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So I have a 1.8L naturally aspirated 2013 Chevy Cruze. Today out of know-where the computer trips into "limp-mode" (minimal power), the engine light plus the traction control light comes on, and the motor feels like someone threw a brick into a washing machine on spin cycle! Needless to say you can feel the shaking through the steering wheel. Plugs look good, coils aren't burnt or discolored, air filter cleaned 3 weeks ago and oiled (K&N air filter), motor oil changed 3 weeks ago also, PCV valve in rocker cover completely intact, rocker cover gasket intact. I'm stumped! I don't have anything to check error codes with right now, but any common problems like the PCV valve for me to check - before my local GM mechanic gets his grubby little sausages all over my car and charges me an arm and a leg just to spit out an error code or two would be greatly appreciated! I'm going to get a pocket tester on the intake and exhaust cam actuators right now, fingers crossed it's something that'll set me back $100 and not $1000... Also going to replace rocker cover just in-case, modern motors can be ridiculously sensitive to things us mere mortals just can't detect with our five senses. I miss the days when a can of ether and a roll of tape could get you back on the road - no troubles! Now my car needs a safe space because words do hurt Chevy Cruze's! No good bleeping piece of bleep!!!
 

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You might want to have a Chevy dealership take a look at it. You should still be under the 5 year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty. Also, have you actually read the CEL codes? Since the CEL light is on this would be a good place to start.
 

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Freshly oiled K&N is the smoking gun.
 

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Ok I feel like I have to post this as I found nothing for my most recent issue with my Cruze LS. I have a 2014 Cruze LS 1.8 mtx.

SOME HISTORY:
I purchased it new with 6 miles on it in Nov. 2013. Around 36k the thermostat went out replaced under warranty. Around 72k I had a rough start with CEL and service traction control light come on. Upon inspection under the hood I found a plastic bracket linking two intake manifold tuning valves with plastic ball joints had come detached from one another. I wrapped thread tape around the ball and pushed it back into the pocket and cleared the code. Problem solved. I took it to Chevy and they replaced my intake manifold under the extended powertrain warranty.

MOST RECENT:
At 79k I experienced a vibration in the engine with no CEL, spark plugs were fine, injectors tested good fuel supply was good as well. I also noticed a bit of a dampening when shifting from 1st to 2nd and from 2nd to 3rd. I brought it back into Chevy and it took them 10 days to determine that the flywheel had started to come loose and damaged my clutch and pressure plate as well. All replaced under extended power train warranty.

Hope this is helpful. Also don't take it anywhere for an oil change. Chevy overfilled mine twice. Claimed that it was impossible because they put oil in electronically. I said next time let all the oil drain out first. Jiffy Lube stripped out my drain plug and I had to replace the pan because Jiffy Lube wasn't going to touch it again. All oil changes are done in my garage now.
 

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So I have a 1.8L naturally aspirated 2013 Chevy Cruze. Today out of know-where the computer trips into "limp-mode" (minimal power), the engine light plus the traction control light comes on, and the motor feels like someone threw a brick into a washing machine on spin cycle! Needless to say you can feel the shaking through the steering wheel. Plugs look good, coils aren't burnt or discolored, air filter cleaned 3 weeks ago and oiled (K&N air filter), motor oil changed 3 weeks ago also, PCV valve in rocker cover completely intact, rocker cover gasket intact. I'm stumped! I don't have anything to check error codes with right now, but any common problems like the PCV valve for me to check - before my local GM mechanic gets his grubby little sausages all over my car and charges me an arm and a leg just to spit out an error code or two would be greatly appreciated! I'm going to get a pocket tester on the intake and exhaust cam actuators right now, fingers crossed it's something that'll set me back $100 and not $1000... Also going to replace rocker cover just in-case, modern motors can be ridiculously sensitive to things us mere mortals just can't detect with our five senses. I miss the days when a can of ether and a roll of tape could get you back on the road - no troubles! Now my car needs a safe space because words do hurt Chevy Cruze's! No good bleeping piece of bleep!!!
Did you ever find out the issue and get it repaired? My car is doing the exact same thing out of nowhere. It's in the shop now but don't wanna get robbed lol. Please let me know :)
 
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