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2010 Chevrolet Equinox repairs by problem area

Engine (41%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (10%)

Brakes and Traction Control (3%)

Suspension and Steering (9%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (24%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (8%)

Other (6%)

Chart based on 325 repairs.
See TSBs and recalls for the 2010 Chevrolet Equinox.

2010 Chevrolet Equinox engine repair cost distribution

$2500+ (6%)

$1000 - $2499 (7%)

$500 - $999 (10%)

$100 - $499 (10%)

< $100 (68%)

Chart based on 90 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2010 Chevrolet Equinox

Engine not specified

42000 mi One completely destroyed fuel injector leaking everywhere, replaced that one and cleaned the remaining ones. 
8000 mi gas mileage was not what is listed, I only can get 26 to 27mpg on the highway. Not the 32mpg as listed. And the engine is not quiet. 
62000 mi The timing chain needed to be replaced. 
62000 mi Engine making noises again. I traded the car in because I didnt trust it any longer. 

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2010 Chevrolet Equinox 4dr SUV

264-horsepower 3.0L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

68000 mi

US $700
Need new brakes. Needed engine sensor 
85000 mi Undiagnosed CEL on when traded. 
60000 mi

US $800
Engine running too cool and thermostat defective and not working. Needed to be replaced and catalytic converter needed to be cleaned out because of heavy carbon build up. 

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2010 Chevrolet Equinox 4dr SUV

264-horsepower 3.0L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

1000 mi Replaced BCM, ECM, and a key fob. 
56300 mi Hesitating and running rough, strong fuel smell in oil. Had tech alert for bad fuel pump and gasket done. 
70680 mi Changed fuel pump. 
89900 mi Emissions system 
97000 mi

C $2500
Pcv valve failed causing pressure build up in the crank case causing the rear main seal to fail. Left over oil from a previous repair was trapped in the exhaust flex pipe causing a burning smell 
99200 mi Car stalled while driving and required multiple attempts to restart. Took.to.dealer but after 2 days they said they were too busy to look at it so we took it home. 
60300 mi

US $294
Air flow sensor 

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2010 Chevrolet Equinox 4dr SUV

182-horsepower 2.4L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

60140 mi Gas tank cannot fill up . I was told that there was a service bulletin and repair, but these parts are not available n Canasa, nothing to be done here. Amazingly, the problem is now not as noticable since I got it back 
71920 mi

C $500
Fuel line blocked, tank did not fill, stopped with 10 ltrsto go. Mechanic blew out the line. Did not help 2 major oil leaks found by mechanic 
18460 mi TSB for pinging. The ECM was reprogrammed for the pinging. That was a success.  
43700 mi Taken in for oil change, complained about excessive noise from engine. Was found to be timing chain, required replacement. 
44000 mi Cam position sensor light kept coming on, probably related to previous timing chain change. 
95500 mi GM recall to reprogram the computer 
62700 mi Fuel tank sensor for emission control and low gas indicator replaced. 
91100 mi Oil consumption test concluded and solution was to replace engine with 2013 engine 3000 miles on engine no loss of oil! 
130000 mi

US $1300
Car was stalling after start up. Smelled gas. Leaking seal on the high pressure fuel pump resulted in gas in the oil and a rich fuel mixture. Replaced fuel pump and a small, very expensive, one time use fuel line. 
153000 mi

US $490
Exhaust manifold was cracked 
44000 mi fuel pump started to pump gas into the oil, the dealer replaced the fuel pump.This car has the 2.4 litre four cylinder engine. The fuel pump that was replaced earlier this month also failed. 
102000 mi Rough idle, surging while in drive after longer drives. Felt like engine was about to die. Dealer blamed crushed oil filter, but had been rough since new. 
55000 mi Uses excessive oil use. Had oil change and recall notice. was told a cap was loose. time before it was excessive oil use. told me it was fuel injection pump. I use 3-4 quarts of oil between oil changes. 
73000 mi oil consumption test. found out car using 1 qt. oil every 2000 mi. consumption with in guide lines of manufacture. 
78000 mi

US $25
oxygen sensor 
88000 mi 2.4L engine burning oil engine rebuilt new ipistons rings 
67000 mi

US $452
Throwing Stabilitrack and Loss of Engine Power codes; burning excessive amounts of oil, with no apparent leak; running poorly, poor gas mileage. 
72000 mi Vehicle still burning oil and rough idle, even after replacement of throttle body assembly at 452.00. Odd behavior in ECO mode and with Traction Control enabled. 
24200 mi De-carbonize engine Had to replace head and related valve train parts 
65000 mi

US $100
Some gasket or part would cause the car to shut down when at a stop light or idling. 
69000 mi

US $110
Heater not blowing hot air 
28295 mi Tensioner for balance shaft and water pump found to have internal damage causing chain slap. Replaced the tentioner for balance shaft. Parts replaced gasket,tensioner, and oil 
64664 mi This was a recall letter and we noticed horrible engine sound. Replaced fuel pump because it was leaking into crank case. Replaced timing chain guides that fell out into oil pan upon removal. Also replaced timing chain and balance chain. Reprogrammed ECM per recall 12312 oil life monitor update 
69000 mi Extremely loud engine noise/stalling oil smells of gas. Replaced all pistons and rings. Also coolant,pipe, 3 gaskets 
33600 mi Only 2-1/2 quarts of oil left in pan after oil change, dealer says its normal. Too bad it takes 5 quarts. 
51000 mi Timing chain making noise 
52200 mi Recall on this years timing chain 
111000 mi

US $60
Replaced spark plugs, multiple codes still showing and check engine light on, small knocking noise still present but usually only when turning. Seems like its a belt.  
117000 mi

US $2900
Timing chain failure, Balancer chain failure. new pistons, rings. and top end rebuild do to the timing chain breaking. Fuel pump failure. 
36000 mi Replaced failed exh cam position sensor. MIL on startup was indication along with very rough idle, confirmed code with OnStar. 
16120 mi High pressure direct injection fuel pump failure. Fuel pump was replaced with updated unit. 
37000 mi burning oil 
13000 mi Faulty radiator thermostat 
8000 mi Engine temp indicator did not work and dealer replaced thermostat, everything is fine after repair. 
62000 mi

US $500
Replaced exhaust manifold 
68900 mi Drive chain was worn, had to be replaced. Shop replaced it free of charge, said that Chevy was covering it, even though out of warranty. 
89000 mi

US $1100
Exhaust resonator had to be replaced. Dealer gave me the option of replacing the whole muffler ($1200) or just the resonator ($600) 
49000 mi Timing chain issue causing excessive oil use. 
44000 mi Rattle in engine. Timing chains replaced. ECM would not talk to car after multiple attempts to reprogram. ECM from 2010 model was the only one that worked. Replaced with a "2010" ECM. 2011-2013 wouldn't work. Engine burning oil faster than normal with no warning lights or other indicators. Engine replacement is likely. Currently going through GM-required 1,000 mile oil test before final judgement is given. 
36800 mi The motor was not the issue. Once it had been replaced, the intermittent problem still existed, so they dumped and reloaded software into the control module (during the same dealer visit) and it has been functioning as intended ever since. 
29000 mi High Pressure Fuel Pump leaking fuel into crankcase; TSB exists so HPFP replaced under warranty & oil changed. 
49000 mi Rough idle and oil consumption (1 qt/1000 miles). 
47000 mi A chain that drives the water pump failed. Replaced chains, water pump, thermostat. Car was very noisy prior to the chain breaking. 
64500 mi as failed to start twice for a few hours. Codes: P0014 Exhaust (B), Camshaft Position, Timing over-advanced (Bank 1), P0324 Knock control system malfunction, U0109 Lost communication with fuel pump control module. Ordered crank position and cam sensors. 
86000 mi

US $465
CEL on - Crank, no start. Codes P16F3 and U0109 from On-Star. Replaced Fuel Pump Control Module $145. + labor = $465. Dealer must use a dealer computer to flash the new control module to the car ECU. 
89600 mi Replaced leaking high pressure fuel pump.  Replaced engine timing chains, and chain guides. 
93000 mi

US $550
Car was out of oil within the interval. None showing on dipstick. GM initially offered to pay 25 percent. Dealer went to bat for me. My cost for a new engine ended up being $550. 
3000 mi Had problems with transmission smoothness while decelerating (20-30MPH range). Chevrolet released a new transmission calibration at the end of September 2009 to correct this. Took vehicle to the dealer to have it flashed under warranty. Had problems with transmission smoothness while decelerating (20-30MPH range). Chevrolet released a new transmission calibration at the end of September 2009 to correct this. Took vehicle to the dealer to have it flashed under warranty. 
72000 mi

US $200
Check engine light came on, diagnosed problem with cam solenoid. Not covered under power train warranty. Also has intermittent loud knocks when starting. They could not find code but there is still something wrong. Was told early build 2.4 
73000 mi Still making bad noises when starting. Very loud rattle. Selling car as we are sure the motor will fail soon. 
35700 mi Issues with oil consumption (1qt every 800 miles). At first they tried a new valve cover, which didnt work.  
40500 mi They then replaced the engine to fix oil consumption, which has been great. 
32000 mi knock sensor replaced, still knocks 
53000 mi car dieseling when i turn key off. Replaced high pressure fuel pump replaced high pressur fuel pump 
63000 mi Timing chain noisy. Fixed under warranty. Error knock sensor light came on. 
56000 mi Had car in for 60,000 mile service. Shortly after, it started sounding like an 18 wheeler when pressing on the gas. Timing chain replaced; rattle still there - now being blamed on belt tensioner.  
56000 mi Previous repair unsuccessful. Dealership started throwing parts at it; drive belt replaced, fuel pump replaced, finally entire engine was replaced. Traded vehicle in while it was in shop; no longer my problem. 
41540 mi Recall, Timing Chain and Tensioner,Fuel Pump and related parts. CEL was on sporadically before, not on since, unclear if related. 
44020 mi

C $128
Check engine light came on. Took it in and they said it was a knock sensor. They said it was operating properly so they reset it and said to return if it comes on again. It has since. 
44740 mi CEL was on . Dealer scanned DTCS and found 3 codes. P0013, P0324, P0326.. Exhaust Cam position Solenoid High Resistance. 13.20 ohms spec is 8-12 ohms. Removed and replaced Exhaust Cam Position Actuator Solenoid. Fault caused other codes. 
36000 mi Motor replaced due to bad cylinders 
29140 mi An exhaust valve failed.. The dealer replaced under warranty 
34100 mi The plastic guide that keeps tension on the timing chain broke, so the vehicle was slipping out of time. 
2000 mi Reprogrammed transmission control module to improve shift quality. 
26700 mi Timing chain replaced due to chain stretch. Covered in a TSB. 
21800 mi Timing chain+tensioner replaced for 2nd time due to excessive stretch. Dealer screwed up repair 1st time but never admitted it (engine made knocking noises after 1st repair which got worse over time). 2nd repair appears properly done. 
31000 mi Had to replace crankshaft front oil seal due to oil leak. 
41500 mi Excessive oil consumption. A TSB recommended new pistons, new timing chain & guides plus new high-pressure fuel pump so all of those components were replaced. 
7000 mi Replaced ignition switch. Problem caused service stabilitrak light to come on and cylinder misfire - car difficult to drive before problem 
11000 mi They had to clean out the key ignition because it would stick and not turn over at times to start the car. 
33000 mi High pressure fuel pump on engine and timing crank shaft replacement and repair. 
24060 mi Dipstick indicated oil was down by 1.5 litres. Dealer added necessary oil and will monitor dipstick every 2000 km to determine if there is an oil consumption problem with the engine. Update: lost half a litre in 5000 km, well within GM specs. 
55000 mi Check engine light appeared. Dealer replaced timing belt and water pump under warranty 
41200 mi zebra striping in the engine. No oil in the engine. Engine was replaced. No charge, under warranty. 

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2010 Chevrolet Equinox 4dr SUV

182-horsepower 2.4L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

124000 mi

US $892
Valve cover gasket replaced, both vvt solenoids replaced 
68000 mi Engine burned all of the oil in less than 4000 miles, causing engine wear/damage. Dealer replaced pistons, rings, cam shaft, timing chain, tensioners, HP fuel pump, and more. 
82000 mi

US $1814
PCV valve froze causing positive pressure in the crankcase. This led to the Rear Main Seal failing, causing all engine oil to leak out very quickly. Dealer replaced seals and tested. 
18000 mi Rough Idle due to inadequate fuel supply. Fuel Pump replaced. 
90000 mi

US $500
The exhaust manifold was broke in half, manifold replaced. 
95000 mi

US $1200
Muffler split open, replaced. Water pump chain broke. Replaced timing chain, water pump chain, and thermostat, flushed radiator. 
19000 mi Dash light came on, with rattling sound under the car. After one trip to the dealer it is still not fixed. 
22000 mi Rattle fixed. Heat shield. Light never came back on. 
53000 mi Engine failure. 
45000 mi Check engine light came on while dealer testing radio replacement. Diagnosed as fuel pump problem. 
64000 mi Vehicle stalled while turning into driveway. Took to dealer, was told the engine had no oil and metal shavings in crankcase, but no sign of leak. Engine replaced under warranty. 
99800 mi

US $500
Exhaust manifold cracked and needed to be replaced. 
135000 mi

US $2300
Resonator box rusted out and rest of exhaust replaced. 
111500 mi

US $5000
Driving to work, engine started making loud knocking sound. Pulled to side and shut off, but wouldn't restart. Rear oil seal blown, engine had to be replaced. 
30000 mi Getting engine "knock" aka pinging. TSB performed to reflash ECU. No more engine knock 
40000 mi

US $5000
TSB indicates oil consumption is due to "zebra striping" scoring of cylinder walls which is a design problem on this engine. Engine replaced entirely. 
80000 mi

US $2600
Error codes being set for bad throttle body. Replaced Throttle body. 
93000 mi Water pump and balance shaft chain Runs very rough at startup, no codes yet. Didn't used to do that 
100000 mi Has been smelling like exhaust for a while and they could never find the problem. While doing another repair, they found the exhaust manifold was cracked. Replaced exhaust manifold and it is finally fixed. 
99990 mi

US $900
Car smelled like exhaust all the time. Took it in right before powertrain warranty expired. It was a cracked exhaust manifold leaking exhaust. Replaced manifold and fixed the problem. 
140000 mi

US $110
Got a check engine light; Computer scan said it was failed intake and exhaust solenoid actuator. Replaced both and codes cleared. Unfortunately the electrical connector broke on removal so I had to order replacement pigtail Replacement Engine is using more and more oil (was replaced at 40K). 1qt per 1000 miles. I will have to live with it. Engine likely needs to be replaced due to cylinder wall scoring (known issue on these LAF engines) Got a check engine light; Computer scan said it was failed intake and exhaust solenoid actuator. Replaced both and codes cleared. Unfortunately the electrical connector broke on removal so I had to order replacement pigtail 
31100 mi The timing chain and water pump were replaced. There was a letter sent around July 2013 stating that this could be an issue for my Equinox and to be on the look out for it. I brought it in at the earliest symptom, before any check engine light appeared. 
34000 mi Engine running rough, if never stalling. Probably excessive oil consumption. They top the oil off and want me to drive 1k miles before they check again. CEL comes on as I leave the dealership. They scan and shut it off. Engine light comes on a few days later. I scan it with my code reader, P0014, exhaust camshaft position sensor. Bring the car back. Now the end of the month, need inspection. Drop the car off, they replace the sensor. The next morning, the light comes on again, same issue. Now I am stuck, have to get the "R" inspection sticker until fixed. 
34000 mi Check engine at 1k miles. Running rough again and excessive oil used. They determine they can get away with replacing piston and rings. You can't replace the cylinder sleeve or service the block in this engine so you know this fix isn't going to last. 
34000 mi Less than 300 miles, CEL comes on. In 7 miles to dealer, everything goes to hell. Very rough, stalling, barely limp to dealer. They tear down engine, a balance shaft bearing had been destroyed and most likely pieces all inside the engine. Replaced engine. 

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2010 Chevrolet Equinox 4-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

29760 mi Ticking sound coming from engine compartment. Installed sound insulator on fuel pump pipe connection. 
30660 mi Fixed ticking sound by replacing the timing chain tensioner. 

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