Suzuki Grand Vitara
Report: Oil Leak/Noise Due to Timing Chain Cover Gasket/Tensioner Failure
Suzuki Grand Vitara Problem
Engine Affected: 2.5L V6
Average Mileage: 82,684 mi (7,900 mi - 190,000 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.
Visitor, 2000 Suzuki Grand Vitara
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.
Visitor, 2001 Suzuki Grand Vitara, 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...
noise in timing chain. when start up. motor running hot. blowing water out fill tube
Visitor, 2006 Suzuki Grand Vitara, 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.
Visitor, 1999 Suzuki Grand Vitara, 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.
Visitor, 2000 Suzuki Grand Vitara, 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.
I bought the car used and the first time i went up a hill, my car began smoking. I took it back and they said i had a leak from the gasket. They tightened it down, but i continue to have oil leaking fromm the engine, and the noise has gotten worse.
Visitor, 1999 Suzuki Grand Vitara, 190,000 mi
Timing chain tensioner stuffed just like everyone else who owns the v6 engine from suzuki, chain now causing water leak into the engine oil because its wearing into the engine itself , and Suzuki still have not fixed this problem for years , shame shame :/ not happy ! The coots should fix this problem for free for everyone !
KNOCKING NOISE....FLUIDS ALL OVER....CAR NOT SAFE TO DRIVE WISH I HAD NEVER BOUGHT IT. cost 1000 UP not going to fix going to sell for scrap bought it for 2,500 might need that much in work had it ONE MONTH. DO NOT BUY THIS CAR.
Visitor, 2000 Suzuki Grand Vitara, 90,000 mi
Timing chain tensioner problem like everyone else that owns one. Not fixed yet.