Where Has All My Hot Air Gone?
Automatic heating systems in cars use a temperature blend door that controls how air flows past the heater core. The blend door is connected to an actuator by a plastic arm that is prone to breaking in the 2006 Equinox. According to owners on CarComplaints.com this typically happens after 60k miles and is due to cheap plastic.
How to Repair
Fixing the problem might seem as easy as replacing the busted plastic part, but it actually requires disassembling your entire instrument panel and center console. Therefore it is only recommended to do on your own if you have automotive repair expertise or nerves of steel. Unfortunately for those who are not as confident this is a costly repair, ranging from $750 to $1000 at a repair shop, with a majority of that cost going towards labor.
What Chevy is Doing About the Problem
In a word: nothing; at least not at the moment. Multiple owners have called Chevrolet directly and have had to deal with a labyrinth of transfers and denials. With that said, there's strength in numbers and you too can call and complain at (800)222-1020.
Class Action Lawsuit?
There is also an emerging class action lawsuit emerging on SueEasy.com that you should participate in if you've experienced this problem and want Chevy to have to pay for the repairs.
Actions You Can Take
This step is crucial, don't just complain on forums! The sites below will actively manage your complaints and turn them into useful statistics. Both CarComplaints.com and the CAS will report dangerous trends to the authorities and are often called upon by law firms for help with Class Action lawsuits. Make sure to file your complaint on all three sites, we can't stress that enough.
Step 1: File Your Complaint at CarComplaints.com
CarComplaints.com is a free site dedicated to uncovering problem trends and informing owners about potential issues with their cars. Major class action law firms use this data when researching cases. Add a Complaint
Step 2: Notify the Center for Auto Safety
The Center for Auto Safety (CAS) is a pro-consumer organization that researches auto safety issues & often compels the US government to do the right thing through lobbying & lawsuits. Notify the CAS
Step 3: Report a Safety Concern to NHTSA
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is the US agency with the authority to conduct vehicle defect investigations & force recalls. Their focus is on safety-related issues. Report to NHTSA