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#1584 of 1838 Re: 2000 Chevy Tracker Engine Noise? [scotter]
Mar 13, 2007 (5:48 pm)
Thanks for the input, but lack of oil was never an issue. Mine was faithfully changed and checked often. I had no oil leaks, so at the most I added less than 1/4 qt between changes. This is my 3rd tracker and have had nothing but good luck with all until now. 3/12/07 is the first day I really got to drive it since we changed the idler sprocket Saturday. Surprisingly enough the previous noise is almost gone. I deliberately ran it hard to see if the noise would get louder and it didn't. Not too smart I know, but I needed to find out. When I crank it up to 65mph and set cruise the motor runs just as smooth as the day we bought it 4+ yrs ago. We have come to the conclusion (after talking to several mechanics and/or friends) that the timing chain may be a little stretched or the lower tensioner may not be doing its job completely. For $400 more, I can replace the remaining parts. Luckily, some of these parts can come from somewhere other than Chevy this time. I'm ordering a chain and we'll go from there. I have been told by more than one person that my tracker shouldn't be running. But it is and honestly I have heard vehicles that sound far worse than mine. I'll post and let everyone know how it goes.
#1585 of 1838 Re: 2000 Chevy Tracker Engine Noise? [trakronr]
Mar 14, 2007 (4:41 am)
Just a couple of points:
It is premature to assume that the engine is damaged because some metal got loose in the oil. The screen on the oil pickup should stop pieces from getting picked up by the oil pump and the oil filter should catch the rest.
You might be on the right track with the timing chain. Centrifugal force and load might be causing the chain to take up slack and fly out against the tensioner quieting it down at speed.
Seems like I read something about the timing chain tensioner not doing its job after a small oil port clogged and loosing pressure to a little piston that pushes it out against the chain. But, low oil pressure could also provide the same result.
Also, I'm always a little surprised when something that pumps oil can fail. It's the best lubricated part in the car yet most people point to it first. It's been my experience that when oil pressure is lost it's usually due to something else like main, rod and cam bearings or something blocking oil flow. On point I agree with is that low oil pressure starves the top of the engine first.
Good luck and let us know what happens.
#1586 of 1838 Re: I Just broke the Timing Chain on My 2001 Tracker 2.0L 4 cyl. Engine... [snichol]
Mar 15, 2007 (5:31 pm)
I have been buying timing parts for my 2000 2.0L 4wd tracker which has 134K miles. So far the majority has been special order from Chevy dealership. I ended up ordering the lower/lge timing chain from Auto Zone. I have invested around $400 just in the timing parts and have only replaced about half of them. I had a small sprocket lose a couple teeth, the upper chain guide broke in to, and the upper tensioner broke. It was part metal, part plastic. I have since ordered the idler sprocket and bushing, because the sprocket showed uneven teeth wear and one tooth was chipped. I go tomorrow to pick up the lower chain and tensioner. I hope that will take care of my problems. Good luck finding aftermarket parts in your area. And, I hope you haven't toasted your motor.
#1587 of 1838 Re: I Just broke the Timing Chain on My 2001 Tracker 2.0L 4 cyl. Engine... [trakronr]
Mar 16, 2007 (8:46 am)
So far my mechanic can't find anything local!
He says Chevrolet wants $3800 for a short block.
There are no rebuilt available for this engine here in Houston. (Can you provide me with your sources of the parts other than Chevy & Auto Zone?)
One company here in Houston will rebuild it for a little over $1850, but my mechanic doesn't trust them. He says if they re-bore the engine cylinder sleeves over .20, it will make the walls too thin and subject to blow out. (Anyone care to comment on this? (verify/discount it?)
We are searching for a complete replacement engine to install and go.
Anyone know where I can find a low milage engine right away? Cheap?
#1588 of 1838 Re: I Just broke the Timing Chain on My 2001 Tracker 2.0L 4 cyl. Engine... [snichol]
Mar 16, 2007 (9:50 am)
So far, I only can get parts from Chevy and Auto Zone. Any part store I called to me it was a dealer item. The chain was only $46.99 from AutoZone. You can get it online (I believe and get it delivered). A source for rebuilt motors is: www.marshallengines.com When I asked my chevy dealer about rebuilt motors, he told me everyone is using them. They have dealerships across the country. I don't know if any are close to you or not. I emailed them last night requesting a price quote, but haven't gotten an answer yet. It appears that they offer a 36 month, 100K mile warranty. I used a site someone else referred at www.car-part.com. I did find a motor within 50 miles of my home for $850. You might try them.
#1589 of 1838 Re: I Just broke the Timing Chain on My 2001 Tracker 2.0L 4 cyl. Engine... [snichol]
Mar 16, 2007 (5:29 pm)
why does it have to be a rebuilt motor? get a salvage yard motor. i used to have a 1981 dodge colt with a mistubshi engine. It was fried by a lack of oil. i got a salvage colt engine for $115 and it lasted over 100,000 additional miles! This time i made sure maintance was kept up. My opinion, you dont need a rebuilt engine for $2000. Hell i just traded my 1999 tracker 4x4 in and its total worth was $2000! See about a salvage engine. you could get a engine from a tracker that was hit in the rear or side and totalled. we know it doesnt take much to total these things. at least it gives you another road to look down.
#1590 of 1838 a/c problem 2000 2.0L 4 door 4wd tracker
Mar 27, 2007 (3:41 pm)
Hi Guys, I just tried my a/c for the first time this year. It doesn't seem to be blowing cold air....maybe slightly cooler then fan air. A/c light comes on when you push the button and I believe the compressor is starting....I can feel the revs change a bit. Possible related issue...I had the vehicle krown rust proofed a month ago...I noticed an excessive amount of light oil in the engine compartment. I thought it was the rust proofing....now I wonder...could it be a/c related? Is there any oil in that system?
Anyhow...checked fuse under hood...25 amp, looks good...where do I start with this? Thanks.
#1591 of 1838 Re: a/c problem 2000 2.0L 4 door 4wd tracker [steven_s]
Mar 27, 2007 (3:52 pm)
Funny you should post this...I had the same problem today. Although..I didn't have any rust proofing done.
It worked okay a few weeks ago, but all of a sudden...no air conditioning.
Any ideas...like leakage, pump gone bad, etc.?
#1592 of 1838 Re: a/c problem 2000 2.0L 4 door 4wd tracker [steven_s]
by steve_ HOST
Mar 27, 2007 (3:59 pm)
There's refrigerant oil in the AC system, so that could be what you saw in the engine compartment. Pf_flyer's AC got fixed today on his new Versa - a pinched O ring let all the refrigerant escape and he had no cooling.
Check out the Climate Control Problems (Air Conditioning, Heat) - All Cars discussion too.
#1593 of 1838 Re: a/c problem 2000 2.0L 4 door 4wd tracker [molly090406]
Mar 27, 2007 (4:36 pm)
if you do a search on this subject you will find alot of older tracker 1999,2000 and im not sure what year this stopped, then they all lost their A/C and had to have a very expensive fix to get it up and running again. My 1999 tracker lost its a/c about 2 years ago and the fix was more than what the car was worth so i never fixed it. Now i have a 2004 tracker V-6 Zr-2.