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Isuzu Rodeo



  • zman92ttzman92tt Posts: 1
    Two weeks ago, I noticed that oil spots were continuously appearing on my rear bumper/back door and all over my spare tire carrier cover. I just had the 60K maintenance done, and they didn't find anything.

    When I get out of the car after driving, I also smell burning oil. Could this be a bad rear seal? If so, would the warranty cover the repair??
  • I bought a remote for my Trooper off of ebay for $14 and it came with the programing instructions. The dealer wanted $75 so ebay is definatley the way to go. Be warned though that the programming is a pain in the butt, You must have patience.
  • Thanks for the advice, I will try to use a better grade of gas in the future, you mentioned you cleaned your fuel system once a month, how do you go about that? And what if anything have you done about the noise from the exhaust? (Did I mention I have only had this car a year?)
    Any input it appreciated.
  • catamcatam Posts: 331
    Well I changed the timing belt on my 95.5 Rodeo last weekend. Cost was $45 for timing belt and the 3 accessory belts. The job took about 4 hours, with an hour delay fighting the crankshaft bolt to main pulley. Finally had to call my brother and have him bring over his air compressor and impact wrench to break the bolt loose. This also forced me to pull the radiator to create some space.
    All things considered I can't complain, considering I saved around $400.
  • catamcatam Posts: 331
    Anyone know how to tell if I have a limited slip rear diff on my 95.5 Rodeo. I recently bought this vehicle used, and need to change the fluid. If I put limited slip fluid in a standard diff will it hurt it, I know it will the other way around, so I would tend to err on the side of caution and use LSD fluid if it won't hurt??
    Paisan, any help would be great.
  • sbcookesbcooke Posts: 2,297
    The 99 Trooper's have a "G80" on the engine option panel in the back of the engine compartment. This signifies LSD. This is listed in my manual. I am not sure if this covers the 95.5 Rodeo, however, I imagine they were consistent with the codes over the years.
  • karman1karman1 Posts: 25
    You welcome, I go to Auto Zone and by those cleaners they seem to do the job, I also try to use Chevron gas, I get a much better gas avg, and its runs smoother, My car seems to hate Texaco. About the noise thing I just turn up my volume :) ( but now that you brought this up I will try to fix it, I will tell what I did ones I will fix it. ) I also had my car for about 1 1/2 years , I bought it used in 2001. My major problem with this truck is that the brakes suck. Now that the recall came out I will take it to the shop.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,910
    Chevron bought out Texaco a while back - wonder if they'll get rid of one of the "competing" brands at some point? My van seems to like the Techron pretty well but it'll run ok on the Big Star stuff.

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  • karman1karman1 Posts: 25
    Did not know that, I do wonder if techron actually does something.
  • armtdmarmtdm Posts: 2,057
    Well, I use it once in a while in a few engines, seems to work fine. On others I use a squirt of Amsoil PI at every tankful. Oldest on this is 146,000 but never had an injector or fuel system problem in past ten years on any car. Do they work. Not sure, would I have not had problems if I did not use these cleaners, ????
  • Ok, all this advice, I'm loving it. I will try the better gas and the fuel cleaning system,now I have another question. What is a serpantine belt? The dealership says I need it since my engine only runs on one belt?!?! Did they see me coming or what, I really don't trust them and don't really know any other reliable mechanics in the area. Help!
  • ryanendresryanendres Posts: 122

    I'm not sure how to post pics here but the above link is to a pic of your belt. These belts start to show wear (small cracks) at about 25K and should be switched out at about 30-35K. It is about 5 min job and the belt costs about 35.00 or so from (Factory OEM Isuzu belt free shipping). The Stealer will charge you about 80 to replace this.

  • karman1karman1 Posts: 25
    Looks like time for a new belt for me.
  • karman1karman1 Posts: 25
    I own 98 Rodeo, and I'm thinking about putting in a K&N filter... my question to you is, is it worth the money... will I feel the diff?
  • ryanendresryanendres Posts: 122
    Most folks with Rodeo/Amigo's notice a slight decrease in MPG. What you will notice with the filter is the engine will sound a bit louder (a drop in filter or cone) and you will notice a little faster pickup.

    The big thing is that a OEM filter (Fram or the like) cost about 23.00! I long for the days of my 3.00 S10 filter. So if you plan on keeping the truck another 3-5 yrs it will pay off. The only thing oyou will need to do is re-oil your filter once a year (10.00).

    If you do this mod make sure you disconect the battery for 15-30 mins to reset the the ECU, so the truck can relearn the new stuff that you have added.

    Now do I have a filter? Nope I'm happy with the stock power as it is.


  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    I have the K&N in my trooper. Only noticeable above 3500rpms. It is great though cause I can wash it out after offroading or dirt roading. The cleaner kit is $10 and usually lasts 2-3 years.

  • karman1karman1 Posts: 25
    paisan: do you have just the filter or their kits
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    The panel drop in filter. Any cone filter is going to give you LESS performance or at best on par performance with restricted off-road duty. I don't suggest any cone filters on an SUV unless it's a bling bling one.

  • sib715sib715 Posts: 15
    I have 00 LS and gas gauge just stopped registering and check engine light came on. Dealer says, they need to drop gas tank and replace sensor. I'm at 52200 miles, just over warranty. Any advice, previous users experience same problem
  • Boris2Boris2 Posts: 177
    Isuzu dealers are not the best ones as far as customer satisfaction goes (at least that was my experience). I know that some dealers would give you some slack if you just out of warranty. I'd ask them if they are willing to pay for labor if you pay for parts or something like that. Also, if you plan to keep the car for a while, it might be a good idea to get extended warranty, which will pretty much pay for itself on that single service.
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