Chevrolet Equinox Repairs & Maintenance

Last Updated: January 25, 2018

Chevrolet Equinox Problems and Repairs

The Chevrolet Equinox debuted for the 2005 model year, so there is a lot of available data about its common problems and issues. Keep in mind that these problems and recalls do not affect all Equinox models. If you're considering a used Chevrolet Equinox, you can schedule a pre-purchase inspection with a mechanic to make sure it's in the best possible condition before you buy it. You may also want to consider a certified pre-owned Chevrolet Equinox, which is a used Equinox that undergoes an inspection from Chevrolet and comes with extra warranty coverage.

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Here are some common problems and complaints about the Equinox as reported by owners to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Chevrolet Equinox Common Problems

Each year, the NHTSA receives hundreds of complaints about the engine in the Chevrolet Equinox; however, none of those complaints have resulted in a recall. Common complaints related to the Chevy Equinox engine include the smell of gasoline and smoke, fuel pump failure, and excessive oil consumption.

Owners have also complained to the NHTSA that the exterior lights on the Equinox are not bright enough, the ignition key sticks, and the accelerator gets stuck underneath the floor mat. Other common complaints are that the defrosting system doesn't work and the windshield wipers stop working.

Chevrolet Equinox Recalls

Here's a summary of key Chevrolet Equinox recalls over the past 10 years.

  • The 2007 Chevrolet Equinox has several recalls, including one for the windshield mounting, two related to airbags (separate from the Takata airbag recall), and one related to the fuel pump.
  • The 2005 Equinox has a recall related to the ignition key park lock cable.
  • The 2010, 2011, and 2012 Equinox models all have three recalls related to the defrosting system, seat adjustment bolt, and ignition key.
  • The 2013 Equinox has two recalls: one related to the ignition key and one related to the windshield wipers.
  • The 2015 Chevy Equinox has a recall related to the side impact airbag module.
  • The 2016 model has a recall for incorrect tire inflation information.

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