Posts tagged GMC
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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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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2014-2015 Chevrolet Silverado & GMC Sierra Shakes, aka The Chevy Shake

GM engineers can’t seem to pinpoint the cause of a systemic 'shaking' in vehicles riding on GM’s K2XX platform, such as the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra.  Owners have aptly titled the issue "The Chevy Shake"

The AutoGuide goes on to describe the issue as: 

Online forums and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) complaints database are flooded with posts alleging that GM’s full-size SUVs, including the Chevy Tahoe and Suburban, GMC Yukon and Cadillac Escalade, all exhibit the same off-putting traits: unexplainable wind buffeting and vibration. Many of the complaints allege that these problems also affect the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra.

GM issued a preliminary information bulletin (PIT) over the issue. Poorly attached roof sheet metal is the main issue that GM looked to fix and instructions for doing so are located in PIT5318B. To perform the fix, technicians have to remove the vehicle’s headliner and inspect the roof bows for proper bonding with the roof sheet metal. If there is an issue, the bonding must be completely redone, which means new panel control vibration material is packed into the roof of all SUVs that have received this fix.

The PIT is accessible here and only covers the 2015 Cadillac Escalade, 2015 Chevrolet Suburban, Tahoe and GMC Yukon.  

PIT PIT5451A was also released and says it "This Preliminary Information communication provides information to the technician about vehicles that have a vibration at highway speed. Technician will need to replace the wheel for a rolled lip of aluminum in the hub opening."  That covers the following vehicles:

  • 2011, 2014 CHEVROLET SILVERADO 1500
  • 2011-2016 CHEVROLET SILVERADO 2500
  • 2013 CHEVROLET SILVERADO 3500
  • 2014 GMC SIERRA 1500
  • 2011-2016 GMC SIERRA 2500
  • 2011-2013, 2015-2016 GMC SIERRA DENALI

If you're in California and you’ve taken your Chevrolet Silverado or GMC Sierra to a dealership for issues above, from shakes, suspension issues or vibrations, 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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General Motors Brakes Class Action - Harris v. General Motors, LLC

A class action lawsuit was filed on October 23, 2017 in a Texas court alleging that General Motors vehicles have brake booster problems that necessitate the replacements of the boosters and master cylinders.

The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Texarkana Division - John J. Harris, et. al., v. General Motors Company (5:2017cv00180). Class counsel is Wyly and Rommel and can be reached here: https://www.wylyrommel.com/

The proposed GM brake failure class-action lawsuit includes all former and current owners and lessees of the following vehicles:

  • 2015-2016 Cadillac Escalade

  • 2014-2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

  • 2015-2016 Chevrolet Suburban

  • 2015-2106 Chevrolet Tahoe

  • 2014-2016 GMC Sierra 1500

  • 2015-2016 GMC Yukon

The lawsuit alleges GM's strategy is to engage in deception upon customers, while even technical service bulletins allegedly contain false and deceptive information about fixing the defects because the repairs do not fix the vehicles and the statements are designed to mislead dealers and vehicle owners.

According to the lawsuit, GM issued a series of service bulletins to dealers regarding the brake problems.  

If you’re in California and you own a Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Silverado, Chevrolet Suburban, Chevrolet Tahoe, GMC Sierra or GMC Yukon and have experienced any issues related to premature brake wear 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!