I am pretty decent mechanically. Had a '91 Town Car my dad and I did quite a bit on, including replacing air springs and heater core. Needless to say at 55k miles, this is the first I've really had to pop the hood at all on the Equinox. Disconnecting the battery was my thought too. How do you even get at the battery on this thing?? Seems like it's hidden.bowtieman said:Yea not sure if your mechanically inclined or not. If you don't trust yourself, i would just take it to a dealer, better to be safe.
If you you know your way around a engine bay and have the proper wrench (not a crescent lol) you can safety disconnect the negative cable for 15min. This should clear and reset any codes or prompts from the computer(worked on older Gm computers) Then simply reconnect and shut the hood. Start it and see if prompt still displays. If so, prob a bad sensor. Also not sure if the Nox's have adjustable lil rubber stoppers on both sides, i will look on mine. If so maybe one is twisted to high and the sensor thinks the hood isn't shut. Just my 2cents.
And yes, they do have the stoppers. I think this will be my first stop... hadn't thought about thatbowtieman said:Also not sure if the Nox's have adjustable lil rubber stoppers on both sides, i will look on mine. If so maybe one is twisted to high and the sensor thinks the hood isn't shut. Just my 2cents.
Me too, it was worth a shot, now you have isolated it down to the switch sensor for the hood. I am prob sure its right below the latch in the front. Its prob right below the plastic cover. I will try to find some diagrams online to hopefully help. Heck maybe even try to see if there is a part number so u can better see ur options.severity845 said:update: disconnected negative battery terminal for 15-20 minutes, reconnected. Problem still persists... i was really hoping that would cure it
Thanks for the info. So you think that the sensor is right there, built into the latch? I can see a thin wire coming out of the bottom of the latch going to the passenger side under the plastic shroud.bowtieman said:I sometimes use this site to locate part numbers or better get a feel of what i am looking at. Those prices I believe are full GM price, so ignore that.
You can always just use fastgmparts.com to get a feel of how much the part is.
Looks to me and to the description that the sensor might be built into the hood latch. Its hard to say, If I could see it in person,
you could prob check if there is a electrical wire coming off the latch. With the pics I can't really see if there is any other sensors.
hope this helps.
What do you estimate level of difficulty to replace the latch? It looks just like a few bolts holding it on, then I would assume plug in sensor.Mochaman said:I have seen it out of the car and is integrated to the latch no changing just the switch. It has a resistor tree in it so it must match the car 2010-11 are the same 2012 is different. You are going to need a new latch.
On a 1-10 scale it is a 2. You have described it perfectly. The hardest part is putting the latch pull wire in. Not very.severity845 said:What do you estimate level of difficulty to replace the latch? It looks just like a few bolts holding it on, then I would assume plug in sensor.