2013 Chevrolet Equinox Oil Consumption Problems

I've been doing a fair amount of research into the 2010-2012 Chevrolet Equinox's and their oil consumption issues.  Information on that can be found here, here and here

Based on NHTSA statistics and consumer complaints and a recently filed class action, it appears that 2013 Chevrolet Equinox owners are also complaining about severe oil consumption issues.  Some complaints taken from NHTSA follow: 

  • VEHICLE HAS BEEN EXPERIENCING STALLING CONDITIONS IN WET WEATHER, DEALER REPLACED A CAM POSITION SENSOR. TODAY AFTER TAKING THE CAR THROUGH A CAR WASH UPON STARTING THE ENGINE IT WENT INTO WIDE OPEN THROTTLE CONDITION, OVER 6000 RPM. AT FIRST I WAS STANDING ON THE BRAKES TO KEEP THE VEHICLE FROM ACCELERATING OUT OF CONTROL. AFTER 10 MINUTES THE IDLE DROPPED TO NORMAL AND WAS ABLE TO GET THE CAR HOME.
  • I WAS DRIVING MY EQUINOX ON MY WAY HOME FROM WORK, A 30 MINUTE COMMUTE. MY ENGINE STARTED MAKING SOME TICKING NOISES WHEN I WAS 5 MINUTES FROM HOME. I MADE IT ABOUT ANOTHER MILE AND MY ENGINE STARTED CLANKING, I TRIED TO PULL OVER TO THE SIDE OF THE ROAD AS MY ENGINE SHUT OFF. IT WAS BITTERLY COLD AND I HAD TO PICK UP MY GIRLS FROM DAYCARE, SO I HAD THE VEHICLE TOWED TO THE NEAREST MECHANIC AND FOUND A RIDE.

    TURNS OUT, MY ENGINE HAD A HGH OIL CONSUMPTION PROBLEM DUE TO PLUGGED PCV/INTAKE SYSTEM CAUSED ENGINE TO RUN DRY OF OIL DURING OPERATION. NO ENGINE PRESSURE WARNING LIGHT ILLUMINATED. NO OTHER WARNING SIGNS. THE ENGINE WAS DAMAGED AT REAR CRANKCASE SEAL/REAR MAIN. IT HAD 97,000 MILES AT THE TIME OF THE INCIDENT. 

  • ON 12/25/2017 MY ENGINE FAILED AT 60 MPH ON THE HIGHWAY. I WAS ALMOST RE-ENDED BY THE VEHICLE BEHIND ME DUE TO THE RAPID DECELERATION OF MY VEHICLE BUT MANAGED TO SAFELY PULL TO THE SIDE OF THE HIGHWAY WHERE WE WAITED FOR ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE IN -20 WINDCHILLS.

    THE ENGINE FAILURE WAS CAUSED BY A FROZEN PCV VALVE ORIFICE WHICH PRESSURIZED THE CRANKCASE AND BLEW THE MAIN SEAL. AFTER REPLACING THE MAIN SEAL IT WAS DISCOVERED THAT THE ENGINE WAS DAMAGED BEYOND REPAIR AND HAD TO BE REPLACED AT MY EXPENSE.

    MY VEHICLE ENGINE AND YEAR MATCHES THE GROUP COVERED BY SPECIAL SERVICE ADJUSTMENT 14882 BUT MY VIN, LIKE SO MANY LISTED ON THIS SITE, WAS NOT INCLUDED IN THE SPECIAL COVERAGE DESPITE THE FACT THAT MY ENGINE FAILURE WAS DUE TO THE EXACT DEFECT DEFINED IN BULLETIN 14882.

If you're in California and have experienced issues with your 2013 Chevrolet Equinox relating to oil consumption, timing chain rattle, camshaft actuator failure, piston failure, transmission failure or any other engine concern, please contact us immediately at 424-299-4447 for a free consultation for information regarding your vehicle and a potential lemon law claim!

 

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