Posts tagged Chevrolet Cruze
Chevrolet Malibu / Cruze Piston Failure updated TSB

A few weeks ago I wrote about 2016-2017 Chevrolet Malibu’s and how they’ve been experiencing issues with the pistons within their engine.

I’ve attached here a new TSB (updated version F) that outlines the piston failure issue for 2016-2017 Chevrolet Malibus. That can be accessed here.

If you're in California and you’ve taken your Chevrolet Malibu or Chevrolet Cruze to a dealership for issues above, from engine failure, piston failure or any warranty condition, 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!  

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Chevrolet Cruze / Sonic and Buick Encore PCV Problems

There have been more than a few complaints lately from consumers who purchased 2010-2013 Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain regarding the blowout of the PCV Valve (especially in colder weather). Information regarding the PCV issue (and corresponding warranty extension) can be accessed here: https://www.valerolaw.com/news/2018/1/22/general-motors-24-liter-ecotec-pcv-warranty-extension

Equally interesting is that the PCV issue also affects the following vehicles:

  1. 2011 - 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Equipped with 1.4L (RPO LUJ or LUV)

  2. 2013 - 2014 Buick Encore Equipped with 1.4L (RPO LUJ or LUV)

  3. 2013 - 2014 Chevrolet Sonic Equipped with 1.4L (RPO LUJ or LUV)

  4. 2013 - 2014 Chevrolet Trax (Canada Only) Equipped with 1.4L (RPO LUJ or LUV)

There is a TSB available and it is accesible here.

If you’ve taken your Equinox, Terrain, Buick Encore, Cruze, or Sonic to a dealership for issues above, from PCV failure 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!

2016 - 2017 Chevrolet Cruze and Malibu Piston Problems

Multiple owners of the 2016-2017 Chevrolet Cruze and Chevrolet Malbu owners have noted odd premature piston failure in their engines. GM is aware of the issue and issued a technical service bulletin that says:

Some customers may comment on a rough running engine with the Malfunction Indicator Lamp ON. Upon inspection, a technician may find DTC P0300 set along with a misfire low compression in one or more cylinders. This condition may be caused by a damaged piston.

That TSB is accessible here. Additionally, the warranty extension from GM is found below:

March 2017

This notice applies to your vehicle, VIN:______________________

Dear General Motors Customer:

We have learned that your 2016 or 2017 model year Chevrolet Malibu may have a condition that could cause your engine to perform poorly and oil consumption to increase. In addition, a service engine light may illuminate indicating an engine misfire. If the condition is present, and the engine is not repaired immediately, a piston may become damaged, and the engine may need to be repaired or replaced.

Your satisfaction with your Malibu is very important to us, so we are announcing a program to prevent this condition or, if it has occurred, to fix it.

What We Will Do: Your GM dealer will reprogram the Engine Control Module (ECM) and change the engine oil. This service will be performed for you at no charge until March 31, 2019.1 After that, any applicable warranty will apply.

What You Should Do: To limit any possible inconvenience, we recommend that you contact your dealer as soon as possible to schedule an appointment for this repair. By scheduling an appointment, your dealer can ensure that the necessary parts will be available on your scheduled appointment date.

Important: In the future, when replacing the engine oil for the 1.5L L4 turbo engine, GM strongly recommends dexos 1 approved ACDelco Full Synthetic 5W-30, Mobil 1 Full Synthetic 5W-30, or any other oil meeting dexos 1 second generation requirements.

Enclosed with this letter please find an owner manual supplement which updates the engine oil requirements for your vehicle. Please keep this insert with your important vehicle documents for reference.

If you have any questions or need any assistance, just contact your dealer or the appropriate Customer Assistance Center at the number listed below.

We sincerely regret any inconvenience or concern that this situation may cause you. We want you to know that we will do our best, throughout your ownership experience, to ensure that your GM vehicle [or if only one model involved, list name] provides you many miles of enjoyable driving.

Terry M. Inch

Executive Director

Global Connected Customer Experience

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If you're in California and you’ve taken your Chevrolet Malibu or Chevrolet Cruze to a dealership for issues above, from engine failure, piston failure or any warranty condition, 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!  

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GM recalls more than 240K vehicles to fix rear brake problem

GM is recalling more than 240,000 vehicles to fix a latent brake issue.

GM says the rear brake caliper pistons can contain trapped hydrogen gas that could make the brakes feel soft and increase the risk of a crash. GM says it's not aware of any crashes.

Dealers will bleed the brakes to remove gas. Once the gas is out GM says the problem won't happen again.

GM is preparing to notify owners, but those with concerns can call dealers and schedule repairs now.

The affected vehicles are:

  • 2018 Chevrolet Cruze

  • 2018-2019 Chevrolet Equinox

  • 2018-2019 GMC Terrain

  • 2018-2019 Chevrolet Impala

  • 2018 Chevrolet Malibu

  • 2018-2019 Chevrolet Volt

  • 2018-2019 Buick Regal

  • 2018-2019 Buick LaCrosse

  • 2018-2019 Cadillac XTS

  • 2018-2019 Chevrolet Bolt

Or, in GM’s own words in a notice to NHTSA:

Describe the defect or noncompliance: General Motors has decided that a defect which relates to motor vehicle safety exists in certain 2018–2019 model year GMC Terrain vehicles; 2018 model year Chevrolet Malibu vehicles; 2018–2019 model year Chevrolet Cruze, Equinox, Volt, Impala, and Bolt vehicles; 2018–2019 model year Buick Lacrosse and Regal vehicles; and 2018–2019 model year Cadillac XTS vehicles. In a small number of these vehicles, the rear-brake caliper pistons may contain trapped hydrogen gas that could be released into the vehicle’s brake system.

Describe the cause: The manufacturer of the brake pistons failed to properly chrome and temper the brake pistons during the manufacturing process. In this condition, hydrogen gas can remain trapped in the piston body. When the vehicle is assembled and a piston that contains trapped gas contacts brake fluid, this gas can be released into the vehicle’s brake system.

Describe the safety risk: If gas is present in the brake system, rear-brake performance may be reduced, increasing the risk of a crash. Identify any warning which can precede or occur: If gas is present in the brake system, the customer will notice a soft or spongy feel when applying the brake pedal even though stopping distances may not be affected. According to GM’s supplier, all trapped gas in a defective piston should be released within 23 days of vehicle assembly and will be noticeable to the driver within 15 days of assembly.

If you're in California and you’ve taken your GM vehicle to a dealership for any issue, ranging from brake issues, steering issues, transmission stalling, transmission failure, overheating, or any other warranty concern, 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!