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#121 of 380 2006 Chevy Colorado
May 17, 2011 (12:07 pm)
My daughter just bought this truck. Less than 40,000 miles on it. However the brakes squeel. She took it in and was told the calibers got rusty on the lot. due to the design of the brake system she was quoted 1500+ dollars for repairing the calipers plus rotors and the bearings. Is this for real??? Sounds like a very faulty system is so. Plus the lot rust should have been disclosed by the dealer and wasn't. Sounds like a total scam to unload a lemon vehicle. This needs to be resolved without this cost. The brake system made the noise from day one!
I want resolution either from Chevy or from the dealer and not at the cost of 1500 bucks! from reading this forum it seems like this is a common problem on this truck. My next call will be to a lemon Law attorney.
#122 of 380 Re: Colorados are lemons [coloradolemon]
May 17, 2011 (12:16 pm)
The harness is a simple part and a replacement is available in the after market or from GM. Again it is a simple repair. The reason you are replacing the harness is the pin on the resistor burned the pin in the harness. Replace the harness and resistor together for a permanent fix. Some people have also just soldered the wires direct to the resistor for a permanent fix.
There is one other common failure of the blower motor circuit. It is the ground wire for the motor which is located on a horizontal bolt on the passenger side inside fender. It is located behind the air cleaner. If your blower runs on position 4 then you do not have this problem.
These failures have nothing to do with the AC unit itself. The blower moves air for BOTH the AC and the heater. If you are having AC problems other than air movement then that is an entirely different problem. If someone is trying to sell you another AC unit, probably the evaporator, because the blower does not work, I would look for another repair shop or fix it myself. They are either incompetent or taking advantage of you.
#123 of 380 Re: 2006 Chevy Colorado [saylorj1]
May 17, 2011 (12:30 pm)
Squeaking brakes are very common on many vehicles and they are correct it just could be rust on the rear drums or front rotors. Driving it should rub the rust off and the squeak should eventually go away. If it doesn't then they can remove the rear shoes or front pads, remove the glaze from them with a wire brush or bead blaster and reinstall them. At worst they could install new pads or shoes and you are done. The auto parts store price for the shoes or pads are in the range of $30.00 per axle. I would estimate the labor at 1 hour per axle.
Replacement of rotors, calipers, and bearings is totally unnecessary and I believe you are being taken advantage of with that estimate.
#124 of 380 Re: Might as well jump on the bandwagon [hackme]
May 20, 2011 (9:55 am)
I apologize for the issues you have experienced with your vehicle. By chance have you been in contact with GM Customer Assistance?
Caron, GM Customer Service
#125 of 380 Re: 2006 Chevy Colorado [saylorj1]
May 20, 2011 (11:24 am)
I apologize for your frustrations. Can you please email me with the VIN? I would like to look into this further. Have a great weekend!
GM Customer Service
#126 of 380 Re: 2006 Chevy Colorado [gmcustsvc]
May 20, 2011 (8:30 pm)
I have a 2005 Colorado myself and i am having the same problems everybody else is having. My 4wd will kick in whenever it feels like it, my abs light comes on whenever it wants and locks up my breaks causing me to almost hit somebody. I cannot let anybody in my family drive my truck because of this problem and on top of that i continuously have water leaks underneath the front and rear driver side seats. Don't you think after all these complaints you would do something about this? After having a truck 5 years old with only 80,000 miles on it i should never have to worry about this. i had a ford before i recently bought this truck and not once ever had problems like this and the truck was over 10 years old and the only thing i ever had to do to it was change tires and breaks. There should never be any problems like this after having a vehicle only 5 years old. I think its about time you do something about fixing these problems and to not say over and over to contact your GM dealership and have them look at the problem, if its continuous problems then you being a GM customer service should complain and have all these POS recalled. Thank you.
#127 of 380 Very few problems with my Colorado
May 22, 2011 (6:37 am)
I am shocked at how many of you are having this much trouble with your trucks. I have an intermittant ABS issue, but since there is no locking up of the brakes, just the occasional ABS buzzing, I've decided to wait before getting it repaired. When the buzzing occurs, I shut off the ignition and restart and that usually stops the ABS buzzing. It might not happen again for weeks or months.
My previous truck was a 1994 GMC Sonoma (S-10) whose rear brakes would lock up on the first brake application on damp mornings...no other time. I had it to two different dealers with even the rear drums and shoes getting replaced, all to no avail. The ABS, though, worked fine until 2005, when I traded it in on my current Colorado.
The Colorado has been an almost perfect vehicle for 49,000 miles, requiring only an oxygen sensor replacement, new tires and new battery, which was just replaced last month. I guess I'm just lucky?
#128 of 380 Re: my issue is resolved [leadfoot4]
May 22, 2011 (12:08 pm)
I have the same problem you had and solved. I took brakes apart put in new rotors and pads and now my ABS system is acting up. I am curious to know if your brakes are still working well and you still are not getting the ABS light coming on?
Thanks for your response.
#129 of 380 Re: 2006 Chevy Colorado [bjmcgarry6]
May 23, 2011 (1:40 pm)
I have posted on Edmunds a number of times about the problems with my Colorado. I have replaced a total of 5 hubs including the originals. The ABS system is constantly misbehaving, never sure when it will work or not! Have replaced the abs rings with each hub replacement. The Fan resistor had to be replaced, now the drivers door is popping if you do not close it gently at the top of its run. I am now replacing both front calipers and front brake hoses. On various occasions the front brakes progressively lock up. Depends on how far from home I am as to whether I make it home. On two occasions the rotors got so hot that I could see them glowing red hot. Had I not called my wife to have the garden hose ready when I got home it may have caught fire. The truck is useless. The underside of the hood near the latch has a 3” square rust hole through it. This is all on a 2005 vehicle with less than70,000 miles. I am a retired public school auto mechanics teacher with 32 years in the classroom as well as having taught numerous adult night classes at our local community college. I also have my own restoration business so I know my way around automobiles and this is without a doubt the worst vehicle for reliability and quality I have ever owned. I have been a GM man up until this truck. I still have my nice one ton dually diesel and did have a nice GMC Envoy. After this Colorado I traded the Envoy in for a Ford Edge Limited. None of these complaints are unique to my truck as evidenced by not only the posts on Edmunds but also on sites like Colorado Fan.com. You are aware of the issues but seem to offer no relief. Guess if you wait long enough the trucks will all end up in the junkyard but in the meantime you will be losing long time customers! I never know how to use the brakes on my truck. Maybe you could offer some advice. Since I never know if the ABS will engage or not, in an emergency stopping situation do I pump the brakes as if no ABS or step and hold as if I had ABS. That does present a dilemma to me as well as a safety issue. What are you thoughts if you had to drive the truck since the problem seems incurable for me as well as many others. Keith Williams
#130 of 380 Re: my issue is resolved [eddy29]
May 23, 2011 (3:19 pm)
"Eddy29", my brakes have been functioning properly since I did the repairs.... My ABS light does not come on, but keep in mind, I replaced the wheels speed sensors.