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#1344 of 1845 Re: 2002 valve seal problem [razap]
Mar 31, 2006 (4:02 pm)
Your sparkplugs could have well been fouled, but with carbon build-up, not oil. Especially if you do a lot of short trips or your sparkplugs were replaced with ones that run too cool. If your oil consumption is low, it's not your valve stern seals. Insert your prayer of thanks here.
As for your last question, all Chevrolet Trackers are Suzuki Grand Vitaras' or Vitaras' in disguise depending on trim level. They are all built in the same CAMI auto plant in Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada. You can tell that they are a Japanese design as the rear door opens to the curb, instead of to the street, as with Jeeps. The entire powertrain is Suzuki and the electronics are Nippon Denso. You may even find some or all the parts for your truck are cheaper at a Suzuki dealership, as long as they not Chev specific such as the front grill or bow-tie trim. Shop around and compare your truck to the same Suzuki model and year when looking for parts. Good luck.
#1345 of 1845 new member
Apr 01, 2006 (11:43 am)
lol i just discovered this thing. Anyway, I have a 2000 Tracker D 4WD 4cyl. I just bought it in Aug. 05 with 76,000 mi. on it and its been great. Its funny though seeing some of the same problems I have, like the drivers side window jamming up, and the stupid ignition key thing. The service engine light just came on a few days ago, stayed on for like 2 days, then went out. Scan code said P0400...EGR Flow. Oh well, guess I outta get it fixed, huh.
#1346 of 1845 'New' '95 Tracker questions...
Apr 02, 2006 (8:58 pm)
I just got a '95 Tracker, 1.6L, 16 valve, 2DR, 4WD, hard-top, and have a few questions. Can anybody point me in the right directions?
1. Which book, for maintenance, wiring, etc.?
2. Radio is 'inop'...and displaying 'loc'...in the manual it says to enter the code. How do I obtain or reset the code...original owner went to heaven (I think).
3. Planning on towing behind 27' MH, 4 down, but concerned about the comments I've read on automatic hubs. Should I be? Should I replace the hubs with manual ones? Any other major concerns on towing 4 down? The manual is specific on settings for towing 4 down, but not too clear to me! Anyone have a specific 'check-list' for setting prior to towing? Is there anyway my automatic hubs can be set to 'unlocked' all the time, even though they are automatic? Considering the Roadmaster brackets (118-1) and Falcon II tow bar. Best Source?
4. Fan inop on A/C and heater...where is the fuse? Could be a bad fan motor, but I'd like to check the fuse, first.
5. 'Itty-Bitty' toggle switch on lower left of dash, driver's side. Aftermarket? Anybody have an idea of what it does, or supposed to do?
6. Possible to NOT aquire miles when towing?
Vehicle looks fair, minor dings, but sound. Engine runs nice and smooth, everything OK, except for my 'minor' concerns. Thanks for any input.
#1347 of 1845 Re: 'New' '95 Tracker questions... [joniliff]
Apr 03, 2006 (5:24 pm)
Hi: Man, what do you do, save all the questions for a year?
1) Helms manuals MAY still have a shop manual for your truck. If not, there is always Haynes, but try Helms first as they sell the original shop manuals.
2) A shot in the dark here. A chev dealer may be able to enter your vin number and retrieve your radios code, but you would probably find it cheaper and less hassle to replace the radio with an aftermarket one, that is better quality to boot, with a CD player.
3) I haven't got my manual handy but when you tow a 4WD with a part-time system you place the transfer case in the neutral position. This lets the entire drivetrain run free from the transmission. Your automatic hubs would not be engaged since the transfer case is not in 4WD and 6) since your odometer reads from the transmission, your mileage would not change. That is my read on towing but have never done it with a part-time 4WD. Your R.V dealer that supplies you your tow-bar would probably be able to answer your questions fully.
4) My quess. Your fuse block. Check your manual, it could also be a circuit breaker or relay. It probably is your fan motor, 11 years old.
5) Flip the switch and try to start the truck, if the truck doesn't start, you have your answer. Very handy thing to have a ignition or fuel shut off switch.
I hope I have helped.
#1348 of 1845 Re: 'New' '95 Tracker questions... [poorcruzer]
Apr 03, 2006 (6:52 pm)
Tnx, poorcruzer, for the response...I purchased the used vehicle on Saturday, and posted the questions on Sunday. I didn't save them up for long . These are the first questions that I have. I fiddled with the radio, and in spite of the manual's comments about security, I got it to work...some security, huh? On the hubs, I've just been reading different posts on the 'net about automatic hubs locking while hooked up to tow, so was concerned. Glad to hear the odometer would not register while being towed! Did something today...got under the dash and checked out the switch...it's NOT CONNECTED to anything; no wonder I didn't see anything happening. Thanks again. John
#1349 of 1845 Rear Door stuck shut
Apr 04, 2006 (11:11 am)
Hi, I am new here. I just bought my 90 Tracker last sunday. The rear door is stuck shut, I put lock penetrating oil on handle mechanism and in the lock cylinder. The door won't open. Maybe I have to take the door apart ie the lock rod is dropped. Any pointers on how to take apart the rear door/panel? Thank you!
#1350 of 1845 Re: 'New' '95 Tracker questions... [joniliff]
Apr 04, 2006 (2:59 pm)
Welcome to the Tracker/Suzuki Vitara family. I hope your rig serves you faithfully for the time you need it's service. Your switch probably lit up aftermarket lighting which was removed.
I am still going to look in to the automatic hub thing while towing just to make sure.
I am very impressed you perservered and got your radio to work. These trucks, even in the mid 90's are very simple vehicles to work on, and the more you work on your vehicle the more knowledgable you become. So when somebody tries to pull the wool over your eyes about work needed on your rig, you will know better, even if you are uncomfortable about doing the work yourself. You will at least understand what work is required.
Good choice on a used vehicle. On this website verses other vehicles you don't see this symbol.
#1351 of 1845 Re: 'New' '95 Tracker questions... [joniliff]
Apr 05, 2006 (3:14 pm)
Hi again. I looked into the automatic hub issue and it would seem that Suzuki recomends for your year of Tracker with automatic hubs to put the rear of the vehicle on a car dolly and drag it backwards. If you want to pull the Tracker from the front with all the wheels on the ground, it is suggested to get manual hubs. These can be bought from Warn Industries for the Tracker/Suzuki Vitara. The reason being, that in this application it would seem that only one side of the axle disengages from the hub while the other axle stays engaged. I am still not sure what would be damaged if you ran all four on the ground with the transfer case in neutral as the drivetrain is disengaged at the transfer case, but just in case, I would get the manual hubs. They are fairly inexpensive and easily installed.
Apr 09, 2006 (11:38 am)
I know this is really dumb but where are the spark plugs on the 04 Tracker with the 2.6 V6? Also any tips on changing them when I do find them.
#1353 of 1845 Re: 04 Spark Plugs [oldschool4]
Apr 10, 2006 (8:09 am)
There is a black cover over the center of the cylinder head assembly one on each side. Remove that cover to find the coil. The plugs will be under the coil and down into the head. The plugs are screwed into the top of the cylinder (hemi style). There are short rubber boots that connect the lead on the coil to the sparkplug(this eliminates the need for plug wires. You will need a deep socket with an extension. I haven't changed mine yet but, the design looks the same as the one on my Olds Intrigue with the 3.5 northstar.