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#11044 of 11966 buzz of my 1996 trooper
Nov 06, 2005 (10:28 am)
I bought my 1996 trooper on 78k miles this summer.
When I purchased it, I brought it to the ISUZU dealer.
They told me this vehicle is in good shape, maybe never off-road before. Howerver, there is something flaws:
1. the power steering pump leaking;
2. engine oil leaking;
3. need to change the CV-boot;
4. frant bearing loosing.
For prob 1: I rebuilt the power steering pump and it stopped leaking. The power steering system works well, but sames the power steering wheel doesn't stay stable at the center point. A little loosing.
For prob 2:I changed the engine oil cooler gasket, it stopped leaking.
For prob 3: I changed all the four CV-boots, and no whimper
while I make a turn.
For prob 4: I paid 265$ to fix it.
But after I changed CV-boots, there are some new problem come out.
1. Sometimes "buzz" when I hit the accelerator, after a little while it goes away. This comes out especiallly after I turn right.
2. Sometimes the brake shakes, especiallly after I turn on the engine and start to shift transmission.
Some tech. told me the "buzz" comes from the muffler, something loosing inside the muffler. About the brake, may need a bleeding. (when I pull out the balljoint to take off the cv boot, the arms flipped out the brake pad assembly. Maybe this cause the air into the vacuum pipe.)
Nov 06, 2005 (11:15 am)
I own a 99 Trooper Limited and have had it since about 74K miles. I have had no problems, other than needing to add oil as most others on the board, and my MPG seems to be on the low side. I seem to be adding less oil now with synthetic oil. I have things on my wish list like new shocks which I need, and new tires which I want, but these will have to wait for now.
I am unsure of previous service and I am only at 92K right now, but I am thinking I should probably do some maintenance soon as I plan to keep this thing around for awhile.
What would you recommend? (any other fluids, belts, flushes, battery etc)
I figure spark plugs, and change transmission fluid but beyond that I am unsure of what I need to do, should do, or only do if it really needs it.
Also should I try to find a local mechanic that will put in parts I buy, or would I be better off taking it to the dealer?
#11046 of 11966 Re: 100K Service [green11]
Nov 06, 2005 (5:52 pm)
I recommend doing a brake fluid flush (add new fluid and bleed brakes till the new fluid comes out at each wheel) every year or two, since the ability to stop is important to me. The brake fluid flush helps prevent rust and preserve seals in the brake system.
I highly recommend the OME shocks from http:\\www.ArbUSA.com for a comfortable ride and greater control even on bad bumps. The OME shocks seem to last a very long time.
Use a local machanic especially one you trust and it helps if they have worked on Isuzus before. The local mechanic will be less expensive and get the job done with less waiting than a dealer. Dealers are needed for warrantee work.
#11047 of 11966 Re: 98 Trooper engine [max29]
Nov 06, 2005 (5:55 pm)
There is no logical or sound financial reason to put that much money into your Trooper. However, if you are emotionally attached to it, go for it.
Consider a used 2001 or 2002 Trooper, or a 2004 Axiom or Rodeo with the direct fuel injected engine which has more power and more MPG. Put your used Trooper on Ebay for a while and see if you get a good bid.
Nov 08, 2005 (4:01 pm)
Unfortunately I have just blown my Troopers Turbo, does anyone know where I can get the best buy replacement. OR if a turbo from a 3.0 turbo diesel will fit. Mine is a 1992 3.1 td duty.
#11049 of 11966 Re: 100K Service [green11]
Nov 09, 2005 (6:30 am)
The timing belt should be changed at 105K miles on my '02. Wouldn't this also apply to 99s?
#11050 of 11966 Re: 100K Service [cracovian]
Nov 09, 2005 (9:21 am)
I have a '00 Trooper LS. I'll have to check the manual, but IIRC the timing belt change is 90K miles for the '00 so there could be some difference in various years.
#11051 of 11966 RE: timing belt change....
Nov 10, 2005 (10:08 am)
yeah, if you've got between 80-100K miles on it, it should be changed. I wouldn't risk pushing it too far past this, you don't wanna ruin an engine over a couple hundred dollar belt change. Engines are running 7-8K dollars now.
#11052 of 11966 RE: timing belt change.... [bsmart1]
Nov 10, 2005 (1:14 pm)
I thought these (3.5L) were non-interferance engines (read, no major harm if the timing belt goes).
#11053 of 11966 RE: timing belt change.... [yngve]
Nov 10, 2005 (4:34 pm)
Even if the timing belt breaking might not do catastrophic damage to the engine, the time and place it breaks might cause you to lose a vacation or have to pay large towing bills and a rental car bill if the mechanic can't do it right away.
Its always best to maintain rather than respond to failure.