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#89 of 192 Re: 2007 Chevy Tahoe Stabilitrak, Engine Light and 4*4 Service malfunction [gmcustsvc]
Dec 30, 2012 (8:31 pm)
Im glad you are ok as well that is very scary. We have a 2005 Chevy Suburban and this must be the weekend for problems. We drove up north to see my parents for New Years. The snow wasn't to bad on the way up about a few inches in 6 hours but it wasn't steady. The service stabilitrak light came on and off a few times, we were braking more than usual but we kept out speed at a maintable level for the conditions. The next day it was fine never came on, today we drove a few miles to the grocery store and it happened again this time went off and on more than 6 times and the truck sounds like it is runing rough. The heat on the drivers side also is blowing cold air yet the rest of the truck is fine, obviously that is not related but just pretty odd. I will be watching this closely and taking the truck in when we get home. Due to NEw Years Im not sure any dealerships are even open tomorrow just hope we make it home safe on Tuesday. Good luck if you figure anythign out in the next few days please post it!
#90 of 192 Re: Stabilitrak, TC and mystery noise issues [texcyn]
Dec 31, 2012 (5:46 am)
If you purchased your Tahoe new last year, I would suspect you're still within your bumper to bumper warranty (unless you've exceeded 36,000 miles). Any plans on working with a dealership?
Sarah, GM Customer Service
#91 of 192 Re: 2007 Chevy Tahoe Stabilitrak, Engine Light and 4*4 Service malfunction [4mykids13]
Dec 31, 2012 (6:29 am)
We're sorry to hear that you are having these troubles right now - it is a tricky time of year. If you want for us to check dealerships in your area to see if they would be open tomorrow, email us your name, contact information, the last 8 digits of your VIN, ZIP code, and a summary of the situation (socialmediagm.com).
Sarah, GM Customer Service
#92 of 192 2007 Tahoe: Problems with Stabilitrak/traction control lights
Jan 06, 2013 (10:18 am)
We are having major issues with our stabilitrak and traction control lights going off while driving..sometimes the lights indicate they are turning off; other times it states they need to be serviced. Our vehicle has been seen 3 times since September for this issue and so far we are out of pocket $728.80. It will be seen again for the fourth time in two days. Our service Dept is now saying the alcohol content in the fuel is reading high and we need to use 'good' gas stations.. The stabilitrak and traction control lights went off approximately 12 times yesterday and on several occasions while the indicator lights were going off the vehicle shifted extremely hard from first to second gear.
Ive been onto several forum and have found where others have experienced this same issue... its very apparent the dealerships have no idea how to fix it. Yet customers are forced to pay to 'fix' something only to have this issue come back days to weeks later.
I AM IN COMPLETE FEAR OF MY FAMILY'S SAFETY WHEN DRIVING THIS VEHICLE.
#93 of 192 Re: 2007 Tahoe: Problems with Stabilitrak/traction control lights [wandh112]
Jan 07, 2013 (11:07 am)
Are you already working with Customer Assistance on this? If you would like for us to check into this further, please contact us at socialmediagm.com (include your name and contact information, the last 8 digits of your VIN, and a summary of the situation so far).
Sarah, GM Customer Service
#94 of 192 Re: 2007 Tahoe: Problems with Stabilitrak/traction control lights [wandh112]
Jan 08, 2013 (3:41 am)
the stabilitrack system is a nightmare . that's why I won't buy another Tahoe . They change parts and charge you a lot but don't get it fixed .
#95 of 192 Re: 2007 Tahoe: Problems with Stabilitrak/traction control lights [gmcustsvc]
Jan 08, 2013 (6:10 am)
Sarah at GM, I am getting the info together today and sending it to the email address you provided. Thank you
#96 of 192 Re: 2007 Tahoe: Problems with Stabilitrak/traction control lights [gmlikesjapan]
Jan 09, 2013 (8:38 pm)
We are having the same problem. The system constantly switches between stabilitrack n and off, with a hard shift between 1 and 2 when it goes off. This is one of many issues we have experienced with this vehicle and the dealer repair shops are worthless and not trustworthy. How is your oil between changes? Was burning close to two quarts every 3000. Dealer said this was common in this engine. Maybe time to go to a overseas make.
#97 of 192 Re: stabilitrack [chousley]
Jan 10, 2013 (3:02 am)
Apologies in advance for the long post.
Here's the next phase in my story on the Stabilitrak experience:
The morning after my last post, I jumped the Suburban with no issues and the car seemed to run fine again. Then on Christmas Eve we were on our way home from a short trip (5 miles) when the engine started to make a clattering sound and the Stabilitrak warning message came on. We parked the car as soon as we got home and didn't drive it again until two days later when I drove it straight to my mechanic's shop (still making the same clattering sound).
I work with a local, independent mechanic and I trust him a lot. When I pulled up to his shop, he heard the engine and said "That's not a good sound." He recognized the sound of bad lifters...maybe because he had seen two Suburbans (2007 and 2008 models) the same week with the same problem. Come to find out, Chevy has redesigned the lifters on my engine model 4 times since I bought my Suburban and they've also redesigned a portion of the oil intake from the oilpan. The issues associated with those two fixes will generally manifest themselves in excessive oil consumption (sound familiar anyone?) and rough running engines due to cylinders "dying".
Unfortunately, my mechanic confirmed pretty quickly that I had standing oil in places I shouldn't (so I needed the redesigned oil intake baffle) and I had a bad cylinder (so I likely needed the redesigned lifters). He was pretty certain it was "just" a bad lifter, but said he wouldn't know exactly what was wrong until he got into the engine.
After getting a $3,500 estimate for fixing both problems (included replacing all the lifters and some other maintenance-related stuff you wouldn't ordinarily do unless you're tearing your engine apart anyway), we investigated with a dealer and found that we were getting a pretty good deal. We told our mechanic to go ahead and do the work. He called me yesterday, after getting everything pulled apart and confirmed that the lifter on one cylinder was completely collapsed and was the root cause of the engine noise. He is also fairly certain it's been bad for a while and is the root cause of our Stabilitrak warnings. We should have the car back tomorrow and I'll get a full report from the mechanic on anything else he noticed. Hopefully this will be the end of our Stabilitrak woes!
When I originally asked him about the Stabilitrak warning messages my mechanic told me those were just the way the computer manifested any number of issues and that any competent dealership could read the diagnostic codes from your car's black box, do a little investigation, and quickly determine the root cause(s) of the Stabilitrak engine warnings and related engine behavior.
My advice to anyone experiencing Stabilitrak issues is to be an active consumer...read the forums and do your research to best determine what might be wrong with your car. Then find a mechanic (either independent or at a dealer) with whom you are comfortable and have them read the diagnostic codes from your engine. If you're going to a dealer, you will have to get past the receptionist and the order takers before you can talk to someone who works in the shop and will be able to talk to you intelligently about your car and it's issues. Be persistent. If you can't talk to the person reading the codes and doing the work on your car, go somewhere else. Everyone should have a mechanic they trust; if you don't, it's time to get one and this provides you an opportunity to do so. Invest some time in finding the right mechanic and it will pay off in $ and in the satisfaction of knowing someone competent is maintaining what is likely one of your biggest investments...your car.
#98 of 192 Re: 2007 Tahoe: Problems with Stabilitrak/traction control lights [dwevanskc]
Jan 10, 2013 (8:36 am)
If you would like for us to do any follow up on the visit you made to your dealership, please contact us via email with further information (including your name and contact information, the last 8 digits of your VIN and mileage, and a brief summary of the situation).
Sarah, GM Customer Service