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#1622 of 1845 Re: Timing [hibbler]
Jul 10, 2007 (5:58 am)
Hi, snichol here,
You might want to go back and read my previous messages about timing chain breaking & A/C repairs.
I have a 2001 4 door Tracker w/2.0 L engine.
Broke the top timing chain, it wiped out the gears.
When the chain breaks the valves are no longer in sync with the pistons. There is no space in the cylinder to allow them to be in the same place at the same time, results: BENT VALVES! Thus, no Compression!
If it turned over more than one or two revolutions, it probably bent them all. May have punched holes in the pistons too.
So, you'll need to do a major head job and examine the tops of the pistons and replace them if needed.
I found out that it is very, very expensive to get parts/engine repair on it. I searched and found a used engine in a wrecking yard with low miles on it and had a mechanic change it out.
I had 207,000 miles on it at the time, so it was like getting a new engine, but at about half price (cost & Labor to install)
So, my friend, you have internal damage...
Welcome to the world of Trackers!
(That Chevrolet doesn't talk about!)
My mechanic, at the time, told me .... " there's something about this engine that they aren't telling anyone! They (Chevy) made it obsolete and change them out each year, even the re builders don't support them. There's something fishy about it, when the manufacturer won't support it." (To be fair, I did find that Chevrolet had a new Short Block for about $4300.00; one re builder here in Houston gave me a "Rebuild" price of around $1800-to-$2000.
(Me furnishing the labor, in and out, which is about $800 to $1000.)
I paid around $2300 for engine, labor, fluids/parts and a replacement of the front, external tension pulley (It was on the verge of locking up).
So far, I'm happy with the outcome, an engine with low miles that purrs like a kitten.
She' ticking along, like a Timex!
Cheers & Good Luck.
#1623 of 1845 looking for parts
Jul 22, 2007 (8:52 am)
i just bought a 2001 2.0l 4 door and i was wondering if anyone knows any good websites for performance parts like full exhaust (headers) and suspension parts please help i cant find anything worth a damn
#1624 of 1845 Re: looking for parts [johio44]
Jul 23, 2007 (10:37 am)
Aug 05, 2007 (5:33 pm)
I forgot what was posted before on this subject, but i was wondering what is the largest size tire you can install on a 1999-2004 chevy tracker without having any issues? I currently have a stock size of 215/75-15. I would like to install some Light Truck tires on my 04 Zr-2 tracker.
#1626 of 1845 anyone have any advice??
Aug 09, 2007 (3:51 pm)
I have a 01 Chevy Tracker 4x4, 6 Cyl, 2.5 lt... and I love that darn little SUV. When I first got it I wasn't so fond of it.. I really wanted a Jeep... but that dang thing has really grown on me over the past couple of years. I mean it's a hard working, easy keeper, with lot's of pep... until recently. I took on a new job as a courier. I figured my car would do great cuz it gets consitantly 23MPG when I drive it.. moslty in city.. sometimes 25 when I add some HWY driving. Anyway, my truck is pushing 105,000 miles. I have changed the oil pretty regular.. between 3000 and 6000 miles. So when I got this job I figured I better do the whole tune up thing and see if I can get better mileage. My neighbor is an ex-mechanic so I asked him if he could help. He removed the ignition coils to change the plugs and the boot and distributor disengaged from each other. Well, he poked at the boot and apparently put a nice little whole in it. (neither one of us knew that till I drove it the next day) Check engine light comes on of couse it's because of a mis-fire in cyl 6. Which then takes out cyl 3. So I buy 3 salvaged ignition coils from the junk yard to replace them. The car is running, but not like it was. I kept getting a check engine light when I drove it with code 0441, Evap malfuntion. The guys at Autozone thought it was probably do to the gas cap not sealing... so I bought a new one. So far so good. But I still don't think the car runs the same. My mileage is down from 23 to 21 or 22.. The car has lost it's "pep"... sometimes it seems to struggle in higher speeds when I'm driving home from Denver. I do realize I'm going up hill and that could be it.. but I never really had that problem before. So I was wondering if you all had any ideas of things to check next. My tranny fluid is a little black, it doesn't smell.. and I have never had it changed. I can't think of anything else that would make it have such a lack of performance.
#1627 of 1845 Re: anyone have any advice?? [shelbytracker]
Aug 10, 2007 (4:49 pm)
were the spark plugs you replaced the proper ones for your model V6? I know the 2.0 and 2.5 use different plugs. also were the gapped before installing them? I was just wondering this too. When removing the coilpacks to replace the plugs did you do one at a time?
#1628 of 1845 Re: anyone have any advice?? [arkainzeye]
Aug 12, 2007 (1:43 pm)
As far as I know yes to all your questions. The neighbor is a mechanic.. he used to work on Ford PUs. We bought the plugs at Autozone.. I gave him year, make, and model of the car. I bought a cheaper platinum brand, but was assured that they were the right size etc for the car. As for the gaping.. he said he gaped them. We took all the coil packs off and he put them all on one at a time. When he started the car up he noticed that it still seemed to misfire. He detached each coil one at a time till he found the one that didn't change at all when he unplugged it. He knew this coil had gone bad and replaced it with one of my original coils. Afterward the car seemed to work fine... To him.. to me it still seemed to run different. It has been a few days since I changed the gas cap. The mileage was a little better this last trip. I got a good solid 23 miles per gallon. So I'm back to where I was before. Is there anything else I can do to improve mileage? I saw some after market stuff on Ebay that supposedly gives you a 15% increase in mileage as well as a power boost.
#1629 of 1845 Re: anyone have any advice?? [shelbytracker]
Aug 13, 2007 (4:10 am)
"Ebay that supposedly gives you a 15% increase in mileage as well as a power boost."
If your concerned about MPG, the last thing you want is a powerboost! If you are talking about them devices that trick the air temp sensor into thinking it is colder outside than it actually is, then you will burn MORE fuel because it wil increase the richness of the air fuel ratio. Thats now them devices work. You will then notice a Decrease in your mpg... btw i forgot, what Yr is your tracker?
#1630 of 1845 2001... and the check engine light is on again
Aug 13, 2007 (2:24 pm)
My tracker is a 2001... thanks for the fyi about the ebay thing. It always seems like a good deal.. but then you never really know.
btw.. my check engine light went on again today. Pretty sure it's still the code 0441 for Evap .. what else, besides a gas cap not being put on tight enough, can cause a vacum leak or evapuration to trigger the engine light. It has been pretty hot here (CO) the last couple of days. I drive nearly 200 miles a day. I spend most of the morning in Colo Springs.. with as many as 16 stops and starts. I then head to Denver and am on the road for consistant driving for a good hour. I find the light useally comes on when I'm driving home... and after the tank as emptied or is a little below a half tank. Any ideas? I've had the car for 3 years.. never had this problem. But then again I have never driven it 200 miles a day for 3 weeks straight.
#1631 of 1845 Re: 2001... and the check engine light is on again [shelbytracker]
Sep 06, 2007 (9:15 pm)
ive had the same engine light problem,autozone did tell me is the same code u mentioned.. it comes and goes, ive got used to it. i used a can of sea foam and it went away instantly, i think it was coincidental..but who knows. my gas cap isnt stock,but its been checked and it fits fine.. we think. anyways, my question... i have 99 chevy tracker 4dr with a 2.0. it has 105xxx miles and the plugs had never been changed. last year i got 24 mpg, but ive used some fuel injector cleaners and like i said, sea foam is the last thing ive used for months, and ive changed the spark plugs for the first time just recently. before i changed the plugs i started to get around 26-27 mpg.. should i expect better gas mileage now with new plugs? i figured the 4cyl would do better than the 24mpg i got last year, but still, is what im getting now the best that it will ever get? thanks-