Check Engine Light On problems of the 2011 Chevrolet Equinox

20 problems related to check engine light on have been reported for the 2011 Chevrolet Equinox. The most recently reported issues are listed below. Please also check out the statistics and reliability analysis of the 2011 Chevrolet Equinox based on all problems reported for the 2011 Equinox.

car   Check Engine Light On problem 1
Failure Date: 02/01/2018

Tl-the contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated while driving at 65 mph the vehicle was chugging and loss power. The check engine light was illuminated. The vehicle was towed to a local dealer community Chevrolet Buick located at 4521 university Ave, cedar falls, IA 50613 (319) 277-5010 where diagnosed that the engine control module failed and that the throttle bottle assembly needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the issue and opened case # 84120242638 and referred the contact to NHTSA. The failure mileage was 114,744. Ap.

car   Check Engine Light On problem 2
Failure Date: 02/01/2018

I called in this complaint. Received a number odi11090436. On 2/01/2018 after dark I was on a 4-lane going 60-65 mph. , my car's acceleration suddenly went down and the engine started chugging. I braked, drove to the side of the road and parked. No chugging while in park. Had to be towed to a chevy dealership in cedar falls, IA. They had to replace the throttle body assembly. When asked how often this particular shop sees this specific break-down, the service manager said a couple times a month. It seems to me that if they are seeing this many, that other dealerships would be seeing this pattern repeated as well. My question is why hasn't this issue been flagged to general motors? I was lucky that there was no one close behind me on the highway. It was a sudden event, the check engine light and a couple of other lights came on, it startled me and it took a second or two to begin braking. This was a costly fix and not one I would expect to have to repair with 114,744 miles on the vehicle.

car   Check Engine Light On problem 3
Failure Date: 10/08/2017

Stalling out while sitting in drive at red light. Got up for work and turned truck on, sounded very rough. Put truck in reverse and took off and when stopping at a red light the rpms would move on their own, car starts bouncing, motor is rattling, and sometimes stalls out. I have to put the truck in neutral at every light for it to not rock back and fourth. Next day check engine light came out, readings indicated it was the throttle sensor body and the solenoids. I replaced all of these and truck is still running the same, and check engine light is still on. After doing research I have read well over 50 of the same complaint of these vehicles doing the same thing! we need help!.

car   Check Engine Light On problem 4
Failure Date: 07/05/2017

This vehicle stalled in traffic. After 3 stalls the check engine light came on. The trouble was the timing chain after only 50k miles. Cost was $1680. I feel this was dangerous and I should not have been charged.

car   Check Engine Light On problem 5
Failure Date: 06/17/2017

The timing chain on our Equinox broke and damaged the engine. Gm says our VIN is not covered under the NHTSA reference #10053269 and TSB reference #sb-12313. Our shop said the damage is exactly what is covered under those documents, but no protection due to VIN outside of range. The vehicle started showing problems with the check engine light on and the stabilitrak system error. Parked the vehicle and turned it off. When tried to start again, the vehicle did nothing. Had towed to repair shop for damage assessment.

car   Check Engine Light On problem 6
Failure Date: 01/11/2017

The 2011 2. 4 l engine Equinox is under recall, except for mine. I own a 2011 2. 4 l engine Equinox that has every problem as the one that is being recalled. Gm is telling me that there are no defective parts on my car, even though my car has been stalling while driving, while turning, while stopping. My car has everything wrong with it that is listed on the recall. The pvc system, water in the air box. Our mechanic took out 1/2 cup of water out of the air box yesterday. In addition, the car consumes mass amounts of oil. This vehicle will give you no warning and then just stall out. Last year, my car stalled while driving and then a reduced engine power light came on. I ended up having to replace the throttle body at not even 90,000 miles. This car poses a threat to the person driving as well to any other car that may be near it as there is no warning given that stalling may occur. No check engine lights come either. No low oil lights. Nothing. I took my car in yesterday because it stalled 7 times on my route to work. My mechanic was able to diagnose the problem and found the problems with the 2011 Equinoxes. I have been turning and just had my car shut off, I have pushed the gas pedal and had nothing happen. I have had my car stall out to check the oil and find no oil on the dipstick. I have stopped for traffic and my car will just shut off. Gm has told us on more than one occasion there are no recalls on my car. Just other 2011 2. 4 l engine Equinoxes reporting the same problem.

car   Check Engine Light On problem 7
Failure Date: 01/07/2017

Check engine light stays on, car shuts off while driving.

car   Check Engine Light On problem 8
Failure Date: 02/17/2016

Was sitting at a stop light, vehicle engine started surging and a warning light came on saying reduced engine power, had to really push on the break so it would not lunge into the inter section, light turned green and I started to go, but I could only get up to 25 mph, then all the warning lights on the dash came along with a service stabilitrak message, managed to get to a parking lot and shut off the vehicle for a few minutes, started it back up and it ran better but check engine light remained on. Took it to the chevy dealer, he new before even looking at it what it was. Ended up being the throttle body, if you look online there are many Equinox vehicles with this problem. But gm will not cover this under their power train warranty even though this is what supplies air to the engine.

car   Check Engine Light On problem 9
Failure Date: 01/18/2016

While driving the display on the dash displayed the words "powering down" and then the car proceeds to slow to a complete stop. All while I'm driving on the freeway in traffic. The chevy dealership in mckinney, el dorado, advised me that the engine simply fell apart and broke. I just got a tune up and oil change within the past 60 days. . . How can an engine just fall apart with no indication, no check engine light, no smoke, etc.

car   Check Engine Light On problem 10
Failure Date: 10/03/2015

While driving the car stalled out. The check engine light came on and the possible cause was a cam shaft sensor. But on further investigation it was because the car was low on oil. There was no indication from the vehicle information system that the car did not have any oil. It just stopped without warning three times, always after slowing down for a turn. This is very unsafe, I was almost hit twice!.

car   Check Engine Light On problem 11
Failure Date: 07/24/2015

After taking the car out from a stop sign, the steering wheel locked and could not accelerate. The car started to slow down. I was able to put the gear on park once the car stalled and turn off the ignition. I then turned on the ignition and everything was normal. Once I reached my destination I turned off and on the ignition and check engine light came on. Upon taking to the mechanic they found out the cam sensor had to be replaced.

car   Check Engine Light On problem 12
Failure Date: 06/14/2015

For a third time in 2 weeks, the vehicle loss power and failed to maintain speed. It would not even move forward when given gas even though the engine continued running. This time, the check engine light did not come on. The vehicle had to be turned off, then re-started, for movement to be regained. This happened in heavy traffic and blocked a lane for a couple of minutes, until I could pull off the road. This happened on previous occasions at highway speed too, but, we had more recently replaced the throttle body unit, as this was a prior diagnosis for this failure condition. Now, we're not sure the vehicle can be trusted at all.

car   Check Engine Light On problem 13
Failure Date: 11/18/2014

My 2011 chevy Equinox started having trouble when starting the engine. I would start the car and all my emergency lights would start flashing. Emergency blinkers, airbag service light, stability track and check engine light. I would start to drive and the car would just stall out. If I am driving below 10 miles an hour, the car will turn off. I was making a left turn and my car stalled out in the oncoming lanes almost causing an accident. I have been trying to get my car serviced for a while but all the chevy dealerships are booked solid around me. Reading the other reviews it looks like this is a common problem. I feel very unsafe driving this vehicle and for a car to only be a couple years old, this should not be happening.

car   Check Engine Light On problem 14
Failure Date: 10/29/2014

The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that the check engine warning light illuminated several times and the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was able to restart, but the failure progressed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 41,000.

car   Check Engine Light On problem 15
Failure Date: 09/14/2014

Tl-the contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph on a ramp, the contact accelerated to enter a highway and the vehicle started to hesitate and shake. The contact steered the vehicle off the road and turned the vehicle off. When the contact restarted the vehicle and the check engine light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The diagnosis was that the intake cam shaft needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 65,724. Cs.

car   Check Engine Light On problem 16
Failure Date: 02/05/2014

Started accelerating & when I got to 55 mph the vehicle started losing power rapidly & service stabilitrak light along with reduce engine power came up on the dash. I went from 55 mph to 20 mph within seconds. I was able to pull onto the side of the road. I tried to merge back onto the highway but was unable to go faster then 16 mph. I quickly pulled back over & parked the car. Shut the car off & waited about 1 min & turned the car back on. The stabilitrak & the reduce engine power cleared off my dash but the check engine light stayed on. I then was able to merge back into traffic & pick up the 65 mph speed. I continued to work & had no other issues until I pulled into my work parking lot. Thats when the stabilitrak & reduce engine power came back on & I lost power again. I parked the car & called the dealrshp. They told me to bring the vehicle in. It didnt duplicate the issue the whole way to dealrshp. The next day they called me to let me know they replaced a sensor & updated the computer with software. I drove the vehicle & it seemd fine. Week later had the same issue. Got about 5 mins into my trip & was on the interstate going 60 & all of a sudden the service stabilitrak & the reduce engine power light came back on & the vehicle dropped my speed of 60 to around 17 mph quickly. Thankful that no one was close behind me when this happened. I got off an exit & pulled into a parking lot. Called the dealrshp. This time they sent a flat bed out to get vehicle. They called & said it was a throttle body issue & that it needs replaced. They told me it isnt covered under the pt warranty. I'm seeing a number of people with this same issue & wondering why this isnt a recall? it's very unsafe especially cause you dont know when its going to happen. If your doing 65-70 mph on a highway & there are cars close to you & the vehicle decides to do this, you are in big trouble.

car   Check Engine Light On problem 17
Failure Date: 11/13/2013

Check engine light came on, had autozone run on computer, came back code p0011, found recall on code in 2011(11195a), car is doing same thing as recall stated, I called gm and they said it was not part of recall, I explained problem and they would not tell if part was under warranty, all they said was take to dealer. Gm told me so ES vins were recalled, but not all, couldn't tell me why this one was not recalled even though it is doing same thing.

car   Check Engine Light On problem 18
Failure Date: 08/10/2011

The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled and the check engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the repairs were unknown. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 6,000 and the current mileage was 48,000.

car   Check Engine Light On problem 19
Failure Date: 05/03/2011

2011 Chevrolet Equinox. Consumer writes in regards to defective vehicle operation and safety the consumer stated the vehicle was returned to the dealer three times, due to it running rough, loss of power, an overwhelming smell of gasoline, a sticky accelerator pedal and the check engine light illuminating. The dealer replaced the high pressure fuel pump, fuel rail pressure sensor and an attempted repair of the pcm and the reprogramming of the tac. The dealer has been unable to resolve the defects.

car   Check Engine Light On problem 20
Failure Date: 03/11/2011

My engine light came on and then the car lost power. It did start back up again, but the engine light remained on until I got home. I was not on a busy street when this happened. This happened on a Friday. I had it to the dealer on Monday. The dealer did try to find the problem, but the engine light was off and nothing was discovered.

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