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Brake squeal & Cv axle problems

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We purchased a new 2018 chevy spark as tow car for our Newmar 38 ft motorhome. Advised by the dealership to install a auto brake system we purchased a Patriot I system made byBlue Ox a trusted name in towing components. After 4400 miles the Brakes burned out and the CV axle in front were destroyed. 3-WAY Chevrolet in Bakersfield inspected and refused to fix the vehicle blaming the Blue Ox system for the failure. We repaired the car ourselves at a cost of near $3500.00 and did not reinstall the blue Ox system. The Chevy Spark started to destroy the car in the same way again without any auto-brake. We went back to Chevrolet dealership and G.M. they suggested a ABS controller electric and hydraulic controller be replaced, but would not pay for it. We  replaced it at our expense, and the car operated correctly. Chevy has canceled our warrantee and will not pay for repairs. This is just stupid and crooked. They admitted that the repair could be remedied by the ABS system being replaced (which caused all the other 1st event damage) but would not repair or reimburse for the repair of the new vehicle under warrantee. The original part, ABS controller was made in Mexico, the replacement controller came from Switzerland at a cost of $750.00 plus installation at the dealership. OUR total cost of repair is now about $5200.00 dollars , on a new car that only cost $12,000.00 total. Chevrolet, the 3-WAY dealership & GM really are crooks. They saw their size and control, and just said no to a valid complaint and repairs. Last GM product I buy.

 

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What were you thinking to buy a toy car like Spark for towing a 38ft motor home?

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Just out of curiosity this is a manual trans right? And were you unhooking the negative from the battery? This was added to the towing procedure. 

 

Chevy Bulletin:
Certain 2017-2018 model year Chevrolet Spark vehicles, equipped with a manual transmission (RPO MR7), may experience electronic stability control (ESC) brake activation under certain conditions while being dinghy towed. When the vehicle is being towed on a curved road or in a turn, ESC brake activation of one wheel may occur resulting in an audible tire squeal.

 

The forum I found this on was talking about destroyed brakes and melted hubcaps. 

 

Edited by Ray Dockrey

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