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Suzuki XL-7, Brakes, Engine, Fuel System, SUV
#83 of 143 shifting 4x4
Jan 30, 2010 (7:49 pm)
We just purchased a '05 XL-7. It did not have an owners manual. Can you tell me if I have to shift in and out of 4-wheel drive in motion or sitting still? While in 4X4 mode, it feels like the drive is slipping when turning sharply (like into a parking place). Any suggestions or direction?
#84 of 143 Re: shifting 4x4 [rvb1217]
Feb 01, 2010 (7:58 pm)
Congrats on your purchase. We have just purchased an 05 XL-7 as well.
To operate 4WD system;
You can shift from 2WD to 4WD HIGH to 2WD at rest or on the fly up to 60 mph (100 km/h) To shift to 4WD the front wheels MUST be straight, let up on the gas if moving and press the 2WD - 4WD HIGH button. The wheel indicator display will light up the front wheels. If the display begins to blink gently apply gas and then release the gas. This rocking motion will load, then unload the power train, aiding the shifting process.To return to 2WD press button again and if necessary rock the truck if display starts blinking.
To shift to neutral first place the transmission into neutral then press the neutral button for 5 seconds. To get out of neutral press neutral again for 5 seconds while transmission is in neutral.
To shift into 4WD LOW place transmission into neutral then press 4WD LOW button. To get out of 4WD LOW, press the 4WD LOW button again and the truck will be in 4WD High.
This is a part time system with no centre differential allowing the axles to rotate at different speed as with an AWD system. Do NOT drive this truck with the 4WD engaged on dry pavement unless you're going in a perfectly straight line (I do this in the summer for 1 mile or so to keep things lubricated).
Once you engage 4WD, the front axle locks (sort of). There are no planetary gears in the front differential allowing the front wheels to travel at different speeds. In a corner the outside wheel has to travel at a faster speed than the inside wheel. Since this cannot happen with a locked axle, one of the wheels has to slip. This will lead the truck to under steer (the truck will try to keep going straight). To combat this and reduce drive line wind up (if both wheels have traction and will not slip, the drive train will bind) reduce speed on slippery surfaces and or place truck into 2WD.
#85 of 143 Re: shifting 4x4 [rvb1217]
Feb 01, 2010 (8:53 pm)
Just to add to my previous post.
Remember this 4WD system has no limited slip or locking differentials as a result power will always take the path of least resistance. If one axle has no traction, all the engine power will go to it's spinning wheels. If one wheel loses traction per axle, all the engine power will go to this wheel. Unfortunately ARB which manufactures air lockers doesn't make them available for the XL-7 without major modifications (Vitara axle with manual hubs required). So just remember to try and keep all the wheels in contact with Terra Firma.
#87 of 143 Re: 2007 xl7 Defective Camshafts???? [oswald008]
Apr 06, 2010 (6:54 am)
HELP! My 2007 XL7 is at the dealer today -- camshaft position sensor -- engine misfires...multiple check engine DTC codes. Still awaiting an answer. Is this a covered warranty item. I have 36,100 miles.
Thanks in advance for your replies!
#88 of 143 Re: 07 Suz XL7 losing compression/windshield leak [tonyalt]
Apr 16, 2010 (9:49 am)
On the windshield, you should check for recall. I believe there was a recall that year due to insufficient sealing. Trouble starting after refueling, I would suspect water in your tank - try some dri-gas.
#89 of 143 Re: 2007 xl7 Defective Camshafts???? [mm9351]
Apr 17, 2010 (4:54 pm)
I have a 2007 xl - 7 and its been at the dealer since the end of march. My engine blew on it. Suzuki is trying to fight paying for my new engine. I had to get all my oil changes to them. They said they are "reviewing' them. My engine only had 52,000 miles. I'm not sure where to turn next for help!
#90 of 143 Re: 2007 xl7 Defective Camshafts???? [brandit]
Apr 18, 2010 (7:32 am)
Good luck they fought me on everything and finally I decided to cut my losses and traded it in on a Ford Edge and I couldnt be happier.
#91 of 143 sazuki altinater not charging
Jun 23, 2010 (9:02 am)
altinater is not charging the only place that can test it is the dealer for 65 dollars a new alt at dealer is 700.00 dollars thate right 700.00 dollars not sure if the alt is the problem car does die when you remove the battery cable if any body has any idea what else could be the problem with this piece of sh..... please let me know thank you rich
Jul 09, 2010 (5:45 am)
I just bought a 02 xl-7. Bringing it home it was running great. I had cruise control set 75mph. Going up a hill it down shifted almost like it went from 4th to 2nd. Rpm's went really high, then lost 50% power then all. I had the alt. tested and it tests good. any help you guys could give me would be greatly appreciated.