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 EngineGoogle+
Car Problem Reports
Suzuki XL-7 Timing Chain Tensioner May Fail
Suzuki XL-7 Problem
Average Mileage: 87,266 mi (10,000 mi - 215,000 mi)
Visitor, 2007 Suzuki XL-7, 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.
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!
Visitor, 2007 Suzuki XL-7, 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.
Visitor, 2007 Suzuki XL-7, 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.
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?
Visitor, 2004 Suzuki XL-7, 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.
Visitor, 2003 Suzuki XL-7, 215,000 mi
Rattle noise, added lucas oil treatment quiet and passing 255000 now
Visitor, 2008 Suzuki XL-7, 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.
rattling noise in the front when car is cold.
I had to have the timing chain repaired in 2010, and 2011. Now the car has 120,000 miles and the problem is back!! The dealer refuses to pay for the repair since it is past the 100,000 mile powertrane warranty!!
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