Illumination of the Check Engine Light can be caused by a loose or worn gas cap.
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Chevrolet Uplander Problems
Front brake rotors can wear causing a pulsation felt in the brake pedal. Our technicians often recommend replacement of the front rotors and brake pads as the best option to correct this condition.
The high pressure power steering hose will commonly leak fluid and should be replaced if this is the case.
The front struts may show signs of wear, or be excessively bouncy ride at freeway speeds. This may begin to occur at around 75,000 miles.
Corrosion at the fuel tank to body harness may cause the Check Engine Light to illuminate or a crank no start condition. This corrosion issue is most commonly caused by a water leak inside the vehicle. Any damaged wiring or connectors will require replacement.
Chevrolet Uplander Recalls (Recent)
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Some cargo vans may not have a tire and loading information label on the driver's door frame because they were incorrectly labeled as incomplete vehicles. This does not conform to the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard, and the owner may not know the correct tire size and could overload the vehicle. Owners will be sent new tire and loading information labels and certification labels. If needed, the customer can have the dealer install the labels. The recall began March 15, 2006. The GM recall number is 06009.
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The tire and loading information label on the driver's side door frame may be inaccurate. A misprinted label could lead to overloading of the vehicle, which could possibly lead to tire failure and a crash. Owners will be provided with corrected labels and installation instructions. At customers' request, a dealer can install the label for them. The recall began March 31, 2006. The GM recall number is 05109.
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The outboard release handle on a second row bucket seat may be activated during a side impact crash. This could cause the rear seat latches to disengage, increasing the risk of injury to the seat occupant. Dealers will remove the seat latch release handle and install a plastic cap to eliminate this side impact safety concern. This recall is expected to begin on April 5, 2005. The General Motors recall number is 05015.
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Certain sport utility vehicles fail to conform to the requirements of Federal Motor Safety Standard # 135 "Passenger Car Brake Systems" To meet the standard, vehicles must not move for 5 minutes when stopped on a steep hill with the parking brake applied and the vehicle in neutral. Some of these vehicles failed this test. When the parking brake is released the driver may notice unintended braking while accelerating, decelerating or coasting. This could lead to unintended vehicle movement and cause an accident. The dealer will inspect each rear parking brake caliper and replace free of charge if slippage is noticed. The GM recall # is 05059
Chevrolet Uplander Questions and Answers
Hot, very hot(as if the heater is on) air is coming from my air conditioning? the back vents cold air is coming out, but front vents extremely hot air is coming out...
My right rear wheel is making a scraping noise. I jacked the car up and rotated the tire and it makes a consistent scraping noise at certain point in the wheel rotation. Are there rotors on the rea...
What is wrong with my Uplander if I can start it with the first crank in the morning everytime but anytime after that during the day it will not crank over until I push on the gas pedal?
i have cheaked the fuses under the hood what else could it be?
It has a 3.8L, I think it would be possible to change them just by reaching over the engine, but was looking for other insight.
Chevrolet Uplander Reviews
We bought our 2006 Uplander in 2007 & for the MOST part we love it. The mild issues we have are the fact that we have to replace the brakes more often than we have ever had to do w/ our other vehicles & there seems to be some sort of electrical problem as the dash lights tend to flicker slightly.
The MAIN issue we have is the fact that there are ZERO rear air vents! This is a big deal for us as we live in an area where it is very common to have 115+ degree temps in the summer. I ALWAYS have to park in the shade, put sunshades in my windows, & it still is not enough to cool the car. An hour after driving, my children still have bright red faces & are dripping in sweat! I have started doing my summer grocery shopping after the sun goes down & we basically try to not leave the house during the day in the summer....not always possible!
BTW: I have had my AC looked at & there is nothing wrong w/ it; It's just the lack of air vents.
Heating the van in the winter is fine as I put the air flow on the floor & heat rises. My children don't even wear their coats in the car in the winter.
If I had realized that we were getting a model w/o rear air vents, we never would have bought it but I have been in the models w/ rear air vents & they are quite comfortable.
Our 2007 Uplander bought with 11,000 miles now has 70,000 miles and we have had the same problems as everyone before us. New brakes, rotors, tires, and still the front end shakes, steering wheel shakes, and grinding when you turn. Rear-end sounds like it is going to fall off. Side passenger door works sometimes (not electric door kids manually close it) well when we can get it open. Cat-converter going out smells like sulfur. Can't afford to fix everything,and now the fuel tank says it is empty, but just filled yesterday. Come on Chevy what the heck is going on with these vans? If you know someone who is thinking of buying one talk them out of it. These cars are failing us and we don't have the money to fix them or replace them. Recall? Whoops it said didn't fill in exhaust-emissions or suspension-steering, I wanted to rate them a zero, so if you see my 1 star on these it really means 0.
Bought our Uplander used with 72,000 on it. WORST PURCHASE I EVER MADE! We spend at least as much on the vehicle each month IN RECURRING REPAIRS as we spend on monthly loan payments. I wish someone would steal this vehicle, but after about 2 days, they would probably bring it back! I used to be a Chevy man, but I wouldn't wish this piece of crap on my worst enemy! If this is an example of Chevy's best, they should get out of the automotive industry! Can you say LEMON. Even the Chevrolet certified mechanics can't figure this thing out. BUY FOREIGN!
We bought our Chevy Uplander used it had 36k in mileage. It was affordable, most of all reliable for our family. However, I must warn you, I believe the monthly maint. on your vehicle is key to knowing your vehicle, and having less brakedowns. We have almost replaced the front end like Tie rods,2 wheel bearings,2 sets of brakes,2 rotors, all the light blubs, mis. bolts for this or that. Passager door is inoperable, and since we are out of the country with vehicle, it is going to stay that way until we get back. Last winter here in Europe, i believe bad design in the back window wiper switch, ours got accidently turned on, and after the rear defrost went off wiper blade froze to window and blow out wiper blade motor. I have never known a used car to not have problems, but this one they should have spent more time on the design of the Uplander. And for the people who hear noises when turning check the wheel bearings, I also when it is wet out side ABS light always comes on even after taking it to shop for repairs. But as far as problems go, it is reliable vehicle, haven't had problems with motor, it runs like a top. I think this crossover balances the good and bad as any other.
My 2007 Uplander has been a very good van up till 70,000 miles.
Now all of a sudden, when braking or making sharp turns, it is making a grinding rubbing noise. The dealer checked it out and said the tires are moving on the wheels. I marked the wheels but see no movement. They said I am ready for new tires, but why put them on if that is not the problem. Please, any ideas...