Vortec Excessive Oil Consumption
Leaking coolant from a cracked intake manifold gasket is an extremely common problem on most GM vehicles made from the late 90s to the mid-2000s. Most experts agree that the problem stems from GM's 'DexCool' coolant which erodes away at the…Continue reading article "Vortec Excessive Oil Consumption"
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What Owners Complain About
Sometimes it helps just to tally up the complaints and see where the biggest stacks are. Use this information to learn about troublespots or to run for the hills.
- not shifting properly in the 2015 Canyon
- not shifting properly in the 2016 Canyon
- torque convertor slipping in the 2018 Canyon
- power steering stopped working while driving in the 2015 Canyon
- jerks, shudders, chugs and slips in the 2017 Canyon
What Breaks the Most
2nd Generation (2013–2019) Canyon Key Numbers
The 2015 Chevy Canyon is being recalled to fix intermittent power steering loss.
These trucks have had ongoing power steering issues because of corroded electrical connections inside the steering gear assemblies. GM plans on replacing the torque sensor cover assembly and applying anti-corrosion gel to the electrical connections. Let's hope it works.…keep reading article "2015 Canyon Recalled for Intermittent Power Steering Loss"
Plaintiffs in the case regarding excessive oil consumption in GM's 5.3L Vortec 5300 engines have switched gears.
The original case was tossed out by a judge last year, but the plaintiffs were given a chance to ammend their complaints. So they've switched their focus into a potentially defective oil pressure warning system that doesn't properly monitor oil levels and can lead to early engine failure.…keep reading article "Vortec Engine Excessive Oil Lawsuit Takes Aim At Monitoring System"
The judge looking into last year's Vortec excessive oil consumption lawsuit does not seem to buying claims that the engine is defective.
The case has been tossed out.
Concerning owner-reported complaints, the judge found those owners talk about excessive oil consumption but they don't specifically say what is causing the oil consumption. As for the bulletin sent to dealerships, it doesn't say anything about the oil rings and sending the bulletin doesn't mean GM believed the Vortec engines were defective.
So ... the judge says the plaintiffs don't specifically say what's causing the problem. But in the next breath, the judge says there's no mention of the plaintiff's claims of defective oil rings in TSBs sent by GM to dealerships.
I feel like I'm taking crazy pills.…keep reading article "Vortec Engine Excessive Oil Lawsuit Shot Down by a Judge"
A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of certain 2010-2013 GM owners with 5.3L V8 Vortec 5300 engines.
According to the plaintiffs, changes to the engine design allow oil to enter the combustion chamber, leading to excessive oil consumption and premature engine failure.
The lawsuit says GM 5.3L oil consumption problems are caused by defective piston rings, PVC systems and "active fuel management" (AFM) systems that cause the spark plugs to wear out prematurely and the engines to experience all kinds of malfunctions.
The problem may be due to low-tension oil rings and a new PVC system, both of which are allowing too much oil to enter the combustion chambers to burn off early.…keep reading article "Excessive Oil Consumption in the 5.3-L V8 Vortec 5300 Engine?"
The power steering assist goes out on my Canyon just about every-other time i use my truck, making it very cumbersome and dangerous to use. My vehicle gives a warning beep and a message is displayed - allowing me to physically grab the steering wheel with both hands and prepare if I need to make a turn. To get the steering working again, I need to shut off the engine and wait 5-10 minutes for the system to reset. Very frustrating and dangerous.
Bought my Canyon new in 2015. After 80k miles Power steering goes off while driving and "stabilitrac" warning shows. Super dangerous as it is almost impossible to steer any tight corner in this situation.