Recall Alert: 2011 Chevy Colorado, 2011 GMC Canyon

Recall Alert: 2011 Chevy Colorado, 2011 GMC Canyon

GM is recalling 4,674 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon mid-size pickup trucks from the 2011 model year because the windshield wipers may become inoperative, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

In the affected vehicles, the wipers’ motor crank arm nut may loosen if the wipers are operated with a build-up of snow or ice or if the wipers are turned on with a dry windshield. If the nut is loosened enough, the wipers could stop working. This could reduce driver visibility and increase the risk of a crash.

The recall is expected to begin this month. Dealerships will secure the nut free of charge. For more info, owners can call Chevrolet at 800-630-2438, GMC at 866-996-9463 or NHTSA’s vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236.


I have a 2009 year. I believe I will not have this problem. Please confirm.

I'm from Chile, Southamerica

That met. red Z-71 in the picture sure is a nice little rig, if you can see the V-8 badge on the front fender near the mirror, that means that is one hot little number!

wow big deal...huumm is look like everybody have recall now,,specially the big one from Toyota,,maybe htsa play a game now....

Good thing that the rainy season is just about over.

At first glance you'd think that a recall of 4,674 units is a tiny recall, but to put it in perspective - year to date: Chevy only sold 10,160 Colorado's.

pick your poison.....

buy the last year of a 20 year old dated ranger which will be killed this production year.........

or drive off and crash the canyon or colorado because you can't see because the wipers are plugged up with snow....

I've only had mine for two weeks now.
On the bright side? No hail damage yet.

@ sandman4x4

That V8 under the hood is worthless. The Tacoma X-Runner would run circles around it.


Of coarse the Tacoma X-runner would run circles around the Colorado. With a stiffer and lowered suspension, grippier tires.... thats a whole different category.

On a different note, the V8 Colorado would spray mud and dirt all around the Tacoma X-Runner all day......

Ok then ec try again, a Colorado with the LT-3 package would leave the tachoma no matter what! and with a Z-71 package would leave it with mud on it's windshield!

When it comes to off-roading, V8 or LT3 package will not help the Colorado against the mighty Tacoma with just the 2.7 liter 4-cylinder!

The Tacoma has better gearing, more suspension travel and more ground clearance. Coil springs are much better than torsion bars also up front.

Makes ya wonder what they changed on the wiper arm from 2010 to 2011, maybe out sourced to a different company or maybe some one forgot to turn the pressure up on the air wrench. Still wish thewouold just update this with the new DI motors instead of the new one next year.

A recall for this? Seriously? The same thing happens to my dad's old Honda from time to time. If the nut gets loose, you tighten it, problem solved. Why not just mail out some wrenches? It would probably be cheaper than a recall.

rotflmao realy? the might tachoma? you you you got to be kiddin me right? 2.7 3.5 4.0 no matter what OXI power to wght ratio will tell ya, plus you can get 4.10 w/locker in the Z-71 and it weighs less to boot!

Would that be the mighty frame cracking Tacoma '05-'06.. or the mighty Tacoma without any real skid plate protection, or the mighty Toyota with frame rustying issues, or sagging leaf issues, or the stuck gas pedal, or clutch issues.

You mean Toyota, the company that has had more recalls than sold vehicles for the last 3 years in a row.

Go away Troll!!!!

Just put some rain-x on there

Just roll down the window and stick your head out ace ventura style!

Had to do that so I wouldn't be late to work one morning when the windshield was covered with frost (rare in southern florida).

$60 dollar an hour UAW guys never heard of Loctite?

All kidding aside...
I can see how this problem could be potentially dangerous. My wife and I had a brand new Grand Caravan and we were driving down the freeway in heavy rain. This was one of the first times we had to use the wipers. They were incorrectly assembled and both wipers ended up getting tangled into each other.

thats not to bad lol atleast their not lighting themself's on fire yet lol

@Chevy Guy

Considering GM only sold just over 10,000 of these for the month april and the recall is for almost half that, they might as well be setting themselves on fire.

There are 2 ways this can happen- the nuts were incorrectly torqued, or they were replaced with a part that doesn't have the same thread retension features (fit, coating, etc).
@Jorge Latino- sorry no one replied sooner- I'm surprised you bought a Colorado over a D-Max, since they're both available there, and for about the same money.
Your truck does appear to be the same thing. If you do not get a notice from Chevrolet Chile, just keep an eye on the wipers. The nut just needs to be retightened, maybe have some thread locker added.

These are probably the same trucks that were using the parts from Japan, that caused production to stop because of the parts shortage from the tsunami.

I hope that G.M. found an American manufacturer for the new nuts.

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