Last post on May 23, 2013 at 7:41 PM
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Chevrolet Equinox, Auto Repair, Transmission, SUV
#943 of 1036 Re: 2011 Chevy Equinox problems [dmitrano]
Dec 21, 2012 (8:51 am)
Welcome to the club!! The only advantage that I seem to have it s responsive service department.
This truck is the biggest piece if crap! I have never gotten over 19 miles per gallon.
At this point I hate having my kids in the car as I feel like it is not all that safe.
So glad that I only leased this truck and can give the piece of crap back at the end of the lease!
#944 of 1036 2011 Won't Start on Sporadic Basis...Now Check Engine Light On
Jan 01, 2013 (1:15 am)
I have a 2011 Equinox. I purchased it with a salvage title; however, it only had cosmetic damage before I bought it. In the past six months, it has sporadically not started about 5-6 times. There does not seem to be a rhyme or reason to when it does not start, and it has never happened twice in a row. When this happens, I'll turn the key and all lights will come on inside like normal, but instead of starting, only a clicking noise will be made. If I keep turning the key, the clicking noise will eventually turn to a noise that sounds more and more like the car is going to start, and then eventually it starts (it usually takes about 15 minutes of turning the key for it to finally start). Then, it doesn't happen again for about 3 weeks to a month. Today, however, it happened, and the battery went dead in the process of me trying get it started (i.e. while I was turning the key). It took much longer than the normal 15 minutes and even then the car didn't start and the battery died instead. I jump-started the vehicle, and then it started right up. The "check engine" light has also come on this time (it has never come on after previous times when I had issues starting the vehicle), but because of the holidays most places are closed so I don't know what the light is on for yet. Has anyone had this issue? If so, what was the problem? It seems like it could be a bad battery, but my gut feeling is that a bad battery is too simple of a problem!
#945 of 1036 Re: 2011 Won't Start on Sporadic Basis...Now Check Engine Light On [whitneylee]
Jan 02, 2013 (7:08 am)
Good morning whitneylee,
We're sorry that you're having these starting troubles with your Equinox. What is your game plan for getting this looked into? If you were thinking about working with a dealership and wanted for us to check into anything further, we're available to you. Please email us at socialmediagm.com (include your name and contact information, the last 8 digits of your VIN and mileage, and a summary of the situation).
Sarah, GM Customer Service
#946 of 1036 Re: 2011 Won't Start on Sporadic Basis...Now Check Engine Light On [whitneylee]
Jan 03, 2013 (11:32 am)
About the not starting issue: They replaced the camshaft intake thing that was sticking open. Then they replaced the stretch bolts at valve assembly, but reported they replaced the valve assembly. Who knows what they really did, but replace valve assembly shows on CarFax report. Within 4 days of all that work, i went out to start it, and it wouldn't start. I called and pitched a Texas red-headed hissy fit and they finally sent someone to try and jump it off. Transferred me to Service Mgr in the process, and he again started in on Premium Brand of gas and using Eco (because it causes the car to drive differently...I call BS). I told him they replaced problems found, and now it won't start. Nothing left ON in the car...no doors ajar. It just wouldn't start. The service adviser had me put my phone on speaker and let him listen. He said it might be the timing had stretched out. Said it happens sometimes when they do the repairs they did. I got it jumped, had it tested somewhere else with no codes returned, and promptly drove to Honda and traded it in on a Pilot EX. Best decision ever. Check to see if timing is involved. Mine was just that the battery lost power for some unknown reason.
#947 of 1036 Equinox downshifts
Jan 03, 2013 (1:19 pm)
My 2011 Equinox downshifts into fourth when manual shift is selected at highway speed. This seems unusual and is probably unsafe, however a service representative at the dealership said it is normal and there is no way to reprogram the transmission to stop it from downshifting every time I shift into manual. Do you know how to deal with this issue?
#948 of 1036 Re: Equinox downshifts [blb45]
Jan 03, 2013 (2:13 pm)
The service rep is correct. It's in the owner's manual and shop manual. Why do you find it necessary to drive an automatic transmission in the manual mode at highway speeds?
#950 of 1036 Re: Equinox downshifts [bob2560]
Jan 07, 2013 (12:37 pm)
Thanks bob2560 for your input. Manual shifting to a lower gear is useful on downward slopes instead of applying the brakes. Of several GM models with this kind of transmission that I have driven, this is the only one preset to downshift into fourth. I hoped for a software upgrade to reprogram the transmission. blb45
#951 of 1036 Re: Equinox downshifts [blb45]
Jan 07, 2013 (1:01 pm)
"TipTronic" shifting: It is a gear range selector. You can not pick a specific gear to drive in...just the range of gears. You can change the range by using the "+" and "-" toggle.
From the manual:
Electronic Range Select (ERS) Mode
ERS or manual mode allows for the selection of the range of gear positions. Use this mode when driving downhill or towing a trailer to limit the top gear and vehicle speed.
The shift position indicator within the Driver Information Center (DIC) will display a number next to the M indicating the highest available gear under manual mode and the driving conditions when manual mode was selected.
To use this feature:
1. Move the shift lever to M(Manual Mode).
2. Press the plus/minus button on the shift lever, to increase or decrease the gear range available.
When shifting to M(Manual Mode), the transmission will shift to a preset lower gear range. For this preset range, the highest gear available is displayed next to the M in the DIC.
See Driver Information Center (DIC) on page 5-24 for more information.
All gears below that number are available to use. For example, when 4 (Fourth) is shown next to the M, 1 (First) through 4 (Fourth) gears are shifted automatically. To shift to 5 (Fifth) gear, press the + (Plus) button or shift into D (Drive).
M(Manual Mode) will prevent shifting to a lower gear range if the engine speed is too high. If vehicle speed is not reduced within the time
allowed, the lower gear range shift will not be completed. Slow the vehicle, then press the - (Minus) button to the desired lower gear
While using the ERS, cruise control can be used.
#952 of 1036 2011 Won't Start / Salvage Title Issue
Jan 07, 2013 (1:22 pm)
A salvage title is not due to only cosmetic damage; the vehical was found to be a total loss by last owners insurance carrier in another state or country ie Flood, Fire Etc.