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#1 of 59 Battery discharged - no start
Feb 03, 2010 (10:37 am)
2008 Equinox sport, the battery has completely discharged causing a no start situation. This has happened three seperate times in the last month. No indication of why or when this condition will happen. After the first two times our GM dealer replaced the alternator and it has happened one more time since then. Is anyone else having this issue? There have been quite a few in our city with this same problem according to the boosting company. GM doesn't seem to be sure of the cause or remedy.
#2 of 59 Re: Battery discharged - no start [tps2]
Feb 04, 2010 (2:13 pm)
That's interesting you say that - I have an 09 and within the first 5 months (4000km) the battery completed died. Battery was replaced, and it's been running fine since. No other issues with the vehicle.
How many months/weeks have you went before these episodes occurred?
One other question for you.. O/T.. have you ever experienced a "popping" noise in the front end between 15-20km/h after a cold start? Some owners have experienced this sound and seems to be common with all models, but GM can't figure out what it is.
#3 of 59 Re: Battery discharged - no start [northerner19]
Feb 04, 2010 (10:04 pm)
We've had the Equinox since July, 2008 and 44,000 kms on it when this battery discharge began.
Apparently GM has a bulletin on this, #02-06-03-008D, they refer to diagnosis of the battery and/or generator. My generator has been replaced and it has happened once since then. So, am seeking advice ...
We haven't experienced the "popping" sound in the front end in our 2008 Equinox.
#4 of 59 Re: Battery discharged - no start [tps2]
Feb 09, 2010 (4:03 pm)
I have a 2008 LT equinox and experienced the same thing with only 4800 km. The battery was replaced and had at least one cell that was shorting out and reducing it's capacity. The Voltage output on the dash was 13.8 to 14.4 volts operating normally so GM replaced the battery and all has been well, they must received a bad batch (poor quality) of batteries. Easy fix .
#6 of 59 2011 Chevy Equinox Won't Start (Security System?)
Feb 04, 2011 (7:06 pm)
As I went to drive my new 2011 Chevy Equinox for the first time (it had not been driven for 10 days since driving it home from the dealer, though I did move it once just to drive it into my garage), I first noticed the doors did not unlock using the keyless entry. I then unlocked the door using the key, then once inside I tried to start the ignition but everything was 'locked up', no lights, no nothing. Also, the key could not be released from the ignition. I'm thinking it has to do with the security system because I did see red flashing lights inside on the dash when I tried to open the locked door. After discussing this with the dealer service guy, he said the car needs to be towed back to the dealer. I also called the toll free Chevy number hoping they could tell me how to resolve this problem without the car being towed, but they could not so they connected me with Roadside Assistance who has scheduled a tow in a few days. Has anyone else had this problem?
#7 of 59 Re: 2011 Chevy Equinox Won't Start (Security System?) [lady08]
Feb 05, 2011 (4:43 am)
Don't have one of these but symptoms are familiar. Its not the security system, its the battery charge that is causing no start. There may be an unintended parasitic drain that is root cause.
#8 of 59 Re: 2011 Chevy Equinox Won't Start (Security System?) [ray80]
Feb 06, 2011 (12:05 pm)
Thanks Ray80! We think you are right because the Hazard lights don't work either.
#9 of 59 Re: 2011 Chevy Equinox Won't Start (Security System?) [lady08]
Feb 06, 2011 (5:29 pm)
Just to add a little info. Todays vehicles tend to use power from battery even when turned off. Extended periods of not running them and battery will lose its charge. Should be able to go 10 days though, unless the one time you did start it it was very cold and it only ran a few minutes .
#10 of 59 Re: 2011 Chevy Equinox Won't Start (Security System?) [ray80]
Feb 10, 2011 (3:06 pm)
Ray80, it turned out to be exactly what you said, 'battery drain'. The dealer recharged the battery and also repaired the battery drain problem which was a Recall Notice I received about the same time! Thanks again for your excellent advice!