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Chevrolet Tracker, Suzuki Sidekick, Suzuki Grand Vitara, Suzuki Vitara, SUV
Mar 28, 2008 (6:35 pm)
hey all, newbie here. i just purchased a 1999 chevy tracker base model. i think i got a decent deal out of it, i got it for 4k and it had 86k miles and the body was in really good condition, new breaks and tires too.. BUT my question the motor seems to vibrate a bit to much to my liking, just wondering would it could be? im planning to do a tune up in a few weeks, i have already added fuel injector cleaner to see if that would help but it didnt or maybe im not noticing. i also bought some slick 50 fuel system and it says it smooths out some of the ruffness in idling so i will give that a go also... but any thoughts and tips would be great.. thanks
#1668 of 1845 Re: hey all [cheech73]
Mar 28, 2008 (7:57 pm)
Make sure you follow the service recommendations in the owners' manual. I picked up a 2004 Tracker with 40,173 miles a year ago, and since performing most (except the trans case and transmission fluid changes) of the service recommended, I've had no problems with the car at all. Also, I was amazed how much junk came out when I had the fuel injection system cleaned out. The difference was quite noticable afterwords, not to mention the massive plume of grey smoke while it was being done.
#1669 of 1845 Re: hey all [cheech73]
Apr 04, 2008 (3:23 pm)
I personally wouldnt use any of tha slick50 or any other engine treatment. if you go to the ftc.gov. you will read that slick50 along with others have gotten sued for their claims of what their product does. As long as you are running a good engine oil there is no need for a addtive. I have read where outside addtives can cause the oil to break down soon than expected..
also make sure you dont have a busted motor mount!
#1670 of 1845 Replacement parts - Tracker vs Suzuki
Apr 05, 2008 (5:12 pm)
Hello to ALLÖ.yes, Iím the new guy on the block, and Iím glad I came across this forum.
I have a 2001 Tracker 4-Dr 4x4 with a 2.0L, and yes I also have my first question for the group.
Weíve just experienced a steering problem, and after reading some of the postings regarding the lower steering shaft u-joints failing, I removed the shaft and indeed found the lower joint to be NG.
Iíve found a couple of sites listing a replacement shaft for more than $300, what I was wondering is if anyone knows just what parts are interchangeable between the same year Suzuki Vitara?
Does a cross-reference chart exist?
One of the sites listed one for the Suzuki of the same year, it was $100 cheaper than the one listed for my Tracker but I donít know if itís actually the same part?
Does anyone know if this part is in fact the same between the two models?
Many thanks, Dave
#1671 of 1845 Re: hey all [arkainzeye]
Apr 05, 2008 (6:03 pm)
ok cool, glad you informed me about that, i will think twice before making another slick 50 purchase...
as far the motor shaking it could be very well the motor mounts, it seems to go into drive and reverse pretty hard, to me thats a good indication.. its going to the mechanics this week for a tune up while i am there i am having them check the motor and trannie mounts.. anyone know what replacing a motor mount or mounts costs??? so i have an idea.. thanks for the reply.
#1672 of 1845 Re: Blinking Lights [camillo99]
Apr 06, 2008 (12:59 pm)
We have a 2002 Tracker and the same thing is happening now. The interior and exterior (including headlights) are dimming and going back to normal for a while (30 seconds or so) then it goes back to normal for a while... then it starts blinking again for a while, etc.
The check engine light is also on. Having had the code checked at my local shop, they said it was the front O2 sensor, but they have no idea how that could cause any blinking...
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
#1673 of 1845 Re: Blinking Lights [aaronlane]
Apr 07, 2008 (10:01 am)
This sound just like what happened to my ford when the battery and alternator was going it caused all sorts of crasy thing to happen with the electrical. I would have those checked before you are stranded some where. Cause when they go it could be in an intersection. Thats what happened to me and that is how I got my Tracker.
And just because I referenced a ford doesnt mean it couldn't happen to a chevy, those 2 parts cause the same problems in all vehicles.
#1674 of 1845 Re: Blinking Lights [mjpower]
Apr 07, 2008 (10:13 am)
Yeah, that happened to me once in my old Ford Ranger as well. I checked those in the Tracker, and they tested fine... twice. I was hoping it was that too. I can fix that one. I also replaced the fan belt just for good measure in case it was slipping.
I also removed the chassis ground wire and wire brushed that and the contact.
#1675 of 1845 tracker idling help
Apr 11, 2008 (1:03 pm)
Ok, did a partial tune up on the tracker, changed the gas filter, bought a K&N air filter and changed the spark plugs. I also changed the 2 motor mounts, goes into gear much smoother now not as ruff, car runs much better under acceleration. BUT i still get a bad vibration,happens badly when not moving in drive and in reverse, although its better its still there. i thought doing a tune up and changing the mounts would take care of this.. i think the car idles pretty low is there a way to raise the idling in these cars.. my mechanic says he has not worked on these cars alot and says these cars idling is computerized, can i raise the idling??
Apr 13, 2008 (1:41 pm)
I have a 2003 Tracker LT with the 2.5L 6cyl. Looking through the Helms GM service manual it states the generator (altenator) for these trucks come in three states of output- 60, 70 and 85 amps. I am just taking an educated guess that the 60 is for the 1.6L. The 70 is for the 2.0L, the 85 amp is for my 2.5L. Would I be correct?
The reason I am asking is I would like to put a set of PIAA fog lamps on my brushguard. The 540 series runs a 55w bulb. The 520s run 85 watts. I am just concerned with putting too much of a load on the generator/altenator and would accept all advice on this matter.
Thank you in advance
PS My A/C went on the blink recently and was traced to a blown fuse. I took the truck into Suzuki who showed me how the condensor fan in the very front of the truck could have a bit of ice build up if in one place for a while and when the A/C is activated it blows the fuse instead of frying the fan motor. If you don't drive your rig in the winter for any lenght of time reach in through the grill and just move the fan blades. If you hear a squealing or scratchy noise coming out of the condensor fan or the fan blades seem to catch, it's on the way out and will have to be replaced.