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Ole B

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Posted: 12/14/17 03:36pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

we are talking about the 2018 models where the only gas model you can tow is the 1.5 which is because it has the 6 speed transmission. This is all in the 2018 owners manual.

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All I could afford wrote:

“This modification applies only to those vehicles with the electronic transmissions. The 6 cyl vehicles have hydraulic trannies”

Just a clarification, do you mean electronic power steering versus the hydraulic power steering in the six-cylinder model?


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Gm says power is needed for the electric steering.


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Meanwhile my Saturn is just dandy...I think I'll be keeping it longer...


Bullydogs is correct.


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Ole B wrote:

we are talking about the 2018 models where the only gas model you can tow is the 1.5 which is because it has the 6 speed transmission. This is all in the 2018 owners manual.


Thanks for the info. I did my research from 2013-2017, which it appears they can all be towed 4 down. Appreciate the clarification.


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Several have asked about the battery charger install. At first I thought it'd be very simple, and it was. But, finding the correct parts turned out to be a task. Here are pictures of the install along with where to get the correct parts and cost of same. Keep in mind, my car is a 2014...Dennis

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The fuse box is located in the engine compartment.

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Squeeze the two connections and pull up to remove the cover.

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Fuse #16 is this one.

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20amp JCase fuse. PITA to remove so I'm putting in a switch.

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I mounted the Battery Charger here for convenience.

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The charger is fused, so I zip tied it here for access.

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Run the wire from the fuse to the appropriate connector on your car.

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Hooking up the charger. The post (blue arrow) unscrews using 10mm wrench. Hook up positive (red arrow) under this post and reinstall. Finally, hook up the negative (black arrow) on this post and reinstall the nut.

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If you're going to add a switch, you'll need one of these.

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I added my switch here so it'd be out of the way of wayward feet.

That's it. Took me about an hour for the install. I purchased the Charger HERE. The JCase fuse holder was a PITA to find. Waytek carries them for $5.81 but charges $15 S/H. I purchased mine HERE for $9.17 but only $3 S/H. Any questions, feel free to ask.....Dennis


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Thanks for that set up picture Dennis..it might come up handy for me ...my charger on the Saturn goes in a plug and is fused right at the battery post...


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We just bought a 2018 Equinox 1.5 FWD to replace our Saturn Vue. What if we just carry a power pack to jump start the car if it runs down? I would start the car at each fueling as owners manual directs. Most of our trips are not more than four hours towing.

Just got the base plate installed and have not yet towed it. I also read that the 2.0 motor is not towable due to the nine speed transmission.

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Escapade wrote:

We just bought a 2018 Equinox 1.5 FWD to replace our Saturn Vue. What if we just carry a power pack to jump start the car if it runs down? I would start the car at each fueling as owners manual directs. Most of our trips are not more than four hours towing.

Just got the base plate installed and have not yet towed it. I also read that the 2.0 motor is not towable due to the nine speed transmission.


While that would work, running your battery down will eventually take its toll on it's longevity....Dennis

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Just bought an Equinox 2018 Premier, to use for flat towing. Based on the dealer and the manual this can be flat towed. They say it is FWD, and I have a button to push for AWD. I brought to camping world to have set up for towing, and they say this vehicle cannot be flat towed. So now I am waiting to speak with the dealer. Has anyone encounter this issue with this specific car ? It is a great car and would be a nice car to have with you..

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What a clean engine compartment you have there. Do you every drive it? [emoticon]


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2gypsies wrote:

What a clean engine compartment you have there. Do you every drive it? [emoticon]


25,000 driven miles, 75,000 towed miles. [emoticon] I do detail both the car and the coach regularly. Thanks....Dennis

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