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#8187 of 11966 Re: Timing Belt change
Jul 21, 2003 (8:06 am)
I'm not sure about 2000 models but I'm assuming that the change interval is the same as in 2002's which is 105K miles. It's funny but a lot of people get rid of cars (it's an excuse to get a new car) when major service is due or overdue, so I'm 99% sure the timing belt hasn't been changed yet. Lou Sobh Isuzu in Atlanta had a timing belt special for $399 and that's very cheap if you ask me. ALWAYS change your water pump while you're at it.
A little strange Trooper story far ya:
It was Trooper, name-calling, bashing time at Car Talk this past Saturday (one of their reruns, I guess) and my wife heard it as I was slowly waking up. She seemed concerned and I told her that those guys didn't know jack about brands other than Hondas and Toyotas (though they mentioned old Troopers made them a fortune), we had breakfast, and then drove downtown for a swim at our university pool. Once we got on the highway we saw one of those older square looking Troopers and (as always) tried to be the first one to notice it and call out its name. A moment later that Trooper pulled over to the side with his emergency lights on... A few miles later we got passed by this crazy lady (with kids inside) doing 90MPH in her 3.2 liter Trooper with heavy smoke trailing 1 mile behind her across the four lanes of traffic. I almost called 911 'cause she drove like she was on drugs but then she disappeared in the cloud of smoke. Once we got inside the perimeter we saw another older black Trooper on the side of the road with its emergency lights on. It was all so weird... I had to rest my case for that day
#8188 of 11966 19 years and 346 thousand miles driving Troopers
Jul 21, 2003 (9:11 am)
1984 4-speed Trooper power steering tensioner pully bad bearing, water pump seal slow drip, throttle plate worn to air leaks past throttle shaft but always driveable.
1995 5-speed Trooper power steering hose failure slow leak, lifter ticking under control, rear ended totalled by air bag deployment, but always driveable.
2001 5-speed Trooper, my first used Trooper, no trouble yet. 2001 will be in for changing all oils includes brakes, power steering, engine, transmission, transfer case, differentials to keep it trouble free. Maybe I'll make it to 30 years with this 2001 Trooper.
Jul 21, 2003 (9:28 am)
It could have all been flats and the crazy woman obviously didn't give a dmn about the truck either, so oil changes might have been optional.
I hardly see Troopers around here and it was just an amazing and creepy coincidence that following the radio broadcast and our discussion we saw three of them in the row having some types of issues - that's all... We left our Trooper in the garage that day
#8190 of 11966 bostnwhalr
Jul 22, 2003 (7:42 am)
I checked russian isuzu board, there was a guy, he had the same cooling problem on his 90k trooper '98. It was a dirty radiator (dust, down, insects ), he washed it from the outside and it was fine.
Hope it might help.
#8191 of 11966 temperature
Jul 22, 2003 (10:00 am)
I have never seen my temp gauge above halfway, even VERY slow rock crawling in the hot Moab desert...and my 99 doesn't have those fancy auxiliary electric fans like the newer ones do!
Jul 22, 2003 (1:16 pm)
So you gotta wonder if those fancy, auxilliary electric fans might not be coming on...
#8193 of 11966 The aux fans
Jul 22, 2003 (1:31 pm)
Are only there for the AC Condensor Unit, on the '01-02 models. They are in addition to the fan that the rest of us have on the pre '01 models.
#8194 of 11966 engine Start
Jul 23, 2003 (5:01 am)
You are right, I brought the trooper to the dealer, they check and replace the pressure regulator. It works fine now.
They explain that if the pressure regulator failed, some gas will dump into the intake and flood it. It may be fine in the winter when it needs more gas but not in the summer.
#8195 of 11966 salon air filter
Jul 23, 2003 (5:28 am)
I feel a smell when the salon fan blows, guess the salon air filter needs to be replaced. I asked my dealer, thought VIN code was enough for 'em, but answer was "come, we'll check, some 98> troopers must have such an option, the rest not". That "check" will cost me about 30$ and waste of time, so I prefer to do the replacement by myself.
Did anyone here do such a work?
Where is the filter located?
Your inputs would be valuable to me, thanks.
#8196 of 11966 enphan
Jul 23, 2003 (6:31 am)
Glad to hear you got it figured out.
The intake manifold gaskets and fuel pressure regulators seem to be the weak link on 99s. I have had both go out on mine (IMG twice). Fortunately, neither problem renders the vehicle undrivable...