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Suzuki Esteem Problems

Engine -- Verified

An engine oil leak may develop from the front crankshaft seal due to hardening of the rubber seal. There is a revised seal and sleeve available to correct this concern. Our technicians tell us that changing the oil every 3000 miles may help prolong seal life.

Suspension & Steering -- Verified

A squeak type noise may be noted from the top of the rack and pinion steering gear while turning the steering wheel. This is commonly caused by friction between the steering pinion shaft and its seal. Our technicians recommend to replace the pinion seal and use multi-purpose wheel bearing grease during reassembly to correct this concern.

Brakes -- Verified

The brake pedal may pulsate upon brake apply. The common causes are overheating from heavy braking an/or improper wheel torque. Our technicians tell us that brake pads and rotors should be replaced to correct this concern. Problems may arise from aftermarket rotors due to quality concerns. This applies to both front and rear disk brakes.

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

A condition may develop where the accelerator pedal sticks and is not smooth. This can be caused by carbon build up on the throttle shaft or throttle body cleaner was used which removed the special coating on the throttle shaft. Our technicians tell us that if this is the case the throttle body should be replaced.

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

Our technicians tell us these vehicles are sensitive to fuel quality. Using fuel of marginal quality can result in illumination of the Check Engine Light with misfire or oxygen sensor fault codes stored.

Suzuki Esteem Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., July 8, 2003

Summary: CERTAIN PASSENGER (111 MY 2002 ESTEEM, 777 MY 2002 AERIO, 2,368 MY 2003 AERIO) AND SPORT UTILITY (324 MY 2002 GRAND VITARA, 274 MY 2003 GRAND VITARA, 684 MY 2002 GRAND VITARA XL-7, AND 781 MY 2003 GRAND VITARA XL-7) VEHICLES FAIL TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 212, ┬┐WINDSHIELD MOUNTING.┬┐ THE WINDSHIELD MAY NOT BE PROPERLY SECURED TO THE VEHICLE BODY DUE TO INSUFFICIENT ADHESION BETWEEN THE PAINT APPLIED DURING THE SECOND-STAGE PAINTING PROCESS AND THE PAINT APPLIED DURING FINAL-STAGE PAINTING.

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Suzuki Esteem Questions and Answers

capross, 1997 Suzuki Esteem, Cidra, PR

do all suzuki esteems have the same automatic transmissions regardless of the model year.

karaam, 1995 Suzuki Esteem, 1.6L 4 Cylinder, Macon, GA

just bought a used 96 Suzuki Esteem. has a few problems that are fixable in my opinion but it doesn't have any heat (which is a big problem for me). The fan blows but it doesn't blow ho...

Visitor, 1998 Suzuki Esteem, 1.6L 4 Cylinder, Tuba City, AZ

the car that i have won't start, the battery is charged but it'll attempt to start but won't turn over. It was running fine when we had the whole computer reseted but soon after it w...

jasminekaleon, 1998 Suzuki Esteem, 1.6L 4 Cylinder, Austin, TX

Check engine light also just came on. Brake fluid started leaking last week but not like it is now its running straight through and i have no braAKES AT ALL. wHAT TYPE OF REPAIR DO I NEED DONE?

turtle2, 1998 Suzuki Esteem, 1.6L 4 Cylinder, Palm Desert, CA

Wheel bobs up and down and thumping sound heard when moving. Bad installation? Or is axle not running true due to bad part. Thanks!
1998 Suzuki esteem wagon.
Does wheel bearing influence this...

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Suzuki Esteem Reviews

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excellent for the price. A sweet gem. 2002 with 134000 miles.

i have a 95 esteem w/ 300,000 + miles & still get 40+ miles to gal.but lost 2nd gear recently, and cannot find replacement part's. don't know who makes tranny or if i have right model # SE5F-A. everyone has bearing & sycro kit, but no gear sets. who & were do i need to look?

i have a suzuki esteem wagon model 1996. i bought it last year..its a good car and so far for almost 12 months it runs very good and never give a problem. this car is very economical when it comes to petrol..love this car.

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