Chevy Equinox timing chain broke at 50,000 miles

Asked by Jan 24, 2017 at 11:29 AM about the 2011 Chevrolet Equinox

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

How am I supposed to know if a Chevy Equinox
timing chains going to break if you don't check it

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You can't check the belt, that's why they say it should be changed at anywhere from 50 to 75 thousand miles. Some do last past that point, but yours did not and it should have...

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I'm sorry, it's NOT a timing BELT, it's a chain..... Generally, you can check a belt but NOT a timing chain.... Here's another prime example of WHY people purchase ASIAN cars!


What size engine is this?

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Unfortunately, I think due to the passage of time, you're out of luck on this, BUT, it wasn't just Subaru cars that had oil burning issues in the period from 2011 forward..... Again, the timing belt is supposed to last the LIFETIME of the car! Now, you're going to have to tear apart the engine to replace this critical component....My advice, get rid of the car!


See this link a while ago... Again, this is DISGRACEFUL.

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Trying to start something there Markw1952? Every single vehicle made has a problem of some sort.

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Not Subaru's ;)



Subarus have problems? IMAGINE THAT!


Of course Subaru cars have problems like other cars, but tell me .. How often have you heard about Subaru cars that broke their timing chains....? A broken timing chain is a huge problem.


AND, if you do hear about a broken timing chain on a Subaru, it's not at 50,000 miles!!!!


I have never heard of a timing chain breaking to begin with. The timing chain is just a part that failed because it got threw manufacturing QC checks. Not like GM makes this part, this would be supplied by a sub contractor. A broke timing chain probably is 1 in a million.

I am questioning it also, of all my cars I have had and I have driven them over 300 thousand miles and only once I had to change a timing chain, but now i have a equonix and they couldn't get the right code to show when check engine light came on, finally they told me it was timing chain at now 100 thousand miles which the light came on before it turned, took them a week to get my car back which was last night and cost over 3 thousand and now I see I am leaking oil now and I did not have this issue before ugghhhh



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I have 2010 Equinox. With how much miles to replace the timming chain.


Better idea... replace the car.....the Equinox is not a long range driver...too many failures....any car that breaks the timing chain at 50k is a disaster...

My equinox just hit about 80,000 and the timing chain broke. It's a 2010, they're saying it's going to cost 9k, more than it's worth. Other mechanics have been telling me that it's just been burning oil, if they're telling you a similar thing I suggest asking them to check the chain, it can cause some nasty damage if it continues like mine did.

wow that is even a steeper price then I paid, my car was not burning oil at all, no one even noticed any thing in my oil during regular changes, the car engine light was on, and no one was able to tell me what was wrong, codes kept telling them something with gas sensor to exhaust sensor. My gas mileage went real bad, after being fixed gas mileage is still not what it used to be, even with sensors changed. But right before they diagnosed it, when ever I got gas and started it , it would run real fast to a fast idle before it actually went into a normal start, since it's been fixed it doesn't do that no more. I really wasn't sure if I believed them about the timing chain, it didn't break on me, and the check engine light was on for a long time before it was diagnosed.

That Mark w is a trip, don't take advice from a guy who doesn't know what he's talking about. Belts or chains are not designed to last the life of the vehicle, Subarus are 90k miles. Most cars including asain cars recommend timing service at 80-100k. The equinoxs are notorious for chains, and mostly due to poor maintenance. The chain technically doesn't fail, the guide breaks and cause slack in the chain which is read by the sensors and sets a check engine light. Case and point, timing parts are wearable items, and while they don't require frequent service they do have a scheduled interval.

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