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#243 of 344 Re: Petrol (gas) for 1995 Suzuki vitara [samran]
Jul 20, 2006 (6:58 pm)
There is commonly 2 methods used to compute octane rating in the USA. I am not that familiar with the formulas, but does Thailand use the same method? Most vehicles here run quite well on 87 octane, with the highest octane normally available at the pumps is 93 octane. 95 octane here would be very expensive and basically a waste of money. The higher the compression ratio, the higher the octane the engine would require. I would first determine what method is used there to compute octane ratings, and then determine what the compression ratio is for your engine. Normally aspirated engines here in the 8.5:1 to about 9:1 compression ratio get along well on 87 octane. Engines above that level ususally require higher octane gas. Turbocharged and supercharged engines, although many have low compression ratios, require high octance gas, as my son's 2002 Mustang GT with a supercharger and intercooler does. Low octane gas makes it spark knock. The "gasohol" mixture should work OK in most engines, although some older engines may have a problem with the fuel system seals not tolerating alcohol very well. I am not an authority on this, so check with someone who is. You might also expect a slight decrease in mileage using the alcohol-gasoline mixture. Hope this helps a little. Good luck.
#244 of 344 Re: 2000 Suzuki Vitara 5spd [2thdoc1]
Jul 25, 2006 (4:57 pm)
Evening 2thdoc1...did you ever discover & repair your Suzuki? I'm curious as I know have the same problem & my mechanic has not idea what the problem is & our local Suzuki dealership doesn't seem to be much help either. Can you provide any assistance as to the cause & solution of the problem. Thanks!!
#245 of 344 Re: 2000 Suzuki Vitara 5spd [banker843]
Jul 27, 2006 (8:40 pm)
Actually, I did. Dealer was no help, just wanted me to bring it in so they could puzzle over it at $65.00 per hour. I removed the normal/power switch and the light went out. It also felt like the transmission was in normal mode. So I ordered a replacement switch (almost $30.00!) and after a week it arrived. Suzuki car parts service sucks! I installed the switch and everything is working fine again. The switch is the most vulnerable point of the system (so easy to spill something and gum it up) so that was my thought as the most likely source of the problem. I lucked out as that was what the problem was.
#246 of 344 Alert for 2006 Suzuki Aerio SX owners (FUEL TANK)
Jul 28, 2006 (7:33 pm)
Attention all 2006 Aerio SX owners: If you are having a problem putting gas in your tank, you are not alone. We have had the problem with ours since we bought it last November, and talked to another owner tonight, and you guessed it: that owner is having the same problem. We have now been waiting weeks for parts and it turns out regarding one part, there were none available in the country to cure the problem. We got all kinds of song and dance from the dealer, basically denying there was a problem. We pushed the issue and they finally agreed that there was a problem putting fuel in the tank. The fix requires removal of the gas tank and replacing 3 parts. 2 parts were located within 2 weeks, but the 3rd piece, the valve for the air vent was not availabe anywhere in the USA. This was the tipoff that there may be a widespread problem and that the fix would require a newly designed part to replace the original one(s). We were told that it would be a month or more before the part would be released by Suzuki, after having the car in the shop for 2 weeks. Lo and behold, after another week, the mysterious unavailable part was suddenly available. Another week to obtain a service appointment, and maybe by the end of the first week of August, the car MAY be fixed. Time will tell. If you are having a problem putting gas in your tank, go see your dealer and don't take "No" for an answer. Feel free to let me or others know you are having a similar problem. Stay tuned!
#247 of 344 Re: Petrol (gas) for 1995 Suzuki vitara [samran]
Jul 28, 2006 (7:40 pm)
How about an update regarding your earlier posting. I wonder if you got a satisfactory answer to your problem. Thanks!
#248 of 344 Re: Petrol (gas) for 1995 Suzuki vitara [old911guy]
Jul 29, 2006 (6:29 am)
Yes, thanks for the help!
Octane ratings are different here, 91 and 95. So I guess the engine compression is different.
#249 of 344 Re: Petrol (gas) for 1995 Suzuki vitara [samran]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Jul 29, 2006 (10:22 am)
It may not be the engine compression but the octane rating system. In North America the Research Octane Number and the Motor Octane Number are averaged to get the octane number. The MON is measured under load and is lower than the RON. So our octane rating is 4 to 5 points lower than gas in other places. From your post it looks like Thailand uses the RON number as do Europe and Australia.
What I really want to know is ... do you have your dash and body decked out like a real Thai vehicle?
#250 of 344 To buy, or not to buy?
Jul 29, 2006 (12:04 pm)
I am a new member to the forums, although I have used the website many times researching cars. I am in the process of buying a vehicle for my teenage son to replace his 96 Jeep Grand Cherokee that was totaled in a wreck (not his fault, BTW). He loved his Jeep, except for the MPG, so we are considering a 2001 Suzuki Vitara JLX 4X4, 4-door, Auto, 96K miles. (Yes, it's high mileage, but that's nothing for an import, right???)
We test-drove this vehicle and were very impressed. All the power features, cruise, & remote worked, but we didn't engage the 4WD. We heard no unusual engine noises, no vibrations, etc. All in all, seemed to be a pretty solid ride.
This vehicle is on an independent lot, but the owner was manager of local new car dealership for 30+ years (retired), and has a good reputation. He said he had just received the vehicle (it was still in the back of the lot) and had not had time to check it out fully, but knows it needs new tires (obvious) and an A/C recharge because the air is not as cool as it should be.
After reading this entire thread, I am wondering...could the A/C problem be something more involved than low refrigerant...such as bent condenser fins, or has this "flaw" been corrected in the '01 models?
Before I purchase, I will definitely take it to my trusted mechanic for a complete inspection. But is there anything else that should warrant special attention on this vehicle? I have owned many imports, but never a Suzuki, so I am naive about this brand and need some guidance.
Thanks for any advice from anyone.
#251 of 344 Front and Rear Axle Seal replacement
Jul 30, 2006 (10:38 pm)
Hello, I just had my 2001 Suzuki GV in to the dealership for a regular scheduled maintenance. It has 95KM on it and with the exception of replacing the tires (like everyone else) has not has any major problems. I was told that i have a serious leak in BOTH the rear right axle seal and the front right axle seal. I had the rear axle seal replaced which cost $14.88 for the part and $247. for the labour.(apparently it is hard to access?) I was told it would cost approx $150 to do the front axle seal. Unfortunately, when the mechanic tried to repair the front axle seal, he found that it had seized and told me he will run the risk of damaging the axle itself which would cost another $250 to replace in addition to the seal and worst case if he damages another part close to where he is working it could cost up to $700 OUCH! I was prepared to spend another $150 but i'm very anxious about the risk of damaging something else that could cost up to $700. I'm very surprised that both seals would leak at 95km and at the same time. I'm wondering if it is possibe faulty seals were put in? I checked for recalls but didn't see anything? I'm supposed to be taking a vacation trip in a couple of weeks so feel pressurd to get the front axle seal repaired but very nervous about the risk. Has anyone had similar problems? Any advise would be appreciated.
Thx, i'm not a happy GV owner right now!
#252 of 344 Re: Front and Rear Axle Seal replacement [nodar]
Jul 31, 2006 (8:40 pm)
I replaced the front brake pads on my 2002 Suzuki Vitara (JLX?) the other day and saw evidence of something slinging oil all around the right front fender well. I trace it to the right front axle seal on the front differential (is a 4WD). I have not had a chance to check the oil level in the front differential. Uh oh! How does an axle seal seize? Do you mean that it is frozen onto the axleshaft and is spinning in its seat on the differential? Something does not sound right here. The seal is "rubber" lip on the metal axleshaft, maybe with a spring band behind it to keep a tight grip on the shaft going thru it, but I cannot see how the seal would seize on the shaft; seems sort of an impossibility to me. Is the individual working on it an independent repairman or is he working for a Suzuki dealership? If he is an independent, I would suggest getting a second opinion, preferably from a dealer. Sometimes they cost more, some times they don't, but in any event, you're more likely to get an honest answer to what ails the car. If the shaft gets scratched removing the seal, fine emery cloth can probably polish it up good as new again. I would also suggest buying a Haynes or Clymer repair manual so you can understand exactly what is involved in removing the seal and what exactly seized up!! Good luck to both of us. If I was 10 years younger, I would probably attempt to replace the seal myself.