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  • dsjkmdsjkm Posts: 3
    It best to use 5w30 at all temps, and 10w30 in temps that stay above zero F. Using 10w30 in temps below zero F just makes it harder to crank and start the engine. At 5 or 10 degrees F, my guess is that 5w30 still allows the engine to crank and start easier than 10w30, so why bother. 5w30 is widely available and costs the same. Also, using an oil where the second number is higher than 30 (5w40, or 10w40), leads to piston oil control rings that gum up, stick in their grooves and soon they don't work at all. Its not a pretty sight! Have you been wondering why your engine has been using more oil between changes? I'm guessing this is why using a 20w50 is specifically not recommended. I can just imagine that it wouldn't crank and start very well in really cold weather and that 50 weight viscosity, would clog up the rings in no time, especially, with short trip driving.
  • arkainzeyearkainzeye pittsburgh paPosts: 473
    my 1999 chevy tracker has a 2000 front axle. it came from the dealer when i bought it "used"
    the noise that i hear is Only when i engage the transfer case into 4x4 wheni am Not moving, and then as soon as i move i hear that banging noise that "we" know about. but it doesnt do it then i engage 4x4 on the move..
  • arkainzeyearkainzeye pittsburgh paPosts: 473
    0W-30 Motor Oil optimizes efficiency and power without the sacrifice in wear protection that comes with many fuel-efficient, low-viscosity oils.

    Testing shows AMSOIL Series 2000 Synthetic 0W-30 Motor Oil dramatically outperforms popular conventional and synthetic motor oils of much higher viscosity in wear protection (see chart).

    Fuel Efficient Formula

    AMSOIL Series 2000 Synthetic 0W-30 Motor Oil efficiently transfers energy from the engine to the drivetrain. Its low coefficient of friction inhibits the energy loss to "drag" common to high viscosity oils.

    Motorists seeking the ultimate in fuel efficiency may use AMSOIL Series 2000 Synthetic 0W-30 Motor Oil in place of higher viscosity motor oils.

    High Temperature Protection

    AMSOIL Series 2000 Synthetic 0W-30 Motor Oil protects in high temperatures better than do the high-viscosity conventional and synthetic oils tested (see chart). Even after extended service in the engine, Series 2000 Synthetic 0W-30 Motor Oil maintains its ability to protect in high temperatures.

    Low Temperature Protection

    AMSOIL Series 2000 Synthetic 0W-30 Motor Oil is specially formulated for superior cold temperature engine protection. Series 2000 retains excellent fluidity in extremely low temperatures, so it flows quickly and reliably to allow easy starting and immediate lubricating protection.

    Motorists seeking cold temperature dependability and protection may use AMSOIL Series 2000 Synthetic 0W-30 Motor Oil in place of higher viscosity motor oils.

    Heat Stability

    AMSOIL Series 2000 Synthetic 0W-30 Motor Oil is highly resistant to volatility. For example, in heat that causes conventional motor oils to lose as much as 25 percent of their mass, AMSOIL Series 2000 Synthetic 0W-30 Motor Oil loses less than ten percent.

    AMSOIL Series 2000 Synthetic 0W-30 Motor Oil's resistance to volatility keeps oil consumption extremely low and, more importantly, keeps the engine thoroughly lubricated and protected. Its resistance to volatility also helps keep fuel efficiency high and emissions low.

    Clean Engine Formula

    AMSOIL Series 2000 Synthetic 0W-30 Motor Oil remains free of sludge, varnish and other by-products of high temperature degradation. With no deposits to foul them, engines stay cleaner longer for top performance and efficiency and maximum service life.

    Shear Stability

    AMSOIL Series 2000 Synthetic 0W-30 Motor Oil is highly shear-resistant. With AMSOIL Series 2000 Synthetic 0W-30 Motor Oil's excellent viscosity retention, the protection that goes into the engine is the protection that stays in the engine, even over an extended course of severe service.
  • arkainzeyearkainzeye pittsburgh paPosts: 473
    i wanted to know if anyone has put bigger tires on their tracker? now i'm not talking about going crazy with it , like some people do ! i mean just like a more off-road looking tire.. that might give it some more clearance... I have truck type tires on it now.. they really help it go off road much better that the stock street/ all-season tires that came on the tracker. my tires now have that more sqaured look around the edges.. but i was looking for that More aggressive tires patter, and that look....

    thanks/ any ideas on brands?
  • steverstever Posts: 52,571
    Your oil post looks like an ad for Amsoil (are you one of those multilevel marketing dealers or something?).

    It's been a while since I've had time to hang out in the Synthetic motor oil discussion, but the last time I was there, all the testing touting Amsoil was done by "independent" labs paid for by Amsoil.

    The other thing I came away with from there was that the typical driver didn't need to use any synthetic oil - most of us aren't zooming around in F-15's. One friend of mine who was a dealer said that the Amsoil tech told him that the molecular tails in their oil sheared off after 3,000 miles, so he was leery of the extended change interval recommendations (just anecdotal hearsay, but there it is).

    Mobil 1 had a good web page before their merger with Exxon - they made no claims for any mpg or HP increases, but did say synthetics would help cold weather cranking. I lost that link a while back.

    I used plain old oil for 20 years in Anchorage and my cars worked ok. If I had been in Fairbanks, maybe then I would have considered spending the extra dough for the easier cranking.

    As always, YMMV...

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  • arkainzeyearkainzeye pittsburgh paPosts: 473
    yeah but your missing some of the main points of synethic oils.. Faster cold starts, because of the oil Not containing parafins.. "wax!" and better hot weather protection. now dont forget that amsoil doesnt just have 1 kind of synethic oil either. they have Over 3 differnt kinds. so what you claim that the amsoil tech told your buddy "which i see no reason to risk your job for someone you dont know nor care about" could be based on their lowest costing synethic oil. I used to work for a honda motorcycle dealer. and their was this one guy that bragged up mobil1 for years, well anyways to make a long story short. he brought his ATV in for service. "valve adjustment" and when i took off the valve adjustment covers, his head and valve train was totally 100% clean, and had no sludge. now this ATV is only air cooled and was ran for 4-5 YEARS. and at that point my opinion of synethics and mobil1 changed forever. i got to see "in the world" what synethic oils actually do. out of all the head gasket and valve adjustments that i have done. i Never seen a valve train and their compenents completely clean.. especially After years of use. Now not to brag up any One synethic oil(s) but you cant even compare regular oil to synethic, no matter what the brand.. Snyethic oil(s) is an exact science. one other thing. i use amsoil "no i dont sell it" in all my trackers lubrecation areas "transfer case. differentials , transmission and engine. and i can honestly say that i felt and seen a difference. for one thing wheni start my tracker now "it is still very cold here!" it doesnt take as long for the tachometer to go down. (2) you can actually feel the tracker drift further now, be it down hill or what not. my transmission was one of the most noticable areas. it now stifts completely smoother than it has even done before. (Very noticable) now who knows maybe it would do the same with mobil1 synethics too.. but i am just saying what i saw and felt with amsoil.. and btw anyone that wouldnt change their oil for 25,000mile to 35,000miles should be shot for being so stupid. with any synethic oil you can double if not triple your drain intervals. Now when i worked for honda. the Lead Service tech had a brother that went to Penn State, for chemical Engineering. and they did their own testing on oils. but i'm not going to get into that now, this is to long as it is. it basically comes down to this. either (1) you are too old and closed minded to believe oils could ever evolve and Improve. "if cars and become More efficent and improve on getting MORE horsepower from a little 4 banger then why couldnt an oil"
    or (2) you are too cheap to buy the good stuff, and need to find ways to justify your "cheapiness" and lack of understanding of technology and its advancements. It just makes me laugh when someone thinks that products can't improve.. I mean really.. think about it .Oil of all things. why cant oil improve? All i know is i seen it in the real world. without needing to listen to what others say.. it isnt all about how long your engine lasts. it is about how it proforms too.. oh well. research some of this stuff for your self. dont just do the my cousins uncles former roomate once said.......or the i talked the the president of Mobil and he said not to buy their stuff because it is all the samething and synethic oils is just a big joke. and hey btw do you want to play tennis this weekend.. lol lol
  • steverstever Posts: 52,571
    Tennis would be fun.

    You bring the balls - I'm almost 50 and too frugal (read too old & cheap) to buy them for us ;-)

    I think you'd enjoy the Engine Oil - A slippery subject Part 2 discussion too (it's another one I used to follow but didn't have time to stay current with).

    Ok, back to the Tracker I guess (unless you want to ask me how I feel about aftermarket air filters, lol).

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  • arkainzeyearkainzeye pittsburgh paPosts: 473
    most of them are junk especially fram. I used a K&N on my tracker and felt NO difference at all..
    now on my ford ranger i did feel a difference, it gave me more low end power and a quick responce at take off. but for the average driver there is no need to buy expensive air filters. UNless you buy a k&n for it's re-usable feature.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,571
    New Rollover Ratings and New Crash Test Results

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  • arkainzeyearkainzeye pittsburgh paPosts: 473
    doesn anyone out there know the biggest tire size that can fiton a "stock" chevy 1999 chevy tracker rim. i have 205/75/15 on it right now
    but i would like to get MUD tires But they dont sell them that small.. i was wondering if anyone has messed around with bigger tire sizes..
  • tronsr1tronsr1 Posts: 149
    Just purchased a 2002 Silver Tracker Lt and am looking to purchase a smoke colored bug deflector {one that is sharp looking and would fit existing predrilled holes} and formed mud guards. If anyone knows of a place on-line or major chain automotive supply store that sells same...please reply.
  • arkainzeyearkainzeye pittsburgh paPosts: 473
    i bought my bug shield from AUTOZONE. and it is smoke colored, and fit the pre-exsisting holes,
    and it was a joke to install.. no lie it took maybe 2 minutes if that!!! and it looks great and form fits the hood perfectly... it cost at autozone $39.95 the chevy dealer wanted $70+ for the same exact thing.. and told me that it was hard to install.. lol lol what a rip off
  • I saw a '98 Sidekick with BFGoodrich Radial All Terrain 215/75/15. These have an aggressive tread pattern, like the old 'snow' tire.
  • tronsr1tronsr1 Posts: 149
    I found an internet comp. {} that had "free shipping" and their prices were very similar to JCWhitney, so I went ahead and ordered the Ventvisor,window shields, the Lund interceptor bug shield and four pre-formed mudguards from them. 5 to 7 day shipping {free shipping only with orders over $100.00}.
    I will folloiw-up this message after I receive and install same.
  • arkainzeyearkainzeye pittsburgh paPosts: 473
    good job in finding a place with free shipping.yeah you'll have to let me know how everything looks when it is all done. I just today, put on BFGoodRich (ALL-TERRAIN) tires on my 2-door 1999 4x4 tracker. My neighbor keeps telling me that my tracker now looks like a mini-monster truck.. lol i put on this size 215/75/15, i had 205/75/15, but they were a "car-like" all-season tire, which when used off road, didnt do too bad. but when it got wet outside them tires couldnt grip for "SH*t" . these tires got excellent ratings, so i cant wait to take them off-road.!! yeah these babies out

    they are the (ALL-TERRAIN ) (ko)
  • Hi, new to the board and hope I am not covering a topic. First, I have a 2dr 2001 w/10k on it. Everything with the truck has been great except for the speakers. Are the ones Chevy install all bad or what? I get cracking everytime I turn the volume anything higher than "mute". When I took it to the dealer (probably the 1st mistake) to have him check on it He tells me they've blown and this happens all the time to low-end vehicles. Went on to tell me that I can have zero bass set and they will still crap out. Does this make sense to anyone? Has anyone had the same issues? Also, has anyone upgraded their stereo? I'd love to hear any ideas.
  • infinia1infinia1 Posts: 174
    anyone have a problem with a squeaking clutch? dealer had tried to fix 3 times, first by replacing bushings then by greasing it twice. still squeaks and is very annoying. taking it back on monday. they will have to contact gm to try to figure it out they said. only other problems with 12,000 miles was the cd-radio had to be replaced because of inoperative button, and rear washer sprayer needed adjustment because it didn't spray far enough up the window for the wiper to clean it. otherwise great little truck. took it 4wheeling past weekend and it did wonderful. of course this is with better tires than it came with.
  • arkainzeyearkainzeye pittsburgh paPosts: 473
    hey about your speakers. I had to replace all 4 of mine espeically the front ones!!! i put alpines in and now everything sounds great.. them speakers are 100% junk. my blew out in no time at all.. and the funny things is, is that i do NOT listen to music loud.. but i do listen to some music that may tend to have some strong bass to it. but still they shouldnt have blown out that easily.. btw i installed my own speakers
    the front and rear take (6-1/2)inches speakers.
    the rear is easy to install, but the front. i had to do some mod's to it so that they would stay in place.! so the front ones you might want to have a place like bestbuy install them. becayse that way it is all on them if something goes wrong or if something doesnt workout,
  • Glad to hear it's not just me. I'm the same way, I don't really listen to my music loud however with the soft top on the highway ya gotta turn it up a little to hear it. Makes you wonder what they were thinking! I went to because they have a feature on their site "what fit's in my car" Although you can't choose the 2dr version, they have speakers that they list as fitting without mod. I guess it comes down to what you choose? Has anyone added a subwoofer/bass tube? Do they sound ok if you have the soft top on/off?
  • arkainzeyearkainzeye pittsburgh paPosts: 473
    i actually checked into that, they "bestbuy" said that i could use my alpines as the mid-range and treble and add a basstube as the only source for bass. but i started thinkning about that, because i also own a 2dr softtop.. i started getting worried about how easy it would be to steal that basstube . especially if someone knows you have it in your tracker. and then not only would you be replacing that.. but also a soft-top.... 8( but see i have that storage option on mine. it just means that if someone does rip your top open they cant get into that back area unless they open the gate. I want a nice basstube with a amp built in. but also i really cant afford to lose anymore space. cause as you know the tracker 2dr isnt much for storage space. 8( but with the 2 alpines i installed. they create lots of bass. just when you order speakers look for the LOWEST rating in HZ (bass) and the highest rating in Khz (treble)
    that just gives you a overall better freq response. the alpines at best buy were only like $60 a pair !! and they can handle some power and bass too !!
  • What's the best synthetic for the auto transmission?
  • tronsr1tronsr1 Posts: 149
    Just installed my Lund Interceptor bug shield {had to drill four holes} and put the Ventvisors on my new 2002 Silver 4x2 4dr.LT V6 Tracker Had the windows tinted today and it looks great. {I live in Florida}. I had to return the four mudflaps as they do not fit the contour ot the fender well even though they stated on the box that it would fit the 2002 Tracker.
  • arkainzeyearkainzeye pittsburgh paPosts: 473
    you really had to DRILL holes for you bug shield?
    weird. i didnt have to do that for mine.. that's makes me think. i wonder what kind i have. i'll have to take a trip outside real quick to see. you have me thinking now.. lol ok it is called a BugFlector II . my BF had the holes already made for it. btw how much do chevy mud flaps costs? i don't know because mine came with my tracker. I bought a USED tracker and the person(s) who owned it b4 me kinda had some options on it. it is a 1999 and has a few options like the 2.0 engine which BACK THEN was a option, because they came standard with the joke of a engine (1.6litre 97Hp) then it has some steel security thing behind the seat so that no one can break into my very little "trunk"
    btw it is a 2dr. then let me see it has the alum wheels, a/c & 4-speed auto transmission, NO cruise Control which bums me out cause i am a cruise control junkie. i already looked into having chevy install it. they said it would be $350. so i might wait on that one, because even though i love my cruise control, i really dont drive it on highways to justify the expense. I took off the tires it had on it. the last person who owned it put some nice Kelly tires on it. but they were all-season, and was good in the dirt but NOT in the mud. so i put some BFGOODRICH all-terrain AT's on it and i put the next size up 215/75/15. it really gives the tracker a mean look, along with killer traction. i had no idea how much of a difference tires could make. this will give you an idea. b4 when i took my track off-road, i had to put it in 4x4 to climb certain hills, i was actually able to climb the same hill at the same exact spot in 2 wheel drive! and areas where i WASNOT able to climb in 4x4 b4 i was able to climb right up it with no wheel spin or anything. it climbed it like it was on concret.
  • tronsr1tronsr1 Posts: 149
    The mud flaps were 29.95/set,however; as I had stated before...a lousy fit so I returned same for credit.They were the "formed type" and from what I can ascertain, the only type that would probably fit are the "flat, truck-like type". The V/6 LT 4dr.,4x2 has pre-formed type small guards built right into the lower cladding, so I am going to go with what is already there, as I do not do any off-roading,and they will probably suffice.
    As to the cruise control, I use it constantly. Just made a trip from Melboune Beach to Ormond Beach {Fla.}and back....220 miles roundtrip...most of which is on Rt.95, and used same constantly.
    Happy Motoring,
  • Can I add cruise control to a 2000 2.0 liter automatic (2dr)?
  • I'm sure there are tons of you out there that have added fog lights. Any recommendations? I don't think I want the GM parts although in my mind I think "custom fit". I'm positive there are aftermarket ones that work well if not better, but where to start? I don't need anything heavy duty, off-road grills etc. Just a basic light...
  • arkainzeyearkainzeye pittsburgh paPosts: 473
    yeah you can have cruise control added to your tracker. go to your local chevy dealer & see what they charge. I got quoted a price of $350. but i havent done it just yet
  • cosmo2cosmo2 Posts: 61
    Michael, if you are not interested in trying to make your Tracker look like a mini monster truck and are just interested in equipping it with some functional fog lights, look at the the small (2.7" x 2.8" x 4.0") Hella round projector lens fog lights. These will mount in the air scoops under and to the sides of the license plate (with some careful and preplanned drilling into the hard plastic) and offer little wind resistance. Because the beams are cleanly focused, these lights are easy to correctly aim. I bought mine at Schucks, and they are also available through J.C. Whitney.

    In regards to your speakers, pay attention to the power of your receiver. Speakers tend to get blown by distortion more than by power. A weak receiver played loudly can distort sound, especially bass, and quickly ruin a set of good speakers. A high power receiver, or an add-on amplifier, will eliminate bass distortion and preserve speakers when operated at reasonable sound levels. I opted for the radio-delete option when I ordered my Tracker and ordered a compatible high power CD/receiver and speakers from Crutchfield.
  • arkainzeyearkainzeye pittsburgh paPosts: 473
    your speakers arent going to get blown by any stock head unit. their wattage is extremely low.
    so i would just go for a new set of speakers Instead of wasting $300-$400 on a NEW cd player only to still have the same exact problem. I had the same problem as you did, so i changed my speakers. "Problem Gone" without having to WASTE hundreds of dollars. the reason i say get new speakers even though the wattage is low on the stock head units, is because the speakers that come from Chevy are pretty much junk. mine were actually starting to "rott". and when the techs at bestbuy saw them. they laughed and said "i cant believe they are still trying to use them type of speakers".
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