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Suzuki Grand Vitara Oil Leak/Noise Due to Timing Chain Cover Gasket/Tensioner Failure

Suzuki Grand Vitara Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

Engine Affected: 2.5L V6

Average Mileage: 101,209 mi (17,000 mi - 200,000 mi)


The timing chain cover gasket and timing chain tensioner may fail, causing an oil leak or excessive noise. Because removing the timing chain is labor intensive, this can be an expensive repair.


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  • Visitor, , 120,000 mi

    I started to hear a ticking noise in the front of the engine. Mechanic said it sounded like a valve. Once the cover was off he realized it was the timing chain guides or tensioner were broken so the chain was banging against the side of the engine. There were also 3 broken teeth from the gear that runs the chain, caused by the slack in the chain. There is no one in my area that works on Suzuki (I bought it used with 51,000 miles) The dealership in the state capital said $2,300.00 to fix. I hired a local mechanic that said he would for $1,300.00. My vehicle has been there for 5 months and still is not fixed. I was about to file a court case but after reading these posts I will rather scrap it as the Vitatra isn't worth the $2,300. to fix.

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  • I just boughta 2000 suzuki grand vitara for $500. There is a ticking noise in the front left side by the wheel, also it uses alot of oil. I dont know what it is, but im needing to find out soon.

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  • Visitor, , 90,000 mi

    Im guessing timing chain tensioner replacement and timing cover gasket repair...both a pain...

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  • Visitor, , 88,000 mi

    Increasing ticking noise. Booked in for service but days before due in heard metal grating sound from what I thought was exhaust (front box). Turns out it was timing belt bracket...having read posts here glad i took it in when I did, otherwise could be looking at 1000+ repair bill. Mechanic said very low oil level caused timing belt to slacken ?? No oil warning light though and car regularly serviced (had it from new). Think I will see out next few months to get use of repair and service costs then it's time to say goodbye

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  • Visitor, , 160,000 mi

    Making very loud ticking sound. Sad to see that this is a known problem but no recall. :( Of COURSE I'm WAYYY beyond my warranty! It's prob cost more to fix it than the car is worth...

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  •  Rookie

    noise in timing chain. when start up. motor running hot. blowing water out fill tube

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  • Visitor, , 65,000 mi

    Had an oil change, air filter changed and noticed this awful ticking. Took it back to place that changed oil and they used a stethescope and said it was coming from upper oil pan area and they do not work on engines. Took it to dealership and two days later said it was timing chain and tensioners needed replaced. They had it a week and I picked it up, drove home and put in park,let it idle and the ticking is still there, just lower sounding. Going to call them tomorrow to tell them sound still there.

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  • Visitor, , 2.5L V6, 45,000 mi

    Bought used in January. The timing chain cover had a crack in it, as well and has been the most difficult part to get for this repair. When purchased the sound was not there then once it was there it increased. Was also told if not repaired it would eventually damage the engine, which I have also seen commented on in other posts on this site. Was surprised that a car with this low mileage would have such a significant and costly issue. Makes me wonder how long the repair will last?????? Other than this issue, we love the vehicle.

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  • Visitor, , 2.5L V6, 65,000 mi

    Got a quote of over $1600 from a Suuki dealer to fix it, so I didn't get it fixed.

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