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Chevrolet Tracker, Suzuki Sidekick, Suzuki Grand Vitara, Suzuki Vitara, SUV
#1685 of 1838 Re: tracker bad shaking [cheech73]
Apr 18, 2008 (4:11 pm)
All Chevrolet Trackers are rebadged Suzuki Grand Vitara's. They were built on the same assembly line in Ingersoll Ontario Canada at the CAMI plant. If you look carefully you will spot Suzuki written on parts like the air filter housing or other cosmetic parts. Most of the parts electrical and others are Denso parts, if the parts are from Japan they will be labelled Nippon Denso.
The entire truck was designed in Japan, it is the reason why the rear door opens opposite to Jeep rear doors. The Japanese drive on the other side of the road so when they park on the street they don't have to walk around the rear door when loading. You will understand if you try and do an oil change on a 2.5L V-6 and you have to try and squeeze the oil filter between the steering column and cross members, all the time cursing Suzuki for not putting the oil filter on the other side of the motor where's there tons of room. On Japanese trucks there is tons of room.
I am not sure how much of the North American truck is made in Japan, the powertrain, engines, tranny, axles most definately are Japanese made and assembled. The only relation, the Suzuki XL7 which is a longer version of the GV and Tracker, is totally Japanese, being assembled in Hamamatsu Japan.The 2007 XL7 is a GM design based on the Torrent however the engines are a Suzuki assembled GM design. I am looking for a 2004 to 2006 XL7 five passenger not the seven passenger 5sp auto right now to compliment my Tracker.
As for taking your rig to a Suzuki dealer verses Chev is simple. They know your truck back to front and sideways, it's all they know, other than the Suzuki cars. They will know it quirks and quarks and the cheapest way to fix it as the Suzuki parts tend to be cheaper than at Chevrolet.I only take my truck into Suzuki as I trust them to fix it right the first time. Chev dealers don't like seeing these trucks come in as they usually don't have the parts to fix them and they also last so long.
As for the balancer I haven't got a clue and wouldn't want to render a guess.
I hope I have been a little help to explain your truck. They are awesome trucks and with routine maintainance will last a long time. Goodluck
#1686 of 1838 Re: tracker bad shaking [poorcruzer]
Apr 18, 2008 (7:04 pm)
thanks for the reply, i did see some Suzuki badging in the tracker, and i do know its the sister car or copy is the vitara. i didn't know it would be cheaper to bring the car to a Suzuki, i will take you up on that advice next time around... i decided to fix the problem it makes sense what you said after reading up on what you said it might have been... other than the very ruff idling the car while moving is really good and runs good..
#1687 of 1838 Re: tracker bad shaking [poorcruzer]
Apr 19, 2008 (3:50 pm)
well 400 dollars later and a new harmonic engine balancer did not work... I'm taking it to the Suzuki dealer but after doing a tune up, motor mounts and harmonic balancer to fix this problem, I'm kinda broke for a little while... so any other ideas what it might be please share... or should i just deal with the shaking.
#1688 of 1838 Sorry that's all I had
Apr 19, 2008 (4:50 pm)
Like I said, it was a total shot in the dark, since you said you had it tuned up and scanned for codes and it's all clear, I'm out of suggestions. Just take the rig to Suzuki, they could at least tell you what's wrong if it is expensive you maybe able to fix it later but it could be something so little and cheap. I am sorry about the balancer not being the culprit, but I was hoping you would take it to Suzuki as I made a pretty strong case for them.
#1689 of 1838 Re: tracker bad shaking [cheech73]
Apr 20, 2008 (7:15 am)
Sounds like maybe 1 cylinder has reduced power output for whatever reason - valve not seating or maybe weak coil pack for that cylinder. Had an older car that had those same symptoms - engine would "shake at idle" but would smooth out when accelerating and it was just a valve not seating which reduced the compression on that cylinder, all 4 cylinders need to make the same amount of power (among other things) to get a smooth idle. Good luck.
#1690 of 1838 Re: tracker bad shaking [steveh1155]
Apr 20, 2008 (8:23 am)
i don't think its a weak coil, they were checked. plus the engine doesn't sound like its misfiring. but one never knows, right now my funds are dried up to even think about it. but i will take it to the Suzuki for service next time.
#1691 of 1838 Why my tracker 2000 turn off when's hot?
Apr 28, 2008 (8:51 am)
When i drove my tracker, somehow starts nice in the morning , then when it's hot, the engine stop working properly, and shut down. please i need help whit this problem. tanx.
#1692 of 1838 Re: Why my tracker 2000 turn off when's hot? [luisfer]
Apr 28, 2008 (5:35 pm)
Had the same problem. It was camshaft position sensor. It located at the rear of the valve cover. A real pain to get it off with a torx bolt you can't even see. This is the hot engine failure problem discussed elsewhere on this forum. I bought a cheap one at advance and it didn't help. I returned it and got a mitsubishi unit at autozone, they matched the advance price, and have had no trouble for 2 years now. The dealer part was outrageous.
#1693 of 1838 Re: tracker bad shaking [cheech73]
Apr 28, 2008 (10:22 pm)
just to update.. after installing the harmonic balancer and actually running it for a little while the shaking has gotten better enough so where i can actually deal with it and if it does get a bit annoying at times i just throw it in neutral and poof no shaking... didnt fix the problem there is something more behind it but its definitely better.
#1694 of 1838 Re: Why my tracker 2000 turn off when's hot? [stevertn]
Apr 29, 2008 (8:03 pm)
Hi, tanx for the help, have some questions, where exactly is this sensor, i went to chek out the rear of the valve cover and i saw 2 sensors, one at the top and one at the bottom, so ...wich of those 2 it's?. i chek out the autozone page and i find a camshaft position sensor, the price was $70 , but it wasn't mitsubishi, the brand was duralast, do you tink i't will work similar as yours? tanx for all , and i'll wait for your answer.