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Chevrolet Tracker Maintenance and Repair



  • vanner1vanner1 Posts: 12
    Power switch changes the "hard shift" points. You'll go higher in rpms before it upshifts. Lets it get to the "optimum" torque peak or near there anyway.

    I agree with the others - you should have the transmission serviced or at least the fluids dropped and refilled. I recommend a complete flush and new filter and modulator valve if it hasn't been done. Fluids should be changed at probably 75K miles.

    You can easily check to see if you're frozen in the power mode by turning it off and seeing at what rpm on the tach it shifts from first to second under full acceleration. Ten turn it on and check again.

    My 2000 Tracker 4dr with the 2.0L 4 now at 117K miles is one of the very best vehicles I've ever owned and I've owned a few good ones.

    I do wish they had never used those stupid plastic "Christmas Tree" posts to anchor on all the exterior plastic. I've been chasing around replacing the missing ones on almost a weekly basis lately!
  • I'm getting ready to change the brakes on my tracker and I figure a tune up wouldn't hurt at the same time. So far I know I need to change the plugs, wires, fuel filter and air filter. Is there anything else that needs to be changed at the same time? Also is there a way to turn the lights off? The lights come on automatically and I can't for the life of me figure out if there is a way to turn them off. There is an old drive-in movie theater close by I want to take my wife to but if I can't get the lights to shut off then it's going to be quite annoying if I start the car during the movie. Thanks for any help anyone can give.

  • bobonlinebobonline Posts: 2
    Does anyone know how to bench test the EGR valve from my 2002 V6?
  • hennemanhenneman Posts: 1
    I have a 2003 ZR2 and the battery will go dead in a couple of days of no use. I have checked and there is a drain on the battery of 0.7 amps with everything shut off. I found if I pull the Dome lites/Radio fuse the drain drops to almost 0. I looked at a schematic and it shows there is also the powertrain control module on this curcuit. Does anyone know if the radio or powertrain control module can cause a current draw with the ignition switch off? If I leave the dome lite/ radio fuse out the battery stays charged. Any ideas are appreciated.
  • Tony, my chevy tracker has this same feature. There is no easy way to turn this feature off, it's hard wired into the system. Not long ago I took my tracker to a mechanic because my parking lights wouldn't turn off when my car would turn off (as a result I would have to pull out the fuse from the fusebox that controlled the lights and radio from under the hood everytime I would park my car). The mechanic ended up taking out some switch or something from under the dash that would turn on my lights automatically (this automatic turn on apparently burned the switch and there was some weird connection going to the aftermarket security locking system that was put in which contributed to the problem)

    LONG STORY SHORT: all you have to do is pull the fuse from under your hood that controls all the lights from your car (that fuse was also in charge of the radio, so I'm not sure if that would pose a problem for you or not) but my AC was working fine.
    Otherwise I would say take it to a mechanic if you would really want to have the automatic headlights feature.
  • pistonmacpistonmac Posts: 1
    coffee cat i see that you removed the serpentine belt on your 2004 tracker,how hard was that?,cant seem to figure it out..can u please help??or does anyone know how to remove the serpentine belt?? do i remove the 13mm bolts or use a breaker bar?
  • I have a 2000 chevy tracker, 2.0 4 wheel drive. The 4 wheel drive has stopped working and the guy at the chevy garage said that it is the ECM that is causing it. I have found a used ECM, but one mechanic said that used ECM's dont work while another said that it would but it would have to be reprogramed by the Chevy dealership. Can anyone help me.
  • I have the same issue with my 2001 Chevy Tracker 2.0 liter. Check Engine Soon light on most of the time.

    Can some give the actual part name for this "pig tail valve"? Tracking it down with this type of name does not make it easy.

    Thanks, Bill Colwell
  • roxas331roxas331 Posts: 1
    Hi I have a 2001 Tracker 4 dr and 3 of my interior door handles broke =/ , does anybody know the part number or part i need to replace them i cant find them specifically for the car.
  • Tecc10,

    Yes, the 2001 Chevy Tracker does have a cabin filters on the passenger side of the vehicle. The filters are located behind the glove box (aka glove compartment). I'll do my best to explain the procedure for filter replacement. Even the illustrations that came on the instructions with the cabin filters were of little help.

    Open the glove box to reveal the compartment. Empty the contents of the compartment to a convenient area. At this point, I consider this initial opening of the glove box to be the "normal" level of openness for the compartment.

    To open the glove box to the next level, you need to slightly squeeze the compartment inward (on both sides at the same time) to release the glove box to the next level. At this next level the glove box has swung open to the floor.

    Now, look at the area you just revealed from behind the glove box compartment, you will see a metal bar. Just behind that metal bar you will see a narrow plastic cover. This cover is like an upside down "L". It has two protruding "rectangular" type knobs that extent from the long leg side of the "L" cover.

    Above the upper knob, (this would be the short leg of the "L" cover) you should be able to get your fingers into the space and pull up on that portion of the cover to release it.

    The long side of the "L" cover should be a bit easier to release once the upper side has been released.

    Once this "L" cover is removed it should reveal the cabin filters (there are two). The filters seem to be stacked one on top of the other. Replace the two filters with the tab on each filter facing you (the tab on each filter when stacked correctly will slide into the back of the "rectangular" type knobs of the "L" cover).

    Replace the "L" cover and make sure it's locked into it's upper and lower positions.

    Begin closing the glove box. Remember, you will have to squeeze both sides of the glove box compartment to push it back into the opening and it's "normal" open position.
  • nelssienelssie Posts: 1
    I have a 2003 Tracker ZR2 4x4 auto 6 cyl with 47k miles. When I put the vehicle in gear, I hear what seems to come from the transmissions a noise just like a baseball card makes in a bicycle tire. No noticeable difference in driving, just that noise. Anyone know what that may be??
  • vanner1vanner1 Posts: 12

    What engine do you have? I thought all '03 inlines were 2.0L DOHCs. If so, the oil capacity at change with filter is 5.5 US quarts, and 4 liters is only 4.2 quarts. Of course that would be low by a good lick on that dipsick.

    Each change with my 2.0L I put it 5 quarts of something-or-other with another can of an oil additive like STP for the other pint. Brings it right up.

    The 2.5L V-6 I believe holds 5.8 quarts with filter, or 5.5 L. That, again, would leave you pretty low on the stick with only 4L.
  • arkainzeyearkainzeye pittsburgh paPosts: 473
    i have had (2) chevy trackers 1999 2door soft top and a 2004 4 door ZR2 (v6) Both trackers had the air conditioners fail. if you look up past posts on this subject you will see tracker are not rare for this problem. well im NOT paying to get it fixed. one day it worked the next it didnt. fuses were all checked. followed all the recommendations of past posts. you can hear it running turning on and off. since this is NOT my first time having this failure i already know what it is. i recognize the signs from last time. I will not be getting a 3rd tracker. even when the ac worked it was never anything to brag about. other than that its been a good little suv. monday i get my Accord v6. btw resale was sad to say the least.
  • reedphireedphi Posts: 2
    Whilst built by Suzuki, I have little faith in this 2001 vehicle. My problems have stemmed about a bent standard transmission shift plate that cost me $1800 even though under warantee, a replaced rear axle and pinion gear due to faulty operation, a new A/C compressor due to faulty clutch ($1000 CAD), and now I am getting very loud gear whine again - think it's ready for another axle (perhaps front) and pinion gear (~$1600 CAD) . This is all within 128,000 KMS (76,000 MI). Need to keep it one more year to pay off debts but my next car is a COROLLA !
  • I also have a 2003 Chevy Tracker (2.0 L 4 Cylinder) and it takes 5 quarts of oil. I think the owner's manual lists that amount as well.
  • Definitely check your owner's manual. My 2001 2.0 liter Tracker has a 5.5 quart oil capacity. Not sure if that .5 is for the oil filter.
  • vanner1vanner1 Posts: 12
    2000 4 dr 4wd, 2.0L, 124,166 miles, changed oil yesterday putting in 5 quarts Pennzoil dinosaur juice and ~8 oz Lucas Oil Stabilizer. Right to the top line on the dipstick.

    That tiny little oil filter can may hold .5 L but I'm betting it's more like 2 oz!

    This little 4-banger uses about a quart of oil in 3000 miles now, but used up half a quart every 3000 when new. Just the nature of the engine I guess.
  • What is the easiest way to reinstall the pulley after removal. Also what is the easiest way to loosen the lower alternator bolt. Do I need to remove the passenger side front wheel?
  • ronda6ronda6 Posts: 2
    :confuse: I noticed a blog on this issue has been posted previously with no response. I am a new member and new owner of 2000 tracker. Already had a major oil leak from rear seal. My question is about the timing chain. How do you know if it has been replaced? (without doing a carfax that is not free as they advertise)The front of the motor has what looks like some type of black sealant. Is this a sign that it has been replaced? It is running fine, so far, but I am so worried about the damage the timing chain can cause. It has 176,000, high mileage, so I hope it has been replaced. If anyone has any suggestions to keep it running good please let me know ASAP. I am a teacher with only one income in my family and I don't have extra cash to fix major problems but must have transportation. Please, anyone with knowledge and experience with a tracker respond with any and all info that might help me keep it running. I have read all 125 post so any new info would be great.
    Thanks in advance!! :confuse:
  • ronda6ronda6 Posts: 2
    Could be the rear seal. Took my mechanic a week to figure out where the oil leak was coming from. It is on the back of the motor. I have a 2000 4wd.
    I don't know anything about cars but what I have experienced, but hope this info. helps. Ronda :)
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