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#64 of 521 Vibration at 45 mph
May 11, 2009 (6:04 pm)
I have owned a 2003 Chevy Tracker, 4 dr. 4 cyl. 4x4 base model for the last two years. I've put about 13,000 miles on it since I bought it, and until now have not had any problems (at least until this winter, but that is another problem I'll have to post elsewhere!). Recently right around 45 mph she starts to vibrate oddly, and comes out of it when I accelerate or drop to a lower speed. Any ideas as to what might be causing the vibration? I'll have to take her in for the 60,000-mile maintenance this summer and would love to get this problem fixed at the same time. Thanks for any help!
#65 of 521 Re: Vibration at 45 mph [tlao1975]
May 11, 2009 (6:17 pm)
Your problem sounds like an out of balance condition. Have you had your wheels balanced? Been diving in mud/4 wheeling? Sometimes enough cakes on the back of the rim to throw off the balance.
Winter problem. I had a door handle snap off this year. Stupid me for yanking on a frozen door.
#66 of 521 Re: Vibration at 45 mph [coffeecat]
May 11, 2009 (6:42 pm)
Saturday I had my studded tires swapped over to the all-seasons I use during the summer, and they balanced them then. I had the same vibration problem over the winter with the studded tires, which were also balanced when they were changed over. I've never had occasion to take her off-road yet so I'm fairly sure it isn't mud build-up.
I can sympathize with you about the broken door handle. I live in northern Maine, and during a period of -40 temps this winter my grille shrank and the chrome began to blister; and the driver's side scuff plate split when a friend stepped on it trying to give me a boost. Plastic isn't made for sub-zero weather!
#67 of 521 98 tracker shakes really bad
Jan 25, 2011 (5:10 pm)
I have a 98 tracker that shakes really bad sometimes, ill pull over put in park then take off slow to get going but no shakeing anymore it does it every so often ,anybody elce have this problem? I thought the wheels were falling off or something
#68 of 521 Unknown noise
Sep 25, 2011 (1:39 pm)
I own a 2001 Tracker & recently hear a noise that increases with speed. I thought it was a wheel bearing & even though it was replaced the noise is still there. My mechanic wants to have my car for a couple of days to figure it out, which sounds expensive to me. Anyone with similar problems. My car is regularly maintained, runs great, I love this car, but don't like the noise, even though my mechanic has assured me that the vehicle is perfectly safe to drive.
Mar 03, 2012 (10:06 am)
I too am experiencing the rumble/vibration (with no steering wheel shimmy) effect in my 2002 Tracker. This has been going on for some time now; it occurs between 55 to 60 mph. No symptoms from slower to faster than those speeds. I figured it was a ply separation or balance issue. I was slated for a tire change which I had performed two months ago, to include balancing and a thrust alignment. The issue is still there, and so amazing as how the rumbling starts and stops; it's like someone flipped a switch.
Any ideas, anyone?
#70 of 521 Unknown noise/vibration on front
Jul 04, 2012 (1:22 pm)
I have a 2000 tracker 2x4 and recently start to make a noise on the front when the car is on the road at 35 mph and up. I put new tires, change the front wheel bearings (both sides) and noise /“vibration” still. My mechanics have no clued after hours of inspection. Again the problem is when the car is running; the car was tested on the lifting rack and was accelerated up to 60MPH and no noise whatsoever. Only when the car is on the road and the noise feels on the front of the vehicle. I’m wonder if could be a differential related problem. If someone have an idea or have had the problem with successful repairing results, please let me know.
#71 of 521 My vibration problem finally fixed...
Jul 04, 2012 (5:06 pm)
My vibration problem was finally fixed, though I doubt it will be the solution for anyone else. It turns out that when I got my studded tires put on (several months before my first post in this thread), 4 out of the 5 wheel studs on my front left wheel got cross-threaded. So obviously, since my tire wasn't being properly held on by the lug nuts, it was flopping around when she got up to speed and hence the vibration! It also screwed with my steering control when I hit potholes, frostheaves, etc.
I'm relieved the problem is fixed, but annoyed it took me changing garages to catch such a potential disaster waiting to happen.
#72 of 521 Chevrolet Tracker Electrical Problems
Mar 20, 2013 (4:54 am)
#73 of 521 Electrical Issues..and More!
Sep 01, 2008 (8:35 pm)
I have a 1999 2dr Tracker with 145K..I was wondering if anyones had a problem(s) similar to the ones I have encountered?
1. In regards to the headlights..For some weird reason, the drivers side headlight will not work if the Windshield Washer Fluid Resevior is low..And the passenger side headlight low beam just doesn't work at all. I thought it was the bulb and it was replaced. The high beam works..The strangest thing to is that the lights will Pulse when you drive sometimes..I know that the standard way of knowing its the Alternator would be if your at a stop, the lights dim..then when you resume driving they get brighter. Thats not the case here..has anyone encountered this?
2. The car when at a stop makes a HORRID noise. Its basically like theres something lose and is vibrating..the car sounds like a Mack truck when it does this. I have no idea if this is something with the frame rusting, the suspension, or the exhaust.
The only other problems I think it has I am sure I know what they are..those two are the ones I don't understand. I think the vehicle may need a new tie-rod. As bad as it sounds..this is my 3rd GM and I've not had very much luck with them.
If anyone can help I'd be quite appreciative. I can be emailed at BigP81gmail.com