Equinox new. It went through the center console recall when I first got it, no problem. I kid you not, on the two-year anniversary of my purchase, the problems started. It wasn't running quite right. A few weeks ago, it started running really poorly, like it was going to stall when idling. The check engine light came on. In it went to the dealer...they updated two fuel software updates. Still not running quite right, threatening to stall while idling. Today, waiting at a stop light, the stabilitrak light came on. Now I have to schedule another visit to the dealership.
My grandfather retired from GM. This is the second brand new GM product I've purchased, and I had two used GMs before that (although this is the only Chevy...how I miss my beloved Pontiacs!). I'm concerned that this is just the start of the problems. I'd be furious if it wasn't still under warranty...even so, it's time off work and time without a car to deal with this.
#1182 of 2371 Re: Engine Timing Chain [catosmama]
Dec 30, 2011 (11:27 pm)
I have the same exact issue..perfect to what you are saying, they went through the center console, and when it was just at 2 years old it started to act like just as you explain..I live in Germany and we thought it was due to shipping..its not..after I see all these other people have the same issues. I took mine to an authorized dealer here in Germany and they say its my O2 censor. I am not sure about that..but we are waiting on the part to come in to have it fixed. Mine is running rough, engine light is on, my even stays started for a few seconds after I take the key out. (due to the ECU unit sending too much gas into the engine), stabilitrak comes on when I am stopped..sounds like our cars are just the same. I really wish GM would do something about this..I think it needs to have a recall as soon as they figure it out..seems that they all do not know what is wrong with our Equinoxs.. Let me know what they say about what is wrong with yours..then maybe I can explain it to my dealer here.. Hope its fixed soon!
#1183 of 2371 Update to my post #1173 of December 24 - I have new engine
Dec 31, 2011 (6:29 am)
I picked up my 2010 Equinox from dealer yesterday. The invoice states the engine assembly, camshaft and actuator were replaced. All under warranty. But they charged me for an oil change. I told the cashier I did not come in for oil change, did not request oil change - there was no oil left to change. She said the service person I was dealing with was away this week and I should talk to him next week. When I got in the vehicle, I checked the oil life message. It was still at 50% as when I brought in the vehicle. I went back in the dealership and a service person came out and reset it. Because of the issues with oil/no oil, I will be checking the oil every week.
On December 14th, when I brought my Equinox in for repair, the dealer did arrange a free rental for me. During the 1st 100 km I drove it, a 2012 Impala, the "change engine oil" message came on. Made me laugh (what else to do). At least the Impala lets you know you are due for an oil change.
I note that this is an American website and I wanted to find a Canadian site to see if there was any recourse for us in Canada. If you are Canadian and having these problems, I recommend that you go to https://contactus.gm.ca and send an e-mail message under Ownership/Customer Relations. I sent a brief message about problems I was having with my vehicle the night before I found out my vehicle was ready for pick up. Last night a customer service rep called me and asked me some questions and seemed to be genuinely interested in my concerns. She asked what dealer I was dealing with and said she would be contacting them to discuss my vehicle. I mentioned the oil change issue and she said GM would be sending me a "free oil change coupon".
There seems to be at least one or two new postings a week on this site regarding the 2010 and 2011 Equinoxes. It is unfortunate that no one at GM has acknowledged to me there is a problem. I hope they fix what's wrong because I really like my Equinox and it is good to have it back.
#1184 of 2371 Re: SAME PROBLEM FOR ALMOST 2 YEARS....HELP!! [dmazzone]
Dec 31, 2011 (8:32 am)
Can someone tell me where to find the service bulletin for 2010 Equinox?
#1185 of 2371 Re: Engine Replacement... Again [stillmc1]
Jan 02, 2012 (9:55 am)
Wow 2nd engine replacement, i'm still on my first =)... I had a major issue with oil comsumption and they replaced my engine, put a 2011 enging in my 2010 Equinox. This was a few months ago, so far no issues and no longer have a ticking noise.
Now for the cabin air filter, it should. It's behind the glove box, changed mine in September.
Going to the dealer soon to have them check the transmission, mine seems to be acting up. I really liked the Equinox when if first came out, but I can honestly say I regret it now.