Brake, fuel system, and engine problems are among the top complaint issues received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners
First introduced in 2005, the Chevrolet Equinox is Chevrolet’s answer in the compact crossover SUV class. It’s been consistently popular despite safety concerns and resultant complaints. Complaints include recurring brake problems, a faulty fuel system, and serious issues with the engine. There are also two recalls for the 2022 Equinox, one of which also relates to the previous year model.
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Most Common Problems
For years we’ve kept track of specific problems with the Chevy Equinox. Complaints made by consumers to the United States Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and other bodies indicate what these are.
In our article highlighting complaints about the 2021 model, we noted that there were relatively few made directly to the NHTSA. But it is clear that many of the same components feature in these complaints year after year! One of these relates to tires.
In August 2021, General Motors (GM) issued a recall for a total of 9,597 Chevrolet Equinox 2021-2022 and GMC Terrain vehicles. This was due to the tread of tires separating. Their report states that the tires may have been manufactured without enough of the curative agent. Tread separation can lead to loss of vehicle control, which can increase the risk of a crash.
Ironically despite the recall, 2022 owners haven’t complained about the issue. But they have complained about seven components and systems. These are the engine, seat belts, brakes, forward collision avoidance, lane departure, the fuel/propulsion system, and vehicle speed control.
We highlight a few of the problems and complaints below.
2022 Chevy Equinox Complaint Summary
||Number of Complaints
|Fuel System, Gasoline
|Lane Departure: Blind Spot Detection
|Forward Collision Avoidance: Automatic Emergency Braking
|Unknown Or Other
Problems with the Brakes
Brake problems are varied. An owner from Ohio complains that “Since day one, rear disc brake pads rubbing on rotors at all speeds.” This was confirmed by the dealership, but they don’t have a fix for the problem.
Another problem is reported by a Florida owner who says the “Brakes lost all fluid.”
The result of this was “a loss of function for related systems including adaptive cruise control, auto emergency braking. Limited braking capability put my wife and I in danger. The car was less than a week old at the time.”
There was no problem regarding repairs. “The dealer repaired it immediately on Monday morning,” attributing the problem to a loose brake line. But, “the warning lights and e-mail messages came in after the failure.”
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Fuel System Problems
Problems relating to the fuel/propulsion system are also varied. An owner from Michigan complains that the front of the gas tank was punctured by road debris because there is no shielding on the gas tank.
“The complete contents of the tank emptied onto the highway in under 5 minutes. The same debris also hit the muffler but only scratched it, proving a metal shield would have protected the gas tank.”
An owner from Texas states that the Equinox lost acceleration and then “died” while driving on the highway. Two days later, the dealership found that the fuel pump wouldn’t change speeds because of an internal fault. They replace the fuel pump. But a day later, “the engine died again on (the) highway after losing acceleration.”
The driver had trouble starting the vehicle, and when it did start up, “it died again when trying to put (it) into drive.” This is exactly what happened initially. The owner suspects a defective fuel pump.
At the time of the complaint, the Equinox was at a Chevy dealership. The outcome has not been recorded with the NHTSA.
Problems with the Engine
An owner from Indiana was driving on a 45 mph, four-lane road when the Equinox engine “completely failed.” The vehicle had only 200 miles on the clock three days after purchase.
There was an alert message on the dash: Engine Failure/Failed/Reduced Power. Then the car lost speed, all power, and came to a stop. There were curbs on both sides of the road and no median or shoulder. This meant the car was stranded in the right lane with continuous traffic approaching from behind. They all had to change lanes to avoid an accident.
“My safety and the safety of others were at risk… This could have been catastrophic if I’d been on an interstate or in many other situations.
Later, the owner “discovered an email from OnStar Diagnostics that was time stamped at the very time I experienced the incident, 8:02am.”
The email states “An issue with the Engine and Transmission System in your 2022 Chevrolet Equinox has been detected. Please service your vehicle immediately.”
In addition, Chevrolet Equinox engine and turbo issues have been reported as well. It stems from multiple complaints about reduced engine power and the turbo unit becoming disconnected from the throttle body.
Lane Departure Problems
There is only one complaint about lane departure. But we mention it because it relates to the driver-assistance features that GM highlights in its promotional information. In addition to the Lane Departure warning and Lane Keep Assist, there is an optional Lane Change Alert with a Side Blind Zone Alert.
The complaint is from an owner in Michigan who states that a “driver side blind spot would wrongfully detect a vehicle in the blind spot when there was no other vehicle around. In certain cases it would leave a huge uncertainty whether you could or not change lanes to (the) left or make a left turn safely.”
Your Lemon Law Rights
Of course, not everyone will buy a lemon, but if you are one of the unlucky ones, Lemberg Law can help you get compensation or a settlement, depending on the circumstances. Legally, depending on individual circumstances, you have rights. We will advise whether you are eligible for a cash refund, return, or a buyback.
Call our Helpline so we can assess your Equinox problems and let you know what we can do to help. The law makes Chevrolet foot the bill.