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Chevy Tracker



  • If there was a time to change I would like to do it as soon as possible, with it still being new and clean inside. Mobil 1 sounds like the way to go, question though, the newer type you use is OK for oxegyn sensors too?
  • mopar67mopar67 Posts: 728
    combined with either a Purolator or NAPA filter, its a combination that will assure your rig runs a good long time?


    Friend's 94 tracker, two timing belts and mobil 1 since 34K now has 175K on it. Compression, amazingly, is still completely within specs. It burns no oil and starts and runs well.

    I highly recommend synthetic oil for your rig!
  • frenchcarfrenchcar Posts: 247
    I have used Mobil One for 25 years in both new and used vehicles although I have also tried Valvoline, Amsoil and Castrol. I have almost always got a mpg increase of 4 to 5 percent on 4 cylinder vehicles and 2 to 3 percent increase on a V-6 or V-8. With K & N air filters I have added another 4 percent increase. Synthetics are so slippery that you have to break a new engine in first before using a synthetic or else the rings will rarely seat properly. It will take 1200 to 3,000 miles depending on engine design, tolerences, transmission and gear ratios and make sure you arent using any oil before making the switch. Some vehicles will use a pint or quart in the first 2000 miles until broken in. A few high priced cars come with synthetics but thay are no doubt built to tight tolerances and run in for a longer period of time on the test and adjustment stands at the engine factory. Cheaper vehicles cant afford the extra time. 5W-30 is for most new cars, 0W-30 works fine in cold climate winters and most older vehicles will take 10W-30. This stuff is thin so dont put in an old oil burner or one with gasket leaks or you will really go thru oil. It is great in hot or cold climates, extends engine life, has 5 or 6 times more shear strength and can actually extend oil drain schedules as the ball bearing type molecules last and last compared to long chain molecules in conventional oil. However, when a car is still under warranty you are almost forced to stick to the factory schedule and save all receipts to sarisfy them in case of a claim. I buy synthetic and my Suzuki dealer puts it in for me and lowers their normal oil change price. Not many places will do that. Hope this helps. I put in my wifes Suzuki Aerio at 1400 miles and am now putting it in my 95 Sidekick at 95000 miles.
  • I am going to buy the lubricants in advance and have them all by the time I can install them. I will wait till the second oil change and then install them. I am very interested in the t/case and transmission as well as the differentials first. We dont get much snow here but the hills and long way to travel to get anywhere is why I am looking for a superior lubricant. It is killing me to have a new vehicle and not being able to do anymore to it other than wash it or sweep the floor matts off. LOL
  • frenchcarfrenchcar Posts: 247
    I had a French car that you could barely shift at zero degrees and below and synthetic in it made all the difference in the world. However in an old Tracker I used to have I switched the transfer case, differentials and transmission over to synthetics and it was all very slick and nice but the shifts were too easy and if you shifted too quickly there was gear clash. I think the syncro cones were turning too fast and easy to mesh properly with the gears so I had to remember to shift more slowly at least in the summer. However that vehicle had about 70000 miles on it when I changed over and the wear factor might have made a difference. The K & N air filter made a slight difference in my wifes new Suzuki Aerio with the 2 litre engine but made a huge difference in my 95 Sidekick with the 1.6 liter engine. Much faster and gas mileage on the 4 door, 4 X 4, automatic is a consistent 26 mpg around town and that is higher than it is rated at (22 city mpg and 25 highway). On Monday I am going to put in Bosch Platinum plus 4 plugs and Mobil One. Our 2 litre Aerio came with Platinum plugs. Yours might have them too. Check out the air pressure your vehicle calls for. These are light weight vehicles for a 205-75-15 tire and often only call for 23 pounds. That same size tire is used on some Dodge Grand Caravan 4000 pound vehicle and they call for 32 pounds which makes sense on a much heavier vehicle. I carry 26 pounds (3 pounds over) but if you go much higher these vehicles will really steer and handle strangely. I have driven a few Trackers with 225-75-15 tires and 35 pounds of air and they felt weird and dangerous. Experiment with different air pressures and always check them cold. Have fun.
  • arkainzeyearkainzeye pittsburgh paPosts: 473
    IF you do decide to go synth like i did in my transfer use ONLY GL4 OIL (NOT!) GL5. 4 is harder to find. 5 is more slippery and could interfere with the engagement of the transfer case. BUT that is not why i didn't use GL5.. i Didnt;t use GL5 because 1) transfer case calls for GL4 unlike the axles which call for GL5. 2) THIS IS THE IMPORTANT ONE... the inside of our transfer cases have brass. I have heard GL5 is corrosive with brass! I even had my local advanced auto parts tell me about the brass issue and GL5. anyways, i just wanted to give you a heads up
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 39,049
  • The information on the synthetic lubes is invaluable and I am sure glad I found this forum. Thank you for the genuine thoughtfulness and sharing of your experiences, I really do appreiciate it. I have learned a lot about my ride right here.
  • Hi,
      My wife just bought a 2001 Tracker 4dr. 2.0liter, 4wd. It sounds almost like the defroster is on high, but isnt, and also goes with engine RPM's. Is the intake in the dash? Dealer says its a normal sound. Doesnt sound right to me. Noticed the intake is in the inner/outer fenderwell, just like the trucks. Maybe sucking air in through the firewall.....seems like a K+N kit would solve the sound. Do they really all do this? Its really annoying!!!!
  • frenchcarfrenchcar Posts: 247
    The air intake for the engine is usually in a fender well near the front of the vehicle and you normally dont hear it. The air intake for the heating cooling system is usually at the base of the windshield and the fan blows the air out the interior vents. Which system are you talking about and are you refering to engine noise or ventilation noise with the fan on?? An underhood pad or insulation helps.....there is a fair amount of wind noise around the front windows and mirrors and some cooling fans are noisy or I have had leaves get stock in the air intake by the windshield and then vibrate. Is the exhaust system all original? Try to find another one with the same engine to test drive and compare. These never have been the quietest engines around but they sure are rugged and dependable.
  • infinia1infinia1 Posts: 174
    the cd player on my 01 with 38,000 miles, just out of warranty, has quit working. it says error and ejects the cd without playing. i've tried cleaning it and tried many cds. i talked to the dealer asking about the possibility of having it replaced by chevrolet since they replaced it at about 15,000 miles because of an inoperable button. they planned on calling the dm. otherwise, i've seen one on ebay for $40. i also have an 02 prizm with an identical cd/radio. does anyone know if they are interchangeable? is the cd/radio easy to replace in the tracker? thanks.
  • arkainzeyearkainzeye pittsburgh paPosts: 473
    if you were FORCED to purchase one, and you had to pay retail. I would go with a aftermarket cd-player. many new cd player now play MP3'S you can fit up to 10 HOURS worth of music on 1 standard cd-r. plus they have better FM reception too. My trackers cd-player has worked just fine (1999-tracker). but i would like to have a cd player with the CD-r ability. I noitced this with my tracker. last year my speakers were buzzing and just sounded crappy. so i replaced ALL 4 of them with alpine speakers. they were $65 a pair. the difference between the stock speakers and the alpine were unreal. my stereo is louder "don;t play my music loud though" and it has a thicker sound. they are also able to handle more bass, while yet playing the music clean with no distortion. now all of this was just from changing the speaker and leaving the stock cd-player in.. imagine what a Aftermarket cd-player would do. more bass, EQ setting, mp3, better radio reception etc etc.
  • arkainzeyearkainzeye pittsburgh paPosts: 473
    sizes and gives you the actual size of the tire in inches which could be used if you want to over size your tires.
  • arkainzeyearkainzeye pittsburgh paPosts: 473
    i came up with some answers about what size in inches certain tires are & I was able to look up more info on the stock size for the tracker and 3 sizes up. here is what i found

               Over all diameter revs@45mph
    205/75/15 27.3-Inches 762
    215/75/15 27.8-Inches 747
    225/75/15 28.5-Inches 731
    235/75/15 29.0-Inches 717
  • Will a 1999 repair manual that covers the "J/E platform" be usable for a 2000 Chevy Tracker 4-door with 2.0 liter engine? Thanks for any advice you can give.
  • Another question: My 2000 Tracker heater blower has started making a roaring sound especially when on high speed. It sort of sounds like a cavitation sound to me, although air is still flowing. Any experience with this?? Thanks
  • mopar67mopar67 Posts: 728
    1. What exactly is the 1999 repair manual that covers the "J/E platform?
    2. Cavitation? I think you have some bad fan motor bearings.
  • arkainzeyearkainzeye pittsburgh paPosts: 473
    your heater noise Could be this too.. one my ford tempo years back i had something fall back to where the fan spun. and it was like the sound of what a kids bicycle would make if you put a playing card in the spokes.... get my visual?
  • Not sure what the "J/E" stands for, but is for sale on internet and says "BOOKs 1 AND 2
    COVERS: 1999 Chevy Tracker
    J/E PLATFORM". Also a picture of the books for sale shows a big J/E printed on the bottom of the book spines. Maybe this is referring to something else other than a type of tracker??

    Anyway, maybe you can help -- are the 1999 Trackers basically the same as the 2000 Chevy Tracker? If this manual will work for my 2000 tracker (with 2.0 liter engine) I'd like to buy it, since it's probably much cheaper than ordering directly from the manufacturer.
  • mopar67mopar67 Posts: 728
    code GM uses for its car body designs. Remember the K-car from Chrysler.......same thing.
    Check the engine.....I think the 99 and 00 had the same but if not then the 99 will have the 1.6 L engine which is a lot different that the 2.0 engine.
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