Common Problems with the Chevrolet Colorado
The Chevrolet Colorado was introduced by General Motors in 2004 together with its counterpart, the GMC Canyon. Since then, this mid-size pickup truck by the American carmaker has gained a lot of following due to its improving style and performance through the years. However, there are a couple of things that car owners should watch out for with the Chevrolet Colorado.
In 2006, GM has recalled 2004-2009 Chevrolet Colorado pickups that are having problems with their exterior lighting. The recalled vehicles were originally sold in Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Texas, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Utah. Due to a contamination in the switch, the brake lamps of these vehicles either stop functioning permanently or they stay illuminated at all times. This problem with the brake lamp usually affects the center high-mounted stop lamp and the cruise control. Aside from that, this problem also causes the trailer brake lamps connected to the pickup's brake lamp wiring to mimic the brake lamps. This might confuse the driver and cause a rear-end crash without prior warning because the driver wouldn't know if the brakes have already been applied.
The suspension system is another problem area for the Chevrolet Colorado. GM has recalled model year 2011 of the Colorado pickups for its suspension problems. Because they were not properly heated, the rear axle cross pins have a tendency to get fractured and displaced within the rear axle. In the event that the pin shifts out of position, it could lead to an interference that will cause the rear axle to lock. As a result, the driver might find it hard to maintain control on his direction and a crash could occur without warning.
The consumers have also encountered a problem with the Chevrolet Colorado's fuel system. The Chevrolet Colorado was one of the 27,188 vehicles recalled by GM for this fuel system problem in which water is able to seep into the fuel system control module. This is caused by a separation in the adhesive between the room temperature vulcanizing (RTV) seal and the housing. When water seeps into the module, this could result to an open or short circuit. It may also illuminate the service engine soon lamp, and set the diagnostic trouble codes. Aside from stalling, this will make the engine difficult to start or not start at all, increasing the risk of an accident.