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General Motors StabiliTrak Problems Far From Stabilized

October 22, 2012 By: LemonLaw Category: General Motors, GM

While General Motors has been making phenomenal strides with many of their vehicles, we consistently see one problem plaguing the GM line, affecting a number of models such as the Chevrolet Silverado, Chevrolet Equinox, GMC Acadia, GMC Sierra, GMC Savannah, GMC Canyon, Buck Enclave, Cadillac Escalade, and Cadillac SRX.  The problem stems from the StabiliTrak electronic stability control system.

We know several instances of distressed drivers who are having their “TRAC ” “STAB, ABS light and engine lights either going on one at a time or simultaneously.  If these lights appear, it generally means these important safety features are being disabled.

This issue can happen at any time with any of the GM vehicles.  We are currently working on a claim involving a 2012 GMC Canyon where the StabiliTrak light has come on five times within the first 5,000 mile period.  At first, the dealer said they could not duplicate the StabiliTrak problems, but after much persistence, they agreed the steering angle sensor was defective and it has been replaced.  Unfortunately, the vehicle is still having problems.

Throughout the years, we have successfully resolved numerous claims involving the StabiliTrak system where clients have received repurchases, new vehicles or significant monetary compensation.  If your StabiliTrak light comes on, you must get your vehicle back to a General Motors authorized dealer as soon as possible and even if they claim they cannot duplicate the problem, you want to make sure you receive a repair invoice confirming the appointment.

See the light?  You need to fight for your rights. If your StabiliTrak problems result in repetitive trips to the shop, it is very important that you speak to a Lemon Law Attorney who can steer you toward recovery.


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180 Responses to “General Motors StabiliTrak Problems Far From Stabilized”


  1. #1 ryan leeson says:

    I own 2007 Pontiac I been having same problem for couple weeks. I bought it used only had car a year with 75000 miles.

  2. #2 Mike F. says:

    I had an issue where the service Stablitrak, and service traction control messages kept coming up along with a reduced engine power message. This was on a 2011 Silverado with 46000+ miles on it. So far they have replaced the throttle position sensor under the powertrain warranty. Hopefully this remedies my problem.

  3. #3 Josh says:

    I have a 2011 Silverado and this is plaguing me as well. However i just got the truck back from the shop from it getting a New camshaft installed as mine original had a chip in one of the lobes and a crack!!! Two weeks after that my battery died. Not covered under warrenty i had to buy a new one. Then litterally 2 weeks later… Stability control failure causing instant lose of power on the freeway. Which was not a fun moment as i almost got nailed 3 times getting to the side of the road. Mind you this is a 1 year old truck!

  4. #4 Vince says:

    I owned a 2011 Silverado that had this problem starting around 10 months after owning it. After several trips to the dealer a steering wheel sensor was replaced and that took care of the problem. I now own a 2013 Silverado that I’ve had for less than a month and am having the same problem. It’s unfortunate to say the least. Even though I like the truck it’s disappointing this issue is happening again. After researching online I see several complaints with several possible causes all requiring multiple trips to the dealer to find out. I purchased a 90k mile warranty with this truck so I know it will be fixed but the inconvenience of having to deal with it convinces me to never purchase another Chevy.

  5. #5 LemonLaw says:

    @Vince: If you were in three or more times, I would certainly look at your lemon law rights even if your car is now fixed. To find a lemon law attorney in your state, click here: http://www.lemonlaw.com/lemon-law-firm.html

  6. #6 lisa says:

    We owned a 2011 gmc Terrain with same issues. Was at dealer 3 times in a month. We got talked on to trading it in for a used Chevy equuinox that was certified- well the minute we drove it home engine light came on. Was back at dealer for 2 days then my husband drives it back on and light is on again and vehicle is shaking. At this point I want nothing to do with either car but would rather just have Terrain back since I have already paid so much into it.

  7. #7 NIck says:

    I have a 2008 Equinox with 64000 on it and the light came on. At the dealer now

  8. #8 Bill Hale says:

    I just purchased a 2013 Chevy Express conversion van, it was done by Explorer Vans, well at 347 miles the service stabilitrak came on display and yellow light came on, when I took it too dealer 10 pages of error codes showed up on computer, It had said 6 previous instances the stabilitrak had errors. so I guess based on what im seeing on reviews im in for a long haul, the yaw readings on the diagnostic were -115 degrees, and the tech told me no code like that showed up in the book and he would have too call GM. I worried actually.

  9. #9 Roxane says:

    My 2008 Equinox with 40,000 miles had the service traction control/service stabilitrak light come on yesterday. So many different issues it could be – some say a fuse, others an erg part, and many complaints of being “up-sold/scammed” by dealer. Not sure what to do. Curious what happened with Nick’s vehicle. Guess a trip to the dealer is necessary.

  10. #10 WILLIAM WEDDENDORF says:

    I had a 2011 GMC Sierra that experienced, and was back at the dealership, 6 times unfortuately over a year after i bought it. The dealership said that they even had a GMC rep in to check the vehicle, but could not duplicate the problem. The last time the servicerep said sort of “that’s it”, I was foolish enough to waste the depreciation on this and another truck to get a new vehicle. TWO DAYS AFTER DRIVING THE NEW VEHICLE THE SAME PROBLEM AT THE SAME PLACE DRIVING HOME! Needless to say, I called the service and sales managers to see what they can do for me. Last time they did zero – soooo for about $10,000 in depreciated trade-in value, I have the same problem – just a BRAND NEW vehicle!

  11. #11 LemonLaw says:

    @William: I think I can help. Please submit your information to http://www.lemonlaw.com/rid.html for review.

  12. #12 Dustin taylor says:

    I own a 2009 and 2001 silverado crew cab. The stabilitrak and traction control lights come on and service lights for both come on at random. The usually common before I reach 20 mph, and is random. Some days it won’t some days it will. I have stopped turned the ignition off for a few minutes, and restarted and it goes away. Days later its back. I’ve heard the sensors may be dirty or loose. Still not resolved.

  13. #13 WILLIAM WEDDENDORF says:

    My new car which I only had for 3-days was at the dealership for 2-weeks. I had the same problem with a previous vehicle. With GMC corporate involvement, the official position is that the “SERVICE STABILITRAK” warning is within “normal operational” parameters since GMC cannot duplicate the occurrence. I suggest that all involved make constant comments on GMC’s Sierra Facebook, as I have been, to draw attention to the issue pending resolution in a more responsible way. The GMC “executive center” rep said that I should merely log the occurrences. I intend to take the vehicle in for warranty service every time that the warning flashes. Does it take someone to be killed in a mishap where the system is truly non-functional to get attention?

  14. #14 Ivan Krpan says:

    I have recently purchased a used 2005 Chevy Suburban with Autoride. While driving on the expressway at a speed of 66mph, the vehicle decided it was going to stop. The front left brake came on then the right brake came on. This alternated back and forth until I was able to get pulled off onto the shoulder. The tires as the brakes were deploying were screaching. A warning came on saying that I needed my Stability Serviced. This just cannot continue to happen. How is this system considered a safety feature when it could have gotten me killed? Anybody else have this happen and if so, what did you andnGM do to fix it?

  15. #15 miranda simmons says:

    We just purchased an 09 Cadillac SRX 2 1/2 months ago. About a week ago it started shaking and acted like it was stalling at about 40-50 mph. I called the dealer and just so convenient for the factory warranty to have just ran out. We took it to our trusted mechanic and had the fuel filter changed and he ran a check and it said problems with stabilitrak. Great!!!!! Im scared to put our young children in the car.

  16. #16 Bill L. says:

    I bought a 2013 Silverado Z71 2 weeks ago. This light came on at 500 miles and went out. I didn’t think anything of it then , now i have 1000 miles in truck, the dash lit up with stability service and service traction control displays on screen. There are also two lights that stay on(wavy skid mark and another). Gm quality has gone down hill in my eyes. This is the third time at dealer as I just left service bay on Friday Sep 13 2013. Truck had 172 miles on it when i bought it and door lock switch did not work.I had to wait until i got back from a 600 mile trip to take it in.Dealer tech fumbled around dropped clip in door panel, had to remove door panel and once returned tech didn’t notice that he failed to actually get panel back on?? Walked service rep out to vent about their poor service and let them finish yhe work they started. Sounds like my 330 apt today will be just as enjoyable as Friday’s visit.

  17. #17 Bill L. says:

    Dealership said they had a bulletin out about loose wires, but to address tgey woukd have to basically pull dash..ssid they found nothing wrong but asked if I drive with both feet??? Said it could be loose wire but tgere check was fine, said they could put a brake positiining sensor on it if I wanted, but if it comes on again they would have to tear into dash. Not what I want to hear on a week and a half old truck.

  18. #18 Bill Hale says:

    well, im back, My van has been in the shop 5 times for the same thing, 1st time service stabilitrak came on I was driving at 45 mph, it engaged my left front brake and moved me into oncoming traffic,,I wrote GM,,gave me a case worker,,was in shop for over a week, gave me a rental,,they did some tweeking, drove it home, and the light came back on. I took it back,,they replaced the steering wheel angle sensor and some wire harness adapter. Well last thursday and friday it was in the shop, they were getting same codes from the 1st instance, and tried to fix it and couldnt,,they had the GM Tech support involved, and said they did everything they told them too do, now the want it again tomorrow and want to re run wires , so im alittle scared,,this is a pimped out explorer conversion van,,brand new,,I just hit 7600 miles,,ugh

  19. #19 LemonLaw says:

    @Bill: It’s time to look into your Lemon Law rights. Fill out our Get Rid of Your Lemon form at http://www.lemonlaw.com/rid.html and we will be glad to connect you to someone who should be able to help.

  20. #20 Bill L says:

    Back again.I had truck in to address service lights for stabolitrac where i bought it on 9/13. They said they fixed it.Relearned computer but could not replicate. Drove it Monday and it came back on. Called another dealer in town for earliest appt 9/20/2013. Said prev. Dealer missed a bulletin to fix brake position sensor. Truck had 1953 miles.9/21 lights popped up 1987 miles and went out and i was able to snag a video(will upload) as it stayed on for awhile. Had to wait until 8am to call dealer on 9/23 (video to be uploaded)while driving to work with cruise on, cruise shut off and lights kicked on, and reset and it came on again and shut cruise off. I now have another appt 9/25 .Truck has 2000 miles or so. Will be contacting you 9/25.

  21. #21 LemonLaw says:

    @Bill L: Sorry to see you going through all this. Give us a call at 1 800 LEMON LAW after the next appointment.

  22. #22 Bill L says:

    At dealer now , they say now its the brake positioning sensor that’s bad. While I’m talking to service rep desk clerk another buyer has same issue. After 45 min visit, now told I need to come back as they had to order parts. Left work early 5 Times now over a brand new 2013 Z71. Next will be 6 visits .2280 miles now.

  23. #23 Nathan J. says:

    I have a 2008 Buick Lucerne and the Stabilitrak light has come on 8 times so far. It comes on when the outside temperature is 95+ degrees. I can be driving down a level road with the cruise control on and going 70mph and for some reason the stabilitrak light comes on and then the cruise control goes off. I have been to the dealer 3 times for this problem. They repositioned some of the wires in the steering wheel sensor but that did not fix the problem. I can reset the cruise control and the problem might occur 1 hour later.

  24. #24 LemonLaw says:

    @Bill: You have been tremendously patient! I think it’s time to speak with a lemon law lawyer. You can find one by visiting http://www.lemonlaw.com/lemon-law-firm.html

  25. #25 Bill L says:

    heading to dealership now for my 6th visit with a truck with 2594 miles.I called them yesterday as i had never recieved a follow up from last Wed. That part was in.I’m now at the dealership for my 6 visit with two separate issues and I don’t have much confidence that replacing the brake positioning sensor will fix the Stabilitrak issue.I called the Illinois state’s attorney yesterday who recommended that I call GM directly to see if they can resolve the issue. If not call yhem back ??I have a case number and all the sudden initial dealership called to see how their service was. They are placing a new bps and well see what happens. On 9/30 cruise would not work as stabilitrak came on 9 times in a 35 mile span to work.

  26. #26 Bill L says:

    With two techs driving truck with code reader plugged in while driving and lights came on right after replacing bps brake positioning sensor. As stated earlier. Not much confidence.

  27. #27 Al Basler says:

    My 2009 Chevy Avalanche began having the same Stabilitrak issues 3 weeks ago. It has happened ~ 20 times. Local GM dealership in Regina couldn’t find anything wrong or any codes as I had to take off battery cable to be able to get vehicle there. GM dealership in Red Deer found a code despite battery cable removed which should have made the code disappear. They cleaned throttle body which allowed me to make 700 miles before happening again. This morning the vehicle had the same issue 5 times in 150 miles. Mentioned to person at GM 1-800 service hotline that this issue has been going on for what appears to be 8 years according to the internet and GM hasn’t found the fix yet!!?? She responded that anyone can place stuff on the internet that may not be true….really!! I am here to tell you it freakin is. Will take Avalanche back again to GM dealership in Regina again tomorrow to see if they can either find it and/or maybe fix it. Unit has less than 80,000 kms and has been good until now. Still way less issues than my 2007 Cadillac STS. Have bought GM’s all my life but this is soon to change!!

  28. #28 matt s. says:

    My 2011 Sierra stabilitrak light came on today (1st time), i put 13000 miles on it since i bought it, now at 69000miles. the truck started shuddering all the way to work and wouldnt let me go over 40mph all the way to work. the “engine power decreased” light is on along with the stabilitrak service light. my previous truck was a 2002 silverado and that drove just fine without the traction control. guess im gonna have to sell my new truck and get either a different brand or an older model.
    it is baffling that GM still hasnt found a fix for this problem after all these years.

  29. #29 Bill L says:

    Well I have alittle over 5,000 miles with my first oil change on my 2013 Silverado ,, after all the issues (posted above) the lights never have come back on since last dealer visit. That was about 2000 mles or more ago,, Now I’m waiting t hear back from GM on my “pain and suffering” compensation.

  30. #30 LemonLaw says:

    @Bill–Be VERY CAREFUL about accepting any offers from GM without a lawyer. They will low ball you and have you sign a release which would literally obliterate your rights. Contact a lawyer before doing anything. Visit http://www.lemonlaw.com/lemon-law-firm.html to find a lawyer in your state who could help.

  31. #31 Al Basler says:

    GM replaced throttle body under warranty. Fingers crossed. Has made 500 miles w/o problems. We will see.

  32. #32 ron d says:

    My son has a 2008 GMC Sierra. All the above you describe have been happening lately to him and they can not find the problem. The computer resets after sitting off for a hour and it runs great for about 4 days. No one can find the problem.

    HAs anyone else found what can fix this ?

  33. #33 Jeremy says:

    2013 with 8854 miles, lights just came on and now I’m reading these issues. Not a happy camper as I see my future sitting at a dealership!!!!!

  34. #34 Bill L says:

    Around 6500 miles now with no repeated issues arising. It could be a multitude of things,, Does he use his phone thru the radio as I’m thinking may have been what was causing mine. I replaced the cable and it stopped after hearing scratchy sounds in the speakers as cable went bad? Its hard to say,, but they wont be much help in trying to identify it-

  35. #35 Kelly says:

    I have a 2010 Chevy equinox with 50,000 miles. The Stabilitrack light comes one, I loose engine power (it even states on my system that power reduction) if I stop it will shake. If I turn it off and back on the light will go away and just randomly while driving come back on. Stopped by the shop as my engine light is on, they pulled the code and say it is the throttle body.

  36. #36 Tina D says:

    I have a 2011 Chevy Equinox with 83K miles on it. Low nad behold, over the warranty and just purchased it less than a year ago. My Stabilitrak light comes on, along with the malfunction light and I get power rudction also. I’m due to take it in to the dealer today. Funny thing is, my husband bought a 2011 Silverado 1500 and in 2 months his did exactly the same thing (a year ago). His was covered under warranty and the dealership stated it was a CO2 sensor. The engine power reduction is so dangerous when your driving down the interstate. Liability for GMAC waiting to happen. Sounds like several different things can cause this same reaction out of the vehicle.

  37. #37 Rachel says:

    Bought a new ’12 terrain in June – 7k miles- had it towed Thursday – still in shop as of sat waiting now for a throttle body part they “think” is the problem – stabilitrac light-engine light and reduced power warning all came on. beyond angry that I have a brand new car that I should be able to depend on and already in shop.

  38. #38 Ken S. says:

    I own a 2007 Pontiac Torrent which I purchased new, the stabilitrac light would come on and go off at random since the first week of ownership. There wasn’t any affect on performance and the vehicle handled well. The dealerships service dept. told me it was common and it would simply reset itself, they gave me a photocopy of a page from the owners manual and said don’t worry. December 2013, after six years of ownership and less than 42000 miles as I was merging into moving traffic, the Torrent sounded three dings, “traction control off”, only this time “ENGINE POWER REDUCED”, I could NOT accelerate, I thought my family and I were going to be killed! The vehicle is going back to the dealership. I have read many comments from people who have spent large amounts of money to resolve this problem to no avail. Frustrated!

  39. #39 Bruce says:

    I have a 2009 GMC Acadia with 106k miles. Many times randomly on the highway and local driving the stabilitrack light comes one, I loose engine power (warning message and beeps) rough idle. Very dangerous when on the highway with kids in the back. I have to pull over, stop the suv, I have about 45 seconds to do this. If I turn it off and back on the suv the light will go away temporarily before coming back on randomly . I also stopped by the shop as my engine light is on. They took codes and replaced the throttle body, over $400 dollars to fix, been 3 days and no sign of this safety hazard issue so far. Very dangerous….

  40. #40 Terri R. says:

    I am having the same issue with my 2008 Buick Enclave. 151,000 miles so I’m pretty much screwed. I have all the service invoices. This morning I was going about 60mph and seconds to get to the shoulder when the engine powered down. Ridiculous! Can someone get me in touch with an attorney? I am so done with this car!

  41. #41 Paul Stanton says:

    I have a 2010 GMC Canyon SLT, 4 Wheel Drive, Quad Cab with 37,000 miles. I bought it 1.5 years ago and in April 2013 my ABS Light and a Traction Control service message came up on the display. It was litterally 2 months outside of the 3 year / 36K mile bumper to bumper warranty. YAW Sensor and EBCM module had to be replaced. After complaining to GMC Headquarters in Detroit, MI they worked with the dealership to where I was only charged $100.00 versus the full $700.00 for parts and repair costs. Guess what, the ABS Light and Traction Control service message came on again last week. 8 months / 4,000 miles later. Truck is at the GMC Dealership now and they confirmed it’s the YAW sensor again. I like the look of the truck but come on… Let me know if I have any recourse, outside of just trading it in for a Tacoma.

  42. #42 Bruce says:

    # 39 Bruce Update:

    After replacing the throttle body on my 2009 GMC Acadia the issue was solved. No more stabilitrak warning messages, No more engine reducing power at highway speed messages, No more pulling over at high speeds to shut the suv off and restart to temporarily reset the issue. Very dangerous as I stated. Its been 18 days now. Looks like one can purchase the part for $200. Looks simple enough to replace yourself. I had GMC replace it for $400+.

  43. #43 Doug R. says:

    I am having this same issue. I have a 2010 LTZ 2500 Silverado with 116,000k miles on it. I drive this truck every day for work but went on vacation over the holiday and when I got back the problem started. The temps have been very low here in VA and I started it up in the driveway to let it warm up while I was in the house for the first time since I returned from vacation to find the service Stabilitrak/traction control/reduced message on. The check engine light was also on and the engine was running rough. I shut the engine off and pulled the manual out which told me to wait 15 seconds and restart the vehicle, which I did. Everything seemed fine for a day or so. The problem occured again and is very random. It happened to me 8 times in a span of 15 miles this morning on my way to work. I thought I would do some searching first before I take it to a dealership.
    Form the sensus above, it seems that the throttle body is the most common fix for this problem??
    I am in the truck now as I am typing this and have shut the traction control off and have been idling with no issues for an hour now but I am sure it will happen again.
    If you all could tell me what the common fix has been on this issue would greatly be appreciated before I spend a boat load of money with no fix. Thank you in advance.

  44. #44 Ethan B. says:

    Doug , im also in VA and I’m having the identical issue with my 2011 Sierra. I cannot let the truck idle for more than a few minutes before the stabilitrak error/engine power reduced. It also happen while driving, usually during coasting situations while going down hills. Why the loss of power??? THIS IS EXTREMELY DANGEROUS!!! especially in DC traffic.

  45. #45 Jarod B says:

    I bought a brand new 2012 Colorado 4×4 in October of 2012. Had around 14000 miles on the truck when the service stab system light came on. The message came on that morning andwent off that evening. Didn’t think much of it and continued to drive the truck. At around 14500 miles the light came on, on the way to work, but this time it had a reduced power message along with it. This put my truck in what they call limp mode which is very violent when this happens. I had to disconnect the battery cables to clear the fault so I could get it to the dealership. Take in mind this is a new vehicle and I am now having to take off work to take it to the dealership. Got it to the dealership and they could not find anything wrong with it? They sent me home in a truck that was obviously going to break down? I was not happy but I had to get to work. That same evening the message came back along with the reduced engine power message. The truck again went into limp mode and started violently shaking and running rough. Took it to the dealership and they said it was a bare wire that had faulted? Take in mind this is now my second time to the dealership and I am taking more time off work for a new vehicle? The truck now has 17000 miles on and the service stab system light is back on. The light came on, on the way to work and went off on the way home. The truck is currently at the dealership and I am waiting on what they are going to blame it on now? This is the third time it has been to the dealership and the third time i have had to take time off work for a new truck? The dealership acts as if though they have never heard of this problem and it is normal that a brand new truck should be in the shop?

  46. #46 Brian C. says:

    I had the same issue with my 2010 Impala last year around March ’13. I took it to the dealership, they couldn’t repeat the problem at first so they said they were going to keep the vehicle over the weekend to reproduce the problem. Even though it was not under warranty, they still gave me a car to drive. They really took care of me. They replaces something having to do with the Throttle Body. It was all good until last night when the samething happened again. I really think this is a problem that GM needs to focus on. The dealership told me to keep my paperwork on the repair just incase of a recall and I can get reimburst. I almost went to another make of vehicle for this problem but I a very loyal to GM but if this is not resolved soon I might not be anymore.

  47. #47 Paul says:

    They replaced the YAW Sensor and EBCM again. I was not charged, which I’m happy about. They did disconnect my Remote Starter and told me where it was connnected was wrong. Hopefully, I never see the ABS Light and Traction Control message ever again. If I do, I will post it on this message board.

  48. #48 mitch says:

    Same thimg here with my 2009 sierra ssr, had a problem at 90,000mi took it it they said the slipyok was bad,regreased it. Now that ive hit 102,000mi my engine is running very rough with the servive stabilitrak,service traction control lights coming on…anyone have any advice on what i should do about this?

  49. #49 Darrell H says:

    I have a 2013 Chevy Silverado Z71 that the stabili trak and brake light come on everytime i drive the truck and it is below 55 degrees. I have asked the dealer about service bulletins and they said none exist and Chevy has never heard of this problem. The dealer I bought the truck from just shrugs me off so I have an appointment this Friday at another dealer in town. I have over 15 videos of this happening and numerous picturs where they can see the outside temp, miles on the truck and that the truck is running and moving. The truck just tripped 10,000 miles this morning and this has been going on for over 4 months and about 6000 miles. I love the truck but not very happy with Chevys service. Not what you would expect when you purchase a $50,000 truck or truck of any price for that matter. If the other dealer gets the problem resolved I will let everyone know what they found.

  50. #50 Hanna R. says:

    2011 Chevy Equiox same problem “service stabilitrak” “engine power is reduced” check engine light on, hard idol. Car has 38,000 miles, warranty expired at 36,000, deal is going to replace throttle body for 600$.

  51. #51 Kyle says:

    I have a 2011 gmc Sierra recently i had a headlight burn out, so i replaced it, after i replaced the bulb both blinkers started to blink fast as if i need to change bulbs. Ive checked, all lights are functioning. Then today im at lunch sitting in park listening to the radio and all of a sudden my truck starts vibrating and shaking like im driving a tractor or something. Turn off the truck and turn it back on it stop until i get to another parking spot at my office and it starts again. I has been off for about 3 hours now, going to leave work soon to see if it will start. This really pisses me off. I think i am done with GM! And i just went out of warranty how damn wonderful!

  52. #52 John Day says:

    My 2009 Sierra, 4.8, has 64000 km on it and stablink light came on yesterday on the way to work. Temp was -21C so I figured it was just a cold weather thing. Stopped for 30 min for coffee, and started it up, no lights, no problem. Drove home from work, no problems -15C. Same thing happened today -21C again. Have not noticed any engine reduction as I am only doing city driving.
    I traded a 2009 Silverado with 4.3 for this truck 18 months ago. Never had a problem with the Silverado, just needed more cabin space, and a bit more power. I may regret that choice.

  53. #53 MM says:

    I had this issues 2 times occur in one year. The dealer claims it’s caused by my aftermarket equipment which is their way of saying they will not pay for it. It’s an issue with their equipment!

  54. #54 LemonLaw says:

    @Darrell: Visit http://www.lemonlaw.com/state-lemon-laws/ to read about your state’s lemon law.

  55. #55 LemonLaw says:

    @Jarod: Visit http://www.lemonlaw.com/state-lemon-laws/ to read about your State’s Lemon Law.

  56. #56 Katie says:

    I have a 2011 equinox it has 61000 miles and I get the service stablitrak reducing engine power it actually happened as I was taking car to dealer for the issue they tried saying it was the gas it was watered down and suggested using heet and premium gas well it didn’t work now we have to take back to shop. It seems to do it more when it’s extremely cold or if you do a lot of driving

  57. #57 Chris Major says:

    Wow I can’t believe all the stabilitrak issues. It just started happening to me in the last month or so on a 2011 chev express cargo van. I also thought was just a cold weather problem as that is when it always seemed to happen. can anyone tell me about lemon laws in Canada.

  58. #58 james smth says:

    Needs to be a recall

  59. #59 Doug R. says:

    UPDATE TO ALL:
    Just this past Friday after having this issue happen multiple times I limped the truck to an advanced auto to find out what the check engine light codes would read back. It came back as a TPS (throttle body Positioning sensor issue code: P2135 and read 3 times). To make a long story a little shorter, I am some what a little mechanically inclined and know how a throttle body works. Knowing that a throttle body has a butterfly valve in it that opens wider and wider the more you press the gas, I decided to rev the engine up quit a few times to work the butterfly open and closes thinking maybe it was sticking which would trigger the TPS to trip. Don’t worry about doing engine damage because these cars/trucks have rev limiters in them that will not allow the engine to go beyond the “red line”. I did not just hold the gas pedal down but instead just revved the engine up roughly about 10 times. Do not do this until the engine is warmed up and has sufficient oil in the top of the engine as it could cause engine damage!!
    I have not had an issue since with my truck. Although it has only been a few days that I have been driving it and it was in the 30’s today, it seems to be fixed.
    I am assuming that the cold weather causes the butterfly to get stuck and trips the TPS which puts the truck/car into “limp” mode to protect the engine. Maybe it’s just because moisture gets into the mounting points on both sides of the butterfly and causes it to stick!?
    Please let me know if this works for you as I really would like to keep track of this not only to save people money but to keep them safe.
    Doug

  60. #60 Doug R. says:

    Just to add to my last post:
    One these newer vehicles, the gas pedal is linked to the throttle body by wire, not by a cable like older vehicles. (Boy I miss the simple old cars) When you press the gas pedal and the butterfly in the throttle body is not opening to the position it is programmed to open to, it trips the TPS. This is designed to happen to protect your engine from whatever?. Even if it sticks just a little, and then goes to the position it’s supposed to, it causes a problem. All the posts that I have read about this problem has been posted during winter months. Which leads me to beleive that the butterfly is freezing and causes it to stick. While reading these posts I was trying to come up with a common denominator and that was one of the things I found. The other thing was that it was random and once reset by shutting off the car for a couple minutes it cleared up. So I figured that it must not be a permanent problem and the TPS would work again fine after the reset.
    I’m not saying that this is the fix for everyone’s issue, I’m just saying that this has seemed to have worked for me.
    Would not surprise me if the dealerships know this but don’t want to suggest it as they would rather have everyone with this issue come into their service center and throw money and parts/labor at it and never have a solid solution. Toyota may seem to have a lot of recalls but at least they back their product up and take car of their customers. I love my country but it Seems you can’t always say this about American manufacturers.
    P.S. even my check engine light went off this morning by itself. Just disappeared.

    Doug

  61. #61 Chris Major says:

    Just back from dealer they replaced the throttle positioning sensor free of charge on 152000 km van . they say Gm knows that this a problem so they are covering the cost on many vehicles. This is at a canadian dealership but I hope it helps all.

  62. #62 Andre Dahdal says:

    I have 2010 avalanche with 15000 mile on it and its giving me trouble with stablink light was at the dealer twice no idea so I am going to replace throttle body my self and send bill to GM from attorney thans

  63. #63 John Day says:

    Chris Major.
    My 09 Sierra has done it six times in the past week. It has been -20C here for awhile now. I think it is a cold weather problem.
    On your statement, does it give a refrence to a Special inspection, or maintenanvce order?
    I will need to have it done, but don’t want to pay for a known problem. I only have 65,000 KM, has only happened since it got cold out.

  64. #64 John Day says:

    GREAT NEWS!!! This is a GM Recall , TSB # 11273A, dated 20 sept 2012.
    It is an extended warranty, free repair up to 10 years from date vehicle entered service, regardless of ownership. You are supposed to get a letter in the mail, but just take this info in, and get it done!

  65. #65 LemonLaw says:

    @JohnDay: Thanks for sharing.

  66. #66 Kathie says:

    Just to let everyone know there is a problem on several of the GMC cars including the 2010-2013 Terrain and Equinox. The PVC system does not like cold weather (0F or -18C). The PVC system freezes and the rear oil seal will blow. I blew the engine on my two year old 2011 Terrain and 5 days the rear oil seal. We have pictures of the papers he showed us documenting the problem. Thank goodness it is under warranty but have been told when the warranty is up, we will have to pay if the problem arises again, which they can NOT guarantee it won’t. We were told to get rid of the car, before the warranty is up and that the PVC system is a terrible design. There are NO recalls as of yet.

  67. #67 Jeff says:

    I have a 2011 GMC Sierra just started to experience these same issues. But I have also noticed that after driving awhile I get steam rolling out from the grille as if overheating. Anyone experience this? And is this also tied to the throttle body sensor issue?

  68. #68 Elliott Barkin says:

    I am a not so proud owner of a 2010 GMC Acadia and had the service stabilitrak/ service traction control error. This would be the second time for me. 90000 miles w/2 more years to pay off. I am going to take this to a independent mechanic to get a second opinion.

  69. #69 Ognjen says:

    I have issues with my new 2013 silverado 2500hd. i have 18k on the truck, so far i had “fix stabilytrack”, 2 times and my engine when on cruise control is losing power. When on any wet or snow covered surface truck is just digging in and moving sideways. dealersip told me that ” front end was just dry and not lubed properly’ and that they could not duplica the issue.

  70. #70 Emily says:

    I have 2008 Acadia, service stabilitrak light has been coming in the engine is cutting out. We have 120k on the vehicle so no warranty. Anyway we went to an independent mechanic and they thought we should change the spark plugs and we had a coil out. They replaced all of this today. Light still coming on and the car is running like junk. I just paid it off and was hoping to drive it a while! From what I’m reading does everyone think that the trottle sensor is a good bet? The mechanic recommended we get rid of the car!

  71. #71 Chris says:

    I have a 2010 1500 silverado with 86 000km.
    I met yesterday the same problem with “check stabilitrak” message and the engine in “safe mode” or limp mode as we called….
    Also with this, my engine has some shake like a tractor motor !
    I just saw there is a recall on what it sounds to be my problem.
    I’m not in the US… I live in New Caledonia (small island close to Australia), the chevy was bought in a local GM dealer, will the recall work in my country or its only for trucks located in the US ?

  72. #72 Elliott Barkin says:

    To update my stabilitrac message. I took my 2010 GMC Acadia to a dealer and they replaced a High pressure fuel pump and some other gizmos for 1350.00. Dealer gave me a new Acadia to use for the week. Car does run fine but power stearing sounds funny.

    I was told that things start to go wrong at 100K and just need to be fixed. Oh well!

  73. #73 Alex says:

    @ChrisMayor Which dealer did you go to? I’m in Quebec and over the phone all dealers are expecting the $75 diagnostic price and a possible part replace all on my tab. I don’t wanna bring my car anywhere near them unless I’m assured it won’t cost me anything. It’s so dumb that I’m expected to pay for something that is a known issue. One dealer even said “yea, it’s probably the throttle body. That’ll be $400 please.” I have a 2009 Pontiac Torrent by the way, still under the powertrain warranty until June.

  74. #74 Theresa says:

    I have a 2010 SRX which only has 17,000 miles. I do not drive it a lot however yesterday I drove my SRX instead of my other car and when I got to the stop light I felt a vibration like the entire truck was shaking and the StabiliTrak light came on so I turned around and headed back home. This has never happen before.

    I immediately contacted by service manager at the car dealer where I purchased and explained what had just happened. He asked me did my engine light come on as well but I told him I was not sure because I was a little nervous of this happending.

    I have an appointment tomorrow morning at 7:30 to bring it in but I am afraid to drive it.

    Does anyone know whether or not there have been any recalls from GM regarding this StabiliTrak error? I have search the website and there are all kinds of complaints regarding this but I do not see any recalls from GM regarding the StabiliTrak.

    Help! I am in no way paying for whatever is going on.

    Theresa

  75. #75 Richard Murphy says:

    I have a 2007 Cadillac Escalade EXT and the ABS and Stabilitrak lights are on with everything on the truck having been replaced or reset. There are no other codes associated with the ABS or Stabilitrak system yet they are on constantly. GM needs to fix this, who knows what’s not really working on the truck???

  76. #76 Cassandra says:

    I have a 2007 chevorlet equinox with 118,000 miles in it and for the last 2,000 miles its been in and out of a repair shop due to the service traction control/stabilitrack we have spent over 2500.00+ trying to diagnose and fix the porblems. I’ve have to replace head gaskets due to oil and coolant mixing and blowing a head gasket. I’ve replaced the ERG its had tune ups and now 2 days after getting it back from the dealership this last time I had the service traction control/ stabilitrack light come on with reduced power and brakes.

  77. #77 Cristina Fuentes says:

    I have a 2008 Chevrolet Equinox. During our heavy snowseason when driving through heavy snow my Stabilitrak lights were on. Also, yesterday i drove 400 miles and was driving through road with alot of hills. Again, my stabilitrak light came on?? What is going on?? GM needs to take care of this.

  78. #78 john says:

    I forced them to change my brake pedal switch after having this crap all winter. No problems in past week so far.

  79. #79 Derick says:

    i bought a 2011 chevy equinox with 67k miles on it, my tire sensor light is currently on( all tire pressure is fine) my service stabilitrak sensor says its needs to be serviced and my check engine light is on. bought the truck in december of 2013 its now april 2014. i have no warranty any advice? I thought i had one because they told me my payment was 350 went to sign the papers and it was 411 and he mumbled something about the warranty

  80. #80 Cindy says:

    I have a 2014 Chevy Equinox that had power loss and stabilitrack light engine come on at 245 miles. Being a recent widow and living in a very rural area I wanted a new dependable car. The car was in two dealerships for three weeks. Mechanics said they could find nothing wrong. Now have the car back and yesterday, light came on again at less than 500 miles, in 70 degree weather. Now, I don’t have a dependable car. Wish I had my old one back. Too bad the dealerships cant just acknowledge the problem and tell you about it instead of dancing around the problem. Shame on them.

  81. #81 LemonLaw says:

    @Cindy: First and foremost, I am sorry for your loss. I would certainly take the time to speak to a Lemon Law firm in your area. You can find one by clicking here: http://www.lemonlaw.com/lemon-law-firm.html

  82. #82 Vicki says:

    I just purchased a 2013 Chevy cruze a few weeks ago and have had the Service Stabilitrak and Service traction Control errors popping up. It feels like the entire car goes without power, including the power steering, for a few seconds then resumes. Needless to say, the car has been back at the dealership for 3 days and they can’t get it to act up on them. This was happening several times in a 15 mile trip to and from work.
    I am concerned with this being an ongoing problem. Fortunately, the car is under warranty, but after reading all the above comments, it sounds like GM needs to make some changes. I have had a 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix, which is 12-13 years old now and had issues.
    If the dealership can’t fix the issue, what is my next step? I don’t have the money to get another vehicle, but I need something dependable.

  83. #83 LemonLaw says:

    @Vicki: The next step would be to examine your lemon law rights. Please go to http://www.lemonlaw.com/lemon-law-firm.html to find a firm that can help.

  84. #84 Apryl says:

    I just bought a 2007 GMC Yukon Xl and my stablitrac light and engine light will come off and on and sometimes it will stay sometimes it will go away and drive perfect. I don’t understand. It has 156,000 miles on it I just made my first payment, it has no warranty and we just cleaned the throttle body, new plugs, new wires, new air filter It will sometime blow out a huge cloud of white smoke and the shop wants to charge me to find out what is wrong with it. What can I do. It’s not fair I need a dependable vehicle I have 4 kids that I need to get around. How much money needs to be put out before it can be considered a lemon law?? Please help

  85. #85 Moni says:

    My husband and I bought a used 2008 Chevrolet Equinox from a small local dealer in our town. It has about 80,000 miles. The first couple of days everything ran smooth. After about a week we started noticing the car would jerk back and forth when driving 10-15 miles per hour and it jerked really bad going up the ramp on the highway. We brought this issue to the owners of the dealership and they asked us to take it to their mechanic so he can work on it. The mechanic said he replaced a spark plug and is ready for pickup. For about 2 days it was all good then our frustration is worse. One of the back doors doesn’t lock, the air condition comes and goes, the headlights aren’t working, and now the Stabiltrak and ABS lights are on. Someone please help. I dont know what to do anymore?

  86. #86 LemonLaw says:

    @Moni: Sadly, unless you bought the car at a GM dealer or it has the remainder of the GM powertrain warranty and you are going back to the GM shop for repairs, this is out of our realm. You should contact your state attorney general’s office and look into used car consumer statutes.

  87. #87 Claudio says:

    FRUSTRATED…i own a 2011 GMC Sierra payed 55.000 dollars canadian.
    it started at 24000K stabilizer came on enigine felt like it was going to blow,called GMC dealer 1 of 4 dealers,first thing they told me was they needed to do a diagnosis on it to see what is causing this..after i called On Star to see what code they got i was surprised,long and short it ended up being spark plug 7 it was crack.about 34000k same thing again took it to another dealer,same thing they told me they had to do a diagnosis,now im getting frustrated with these dealers,it was spark plug 6,now im at about 45000 same thing it was spark plug 7.so i called GMC spoke to a embassador from GMC they couldnt do anything for me but offer me a free oil change and tire rotation…was told that they are sorry for this inconvenients…now the final my truck started acting up took it to another dealer explained the issue ive been having the service tech asked if a oil consumption everybeen done i said no,so the dealer did one and determind that they had to rebuilt the motor,now im happy cause i found a dealer that listened to my concerns and fixed the problem….here i thought well guess what its acting up again…upset,frustrated angry…can anyone help me out

  88. #88 Rebecca says:

    I have an 09 Avalanche and on my way home today the stabilization control, traction control and reduce engine speed light all came on. Just about got me into a car crash when the engine reduced speed. I limped home and luckily I had a service appointment scheduled for Thurs. I will ask about the TSB#11273A recall and the Throttle Body Sensor and see what they say. This is the first time it has happened. Not cold out as in some of the other posts so not sure what happened. Hopefully GM will kindly help me. I will let you know what they say once I get it in and have them check it.

  89. #89 Rebecca says:

    I called GM customer assistance and asked about any recalls due to the trifecta we are all experiencing (stabilizer light, traction light and engine light). I provided my VIN and they advised that there were no recalls on my vehicle. It wasn’t until after I asked about the TSB#11273A special condition that the customer assistant was like oh yes I can see there is a special condition on there. They advised me that there are perimeters on the special condition 193, 350km or 10/28/19 whichever comes first. Luckily I am still within the parameter, I will let my service advisor know on Thurs. However, the caveat is that they diagnose this as the problem. I will let you all know after Thurs. I kept the chat since it appears there are others have reoccurring issues, I will document my attempts at resolving the issue right from the get go. Thanks to those that have posted previously, it was helpful!

  90. #90 Sue Moore says:

    We purchased a 2008 Buick Enclave brand new. We have had nothing but problems with it – one thing after the next. After less than 60,000 miles our entire family was stranded in Pittsburgh for over a week on a trip home from Buffalo to Charlotte, NC because the transmission gave out on the highway. We lost complete power and we were lucky that our family was not killed on the highway had my husband not reacted so well. The car had to stay in PA for over a month while they supposedly replaced the transmission. 50,000 miles later the transmission completely went out again and our local dealer, Randy Marion GMC said they would not fix it because the work that was done in PA was a “repair” and that I only had one year or 10,000 miles on it! I was outraged and told them for a $50,000 car I should get more than 110,000 miles without having to go through two transmissions not to mention all the other issues I have had! It took me over a month but they agreed to fix it. Now, six months later, I am having yet more problems….ABS light, stabilitrak lights are on and the car is bucking and losing power when idling. I have had it with car!!!! I only have $4000 left to pay on it and it has been NOTHING BUT TROUBLE! I am going to be left with a $50,000 piece of junk in the end! Advice PLEASE!

  91. #91 Rebecca says:

    So my GM service centre diagnosed my problem as the Throttle Body Sensor and it was covered under the special condition – extended warranty provided under TSB#11273A. I am hoping that this fixes my problem permanently and that my posts help the next person, I know your posts helped me.

  92. #92 Rebecca says:

    So I picked up my truck at 1pm all fixed and drove it to work not 5km away. When I started it up after work…bam! The Stabilization Control, traction control and engine light came on again. Back to GM and waiting for their new diagnosis…visit #2. I have a feeling this is going to be a never ending problem :(

  93. #93 Rebecca says:

    So they replaced the acceleration sensor this time and so far so good, no lights. They gave me a small break and had me only pay a $100 good will deductible, not sure why I am paying them good will it is their system that is faulty but I was happy to not be paying the $450 it would have cost. People know that GM knows this is a problem there are service bulletins out regarding these problems, those of you that have paid to have the throttle body sensor replaced – call GM and have your money refunded it is on an extended warranty. I plan on calling them each time this problem occurs and I encourage all of you to as well. Thanks to John and Dave my problem is fixed for now. Good luck to all of you.

  94. #94 Morgan says:

    We own a 2011 Acadia
    It is the biggest pile of junk we have ever owned, with less than 38000 miles the stabillitrack light randomly comes on, the plastic on the seats is falling apart, the AC system has a leak somewhere and needed to be recharged, doors lock randomly. The dealer tried twice fix the stabillitrack but all we get is lip service and a warning light that still comes on.
    GM never again

  95. #95 Lenin says:

    I own 2007 Chevy Avalanche LTZ. My stabilitrack light has been coming on randomly while idling at a light or while driving at traffic speeds 5-10mph. When it occurs the vehicles shifts hard and the light goes off once i pick up speed. Ill take it to dealership Friday to see what bs they try to tell me. Clearly theres an issue with all their vehicles that they have no fix for or doing nothing about it to try and address.

  96. #96 martae criss says:

    I have a 2007 cadillac escalade esv and i am getting all the same lights.i have been getting them off and on for about 3 months. i go to the dealer and they cant find anything. i am so tired of this truck it makes me sick. It is very dangerous to drive being that it just stalls out in traffic. so much for a family vehicle. i have took this vehicle to the shop numerous times and spent at least 2000 dollars and still no justice. please pray for me. if anyone knows a true fix for this please let me know. thanks

  97. #97 Tony says:

    My 2010 Chevy Equinox with 134,000 miles started showing the Stabili Trak message yesterday. No Anti lock, ABS on, All wheel drive not working. Car is a LEMON. HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  98. #98 michelle says:

    I purchased a 2014 Chevy Cruze in December. 9000 miles later my radio started turning off and on by itself, then 3 days after that The stabilitrak error showed up along with the entire dash (all icons ABS, etc) radio all flashing on and off. After reading the previous comments I sincerely hope this does not become a long term headache. Appointment is scheduled.

  99. #99 John says:

    I have a 2013 Silverado 1500 Z71 with 20,000 miles. I have recently had the same issue with stabilitrack/traction control and engine light. The vehicle never felt different when these lights came on. The dealer called today and stated that the motor was getting too much oil and they were replacing the pistons because of it. This is the second issue I have had with it as they already replaced a throttle sensor around 10,000 miles. I am fortunate to still have a warranty and now I know why GM now offers a 7 year extended warranty plan at the time of purchase. I was smart enough to buy the 7 year 100,000 mile powertrain coverage.

  100. #100 Patty says:

    I have a 2012 Chev Captiva. I brought my vehicle in over a year ago, when it was still on warranty, because the service stabilitrak, service traction control lights come on intermittently and because the car would sometimes not move when I stepped on the gas and then would jump forward. They said they couldn’t recreate the stabilitrak issue and the jumping forward was due to different drivers, my husband and I driving the car differently.
    Now the car has 48,000 miles, not on warranty, and the lights keep coming on and then my cruise control won’t work. I brought it in and they said it is the brake switch – I have no problem with the brakes. I don’t know if I should let them fix this or not. It is going to cost $128.

  101. #101 S L Means says:

    Yesterday, July 25,2014, the stabili trak light came on with a picture of a wrench and a car skidding. I have 25,000 miles on a 2011 Terrain. Took it in to the dealer this morning. I was told that the ignition coil needed replacing. This is to solve the problem. Prayerfully so ! After reading all these problems, I am almost afraid to drive my car.

  102. #102 Randy says:

    My 2009 Chevy traverse has the service stabilitrak light comes on and the brake lights come in as we’ll and won’t go off. Very dangerous since no one can tell when I am slowing down.

  103. #103 Trino says:

    I have a 2007 Pontiac torrent, and the same issue( service stabilitrack, Enigne power reduced etc) came on about 3 months ago Took it to the dealer I purchased he car from ( no longer a pontiac, but now a Cadillac Dealer) they changed the body Throttle and the sensors, To make a story short, i have had to take the car back to the dealer 6 times!! because the service stabilitrak light keeps lighting. It seems that whatever they do to the car only last a 2 or 3 weeks, whan the light comes on again.
    I ma tired to taking this car back to the dealer! what should I do? I have all the receipts and works orders they have done on my hand. just today the light came on again and engine power in reduced, called the dealer to take it in (AGAIN) and they told me I have to wait!!! because they are full!!!! I just want the damm thing fixed once and for all! Do i qualify for lemon law?

  104. #104 Tony says:

    2012 gmc stabilitrak light keeps coming on been to dealer 5 times started around 30000 real pain in the a** last they put steering wheel sensor in came on the next day what can a person do?

  105. #105 Brad P. says:

    I just bought my 2014 Chevy LTZ two days ago and on the way to work yesterday my TCS button lit up and an engine power reducing warning came up on my dash. My truck ended up dying and wouldn’t crank back. Tow truck hauled it to closest dealer while I went on to work. Hopefully they will figure out what’s wrong with it and it will never happen again. Just sucks to by a brand new truck and it tear up two days later. Thinking they need to give me another one just like it.

  106. #106 Ramon says:

    8-18-20124 2011 Silverado 5.3, Crew Cab. 72k miles. Shut the engine off this morning with all normal. Cranked the engine up in the afternoon, Stabilitrak light came on. Check engine light also. Service Traction Control displayed on Driver Information System. Power remained normal. Drove home 38 miles. No problems. Turned the engine off and went inside. Went back out 25 minutes later and cranked the engine. No errors or issues.
    Why? Who knows. Hope it doesn’t come back but given all of the posts, it can’t be good. Chevy man all my life. Owned 5 Silverados in the past 12 years. Hope I don’t get talked into a Ford EcoBoost like my boss owns.

  107. #107 LemonLaw says:

    @Tony: It’s time to look into your rights. Visit http://www.lemonlaw.com/lemon-law-firm.html to find a firm in your state to help you.

  108. #108 barb says:

    2008 4wd trailblazer. Initially brought into dealer in Feb 2014 stabilitrak and loud front end noise. 90000 miles. Extended warranty. Needed new left wheel bearing. Didn’t drive much due to illness. Stabilitrak came back on of course, we all know the story. Dropped off at GM dealer June 26… We have in total now you need all four tires replaced… Ok fine.. light comes back on… Back to shop… New wheel bearing again… Throttle cleaned, break booster, sensors, steering column, I can keep going. Black box put in the check the codes.. we can’t duplicate but when I drop it off the light is on… Had to drive with them twice because it must be operator error, but told well I would drive a lot faster than you down these hills and push the breaks harder ? Tech comes out and runs diagnostics. States well we cAn’t find anything wrong, change the break pads and rotors and it may fix the problem, if not it may be just an occurance curance with the vehicle. Really. So now it’s August 28, yes June 26 to August 28. They have put over a thousand miles on my truck, now over 100k out of warranty, and the dealership said well there is nothing we can do the highest up said so.. and went on to say you didn’t even buy it at this dealership anyway, we have been nice enough to try by getting the GM tech to come out. Doesn’t make me want to by anything GM again.

  109. #109 mesha says:

    I own a 2011 cadilac sex on August 30,2014 at 9:30pm just about to put it in drive to go to work and it slow up then the lights came on for the stabilitrack came on the dash board to service. Now I’m late for work and it’s Saturday night I’m without a vehicle till Tuesday morning till I can get it to the shop! But two or three days ago I tried to put in drive and the light that show up on the D for drive did not light up, I had to put it back into park and try it again, this is the most inconvenient thing that could happen right before my son birthday that I planed to through a party for tomorrow! I want to scream! !!!!

  110. #110 Norma Lopez says:

    I own a Pontiac torrent 2007 I having problems with the stabilitrak traction control reducing power and truck will not move and after cool off after a couple of hours I able to to drive my truck but does it again so they can’t fine the problem GM needs do there job and take of this problem. A recall should in the process.

  111. #111 Connie dillingham says:

    I bought my 2010 Cadillac SRX end of Aug 2013. I had always heard “get a Cadillac, as they are dependable and hardly anything ever needs repairs.” My dream car, which I hoped would last me through retirement, has been nothing but trouble. I put approx 20K miles on it, at 58K presently. Within the 1st week I had it, the right front light had to be replaced. This was done under warranty. At about 49K, the left light went out, but I was sure I was informed the warranty ran thru 75K, so took it in when it just rolled over 50K. I was informed this was not under warranty and it would cost me over $1,700 to replace it. I about fainted. The dealership kindly negotiated with Cadillac and my responsibility was reduced to just under $600, still a lot for a light replacement. I kept the car in good repair with required maintenance and upkeep at my usually trustworthy mechanic shop I have been utilizing for 40 years; but more recently had it serviced at the dealership in preparation for a take a long trip…that routine service cost me nearly $800. Among the items serviced wad the throttle, which I had never had serviced on any of my cars previously. Within a few weeks of that service the Stabilitrak service light came on. I immediately called the dealership, who informed me I of course needed to come in. But the light went off and didn’t come back on for about another month, but it wouldn’t stay on. Then one evening, I had to go out, and the car wouldn’t start. I called my road service, but when they arrived, I got the car to start, so nothing was done. The car drove fine for about a week, and the Stabilitrak light problem surfaced again, and went off again. The car wouldn’t start once more, but I finally got it started in my driveway, so I let it run to build up the battery, and again, it was running fine. But I took it to my repair shop for the Stabilitrak light checkup. I was told the computers needed to be reflashed to the tune of nearly $300, which I agreed to. The light problem was not resolved however, as it continued to come on inconsistently, then went off. I thought it was fixed, but evidently not. A few days after, I took it to a local wash, and when I tried to start it, it was dead as a doornail. I had it towed to my repair shop instead of the dealership, as my road service didn’t cover the long miles to the dealership (immediately bought better road service). My shop said the computers needed to be checked again. They then told me I needed a new battery and altenator, another nearly $900. I had this done, and when I picked it up the next morning, when I drove it, the Stabilitrak light came back on again. I drove it (it was driving fine) to the dealership, who had to keep the car to diagnose the problem, which would take some time. The dealership couldn’t loan me a car, so I said I would drive it home and come back in the morning. When I drove it off the lot, it started pouring rain. The windshield wipers wouldn’t work! So, I turned around and went back to the dealership, and rented a rental car (2 days, another $98). When the dealership called me to tell me their diagnosis- – needed new computer, $999), I told them to hold off the repair, as I was so frustrated, I would try to trade it in and get another car. I asked how much it would cost to just “put all the parts back together for me to trade it in.” Another $200! They held off until I bought another car, using the VIN number of the Cadillac. I went and got it, brought it to the Nissan dealer (new car Nissan product). They took it in trade, knowing the problems I had experienced. So much for my dream car…I was not unhappy to see it go. I would just like some of the money I spent on it in the 368 short days I owned it, or that IT OWNED ME! I lost a great deal on that car.

  112. #112 Patrick Driscoll says:

    I have 2 2013 2500 Express vans with stabilitrac problems. front right wheel locks up going into a right turn at slow speeds. Dealers cant resolve and haven’t gave me any papers. Told me in was in their computer. I have 5 GM vehicles, getting ready to change. My service guys don’t even want to drive the new vans, they would rather drive the older ones.

  113. #113 Mark Earley says:

    2007 Silverado crew cab 5.3 L motor. Stabilitrak came on 2 months out of warranty, but still in mileage warranty. Problem was #3 lifter. Replaced all lifters (set) for $4400.00. 2000 miles later same error, this time lifter again, replaced entire lifter set for $200.00 customer good will. Now 10 months later still inside the 12 mos, 12,000 mile warranty, changed oil at 103,000 miles with Mobil One as always, there was metal filings on oil plug magnetic tip. Two days later stabilitrak light comes back on. Im assuming it is an internal engine problem again. $115.00 for diagnostic to see if they might cover it. I bought this truck new, have had it to the dealer 20 times for drivetrain and transmission issues. Not my first Chevy, but definitely the one that has given me the most headaches. My prior 2001 Silverado with the 4.8 L motor, 150,000 miles, only regular belts hoses maintenance. No other issues.

  114. #114 jona french says:

    I have a 2009 chevy equinox LT AWD – started having issues originally just stabilitrak off, service stabilitrak. Once got both stabilitrak and traction control error message. Repair shop/dealership has replaced three major parts and I am still getting the stabilitrak off/service stabilitrak error messages. It is not a consistent problem. If I drive the vehicle ten times I will get the error 5 out of 10 times…. I have had this vehicle at the repair shop about 8 times in the last two months. Very frustrated!

  115. #115 Keith says:

    My wife and I have a 2009 buick enclave. Bought it used in 2012. Have had numerous problems. I can’t even keep count. Now that our warranty has expired earlier this year we have been having more problems. Motor mounts, fuel injection issues, fuel pump went out, and today 9/23/14 right as my wife was getting to work the engine light comes on and 3 messages flash, stabilitrak, loss of engine power. Car barely makes turn into the parking lot. What do I need to do. This is just ridiculous. Been back and for to the dealer to many times before the warranty expired. At least 6 to 8 times.

  116. #116 Noelani C. says:

    I leased a 2014 Buick Enclave with all the bells and whistles in Oct if 2013. Almost 2 months after getting the car my mom was driving it with my 2 youngest and while at a stoplight, when the light turned green she went to accelerate and the car lost power. Then a few months later while driving I could feel the car getting stuck in gear and then when it would finally shift the whole car would jerk. Then a few months later I was in idle at a friend’s house. When I attempted to shift the car in to drive the vehicle lost power and would not start up again. Athe first the dealership took apart the transmission thinking that was the problem. It turned out that some cap that should’ve been there to keep some kind of fluid from leaking wasn’t there. Not noebeoken. Just totally not there. very strange. The cap was replaced and I thought the problem was solved. Nope. The Wednesday, while sitting in idle in the same spot for 20min, I went to shift in to drive, again the car lost power and everything went black. After about 5 tries I was able to restart the car. It’s back at the dealership being looked at and they say they ran all kinds of tests and haven’t come up with anything. Does this qualify for the Lemon.Law in Hawai’i?

  117. #117 John Doe says:

    Bought a brand new 2012 chevy cargo van 1500, notice it was leaking oil, dealership resolved problem, when it rained passenger side floor would have a puddle of water, I resolved the problem by using silicone on top of the windshield kinda near window and rubber coating , dealership couldn’t figure it out, now the stability track , traction control & abs lights keep coming on. 29000 miles. Looks like it’s wearing my tire uneven. Took to dealer said cannot duplicate customers request. Also battery leaking acid. Being a service vehicle we need our trucks all the time I will not be returning back to the dealership I’m just gonna have to live at the problem GM is a bunch of crooks. Somebody told me one time if you’re going to buy a truck by a Ford and that’s what I’m gonna do

  118. #118 LemonLaw says:

    @Noelani: It very well may. We don’t have an office in Hawaii (I wish we did). Contact the HI attorney general’s office for more information about your rights.

  119. #119 Keith says:

    Just had to pay 600 bucks at a auto shop (warranty expired) to replace the throttle body. This is all within a 2 year period. (See comments above)

  120. #120 Brooke says:

    I have a 2010 Chevy Equinox with 102k on it. After a few weeks of buying it started making loud noise when turned on. I had previously took to dealership foe oil change BC it had been over 4000 miles which they refused BC they said the oil life was not low enough. After the noise started it then started loosing power and stalling. I took it in and they said it was almost out of oil and they replaced a gasket. A couple months later it started doing it again and was no longer under warranty, I also got a flat tire that I had to change. After that it also showed the stability track needs serviced, ABS off and all wheel drive off lights. Took it in to Chevy dealer who said it was a sensor. They also told me alot of other little things were wrong and wanted to charge me a ton of money and I refused knowing that some of the things were fine. Took it to a small local repair shop where he changed the wheel bearing and said it was an exhaust leak. Had it fixed for 150.00. Now less then year later loud noise again and battery dead. Bought new battery took to dealer and my manifold was completely spilt in two. And again got flat tire and same three lights are now on. It also has been burning oil like crazy having to add oil about every 3-4 weeks if not more often. I recently received a letter from GM stating that the 2010 models have been burning oil to where it is empty at 2000 miles. Don’t know but sick of it. And thinking the lights have to do with the different size tires when had to use spire tire.

  121. #121 Brooke says:

    Also forgot that when lights are on whenever I brake the car starts shaking really hard

  122. #122 Cherilyn says:

    I have a 2011 GMC Terrain with 85K miles on it. On Oct. 14th the service stabilitrak, check engine light, and engine power reduce light came on. The vehicle shut down and I had to have it towed to a mechanic. The mechanic got this code P228C and told me that it was a computer glitch and it was nothing that he could do. He felt that I should not spend a lot of money trying to fix this car because it is a computer glitch. It was running good at the time so I drove the car and on Oct. 24th the same thing happened again. I called GMC corporate office and they had it towed to one of their dealership for their mechanic to look at. On Oct. 29th they called and told me that my car was ready and that they changed the fuel pump. I picked my car up around 5 pm on yesterday. This morning my car is back at the dealership because the check engine light is back on.

  123. #123 sam says:

    My truck started doing this constantly … since it got cold … need to have system working … scary if something was to lock up when driving …

  124. #124 Russell says:

    I bought a 2013 Chevy Cruze recently with 50k miles right now. 3 weeks ago, I started to get a weird message from the message board stating “Service Stabilitrak” and the radio tuned off and on or I would say start “blinking”. while driving for awhile. I also noticed that the power steering shuts off for couple of second while driving. After driving for awhile, when I turned off the ignition, I can’t even take the key out because the power of the car is off. I have to wait about 3-4 min to turn the power on. I took it to the Chevy dealer and couldn’t figure it out what’s wrong with it. They said they have to spend more time and I have to leave the car for couple of days.

  125. #125 Arnold Alt Jr says:

    On July 15 2014 I bought a Silverado 1500WT 4WD..4.8..4L60E with 65,000 from a Chevy dealer near here. The tow haul hasn’t worked once since purchasing it. It has been to the dealer four times and am told it works as intended by GM for that truck that year. They furnished me printed test results indicating that it works. But it does nothing when driving down the road with my small RV hooked behind. The service manager and his ace mechanic both drove it and said it doesn’t operate as he expected. But even after contacting GM Tech people they simply refer me back to the dealer who keeps saying it works just fine. His last explanation was that the “gears and tires are too tall” They are both OEM. I have tried about every resource I can think of to get this dealer to correct this. I am told that this can be programed to work. But the dealer won’t do it. I think he is afraid of GM.
    Now that the weather has turned cold, I have a new problem and that is the constant flashing of cluster warnings about the Traction Control and StabiliTrak need service. But the truck continues to operate OK. Shut off the truck and the problem is gone but reappears again and again. I will not take it back to the purchasing dealer but to another. I need to have both problems corrected. I like all the others didn’t get what I paid for. Go to YouTube and type in MY GM DONT WORK Thanks

  126. #126 Briant Moore III says:

    I bought a 2012 chevy cruise and the service stabilitrak is on the led screen and its over 50000 miles so bumper to bumper is over and dealer says this is not part of the drive train(which is bull) so i may have to pay for it. This lemon law may or may not be the right road for me but i don’t know what else to do.

  127. #127 ashley berry says:

    My fiance and I bought a 2014 chevy cruze from a dealership in may. Lately we have been experiencing flashing radio, stabili track, abs and power steering. The first time we told the dealerahip, he brushed it off and said if it happens again call us. Well it happened again. Our apt is thursday so hoping for good results. I want my other car back :(

  128. #128 HELP - Service Stabilitrak & Service Traction Control - Page 22 - Chevrolet Forum - Chevy Enthusiasts Forums says:

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  129. #129 vladimir says:

    i have a 2009 chevy express 298172 miles and the problem never solve. can I do something?

  130. #130 Cindy Davalos says:

    I purchased a 2012 chevy cruze brand new and since I bought it a month later while I was driving my radio would go blank and start flashing I took it in to dealer and they looked at it and then told me that it didn’t do that while they tested it. wel now I am 23 payments into the car and today 12/16/2014 @ 7:45 am while taking my son to school I was stopped waiting to turn into the school and all of a sudden my radio started doing the same thing again but this time the stable tac light came on and all my other lights where flashing as well for ex the brake light a light that looks like 2 swerving lines,,the battery light all the lights on my dash where flashing on and off I don’t know what to do also before this incident like a month ago while on the freeway the stabletrac light came on also.. should I just trade in my car at a different dealer and not for a chevy or gmc? help im lost

  131. #131 LemonLaw says:

    @Cindy: If you trade it, you will lose money. If the stabilitrak problem is continuing, you may be entitled to recourse under State or Federal laws. Keep track of your repair invoices and when you are in repeated times for the issue, it is time to consult a lawyer. You can find one in your state by clicking here: http://www.lemonlaw.com/lemon-law-firm.html

  132. #132 jayce charlet says:

    I have a 2009 chevy silverado today the roads are wet & I noticed my traction control service light came on. so therefore my traction control isn’t coming on. anyone know the problem?

  133. #133 sean says:

    2010 gmc terrain slt 3.0v6
    Love my terrain had many km of flawless driving
    Im at 99000km and my service stabilitrak abs and awd off lights are on happend while I was driving.

  134. #134 David K says:

    I have a 2012 Chevy Cruze LT where the engine and traction control light came on resulting in the car going into limp mode. Re-starting the car temporarily resolved the problem. At the dealer they said the throttle body needed to be replaced but was not covered under the power train warranty. I have to say that I am very disappointed in GM. I suspect the throttle body damage/contamination was related to the valve cover that recently needed to be replaced.

  135. #135 Jacob Starling says:

    I purchased a brand new 2013 chevy malibu in May of 2014 and it is now January 1st and my car of 5200 miles left me stranded for about 10 mins on the side of the road. The check engine light and service stabilitrak notice came and the car was not accelerating. It stopped, but the engine was still running. I then turned the car off for a few and tried to start driving in 10 mins and was able to do so, but the light and notice still came and the car was sputtering down the road. I am taking it to the dealership tomorrow due to me working night shift. This is a brand new car and I do not see why this is happening. I will keep track of everything that happens and the invoices when I take the car in.

  136. #136 Jacob Snovel says:

    I have a 2012 Chevy Cruz. I got the stability track engine power reduced warning last winter while sitting in the car with the heater turned on and the car idling for a long time. I had to turn the engine off wait for a bit and then turn it back on to get it to work. It happens at least five more times during the winter but never had a problem since.
    When this winter rolled around it started doing it again. For the past month I have not been able to drive my car without it happening at least once or twice. It happens as soon as I take off I assume it has to do with the car being cold or something. But it also happens or if I am running it’s heater.

  137. #137 rodney says:

    I have a 2007 chevy Silverado 1500 4×4 and im having issues with my stabilitrak and my traction control and brake light and abs lights coming on and they have been on for a while now and I bought it at a used car lot. What can I do?

  138. #138 lisa says:

    Just purchased a used 2011 GMC Acadia SLT…drove it home from dealership the next morning would not start. It had plenty of power but would not start. Had it towed back…was told they replaced several wires? Picked it up and drove home and it died 6miles in…traction control off, service stabilitrac and reduced engine power warnings then immediately lost power…I was driving 55mph! Scary!! Needless to say it was towed back…they couldn’t reproduce it but said they found more wires that needed replacement?? Picked it up a week later…. Again I was only 6 or 7 miles down the road and again!! Same issue….it was towed back to GM….they said they couldn’t reproduce it…they replaced something..oh and he told me that this was not the car’s original engine!!! It had previously been replaced!!! ….it has been almost a month….and guess what happens today! Yup you guessed it! My husband has just been deployed again overseas….we need a safe and reliable vehicle!! I’m scared to drive this car! What if I’m driving and it shuts off again? It’s winter now!! I have kids in my car all the time!! The car cannot be controlled safely with no power if the roads are slippery or if I’m on the highway. Not to mention we are in a deep freeze this week….if it shuts off and I’m on a remote road we are going to freeze! Below zero with wind chills at -30°…..GM needs to fix this friggin issue….before someone gets killed!!

  139. #139 madlyn says:

    Have a 2010 Cadillac SRX that I bought used in October 2014. Have had no problems until now. Throttle body/sensor error that everyone has been speaking of. The GM recall 11273 does not apply to my VIN. How incredibly stupid is this. I have the exact same issues as what the recall is for, but the GM 800/458-8006 number tells me that based on my VIN, even though I am having the exact same issues, it isn’t covered!
    On TWO different days, today and on Saturday, I’m driving along, 65-70mph and all of a sudden the vehicle cuts out on me, seems to have lost all lower, Stabilitrak error message, Engine power reduced message, traction icon yellow vehicle with squiggly tracks, and check engine light!!!! I am lucky to be alive because I was in front of an 18-wheeler when it happened this morning on my way to work!!! Call dealership, try say I can drive it if I drive under 20mph. Takes me 2hrs to get to the dealership at that speed. Took back roads. Had to pull over about 10 times as the error message kept coming on again, stabilitrak, reduced engine speed, check engine light. Now, the dealership is charging me $800!!!!

    When GM finally has enough people killed from this stupid half-assed recall, then they will try to do some mass recall. It’s a real sickening shame to have to pay to fix something that they know is a manufacturer issue!

    I will post this on EVERY Social media means possible and hope that it goes viral and maybe then, when other 2010 Cadillac SRX owners start complaining, maybe they will do something to correct this sketchy recall to include ALL GM vehicles that have this problem.

  140. #140 Gricel says:

    I purchase a 2010 Cadillac CTS Luxury in August 2013 it ran nicely until the past two weeks when the Stabilitrak off light came on as well as the Service Traction and Brake system. I just took it to the dealer yesterday morning and am waiting for news on what that caused the lights to come on. Before I left my vehicle I asked for the Service Manager’s name. I was asked if there was anything wrong and I responded, no but just in case there is I want to know who I should contact. I received a call yesterday late afternoon from the Technician advising me that they still have not figured out what’s actually wrong. They’re not sure if it’s sensors or wiring problems. The Tech told me that it’s like looking for a needle in a haystack. Hmmm! I think that GM needs to have a recall for this issue, don’t you? I’ve always purchased Ford and never had any issues of this kind.

  141. #141 Chris Ayers says:

    2010 Chevy Traverse. While driving last night the Stabilitrak light,check engine light, and warnings for reduced engine power. it almost did not make it over the bridge I was on. Got to the bottom of the bridge and turned it off then back on and it would drive. All the lights and warnings still on. It did it again after dinner (Car sat for 2 hours) it happened again after 15 miles or so of driving. That is also about how many miles we had driven before dinner. Going to the dealer tomorrow.

  142. #142 Bryant says:

    I have a 2011 GMC Terrain. This past weekend I ran into a problem in which the engine light suddenly went on with the message “! engine power is reduced” and right after that another msg showed up Stabilitrak and the car roughly came to a stall. After it stopped I turned the engine off and let it off for about 5 minutes I started it back on and it let me drive again.

    The dealer where I bought the car scheduled for me to come in tomorrow to take a look at it.

    Is it a common problem with GM cars?

    And is my powertrain warranty covered it?

    Thanks in Advance for your help.
    Bryant

  143. #143 LemonLaw says:

    @Bryant: This is a common problem and you need to contact your dealer to arrange a service visit. Depending on the repair, there is a good chance the matter will be covered under your powertrain warranty.

  144. #144 Aim says:

    @BRYANT: It will be the tps. Throttle position sensor. It’s covered. I hope all these people above know there’s a special extended warranty gm is giving to 120k miles or ten years for this issue. (Reduced engine power) I feel bad for all who paid that money. Hope you recover it. I’m working on 2 years of this stabiltrack service 4wdetc issue. I’m frustrated!! I have had two things replaced, way too many trips over the past two years and this is third attempt. I took pictures and video 60 percent of the time so It is documented when it would happen. So over my chevy! It’s a shame bc I’ve had a suburban every three to four years for the past 15 years. I’m reconsidering buying a chevy again. Too bad

  145. #145 Carmela says:

    The engine and stability trak lights both came on. Cars is driving rough. Took it to the dealer, car has some extended warranty on these parts. I was told that my car has non-factory spark plugs in it and that is causing a miss fire. Therefore it is not covered. I KNOW for a fact that my care has the same spark plugs in it because they are 100 mile plugs and my car doesn’t have 70,000 miles on it yet. I got it new at rick Hendricks. I have only had oil changes done at other places, no other work done on my care by anyone other than the two rick dendricks dealerships I have been using since I got the car. Now they say they won’t cover the repair because of the spark plugs and are trying to charge me over 200 bucks for something I know is a lie. How do I get them to honor the warranty? This is a common problem in these cars and I feel like they were just trying to play me for more money. Any advise or suggestions would be helpful. Thank you. Carmela

  146. #146 Samara says:

    I own a 2010 Buick LaCrosse, my car has been at a local mechanic for over a week now. I am 19 so I must admit, I have no idea what is going on with my car. However, for the longest time, everyday the StabaliTrak would show up on the screen in my car. I had it checked out, and nothing came up on their computer, they said everything was okay. It repeatedly came on everyday, along with the ABS light, I honestly stopped paying attention to it. But about two weeks ago now, I had just started driving down the road from my house and the StabaliTrak light came on, then the ABS, then the check engine light, then the “Engine Power Reduced” popped up,all at once. My car then proceded to slow down tremendously and started kind of grumbling, I had to call TripleA. The mechanic I go to is a family friend and he experienced it himself while driving my car, but nothing is coming up on those computers they use. I was just wondering if anyone else had had a similar experience as me and if they figured out what the issue was. I’m in college and bought this car on my own, it was supposed to be a more reliable car for me… I have horrible luck with cars. It is only 5 years old too, so it’s like what could be the issue?!?!

  147. #147 Cynthia orr says:

    i bought a 2010 Cadillac srx july 2014 took a trip to wisconsin in September was slowing down to turn and it just lost power it did restart but freaked me out and in Dec 2014 i took another trip and was in stalled traffic with semi trucks all around me and as traffic started to move my care lost total power again but even tho i had my foot mashed on the brake it rolled back wards i about flip out thought i was gonna be hit thank God i wasnt when i got home i took it to the dealer they did dianostics on it 100 dollars later they found nothing didnt throw no codes . so im gettig rid of it if i can afford more car payments till this one sells

  148. #148 tim says:

    having same problem on our 2011 srx. To all And LEMON LAW,we previously sued and won on a 1998 chevy under Implied Consent, we would not agree to an additional 30 days for a fix but would agree for a 6th fix under the lemon law judgement that we got.It was take all or nothing. Back to dealership Monday

  149. #149 JP says:

    2007 Chevy Silverado. The good old stabilitrack warning/ shake rattle and roll to the shoulder. Yes its happened to be multiple times over the years. Originally dealer unable to diagnosis till I drove it there while it was flashing the warning…We ended up changing speed control sensor in the accelerator foot pedal. Fixed it for awhile. But in the last 6 months its back.!!!!! I’ve seen it so much I know how to react to it now. It will happen in extreme heat 90 plus or 30 and lower. Eventually someone is going to be seriously hurt by this.!!!! Chevy should recall all these rigs and repair. I will say a quick fix is just disconnect the negative cable for 5 minutes then connect again it seems to clear it up short term. I will say I have had this vehicle from mile #1 and except for this issue been solid. Its a mystery.????????

  150. #150 Douglas Parker says:

    2011 Silverado purchased new July 2011.
    In July 2014, dealer installed 4 new tires and performed 4-wheel alignment, then Stabilitrak messages began next day.
    Dealer was and has been unresponsive to follow up calls for repair, and non-explanatory to risk, although they did make 1 unsuccessful attempt to fix when I drove there without shceduled appointment.
    My own online research turned up all these stories of power loss and such, so I have had no idea of the risk (mechanical or safety) of continued use, therefore the truck has sat in my driveway essentially unused since I ironically bought new tires. I submitted an inquiry via corporate gm.com who opened a case and prompted the dealer to follow up.
    After playing phone tag with dealer for another month, Service Manager asked me to recount the story, which I did in detail per his request.
    We agreed to appt day/time, then once he thought he hung up but before my cell disconnected, he started commenting “WHOOO, the dude kept talking and wouldn’t shut up, do you want me to fix it or not?”.
    I then heard laughter from several people in the background, it was only then that I concluded I had been on a speaker phone to an audience.
    When I responded and he realized I was still on the line he said “oops” and hung-up immediately.
    He called back in a minute or two and said “did you hear all that?”.
    I said yes and the appt should be cancelled because I won’t deal with them any longer.
    This problem is apparently something GM and it’s dealers are content to laugh off, so now I remain stuck making payments on something I cannot use in good faith.
    And although the dealer said they are very familiar with the problem, and “do you want me to fix it or not?”, arbitrary fix attempts have clearly failed for myself and others and there appears to be no conclusive cause/effect/fix…to me THAT’S A LEMON!…and VERY DISRESPECTFUL DEALER!

  151. #151 Hilda Heredia says:

    Hi i got a 2008 buick enclave I’m having a problem with the stability track light it’s been a nightmare I have 3 children and I take them to school and to do grocery shopping and I’m in the road and the stability turns on I have to find a parking lot or a drive way or some times on the side of the road because of this the dealership it’s not doing anything and we spend all of our saving on this car we don’t have money to get it repair please help as.

  152. #152 Alan says:

    I have this exact situation with a 2011 Buick Enclave. Dealer is charging me 585.00 to replace the throttle body (Dan Tobin in Columbus Ohio). The rep says it is not part of the power train warranty, said they have no choice but to charge me for it. How is it that some dealers will cover it under the power train, and others like Dan Tobin won’t?

  153. #153 Kyu Chul says:

    I having same problem on my 2010SRX.StabaliTrak would show up on the screen in my car. I had it checked out with cadillac service center, and nothing came up on their computer, they said everything was okay. It repeatedly came on everyday, along with the ABS light and reduced engine warning light.

  154. #154 Darlene says:

    seems 2008 is the magic number. I have a 2008 enclave that I bought new….have had stablelink fixed twice…now it is in the shop for all 3 lights….reduced power….stable link….service engine…..saying it needs new battery due to the cold temps….we will see….just put a new battery in it a year ago. That reduced power issue is scary

  155. #155 justin says:

    2011 suburban 60kmiles, stabilitrack, engine light, reduced power. vehicle is regularly maintained. Occurs in my situation when idling for 10+ minutes, either in cold weather or summer when idling for 20 min with a/c on. There’s a post on this thread about the butterfly valve that allows oil level to rise, that it might stick and monkey with the oil pressure and trip the TPS. will take it in to gm under the 120k extended For throttle body adjustment, has anyone experienced a perm FIX for this yet? or a helpful tip to get it under control, ie, revving engine?

  156. #156 justin says:

    update: look up GM service bulletin 11273. covers this TPS issue on an extended warranty at no cost to customer up to 120k miles or 10 years regardless of ownership (whether new or used).

    might fix it, might come back. a potential common solution after the TPS is to have the original iridium spark plugs checked and the wiring harness that connects to them. commonly at 40,000 miles they have burned out and been associated with this issue.

  157. #157 Doug says:

    Just had this happen to my 2011 GMC Sierra with 37,000 miles. The truck reduces speed, rides rough, tries to accelerate when braking, accelerated on its own when placed in drive/reverse. Engine speed reduces to 35mph. Says to service Stabalitrack, traction control, reduced engine speed.

    Had to take it to the nearest, trusted mechanic. Had 7 yessir old IN CAR!!!! $700 to replace the Throttle Body. He says its happening to many cars during this cold weather. I’m furious. How can I get it to the nearest gmc dealer when it drives this way, and is over 20 miles away. Big loophole for GMC. I’ll never own one again. Junk. Sheet metals junk too.

  158. #158 Adrienne says:

    I have a 2010 Chevy Equinox. Service Stabiltrak light and Engine Power Reduced light came on. Took it to Chevy only after they agreed to cover the cost of the diagnostic test. Already spent $700 to replace camshaft sensors at a mechanic. Mechanic told me timing chain and throttle body was bad. Chevy said exact same thing. They issued a recall on a 3.6V engine, but not the 3.0V engine which is what I had. Of course it wasn’t covered under warranty, but after threatening to call an attorney, they agreed to replace timing chain, throttle body and charge $600. Picked it up, 4 days later, same thing! Driving it Service Stabiltrak, Traction Control and Check Engine light all came on, car shaking excessively! Car only has 60k miles on it.

  159. #159 Norma says:

    Just hung up w/ GM Cust Srvc concerning Stabili/Trak Diminished Engine Power Issue (Chevy Dealership Columbus OH) will keep posting if the domino effect starts happening (spark plugs, CO2 sensor, head gaskets, speed control sensor) & eventually the Steering System which is covered up to 150,000 or 10yrs whichever comes 1st

  160. #160 Norma says:

    Does anyone know or asked if the recalled vehicles listed on CSC 10047220 3332, those parts were used to create the Equinox’s? If these parts are all interchangeable does it not stand to reason that those issues would be across the board? Just a thought.

  161. #161 Marc McDaniel says:

    2011 GMC Sierra, 100,000 mi
    Engine power loss, limp mode, etc.
    Code said throttle pedal position sensor.
    Replaced it, 2 days later happened again,
    Now replacing throttle body sensor.
    Will see if that fixes it. Very dangerous.
    Was sitting at stop light when suddenly
    Surged forward even with brake applied
    And nearly hit vehicle in front of me.

  162. #162 Jon says:

    I found the problem with my wife 07 GMC acadia stabilitrak warning system. At first the problem presented itself while coming off highway ramps where the Gs would cause the lights and alarms to sound. Then it started to go off just stopping and my wife would say the breaks would act odd. So I figured the brake system was suspect and added brake fluid yes just brake fluid. I felt it was worth $5 which was better than what the dealership would charge me. Some how the systems works with the braking systems other functions.

    So upon filling the brake system back to normal levels. The problem was corrected. This was 2 months ago and all is good.

  163. #163 alan salazar says:

    this just hapened to me. We’ll see what the dealer comes up with???

  164. #164 Lars Laakso says:

    I have 2011 chev silverado. Problem with ignition interlock, lights for abs and stabiltrack disabled come on periodically.
    My solution was simply. I changed brake pedal switch and all good. Very simple and cheap. Part was under $30 from gm dealer.
    i though it be more serious. Maybe this will help

  165. #165 Lars Laakso says:

    Also it fix problem of cruise control not working.

  166. #166 Ron Markure says:

    Just traded in our 2004 Chevy Silverado which I never had any problem and it had 80,000 miles for a 2015 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD after a 100 miles the stabilitrak light turn on it is going to service this week to get check. Unbelievable after 100 miles. Will repost after it is check I now regret getting rid of my 2004.

  167. #167 Eric says:

    My 2011 Acadia SLT AWD started the traction control/service stabilitrak/reduced engine power issue about a month ago. Before that, it was acting sluggish; hesitating, then jerking at take-off and RPMs fluctuating wildly while holding steady pressure on the gas pedal. Dealer couldn’t re-create or find any error messages at initial visit. After almost being killed twice (with my kids in the car), AND getting the error messages, the dealer found the trouble. After $550, I have a new throttle body assembly. This BETTER work. This car is as close to garbage as you can get. Has already blown an engine (at 37K miles) and blown a fuel injector (at 38K miles); both of which left me stranded on highways 50+ miles from home. I’ll post back if any additional issues.

  168. #168 Luke says:

    I have a 2011 Chevy Traverse. I really like the car. It has 48000 miles, purchase new. The last couple of months been experiencing a problem with the Stabilitrak. Light comes on and off sporadically. My wife first notice it on her way to work, driving about 60 on the pkwy. All of a sudden the light comes on, says engine speed will be diminished..She goes for 60 to 25 just like that!! Cars, slamming on their brakes, beeping. etc. I thought maybe she just hit the traction control button by mistake. She came home after work, no problems. A few days later it happened again. Very dangerous to drive like this. Took it to dealer. of course not covered under warranty..$600 to replace throttle valve. Is GM waiting for some serious problems before they take care of this problem? There is also a voluntary recall for a power steering problem…I told them when I had the car in that the steering was a little hard to turn. Of course the problem they found was I was leaking steering fluid, which of course..you guess it, was not part of this recall for the steering…another $1200, which I did not have done. I’m gonna pursue this with Chevy & the BBB.. These are not problems we have created due to lack of maintenance, driving, etc.

  169. #169 rick says:

    On my 2007 Yukon Denali XL with 91k miles I had a check engine light come on and was told by local NAPA service center it was a throttle position sensor. I Replaced the gas pedal and all was well for 3k miles and then the stabilitrak light and check engine light came on and my mechanic tells me the connector on right rear auto ride is corroded. you have to replace the whole wire harness for a bad connector at a price of $2000. I asked them to bypass the connector and splice the harness together. Should get the truck back soon to see if that will take care of the issue.

  170. #170 Rick says:

    I have a 2014 Chevy Cruze and have had it less than 2 months. My car has less than 4,000 miles and is in the shop, for the second time, with the StabilTrak issue. The first time they replaced the negative battery cable and now they are saying the speed sensor needs to be replaced. The first time it took a week to get the part and this time it will take about 4 days. So, my car will have been in their shop 4 times to address this issue. Reading some forums online, I’m not feeling very warm and fuzzy that the speed sensor will fix the issue. According to my Sate’s, (Washington), lemon law, they have 4 chances to get it right, 2 if it’s considered a safety hazard. However, they don’t define what constitutes a “safety hazard”.

  171. #171 Jim2011 says:

    DIC lighting up with StabiliTrak / Traction Control / Reduced engine power seems to be a common problem. I have a 2011 Silverado LTZ
    35K with the same issues. The loss of power is scary, i’m afraid to
    drive with my Wife and Grandkids. I have had other issues with this
    truck and am very disappointed with GM and their Dealers, will never buy a GM again.

  172. #172 Rich s says:

    I got a 2011 chevy impala I took it once to the chevy dealer with this issue is stabilack track reduce power this is a throttle issue 1 time already a second time is enough to put these impalas as lemon want to know if I can replace my car or get money back

  173. #173 Bill K says:

    2011 traverse 75000 miles. We had the same stabilitrak lights and power reduction warning. Dealer replaced throttle body ($600) and catalytic Converter (Warranty) on March 6, 2015. Same alarm occurred on April 18th 2015. Dealer says now computer indicates that throttle pedal is bad and wants ($300) to repair. In Denver Colorado.

  174. #174 Geno Ronallo says:

    Own a 2011 Sierra GMC Z71- 100,000 + miles.Traction control and service stabilitrac light comes on constantly since the 70,000 mile range and getting more frequent. sometimes just moving the steering wheel when I go to move the vehicle from a parked position. lots of times while driving down the road. am convinced it has something to do with a sensor in the front?? several times the reduced power light came on about 8 times in a 30 mile drive. had to keep pulling over and shut off the engine for several minutes to get it to re-set. I see by the number of entries this is a common problem with GM. why has there not been a recall?? sounds like the people that have brought this problem in to the dealerships are not getting this resolved

  175. #175 Abby says:

    I have a 2011 chevy impala went to chevy dealership almost 2 yrs ago at 60,000 miles with this issue is stabilack track reduce power this is a throttle issue paid almost $200 for repairs. Now just yesterday a second time milage 90,000 same issue. Why does this keep having to be replaced and I have to pay? What can I do to get my money back? Especially since the dealership already did repairs and stated I shouldn’t have anymore problems.

  176. #176 Felisha brauer says:

    i just bought a 2007 Pontiac torrent two months ago. I had to replace my battery last week, and now my stabilitrak light and service traction control light is on. I am terrified from the Internet research I have been doing that people are losing power steering and it slows down on them on the interstate. I will be taking it in to get checked, but if I have to spend multiple visits and a bunch of money, and it doesn’t get fixed, does a lemon law apply with a used vehicle as is? I can’t afford a new car. Paid cash for it.

  177. #177 Ed Y. says:

    I just recently bought an 08 Trailblazer LT with 82k miles the very next morning the check engine light came on when I was on my way to work. Called the dealership and told them I was bringing it over after work. When I started the vehicle after work the check engine light was still on then about 30 seconds later the Traction Control Light and the Reduced Engine Light came on and started running really rough while it was idling in park. Shut it off and restated it and it was fine.(Check engine light still on.) Dealership just cleared the code and said if it comes on again to let them know. Of course it did the next morning. So far it has done it four times in the last four days. Taking it in tomorrow to see what’s up. I will update this as soon as I find out anything.

  178. #178 odell hairston says:

    I have a 2010 chevrolet travser i brought from a car lot at 40 sunion ave.the name of the place is mballah auto sale and ser. I,ve had the car for less then three month,s . i put new brake shoes all away round ,motor mounts, oil change, and a new tire ,front passengerside need tuneup ,and wheel aliament etc. i gave up a 2004 chysler pacifica ,only had a 10000 miles ,and a chev exuinox 13600 miles ,plus 72000.00 green backs. trying to move up just a few yrs.only got payed for one car . signed my titles over ,should layed dwn.tosleep before i did anything .really gave up alot for nothing.and this stabilack track is a bummer and don,t no what to do.need some word,s on what i can do ……………….

  179. #179 Chris says:

    I have a 2008 acadia I bought used in 2010, I have had the stabilitytrack fixed 3 or 4 times now, and it just went off again yesterday. This car has had everything it seems fixed with it, Timing chain, which was a recall in 07 and 09. but not mine.. water pump. Tired of hearing the lemon law only is good for the first year after purchase :(

  180. #180 LemonLaw says:

    @Chris: The problem is that the statute of limitations prohibits consumers from filing a claim after a certain number of years. Had you filed within the statute of limitations, you would have most likely received thousands back under breach of warranty.


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