Last post on Oct 12, 2013 at 8:58 PM
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#122 of 131 Re: 2000 Tracker stalls in heavy traffic but starts after 20 minutes [rp5]
Sep 25, 2013 (7:04 am)
This may not be a fix to your issue, BUT, just in case there were any "electrical" changes made to your Tracker -- here's my experience: When I had my front windshield replaced, the installer removed the rearview mirror disconnecting the wires to the light switches on it -- from then on my 2000 Tracker kept stalling out. The garage replaced a fuse and it ran fine. Again, this my not be your issue, but if you had any electrical work done, keep this in mind. Good luck with your solution.
#123 of 131 Re: 2000 Tracker stalls in heavy traffic but starts after 20 minutes [rp5]
Sep 25, 2013 (8:41 pm)
After posting the previous message, last night I did some test to find out if its the cam sensor as was mentioned before in some postings. So I recreated the stalling in a street near my home. After work I came home which was about 25 min driving. Then when I am close to my home, I started driving like stop and go traffic. 5 min later it stalled and did not start right away after few tries. I called my mechanic for letting him to hear the sound while I tried to start. He said its the crankshaft sensor problem. Then I followed whatever was said before postings, pour water on the back of the engine where the cam sensor is to test if its the cam sensor problem. Right after that I tried to start and this time it started. I did not had to wait 20 min to start. According to the previous post this sounds like cam sensor problem. Today I went to the mechanic and asked him to change the cam sensor. I have not tested yet the go and stop traffic. But will test soon, hopefully it solves the problem.
#124 of 131 Re: 2000 Tracker stalls in heavy traffic but starts after 20 minutes [rp5]
Sep 27, 2013 (5:28 am)
You can test if it's the Cam Shaft Positioning Sensor by pouring a small amount of room temp. water on the Sensor to cool it off, right after it stalls. If the car starts after you pour water on the sensor, it was the Sensor, they sometimes over heat.
DO NOT USE COLD WATER, may crack something that is hot.
Also, when I replaced the Sensor the first time, it did not work. Some of the replacement Sensors are bad.
Hope that's your problem, it was easy to fix.
The sensor is located to the rear of the motor near the fire wall.
#126 of 131 Re: 2000 Tracker stalls in heavy traffic but starts after 20 minutes [rp5]
Oct 03, 2013 (10:58 pm)
I tested 2 days and the engine did not dye, the same testing method stalled the engine before changing the cam sensor. Hopefully the problem is fixed. But still scared in heavy traffic and always drive in lane closer to shoulder in case.
#127 of 131 Tracker takes longer to start..
Oct 12, 2013 (3:31 pm)
My Tracker is a 2000 4WD 2.0 liter engine. I have 50,255 miles on it. The past 2 weeks I've been having trouble starting it. It takes a few seconds longer to start. I hold my breath every time I start it.
I took it to my mechanic. They hooked it up to their computer. everything was fine. He said some regular maintenance might work. They changed the spark plugs, fuel filter, replaced the PVC Valve, cleaned the fuel system, and removed dirt and deposits from intake system. $558.13 later. I put gas line antifreeze and fuel system cleaner in the gas tank. Still not starting well. I noticed when its cold or damp-that's when it happens more. Once it starts, the rest of the day it starts right away (knock on wood). When its warmer, say 60+, its fine.
I know its not too big a deal. Its not as serious as some of the others in the forum. Wisconsin winters suck! If I'm having trouble now, I can't imagine how its going to be this winter. The mechanic said if that doesn't do it-then we'll try more maintenance. Um, no thanks, its already cost me a small fortune with no results. Any hints or ideas would be much appreciated.
#128 of 131 Re: Tracker takes longer to start.. [crecknagel]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Oct 12, 2013 (4:02 pm)
You may want to try asking Zaken over in Edmunds Answers too. He's been around Geos/Trackers a long time.
#129 of 131 Re: Tracker takes longer to start.. [Stever@Edmunds]
Oct 12, 2013 (5:20 pm)
I ran into a problem similar to yours, it was on a chevy blazer but the same symptoms. When cold I would have to hit the starter 3 or 4 times to start up but after it was warmed up it would start up every time. I put a fuel pressure gauge on it and found that it would loose all fuel pressure when it sat for a long period of time. I tested it before starting it in the morning (no pressure at that time). Then retested after it was running and it had plenty of pressure. The fuel pressure regulator was not holding pressure. Replaced the regulator and it starts great now. Hopefully this helps.
#130 of 131 Re: Tracker takes longer to start.. [magnum35]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Oct 12, 2013 (6:07 pm)
Hm, some people will turn their ignition to ON for a minute or two and let the fuel pump pressurize the system and that can help the car crank "the first time".
On some cars, you can hear the fuel pump come on when you do that trick.
#131 of 131 Re: Tracker takes longer to start.. [crecknagel]
Oct 12, 2013 (8:58 pm)
I would check my battery. A battery can still have a 12 volt reading but not have enough Cold Cranking Amps.
Check cable end connections and water level in cells, in battery. I have a little dropper that tests each cell, not expensive at Walmart or Parts store.
When it starts to get cold, that's when battery problems show up.
I always check the things that are the cheapest to fix, first.
Sometimes when the Starter or solenoid are starting to go up, you will have a starting problem, which slowly gets worse and worse as it requires more battery power to turn the engine over.
I'm assuming the Alternator was checked by the Mechanic.