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Chevy Tracker



  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
    Welcome aboard!

    Incidentally, if people said everything there was to say in their first post, we wouldn't have the pleasure of reading their subsequent posts! :-)

    SUVs; Aftermarket & Accessories
  • cosmo2cosmo2 Posts: 61
    I have checked all the GM service bulletins for the '99 Tracker, and no mention is made of this problem. Since only three people, including myself, have reported experiencing this problem on 1999 and 2000 Trackers/Vitaras, I assume that the problem is not epidemic. I am asking that those who have noticed this problem post where they live and their typical driving conditions. I also ask that those who have inspected their A/C condensers and found no doughnut-shaped pattern of bent fins behind the fan report where they live and their driving conditions. Maybe we can figure this problem out.

    I live in Washington state, and my usual driving conditions are city driving mixed with some secondary highway driving, freeway driving, and a little "primitive road" driving. I drive in conditions from 105 degrees to -10 degrees, including 2-3 trips each winter over mountain passes in blizzard conditions.

    Since the Tracker is the first vehicle I have owned with the cooling fan IN FRONT of the A/C condenser and radiator, I am wondering if the fin damage is due to the fan coming on when there is ice and/or snow build up on the condenser during highway driving in blizzards or freezing rain.
  • arkainzeyearkainzeye pittsburgh paPosts: 473
    I don't have bent fins on my 1999 2-door tracker.
    I live in western PA. "near pittsburgh"

    and my driving habits are ALOT of off rpading!
    along with most HIGHWAY driving.
  • arkainzeyearkainzeye pittsburgh paPosts: 473
    IF anyone is looking for GrillGuards or other tracker toys, then take a look at this site.

    they also have them in Chrome, unlike most other companies that offer accessories for our trackers only in black.

    or just try

    then click on grill guards

  • tishpittishpit Posts: 1
    Hello... have a question about a '93 Geo Tracker. Is it possible/feasible to add power steering to this vehicle? I was thinking of taking a ps unit from a junk car and putting it in the '93 as the steering is a bit too heavy for me (shoulder injury). How big of a job would this be? Is it best just to look around for a used Tracker that already has ps? Seems tough to find one without 4WD, which in my area, is also rare. Thanks!
  • tronsr1tronsr1 Posts: 149
    Just saw the new Tracker based on the SaturnVUE frame which will be called the Equinox.{page #4 of the July 22nd edition}.."Due on the market next year as a 2004 model, Equinox will be just the second GM small sport utility vehicle to ride on the Theta "front wheel drive /all wheel drive platform that debuted last fall with the Saturn Vue.It will make its debut in January at the North American Auto show in Detroit.It is also likely to have the same plastic door panels as the Vue.
    Sounds interesting, especially the front wheel drive part. It did not list any dimensions, such as length, width, cargo capacity, etc.Althogh it did say that it will target such competitors as the CRV, Subaru Forester, Ford Escape, Jeep Wrangler and Jeep I have to assume it will be larger than the 2002 Tracker. The picture that is shown is from Jim Dunne of Popular Mechanics maybe there is an article in that issue???
  • zeke707zeke707 Posts: 74
    remove the front bumper from a 2000 Vitara? I'm assuming the fastners are in the same place as a Tracker. Looks like 4 plastic bullet fastners at the top of the grille, this comes off to allow pulling of the plastic bumper after 4 screws at the bottom of the bumper and 2 plastic fastners in the front wheel wells. Any info?
  • wickiweewickiwee Posts: 1
    I posted once before but it's not showing up. Sorry if this gets on here twice.

    I've got a 2000 Tracker 4-door 4X2 with a 5-speed transmission. I've had the synchronizer replaced for grinding from 1st to 2nd and 2nd to 3rd during cold weather. I'm waiting for winter to come to see if this is fixed. My clutch creaked and it took two tries to fix that. There are many chirping noises when going over bumps but the dealer has not located or fixed them. The pulley tensioner was replaced for a chirping sound that only happened on cold start when it is raining or has just rained (very humid conditions). That was just done today so I don't know if that is corrected.

    My main concern is with oil consumption. I bought my Tracker in May of 2001 with 20,000 miles. It was sold as used even though it had never been titled. I took it to the dealer for a free oil change before I had driven 3,000 miles. Just before the next oil change was due I noticed the engine was ticking. The oil was more than two quarts low. My husband changed the oil and we thought maybe it was a fluke, that it wasn't completely filled from the last oil change. Again before the next oil change was due the engine started ticking. Again, the oil was two quarts low. I took it to the dealer who did an oil change and told me to bring it back when the level had dropped by a quart. I took it in today because we are leaving on vacation and wanted to have them document the level. It was a half quart low after only 1,300 miles since the previous oil change. They added a half quart and told me that was an acceptable amount of consumption, that there was not a problem. They just told me to keep checking it.

    I've worked as a service consultant at a Lexus dealership and a Lincoln/Mercury dealership for a total of 15 years. During that time I never saw a vehicle that new and that was maintained regularly use that much oil unless there was some kind of a problem. I've never owned a vehicle that has used oil like this. Am I wrong in thinking that this is not an acceptable amount of oil consumption?

    I'm about 4,000 miles from the end of the warranty and am worried that this will turn in to a problem down the road. I plan on having the dealer continue to check, document and change my oil from now on.

    Does anyone else have this problem? I'd appreciate any feedback. I really love the looks and the ride of this Tracker but I'm afraid I'll have to get rid of it if I can't get this corrected.
  • mopar67mopar67 Posts: 728
    First thing I would do is replace it since its a cheap easy fix. Then check every part of the motor and see if there are leaks anywhere.

    The fact that this is a used vehicle but never titled is interesting to say the least.

    Finally, I would have the dealer put it in writing this is "normal" I have to agree with you in saying its not. But should you have problems later, you can use this as leverage for repair work. It probably would be a good idea to discuss this with Chevrolet cus service and make sure its documented on their end.
    I have a 2002 vitara (basically same vehicle) it it burns no oil at all.
  • zeke707zeke707 Posts: 74
    On previous posts, I commented on condenser damage to a 2000 Suzuki Vitara 2.0 litre with A/C. Another (1999 Tracker) poster had a similar experience. For an update, please review the Suzuki Owners Club section on this website, under problems.
  • First off I am re-posting my former statement about Tracker and my website link.

    NOTE TO STEVE: I have removed the one profane word from my site and link, everything else is clean and the truth, so please do not delete this again. I am trying to muster up help or advice in this situation, ok?

    Here is my link to my problem with GM

    Now to answer the questions about problems with the Tracker from an earlier post on this page. The ticking noise is probably either something minor in the engine, valve lift adjustors, or even simpler, a loose sparkplug(s). I change out the spark plugs on my 99 and found that a couple of them were very loose, causing the ticking noise.

    The pulley thing unfortunately does not go away, believe me I have replaced the pulley a couple of times to no avail and I live here in the North where it gets cold and that sound happens when I start the engine.

    The transmission thing is a classic problem with the 99 and 00 models, even without that problem it is a slush box and really sucks. Though I had thought only people with 4X4's were having that problem.

    Read my site to find out about all the problems I have had with my vehicle and why GM is a very bad, unethical company.

    Also, you force them to give you an extended GMPP warranty on your rig, because the transmission problem is hard to fix and you do not want the 4000 dollar cost of putting in a new transmission.

    Good luck and email me if I can be of more assitance.


  • npgmbrnpgmbr Posts: 248
    For those of you that are interested, it looks like the Tracker will be replaced by 2005.

  • zeke707zeke707 Posts: 74
    Any comments or suggestions regarding the various hard tops available for 2dr Tracker/Vitara? How is fit and finish, ease of installation, sound deadening qualities, price, etc.
  • tronsr1tronsr1 Posts: 149
    Please read my post #580
  • Hi Y'all ...

    My wife's 1999 Tracker 4x4 with auto tranny and approx 40,000 miles on the odometer just had the "SERVICE ENGINE SOON" message show on her dash. It has been a couple of days now and will not go away.

    Have any of you experienced this? What was the root cause?

    Thnaks in advance.
  • mopar67mopar67 Posts: 728
    THe EPA allows a very narrow window of emission operations. ANything from a misfiring plug to a lazy o2 sensor to a loose gas cap can cause this.
    Basically, the computer has logged a trouble code in its memory and you'll need a scanner to read it out and thereby be able to diagnos what is wrong.
  • ... including a money grab for Generous Motors :.(
  • arkainzeyearkainzeye pittsburgh paPosts: 473
    An check engine light is usually an Emissions item. Try these few things b4 you go to the shop.
    1) make sure your gas cap is on Tight.
    2) check to see OR just replace the PVC valve ($1.99).
    3) put a "good" fuel Injector cleaner in your gas tank on fill-up.

    my old co-worker had a 1994 ranger and it ALWAYS had it;s engine light on. it has been on for years. So i told him to let me take quick look at it. well i noticed that his PVC valve was clogged. "you can tell that by shaking it" it should rattle. so we changed it for around $2-$3.
    And wouldn't you know, the check engine light went OFF. And hasn't been back on. He never had it checked out for fear that it was something BIG and costly.. and all this time it was something so small.
  • arkainzeyearkainzeye pittsburgh paPosts: 473
    That sounds interesting. but for me the Whole reason why i bought the chevy tracker vs. honda, toyota etc etc, was because of it being built o a Truck frame and with it having a "TRUE" 4x4 system. Now if my 1999 chevy tracker was built like the way they want to build this Equinox, then i wouldn't buy it. I would be forced to go with a over priced, under optioned Jeep. Now i have nothing against jeep, other than their Lack of options or how they come standard with practically Nothing. Jeeps are great for off road. But my tracker goes just about anywhere. Today i followed my friends in my tracker, and they were riding ATV's and they kept laughing and saying. I can't believe where that little thing goes! Mine is a 4x4-2door so that Small wheel base helps out ALOT! but when i'm not crawling over rocks or splashing thur mud, i enjoy the Trackers feature, (a/c, 4 speed auto trany etc etc.) So i guess when it's time to get something else, i may be a Jeep person. To me a SUV is NOT a car with big tires. When i think SUV, i think all-terrain, multi-purpose vehicle. And that is what our trackers are now. Truck frame , "true 4x4.
  • mopar67mopar67 Posts: 728
    to a petition you can sign and send to Suzuki to convince them to keep making full framed Vitaras(same as tracker)
  • Sorry for the dumb question but what's a PVC valve, what's its function in life and where do I find it?
  • arkainzeyearkainzeye pittsburgh paPosts: 473
    PCV Valve
    The process of combustion forms several gases and vapors; many of them quite corrosive. Some of these gases get past the piston rings and into the crankcase. If left in the crankcase, these substances would cause all kinds of bad things (rust, corrosion, and formation of sludge), so they have to be removed. Back in the old days, they used to be dumped out into the atmosphere through a tube. Once we realized what a problem pollution was in the sixties, the PCV (Positive Crankcase Ventilation) system was developed to take the place of the old "dump tube." The PCV system uses a hose connected between the engine and the intake manifold to draw these gases out of the engine's crankcase and back into the cylinders to burn with the regular fuel. The only problem to solve is how to keep these gases from going willy-nilly into the manifold and upsetting the required air-fuel ratio. The solution to this problem is the PCV valve. The PCV valve controls the release of crankcase gases and vapors to the intake manifold. The valve is kept closed by spring action when the engine is at rest. When the engine is running normally, the low vacuum it creates allows the valve to open and release crankcase vapors and gases into the intake manifold for burning. If the engine is idling or you are slowing down, the vacuum level rises and pulls the valve plunger into the valve opening. This partially blocks off the opening so that only a small amount of vapors and gases can be drawn into the intake manifold. One really comforting feature of the PCV valve is its behavior in the event of a backfire. If your car backfires in the manifold, the pressure makes the spring close the valve completely. With the valve closed, there is no chance that the flame can move into the crankcase and cause an explosion.

    Now i am not sure if your trackers owners manual will have a picture of a pcv valve or not. but the best thing i can say at this point would be. It is on the valve cover. and towards the rear of the engine. If you still aren;t sure go to your local autoparts store and they probably would be happy to show you where yours is..
  • cosmo2cosmo2 Posts: 61
    Dave, Chris just gave you the best description of the history and function of the PCV valve that you will find anywhere. If you are still interested in knowing more about a PVC valve however, ask the clerk in the plumbing section of your local hardware store. (See your post #592, Chris.) When you drive a Tracker, you have to have a sense of humor. Thanks, guys.
  • arkainzeyearkainzeye pittsburgh paPosts: 473
    Lol i knew someone would comment on that. 8)
  • I would like to know from where I can get the part number for the 2001 Tracker LT rims and center caps? Thanks
  • tronsr1tronsr1 Posts: 149
    Why not stop at a Chevrolet dealer, go to the parts department, and ask them???????
  • ...they ordered the incorrect caps and told me to get the part number from my new rims. I guess they don't know how to perform their job. Guess what??? I'm not buying a GM product ever again. If you find that part number let me know.
  • npgmbrnpgmbr Posts: 248
    Nice, but looks like it won't be a replacement afterall. Too bad it took them so damd long.
  • I recently purchased a 2002 Chevy Tracker. Immediately I noticed that when it rained I get water leaking around the door. The water collects on the plastic cover of the rocker panels and then drips onto the carpeting. This happens on all four doors. The dealer replaced all the weather stripping but to no avail. Water is still coming in the door and onto the rocker panel. Is anyone else having this problem? The dealer admitted to me that they tested several other vehicles on the lot for the water problem and found the same thing happen.
  • tronsr1tronsr1 Posts: 149
    I have had a 2002 Tracker 4dr LT for about 7 months and have gone thru a car wash on a weekly basis since inception. {I live in Florida} and it rains cats and dogs down here all summer long and never had one leak.
    I doubt very much if your dealer "tested" the other Trackersand they "all"leaked.If the weather stripping replacement did not solve the problem, perhaps the doors are misaligned? This is "not" a normal problem and I suggest you call the dealer again, complain, and if not corrected, call the district mgr., or whoever.No car should leak at all four doors....not even a Kia or YUGO. {Well, maybe the YUGO}.
    I check the Suzuki club and follow all the Tracker posts and have not seen one complaint about all four doors leaking, let alone one door leaking.
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