Question about 2005 Chevrolet Equinox
Car sits overnight and will idle only when starting, no throttle. Another problem, ignition will not lock the steering wheel. Occasionally the ignition switch will hold onto the key and you have to pull very hard to remove the key. Several mechanics have looked at the problem and they are stumped. We suspect it has something to do with the faulty ignition switch or possible a low battery. There is enough energy in the battery to start in the morning. Again if left overnight, the car will start but only idle, two engine fault symbols light up on the dash, engine will not throttle up. If you remove one of the relays and reinstall everything works fine. If you leave the car for a few days the battery runs down, cannot start the car. The battery is original.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
go to an auto parts store and get an electcic dipstick heater . remove your oil dipstick after parking car for the night.install electric dipstick preferrably while engine is still hot plug it in at night .this will
help keep the oil warm and also the block after car starts unplug heater remove it and install original dipstick. this is the easiest to install but there are also block heaters
Posted on Jan 06, 2009
SOURCE: battery goes dead overnight
Hmmm...I wonder if several Equinox's battery that lose voltage only happen on factory installed radios with XM OPTION ONLY ???
Newer Equinoxes (and Pontiac Torrents) now have XM and regular radio wires are combined into one antenna installed on the roof (just above the rear hatchdoor area)
My gut feeling is that IF the XM's wire is pinched by the left rear plastic trim's metal clip inside (the upper interior trim part is behind the left rear quarter window)
It MIGHT be the cause of the radio's 'short-circuit' if the tan-coloured wire is pinched onto the metal body frame....perhaps you could pry that trim part out carefully to check for XM's tan-coloured thin wire located there.
IF you wish to check this out, pop open the rear hatchback door and look for the plastic trim part located at the upper-corner between the left-rear quarter window and hatchback area.
FYI: it has 6 vertical metal clips behind the plastic trim part....ensure it goes back into place properly without bending it during reinstallation......IF you need to replace the XM's tan-coloured wire, the XM wire socket are connected from the rear roof antenna to the XM unit located below the interior left rear quarter window area.
Hope it helps!
Posted on Jan 13, 2009
A scan for trouble codes may point you in the right direction quickly, rather than hit & miss, with replacing parts. Some of the autoparts stores will scan for free, and your right where you need to be to get the right part at the same time.
Posted on Mar 04, 2009
you have a single injector under the intake plenum it has 6 branching fuel leads off of this.A very common problem is the regulator attached to this and it leak off fuel which falls into the intake .causing this problem. it needs to be replaced .i have done at least 80 of these in my career.this will fix your problem.thanks for choosing fix ya
Posted on Mar 04, 2009
SOURCE: ignition cylinder won't turn
I had the same problem in a 94' trooper. Basically the Ignition lock cylinder is wore out and you need a new one. Mine wouldn't turn past lock and no matter what I tried it wouldn't turn. You can go on auto zone and find the part, mine was about 61 bucks, it comes with keys and the ignition cylinder. The deal is that to get your new ignition cylinder in you have to get your original turned to off or acc I can't remember. You'll see with your new ignition cylinder that when you turn the key there is a button that can be depressed but only when the key is turned past lock and it also won't depress in start. First, disconnect battery and wait like 30 minutes. So, what you do is take a screwdriver handle and place it up against key and take some pliers or something and beat on it a couple of times, this gets the key in deep enough to where you can eventually turn it. I swear it will eventually turn, once there, take off the top and bottom plastic covers off steering wheel/unscrew electrical wires on back of ignition cylider and other side and you know the button I referred to basically you have to depress that with key in acc or off and it will slide out. If your having trouble finding the button look at new ignition cylinder in comparison to old one and you can see where the depressed button is on side closest to you, you'll see a little hole up on the side of housing that you can depress.
Posted on Apr 15, 2009
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