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2.8

hardy worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
52,232 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Equinox drivetrain problems

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2005 Chevrolet Equinox Owner Comments

problem #18

Mar 302011

Equinox

  • 77,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Shaking in vehicle similar to that of an unbalanced tire. Took to dealer for another issue just had them check to see what this "new" shaking was and they told me the center carrier bearing was "shot" and needed replaced. The service manager advised that this required the replacement of the entire drive shaft assembly at a cost of around $1200 plus labor. The safety issues here are enormous. If the drive shaft lets loose the vehicle could flip, roll, or any number of things. Why has a recall not been done? I see many complaints about this exact issue. It is not common for a carrier bearing to fail especially so often and early. I have 77,000 miles on this 2005 Equinox, way too soon for such issues. I am thoroughly disgusted with GM. I will never buy GM again.

- Salem, OH, USA

problem #17

Feb 012011

Equinox

  • 56,000 miles
At 60 mph my 2005 Chevrolet Equinox was rattling. We brought this to our mechanic and he informed us that the carrier bearing at the U-joint was failing. I find this unacceptable in a vehicle that has only 56,000 miles on it. Cost to repair was $550.

- Hudson, NH, USA

problem #16

Apr 052010

Equinox

  • 52,000 miles
Going down the road and my car started to vibrate had it checked and I was told it was the center support bearing. It felt like I had a tire out of balance but it was the bearing. Talked with alot of people on the internet and they are having the same trouble.

- Mill Run, PA, USA

problem #15

Apr 052010

Equinox

  • 87,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

My Equinox was taken to dealer who informed me that the drive shaft was being held in place by one rusty piece of metal. He told me that if I were to hit a bump it would dislodge and would cause a serious accident and harm to car. Not good news for a mother. He is replacing this part.

- Garrettsville, OH, USA

problem #14

Mar 132010

Equinox

  • 98,000 miles
The center carrier bearing has pulled away from the axel on my 2005 Chevrolet Equinox. The repair shop (tire center) told me that this is very common and have seen it on this model many times. A Chevy mechanic told me it is a known issue. There is a ton of information on the internet about this problem. I was told the vehicle is not safe to drive.

- Chittenango, NY, USA

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problem #13

Jan 132007

Equinox

  • miles
Carrier bearing for chey Equinox: Rubber seal separated from carrier mount which caused the drive shaft to slam into the plate, in turn caused the drive shaft to come apart while the auto was moving.

- Tonawanda, NY, USA

problem #12

Nov 012009

Equinox

  • 69,500 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Carrier bearing is bad on my SUV. Currently, it only makes an annoying noise while the vehicle is in motion. Other reports on the internet noted them falling off or needing replacement. Internet reports there was a manufacturing defect which has caused a national backorder. This appears to be too common of a problem to not indicate a recall.

- Arlington, VA, USA

problem #11

Oct 052009

Equinox

  • 94,000 miles
I have a 2005 Equinox with 94000 miles that started to make a loud noise. Took it to the local repair shop they found the center carrier bearing needs to be replaced, however, there are none available! I can't drive the car because too dangerous now and can't get a part for weeks or months?

- Warren, VT, USA

problem #10

Sep 092009

Equinox

  • miles
My wife told me that there was a vibration around 55mph (2005 Chevy Equinox). I crawled under the car and notice some type of support on the drive shaft was broken. I found out that it is called the center support bearing. I called all kinds of dealerships all over the United States and Canada and found out that there eare few of them out there. And those that are out there the dealers are not releasing. The car has almost 56000 miles on it and we can not get the part. GM says there is nothing they can do about. I have found that there are many others that are having the same problem. I find it kind of odd that there is absolutely nothing that can be done. What are people suppose to do go buy another car because they can't drive the one they have because GM will not supply the part. As of right now there is no fix.

- Mayville , WI, USA

problem #9

Jun 122009

Equinox

  • 35,268 miles
The driveline was replaced on my 2005 Chevrolet Equinox at 36,00 miles under normal driving conditions. The mechanic stated that the bearing that held the joint together had corroded and the driveline would need to be replaced this was at a GM certified service center.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #8

Sep 162009

Equinox

  • 62,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

9/ 09vibrating..ticking noise noticed car taken to dealer..told drive shaft is cracked, car undrivable, driveshaft on backorder..date of release is unknown at this time 10/08 brake rotors found to be warped/defective..replaced under warranty.

- Haverhill, MA, USA

problem #7

Sep 032009

Equinox

  • 39,700 miles
In my 2005 Chevrolet Equinox AWD, the drive shaft center support bearing is blown with only 39,000 miles. Symptoms included a shaking felt in the floorboard at 50mph and above that feels similar to an unbalanced wheel. I had the wheels balanced and the mechanic noticed the problem with the drive shaft bearing support. The vehicle cannot be driven without the support due to the risk of damaging the drive shaft possibly leading to an accident, according to the service staff. The dealer reports that the part is on "national backorder" and that he has "12 people already on the list waiting." A quick search on the internet shows many people with a similar problem. There appears to be no after-market part and the dealer was not forthcoming with timing of availability of the part. Seems there is significant demand for the defective part warranting investigation. Thank you for your time.

- Lebanon, NH, USA

problem #6

Sep 032009

Equinox

  • 39,700 miles
In my 2005 Chevrolet Equinox AWD, the drive shaft center support bearing is blown with only 39,000 miles. Symptoms included a shaking felt in the floorboard at 50mph and above that feels similar to an unbalanced wheel. I had the wheels balanced and the mechanic noticed the problem with the drive shaft bearing support. The vehicle cannot be driven without the support due to the risk of damaging the drive shaft possibly leading to an accident, according to the service staff. The dealer reports that the part is on "national backorder" and that he has "12 people already on the list waiting." A quick search on the internet shows many people with a similar problem. There appears to be no after-market part and the dealer was not forthcoming with timing of availability of the part. Seems there is significant demand for the defective part warranting investigation. Thank you for your time.

- Lebanon, NH, USA

problem #5

Jul 102009

Equinox

  • 48,467 miles
I have a 2005 Chevrolet Equinox with 48K miles on it. Recently I began hearing and feeling a thumping below me. I took it to the local dealer and learned the drive shaft center bearing is shot. Dealer told me the car should not be driven as the drive shaft could fall at any time causing the vehicle to flip or roll over. If that is not bad enough he also told me the part is unavailable and is on national back order. We've been waiting over a week now and the dealer is saying he doesn't see any chance of having the part in the next week or two! I see another similar complaint here and according to the sales person who sold the car, the part has been redesigned by GM due to numerous problems with it. Clearly this is a safety issue that should be investigated further to determine if GM is working to resolve the problem with an appropriate sense of urgency.

- West Townsend, MA, USA

problem #4

May 112009

Equinox

  • 98,250 miles
I have had my 2005 Chevy Equinox, been the first and only owner, since I have purchased it, if I ran through even the smallest mudpuddle I would hear noises coming from underneath the vehicle. Now 4 years later the noises are none stop. I took it to a mechanic and he told me the wheel bearing on both sides were bad, just to find out after spending hundreds of dollars in repair bills, the carrier bearing that is on the rear drive shaft is missing. It has fallen out completely and all that remains is the rubber flanges. I have contacted every dealer I can think of and received a part # 25775162 for the bearing and have been told that the part is on national backorder and GM is saying they will not release it to non vip until November, December time frame. Had I have been driving the car with the vibration of the driveshaft I could have seriously hurt myself or others. Now I am paying for a vehicle, no one has the part that I need to fix it, and I am out of answers. If this is a common problem in which every dealer I have spoken to says it is with the Equinox, why is nothing being done? instead everyone with that model year Saturn and Equinox with the same carrier bearing on the rear driveshaft is either wrecked the vehicle, hurt themselves or others, or allowing there vehicle to sit at a garage, shop or house with no hope of getting it fixed. I have even called GM corporate, and all they give me is we will look into this problem.

- Alma, WV, USA

problem #3

Jan 232009

Equinox

  • 37,700 miles
My 2005 Chevrolet Equinox starting making a loud grinding noise when I had just gotten off of the interstate and was applying the brakes and turning. It felt like something was locked from the middle of my car to the back of my car. I was totally caught off guard and was very shaken. I stopped and looked at my tires and to see if anything was hanging down from the car. I couldn't see anything that was obvious. It was 9:00am. I was approximately 2 miles from a Chevrolet dealership so I drove there. I was scared and shaken and didn't know if this problem was going to cause me to have a wreck or possibly be stranded. When I got to the dealership, a gentleman in the service department went for a drive with me. My car didn't make the loud grinding, but only a little. He said the service department would take off all 4 wheels and check the brakes. My husband left work to pick me up as this was not going to be done before lunch. The dealership contacted me at work and said it was not the brakes, but it was probably the rear differential, but he wanted to make sure and he would call me after lunch. He asked if I had an extended warranty on the car, I said no, but this should not happen to a 3 year old vehicle that was bought brand new. He agreed. My warranty expired 5 months today, January 24th and my mileage is past the warranty by 1,424 miles. My car has 37,700 miles on it. My husband owns a 1996 Chevy S10 pickup with over 200,00 miles on it and nothing this major has ever happened with his truck. I contacted General Motors and spoke with a representative. He said he would build a business case document to present to GM board for review. I think GM should pay for expenses to have the dealership replace the rear differential. I made a pun comment that since this cost was around $2400 that I wanted GM to bail me out, compared to the billions they just received from american taxpayers. GM success depends customer satisfaction. Again my car only has 37,700 miles on it.

- St. Joseph, MO, USA

problem #2

Aug 112008

Equinox

  • 35,000 miles
Driving under normal conditions I've experienced two failed front wheel bearings on driver side causing vehicle to vibrate, Chevy garage replaced under warranty now upon getting vehicle inspected it was discovered that carrier bushing that connects front driveshaft to rear driveshaft has failed which could cause driveshafts to fall off. Car is a 2005 Chevy Equinox with 35,000 miles on it, I feel GM should recall these vehicles and check these problems out before drivers have a serious accident. People are not reporting these failed components because garages are fixing under warranty so it doesn't get reported to you. I feel these components are defective right from factory so there should be a recall, thank you

- Conesus, NY, USA

problem #1

May 142005

Equinox 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,588 miles
The contact stated on May 14, 2005 the vehicle was taken to the dealership for scheduled maintenance, and to check on a noise they could hear coming from the front of the vehicle. The technicians were unable to duplicate the problem. On September 19 2005 the vehicle was taken back to the dealership to find out what was causing this noise. A technician test drove the vehicle and heard the noise, and determined it was the front struts that needed to be replaced. Repairs were made to the vehicle. After the repairs the vehicle was still experiencing the same noise problems. The vehicle was taken back on a third occasion O on October 14, 2005. This time they replaced the clutch drum module, the filters, and the power train drive line was lubricated. The vehicle was driven home and it experienced the same problem as before. The vehicle was taken back to the dealership, and they were unable to duplicate the problem.

- Galt , CA, USA

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