whats this mean

Asked by Jan 24, 2016 at 02:56 PM about the 2008 Chevrolet Equinox LS AWD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

2008 awd chevy equinox, it says engine hot, a/c
off, what does this mean ???

3 Answers

71,735

Your engine is overheating. When this happens the computer shuts down the air conditioning system. The air conditioning puts an extra load on the cooling system. HTH. -Jim

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I am dealing with a slew of issues with my 08' Sport, one of which is the same as your description. After 3 cooling temp sensors blowing, and replacing the gas cap, I was informed the issue was my ECM, (engine control module) Getting to this point was very expensive for me, and frustrating is not a strong enough word. To make matters worse, on 12/9/14 I picked it up from the dealer after having the timing chains replaced due to that poor design, and on 12/10/15 I got the check engine code for the timing chains AGAIN!!! Oh it gets even worse... GM will not fix it again, because there is no FIX for the issue. WHAT!?! I have had to replace the front rotors and brake shoes once a year, and since the 2014 repair, the sensor for the shifter/ignition assy went bad, and I had to have it towed, and pay for a shifter assy. Thanks to a bad ECM, which I just paid to replace, I need a new instrument cluster to fix the bad sensor to the gas gauge, and I have lost power to my rear wiper motor! Good grief, really!?! I am all kinds of mad at GM, their handling of this issue, and lack resolve! My sport only had 102,000 when I picked it up after the 3 week repair to the timing chains in 2014. BUYER BEWARE!! The Sport has the same engine that was recalled in the Caddys for the same reason, and I have been told that the warranty was extended for this issue in the Acadia's to 120,000, but not the Equinox! There is a transmission issue and extension for that, but not the timing chains. Does anyone have any suggestions, for permanent replacement parts, I have been told a speed shop might have better guides and tensioners to keep this issue from happening again, but I would have to pay the difference. I am more perplexed at comments like, "once repaired, the problem is fixed, and mine should not be having this problem again", yet here I am.

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71,735

That really stinks!! You definitely should not be having all these issues with an eight year old vehicle! I've been down this road myself before. Problem after problem and good money after bad. It's not fun especially if, like I was, you're still paying on it! Personally, if it were me, I'd cut my losses and trade it in. Your Equinox sounds like my Eldorado was. Always something and never a cheap fix. I traded in my '78 Eldorado in '86 after two years of owning it, $1900 in repair bills on top of the car payments, with another year to go on the loan. At that point it needed $1600 more in front end repairs. I was fed up and broke! If your Equinox is paid for, or close to it, move on. You deserve a vehicle that wants to run. If you're not in a position yet to do that fix it as cheaply as possible just to keep it going until you can trade it in. HTH. -Jim

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