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GMC Canyon Problems

Heating & Air Conditioning -- Verified

The HVAC blower motor may stop working at one or more speeds due to a faulty blower motor resistor block. Our technicians recommend to confirm the resistor is at fault by first checking the operation of the switch.

Engine -- Verified

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The engine may develop a misfire due to worn valve seats. This fault will cause the Check Engine Light to illuminate. Replacement of the cylinder head may be required to correct this concern.

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

Illumination of the Check Engine Light can be caused by a loose or worn gas cap.

Miscellaneous -- Verified

The CD player in the radio may fail. Our technicians tell us that the radio will need to be removed and sent out to a radio repair shop to correct this condition.

Electrical & Lights -- Verified

The fuel level sensor in the fuel tank may fail causing erratic fuel gauge operation. Our technicians tell us that on high mileage vehicles you may wish to replace the complete fuel pump module assembly if this condition occurs.

GMC Canyon Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., November 18, 2010

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General Motors is recalling certain 2004–2011 Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon, and Isuzu regular and extended cab models without a rear seat and equipped with a 60/40 front bench split seat for failing to comply with federal safety standards on child restraint anchorage systems. The top tether anchor for the front center seat is not accessible and the manual provides no instruction on its use. In order to correct the problem, dealers will cut a hole in the back panel trim cover to allow access to the top tether anchor and will provide supplemental instructions on the use of the top tether.

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Body, Interior & Misc., March 31, 2006

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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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Electrical & Lights, December 5, 2006

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The brake lights may fail to illuminate, or illuminate at all times. In this condition, the cruise control will not function. If towing a trailer connected to the brake lamp wiring, the trailer lights will also be affected. A following driver may not know when the brakes are applied, increasing the risk of a rear-end crash. Dealers will replace the brake lamp switch assembly. The recall began December 5, 2006. The GM recall number is 06030.

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Electrical & Lights, August 2, 2010

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General Motors is recalling various 2004–2009 models in twelve Southern and Southwestern states, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands due to contamination in the brake lamp switch, which may cause the brake lamps to fail or stay on continuously. This could lead to a crash since other drivers may not be aware of the operator's intentions. Dealers will inspect and replace the necessary components free of charge. For more information, call Chevrolet at 1-800-630-2438, GMC at 1-866-996-9463, or Isuzu at 1-800-255-6727.

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Engine, May 18, 2009

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The RTV seal on the fuel system control modules may allow water to enter into the module. Water in the module can cause a short, which may cause hard starting, a crank-no start condition, or stalling, and the Service Engine Soon light may come on. If the engine stalls unexpectedly, there is an increased risk of a crash. Dealers will replace the fuel system control module free of charge. The recall began on May 18, 2009. The GM recall number is 08411.

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GMC Canyon Questions and Answers

jdschultz, 2004 GMC Canyon, 3.5L 5 Cylinder, Kalamazoo, MI

MY foglight fell off last winter (mounting bolts broke through the housing). I bought a new light and housing. I took my truck in to have the new housing installed. The dealership told me the whole...

beatnuts09, 2004 GMC Canyon, 3.5L 5 Cylinder, San Diego, CA

the passenger side window only works in the mornings briefly, what would cause that?

Steve B, 2004 GMC Canyon, 3.5L 5 Cylinder, Beverly Hills, CA

When fueling up I can only trickle the gas in. Seems like there might be a relief vent plugged or something?

Visitor, 2004 GMC Canyon, Howell, MI

While driving,car started losing power. message center flashed power reduced. Truck cut out. Tried restarting and on third or fourth try, truck started and drove like nothing was wrong.

Visitor, 2004 GMC Canyon, 3.5L 5 Cylinder, Pauls Valley, OK

I am purchasing a power window motor for the front drivers door and having replaced by an independent shop. The parts store tells me there are 2 motors available. One with 8 gears and the other wit...

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GMC Canyon Reviews

I bought this truck new. Put the first set of front brakes on at 95k miles. Back brakes at 100k. Had a couple of glitchy electrical issues in 9 years, nothing serious. For some reason it eats lights. Have changed probably 6 head lights, and just as many brake, turning and running lights. Just hit 140k and had to take it to the garage for the first time. Totally my fault. Plugged oil return ports. Have heard people complain about the 3.5 5cyl. but I tow a trailer with a bobcat skidsteer every day accounting for probably 100 of the 140k miles on my truck and have never had an issue with power and still get great gas mileage. I love this truck.

Family member disabled, 07 Canyon not driven or seldom started in 1 year; now dead battery (NE area 13502); do we need new battery or will it last with a jump and recharged by driving?

96548 miles as of 29 august 11

plastic parking brake handle separated from parking brake cable assy at cable plastic snap end (one of two tabs broken off). no repairable. requires cable assy change. snap end molded onto cable.

stop lite bulbs inop. found bulb wire contacts and bulb socket contacts corroded due overheat typical of high current draw.
cleaned sockets and replaced bulbs as required.

engine intermittently runs rough/hesitates at idle and sometime quits. when steady, idle at 600 rpm. during rough event, rpm drops to approx 500 rpm and recovers back to six. no problem starting / restarting after quitting on its own. occurs when engine at normal temp. changed air filter no help. suspect possible bad/ contaminated fuel load. treated twice with injector cleaner no help. replaced and gap checked spark plugs no help. checked for vacuum leaks and none found/obvious. no check engine mil lite on.
no fault coded detected.

several radio/cd select switches legend background lites burnt out.

to date no air filter available, except napa.

black plastic trim atop cab "rain gutter" disbonded at aft end where it curves down. bonding poor. plastic has high memory.
cleaned trim with mek and rebonded same but loosens again in time.

front tires worn prematurely. tire outboard tread feathered and worn thin relative to center and inbd tread section.
front end grossly misaligned. aligned same and replaced front tires.

warranty doesn cover any of above problems

Purchased new and to date w/60,000 miles this is a good dependable vehicle, good fuel mileage. The rear brakes squeak occasionally and with the high back rear seats vision is slightly obstructed.

I purchased my new Canyon in Dec. of 08.
Firstly, I am extremely satisfied with the performance, relaibility, and versatility.
It out performs any other truck in its class with great fuel mileage, and tow/haul capacity.
This truck rides nice and handles perfectly.
But it does have its faults.
1. I find that a lot of parts wear or fail too prematurely.
This I find unacceptable.
Things I had to fix or have replaced
Repaired myself - Heater resistor circuit for HVAC fan speed (connector plug was burnt)
Failed and replaced at 2010 inspection year (MVI) - Inner tie rod (front end steering part)
NOTE: If I could have had the option of using MOOG replacement parts, I would have.
All original parts are none servicable (none greasable) that is why they wear out.
Lube Oil and Filter (there is nothing to lube but the door hinges, and they don't even do the tail gate latch - I have to do that myself)

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