Power Steering problem with my 2006 Chevy Equinox.
Many dash lights on dash
GM Computer codes = many. Repair work done prior jump started because dead battery

Work done to repair this problem = nothing
Question = My Equinox has no
power steering. It is very stiff. The service stability light is on. Check  
engine warning on dash. Many other indicators on as well. This all started after we had to jump start  
the battery because my son left the key on for a long time. Did a computer blow up? What can i do to  
fix it. It does start and run.

Answer:
This is a common problem we have been seeing with these vehicles, as well as the Pontiac Torrent,  
Chevy HHR, and Cobalt. Improper jump starting causes the main 80 or 100 amp fuse to blow. This  
causes the powers steering, ABS, and other computer to not have power - and therefore do not  
function. See pics below for the main fuse location.

Check this fuse with a test light just like any other fuse
Click Here For More Info on Checking Fuses.
Improper jump starting will also cause codes to be stored in many of the other on board computer,
and may cause 1 or more to fail and need replacement. A scanner with LAN capabilities is need to  
scan the computer for codes and further diagnosis to determine if any of the modules are damaged.
Location of the maxi fuse in a 2006 Chevy Equinox. Similar location in the Pontiac Torrent. This blown fuse causes no power steering.
Fuse box location under the hood of the Chevrolet Equinox crossover vehicle.
1. Fuse block                2. Maxi Fuse
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2007 Chevrolet Equinox.

Dash lights =
security light flashing
Question = The front driver side door won't lock or unlock with the key pad. The security light flashes all the
time. What is wrong and how can I fix it.

Sounds Like Possibly a Body Control Module (BCM) problem. The BCM controls many electrical functions of
the Equinox, including the theft, and door locks. Be sure to
check all fuses. Other than that, a scan of modules
data would be needed to diagnose the problem.
9-13-10
So, this weekend i was driving and the power steering went out in my 2006
Equinox.  I did nothing to the battery, i was just driving.  Since Chevy did a recall
on the Chevy Cobalt do you think they will do the same for the Equinox since it is
the same exact issue?  As for the
blower door--they also should do a recall on
this issue too!  I will love my truck but now it is just sucking the money right out of
me!!  Will never buy a Chevy again!
Comments
This is not the same steering issue with the Chevy
Cobalt. The heater A/C door problem will not be a
recall since it is not a safety problem.
1-13-11
I keep blowing dash lights fuses and brake light fuses.
You say blowing fuses- which fuses are blowing.
There are several different ones for these 2
different circuits.
1-10-11
Thanks allot, this helped me out allot.  The main 80 amp fuse was blown.  Dealer
was about to charge me $600 to $1500 for this issue.  My teenage cousin crossed
the jumpers.
3-7-11
I have a 2005 chevy equinox.  The driver's door will not lock/unlock with the
remote...all other doors will.  The interior lights will not go on when opening the
drivers door but will with all other doors.  The radio will not turn off with the driver's
door but will when other door are open.  Any ideas on how to fix this?  My equinox
has only 39,000 miles and also had the head gasket blow in November.  Chevy
would do nothing for me even though the mileage was low!  I will NEVER buy a
Chevy again!!!
All these problems are related to the driver door
locking problem. Check for broken wires in the
rubber passthrough between the body and the
door. Open the door, pull on the that rubber boot
while working the locks to confirm that there are
broken wires, or slice it open and you will almost
surely find broken wires.
4-14-11
i have a 2005 equinox and none of the tail lamps, dash lights, or yellow lights in the
front will work when the headlights are on. There are no blown fuses. Was
wondering if there might be a relay I'm not looking at or what else there could be
There is a fuse and a relay for the parking lamps
in the fuse box on the right side of the console.
You can find which ones by reading the
description on the cover. That would also control
your dash lights as well. If neither of those are
bad, you could possibly have a faulty body control
module, or a wiring problem. That would need
some deeper checking into, probably by a
technician.
4-25-11
I have a 2007 equinox, my power steering has gone out. Replaced the fuse.
Dealer says it is the electric power steering motor....I'm looking at some used ones
with a year guarantee, is the actual motor the only thing I need to replace?
That all depends on what is wrong with the
system. If the dealer says it needs a motor, then i
can only agree since i have not looked at the
Equinox.
5-2-11
I have a 2006 equinox.  I had got a car wash today and when I was leaving I heard
the power steering click on and off a few times than finally it went completely.  I can
not even turn my wheel.  I have not had to jump start my vehicle for any reason,
could this be just as simple as a blown fuse or do you think it sounds worse?  I am
glad I was close to home and not on the freeway as I had my kids in the car with
me and I was trying to turn when it went out.
Check the fuses, but it does sound like a steering
motor problem. Only way to be sure is to have the
system scanned and diagnoses.
5-18-11
have a 2007 Chevy Equinox.  The radio is dead, there are no interior lights and
there are no head lights.  There are however running lights.  Could this be a fuse
issue or electrical?
7-5-11
I to have had issues with my power steering going completely out.  I found that if i
hit some 'potholes' it will come back on.  It also does do clicking sounds too.  With
this many complaints, wouldn't you think this would be a safely issue to do a recall?
 I have NEVER heard this on another vehicle before.  I do have low millage on it
also.  I have brought it in to a mechanic and they do something to the fuses,
maybe resets them?  It does work for awhile, but wouldn't you think if its the power
steering fuse, once it goes out, its out?
Your problem isn't the fuse, and yes if it was out, it
would be out until replaced. It sounds like you
have either the power steering control module or
power steering motor failing. These are both part
of the lower column on your Equinox. This system
is purely electric, and has no hydraulic assist as
most other cars do. Once you lose power
steering, it is gone. It would be best to get it
checked out because your system has probably
set a trouble code that will help in diagnosis. Most
likely you will need either one or both the module
and motor replaced.
7-22-11
i have a 2006 equinox that dont turn over new starter but all it does it click like the
starter is bad.
7-23-11
I had the same problem with my 06 Equinox not starting, well it would when it
wanted to. I took it in to the dealership 2 weeks after purchasing it and they said all
they could see wrong was the battery cables weren't on fully so it wouldn't start
properly, but it is still doing it, and i dont know why
7-27-11
If the engine is not cranking, then it could be a bad starter motor. Sometimes they
act on and off like this. If it is cranking but not starting, may have a fuel pump going
bad.
You need a new battery sir this happened to me
yesterday.
8-21-11
I have an 2007 Equinox. The ABS, traction control warnings come and go.
Recently the driver side headlight will sometimes work on high beam and other
times it will not. My daughter drives this car and has had to jump it but beings that
it is an intermittent problem it couldn't be these fuses any suggestions?
11-27-11
2005 Equinox is an electrical nightmare. Radio fuse has been removed because
the radio would stay on and pull power all the time and drain the battery. Dash
lights, parking (running lights) fuse keeps blowing. Door locks and power windows
are possessed. Can this be the BCM?
12-31-11
i have an 07' equinox and the battery is completely dead, the steering wheel wont
lock and i cant get my key out. i tried to boost the car but it doesn't work?????
1-1-12
2007 Equinox.  Twice while driving the car went into "battery saver mode. I
had the alternator replaced then the battery, then both replaced again.  Now,
battery light is on again, the car started but dragged during ignition. I have had to
be jumped a couple of times during this period and also think that the radio volume
isn't as loud??
1-1-12
2008 Torrent; same trouble after a jump. No power steering Stabilizer light on.
Replacing the $10 80 Maxi fuse Part# 22689708 with a socket wrench did the trick.
Good luck not snapping the cheapo fuse box plastic cover clips like I did. Dealers
do not keep many of these fuses in stock so may want to call ahead.
2-18-12
I have a 2007 Equinox, and the power steering went out!  I checked the maxi-fuse
and it is still good.  Any other suggestions?  I really can't afford a huge car
expense right now. Thanks.
Could be a faulty steering columns, motor or
module. Would need the computer scanned for
codes as a first step.
I have a 2007 Equinox and for about 3 days now the lights inside the car stay the
entire time while the car is on. I can drive for 3 hours and the lights stay on (the 2
in the front over the dash and the one in the back near the back hash/door). They
turn off when the car is off but stay on all the time while that car is on. It makes it
hard to see when you are driving at night on the dark roads. I've made sure all the
doors are shut properly and that the knob on the dash is not in the on position. I've
also pushed up on them as to turn them off and/or on with no luck. Does anyone
have any suggestions as to what it might be?
Your Chevy Equinox may have a problem where
the body control module thinks the drivers door is
open. This will cause the lights to stay on. We
have sen may electrical problems caused by
broken or shorted wires in the wiring harness
between the body and the drivers door. Inside the
rubber pass through boot.
2006 Chevy cobalt service air bags lights on no power steering heater doesn't
work mileage wont show up where do I begin.
First thing to do is check all the fuses. Especially
the main fuse under the hood. See pictures above.
What kind of a/c do I use for my Equinox 2005? Is it R12?
No, your Chevy uses R-134A freon..
Where is the fuse box in a Chevy Colorado?
Under the hood. Large black cover over it. Maybe on passenger side.
I have numerous electrical problems and other problems  The passenger window
will not go down. The heat only blows cold air. The car makes squeaky crunchy
noises when it bounces and when i turn the wheel....what next.
OK. Check the wiring in the harness that connects
the door to the body. It is inside that black boot you
can see with the door open. Common to have
broken wires in there. Possibly have a broken
temperature door for the
No Heat in Chevy Equinox.
For the noises, check the stabilizer links and
bushings on the front end.
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