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#126 of 176 Re: Timing Belt [billham]
Oct 31, 2011 (4:01 am)
Trust me on this one, 60K miles is when previous owners of the 2004 Chevy Aveo trade in their car in so they dont have to do this maintenance work. I bought mine with that same amount of mileage and did not know about the belt or if mine had been replaced. If your belt breaks, and it will be without warning-as you are crusing down the highway one day-your engine will be shot! The valves will bend and you will be advised that this is a "throw away car", that it is too costly to replace the engine-considering what the car is worth. I did get all this work done and I basically had to rebuild the engine. It was about a $1,500 repair done by people who cut me a better bargain than most would have charged. You can double the life of your car if you heed the warning and have that belt replaced before it does break. Rest assured that it will!
#127 of 176 2011 Aveo acceleration vibration
Nov 04, 2011 (7:50 am)
I recently visited our local GM service department after repeated acceleration vibration/noise pertaining to our 2011 Aveo...they could not find the problem and contacted Detroit...
I should point out that it has not caused any performance problem at all...but it is "there" and it should not be. Our Aveo has 1500 miles.
Our local GM service rep told us that Chevy Detroit says it is a common problem with the 2011 Aveo and they are working to find the cause...
Has anyone experienced this? What would be suggested at this point? Thank you for any response.
#128 of 176 Re: Timing Belt [billham]
Nov 04, 2011 (2:24 pm)
I have exactly the same problem as you, except I didn't know about the timing belt issue when I bought it. It's a 2005 Chevy Aveo that had 66,000 miles when I purchased it, it's now 73,000 and I was recommended to replace it because there is no way to determine if it has been replaced without taking apart the engine. I also think that the previous owner didn't do it so I will need to do it... I didn't have any problems so far so hope if I replace the timing belt, I'll be fine... My question is : does anyone know how much does it cost? I have heard that it's better to replace the water pump at the same time. Also, if I need to replace the tensioner and air filter, how much would it be?
My car's mileage is 30MPG (highway), but I guess it's not that great right? Is that true that if I replace the spark plugs and wires and the air filter I could get better mileage?
Thanks all for your help!
#129 of 176 Re: Timing Belt [fashion_girl]
Nov 05, 2011 (7:45 am)
If the water pump runs off the timing belt, you probably need that replaced too. Also check tensioners and idler pulleys. Good luck.
#130 of 176 Re: 2011 Aveo acceleration vibration [dhart2]
Nov 14, 2011 (6:27 am)
I looked into our database here and did not see any further information regarding this concern. If something is published, I will be sure to let you know.
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#131 of 176 Re: Timing Belt [fashion_girl]
Mar 16, 2012 (12:16 pm)
I replace my timing belt and it cost me about $600 in my GM dealership. It is recommended to change the water pump when you change the timing belt because they are in the same area and it is a pain in the butt to access that are. So, if the shop charges you by the hour, it is a good idea to do it at the same time since you will be paying less in labor time. The OEM air filter costs $15 and you can replace it yourself with a screw driver. It is also recommended to change it every 15k miles according to the manual.
Replacing the air filter and the spark plugs and wires (which should be done every 30k miles) should increase your MPG about 10% to 20%. Also, you may want to add a Fuel System Cleaner to your gasoline tank.
#132 of 176 Chevy Aveo Tire Wear/Strut Mount Issue
Sep 04, 2012 (7:00 am)
#133 of 176 Chevy Aveo Tire Wear/Strut Mount Issue
Jan 24, 2011 (10:52 am)
I have 20,000 miles on my 2009 Aveo and I have already had to replace the two front tires because they were worn bald on one side only. When I took it to my mechanic, he said there was a problem with the upper strut mounts and that the car would continue to have that problem unless and until I had something done about how loose they were. So, I took it back to the dealer and they said there is nothing wrong with the car. The reason I went through two tire in less than 20,000 miles was because I didn't rotate and get an alignment every 10,000 miles. Are you serious? STAY AWAY FROM THIS CAR!
#134 of 176 Re: Chevy Aveo Tire Wear/Strut Mount Issue [mgoben]
Feb 03, 2011 (1:13 pm)
If you are not satisfied with the diagnosis of the GM Dealer, I would recommend taking your vehicle to a different GM dealer for a second opinion.
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#135 of 176 Re: Chevy Aveo Tire Wear/Strut Mount Issue [mgoben]
Sep 01, 2012 (3:46 pm)
I had the EXACT same issue - very disappointing. 20,000 miles, tires were worn on outside. Took to Chevy Dealer under warranty & they told me the tires were over inflated. Steel belts were shot in tires, thumping noise existed when slowly going over bumps or curbs. Put new tires on the car, and they lasted 20,000 miles, too before belts shifted & wore uneavenly. I drive the car with extreme caution by avoiding potholes, etc..., so this is a bad design. Now, I'm told the strut mounts are bad at 60,000 miles & nothing has changed since I took it in at 20,000 miles. Why didnt' they properly diagnose the problem when it was under warranty. Now, they want $650.00, which is ridiculoulsy high when I can get it done for 1/2 the cost at my local mechanic. The dealerships always wonder why they dont' get any business. This is a good example why.