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Chevrolet Tracker Maintenance and Repair



  • Yes Kim,

    I went to a AAA car care quick fix type place and they knew exactly what the problem was. Located under shifter console I believe. Quick fix, tranny flush and oil change cost $149 with labor & tax. Worth every cent.

    Happy Thanksgiving!
  • Thanks for quick reply and info. I will check that out..You have a great Thanksgiving too....Kim
  • Does anyone know if the body parts of a 1999 four door suzuki vitara and a 1999 four door tracker are interchangable. I need a drivers side passangers outside door handle.I have visually inspected them and If I was a betting man I'd say yes! The dealers of either vichicle dont know GM WANTS 139.00 can Suzuki wants 80.00can
    Gerrard ">:sick: <img src="
  • arkainzeyearkainzeye pittsburgh paPosts: 473
    DOES anyone know if you can order replacement parts for our trackers online? what i need is ANOTHER inside door handle. its the drviers side handle you use to open the door from the inside. i swear ive gone through 2 sets for each side..

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  • arkainzeyearkainzeye pittsburgh paPosts: 473
    thank you for that link. im going to see if the dealership is the same price i think they might be cheaper. the price on the part is good until they charge you $10 to ship it.
  • Does anyone know where i can get one?? they are hard to find!!
    Tire size p205/70r15
  • Does anyone know if the 2003 Chev Tracker LT in the Canadian market had anti-lock brakes as standard equipment???
  • What exactly is the problem with the manual transmission in my recently purchased 1999 Tracker so I can get it fixed? This would be a decent mini SUV if I could stop the gear grinding. I tried replacing gear oil with the recommended GM product, but the problem's not any better. The dealer says there's no "customer complaint" issue with this transmission and that it's the same one used in other years. Yet when I did an internet search, I found similar complaints about the 1999. The vehicle has only 23,000 miles and is in great condition. I think it's worth fixing. Please help.
  • I had an alternator sieze up and die.
    Replaced the alternator, belt and battery. I start the tracker and after maybe 5 min ther check battery light comes on and then thre battery will dischrge and then die. When I strted the tracker I put a volt meter on it and it was just over 13 volts then from there once the light strts to flicker the voltage drops off.
    I had the alternator retested and it checks ok.
    lost at this time

    2001 tracker 2.0L auto 4wd

    thanks keith
  • woody72woody72 Posts: 73
    My '01 2.0L manual has an intermittent idle problem where it refuses to maintain its normal 750 rpm and falls to zero hence killing the engine. It always starts fine, cold or hot. It's not frequent enough, but is annoying. No check engine light. It sounds like it might be the IAC (idle air control valve), but this is a deductive guess and all these computer related sensors and devices are so expensive I hate to play the parts game. Any similar experiences out there?
  • jjess4jjess4 Posts: 2
    Have you found a replacement yet for the driver side inside door handle? I have the same problem on my 00 Tracker. I found one site that has a replacement part, $21 and change and 10 DOLLARS SHIPPING! Ouch. I also need the back screw post, its white and its the anchor for the handle screw. Since I don't have a part number for it, I cannot find a replacement. Thanks
  • arkainzeyearkainzeye pittsburgh paPosts: 473
    i went to my local chevy dealer. it was only a few dollars more. the online places had a good deal on the handle until you factored in shipping then there was only a few dollars difference.. my local chevy dealer had the part in stock also!!

  • arkainzeyearkainzeye pittsburgh paPosts: 473
    i just purchased a 2004 tracker ZR-2 v-6 and anti-lock brake is NOT standard equip on mine. i have the window sticker and it shows i dont have abs.
  • arkainzeyearkainzeye pittsburgh paPosts: 473
    i wanted to run this past you guys and gals to see what you all think. i have a 2004 tracker Zr-2 43000 miles. i noticed recently when i first leave the house i get a noise coming from the drivers side front wheel. it makes a pulsating noise. and stops at speeds of 20mph and over. i also noticed once the car has been in action for a little while the sound is gone if i go back Under 20mph. then if the car sits awhile and i get in it & drive again the sound is again there. i went to the dealer where i got the car from and they said right before i got the car they installed new front brakes and resurfaced the rotors. If i let go of the wheel when i drive it drives straight as can be. ( i just thought i would throw that in) has this ever happened to anyone b4?

  • Kathy,

    Try going to I know the have the cross rails, I just ordered and have received the front rail for my 2004 Tracker.

  • You can order them through your local Chevrolet dealer or online at . They run $308 online, the dealer here in Denver wanted more than $450.
  • Has anyone purchased one of those home owner quality code reader tools (for check engine light diagnosis). I know the pros spends thousands on their system. I would just like something to get me in the right direction. It's such a mystery as to what the check engine light means until someone connects their code reader to it. I'm looking at an Equus EPI3100 for about $100. Any thoughts out there?
  • arkainzeyearkainzeye pittsburgh paPosts: 473
    i know around here advance autoparts will run their code reading on your car for FREE..
  • Hi guys,new here.I bought'98 4dr 4x4 on 2/21/07.While driving it that same evening I noticed that the headlights work opposite to the dimmer switch and indicator light!! any suggestions??
    Larry S.
  • snicholsnichol Posts: 28
    I have a 2001 4 door tracker with the 2.0L Engine (127 hp), automatic transmission, 2 wheel drive. I have high milage on it, over 207,000 miles!
    It has been a Very Dependable vehicle, except for the AC compressor going out twice.
    Monday, the timing chain broke all of a sudden.
    I have been told by a local mechanic that they are a bear to find parts for; the parts are very expensive and he is very reluctant to work on it.
    He said that the engine is gone, since the timing chain broke, it will have bent all the valves. Is this true?
    Is it cheaper to replace the engine, or overhaul it?
    With my milage this high, I would like to overhaul the engine and go another 200,000 miles!
    I'm told it's too expensive to buy parts for and i can't seem to find an engine replacement, new or used.
    I would appreciate anyone's suggestions, recommendations on what course of action I should take? (I am happy with it and would like to continue driving it.)
    Any sources on engines, rebuilt, or otherwise?
    I am in the Houston, Texas area.
    Sam Nicholson

  • woody72woody72 Posts: 73
    Sorry to read about your predicament. I don't have any answers but do have a question. Did you have any warning signs leading to the failure of your timing chain? Especially any new noise getting louder over time? I also have a '01 with only 105K miles and would much rather replace the chain before it breaks obviously if possible when warning signs show up. Thanks.
  • snicholsnichol Posts: 28
    Yes, It got noisier over time, but it just something you get used to and ignore.
    When it actually broke, I head a much louder rattling/clanking sound from the engine. i first thought to was noise coming from the radio until I turned it down. I drove about 5 minutes, or about 1 mile more and turned into the drive way at work and stopped. When I give it gas to go it stopped running. It must have broke in that instance when I gave it gas to speed up. It stopped dead and when I cranked it, it acted like it lost most of it's compression (not a good sign either!)
    A mechanic friend of mine said it was an "interference" type engine and that the valves were struck by the pistons, bending every valve stem.
    I don't know if this is true, but it acted like the valves are stuck open.
    I think my manual reccomended the timing chain to be replaced at 100,000 miles. If you can afford it, I'd say you'd be miles ahead by getting it done now.
    My Tracker has been very dependable and seemed to just keep on going, & going, & going, until this happened.
    I saw (heard) the warning signs awhile back, just ignored them.

    Anyone know of any inexpensive sources of rebuilt, or low mileage used engines that I might check out?
    I found one source for $4429.)0 w/free shipping, anyone got any better than this?
    (I'm looking for a "C" Engine, 4 cyl., 127 Hp.,to mount on a auto Trans. w/overdrive.)
    Also, I'm looking for a Better replacement AC Compressor than the one that is supplied for it, not Heavy Duty enough to hold up!)
  • squirteesquirtee Posts: 15
    I recently purchased a '01 Tracker from a private owner that sure didn't seem to have any issues on the test drive; but after having it home a week, we discovered a "thug" noise when almost coming to a complete stop. My husband has replaced the rotors, pads and calipers, and rotated the tires. A mechanic friend said the cv joint or the cv axle. Before we go into anymore expense, can I get some input on this from anyone?? I am pretty disgusted with my purchase at this point! Oh yeah, and there is also a ehaust vibration/hum when accelerating uphill- very loud... anyonw know what THAT is??? I would REALLY like to LIKE my new investment, but its not looking good so far!!!!
  • arkainzeyearkainzeye pittsburgh paPosts: 473
    is your tracker the v6 or the 2.0 4 banger?
  • squirteesquirtee Posts: 15
    It is a 2.0 that seems to run fine(KNOCK ON WOOD..)I took it to the mechanic's today (good guys) and they "shaved" the rotors and a few other minor things to the brakes- and *poof* the problem was solved. Now I only want the front end aligned/new tires and I will be a happy camper.(at least that what my husband is hoping for!!) I just got a set of shop manuals for it--a bit of light reading for the LUCKY GUY!!!
  • travis37travis37 Posts: 1
    I just bought a 2001 2-Door tracker with the soft top and want to convert to the HARD TOP. Dealer wants millions for it and the aftermarket RALLY TOP is a bit more then i want to spend. Anyone know where i can get a 2nd hand one? Looked on E-Bay and no dice. If anyone has one im interested! Need just rear part BUT would buy front section also if price was right.

    Thanks everyone! Travis
  • arkainzeyearkainzeye pittsburgh paPosts: 473
    i searched for years for a hardtop that wouldnt break the bank for my 1999 tracker 2-door. I never foundone. I now have a 2004 4-door tracker Zr-2. The softtop thing got old pretty quick, espeically when someone can unzip and break in your ride.. (already happened)

  • Have any members towed behind a motorhome with 4 wheels down?
    If so, what aux braking system did you use?
    What tow bar set-up did you use.
    Did you plug in wired rear lights, or tag lights?
    Any info is appreciated.
    Thanks in advance. :shades:
  • cfaurecfaure Posts: 4
    I recently bought a Chevy Tracker 2000, 2.0L, automatic. I had to change the engine and found a 1999. It was changed and now it won't start. My mechanich checked everything and he can't find the problem. It could be a security problem? He checked the sensors and they seem ok. Electricity won't go to the engine. Please help!
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