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Isuzu Rodeo

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  • Thnaks anthony2n. Upon further inspection I noticed some burns around the spask plugs. Turns out the coils were burn up. The noise sounded really bad though.
  • Any suggestions on replacing the car alarm remote on my isuzu Rodeo 1998.
  • There are a whole bunch of car alarm remotes on ebay. Buy one that matches your old one and reprogram. They should come with reprogramming instructions.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Rear brakes are just as easy as the front. There is no parking brake mechanism built into the brake system on the Isuzus.

    The rear parking brake is a separate drum-in disc design that doesn't effect changing the pads, nor the rotors.

    -mike
  • Boris2Boris2 Posts: 177
    It looks like it's time for me to get a hand on changing transmssion and differential oil. Anybody has done that?

    On 4WD i should have 2 differentials, right? Are the plugs (drain and fill) located so that it's relatively easy to find them? Any special tools I'll need to drain and refill that? Anything I need to keep in mind as far as being extra caution when doing it?

    Oh, the truck is '01 Rodeo 4WD.
  • I have 85k miles on my isuzu, she has been good to me just an alternator in the 5 years I have had her.

    Question, I have read here the timing belt can wait til 100k, but then I know the suggested by the owner manual is 75-90k. I am about to make the annual trip to Florida for the Holidays but should I be worried about braking down? Should I change it before the trip?

    Any adive she seems to be using oil some, i just put in some slick 50 to see if that will help. Anyone else have this problem and solved it?

    Thanks.
    M
  • Have a 94 rodeo, 3.2 liter, the up shift lite keeps coming on in fifth gear and after 5 miles of driving the check engine light comes on and stays on until i let off the throttle then goes out and soon as i push the accelerator it comes back on, vehicle runs great no problems with the lights on , anybody got a clue what i can check, thanks John
  • ctsxxctsxx Posts: 2
    I have a question for you or anyone that would like to anwser it.

    I am looking at buying my 17 year old daughter a 1995 Isuzu Rodeo with 106,000 miles but don't know anything about them. I was told that the factory rod bearing go out around 100,000 miles other than that I have not been able to learn much about them.

    so I am asking you all are they reliable,any problems I should know about, would it make a good vehicle for my daughter?

    Thanks for you help.

    Carl
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,546

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  • I own a 95.5 Rodeo (bought it new) and it has been very reliable. Problems have included dead starter, broken speedometer cable, overcharging alternator (there is a recall for this now). That's it. Not bad for nearly 10 years of ownership.

     

    The hydraulic lifters on these engines tend to tick, so on-time oil changes are a must. Also, many of these engines burn (lose) oil and if your teenager doesn't keep her eye on it, you could end up with a siezed engine. Mine loses about 1/2 quart every 3k miles. I've heard some lose 1 quart every 1k miles.

     

    With 101K miles, make sure the timing belt and water pump have been replaced, otherwise expect to pay an additional $600 to $1000 to make that happen. Make sure the transmission fluid has been replaced in the past.

     

    Overall, I like the vehicle a lot. The thing that will make your experience as good as mine rests on how well that vehicle has been maintained. Safety wise, frontal crash test results on this vehicle wasn't very good. On the other hand, this Suv handles better than many other suvs, in my opinion. But, with any SUV there is a roll-over risk which you should consider given a teenager, with teenager-judgements, will be driving. I only get around 15mpg in city driving and maybe 17 in highway driving. That's something to consider too.

     

    Also note that Isuzu vehicles have very low resale value so shop around, you may be able to pick up a newer rodeo than you expect.
  • ctsxxctsxx Posts: 2
    Thank you, I appreciate your input. sounds like your's has been a pretty good vehicle. I am suprised they don't get better gas mileage.

    Thanks,

    Carl
  • wjfwjf Posts: 4
    I have a 1991 Isuzu Rodeo 4 wheel drive. I took it to a mechanic yesterday because when the vehicle gets warm and it idles the pressure needle on the gauge goes down to "0" and the oil light comes on. They took the oil pan off to replace the oil pump and discovered that the pump was working fine so they put the pan back on. I am sure they did some other things also to check it. The oil level is fine and I get regular oil changes but this problem started a couple days ago. Is my engine in danger? Can anyone help me? What is the possible cause of this problem. When I am driving along the gauge is fine but when it idles it goes to the zero and the oil light comes on. I am desperate for some advice since I know nothing at all about vehicles.
  • Just signed up on this forum. It was nice to find others to chat with about Rodeos.

    I bought a 97 4WD 3.2L Rodeo in 99 with 23K. (Always loved the body style). After reading through the post here, it was nice to find that "problems" I have are shared by many others.

    I have a little over 200,000 on mine now.

    Leaks oil like a sieve, fuel gauge is off, wind noise, lifter tick, oil pressure up and down, stripped lug nuts, out of round steel wheels .

    This is my praise part,

    I drive close to 450 miles a week and have never been left stranded by my Rodeo. With the mileage she does, there is no way that things will not wear out. Third set of tires, 4th set of shocks, 3rd set of brake pads, 3rd set of drive belts, gallons of oil.

    In all this, I have yet to replace any major componants of the chassis, body, engine etc.

    Some of the things I do to cope with the quirks:

    Oils leaks, I give up. I was using Mobil One, a bit pricey to keep the lifter quite, so I use a bit a Marvel Mystery Oil when I refill the oil when its low. If it starts up ticking, I shut it off and restart it, most of the time that fixes it.

    I go by the odometer rather then the fuel gauge, I get 19 miles to the gallon no matter what and I know how much fuel I have used.

    Mechanics have checked the oil pressure dilemma and scratched their heads. As long as I am checking the oil, I stop worrying about it. My thought is; how could it have pressure with the leaks?? Flow through oil system!!

    I had my tire dealership I deal with paranoid about not using hand tools when installing the tires. After replacing at least 12 different lug nuts and studs and them buying them, they make sure they do it right. They are not cheap.

    I finally put on Trooper alloy wheels. The original steel wheels were getting to the point where the tires couldn't be balanced. Great decision, smooth as glass.

    More of my story,

    I recently had the timing belt, tensioner and the water pump etc replaced while it was opened up. My friend who did the work assures me it could drive across the country. I believe it! He said that as long as I could live with the leaks,(the underside will never rust) and the tick, the engine should last quite awhile longer. The exterior and interior are in great shape.

    He mentioned there was a crate engine from GM that had a bit more guts that could be dropped in. Anyone heard of that? I haven't pursued it in depth with him yet.

    I am not the best preventative maintenance guy and I don't follow a perfect maintenance schedule. For that, my Rodeo has been very forgiving to me. Maybe mine was built on a Weds or something.

    Thanks for letting me bend an ear or two. I really had not thought about a forum to share experiences with over the years. Glad I got here!
  • wjfwjf Posts: 4
    I have a 1991 Isuzu Rodeo 4 wheel drive. I took it to a mechanic yesterday because when the vehicle gets warm and it idles the pressure needle on the gauge goes down to "0" and the oil light comes on. They took the oil pan off to replace the oil pump and discovered that the pump was working fine so they put the pan back on. I am sure they did some other things also to check it. The oil level is fine and I get regular oil changes but this problem started a couple days ago. Is my engine in danger? Can anyone help me? What is the possible cause of this problem. When I am driving along the gauge is fine but when it idles it goes to the zero and the oil light comes on. I am desperate for some advice since I know nothing at all about vehicles.

     

    My main problem I guess now is that in this state we are required to get a smog test before we sell a vehicle and it will not pass smog with the oil light coming on.
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,109
    Does your idle speed drop too? You may have a problem with the idle control air valve. You might also consider using a heavier oil (10W-30 or 40) on an older vehicle. In any case, you should have your mechanic directly measure the oil pressure with a mechanical gauge.

     

    Good luck!

     

    tidester, host
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    10-40 for sure

    you could even go to

    15-50 if need be.

     

    -mike
  • Is it possible that you have a faulty oil pressure sending unit? This could give you an erroneous reading.
  • I saw a Rebuild/ Remanufacturing company that suggested buying a used engine rather then a reman/rebuild because of the lack of material for grinding/ honing etc. which would thin the engine out and reduce its life span.

    On the other hand, there are "hundreds" of engine reman/rebuild companies that say nothing about that, and will sell you a remanufactured engine.

    With 200,000 miles on my Rodeo, I would like to start thinking about a new heart for her.

    So, any ideas or knowledge about this? Rebuild the engine I have, a used engine or a remanufactured engine? Thanks...
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,546
    Good question - was this in reference only to a Rodeo engine or any replacement engine?

     

    Try asking over in Got a Quick, Technical Question? too.

     

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  • 97rodeo97rodeo Posts: 12
    Steve,

    Below is the site URL that got me started (confused) on this.

    www.rebuilt-auto-engines.com

    It appears that some engines are OK to use a reman engine and others a used engine. Even the 02 Explorer shows that it should be replaced with a used rather than a reman. engine.

    The 6VD1 in the 97 Rodeo happens to show used.

    I also have a 91 Isuzu pick-up, 235,000 miles, and it shows that a reman engine is OK to use.

    As I had mentioned, this was the only site that talks about weather to use one or the other. No other sites I have looked at mention it.

    I will post my question on the other site and let you know if I come up with anything.

    Thanks and Happy new year! pjs
  • wjfwjf Posts: 4
    yes my idle also drop. The needle only hits the "zero" after the engine is hot and the truck is standing still (idling)
  • wjfwjf Posts: 4
    thanks - are they expensive to replace or can I do it myself? I am not a mechanic of any kind but I can usually replace what I take apart if it is easily accessible on the out side of the engine.
  • 97rodeo97rodeo Posts: 12
    Steve,

    This is the response from Mr_Shiftright.

    Good common sense. pjs

     

    It's worth paying attention to that. There are definitely some engines that have not had a great rate of success with over-boring. Personally I don't see the sense in putting a brand new engine in such an old (mileage-wise) vehicle, since the rest of the car still has 200K on it and other major components are at risk.

      

    You might be able to buy an entire, very decent lower mileage 97 Rodeo for close the price of an expertly built engine. Figure a used engine, by the time you've done everything necessary "while we're in there", is a $2,500 proposition at least.
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,546
    Thanks. I noticed that my Quest has the same no-rebuild recommendation, so if it dies during its second 100,000 miles, I guess I'll retire it.

     

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  • kekskeks Posts: 6
    I have 95 isuzu rodeo 4x4 LS V6 110,000m on it does anybody know if its easy to replace the broken linkage on the wiper. i'll try calling the dealer and get an estimate. many thankx, uncleto.
  • ....been reading about changing shocks to smooth out ride of rodeo...i've got 2000 w/ v6...put in monromatics...didn't help much..ride still bumpy..then i checked the air pressure on tires...245/70r16 coopers...pressure was 35 psi..which is psi stated on side of tire...isuzu recommends 26 psi...dropped pressure to 28 psi...ride is MUCH better...just a heads up...
  • r0de099r0de099 Posts: 35
    I have a 99 rodeo.Four months ago i changed my shock.I took it to the shop in my area and i ask for monroe matic plus and they charge me $200.00

    for four shocks.What i notice until now that the shocks is to hard,when it hit a bump or pot hole i dont feel the bounce it feels like the old one.Im suspecting that they put different shock in it not the monroe or maybe monroe matic plus is not a good shock after all.What do you guys think?
  • r0de099r0de099 Posts: 35
    My brake feels so hard when i step on it.Is it normal or i need a brake job?
  • i put monroematics on 2000 rodeo w/v6...ride was still harsh...then i checked tire pressure...it was at max recommended for tires...cooper 245 70 r/16...35 psi....isuzu recommends 26 psi...lowered it to 28 psi and the ride is MUCH BETTER...just a heads up
  • Boris2Boris2 Posts: 177
    I just picked up my Rodeo from an oil change, and, amongs other things, they recommended I replace the PCV valve.

     

    Does anybody know where it's located and what's implied to replace it?

     

    Another thing is the fuel filter. I can probably locate it, but with EFI I better bleed the pressure somehow before I disconnect it - otherwise, I'll probably end up covered in gasoline (unpleasant experience from changing the fuel filter on '89 Maxima). Anybody got any ideas on how to do that?

     

    BTW, it looks like Haynes doesn't make any books for '01 models. The only book I was able to find covers all Rodeos from '89 to '02. Needless to say, I couldn't find much of usefull information. There're gotta be Tech CDs that mechanics use, but I couldn't find anything like that for sale. Any ideas?
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