Most Common Problems in Chevrolet Traverse

The Chevrolet Traverse is introduced by General Motors in 2009 as a crossover SUV, which is the successor to Chevrolet Uplander and Chevrolet TrailBlazer.

With its smooth drive and functional capabilities on the road, it has gradually been one of the most popular in the US these days with its sales reaching exponential peaks.

However, a lot of customers often complain about this model due to some errors. In this article, we will take a look at some common problems in Chevrolet Traverse 2016 and their possible consequences as well as suggested solution.

 Seat Problem

This model has been reported by some drivers to have a misalignment and improper welding in the left lower third-row seat.

Consequence: In the situation of a car accident, this defective feature can make the person who is sitting in that place to suffer severe injury.​

Solution: General Motors has recently announced a recall to all concerned owners and dealers. After that, the technicians will examine the car and replace the seat if it has a misalignment because of improper welding.​

Transmission Error

This car version is designed with six-speed automatic transmission, which has been complained to have a cracked 35R clutch plate.

Consequence: Illumination of CEL (Check Engine Light) – a common sign of defective transmission, difficulty ing applying reverse gear, or slipping when shifting a reverse gear.​

Solution: It is highly recommended to remove and replace that broken 35R clutch plate of the transmission. You should also remove the debris when cleaning to prevent any new problems from happening in the future.​

Issue with The Windshield

The model of Chevrolet Traverse that was made in 2015 has been announced to have a manufacturing error in the windshield wiper.


Consequence: The manufacturing error is often considered to cause overheating in the wiper motor, thereby increasing the risks of fire when being used.

Solution: Until the mechanic replaces a defective wiper motor, you should not use this component.​

Liftgate Closes Suddenly

The rear door or the liftgate of your vehicle could drop off abruptly from the opening position mainly because the strut fails to support it.

Consequence: A driver who is taking or arranging something in the trunk of the vehicle would be stuck or injured when the liftgate shuts abruptly without notice.​

Solution: Once you complain to the registered dealer, a technician will correct and upgrade the MCU software of the liftgate actuator to prevent the sudden close of the rear door from happening.​

Buckle Failure in Front Seat Belts

This is probably one of the most serious problems in a Chevy Traverse car for the passenger as well as the driver.


Consequence: When you are facing with a buckling failure, the seatbelt would not secure you fully, which might increase the risks of injury during an accident.​

Solution: If you want the seat belts to get fixed, immediately call for a registered dealer for inspection as well as replacement of the affected buckles.​

 Inaccurate Reading of Fuel Gauge

In some cases, the fuel gauge might have an inaccurate result than the actual quantity of fuel that is left in the gas tank.

Consequence: You would unexpectedly run out of fuel even when the gauge seems to be full.​

Solution: The registered dealer will help to reprogram the ECL (Engine Control Module) to make sure an accurate reading of the fuel gauge.​

Inflation Problem in Front Seat Airbag

When a car accident happens, the airbag that is built in front of two front seats might inflate to decrease the intensity of shock on the passenger as well as the driver who is sitting in the front seats and mainly likely to be severely injured in the crash. If there are any problems in this part, it would not inflate suitably under essential circumstances.

Consequence: Increase the risks of personal injuries during an accident.​

Solution: The dealer would solve this problem by replacing the harness connections of the airbag.​

Failure of Parking Brake

In some specific process of parking, disengagement in parking brake might happen.

Consequence: When the shift lever in the transmission is put in the parking position, your car would be at a standstill. In some situations, when you park the car in a slope, the transmission is not in the parking mode, and the key is left in the ignition, a crash would be highly likely to happen mainly due to the failure in parking brake. In other words, the wire of brake connector would not meet the standard of safety in a motor vehicle, which leads to a premature fracture of the connector.​

Solution: You would have the connector cable in your parking brake replaced by a dealer.​

 Fire in The Hood

The washer module under the hood of your car would get overheated because of excessive power withdrawal.

Consequence: In some cases, the overheating in washer module could lead to a fire under the hood.​

Solution: This problem a high priority for recalling by General Motors in recent years. Even after modification in the latest versions with similar incidents, this error has not been completely eradicated. Instead, a technician would replace the entire washer module to solve this concern.​

Defect in Goodyear Tire

The Chevy Traverse cars are designed with Goodyear Fortera HL tires. Many customers have complained about the crack in their treads even after using for a short time.

Consequence: A tire with cracked tread is very dangerous when driving on the road and can result in a loss of control, which often causes serious accidents.​

Solution: The most effective ways of solving this problem is probably replacing the damaged tires.​



Although Chevrolet Traverse model is one the most popular 8-seat cars for home use, it also has a lot of problems. If you are facing any, immediately call a registered dealer to get your car checked and replace defective components.


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11 thoughts on “Most Common Problems in Chevrolet Traverse”

  1. I”m having irritic electrical issues with my 2012 Chevy Traverse (purchased in DEcember 2017). After locking the car with the remote hours or days later the alarm will go off for no reason. Also the radio and heater fan will come on for no apparent reason and I’m standing outside the car with the keys in my hand. I have had the car into the dealership twice and they were unable to find any errors messages and unable to duplicate the issue. The last time I provided them with movie recordings of the irrittac behavior. The only info they were able to tell me is they put a full charge on the battery and maybe the battery could not keep a charge. I believe there is battery load testers available to check this? So what is considered “low voltage”? I put a volt meter in the lighter socket and am monitoring voltage drop over time.
    Has anyone ever heard of this problem?

  2. We have a 2010 Traverse with less than 150,000 miles and have had to already replace timing chains . The transmission acts as if it’s about to go and the car keeps losing oil but no visible oil on the ground is detected and oil light has never appeared . Our mechanic thinks the oil is being leaked thru the tailpipe. Our family has traditionally bought Chevrolets over many years but fear that now the quality, workmanship, etc. is declining. Sadly, many of the parts used are eco- friendly to a fault and deteriorate too soon. We are now looking at vehicles like Honda and Toyota that have better track records. My sister has a Honda with over 300,000 miles and it’s still going strong

    • I also have a ’10 Traverse and currently going through the same issues electrical issues transmission issues. So many issues I’ve had since purchasing the vehicle in 2015. My engine and transmission just went at the same time with no warning signs.

    • Sane year sane problems just now started with oil leak same cant see it timing chain replaced 2 times and now thinks the leak is around timing chain gasket.

  3. I have a 2012 traverse with 124k miles on it and is currently having the timing chain replaced. So disappointed with Chevrolet. Already had to have a new motor installed at 1700 miles and now timing chain?

  4. Turnibg issues…shifting issues and blown moror… 157000 miles most highway always changed oil etc…owed 5500 yet now out of car..
    Cant afford fix…cant get paid off cuz Ally is ..

  5. We have a 2013 traverse and have had a fair number of issues. Our troubles began with a 2015 Chevy Silverado that shorted out the BCM in 3500 miles. This problem was caused by a wire in the courtesy lighting system being pinched when the right hand sun visor was installed at the factory. After being repaired the dealer informed me that it would not be covered under warranty as it had expired just weeks before. I took this matter up wit GM corporate just to be told it’s my problem and 800 dollars later the problem was fixed. This issue was A FACTORY INSTALLED DEFECT!!! 3500 miles on the truck and NO HELP??? The best advice I can give is to avoid GM altogether. They are happy to take your money but are reluctant to stand behind their products. If you want a quality vehicle buy a Toyota.

  6. Instead of replacing faulty parts why not just replace a faulty vehicle built by a faulty company? GM and their dealerships seem very happy and eager to take your money but they don’t even recognize you the very day after you buy one of their Garbage machines. Even if they sold the very best products in the world (they don’t even come CLOSE!!) the “service” after the sale, or the lack thereof, makes them a very bad choice.

  7. I have an ’11 and it acts almost possessed. Whenever it gets cold outside( and I’m in Colorado)about 11 or more codes pop up my service stability-track, traction control off, parking assit off, and reduced power to egine lights go on and then the car slows down to about 10 mph right before it begins to jerk and rev the egine and it wn’t drive. by the time it is warm enough to take it in everything disappears and the dealer and other mechanics can’t find anything wrong. Have already spent 1500 in repairs and counting. HELP!!!!!!

  8. My 2016 Traverse (base model fwd) had a blown transmission at 43K miles. I am very disappointed in the reliability of the drive train system. We purchased the car used with only 22k on it. Fortunately the repairs were covered by the GM 5 year, 60,000 mile power train warranty. The dealer did give us a loaner vehicle while the Traverse was in the shop for two weeks. A common problem with these vehicles is the defective wave plate in the transmission. If you search the internet you will see that the GM 6 speed automatic transmission has a history of wave plate failure. If you find yourself with only first gear working and no reverse, that indicates the 2-5 wave plate is defective. I don’t think I will ever purchase a Chevrolet ever again!


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