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Chevy Tracker

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  • m45guym45guy Posts: 42
    they can only come off when the wheel is off, least on the aluminum wheels. If you have the 'luminum wheels, and it's gone, it might have broken. Bummer.

    Kelly B
    '99 Suzuki GV JLX+, 5-speed, cheap little mountain goat
  • m45guym45guy Posts: 42
    I'm new to *this* Tracker/Vitara list, so I should share some info. Seems there are some off-roaders, and DIY'ers here, which is good, IMHO. ;-)

    If you need new tires, and want something which has at least *some* off-road traction, look at BFG AT/ko's. Not cheap, but I've got 245/70/16's on mine, and I'll take it anywhere, without hesitation. I am going to go down in size to a 225/75/16, as I get a bit of rubbing both front and back, which is more annoying than anything.

    Does your steering wheel shake while on the freeway? You've probably had the tires balanced a few times, and it's *still* there. Problem is, the toe spec for these machines is -0-. Neat, in concept, but under load, like when going forward, that -0- toe becomes a slight toe-out condition, and you're feeling the wheels occilating. Easily fixable, just dial a half a turn of toe-in on each tie-rod end. Have to do each side equally, or you'll have a crooked steering wheel. Fixes the funky inside edge tire wear, too, FWIW.

    Finally, if you want a *cheap* lift, the urethane spring spacers for a Jeep TJ fit this machine. For $60, you can get either a 3/4" or 1 3/4" lift, all four corners. I tried the bigger one, and wound up cutting my spacers down, as the suspension contantly 'topped out', and it gave me a wicked headache. I've got only the rears installed, as I don't have a spring compressor handy.

    Just some tips from a list newbie.

    Kelly B
    '99 GV JLX+, not abused regularly enough....
  • arkainzeyearkainzeye pittsburgh paPosts: 473
    I bought a replacement center cap for my left fron wheel. iti s the one with the little Gold Chevy logo. mY MOUTH DROPPED when i see the price on them things. $66 after tax.. and it is the weakiest plastic i think i ever seen. I looked at the parts guy and said. Now come on how can you guys justify $66 for this. and he knodded. So then i priced the ZR2 fender flares. and they are $85 for each wheel "not installed". I Would install them myself, but still. the aftermarket part guy said he would sale them to me for $55 becuase of all the problems i have had over this past year with my Aftermarket cruise control. I had the CC for 11 and now they have to replace the whole thing. that CC cost close to $400 !!!
  • m45guym45guy Posts: 42
    No kidding! I feel your pain, the differential I had to replace, if I'd had to buy it from the dealer, would have run me $1500, and that's *not* installed. I did it myself, and found a new one for a Sidekick, which has the identical part, for $267, delivered. If I'd wanted to play roulette, there were some on EBay for $99.

    Kelly B
    '99 JLX+, 53K, not bad for a cheap car
  • arkainzeyearkainzeye pittsburgh paPosts: 473
    you said you replaced your differential? I;m not clear on this. but was it was whole front axle? cause on my 1999 chevy tracker that i purchased used. i seen the repair work that the dealer did to it. and they mentioned about replacing the front differential. but they got a used one from a salvage yard. they used one from a 2000 model and that had 15k less miles then my tracker at that time. I have had no problems with it ever. the diff i mean. I heard 99 wasn't a good year for the tracker in a few areas. espeically the 5-speed trany!!
  • 1badsidekick1badsidekick Posts: 135
    I just typed a great big huge post, and for some reason when I clicked on "post my message", it logged me out and erased everything I said. I had a lot of useful information in that post, but it took me half an hour to type it all, so I won't be typing it again. Whats up moderators?? Why did it do this to me?
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,946
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  • 1badsidekick1badsidekick Posts: 135
    thats what I did, I clicked back and it had erased it all. Oh well, one of these days I'll take the time to type it in again! Thanks for trying!
  • m45guym45guy Posts: 42
    First, let me say this is on a V-6 *Grand* Vitara, so it's likely equipped with the same diff, but the extra power might be just a tad too much for it. It's the same diff which was in the Sidekicks of old, so it hasn't changed, in a while.

    Mine was the *rear* diff, not hard to replace, really, just daunting to consider/look at. I replaced just the 'pumkin' part, got one for $267, shipped, from a guy down in Eugene, OR.

    Turns out, the cracked pinion was one of the 'common' <eye roll> problems with the GV/Tracker. I've been lucky, otherwise, only an air-bag sensor going wacky below 38F, a hood squeak which I'm not convinced I've finally fixed (haven't heard it in a couple of weeks, though), and *horrible* resale value. It's really a good little moutain goat, and the nice thing is, because I don't really care too much about it, the big pine tree dent above the LR passenger door adds 'character'. ;-)

    Kelly B
  • My sister has a Red/Silver tracker LT, nice little truck and she loves it. One thing i don't understand is why the Grand Vitara seems to be better equipped. Deep tint windows, gold lettering, fog lights. Does anyone know, i was on gmbuypower and saw that for 2003 you can get deep tint windows on a tracker, $150 option, even on LT.
  • mopar67mopar67 Posts: 728
    The rig started life as a suzuki model and this is how chevy got into the small SUV market with minimal investment
    Also, suzuki may equip it differently than the trakcer so as to enhance marketability.
  • arkainzeyearkainzeye pittsburgh paPosts: 473
    i think the suzuki comes stardard with power windows and locks. and I am not sure but i think when i was looking for my tracker a few years ago. One of them you could get cruise control on and one you could NOT. (2-door model only) I remember looking and thinking. why would i buy the chevy when the suzuki comes with more for less! But then i found a used tracker loaded for way cheap...
  • For 2004 the few trackers that are probably made will actually have a standard V6. Also the 2dr. will be discontinued.
  • idntnvuidntnvu Posts: 251
    comes the equinox? Isn't that what it's called? I believe that it is slated to replace the tracker.
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    It's based on the Saturn Vue and folks are discussing it in the Chevrolet Equinox topic.

    tidester, host
  • idntnvuidntnvu Posts: 251
    Thanks tidester. It's a good looking SUV, but I'm set with my explorer now. 5 more years to go!
  • frenchcarfrenchcar Posts: 247
    Have any of you had a Tracker with steering so loose it feels like it isnt attached. Not much play in the wheel, tracks straight, new tires and proper air. Feels like the PS is overboosted or maybe worn tie rod ends, loose wheel bearings or a steering gear out of adjustment or worn out. IT GETS DIFFICULT AND DANGEROUS AT HIGH SPEEDS. HELP Any ideas or experience withthis problem?
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,946
    I can take a guess and link you to a post, but it sounds like you need to limp to your mechanic asap.

    cschapin Oct 2, 2002 10:35am

    Steve, Host
  • mopar67mopar67 Posts: 728
    Something is seriously wrong here......get it looked at ASAP.
  • frenchcarfrenchcar Posts: 247
    I have an appointment set up with a Suzuki mechanic/alignment man. My 95 is actually a Sidelick 4 door 4x4 but similar to a Tracker. I have owned 4 of these vehicles over the years and road tested probably 15 of them, both 2wd and 4wd and sticks and automatics. Those without power steering handle better but are a bear to park. Those with power steering are sometimes erratic or squirrly and often feel over boosted. Air pressure that is too high, wrong size tires can really change the feel and I have only driven a couple that actually feel similar to other vehicles. I still love them inspite of the quirkiness. The 205x75x15 tire size is actually a huge tire for such a lightweight (2600 lb) vehicle with a load range of 97 which equals 1610 pounds per tire and they call for 23 pounds air pressure. A Dodge Grand Caravan at 4000 pounds will use this same size tire and call for 32 pounds. Most Tracker owners run far too much air which upsets the ride and handling. I usually run 26 and see some improvement since I lowered it to 23 and I am willing to bet that 20 pounds would work even better for these lightweight vehicles. I now wonder if someone added a power steering pump to a manual steering gear. HAVE ANY OF YOU EXPERIMENTED WITH AIR PRESSURE OR TIRE TYPE AND SIZE?
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