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  1. JP

    2016 Trax driving intermittent miss under light acceleration, also at idle

    Still under powertrain warranty, 39K miles. No previous issues. Started the other day, intermittent "Chug" under light acceleration. Just gives one "bump", not a chug-chug-chug like a slipping/grabbing clutch with a manual trans. Usually around 35+ mph, seems like either in 5th or 6th...
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    Pontiac Torrent passenger belt buckle not working

    The buckle for the front passenger seat on my 2008 Torrent is not working. The retractor and belt work fine, but it won't "clip" into the buckle part. Is this repairable or do I need a new one? Part number, anyone?
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    Reprogramming seat sensor cost

    I'm wondering about how much I should expect to pay to have a dealer or my local go-to guy reprogram the (whichever) module after replacing the occupancy seat sensor on the passenger side.
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    Are you kidding me Torrent belt replacement

    Did the 100K plug change, changed wires too. So why not change the belt as well? So...as it turns out, the belt GOES AROUND THE ENGINE MOUNT AND YOU HAVE TO DISCONNECT THE ENGINE MOUNT TO CHANGE THE SERPENTINE BELT? There have been times when I've really wanted to meet the engineer who...
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    Shocks leaking?

    Just had my Torrent in for service. Yeah, I know...control arm bushings, stabilizer bar links and transaxle coolant lines are not a big deal...but it's cold out and I don't want to be cold. Anyway, to my question: I'm pretty sure the rear shocks have a lifetime warranty, but when does leaking...
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    How to remove stuck wheels

    Need a tip on how to unstick wheels. 10 YO car, wheels stick on, I do rotate every 10K miles. Did wire brush off rust off wheels and rotors and coat with a thin coat of anti seize. Tried kicking on side of tire multiple times, had to hammer pry bar between wheel and rotor to eventually break...
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    Service stabilitrack

    Just rotated the tires...they were corroded onto the rotors and I had to whack the crap out of them to get them off. But that's not the problem. Now I have a "Service Stabilitrack" indicator on in the IP. Tried turning the stabilitrack on and off. No go. No codes set. What's my next step?
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    2015 Equinox low coolant in reservoir

    Low coolant in coolant reservoir, just noticed the other day when I changed the oil. Low as in almost empty. Only four places it can go, right? 1) Internal engine leak 2) External (to engine) hose/clamp/water pump/gasket leak 3) Radiator leak 4) Heater core leak Have not seen any coolant on...
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    Storing 2015 Chevy Trax

    My kid is going overseas for a semester and is leaving his 2015 Chevy Trax here for the fall, winter and next spring (Michigan). It will be covered outside in a carport and have a car cover, but no access to electricity to keep on a trickle charger. I plan on starting it up every couple weeks...
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    Solstice GXP Turbo upgrade

    Just bought a 2007 Solstice GXP and heard about a dealer installed upgrade for the turbo...about $650 or so that's a flash upgrade and different MAP sensor. Is this something that I can install myself and have the local mechanic do a flash upgrade on the software? I'll check around to see if...
  11. JP

    Chain saw won't start hot

    I've inherited a Mcculloch Chainsaw and it starts right up cold. Simply will not start hot, so I have either to gas/oil it up while running or wait 30-40 minutes or so for it to cool down...then it starts right up again. Ideas?
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    Part number confusion for seat occupancy sensor

    I realize that airbag advice is not allowed on the forum, if this qualifies, please delete. That being said, I'm having some confusion over part numbers for my 2008 Pontiac Torrent. It is the base model with heated seats, but the part number is listed as both 19207141 and 19168441. I'm...
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    Door electric stuff gradually being lost

    I've been gradually losing functionality related to the driver's door: first, the interior lights going on and off are intermittent, second, the radio doesn't turn off when I turn off the ignition and open the driver's door. Third, now the driver's door lock in inoperative. All this is...
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    79 El Camino brake issue pedal goes way down

    Please fill out the following to ask a question. MAKE: Chevy MODEL: El Camino YEAR: 1979 MILES: ENGINE: DESCRIBE ISSUE.... I'm selling my parent's 1979 El Camino and don't have much history on it, although I've driven it a couple of times. The brake pedal goes nearly to the floorboards and...
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    Oil change interval indicator algorithm

    Please fill out the following to ask a question. MAKE: Chevy MODEL: Equinox YEAR: 2015 MILES: 8200 ENGINE: 3.6l DESCRIBE ISSUE.... Just wondering if anyone knows what goes into the algorithm for the oil change indicator. Obviously, the mileage. What else is considered when it tells you how...
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    2008 Pontiac Torrent radio stays on

    Please fill out the following to ask a question. MAKE: Pontiac MODEL: Torrent YEAR: 2008 MILES: ENGINE: DESCRIBE ISSUE.... Radio is supposed to turn off when the driver's door opens, and it used to do so. I don't normally drive the car, but when I drove it yesterday, I shut it off, opened the...
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    Common markup on parts

    Please fill out the following to ask a question. MAKE: Pontiac MODEL: Torrent YEAR: 2008 MILES: 72000 ENGINE: DESCRIBE ISSUE.... I had my Torrent into the tire shop yesterday for a leaky tire and they usually will have a look at the suspension components. These guys, I trust on tire issues, but...
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    RPO suspension codes for 2012 Chevy Impala LTZ and 2008 Pontiac Torrent

    Please fill out the following to ask a question. MAKE: Pontiac MODEL: Torrent YEAR: 2008 MILES: lots ENGINE: 3.4 DESCRIBE ISSUE.... Shock and strut replacement time for my 2008 Pontiac Torrent. (I found the Impala build sticker and edited the post.) Shocks and struts seem to be different...
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    dodge caravan cracked exhaust manifold repair

    Please fill out the following to ask a question. MAKE: Dodge MODEL: Caravan YEAR: 2006ish MILES: 130000 ENGINE: standard, not sure DESCRIBE ISSUE....I have a friend that cannot afford the $900 replacement for a cracked exhaust manifold on his caravan. I've seen these high temperature putties...
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    Oil life and oil changes...new and old cars

    Please fill out the following to ask a question. MAKE: Chevy MODEL: El Camino and Equinox YEAR: 1979 and 2015 MILES: Not sure and 3000 ENGINE: 3.6l and 350 DESCRIBE ISSUE.... Two vehicles, similar questions. First, my 1979 El Camino. Not sure how many miles on the engine, but it's not...
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