Today’s modern vehicles offer levels of customization from the factory which were unheard of in the past, but there are plenty of things that can be added to a new-to-you vehicle. If you purchased a new Chevy Equinox, there are some items which you could not order from the factory and if you bought your compact SUV used, it could be missing some key features.
Whether you just bought a new or used Chevy Equinox, there are things that could make the ownership experience more enjoyable. We have put together a list of these items that make the vehicle more comfortable or convenient while adding peace of mind and, in some cases, improving performance.
Whether you store your Chevy Equinox in a garage or outside in the elements, the exterior paint is constantly under assault from external stimuli. When kept in a private or public garage, you have the risk of people scratching the paint while walking by or parking their own vehicle next to it. When parked outside, weather, animals and humans can all take their toll on the exterior finish, but it is easy to protect the paint of your Equinox with a Platinum Shield car cover from CarCovers.com.
This cover will protect your Chevy when it is parked indoors, but the item is designed to face the elements. This weatherproof cover will protect your Equinox from birds flying over after a hearty meal or humans carrying a large box through a tight parking lot, but it will also prevent rain and snow from pummeling the shiny exterior. Of course, the Platinum Shield cover will also help to protect the glass from the elements and in the winter, these covers make snow removal a breeze.
A Platinum Shield cover is made to fit every generation of the Equinox dating back to 2005 and every cover is designed to fit your particular model, with wind straps and a lock cable to keep it in place in any condition.
If you have been driving your Chevy Equinox on muddy or gravel roads, you may have noticed that the tires are kicking up lots of debris onto the body. Mud and other road grime can be hard to remove from the paint while the graveling being picked up by the tires can do serious damage to the doors and rear quarter panels. All of that mess and damage can be prevented with a simple set of mud flaps, also called splash guards by some people. In some cases, the flaps are offered from the factory, but they can get broken or damaged, making them less effective.
Fortunately, there are lots of aftermarket options for mud flaps, including the set shown here from A-Premium. These flaps are molded plastic with a shape that flows with the natural lines of the body, offering a perfect fitment with a factory-installed look. Available for Equinox models from 2010 through 2020, they mount using the same holes as the flaps that are offered by Chevrolet. That makes them ideal for anyone looking to replace the factory mud flaps due to damage or fading, but it also makes installation a breeze. You simply use the included fasteners in the pre-drilled holes to create a clean look that protects your paint from stones and other debris.
Pretty much every Chevy Equinox comes from the factory with aluminum wheels. These alloy wheels look nicer than steel wheels, and they are also less prone to corrosion and lighter, effectively improving the efficiency and performance of your vehicle. The biggest downsides to aluminum wheels are that the wheels are easy to resell and that the metal is relatively valuable, making most modern wheels a popular target for thieves. Every automaker offers wheel locks from the factory, but if your Chevy Equinox didn’t come with them or they were removed by a previous owner, adding a set is a great way to protect your wheels from thieves.
This lock set from Dorman is a great example of a simple wheel lock set. They work like tradition lug nuts, except rather than a normal six-sided nut, they are rounded with a unique inlaid pattern on the head. They also come with a round key which contains a negative of that inlaid pattern, allowing the key to slide over each of the wheel locks to grip and remove them. The idea behind these locking lug nuts is that a regular socket will not remove them and while they can be removed without the key, it is labor intensive, so thieves are likely to move onto the next vehicle.
When buying wheel locks, always check with the manufacturer to see that they will fit on your Chevy Equinox.
Seat belts have evolved a great deal over the past few decades. Some vehicles offer adjustable mounting designs while others have seat belts with built-in airbags, but all seat belt designs have made a tremendous impact on keeping drivers and passengers safe in the event of an accident. The biggest complaint with most seat belt designs is the location of the shoulder belt relative to your neck. Many people find that the nylon belt rubs against their neck and that isn’t very pleasant. This leads some people to constantly adjust their seat belt while others find unusual ways to route the belt away from their neck, which could lead to increased injuries in the event of an accident.
If you don’t like how the shoulder belt in your Chevy Equinoz rests against your neck or chest, seat belt pads like the units shown here from Weill are ideal. These attach to the belt by wrapping around and connecting to themselves with Velcro, so you can put them anywhere you want on the belt. Once in place, these pads will prevent the seat belt material from rubbing against your skin.
The seat belt pads that we chose to showcase happen to sport a carbon fiber appearance with the Chevrolet logo, but they are available in many different material patterns and without logos.
If you have been driving for more than a few years, the odds are good that you have dealt with a dead battery more than once. Few things pertaining to driving are more disheartening than getting into your vehicle, turning the key and hearing the familiar, rapid click of the starter that is caused by a dead battery. If you have some sort of roadside assistance service, you can call and wait for a tow truck driver to come jump start your vehicle, but if you have a jump start box in the trunk, you can get back on the road without calling for help.
We found this jump start box from NOCO and it is the peace-of-mind accessory for your Chevy Equinox. With 2,000 amps of cranking power, it will jump start even large, heavy duty engines, but the compact design allows it to tuck away neatly in the trunk. Best of all, making this jump start box unique from the competitors is the fact that it has built-in 12-volt charging ports, so in addition to using it to jump start your Equinox, you can also use it to charge your phone or other electronic devices. Just make sure to plug it back in to charge it back up once you get home.
Headlight technology has come a long way in the past few decades, with the factory lighting systems of today’s vehicles being exponentially brighter than the headlights of the 1990s and earlier. However, when automaker create lighting systems, they have to take all sorts of factors into consideration beyond simply illuminating the road ahead. Most notably, the automakers have to balance lighting up the road with an effort to not blind oncoming drivers and as a result, some vehicles have headlights that seem like they could be a whole lot brighter.
If you have a Chevy Equinox and you would like the path ahead to be a bit brighter at night, there is a long list of aftermarket brands that offer headlights that are much brighter than the stock units. One of the best known brands is Sylvania, and they have been offering brighter headlights for all sorts of vehicles since the 1980s. This company offers several different headlight lines, including their ultra-bright Silverstar line, but in this case, we have found a more moderate headlight upgrade with the XtraVision line.
These headlights are direct plug-and-play replacements for the standard bulbs in your Chevy Equinox. Once installed, you will have brighter light out front and in many cases, a larger path of light, without any negative impact to you or the vehicle.
Every Chevy Equinox comes with some sort of floor mat, but factory mats have a few key downsides. Most notably, since they are generally carpeted, they don’t hold dirt and water so much as they absorb the grime. Also, the factory mats don’t do anything to contain larger amounts of water in the form of melting snow that you tracked in on your boots, nor do they do anything to keep mud from getting onto the carpeting of the vehicle. Even if your feet are always clean and dry, if you spill coffee on your floor with a carpeted factory floor mat, you are going to have coffee stains on your carpeting.
That is why everyone should look into all-weather floor mats for their Chevy Equinox similar to the set shown here from Max Liner. These all-weather mats are custom tailored to fit snugly in place, with raised walls that keep all of the dirt and moisture away from your vehicle’s carpeting. Clean up is as simple as carefully lifting the mats out of the vehicle to be rinsed off, so whether your boots are caked with dark mud or you spill a large chocolate shake on the floor, there won’t be any long term damage to the floor of your Equinox.
The easiest way to improve the performance and efficiency of your Chevy Equinox is to swap to a K&N air filter. There are a handful of air filter companies with products which will help improve power and fuel economy, but K&N is the best-known, with products for pretty much every make, model and engine in North America. They make elaborate intake systems which replace the factory intake system, but that might be too much for some Equinox owners.
Fortunately, K&N also makes drop-in filter replacements that go in the stock air system box of your Chevy Equinox. The K&N filter allows the air to flow to the engine more freely, leading to more power and better fuel economy. Mind you, there aren’t huge gains to be had and actual improvements vary based on engine and transmission options, but switching to a filter like the K&N shown here will yield better acceleration and more miles per gallon. Best of all, the K&N filter is washable, so you don’t replace it – you just clean it, apply the filter oil and put it back in the factory air box.
If the windshield wiper blades of your Chevy Equinox aren’t cleaning the glass as well as they used to, it is time for a new set. Replacing wiper blades is as simple as measuring them and buying the right length and style for your vehicle. If you aren’t comfortable buying the right brand, the people who work the counter in every parts store can help you pick the right wiper blades for your Equinox.
The folks who work at the parts store might offer to install them as well, but if not, it is a simple project. There is a button on the wiper blade arm, right where the arm connects, that pushes inward to let the blade slide away. The new blade simply pops into place and you are ready to drive.
If you recently bought a 2018 Chevy Equinox or you have been driving one for some time, there is a chance that it could need new tires. The 2018 Equinox went on sale in late 2017, so the original tires from those SUVs are nearing four years old. The 2018 Equinox is offered with three different wheel sizes across the trim levels – 17-, 18- and 19-inch. Equinox L and LS models come with 225/65/17 tires, LT models come with those 17-inch tires or 225/60/18 and the Premier trim level comes with those same 18-inch tires or 235/50/19 tires.
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