Having problems with your Chevrolet Equinox ?

I have a 2006 Equinox and the check engine light came on three weeks ago and my service guy told me it was not a problem and to replace the gas cap which I did. The light never went off and now he is telling me that it will cost $1,000+ to fix the various codes that came up. Could this have been caused by his neglect in taking the car in for service earlier then he did?

Posted / edited by AnonymousUser on : 17-06-2019

Answers :

Sounds like the big repair is the camshaft actuator.

You didn't list a code for the O2 sensor so I'm not sure if you didn't relay the info?

All of those are really common problems for that vehicle and motor. It is unlikely that driving it for three weeks caused additional problems. I would bet the check engine light initially came on for any one of the problems that they discussed with you and the other issues came up as pure coincidence since none of them are specifically related and all of them are, once again, very common.

I can tell you that it is not uncommon for us to have customers come into the shop I work at with check engine lights that have been on for years with no major issues as a result.

I know its unfortunate to have to have such a large repair bill but I am confident one problem did not cause another and that this scenario could have played out many ways.

For example you could have brought the vehicle in three weeks ago for the check engine light and they could have found and repaired a bad t-stat. The next week the check engine light could have came back on for the O2 sensor. A week later it could have came back on for the Cam actuator. It can and does happen and I know its frustrating for you and the other customers that this can happen to.

Without knowing what there schedule was its hard to say if there is any fault with the repair facility except that they blindly told you to replace the gas cap in the hopes that the problem would go away (BTW gas caps are also a pretty common issue so you may have taken care of that problem before it became a problem). A shop is in the business to make money and if a customer calls with a concern of a check engine light I want to see it as soon as possible so I can make money!

If the customer pressures me into possible causes I will let them know everything that it could be that I have run into in the past. Once they become aware that blindly diagnosing a check engine light is not good and can be more costly than to just have it diagnosed and repaired they are usually happy to bring it in and have it checked out.

On the bright side the t-stats are also known to stick shut on these engines (V-6) and cause the motor to overheat which in turn usually causes the head gaskets to go bad. That's roughly a $3000 (yes three thousand dollar) repair bill. So at least you avoided that repair.

I hope that helps with some of the frustrations you are having. I hope everything goes well with the repairs.
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