Oil Leak/Noise Due to Timing Chain Cover Gasket/Tensioner Failure on Suzuki Grand Vitara

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.

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Average mileage: 109,146 (10,020–300,195)
Engines affected: 2.4L 4 Cylinder, 2.5L V6, 3.2L V6
13 model years affected: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, more2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012
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I just boughta 2000 suzuki grand vitara for $500. There is a ticking noise in the front left side by the wheel, also it uses alot of oil. I dont know what it is, but im needing to find out soon.
MY XL7 STARTED MAKING NOISE AT STARTUP AT 100.000 NOW IT IS LEAKING OIL AROUND CRANK SEAL HAS 176.000 ON IT NOW AND NOISE IS GETTING WORSE
2006 Suzuki Grand Vitara 65,000 mi,
Had an oil change, air filter changed and noticed this awful ticking. Took it back to place that changed oil and they used a stethescope and said it was coming from upper oil pan area and they do not work on engines. Took it to dealership and two days later said it was timing chain and tensioners needed replaced. They had it a week and I picked it up, drove home and put in park,let it idle and the ticking is still there, just lower sounding. Going to call them tomorrow to tell them sound still there.
2001 Suzuki Grand Vitara 300,195 mi,
Driving home got off interstate car start to rattle as if it needed oil stopped and checked the oil started it up smoke comes from everywhere
2004 Suzuki Grand Vitara 120,000 mi,
I started to hear a ticking noise in the front of the engine. Mechanic said it sounded like a valve. Once the cover was off he realized it was the timing chain guides or tensioner were broken so the chain was banging against the side of the engine. There were also 3 broken teeth from the gear that runs the chain, caused by the slack in the chain. There is no one in my area that works on Suzuki (I bought it used with 51,000 miles) The dealership in the state capital said $2,300.00 to fix. I hired a local mechanic that said he would for $1,300.00. My vehicle has been there for 5 months and still is not fixed. I was about to file a court case but after reading these posts I will rather scrap it as the Vitatra isn't worth the $2,300. to fix.
suzuki baleno 1.8engine start a noise in the timing chain.i order a set from amazon both chains,tenthioners,all the sprokets,and the oil pump.and the upper tenthioner work for a while about 30 minutes and start the noise
2002 Suzuki Grand Vitara 144,000 mi,
I have drips of oil coming down after oil change
2009 Suzuki Grand Vitara - 3.2L V6 43,496 mi,
Metal Sound when starting the engine
2001 Suzuki Grand Vitara 160,000 mi,
Making very loud ticking sound. Sad to see that this is a known problem but no recall. :( Of COURSE I'm WAYYY beyond my warranty! It's prob cost more to fix it than the car is worth...
2010 Suzuki Grand Vitara - 2.4L 4 Cylinder 55,000 mi,
I want to go bring my car in for an oil change and they ended up telling me that my timing chain gasket is leaking which interns going to cost me about $1000 to fix it 2010 Suzuki kizashi gts and yes I had the same problem with my headlights actually I only have low beams that I had bought I don't even if I-beams
Went into to Limp Mode and a Suzuki dealer couldn't determine exactly what the problem was so they suggessted replacing almost everything possible on the motor. Wanted $6000 for repairs. Took to another mech.. timing chain needs to be replaced. $1500 quoted. This is hands down the worst piece of $#&* I've ever driven.
2008 Suzuki Grand Vitara 68,000 mi,
Engine Completely shot, need new engine
1999 Suzuki Grand Vitara 68,521 mi,
Ticking noise from top of motor along with oil leak from timming chain area.
2001 Suzuki Grand Vitara 114,567 mi,
Found chunks of plastic in oil while doing oil change they were pieces that broke off timing chain guards chain rattles loudly. This is a zero tolerance motor so if the chain jumps time to will immediately bend the valves destroying the motor.
2002 Suzuki Grand Vitara 135,100 mi,
Engine is blown, too poor to fix. No suzuki dealership nearby. Lbeam light fuse blows out (not the bulb) It is a flaw in electrical. I have had the bulbs replaced almost 4 times in 2 months, until finally replacing bulbs didn't remedy the issue. No Aftermarket Work has been done. all OEM
2000 Suzuki Grand Vitara 10,020 mi,
Front of oil pan leaks can't get to it because engine has to be removed
Oil leak around timing chaincover
2000 Suzuki Grand Vitara 178,000 mi,
it leaks oil but we could not find the actual source? but we noticed a significant oil moist dirt abovce the engine i would say where the dip stick is, please advise what is my best options to fix the problem? thanks
Oil Leak/Noise Due to Timing Chain Cover
2006 Suzuki Grand Vitara 140,000 mi,
I also have this problem! Car screams when starting and leaks oil