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Suzuki XL-7 Timing Chain Tensioner May Fail

Suzuki XL-7 Problem
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Model Years Affected: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009

Average Mileage: 94,283 mi (10,000 mi - 231,898 mi)


An abnormal noise may develop from the timing chain due to a failed chain tensioner. This condition is generally caused by lack of oil to the timing chain guides. Suzuki may repair this condition free of charge if proper oil changes can be verified. A Rattling Type Noise May be Noted From The Front of the Engine

  •  Rookie

    It has not been fixed because it is too expensive. It's making a loud noise, P008 code and I cant get it inspected. I have been told it is the crank cam bank? I see this is very common with this model and I BELIEVE it should be recalled!

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  • Visitor, , 60,286 mi

    I also have had issue 2007 Suzuki XL7. I failed emmissions. Error codes p0008, p0009, p0016, p0017, and p0018. I will keep you posted. If I had known all the Suzuki dealerships would leave Wisconsin I would never had bought this car. Will not buy another car from this company again. I will go straight to Toyota or Honda. Never again. This is crap. I bought this car with 10,000 miles on it.

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  • Visitor, , 83,000 mi

    I am having this problem now... AGAIN. This will be the third time within the last 13 months that the timing chain needs to be replaced.
    I have no other complaints about the car, but this is a big problem.

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  • Visitor, , 71,000 mi

    I have been hearing this sound recently also. Any idea how much repair costs are if Suzuki does not cover it? It seems to be concentrated at the front of the engine right at the timing chain cover.

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  • dstrasin, , 117,857 mi

    My lower engine is making a clunking noise as if something is loose and tumbling around in there--sounds like a loose nut or bolt. Mostly does it at low idle or upon acceleration--is this the timing chain tensioner?

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  • Visitor, , 98,000 mi

    Check light intermittently comes on and goes off. The OBDII code is P0008 which means there is something wrong with the timing chain system. The engine will run sometimes rough and then the check engine light will come on. Sometimes I can hear the chain rattle on startup. It appears that the GM designed and Suzuki built 3.6 V6 engine has a design flaw and the chains can stretch I have not fixed mine yet, but will soon. Info below is from the manual

    The Engine Control Module (ECM) monitors the position of both camshafts and the crankshaft. The ECM performs a test for misalignment between both camshafts on one bank of the engine and the crankshaft. During the test the ECM learns the position of the camshafts and the crankshaft. While the engine is idling, the ECM compares the position of both the camshafts and the crankshaft with the learned value. The ECM will set the P0008 code if both learned values for one bank of the engine are exceeding a calibrated threshold in the same direction.

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  • Visitor, , 215,000 mi

    Rattle noise, added lucas oil treatment quiet and passing 255000 now

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  • Visitor,

    Was told nothing I did or didn't do could cause this n that it's a frequent problem with xl7 n as it stands my
    Car was under warranty til April 27 of this year and the problem started May 22 and Suzuki says to bad no warranty and their customer service
    People are beyond rude she was names sherry at the Brea corporate office and hung up on me put me on hold without even letting me know worst experience ever this company is horrible I can't believe they will not stand behind their name! If this was a problem I caused or common wear and tear I would understand but to have my mechanic and the Suzuki mechanics say it's no fault of mine n the company say too bad is an outrage!!!

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  • Visitor, , 79,000 mi

    My noise was caused by the torque strut mount which was replaced under the powertrain warranty and I was leaking oil from the front main seal, also covered under powertrain warranty.

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  •  Rookie

    rattling noise in the front when car is cold.

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