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Suzuki Aerio Wagon

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  • They are going for $14,295 in Hawaii
  • carthellcarthell Posts: 124
    The service manual lists no such nut. The closest component that comes close to the function you described is the spindle nut: 126.5 lb-ft

    After the spindle nut is off, many of the other wheel components that don't have to be screwed off or disconnected have to be pulled off (disassembly), or pushed on (re-assembly), using special tools and a hydraulic press.
  • stolguystolguy Posts: 12
    Thanks, been a while since I posted that so I had to go back and read my original query.
    The torque range you quote sounds reasonable, however the remaining procedure sounds
    more like a front spindle description. The back brakes can be accessed by only removing
    the drum, leaving the bearing in place. -But if you want to remove the bearing for
    insp/grease you will have to punch the little dimple in the nut back to round and
    spin it off with an impact wrench. Observing the original location on the nut, approximately
    100 ft/lbs will be adequate for replacement. Those are not "permanently" lubed bearings
    like those (supposedly) on the front wheels. I'm a fixer, not a washer and waxer.
  • carthellcarthell Posts: 124
    The Aerio manual is like most manuals, except for the occasional phrase that seems to have been translated poorly/written badly. I rechecked the manual, and they're definitely calling the item a "spindle nut" on the 2wd vehicles. A number of illustrations & labels is included with the description.

    It looks like I read too many pages ahead, the hydraulic press & such comes into play with a different bearing behind the drum brake on the 4wd models, I believe.

    I'm sleepy. Time for bed.
  • stolguystolguy Posts: 12
    -Now I'm definitely glad I didn't go for the AWD.
    Just an extra 100 lbs to drag around with little benefit
    and poorer gas mileage. Like a yuppie buying a camera
    with "more features" or phones for which the original
    function has been forgotten.
  • I don't own an Aerio, but my GF does. Her AWD 2003 mod. is a blast to drive... mainly, I think, to the AWD feature. It may weigh more, but the center of gravity is lowered and shifted to the rear compared to the FWD model. She gets (when I drive it) an overall average of 28mpg.(fill-up to fill-up) w/automatic Trans. in overdrive and the A/C and Cruise-control on.
    I don't normally drive aggressively -- cruise at 60mph max., and mild acceleration (auto-shifting approx.3krpm). However, traffic situations may require driving "out of the envelope" from time to time, and it's good to have the AWD's lateral-responsiveness and acceleration when needed.
    :)
  • There's a section of the front bumper on Aerio SXs (and maybe others) on the driver side at the bottom that has fallen off my car. The first time was at home so I just put it back on (it literally snaps into place) but the second time was on the road so it subsequently got run over and left behind. It's about a foot wide and 3-4 inches tall and deep.

    When I called the dealer to request a replacement they knew EXACTLY what part I was talking about (as if they've dealt with this particular obscure little part before). In fact, there was a woman there ordering the exact same part the day I was ordering it.

    This got me to thinking... is this happening to a LOT of people? If so, shouldn't this be a recall to get replaced? I don't like the idea of paying to replace a part that wasn't designed very well. Who ever heard of a bumper having a snap-on piece? Especially a piece likely to get loosened should one scrape a curb or parking lot divider while parking?

    If this is happening to a lot of Aerio owners I'd like to figure out how to pursue getting Suzuki to recall/replace the part.

    I'd appreciate feedback.
  • Yes! This has happend to me as well, and i saw while driving around, other aerio's with the same problem... This looks horrible,, Did you get a new piece for it? I need help finding one also. Mine was lost somewhere on the highway! So do you have any info on where to find the part?
  • We were out today looking at the 2006 Aerio SX and were both very impressed. We are intending to tow it behind our motor home so our going to contact Remco to see if they have a pump or axle disconnect for that car. We are just wondering if any of you have had any major problems with the Aerio other than parts of the bumper falling off and faulty fog lights. We are in Canada but I am sure everything is much the same in the USA regarding these cars. Any information would be greatly appreciated. We haven't bought it yet!!
  • carthellcarthell Posts: 124
    Only one that I recall that are major, all within 36030 miles (as of today) for my '03 Aerio SX: rotor warp, fixed twice ($200 USD per dealer visit). I've experienced suspension rattle (fixed by tightening up bolts during my scheduled maintenance runs to the dealer). The rattling may be less of an issue for you. I just happen to live in an urban jurisdiction that has one of the roughest road systems in my state.
  • I JUST PURCHASED A 2006 SUZUKI AERIO SX WITH THE PREMIUM PACKAGE.
    I CANNOT FIND THE SUBWOOFER THAT I AM SUPPOSED TO BE ABLE TO ADJUST. WHERE SHOULD I LOOK??
    MY VEHICLE WAS DELIVERED WITHOUT A CHROME TAIL PIPE TIP THAT IS SHOWN IN EVERY PHOTO FROM SUZUKI THAT SHOWS THE REAR END OF THE SX FOR 2006.
    ON PAGE 14-3 OF MY OWNERS MANUAL IT HAS A LIST OF LIGHTBULBS USED ON THIS VEHICLE. ONLY 5 LIGHTBULBS ARE LISTED....IT SHOWS 2 DIFFERENT RATINGS FOR FOGLIGHTS..TYPE A AND TYPE B...HOW CAN I TELL WHICH ONES THIS VEHICLE HAS?
    MY VEHICLE WAS SUPPLIED WITHOUT ANY BRACKET OR HARDWARE TO INSTALL A FRONT LICENSE PLATE...IS THIS NORMAL.
    MY DEALER JUST DOUBLE TALKS EVERY TIME AN ISSUE ARISES AND THE SUZUKI CUSTOMER ASSISTANCE ISN`T A WHOLE LOT BETTER. ALSO: WHEN I FLIP UP MY REAR SEAT CUSHIONS TO DROP THE BACK OF THE BACK SEAT DOWN, I NOTICED A VERY SHORT STRAP WITH A BUCKLE ON THE END TUCKED ON THE BOTTOM OF THE SEAT CUSHION.
    I SEARCHED MY MANUAL BUT MUST HAVE MISSED THAT PAGE. WHAT IS THE STRAP FOR?

    THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR ANY INPUT. :confuse:
    SLICK10 IN PENNSYLVANIA
  • carthellcarthell Posts: 124
    License: the car manufacturer never supplies the license bracket & hardware, just dimples in the front & rear of the car for installation. Note that virtually all car brackets are either dealer advertisements, or aftermarket products.

    The strap: The strap holds the bottom of the flipped-over rear seat to the back of the flipped-down seat back There's a screw ringed by a plastic part on the flipped-down seat back directly in line of the strap's anchor. Keeps the re-positioned seat from doing any unexpected movement during travel, although I've never experienced any real trouble during the times I've "forgotten" to use the strap.

    The subwoofer: pop in your favorite CD, pump up the bass, change the balance. After locating the speakers, get some tools to make your adjustments.

    Sorry, I don't have an answer for your other questions.

    -d
  • The subwoofer that you are looking for is Underneath your drivers' seat. There Used to be a sliding drawer underneath the passengar seat, but they discountinued it in 2004, to make room for the passengar seat air bad seat cushion sensors. It would be Nice to have that drawer for storage since there is a lack of a center console to store items or use as an arm rest.
  • carthellcarthell Posts: 124
    Didn't know that Suzuki added an underseat subwoofer under the passenger seat.

    I pulled a 2005 accessories brochure for the Aerio while I was at the dealer the other day. The company is selling a screw-in center armrest/storage bin for the car, part 99000-990YC-703 if you're interested.
  • Thanx,
    for the information.
    I will check on that.
    I did see a listing for an Armrest for the 2004 model,
    but they redesigned the interior for 2005, changing from Digital Guage to Normal Analog Gauges
    and they also improved and enlarge the Center Console area.
    SO the armrest from a 2004 will not fit on a 2005,
    but I will check on that.
    P.S. The subwoofer is underneath the Driver's Seat
  • 1. Woofer should be under one of the seats, usually the drivers. At least it is on the XL7.
    2. Have the dealer warranty the missing chrome tailpipe end. You should get another one installed for free.
    3. Fog lights not sure. I believe there is only one type and the owners manual is in error listing 2.
    4. Using the license plate as a template, drill 2 small holes in the plastic bumper and mount the plate with some large head, course thread pitch wood screws. Try to milk your dealer for a set. They should have some.
    5. The teather behind the seat is for Child seats that attach to that strap.
    If you have problems with the Dealer warranting the parts call Suzuki in Calif and ask for Auto Customer service.
    They will make sure you are taken care of.
    :D
  • Go to your local dealer and have them warranty one for you, or call American Suzuki customer service and they will send you a new one. This is a common problem. :)
  • Anyone wishing to switch to snow tires for the winter, you can go down a rim size to 14inch and put on a 185-65-14 tire which is the same height but 10 mm narrower which will cut down to the snow better. This size will give you a much better selection at a much better price. I have an 02 SX and live in Kingston Ontario.
  • exactly what i put in my 04 SX. I live near Barrie, ON and drive to Toronto everyday. Dunlop Graspic1, 185/65R14.got the car in late September05. any idea as to the source of a clunking sound that seems to be coming from the front of the car??
  • does anybody out there do their oil changes on the Aerio? i have a 2004 SX and the oil filter is partially blocked by a plastic trim and is not readily accessible. any ideas would be appreciated
  • would you mind pointing me in the direction of that TSB? i have clunking noises too. thanks....
  • spmrebelspmrebel Posts: 130
    Blue2004sx,

    There is a small plastic covering that you have to remove. I am going from memory but I think there are 2 10mm bolts you have to remove and then the covering should drop right off. It should not take anymore than a couple of minutes to remove the access cover. The oil filter is really easy to access after the cover is removed.

    Happy motoring
  • blue2004sx Hi, do you have an Aerio or an Aveo? I have both a 2004 Aveo and a 2002 Aerio. I saw you were on the Aveo board also. I put the Canadian Tire snows on the Aerio as that is the family car that the wife drives. We traded in a mini van when the gas prices went up and the Aerio was a good compromise with more rear space than the Aveo that I use just as a work commuter.
  • hello heirmuller, it is the 2004 Aerio i have. im new to this thing so i must have inadvertly gone to the Aveo board you mentioned. I put Dunlop Graspic1 P185/65R14 a week ago and noticed a smoother ride since. the original Yokohamas Avid T4 195/55R15 that came with the car felt a little harsh. I have put 9000 kms on it already since getting the car late September of this year. I still have the 1997 Suzuki Esteem that I drove for 6 years with no problems except regular maintenance. it now has 300,000 kms on it.
  • thanks spmrebel. i will try that in the spring as it is now turning too cold to do it on the driveway.
  • i like that Canadian flag next to your name. how do i get one? i have a 2004 Aerio SX by the way.
  • yes the Yokohamas are a rough ride in that size 55r15. The original Yokohamas that were on my 1990 Integra were juck in the snow like these ones that clough up and would not release wet snow. Anything is better!
  • spmrebelspmrebel Posts: 130
    Your very welcome. I use be an owner of a 2003 Aerio SX and I did all my oil changes (never took to a dealer). Its a very easy to work on and was a great car.

    Best of luck and happy motoring.
  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    "i like that Canadian flag next to your name. how do i get one?"

    Change your preferences under Forum Tools.
  • I have an 1997 Suzuki Esteem with 300,000 kms on it. did all my oil changes on that one too and never saw the dealer after I took it home. very reliable can that only required routine maintenance. my daughter drives it now that we have the 2004 Aerio. What did you replace your Aerio with and why, if you don't mind my asking?
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