Posts tagged Catalytic Converter
Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain Oil Consumption Class Action Settlement Nears

To California residents, as mentioned before, Berman v. General Motors, LLC (the Chevrolet Equinox GMC Terrain oil consumption class action) is very near settlement. Notice of settlement has gone out to potential class members and there are very important deadlines approaching. Most significantly, if you want to NOT be in the class action and pursue an individual lemon law claim, you MUST OPT OUT of the class action prior to the September 20, 2019 deadline. Here is a link to the Notice that went out to class members and here is the information regarding opting out:

Equinox Oil Consumption

If you're in California and you own a 2.4L engine 2010, 2011, 2012, or 2013 Chevrolet Equinox and have experienced oil consumption issues, you may be have a potential lemon law claim. If you’ve taken your Equinox or Terrain to a dealership for issues above, from engine stalling, abnormal oil consumption, high pressure fuel pump failure, balance shaft chain failure or engine failure, we can help you…. AT NO COST TO YOU! Valero Law, APC is a California consumer protection firm dedicated to protecting the lemon law rights of California consumers and ALL cases are taken on a contingency basis, meaning if there is no recovery, there is absolutely no fee to you! Feel free to call at 424-299-4447 for a free case evaluation!

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FCA Chrysler Recall about 850,000 vehicles for improper emissions standards

In what is slowly becoming a new trend with automobile manufacturers, a new recall has been issued for FCA vehicles and their emissions systems. Wall Street Journal posits:

The company’s voluntary recall of 862,520 vehicles includes several models of the Dodge Journey, Dodge Avenger, Dodge Caliber and Jeep Compass, the Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday.

VEHICLES AFFECTED

Dodge Journey, 2011-2016 model years

  • Chrysler 200/Dodge Avenger, 2011-2014 model years

  • Dodge Caliber, 2011-2012 model years

  • Jeep Compass/Patriot, 2011-2016 model years

The recall, which includes vehicles going back to the 2011 model year, will be implemented in phases this year with the oldest vehicles being called back first, the EPA said. The recall will involve the replacement of components that are part of a vehicle’s catalytic converter.

Fiat Chrysler representatives weren’t immediately available for comment.

Owners of the affected vehicles will still be able to drive their cars. Fiat Chrysler will reach out to owners when parts become available and customers will be asked to bring them to the dealership for repair, the agency said.

Ostensibly, the recall was issued with the cooperation of the EPA, who said they '“welcome the action by Fiat Chrysler to voluntarily recall its vehicles that do not meet U.S. emissions standards," EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said in a statement.

"We will provide assistance to consumers navigating the recall and continue to ensure that auto manufacturers abide by our nation's laws designed to protect human health and the environment."

Fiat Chrysler owners can continue to drive their vehicles, the government said. Due to the "large number of vehicles involved and the need to supply replacement components — specifically to the vehicle's catalytic converter — this recall will be implemented in phases during the 2019," the EPA said

Chevrolet Equinox / GMC Terrain PCV Warranty Extension

I wrote about a warranty extension for Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain owners here, where General Motors offered owners of 2010-2012 Equinox and Terrain owners a completely free warranty extension covering oil consumption issues.  I also wrote of a warranty extension for the catalytic converter for 2010-2011 Chevrolet Equinox's and GMC Terrains here.  I've found another warranty extension for the PCV (Positive Crankcase Ventilation) system.  This is more good news because it means that if your car has fewer than 120,000 miles and your vehicle requires a PCV system repair, you can have that done at a GM dealership at no cost to you.  The bulletin is titled 14882: Special Coverage Adjustment – Plugged PCV Orifice In Intake Manifold – 2010-2014 Buick Chevrolet GMC and is copy / pasted below:

Condition: Certain 2010-2013 Buick LaCrosse; 2011-2013 Buick Regal; 2012-2013 Buick Verano; 2011-2013 Chevrolet Captiva; 2010-2014 Chevrolet Equinox; 2013 Chevrolet Mailbu; 2012-2013 Chevrolet Orlando; 2010-2013 GMC Terrain vehicles equipped with a 2.4L engine (LAF, LEA or LUK) that have experienced high oil consumption may also experience a frozen and/or plugged PCV (positive crankcase ventilation) system during cold weather operation. This condition may increase crankcase pressure leading to a rear crankshaft seal oil leak. If the oil leak is ignored or not noticed, an engine clatter noise may be noticeable and/or the engine pressure warning light may illuminate. If this condition is not corrected, continued driving with engine noise and/or the engine oil pressure light illuminated may damage the engine.

Special Coverage Adjustment: 

This special coverage covers the condition described above for a period of 10 years or 120,000 miles (193,000 km), whichever occurs first, from the date the vehicle was originally placed in service, regardless of ownership.

Dealers are to perform a crankcase pressure check, and if required, remove the intake manifold and clear the PCV orifice. The repairs will be made at no charge to the customer.

If you're in California and you own a 2010-2013 Chevrolet Equinox or GMC Terrain and have experienced any issues related to excessive oil consumption, stalling, poor engine performance, camshaft actuator failure or any other concern that was covered under the manufacturer's warranty, 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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Chevrolet Equinox / GMC Terrain Catalytic Converter Warranty Extension

I wrote about a warranty extension for Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain owners here, where General Motors offered owners of 2010-2012 Equinox and Terrain owners a completely free warranty extension covering oil consumption issues.  Along that same road, General Motors has also issued a warranty extension for 2010-2011 Chevrolet Equinoxes and Terrains with 2.4L engines regarding the catalytic converter.  This is good news because it means that if your car has fewer than 120,000 miles and your vehicle requires a catalytic converter replacement, you can have that done at a GM dealership at no cost to you.  The bulletin is titled 15810-01: Special Coverage – Catalytic Converter Replacement – 2010-2011 Chevrolet Equinox & GMC Terrain and is copy / pasted below:

Condition: On some 2010-2011 model year Chevrolet Equinox and GMCTerrain vehicles that are equipped with a 2.4L engine (RPO LAF), a malfunction-indicator light (MIL) may illuminate due to thermal damage or face erosion of the catalytic converter.

Special Coverage Adjustment: This special coverage covers the condition described above for a period of 10 years or 120,000 miles (193,000 km), whichever occurs first, from the date the vehicle was originally placed in service, regardless of ownership.

Correction Replace the catalytic converter. The repairs will be made at no charge to the customer.

If you own a 2010-2012 Chevrolet Equinox or GMC Terrain and have experienced any issues related to excessive oil consumption, stalling, poor engine performance, camshaft actuator failure or any other concern that was covered under the manufacturer's warranty, 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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