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Engine Head Gasket Failure Problems of Chevrolet Equinox



Chevrolet Equinox owners have reported 6 problems related to engine head gasket failure (under the engine and engine cooling category).

car image   Engine Head Gasket Failure problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Equinox 1
Failure Date: 03/11/2014

The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that while traveling various speeds, the vehicle suddenly stalled. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic where it was found that the head gasket had failed. The vehicle was being repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure mileage and VIN was not available.

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car image   Engine Head Gasket Failure problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Equinox 2
Failure Date: 11/27/2012

The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that the head gaskets failed without warning. The dealer stated that anti-freeze leaked into the motor and caused the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 92,000. The VIN was not available.

car image   Engine Head Gasket Failure problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Equinox 3
Failure Date: 08/06/2012

While stopped in heavy traffic in a construction zone on I-80, car started to run very hot, fan kicked on and it finally cooled off. Upon arrival home, coolant was low, my husband refilled coolant. Called johnson motors and scheduled a check and oil change. Johnson motors service performed a compression check and informed my husband that engine was damaged and needed replaced for price of approximately $6,000 dollars (wow). Of note, in December 2010 header gaskets were replaced to a price of $1,200 dollars, I went on line to find multiple complaints from many Equinox owners concerning the same issues of header gaskets going bad and causing engine damage. This vehicle has been on a regularly scheduled maintenance care schedule with only GMC service technicians. I am shocked that with regular oil changes etc that this happened. This situation is dangerous and really needs a thorough investigation. Apparently the v6 engine used in the Equinox vehicles is a problem engine that GMC is well aware of, time for someone to make a change. Thank you.

car image   Engine Head Gasket Failure problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Equinox 4
Failure Date: 01/11/2012

The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph, he noticed that the check engine light was illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The dealer stated that the head gasket had failed and need to be repaired. The vehicle was repaired but the failure continued. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 71,000 and the current mileage was 81,000.

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car image   Engine Head Gasket Failure problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Equinox 5
Failure Date: 09/30/2011

Temperature guage never used to go over 50% mark, and was always well under and never moved. About three months ago, the vehicle temperature gauge started to climb after highway driving, then idleing. Recently, the temperature light came on. I experienced a coolant odor and the vehicle had a rough idle on cold start. Dealer said that it was bad head gaskets. Dealer machined heads, replaced gaskets, replaced plugs and flushed/filled coolant system, all for $2450. Reading some of the websites, it seems like this is a very high amount compared to what some other people are paying at their dealerships. Reading information provided on mycarstats. Com and many other forums/news groups, there are hundreds if not thousands of people who have the same head gasket issue with the '05 Equinox. It seems to be a known issue with the red dexcool coolant that eats away at the hoses and head gaskets, causing gasket failure, as well as heater core failure. There needs to be some recourse to recouperate money for this problem. Head gaskets don't typically fail in most cars.

car image   Engine Head Gasket Failure problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Equinox 6
Failure Date: 12/07/2010

89,000 miles needed to replace head gasket. Failure at cylinder #1. Looking at other complaints it appears that cylinder 1 head gasket failure is common.