Suzuki Grand Vitara Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your Suzuki Grand Vitara

Suzuki Grand Vitara Problems

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

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.

AC Condenser Fan Motor May Fail

The AC condenser fan motor may fail. If this occurs the air conditioning will stop blowing cold air.

Low Beam Head Light

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.

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Suzuki Grand Vitara Questions

What's the name of The belt in the front of the engine and how much does it cost (1 answer)

Its stripped down and is slapping on every rotation its on the verge of snapping

Why my Cruise control not working (1 answer)

I have a problem, Changed clutch plate and release bearing in my car and now makes strange clunks when releasing clutch too fast or remove foot off gas to quickly and straight back on again (1 answer)

Also looked at propeller shaft and seems fine, Cross joints as well but not too sure about transfer case
Also have ESP light on and triangle blinker that wont go...?
Please advise
Thanks

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Suzuki Grand Vitara Recalls

The Passenger Airbag May Not Deploy Correctly

The passenger seat contains a sensor which helps determine if the passenger front airbag should deploy or not in the event of a crash. It is called the occupant classification system (OCS), and is a mat that is part of the passenger seat cushion. These vehicles are being recalled because the OCS may fail due to the repeated flexing of the mat from general use of the seat. As a result, in the event of a crash the passenger airbag may deploy when it should not, increasing the risk of personal injury. Dealers will replace the front passenger seat cushion (which includes the OCS sensor mat) to correct this concern.

Accessory Drive Belt May Fall Off

As a result of a failed tensioner, the accessory drive belt may slip or come off completely. This will result in hard steering and illumination of the charging system warning light. If the vehicle is driven in this condition, the engine may stall as a result of a discharged battery and the engine temperature warning light may illuminate. Loss of vehicle control due to hard steering or engine stall can increase the risk of a crash. Dealers will replace the tensioner with an improved part to correct this concern. This recall is to begin on February 16, 2011. The Suzuki recall number is SM.

Suzuki Recalls 2008–2010 Vehicles Equipped with Garmin Nuvi Navi Systems Due to Overheating

Suzuki is recalling 2008–2010 SX4; 2010 Grand Vitara; and 2009–2010 Equator models equipped with Garmin Nuvi 750, 760, and 765 navigation systems because the battery may overheat, which could lead to a fire. Suzuki will notify owners and Garmin technicians will replace the unit's battery and insert a spacer to prevent the problem from reoccurring. This will be performed free of charge.

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Suzuki Grand Vitara Reviews

It was a great car. I had a few problems mostly due to my neglect. Like everyone else I do have the same problem with the headlights low beam blow out. One other annoying problem is whenever the battery cable is disconnected for whatever reason, the car engine behave ridiculous for a day or two until it resets itself.
Worst piece of shit i ever owned. Do not and i repeat even think of purchasing this piece of tin nightmare.
my car was great until the ignition fuse blows due to damaged wire harness causing engine to stall and not restart. Thou it says on line that there is a recall I cannot get any susuki dealer to honor it. being on s.s.i. I barely have enough to pay my rent. tho I love my susuki I will have to trash it since all it is now is trash. Good Luck I hope your suv will not have this same problem. An un...

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