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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,016 miles

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2010 Chevrolet Equinox electrical problems

electrical problem

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2010 Chevrolet Equinox Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #39

Apr 142016


  • 15,000 miles


The car shuts off by its self can't pick up speed I can be at a light and the car will jurk and try to pull of and can go no Mrs. Than 15mh.

- Lanscster, CA, USA

problem #38

Apr 132016


  • 76,000 miles
The radio will not turn on when I start the vehicle. It is not until 10 minutes later that the radio will finally turn on and work properly. This also effects the turn signals and hazard lights. I feel that with the fact the turn signals do not work this is a safety hazard and a recall needs to be issued to fix this problem. This started in my driveway.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #37

Feb 012016


  • 14,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that when driving, his knee encountered the ignition key causing the ignition switch to turn to the off position. The dealer and the manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure was experienced several times. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 140,000.

- Circleville, OH, USA

problem #36

Feb 112016

Equinox 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Equinox. While driving at various speeds, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 100,000. Updated 05/06/16 updated 05/16/16.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #35

Jan 202015


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that the system overheat light illuminated on the instrument panel, which indicated that the vehicle overheated. The thermostat indicator indicated that the coolant system was operating normally. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but the cause of the failure could not be determined. The dealer replaced the water pump, thermostat, timing chain, fuel lines, and updated the software; however, the repairs did not correct the failure. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 80,000.

- Greencastle, IN, USA

problem #34

Jan 232014


  • 12,464 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that while waiting at a traffic light, the vehicle stalled. The contact was able to restart the vehicle after several attempts. The contact stated that the failure recurred on several occasions. The contact also stated that on several occasions the vehicle would vibrate violently, while the lights and instrument panel would flicker. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 12,464.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #33

Sep 012015


  • 70,800 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled while driving at 40 mph. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the ignition needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 70,800.

- Lehigh Acres, FL, USA

problem #32

Jul 012015


  • 20,000 miles
Audible tone volume for seat belt unbuckled, door ajar, key left in ignition, turn indicator, etc intermittently reduces to a level that may be barely be heard. Next time it may or may not be restored restored to normal. Problem is random, sometimes lasting for entire trip but is normal on next trip. I have seen this problem listed on various internet automobile problem sites but not on your site.

- Glenview, IL, USA

problem #31

Apr 022015


  • 95,000 miles
Car radio display does not turn on when starting car. It will automatically start playing sometimes 10 mins after driving or not at all. Ac went out on car at 89000 miles. Pretty lousy considering it is only 4 years old. Also makes a loud noise and sounds like it is not shifting. Sound never goes away.

- Orange Park, FL, USA

problem #30

Jan 012015


  • 53,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Equinox. While driving at various speeds, the radio lights flickered intermittently. The contact was made aware of NHTSA campaign number: 09V489000 (visibility); however, the dealer stated that the VIN was not included in the recall. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 53,000.

- Jeffersonville, IN, USA

problem #29

Sep 242012

Equinox 4-cyl

  • 4,547 miles


I have had many problems with this vehicle regarding electrical, audio, airbag lights coming on and now engine oil. The engine oil was just detected at 80,000 miles however I have complained that my car does not run right since the beginning. They claim that the engine is burning off the oil however I am very good at getting my oil changes around 3000 miles and where is the oil going" its not in my garage or on the engine? I have had my car completely go blank on the dash no indicator lights etc. I have filled a complaint with Chevy to no avail. I am very disappointed that now my engine needs to be replaced or maybe just he pistons? at 80,000 miles" this has been going on since I owned it from Sept 2009! I think Chevy needs to step up and make things right! disappointed. Just for the record I bought this car in California.

- Maple Grove, MN, USA

problem #28

Jan 022013

Equinox 4-cyl

  • 47,000 miles
Been having off and on problems with driver side air bag coming on and off. It will appear for maybe a week then go off totally for months. I took it in to the dealer where I bought and they ran a test and said it would be over $400 to fix. Not sure what to do as this is just once in awhile service airbag! has there been any other problems with this make and model.? not sure what to do. Hate spending all this money if it is just a fluke. Thank you for your help on this matter.

- Whitefish, MT, USA

problem #27

Oct 102014

Equinox 6-cyl

  • miles
Car battery constant drains, car wont start upon hot/cold weather...BCM might be the cause-body control module computer, car cuts off while driving, has stalled, nocking sound when ac/heater is on, burning smell.battery replaced and not the problem, alt also checked and is working good. Have to constantly charge the battery to charge the computer to get the car to start.

- Rosedale, NY, USA

problem #26

Sep 042014


  • miles
Defrost not working and instrument panel fades or completely goes out... I went to my local heritage Chevrolet dealer in chester va. 23831.. I was told there was not a recall on my vehicle... but they would hook it up and do a test to determine the problem... at the cost of $170.. I told them my vehicle was on the recall for the visibility #09V489000 software instrument panel/ FMVSS 103 & 101.. I told them forget it I should not have to pay for a recall and left....

- Chesterfield, VA, USA

problem #25

Aug 152014


  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that the instrument panel failed to activate. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who determined that the control module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 55,000.

- Leeds, ME, USA

problem #24

Jun 232014


  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that the vehicle was able to be started without the key in the ignition. The instrument panel indicated that the Transport mode and battery were not charging. The contact had to turn the key in a clockwise motion to dim the Transport mode warning indicator. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V171000 (electrical system). The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 30,000.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #23

Jun 022014


  • miles
2010 Chevrolet Equinox. Consumer writes in regards to faulty ignition shutting off vehicle several times while driving. The consumer took the vehicle in for service several times, but no diagnosis was given.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #22

Feb 212014


  • 59,000 miles
Was driving vehicle when all of a sudden entire dash lit up and car stalled. Messages included service stabilitrak, service ABS, engine light, and service traction control. I lost power, power brakes, and power steering and coasted vehicle to a stop. It took a couple of tries but finally got the car to turn over, engine light remained on but drove to dealer. Vehicle did not drive correctly when accelerated, it was slow and jerky. When I took the vehicle to the dealer they told me it would be covered under warranty, they plugged in their tech code reader and determined it was throttle body. I was given a concierge vehicle and informed it would take them the weekend to fix. When I picked the vehicle up they charged me saying that it would not be covered under the warranty and tried to make me pay for the rental and I have still not been reimbursed for the repairs that should have been covered under warranty or the rental car. The service agent at the dealership printed off where it clearly states that it should be covered. This is a dangerous problem and should be recalled.

- Bozeman, MT, USA

problem #21

Oct 152013

Equinox 4-cyl

  • 47,000 miles
Power steering locked up/stopped working when trying to back up. Wouldn't work when put back in forward gear. Happened intermittently and when taken to dealer, they couldn't replicate. Next couple of months did this intermittently. Recently, it did this regularly for a day when driving...very dangerous as it would happen often when executing a turn so car could lurch into an adjacent lane and potentially end up in an accident. Warning light came on and this time took to dealer who told me they diagnosed a problem that would require replacement of at least part of the power steering assembly. This seems to be the exact same issue as what occurred with cobalts, HHR, etc. In the latest GM recall and I believe that the recall should be extended to this model year and make as well (if not for others too!). caused me enough concern to get the work done and am now working on my options to try and get GM to reimburse me based on this being an identical issue to these other makes and models.

- Clarksburg, MD, USA

problem #20

Jul 152013

Equinox 4-cyl

  • 58,000 miles
I have owned this auto, which I purchased from a chev. Dealer in atmore, al Dec 2011; first sign of trouble was notice to replace electronic board, and battery which was run down & alleged due to fail., replaced under bank service warranty, plus $110. From that point onthe car would start unattended, and parked, locked with alarm on. Attempts to correct meant fighting to get lock to stay open with key, and inserting same into ignition. Car has also stopped for no reason at all, .complaint to gn/Chevy two weeks ago, complaining of broken key as buttons had dropped off and second set did not work at all. Milton Chevrolet at milton, fl alleged corrected problem by making second (non-working) key work. A week later car parked, locked and alarm set, started in mid afternoon, no one near auto or keys and alarm ran off. We had to get key, enter auto and turn off ignition. The dealer wants the cost of two new keys to "fix" the problem. I think that the problem is a faulty ignition system entirely. If car stopped running on interstate for no reason, brakes, alarm, air bags would be inoperative. This has been reported to GM/Chevrolet about 6 times, a late as yesterday when they demand cost of keys to repair times we have gone into stores and heard the alarm go off with no one around. This is not the intent of Chevrolet to meet recall. Please advise as to how this can be resolved. I have no doubt that the key system and the key and ignition and engine are allinked and are faulty with problems yet tobe revealed. Current mileage, 60,700 total mileage.

- Cantonment, FL, USA

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