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Isuzu Rodeo



  • tircartircar Posts: 1
    I feel like no one has a solution. Mybe somebody else has had this problem and can offer a solution. A 1993 Rodeo LS 4x4, on the first time around I would drive about 18 miles highway come to a stop the check trans light on the dash would start blinking and the trans would not shift automaticlly. I would have to shift to drive 1 to drive 2 and so on each time I stop. Finnally after spending about 2 thousand dollars I was told that the trans computer was bad. So I replaced it for 9 hundred, after about a year and a half later upon starting I noticed that the check trans light is blinking again but this time when I started the engine. And to correct this problem I could shut it off and restart it and this would correct the problem until I let it sat and started it again for the first time again the next day or after work. So I take it to the dealer and they tell me that the trans computer is bad again and it will cost 9 hundred to replace it. But I go to Ebay and find one for 250, have a friend put it on and the problem does not go away. So I am going to assume that the computer that I got from Ebay was a bad one and I will send it back. Has any body had a similar problem?
  • dcamdcam Posts: 15
    What trans code did the dealer tell you was stored?Make sure the alternator is not overcharging.This will affect your trans shifting also.
  • dcamdcam Posts: 15
    It's your trans mode/inhibitor switch.It is on the side of the trans and are known for causing your problem.They cost about $150 depending on your dealer and take only a few minutes to install.
  • I have a 98 Isuzu Rodeo which has never given me too many problems other than excessive oil use but about a month ago the check engine light came on. I took it to a shop that told me that Spark plug #5 was misfiring. I did a tuneup and replaced the spark plugs. Light is still on. Runs a little rough sometimes. When I am at an idle the light starts flashing. Took it to another shop, checked the computer again and they told me that cylinder #5 has no compression. What are my options? And how costly are they? Has anyone else had this problem? :cry:
  • Boris2Boris2 Posts: 177
    I have a really dumb question - never though I'd be asking something like that in an Internet forum.

    I am trying to replace the light bulb in the rear (driver's side) light and can't figure out how to get to the bulb. I think i figured out how to get there on the right side - I should be able to take out the plastic cover on the inside of the rear "arch" facing the left side. However, the hatch door hinges are on the left side and I can't get to that area there. It seems like the only way to get there is to remove the door, which i honestly doubt that's how it was designed to be done. Any ideas?

    Also, the problem that I am having is that the driver's side rear light goes on when the lights are on (just like it's supposed to) but it shuts off when I press the break pedal. It stays on when I press the break pedal with the lights turned off but as soon as i turn on the head lights it shuts off immediately. Is that the bulb that I'm trying to get to or that's more likely an electrical problem?
  • omieeomiee Posts: 1
    I am having the same problem...any luck? Any information would be helpful.
  • dcamdcam Posts: 15
    Remove the taillamp assembly.It's only 3 phillips head screws that hold it in place.As far as your other concern,replace the bulb and do not touch the glass when installing.
  • dcamdcam Posts: 15
    How many miles do you have on your vehicle?Did you use denso plat inum plugs.You may just have a bad ignition coil on cylinder #5.Unless you saw with your own eyes cylinder 5 had low compression,it still may be something minor.
  • dcamdcam Posts: 15
    Sounds like your lifters are tapping.If the vehicle has oil leaks or was run low on oil,this can cause the lifters to fail.
  • I just had the same problem (excessive to minor lifter noise) with my 95 rodeo which I purchased with the problem. The previous owner didnt know what to do and just parked it When i first started it every lifter was ticking it sounded awful!! I asked around to some mechanic friends and they all said the same thing. The interior of all engines will develop scaling, oil that has basically cooked to the inside walls of the engine. The rodeo however has fairly restricted passage ways, and so when the build up finally restricts the flow of the oil the farthest point from the source of the oil pressure (the passenger side lifters) becomes less lubricated causing the lifter to stick and the horrible noise. its basically like a heart attack. You may have also noticed a dip in your oil pressure gauge. The solution? I changed the oil (used 10w30) in it once every hundred miles for 700 miles, each time using GUNK brand engine cleaner that you add to the oil just before a change. This reduced the ticking to two lifters. I also switched to FRAM brand oil filters which I was told would better strain the loose scaling. And lastly I added a product called "engine restore" in a silver can and that took care of it completely. It cost me about $175 and it was a lot of trouble but my rodeo sounds brand new and will be less likely to have major problems in the future. Also, I will probably use that engine cleaner from now on every time I change the oil as well as the fram filter and the engine restore. It adds up but it might save the engine.
  • Boris2Boris2 Posts: 177
    I was looking for the screws but couldn't find any. Are they on the inside of the trunk area or outside?
  • dcamdcam Posts: 15
    They are on the outside.
  • gshattagshatta Posts: 2
    I just baught a 2000 Isuzu Rodeo and it just occured to me that I don't know how to access the jack handle and lug tool that are under the rear seat cushion. I can't seam to figure out how to get the cushion up. Am I just stupid or is there some magical way to do this? Can anybody help me with this? I'ts a little embarrassing.

    Thanks guys
  • enriq212enriq212 Posts: 11
    There is a small loop right next to the rear seat belt attachments See if the liittle loop of fabric is inside the hole where the seat belt come out of in the seat, If you see it pull on that that detaches the lapel inside the rear seat its a latch that pulls out towards the front of the car....
  • enriq212enriq212 Posts: 11
    Hey anyone has any idea or knowledge in terms of ABS. I recently had the light come on and it also goes off for a little while but when it does the ABS comes on for anything on the road even a little pebble or sand. Do you know what I can do...I also must mention that normally for the most part it stays lit and I have no ABS. And it happend one day when I hit the winter button by accident at a time when I accelerated pretty hard to get off a small dip in some dirt. Anyone can tell me where exactly where the abs connector in the rear and the front located.
  • gshattagshatta Posts: 2
    Thanks Enriq, I'll try that.
  • I have a 96 Rodeo Isuzu with 138,000. It has been running fine (after being gouged for what turned out to be the thermostat for my radiator - they did EVERYTHING ELSE first yikes!). Anyway, my car is intermittently not starting - nothing- no turn-over at all and then all of a sudden it will. Is it the ignition swtich going bad or the spark plugs? I am a woman with little knowledge of these things and I seem to get "taken" everytime I go into a shop. I'd like to have a bit of information under my belt this time, when I go to the mechanic. Thanks much for any help you can provide. :confuse:
  • makayemakaye Posts: 81
    In this situation, it could easily be a bad battery or dirty connection. It could also be a bad starter solenoid. Unfortunately, the only way to properly diagnose is troubleshoot. If it won't start / turn over, does the interior light or headlights stay on while cranking the key? If not, it may be a bad battery or connection. If the lights are bright while no-crank, it may be bad ignition switch or starter.

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  • df2000df2000 Posts: 60
    If you just hear click and nothing, but any other lights, radio are working fine, check
    first your battery terminals for any corrosion and if battery 5yr or older changed it.
    But I am pretty sure it your starter going south. Mechanics call this "flat spote" on starter, it is mean $20 part(contacts) weared out and starter has to be replaced.
    Pretty common on isuzu of this age.
    Bad news part of exhost pipes have to removed to get starter out.
    A new Bosch starter from PB $170. A reman Denso from dealer from $220. A new exhost gaskets probably dealer only item may run $6-$20 a peace and you need 3-4 of these. Plus about 1.5-2 h of labor. I would say you looking at $400.
  • 1wrench1wrench Posts: 2
    I have a 01 isuzu rodeo I went out this morning and started the car and drove to work once there I could turn off the car actually can turn a little past ACC (toward off) but not all the way to off to withdraw the key. Anybody have a similar experience?
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