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#1165 of 1355 Oil Filter Change
Apr 13, 2005 (5:42 am)
Hello All - I've been away from this site for a while. Up until two weeks ago, I owned a 2002 XL-7 Touring which had 54K miles on it when I traded it in. Over my three + years of ownership, I did 14 oil changes on this vehicle, trying many different ways to "easily" change the oil filter. The best way I found was to slide an oil filter wrench onto the filter from the top, loosen the filter from underneath the truck, and once loosened, go back on top, remove the wrench and spin the filter off. Once off, there is a spot near the firewall by the master cylinder that the filter will fit through, allowing you to remove the filter from the engine compartment. You need to do some trial and error to find that one spot that the filter will fit through, and you have to be careful because of the brake lines. It still is not easy, and contortionist skills will come in handy especially if the engine and filter are hot.
In Japan, where cars are right hand drive, the oil filter is probably not in a bad location. However, with the steering linkage and master cylinder/brake lines moved over to the left side of the engine compartment for North American vehicles, the oil filter location becomes a headache.
Two weeks ago, I traded in my 2002 for a 2005 XL-7 LX3. The 2005 is a beautiful vehicle - Suzuki did a lot of refining on the XL-7 in three years. However, the oil filter is still in the same location. Guess I'll need to keep my contortionist skills intact for the next several years.
#1166 of 1355 K & N Air Filter
Apr 15, 2005 (6:17 pm)
Bought the above for the XL 7 item 33-2155 and replaced the regular paper which I will keep handy. Took it out for a short run and definitely seems better on acceleration and will test the mpg over weekend as have a medium trip on hand. Getting 22mpg so far around town and commute a mix of Interstate and local.
Got it on line at Fox Performance in Grand Terrace CA for $30.82 plus the Filter Care Kit for $8.68. UPS Ground included.This was the best price I could find.
#1167 of 1355 Re: Oil Filter Change - XL-7 [mm9351]
Apr 15, 2005 (11:02 pm)
I just bought a brand new 04 in January, after almost 2 hours and a trip to the automotive department for a special wrench, I did it. I have decent sized hands and arms and there is no humanly way possible to get any leverage on the filter without a wrench. Once the filter is off good luck not spilling oil all over since you have to take it through a maze to get it out. This was the first and last time I will do the job myself. I would rather pay $30 than go through that again!
Apr 24, 2005 (7:31 am)
I have a 2003 XL-7 and blew out a tire. My spare has a locking lug that uses the XL-7 key to secure the spare. Has anyone heard of this or know a manufacturer that does this? The reason I ask is because the genius from AAA that unlocked it, lost the cylinder that actually does the locking, and now I have no way to secure my spare tire. It just sits in the cargo area.
I bought it used from a Subaru dealership and they have no idea about it. The local Suzuki dealership also says that they have not heard of this and that it must be aftermarket. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!!
#1169 of 1355 A great purchase
Apr 24, 2005 (3:39 pm)
I Purchased a 2002 Suzuki XL7 Limited edition six months ago, and I cannot be any more happier with it. I fell in love with it the first moment I saw it, it was gorgeous and fully equipped, and I also loved the price that the Suzuki dealer was offering me for it ($12,900), so I bought it instantly. I knew I could not find an suv at this price with all these fancy features. I would recommend it to anybody looking for an economic, reliable and very nice SUV.
#1170 of 1355 Re: spare tire lock [suzukigrl]
Apr 25, 2005 (2:05 am)
This is a Suzuki part as mentioned in the handbook, so the Suzuki Dealer must be able to get it. Check the handbook and take it into the dealer.
#1171 of 1355 Re: spare tire lock [suzukigrl]
Apr 25, 2005 (6:17 am)
INSIST that AAA solve this problem for you. Let AAA know that you can and will switch to Better World Club if AAA's practice is to create more automotive problems for you rather than to provide the assistance for which YOU are paying.
#1172 of 1355 Re: Anti Lock Brakes [offham]
Apr 25, 2005 (8:41 am)
Look in your engine compartment on top of the driver's side wheel well. There should be a device that all of the brake lines feed in and out of. This is the ABS control unit. The ABS system usually rumbles for about a half second or so a little while after the vehicle is in motion while performing a self check. You may have a blown ABS light. It should come on when you start the engine for a few seconds.
#1173 of 1355 Re: Anti Lock Brakes [kc5yti]
Apr 25, 2005 (3:06 pm)
Thanks your info. I do not have the ABS and in engine compartment the brake master cylinder is attached to the power assist servo. I did check with Suzuki and advised the model by the VIN number is Plus and did not come with this feature, eventhough the fuse holder under the engine has a circuit breaker in the ABS position. Maybe there were all manufactured this way whether you had ABS or not. As advised just have the word BRAKE in red on the dashboard.