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Sep 09, 2008 (2:35 pm)
I have a 2003 Chevy Tracker, 4 cyl. 4 door SUV 4x4. I just moved from the country to the city. I now take a bus to work but my wife now uses the Tracker to commute a long distance to/from her work. She hates the harsh ride, so I was wondering if there is anything that can be done to the car to soften the suspension, shocks, etc. to make it a bit more paved road friendly? Thanks
#1715 of 1845 Re: Softer ride? [weatherdon]
Sep 10, 2008 (2:08 pm)
Buy the biggest tires on the smallest rims you can get to fit. Have them install bead lockers so you can run a really low PSI and wait for your shocks to wear out. Your gas economy will totally suck, not to mention your braking will also bite, but that should soften things up a bit. It's a truck based ute, and there is no getting around that without sacrificing something else. You may have to buy her a car.
#1716 of 1845 Re: Softer ride? [poorcruzer]
Sep 10, 2008 (4:13 pm)
Follow-up question: What do I do after the shocks wear out? Or is that the suggestion, drive with worn out shocks?
#1717 of 1845 Re: Softer ride? [weatherdon]
Sep 10, 2008 (7:41 pm)
Seriously it is very difficult if not impossible to make a Tracker something it's not. It is a TRUCK, a cheap truck at that. Anything you change, be it spring rates, shock dampening, tire size and tire pressure will have a negative effect on some other facet of the vehicle. If you lower the spring rate you will have a softer ride but will destroy your handling and stability.The Tracker is tippy as it is in the turns, a rough road would make you throw up from bouncing around. It would also destroy your shocks sooner. You might try buying those gel filled seat things that absorb vibration and harshness,that could help. If not, you still may have to buy her a car. Sorry for being facetious in my previous posting.
#1718 of 1845 Engine Idle/Transmission Issues??
Sep 10, 2008 (10:30 pm)
My question is thus..The normal tachometer reading while driving a 2.0L 4spd auto 2dr tracker 55-65mph should be 2500-3000RPM is that correct? I ask because the other day, I was driving to work between those speeds and the tachometer was giving me a reading of 3500-4000RPMs..I thought this was weird..while driving it felt as if the Transmission didn't want to shift into 4th gear..However, this evening it seemed fine as I was going around 60mph and the tach was at 2800RPM's..Has anyone had any issues such as this? The vehicle has almost 146K. I would just like to know if its safe to say that the transmission is going or not..
#1719 of 1845 2000 chevy tracker ecm
Sep 22, 2008 (6:48 am)
Hey everybody...kinda new to this forum stuff but i'm in a bind and was wondering if anyone out there could help ppoint me in the right direction...Believe it or not my 2000 chevy tracker got hit by lightening in a roundabout way... among the interesting damage that happened, the back-up partition of my ecm got fried...I have been searching for a used ecm that matches my numbers but apparently a 2000 chevy tracker with a 2.0 liter, auto and a/c is not easy to find...anyone know where i could start looking for a replacement ecm? I'm pretty mechanically inclined but doesn't do much good when I can't find the right part...thanks!
Sep 22, 2008 (2:06 pm)
Thanks for the replies about my "softer ride" question. Looks like I'll live with the ride as-is which, all things considered, isn't really all that bad. Right now I wanted to ask about driving in snow. Again, I have an '03 Tracker, 4 cyl. 4 door, 4x4.The previous owner who I just bought it from said that when driving in snow while the 4-wheel is engaged it helps to add some weight to the back (sandbags or whatever) to enhance traction. Does this really help?
#1722 of 1845 Re: 2000 chevy tracker ecm [zrandolph]
Sep 22, 2008 (3:30 pm)
Try Advance Auto, Auto Zone or www.rockauto.com.
#1723 of 1845 Re: Driving in snow [weatherdon]
Sep 24, 2008 (4:53 pm)
Yup, it's me again, although I am in a much better mood today. As an owner of a 03 LT 4x4 living in South Western Ontario I have had some experience in winter driving. It is my humble opinion that the biggest factor in limiting the number of adrenaline spiking incidents, are a good set of WINTER tires not A/S, and good defensive driving skills. Slow down before the drifts and then accelerate slowly through them. Slow down period. As for extra weight in the back of a Tracker, I feel the cons out weigh the pros.
PROS- A little more traction? The Tracker already has a heavy solid rear axle.
CONS- Extra fuel to drag that weight around.
Cuts down on your luggage space, which in a Tracker is at a
If you do go out of control and spin, all that weight is now extra mass
behind the rear wheels which will increase the inertia of the vehicle in the
spin. It will make it more difficult to recover from the spin.
Your insurance company doesn't like extra weight (sand or salt) and
possibly will not cover your loss if it determines the weight was a
contributing factor in the crash.
A good set of winter tires and driving your 4x4 like it was in 4x2 in the nasty stuff will save your sphincter gland.