Suzuki Grand Vitara Problems
RepairPal has identified the most common problems with the Suzuki Grand Vitara based on complaints from actual vehicle owners. We'll tell you what the problem is and what it'll take to fix it.
There are many reports of low beam head light bulbs burning out prematurely. As of this writing Suzuki has not released a service bulletin addressing this issue. Using only high quality replacement bulbs, and extra care not to touch the bulb surface when handling the new bulb can help extend the life of the replacement bulbs.
The engine may be difficult to start in cold weather or at high altitude. Our technicians tell us there is a powertrain control module (PCM) software up grade which may help with these issues.
The AC condenser fan motor may fail. If this occurs the air conditioning will stop blowing cold air.
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.
A knocking sound may be noted from the engine when warm due to improper drive belt tension. Correcting the drive belt tension will commonly repair this concern.
A harsh downshift from the automatic transmission my be noted on deceleration. Updating the transmission control module (TCM) software may correct this concern. Software revisions are commonly most helpful on newer vehicles. once the mileage builds up a worn component could cause similar problems. Whenever major transmission work in performed, the transmission software should be updated as necessary.
Creaking of squeaking noises may be noted from the sway bar bushings. Our technicians tell us revised bushings are available which should correct this concern.
An oil leak may develop form the right front axle seal. Our technicians tell us a revised axle seal is available to correct this concern.
Wheel hub noise may can be caused by excess axle shaft hub clearance. Redesigned wheel hubs are available to correct this concern. Our technicians recommend to check the axle nut torque prior to replacing any components.
The power steering may fail due to the drive belt coming off. This is commonly caused by a failed belt tensioner. Our technicians tell us a revised tensioner should be installed along with a new belt. Check with your local Suzuki dealer to see if the factory will pay for this repair.
The automatic transmission may not shift when cold due to debris on the output speed sensor. There is a revised output speed sensor and software update available which should correct this concern.