Last post on Nov 24, 2011 at 9:05 PM
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Suzuki Vitara, Suzuki Grand Vitara, Engine, Suspension, Transmission, SUV
#286 of 344 Re: Suzuki Vitara 2003 [rh080550]
Jan 16, 2008 (5:02 pm)
The brake fluid is low so when you turn it moves to the side in the fluid reservor opposite where the level sensor is and makes the light come on. Check the level, but just remember it is a closed system and you should never have to add fluid unless there is a leak somewhere. The fluid goes down as your brake pads wear but, never below the level that sets the sensor off.
#287 of 344 little or no heat!!!
Jan 20, 2008 (9:26 am)
My 2002 Grand Vitara is experiencing little or no heat. This is something new because it always had heat. The Rad is full and the overflow tank is at the normal running line hot... The local parts stores say the thermostat is an OE only part. This vehicle is 6 years old!!!!... How can something like a thermostat be a Dealer item only? Maybe it's not the thermostat?... I need help AND heat....PLEASE
#288 of 344 Re: Timing Belt vs Chain 1999 Vitara 5 speed [floridabelle]
Jan 27, 2008 (9:16 pm)
Don't know if you've been answered but - it has timing chains (2) not belts and they don't (shouldn't) need replacing at 62K. If you change your oil when it gets dirty - short trips do this- they should last at least 125k. Squeaky serpentine belts seem to be the nature of the beast, I changed mine recently around 60k and 5k later when I start it they squeak. It was the same with my 90, 95, and now my 03. They are pretty good vehicles but I can't brag about the dealers. My local one is a crook. Gluck.
#289 of 344 99 GV idleing "rough"
Apr 28, 2008 (4:20 am)
My 99 GV 2x2 is ideling rough. Has 70K miles, have had for 5 years and had no previous problems. I do hear the timing tensioner rattle, but from what I understand it's a thousand I can save if I just put up with the noise. Any suggestions on what this roughness problem could be?
Jun 08, 2008 (7:29 pm)
just got a 2000 grand vitara.1st day was fine second day there is a puddle of tranmission fluid looks like it came out of top of dip stick. any ideas anybody.
#291 of 344 Timing chain, tensioner and valves...
Jun 27, 2008 (9:31 am)
I have an '02 Grand Vitara. Recently took it to the mechanic to diagnose distinct ticking on the front passenger side of the engine. Was told it was the timing chain, that there are three, and anwhere from $800-1600 to fix. Under warranty, so took it to the dealer. They replaced the timing chain. 8 days later I'm back at the dealer, this time the ticking is coming from front passenger and driver side of the engine. They replaced the tensioner. All is well until the next morning, very distinctive ticking from the front center part of the engine. Drove it back to dealer. They now tell me this is normal for the age of my car and it's the valves and will go away when the car heats up. I asked how long that takes and was told a couple minutes. Well, I drove it to the dealership which is 45 minutes away, and when I got it there both the service manager and the mechanic at that point told me it was the timing chain, but the service manager I've been dealing with tells me this is no problem.
#292 of 344 Re: little or no heat!!! [troyan]
Jul 23, 2008 (3:29 am)
Twice I had the problem with my 99 Vitara. On the control lever behind the dash the connectin has a very weak plastic ring/clip. It breaks easily. The first time the clip was replaced with multiple clips at a dealership. They lasted three years. This time I had the repair done with metal clips which were welded (non-dealership service). Hopefully your problem is as minor as mine. Just annoying.
#293 of 344 2000 suzuki vitara oil change
Aug 24, 2008 (8:44 am)
Wal-Mart broke off my dipstick when they changed the oil last and didnt let me know...I changed my own oil today and couldnt tell from the manual how much oil to use - it looks like 4.4 quarts. HERE'S the question: I have a 2000 Vitara 2.0 stick-shift, 4x4, soft top, 2-door with broken dipstick...How many quarts of oil do I use, and do I use one less iff putting SLICK 50 in it? Thanks.
#294 of 344 Re: little or no heat!!! [troyan]
Nov 05, 2008 (6:21 am)
I had the same problem with my 2002 Suzuki Vitara, when I brought it to the mechanic he said it was a cable that came loose, he put it back in place and it worked immediately. It did manage to come off within a week of him fixing it. He put it back in place and my heat has been working like new ever since. I noticed that it was not working earlier this year.
#295 of 344 Re: Timing Chain Tensioner replacement [laurel3]
Nov 13, 2008 (7:47 pm)
Hi, It looks like it's been a while since you wrote your posting...
Did you ever find an answer to your question. What ever happened?
I have an almost exact situation.