Chevy Equinox Issues: A Look at Blown Engines in the Equinox & More Common Problems

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One of the most popular midsize SUVs since its introduction in 2005 is the Chevrolet Equinox. Seating for five, available all-wheel drive, and fuel efficiency have always been part of the mission for this model. Since its first generation, its been a solid performer. But, like any other vehicle, you hear about Chevrolet Equinox problems from time to time.

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There have been concerns with the engine on a Chevrolet Equinox throughout the years. Throughout the first and second generations, the Chevrolet Equinox engine choices included a 2.4-liter four-cylinder and a V6, and both have seen their fair share of complaints. More so than other models? That’s debatable. Nonetheless, there’s been enough talk about Chevy Equinox engine problems that it warrants a discussion. And if you ever need to sell a Chevrolet equinox with a blown engine, CarBrain can help.

Common Equinox Problems

Across its three generations, the Equinox has displayed a few trouble spots they all potentially share.

Chevy Equinox Starter Problems

Perhaps it’s because there are hundreds of thousands of Equinox models sold in the world since 2005. Or maybe there’s actually a trend. Either way, Chevy Equinox starter problems have been a topic for 14 years.

You’ll be able to tell it’s a starter issue when you turn the key and nothing happens. The starter can unexpectedly quit without any warning, leaving you stranded. While it’s an electrical component and these things can happen, it’s been reported that the Equinox experiences more frequent starter issues than other models.

Starter replacement is a relatively simple procedure, yet comes with a cost. You can expect a new starter to cost between $400 and $850 between parts and labor, depending on the engine and trim level.Chevy Equinox Problems

Chevy Equinox 2.4 L Engine Problems

First- and second-gen Equinox models shared the 2.4-liter engine. It’s a four-cylinder engine that makes 182 horsepower on a good day. It’s used across a handful of other Chevy and GM models including the Buick Verano and GMC Terrain. All can potentially experience the same Chevy 2.4 liter engine problems.

Most frequently, the complaint is for excessive oil consumption. Some owners report their Equinox consuming more than a quart of oil per 1,000 miles. By the time it’s due for an oil change, the crankcase could be virtually empty. Low engine oil from excessive oil consumption is a leading factor for a blown engine.

Luckily, the oil consumption issues show up while the vehicle still has (or had) powertrain warranty in effect. If the repairs are necessary outside of warranty coverage, it can cost $3,000 or more for Chevy Equinox engine replacement alone, not considering any other costs that can come up. So the next time you ask yourself if you can trade in an Equinox with a blown engine, do you think the dealer would want to deal with those repairs?

Chevy Equinox Recalls

Through its years, the Equinox has been subject to many recalls. In nearly every case, they aren’t serious but are more of a customer satisfaction repair or inspection. However, 2019 Chevy Equinox recalls seem abnormally high in quantity. The earliest of these second-gen models could have 10 recalls, perhaps more, requiring frequent visits to the dealer. And yes, the Takata airbag inflator recall is one of them.

Chevy Equinox Power Reduced/Check Engine Light

Throttle body issues prevailed with the Equinox over several years. Drivers would see “Engine Power Reduced” in the message center along with the Check Engine Light. Acceleration was all but gone and the popular midsize SUV had to return to the dealership to have it fixed before the car would drive right again.

The issue was a simple electrical problem in the throttle body, but it is debilitating when it happens. It’s probably one of the most widespread Chevy Equinox issues that could happen more than once. The repair is just changing out the side cover on the throttle body, then the vehicle was back to normal.

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Models with Higher than Normal Complaints

Naturally, there are some years where complaints for Chevrolet Equinox engine problems are higher than others. Not all concern are the common concerns that we’ve already looked at either.

2005 Chevy Equinox Problems

In 2005, the Equinox was in its introductory year. Kinks hadn’t been worked out with the engines though. An overwhelming number of owners reported a blown head gasket. For the 3.4-liter V6 engine in 2005, one or both head gaskets would develop a massive leak that often lead to a blown engine. And over time, after putting many miles on the Chevrolet engine, there may be a risk for a cracked engine block.

2010 Chevy Equinox Problems

In 2010, it came to light once again that Equinox models were experiencing huge problems with the engine. This is where the oil consumption problem took center stage.

Predominantly in the four-cylinder engine, the piston rings would not seal against the cylinder walls properly. Customers experienced massive engine oil loss as it was burned in the combustion chamber and blown out the tailpipe. Some had their engine replaced completely while others received an engine rebuild.

Still another problem reared its ugly head at times. Timing chains were displaying signs of early wear and stretching, causing clacking and engine knocking noises. If the chains break, the engine is toast. Timing chain replacement became a frequent warranty procedure for the Equinox too.2015 Chevy Equinox Problems

2011 Chevy Equinox Problems

In 2011, the problem seemed to be exacerbated for both of the same concerns from 2010. Reports of excessive oil consumption increased, as did clattering noises when starting the car. Another repair was added to the mix in 2011: camshaft solenoid replacement. The variable valve timing system has a weak point and would cause the vehicle to shut off while driving, putting drivers in a dangerous situation.

2012 Chevy Equinox problems were more of the same, although the failed timing chains and camshaft solenoid replacements gained in ‘popularity’, or more accurately, frequency. It was in 2012 that GM released a repair that prevented it from happening again for most customers.

2015 Chevy Equinox Problems

By 2015, GM had a good grasp on the engine issues and the repair frequencies had dwindled considerably. That’s not to say there aren’t still problems with the 2015 model – there are. Electrical concerns about parasitic draws on the battery, infotainment problems, and the occasional engine issue still came up.

Third-Gen Equinox Problems

The newest iteration of the Chevrolet Equinox hasn’t had much time to reveal flaws yet. There are a few reported problems related to oil pressure and the odd turbo failure. Perhaps Chevrolet has mastered the compact SUV segment…or perhaps it’s going to take more time to unveil the complaints. If you are interested in engines and how engine failure can occur, we have an exhaustive guide on all kinds of engine troubles to look out for in your car, or other makes and models so check out our blown engine guide here.

Whether your Chevrolet Equinox has problems, a blown engine, or you want to offload it to buy the newest model, check out CarBrain. We buy cars of all kinds and in any condition. We’ll make you an offer on your Chevy Equinox – or any other model – in as-is condition. So get your offer to see what your car is worth today.

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