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Isuzu Ascender, Isuzu Trooper, SUV
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Jan 04, 2001 (3:59 pm)
The owner's manual lists both 10W30 and 5W30 depending on the temperatures where you live. The most knowledgeable Trooper people I know (I'm not one of them) swear by 5W30. That's what I use. Jake, a mechanic who had a Q&A column on the Isuzu Trooper Owners Guild (www.itog.com - great site, lots of participants) for a while, was vehement that 5W30 is by far the best weight for the 3.5L V6 (1998 and newer Troopers) and the 3.2L V6 (1992-1997).
I'll leave the engineering explanation of why to others because I don't remember the details for sure.
Jan 04, 2001 (7:41 pm)
I asked the mechanic if there was any water in the fluid, he said it was a little brown, but normal. I think you should only have a problem if you submerge, rather than run through a water hole. I have not done the breather extension, but am considering it for fun. I don't plan on getting the truck deep enough to get water even close to the cabin, not at least until we can afford another car and this becomes my play vehicle, I hope it lasts that long .
I have also read about traversing water. People recommend getting out and checking the depth of the water first. Not only do you know what you are getting into, but it gives the transmission and drivetrain time to cool.
#104 of 3299 bluedevils - oil via internet
Jan 05, 2001 (7:17 am)
I went looking for Mobil 1 on the internet, but did not find anyone who offered it. There are some super-premium brands you can get over the internet, like Amzoil, Red Line, Purple something-or-other...
#105 of 3299 Got my Trooper back last night...
Jan 05, 2001 (7:25 am)
Turned out to be the intake manifold gasket, of all things. So, they got it done in a more reasonable 2 1/2 days instead of 2 weeks like they said it might be...I suppose I should be grateful, but I feel that they only did what they SHOULD have done in the first place.
I will say that they were good about calling me each day to update me on the repair status...
#106 of 3299 at least it had a problem
Jan 05, 2001 (7:28 am)
I get scared when a dealer can't find a problem or says "well we tried this, but we're not sure if that's what the problem was"
Jan 05, 2001 (11:47 am)
I had forgotten about those super-premium brands. I think the main three are Amsoil, Royal Purple, and Red Line. I'm not interested in spending $5-7 per quart on oil, though!
#108 of 3299 Hot Catalytic Converter - 94 3.2 SOHC Trooper
Jan 05, 2001 (12:03 pm)
I have a 94 Trooper-S that just got out of the shop for a leaky (oil) head gasket. 2 months after the Head Gaskets where replaced another oil leak and this time it is due to a melted valve cover gasket. The exhast system is very hot and that appears to be what melted the gasket. The mechanic (Spradly-Barr Isuzu Ft. Collins CO) said the Catalytic Converter is blocked but I took to my muffler shop and they said its not blocked (no charge for the back pressure check). It's running fine and the emissions look good but the glowing Catylitic converter and leaky valve cover are a big problem. Any ideas?
#109 of 3299 Maintenance Reminder - Rotate those tires ...
Jan 07, 2001 (6:16 pm)
A little maintenance reminder - Rotate those tires. SUV tires are very suspectable to forming a pattern that will cause a loud road noise if they are not routinely rotated. My two front ones did when I waited until 12,000 miles to rotate them. Then when I rotated the 2 front tires to the back, the noise was assentuated I guess because of the open cargo area. It's a lot better now at 18,000 miles and time for me to rotate them again.
#110 of 3299 Glowing Cat
Jan 07, 2001 (8:12 pm)
That usually means your car is clogged up and needs to be replaced. Just what I've heard from people over the past 20 years that Cats have been installed.
#111 of 3299 advise?
Jan 08, 2001 (2:26 am)
I have a '98 rodeo ls 4 wheel drive loaded!
I bought it in Sept of '97. I have had it in the shop at least 20 times. All but one of the recalls have applied. In the ceiling (drivers side, by the moon roof) rattles so loud. It's been in the shop 7 times. Also have a thud when you take-off from a stop that it feels like someone just tapped you from behind (if someone did I wouldn't know it) it's been in the shop 10 times.
After a year and a half of taking it in to be fixed, the local dealer close to my home stopped servicing Isuzu's, thank god! I had to take it to a dealer about 45 minutes from my house, they fixed a problem with the rattle in the roof, they said the problem was that the tires had been way over inflated(by the dealer!) since then, no major problems. Until now, I leave my windows down at night while it's in the garage, and in the morning when I go to roll them up,they sometimes make a thudding sound. Is this normal for a 3 year old truck?