Posts tagged PCV
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!

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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General Motors 2.4 liter Ecotec PCV warranty extension

General Motors has released a warranty extension (accessible here) regarding the following vehicles with the 2.4L Ecotec Engine:  

  1. 2010-2013 Buick LaCrosse
  2. 2011-2013 Buick Regal
  3. 2012-2013 Buick Verano
  4. 2011-2013 Chevrolet Captiva
  5. 2010-2014 Chevrolet Equinox
  6. 2013 Chevrolet Malibu
  7. 2012-2013 Chevrolet Orlando
  8. 2010-2013 GMC Terrain

The notice goes on to state:  

[Certain GM Vehicles] 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.

If you’ve taken your Equinox, Terrain, Malibu, Captiva, Verano, Regal or LaCrosse 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!

BMW Fire Recall

BMW is recalling more than 740,500 vehicles because electrical shorts can cause fires. Documents posted Friday by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that a heater for the positive crankcase ventilation valve can overheat and cause the valve to melt, increasing the risk of a fire even when the vehicle is not in use.  The recalled vehicles are:  

  • 2008-2011 BMW 128i
  • 2007-2011 BMW 328i
  • 2007-2011 BMW 328xi
  • 2007-2011 BMW 328i xDrive
  • 2007-2011 BMW 525i
  • 2007-2011 BMW 525xi
  • 2007-2011 BMW 528i
  • 2007-2011 BMW 528xi
  • 2007-2011 BMW 530i
  • 2007-2011 BMW 530xi
  • 2007-2011 BMW X3 3.0si
  • 2007-2011 BMW X3 xDrive30i
  • 2007-2011 BMW X5 xDrive30i
  • 2007-2011 BMW Z4 3.0i
  • 2007-2011 BMW Z4 3.0si
  • 2007-2011 BMW Z4 sDrive30i

Although fires can occur, BMW says it hasn't received reports of crashes or injuries related to the heaters.

The recall will begin December 18, 2017, when dealers will start replacing the PCV valve heaters.

BMW is also issue a different recall that covers involves "wiring for the heating and air conditioning system can overheat and cause connectors to melt, also increasing the fire risk, even when vehicles are unattended. Four drivers reported injuries."  Those recalled vehicles are:  

  • 2006-2011 BMW 323i
  • 2006-2011 BMW 325i
  • 2006-2011 BMW 325xi
  • 2006-2011 BMW 328i
  • 2006-2011 BMW 328xi
  • 2006-2011 BMW 330i
  • 2006-2011 BMW 330xi
  • 2006-2011 BMW 335i
  • 2006-2011 BMW 335xi
  • 2006-2011 BMW M3
  • 2007-2011 BMW 328i xDrive
  • 2007-2011 BMW 335i xDrive
  • 2007-2011 BMW 335is
  • 2009-2011 BMW 335d

Owners may contact BMW at 800-525-7417.

More information here and here

 

 

Common Chevrolet Cruze and Impala issues

Several owners of 2011-2014 Chevrolet Cruze vehicles are complaining that their vehicles have various issues, including water pump failure, overheating, transmission issues, engine issues, PCV replacement, loss of throttle, oil leaks, illumination of the check engine light and turbo problems.  I've written about the Chevrolet Cruze problems here as well.  

Additionally, owners of 2008-2014 Chevrolet Impala vehicles are complaining that their vehicles have various problems, including engine failure, the vehicle not starting, grinding from the transmission or engine, and severe vibrations.  

If you’ve taken your Cruze or Impala to a dealership for issues above, from engine stalling, abnormal oil consumption, engine / transmission failure, PCV 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!