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#1776 of 1845 Spindle Nut/ Bearings
Dec 16, 2009 (7:08 pm)
1999 Chevy Tracker 4wd 2.0- Engaged 4wd in the rain, moments later, thumping, clanking, crunching, grinding noise inside front, right wheel. Just after that, right wheel came right off, only held on by the caliper!!!
Just got the vehicle from out of state, if this had happened on the HWY, I wouldnt be here to post this message!
Anyway, Jacked it up in the rain, took off wheel, caliper and rotor... Bearings were chewed up into bits and pieces.
Figured the spindle nut came off inside the hub, but upon checking the left wheel, while everything looked fine, I noticed there wasnt a spindle nut on that side!!!
If thats how it is supposed to be, then can somebody please tell me what the heck keeps the wheels on???
#1777 of 1845 Re: Viberation at idle speed when auto trans put in gear [billp5]
Dec 17, 2009 (4:34 am)
FOUND THE VIBRATION PROBLEM.
1. Idling too fast. I removed the throttle body and throughly cleaned (use throttle body cleaner NOT carb cleaner). Do NOT use sharp objects to clean. Use a small brush. I did lubricate the shaft from the outside before re installing it. Slower idle helped but did not cure the problem.
2. Loosen and re-tighten motor and transmission mounts. Place the Tracker on 4 jack stands. Loosen the bolts until there is about 1/8" clearance. Start the motor. put the transmission in gear, both drive and reverse. I ran it in drive at an idle then increases speed a little. I gently applied the brakes. I then put it in reverse and did the same thing. I repeated this a couple of times. This allowed the mounts to "re-seat". I tightened all mount bolts and did a road test and a put it in gear at idle test several times. This took 90% or more of the vibration out. This motor is 4 cylinder and that is OK.
#1778 of 1845 Water leak on 2002 LT Chevy Tracker 2.5 Lt
Jan 21, 2010 (3:59 pm)
I have a leak on the driver side of my Chevy Tracker and it only happens when it rains. I have not been able to find the drain plugs. I might have a plugged drain. Does any one know where they are located ???? Any ideas on what is going on ?
Jorge in La Mesa, CA
#1779 of 1845 Re: Water leak on 2002 LT Chevy Tracker 2.5 Lt [jorgedh]
Jan 22, 2010 (9:40 am)
I need more info. Where on the drivers side?
1. Around the door?
2. Around the window?
3.Under the dash?
4. 2 door or 4 door, under the top, (if 2 door)?
Now as a guess with no info: There is no drain in any of the side panels. If leaking under the door panels it is possible that trash has come through the window opening (with window down or glass seal damaged) and has filled up the "weep" holes in the bottom of the door., Look under the door to see if they are stopped up. If stopped up remove the door panel and clean out these holes. If the door to glass seal is damaged, replace it.
4. There are some "plugs" in the floor on most vehicles, they are easy to remove to drain the floor (under the carpet) but this does not solve your problem, just keeps it from becoming a swimming pool.
5. Suggest you have someone run water over the door and window openings to help find the leaks. You should be inside looking for the leak. This may or may not work as wind pressure along with the rain may be causing the leaks.
#1780 of 1845 99 Tracker 'Power button" question.
Jan 23, 2010 (9:16 am)
Picking up a 1999 Tracker 4door 4wd 4 speed automatic with 2.0L engine in a few days. It is equipped with a 'Power button." I would like to hear from a Tracker owner who has this 'Power Button' in their vehicle how it works, what it really does, and what use is it in everyday driving (i.e. going to Wal-Mart!)
I have the owner's manual but unless I missed it it does not -explain- what it does or even when I might need or want to use it. Thank you
#1781 of 1845 Power Button
Jan 23, 2010 (9:41 am)
This is located near the top of the shifter, convenient to your thumb.
This just downshifts one gear, helps to control in places where it would automatically shift up and down. Kind of like taking a car out of overdrive.
NOT a highway gear if you want gas mileage.
#1782 of 1845 Re: 2002 Tracker Tailgate Door Latch [toms1964]
Jan 23, 2010 (9:49 am)
If the lock does not work (turn) take it to a locksmith. If it does turn and does not open, pull the interior panel off and remove the lock from the inside (at least I think you can do this without opening the gate) then replace of repair the latch.
It may just have the little arm from the lock to the latch broken or out of the hole it should be in. They are secured with a little thing that keeps the rod in the hole. This could break and allow the lock rod to come out, leaving the latch still locked. This can be fixed by removing the interior pane. You would have to get the part from a dealer or a salvage yard., The plastic part is almost identical for a wide variety of cars.
#1783 of 1845 Re: 99 Tracker 'Power button" question. [little_charlie]
Jan 24, 2010 (4:28 am)
billp5 is talking about the overdrive button. The Power switch, which is located just to the left of the gear shift handle, when switched on is supposed to delay shifting of the transmission when pulling heavy loads to provide more power. I have this switch on my 2002 Tracker which I have owned for 5 years and have never needed to use it.
Jan 24, 2010 (6:07 am)
I think -that- button on the gear shift is the overdrive on/off. The button I am asking about is on the shifter console to the left side. It is a rocker type switch with two possible choices 'N' or 'P' as shown in the 99 Tracker owners manual on page 2-17. That same page also shows the overdrive switch on the gear selector that I think you are referring to. The only text the manual has for the "Power Mode Selector' switch is this:
When you need more power for climbing hills or
quicker acceleration, press the P (POWER) switch. The
POWER indicator light on the instrument panel comes
on. For normal driving, press the N (NORMAL) switch.
The POWER indicator light goes off.
I would like to know what it does to produce more power for hills and acceleration. It is only available on the 4 speed automatic transmission equipped Trackers. I want a detailed explanation of exactly what it does to achieve more 'power'
#1785 of 1845 Re: 99 Tracker 'Power button" question. [toms1964]
Jan 24, 2010 (6:10 am)
Thanks toms1964..I must have missed your reply. I guess that explains it. Once I get my 99 Tracker next week I'll just try it and see. Thx again.