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Chevy Tracker



  • Thanks for the reply. I forgot to mention that my Tracker is a 2003 2 liter 4 door.
    It hasn't gotten any worse so I will live with it for awhile.
    I also have an 04 Ford 350 that the radio stays on after the key is pulled but it shuts off after the door it cracked
  • To all those in Trackerland have a great holiday and remember to keep the rubber side down. May YOUR God keep you, and your family safe.
  • FINALLY got the Tracker back from the dealer!! Came back as a bad relay. Don't know which one(they were never that specific).
  • arkainzeyearkainzeye pittsburgh paPosts: 473
    what was the problem with it again? and how much was the fix?

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  • captjcaptj Posts: 8
    I thought it was about time to replace the original Group 85 size battery in our 99 2-door/4WD/2.0/5 speed. As many on this forum probably already know, Group 85 is a relatively rare size, and has the terminal polarity configuration reversed from that of most other top post battery Groups. All of the vehicle battery guides I consulted said to use a Group 75/78 instead, smaller batteries used in many GM vehicles that would require side post adapters to use with the Tracker's original battery cables. My experience with Group 75 is that it usually has one of the lowest cranking power capacity ratings of all car batteries. A Group 24F is a common top post battery size that is a little over an inch longer and an inch taller than Group 85, but with the correct terminal polarity configuration and typically more power capacity than a comparable Group 75/78. I thought a Group 24F would fit, although the terminals would be an inch closer to the underside of the hood. When I went shopping, I found that Walmart had a DT-3N battery that had significantly more power than the Group 24F, and was a bit longer and wider than Group 85, but about the same height. It has both side terminals and top posts with the top posts along the centerline of the battery so it can be used for either terminal polarity configuration. It dropped in to our Tracker's original equipment battery tray perfectly, and fit all the original hold down equipment. I think I can recommend the DT-3N as a useable alternate battery choice for those who don't want to track down a Group 85 or settle for a Group 75.
  • I have a '01 2.0 manual 4dr 4wd that all of a sudden refuses to idle, at least some of the time. It starts fine, fast idles fine and when warm when it usually idles about 7-800 rpm it idles toward 0 and of course dies. No check engine light, it is inconsistent and I've kept up with all the filter, plugs and oil changes. Any help!
  • arkainzeyearkainzeye pittsburgh paPosts: 473
    how many miles is on your tracker and what kinda mantance record do you have. when was the
    1)sparkplugs checked or changed
    2)fuel filter replaced
    3) air filter check/replaced
    4)pcv check/replaced

    also recently i have learned that these trackers/vitara's are known for a idle problem. what helped me was i spray carb cleaner into the throttle body. i removed the black plastic tube that leads to the throttle body and sprayed alot of carb cleaner in there. I manually opened the butterfly to make sure i was getting it all cleaned. from what i read, the problems stems from a issue with carbon buildup and the butterfly not being able to completely close, "most noticable on cold days". what i also did was replaced the plugs and ran a bottle of SeaFoam in my gastank. and since then i have not had that idle that feels like its going to die any second..
  • inuvikinuvik Posts: 131
    Great Info, Thanks for the tip!
  • I just bought a 1998 Chevy Tracker soft top and need to do some minor work on it. It is in excellent condition, except for the windows which are so discolored they are almost an opaque yellow, and the white top is dirty and the zippers and velcro need work. Is there something I can use to clean the top and get the windows clear again? Any help will be appreciated...
  • i bought my 1999 tracker with 83000 miles on it
    the first problem i had was the gears would grind in second and third so i replaced the completet clutch and clutch fork.well come to find out it was the clutch fork that made every thing go bad when we got it apart the pivot rod punctured all the way through the fork this is why the gears would grind and ruin the throw out bearing.well two months later it did the same thing.clutch fork again.this time we took a dremmel tool and made the hole bigger around the fork on the outside of the tranny. that way you did not have to pull tranny.we took the fork and cut out the center and reinfoced with steel and a nut and drilled nut. now no problem with clutch except it ruined the throw out bearing again.when i get the time and money will pull tranny and change.i have read alot here about gear grinding when shifting. well theres your answer it is bad clutch forks.what happens is when the rod goes through the fork it puts extreme pressure on the bearing and causes it to put a groove on the bearing shaft.which that can be fixed with liquid steel and sanded.what makes me mad is that gm has to know about the forks,but why tell us when they can make alot of moneyon repairs.allso the rear bearings are a bad design i have had both sides go for light flickering it is in the alternator bearings, i had the bearings replace for 30.00 if you get belt squeel it the alt bearings.this is on the non serpentine belt models
  • arkainzeyearkainzeye pittsburgh paPosts: 473
    i remember when i was looking for my 99 tracker i wanted the stick, but after reading about all the trany problems with the 99's i went with the 4-speed auto. i thought there might have been a recall on that trany or something.?

  • I too had a squeaking problem emminating from the same area and got progressively worse.

    What I did was douse the center of the belt tensioner with WD-40 a few times to loosen the tensioner. The spring in it freezes up due to rust build-up from the weather or car washes. The noise went away immediately. Once I sprayed it enough and was confident it was working good, I packed the tensioner with bearing grease.

    This will help tensioners last and perform longer.

    As for the belt, always inspect both sides for hairline cracks and replace as soon as you notice some. It will save you from a breakdown or replacing your engine from overheating.
  • nicdbnicdb Posts: 1
    Hi Folks

    Anyone experienced and chaffing/rubbing sounds coming from the front diff when the weather gets below 0?
  • My Sister in law just bought a 2005 Pontiac Montana SV-6 mini van. What a piece of crap, 8,000 Km's or 5,000 miles and she is already going through the G.M arbritration process. GOOD LUCK!
  • cobcob Posts: 210
    I have a 2004 LT v6 4x4 that is just about to the 15,000 mile scheduled maintanence mark. The book calls for changing the differential fluids and the transfer case. It is driven 80% highway and 20% city. Has anyone else had this service done so soon. I would think you could go 30,000 like the transmission before changing any fluids. Any input would be appreciated. So far only things done have been oil changes every 3,000 and tire rotations every 6,000 since the dealer does them for free. No problems and average 20-21 mpg whether in 2wd or 4wd doesn't seem to make a big difference.
  • inuvikinuvik Posts: 131
    I have a 2001 Tracker 2.0L 4cyl. I feel silly for asking this question but I didn't see the answer in any previous post. Since the Tracker doesn't use plug wires, what is the proper method in removing the wires to change the spark plugs? I see that there is one small bolt holding the assembly at each cylinder. Do I just take out the bolt and lift? I just don't want to break anything. :blush:
  • arkainzeyearkainzeye pittsburgh paPosts: 473
    for changing the sparkplugs you use a 8mm socket or wrench and remove that bolt holding the coil packs to the valve cover. then you pull UP. i changed my plugs a few times.. the one plug under the crossover bar i had to use a swivel on my rachet in order too get that one plug out..

  • The sticker on the center console that shows how to switch to and from 4 wheel drive is faded out to where it is unreadable. Where can I get a new sticker? I tried 1 Chevy dealer and he could not find it in his parts listings.
  • mhall1mhall1 Posts: 7
    I have a 97 Tracker with the same problem. Did you ever find out what the problem was? This has been going on for 2 months and now the engine light came on. Thanks Mike
  • inuvikinuvik Posts: 131
    Thanks for info! I figured it was that easy but you just never know sometimes.
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