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Mike

Chicopee, MA

#1 Mar 30, 2010
Anyone having problems with your automatic door locks not unlocking when puting the vehicle in park??? This is 0n a 2006 equinox

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Jaosn

Wasilla, AK

#2 May 26, 2011
My rear driver side door doesn't lock or unlock with remote or pushing the button. in has to be manually locked and unlocked.
Kevin

Fort Worth, TX

#3 Dec 29, 2011
We are having problems with the front passenger and the rear left door locks. They have to be opened and locked manualy. Any suggestions on fixing them?
kellyfornia

Fresno, CA

#4 Mar 7, 2013
Mike, Jason,or Kevin. My 2009 Equinox is haing the same problems as you mentioned above. Can you tell me what you had to do to fix it???
Matt

Durham, NC

#5 Mar 7, 2013
Kellyfornia,

I apologize for the inconvenience caused by this issue. I can check to see if any recalls or such have been listed. Also have you had this examined by a dealership? If you would like us to look into it, please send an e-mail to [email protected] with your VIN#, name, contact information, situation,mileage, and dealership. I hope this can be resolved quickly for you. Regard!

Matt,

GM Customer Assistance
Indiana Equinox Owner

Louisville, KY

#6 Jun 23, 2014
kellyfornia wrote:
Mike, Jason,or Kevin. My 2009 Equinox is haing the same problems as you mentioned above. Can you tell me what you had to do to fix it???
Our 2008 Equinox had similar problems on the driver's side door - which required a new wiring harness at $360.00 at the dealer - the problem occurred at 36,200 miles, the dealer gave me a "break" since it was close to the warranty expiration and charged me $180.00. Then the same problem occurred on the passenger side door at 81,000 miles. The windows wouldn't roll down, the door lock/unlock button wouldn't do anything. The remote key fob unlock/lock wouldn't work either. A google search revealed the very common problem of the wiring being broken between the car body and car doors - under the rubber boot protector. Sure enough, we peeled the rubber boot back and found 5 broken wires and another one ready to break. The solution was $3.20 box of butt connectors at the auto parts store. Simply insert the two end of wires (they are color coded/wrapped so it's easy to connect the same wires back together) in the end of the butt connectors and crimp the connectors. Now, all functions are operating and I saved another $360 at the dealership for a repair that is clear a design and engineering problem. I hope this helps you in your situation. I am waiting for the problem to reoccur back in the driver's side door or the back two doors. Here's some info that might help you:
The space between he door and the car body is very tight - limited space even with door fully open.
Do not remove the rubber boot from the car body side - remove the rubber boot from the door side hole and use a lot of duct tape to hold in back against the car body side -- the boot is stiff and rigid and will get in your way unless you find a way to compress it and hold it back.
You will not get any slack or extra wiring from the car body side, so don't even mess with the car body side attempt to pull extra wiring through.
Remove the door panel from the door so you can see the wiring path and follow the wires the the end at the door hole (under the speaker on my Equinox) and push the wiring clips out so the wiring is more loose and and will give you a little more slack to work with between the door and car body.
Crimp the butt connectors very hard and then wrap each broken wire using black electrical tape before recovering with the rubber boot.
Expect to spend 1.5 - 2 hours on the total repair job if you do t0 yourself.
You can watch a YouTube video on how to remove the door panel and replace it correctly.

Hope this helps you or anyone reading this with the same problems with locks, windows, alarms, mirrors, and remote entry issues on the Chevy Equinox.
linda

Toledo, OH

#7 Feb 3, 2015
We do a paper route n get in & out frequently. How do I set door locks to not lock automatically. Ever
Nick

Virden, Canada

#8 Apr 2, 2015
Hello I have 2005 Chevy Equinox and sometimes the doors will just lock by themselves. We have to make sure to never leave the keys in it cause we never know when it will do this . Any ideas would be greatly appreciated
Equinox owner in IL

Galesburg, IL

#9 Apr 25, 2015
I would like to thank the Equinox owner from Indiana for what they posted about the wire problem at the hinge area of the doors. It helped us fix our problem. We had a broken wire and several other wires had crack in the insulation. Thanks again
Irenetorres

San Francisco, CA

#10 Jun 12, 2015
Nick wrote:
Hello I have 2005 Chevy Equinox and sometimes the doors will just lock by themselves. We have to make sure to never leave the keys in it cause we never know when it will do this . Any ideas would be greatly appreciated
I had the same problem but my baby was in the car when it happened if you touch the lock button on the remote it will trigger car to lock when doors are closed luckily it wasn't a hot day for us. But I always leave a window open now.
Jdsinclair

Detroit Lakes, MN

#11 Jul 10, 2015
2011 Equinox. Right rear door will not unlock so cannot open door. Dealer says they cannot repair without cutting into door panel. It will cost over $1000 to replace panel plus cost of repairing lock. There must be a cheaper way. Can any one help?
gerard

Holyrood, Canada

#12 Sep 12, 2015
2007 Equinox: front passenger door, and both rear doors will not electronically unlock. All these doors lock, but have to be unlocked manually.
jhouse

Hanceville, AL

#13 Sep 17, 2015
My mother has a door lock issue with her Equinox. Occasionally, the fob will not unlock the doors and you have to use the key to unlock them. Once you do that, the fob works great...until the next time it decides to act up (may be days, may be weeks). I replaced the battery in the fob, cleaned the contacts, but that didn't make any difference. From what I've read on the internet, door lock issues seem to be common on these vehicles. She's taken it to the dealer a couple of times, but when she gets there it's works fine. This intermittent issue is not a single door either. The fob either works or it doesn't. Any ideas on how to fix the problem would be appreciated.
rmolineiro

Houston, TX

#14 Oct 10, 2015
Equinox LT 2006. We are having problems with the rear left door locks. It suppose the radio will be disconnect when the door is opened and unlocked. Any suggestions on
MsPRJam

United States

#15 Oct 12, 2015
Equinox LT 2008
The driver's side door handle broke off and now I can not open the door from the inside or outside! What could I do? How do I get the door opened to get the panel off to check what's wrong?
Johnny

Bay City, MI

#16 Dec 5, 2015
hello please I was cleaning my 2005 Chevy Equinox and left my phone and car key inside while cleaning the outside, when I shut the door, it then automatically locked with my car key and phone inside. Please how do I get to unlocked my car without the key.....

PLEASE HELP.
Thanks
Craig

Sheridan, AR

#17 Mar 2, 2016
Jdsinclair wrote:
2011 Equinox. Right rear door will not unlock so cannot open door. Dealer says they cannot repair without cutting into door panel. It will cost over $1000 to replace panel plus cost of repairing lock. There must be a cheaper way. Can any one help?
Try to use a slimjim to get the door unlocked and open then address the problem by removing the door panel
kim

Chillicothe, OH

#18 Mar 17, 2016
Mike wrote:
Anyone having problems with your automatic door locks not unlocking when puting the vehicle in park??? This is 0n a 2006 equinox
t yes, mine is a 2007, you have to use the remote to unlock all but the driver side , have you need solution?
mr repair

Clayton, NC

#19 Apr 23, 2016
Indiana Equinox Owner wrote:
<quoted text>
Our 2008 Equinox had similar problems on the driver's side door - which required a new wiring harness at $360.00 at the dealer - the problem occurred at 36,200 miles, the dealer gave me a "break" since it was close to the warranty expiration and charged me $180.00. Then the same problem occurred on the passenger side door at 81,000 miles. The windows wouldn't roll down, the door lock/unlock button wouldn't do anything. The remote key fob unlock/lock wouldn't work either. A google search revealed the very common problem of the wiring being broken between the car body and car doors - under the rubber boot protector. Sure enough, we peeled the rubber boot back and found 5 broken wires and another one ready to break. The solution was $3.20 box of butt connectors at the auto parts store. Simply insert the two end of wires (they are color coded/wrapped so it's easy to connect the same wires back together) in the end of the butt connectors and crimp the connectors. Now, all functions are operating and I saved another $360 at the dealership for a repair that is clear a design and engineering problem. I hope this helps you in your situation. I am waiting for the problem to reoccur back in the driver's side door or the back two doors. Here's some info that might help you:
The space between he door and the car body is very tight - limited space even with door fully open.
Do not remove the rubber boot from the car body side - remove the rubber boot from the door side hole and use a lot of duct tape to hold in back against the car body side -- the boot is stiff and rigid and will get in your way unless you find a way to compress it and hold it back.
You will not get any slack or extra wiring from the car body side, so don't even mess with the car body side attempt to pull extra wiring through.
Remove the door panel from the door so you can see the wiring path and follow the wires the the end at the door hole (under the speaker on my Equinox) and push the wiring clips out so the wiring is more loose and and will give you a little more slack to work with between the door and car body.
Crimp the butt connectors very hard and then wrap each broken wire using black electrical tape before recovering with the rubber boot.
Expect to spend 1.5 - 2 hours on the total repair job if you do t0 yourself.
You can watch a YouTube video on how to remove the door panel and replace it correctly.

Hope this helps you or anyone reading this with the same problems with locks, windows, alarms, mirrors, and remote entry issues on the Chevy Equinox.
This is the most valuable information I've ever gotten on the Internet. I've had this problem for a year or more. The repair price was in the $800s I couldn't afford to pay but you saved the day for me I fixed it yesterday! Thanks a million!!!
Fred Rollins

Plattsmouth, NE

#20 May 28, 2016
Mike wrote:
Anyone having problems with your automatic door locks not unlocking when puting the vehicle in park??? This is 0n a 2006 equinox
Yes - My 2008 Equinox has the same issues. I was told they used a sub grade wiring harness in the doors. They fixed the windows working intermittently while it was under warranty

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