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Defogger Problems of Chevrolet Equinox - part 1



Chevrolet Equinox owners have reported 97 problems related to defogger (under the visibility category).

car image   Defogger problem of the 2008 Chevrolet Equinox 1
Failure Date: 02/15/2014

The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated the defroster was activated but would not clear the windows. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection where they stated that they could not determine the cause of teh failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 100,000.

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car image   Defogger problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Equinox 2
Failure Date: 01/08/2014

Vehicle has no heat or defrost. Took to shop. Shop stated blend door is broken and actuator needs replaced. Shop has to dissemble the entire vehicle dash to access and replace the 2 parts to the cost of $1030. 00. Majority of costs $750 is labor to dissemble and reassemble the entire dash to replace 2 simple parts that total about $280 for gm. As I am finding out this is a recurring event with a substantial number of Equinox vehicle owners.

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car image   Defogger problem of the 2010 Chevrolet Equinox 3
Failure Date: 01/08/2014

The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that the vehicle would make a loud sound and hesitate when first started. The contact also mentioned that while driving 45 mph, the defogger malfunctioned, causing the windshield to freeze and block his visibility. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 69,000 and the current mileage was 70, 000.

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car image   Defogger problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Equinox 4
Failure Date: 01/03/2014

Heater is blowing cold air and defroster is not working. Went on-line and saw that hundreds of others are having this same issue. When it rains this poses as a safety issue due to the defroster not working. Can you please recall since there are so many with the same issue.

car image   Defogger problem of the 2007 Chevrolet Equinox 5
Failure Date: 12/01/2013

The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated while driving various speeds, the front defroster and heater failed to operate. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who unclogged the radiator but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 95,000.

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car image   Defogger problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Equinox 6
Failure Date: 11/08/2013

The heat in the vehicle has quit and after investigating, we believe that the heater door in the dash could be broken. My 16 year old new driver was operating the vehicle and the windows fogged up and would not defrost. I saw that TSB 11135 was released for equipment replacement but only for limited age and mileage. It is a $35 part that requires the entire dash to be disassembled resulting in over $1000 in labor costs. This should be replaced regardless of mileage on vehicle because of the safety hazards if operating the vehicle at normal speeds and the windows fog up or frost over.


car image   Defogger problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Equinox 7
Failure Date: 10/02/2013

2006 Equinox: my heater blows cold air. Upon research, I've learned that I am among hundreds, if not thousands, who had have had the same problem which stems from a broken blend door. I strongly believe that this is a serious safety issue. My front windows do not defrost on cold mornings, creating a significant driving hazard on the roads. I am aware that a service bulletin was released in June of 2012 to address the issue and offer repair at no charge. However, the bulletin only covers vehicles ¿within 10 years of the date your vehicle was originally placed in service or 120,000 miles, whichever occurs first�. That said, I would like to address my concern for vehicle owners such as myself whose mileage/years have exceeded those specified in the paragraph. Please help me understand why Chevrolet would be willing to repair some vehicles with this issue, but not all. Especially if the company knows that their product is at an extremely high risk of putting the lives of its drivers in danger.

car image   Defogger problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Equinox 8
Failure Date: 10/01/2013

Heater is blowing cold air and defroster is also not working. Went on-line and see that hundreds of others have this costly but more importantly safety issue (can't see out of window because defroster doesn't work). I've been cutoff because I have no warranty but this seems to be a bigger problem such as a total recall.

car image   Defogger problem of the 2007 Chevrolet Equinox 9
Failure Date: 10/01/2013

Heater is blowing cold air only. Unable to defrost front windshield. This is very hazardous, as my winter driving visibility is limited. Suspect air blender door failure. This problem was addressed by TSB 11135 (may 30, 2012); however it only applies to 2006 chevy Equinox. My car is a 2007 chevy Equinox. I spoke with gm and they confirmed the TSB was only for the 2006 model year. My research leads me to believe that the 2007 model year should also be included. My heater parts might be from late model 2006.

car image   Defogger problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Equinox 10
Failure Date: 09/26/2013

Blender door broke no heat to defrost windows.


 
car image   Defogger problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Equinox 11
Failure Date: 09/10/2013

Loss heat,air temperature blend door failing to operate.

car image   Defogger problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Equinox 12
Failure Date: 02/05/2013

The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that while driving approximately 55 mph, he attempted to activate the heater but to no avail. The contact mentioned that all of the windows in the vehicle became icy, in which the contact was unable to view the roadway. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the a/c heater blend door actuator needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000 and the current failure was 160,000.

car image   Defogger problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Equinox 13
Failure Date: 01/08/2013

I live in florida, so I don't need the heater that often. Last year when it got cold, I turned on the heater and got nothing but cold air blowing out. I took my vehicle to get it looked at and was told it would probably cost around $1000 - $1500 to fix. They would probably have to pull out the whole dash and it was very labor intensive. When I look on the internet, I see numerous people with the same problem. I would think Chevrolet would do a recall. I guess if they ignore it, that is a lot of money they will be saving.

car image   Defogger problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Equinox 14
Failure Date: 01/01/2013

The vehicle has no heat and only blows cold air. . . . Does not allow the windows to defrost and is a safety hazard.

car image   Defogger problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Equinox 15
Failure Date: 11/26/2012

I was driving my child to school one morning and the heater started blowing out cold air. Some time later, I took my chevy Equinox to my mechanic. He said it would cost around $1,000 to repair. This was a shock because my mechanic is very reputable; I have used him for years. He never tries to cheat me or any of his other customers. When he quoted me that price, that's when I knew something was seriously wrong with my car. I don't have that kind of money - I'm a single mother of 2 kids and I was laid off from my job a few months ago. I called Chevrolet 3 times and nobody would help me. In the meantime, I did some research to see if any other consumers have experienced this same problem. I found over 600 complaints from other drivers about this exact same issue. I took my car to a mechanic again and was advised that chevy/gm hasn't issued a recall for this problem (car heater blowing cold air) because it would not be cost-effective for chevy to fix it. This is a problem that chevy/gm has known about and, from what I've seen, the problem exists in chevy Equinox's from all different model years. Not only will I never buy a chevy again, I am filing a class-action lawsuit against chevy/gm for failing to issue a recall to fix a known problem. Even if I did have the money, I should not have to pay out of pocket for something that this company knows is a problem.

car image   Defogger problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Equinox 16
Failure Date: 05/01/2012

Heat stopped working. Not able to turn on the heat in the car because the plastic part that works the heater blend door is broken and would take 24 hours and about $1000. 00 to replace.

car image   Defogger problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Equinox 17
Failure Date: 04/08/2012

The contacts owns a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that heat no longer blew through the vents. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and was informed that the temperature blend door needed to be replaced. The dealer did not provide a reason for the failure. The failure and current mileages were 68,000.

car image   Defogger problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Equinox 18
Failure Date: 04/02/2012

Bought used in Feb 2012 from local dealer the heater worked fine until early April. We had weird weather here in upstate NY very warm so did not need to use heater that much. Took daughter to work at 4 am and turned on heat and cold air is coming thru vents, the temp gauge is fine I am thinking maybe the thermostat is stuck open it might be original thermostat or from what I see on this site the mechanical door is stuck or broken. I spoke with dealer he said it was covered in the warranty to pay the $100 deductible and have it checked out , with so many other people complaining about this can the attorney general get involved on this it is definitely a safety issue if no heat and defrosting windows and gm sits on their hands and say it is within gm's criteria well gm obviously sucks and do not honor a major defect in their product. I like the Equinox but only had it 2 months and this is not good glad it is getting warm now.

car image   Defogger problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Equinox 19
Failure Date: 03/07/2012

My car blows cold air. I had everything checked only to find out that it was the air flow blend door inside the heater system. The entire dashboard has to be removed. To repair it will cost $1291. 00 and $96. 86 for the dealer to tell me that this is the problem. I live in chicago , my windows will not defrost, I have a hard time believing that this is not a recall. It is unsafe to drive a car when you can't get a clear windshield not mention driving in a freezing cold vehicle.

car image   Defogger problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Equinox 20
Failure Date: 01/01/2012

2006 Chevrolet Equinox lt. Consumer writes in regards to a safety concern with defroster failure, blend door and actuator failure the consumer stated the blend door was removed from the dash of the vehicle due to a failed plastic end piece that was sheared off the door by the actuator that caused the door to rotate which made the heat and defroster inoperable. There was visible bubbles in the plastic portion that sheared off.

car image   Defogger problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Equinox 21
Failure Date: 08/01/2011

The heater stopped producing warm air. Diagnosed it as a heater blend door problem. Gm sent us a letter asking to fix and then denied the claim.

car image   Defogger problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Equinox 22
Failure Date: 02/28/2011

The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that there was no heat function in the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who stated that the heater blend door was defective and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was not notified. The VIN was unavailable. The current and failure mileage was approximately 59,000. Updated 03/24/lj.

car image   Defogger problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Equinox 23
Failure Date: 02/08/2011

The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that the heat blower malfunctioned; neither the heat nor defroster would work. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic who stated that the air blend door needed to be replaced. The contact called the manufacturer who offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 110,000.

car image   Defogger problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Equinox 24
Failure Date: 01/12/2011

The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that the heat suddenly stopped functioning and there was no air being blown out at all. The VIN was unavailable. The current and failure mileages were approximately 68,000.

car image   Defogger problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Equinox 25
Failure Date: 01/05/2011

The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that only cold air would blow from the circulation vents when the heater was engaged. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for inspection where the contact was advised that the blender door had failed and would not allow heated air to blow through the vents properly. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was not contacted to report the failure. The failure mileage was 50,000. Updated 3/21/11 the consumer stated during the winter, the defroster/defogger stopped working. The next day, the heat stopped working and only cold air was blowing out of the vents. Updated 04/27/11.

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