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Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your Suzuki Sidekick

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Suzuki Sidekick Problems

Drive Train -- Verified

The clutch pedal may suddenly fall to the floor due to a broken weld on the pedal pivot assembly. A revised clutch pedal assembly is available to correct this condition.

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.

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

A hesitation on acceleration may be caused by a failing throttle position sensor (TPS). If the problem is confirmed to be a failed TPS replacement of the failed sensor will be required.
 

Drive Train -- Verified

Our technicians tell us the transfer case binds if driven on dry roads in 4WD mode, this may result in damage to the transfer case.

Suzuki Sidekick Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., December 5, 1995

Summary: THE FRONT SAFETY BELT BUCKLE RELEASE BUTTONS CAN BREAK. THESE RED PLASTIC RELEASE BUTTONS ARE MARKED "PRESS." IF A BUTTON BREAKS, PIECES CAN FALL INTO THE BUCKLE ASSEMBLY CAUSING THE BUCKLE TO OPERATE IMPROPERLY.

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Engine, July 19, 1996

Summary: THE FUEL TANK ON THESE VEHICLES CAN BECOME PUNCTURED BY A FUEL TANK FLANGE ATTACHMENT REINFORCEMENT DURING REAR-END COLLISIONS. THIS DOES NOT COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FMVSS NO. 301, "FUEL TANK INTEGRITY."

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Suspension & Steering, March 3, 2000

Summary: VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES. INSUFFICIENT STRENGTH OF THE MOUNTING BASE ON THE UPPER END OF THE FRONT STRUTS CAN LEAD TO BREAKAGE OF THE MOUNTING BOLTS THAT ATTACH THE UPPER END OF THE FRONT STRUTS TO THE VEHICLE BODY.

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Suspension & Steering, May 12, 1994

Summary: THE RIGHT REAR AND LEFT AXLE SHAFT HOUSING TUBES WERE INCORRECTLY WELDED AND CAN FRACTURE. FRACTURE OF THE REAR AXLE SHAFT HOUSING CAN RESULT IN SEPARATION OF THE AFFECTED WHEEL ASSEMBLY AND SEPARATION OF THE BRAKE LINE.

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Suzuki Sidekick Questions and Answers

Visitor, 1991 Suzuki Sidekick, 1.6L 4 Cylinder, Parlin, NJ

I need a new brake line & exhaust pipe for my car. The exhaust pipe is completely rusted and has a few holes in it. My brake fluid is also leaking out. How much do you estimate the repairs to be?

donb06911, 1991 Suzuki Sidekick, 1.6L 4 Cylinder, Secaucus, NJ

I parked the car then several hours later came to start the car it was a little difficult to start first then it started the engine light came on, did not not misfire or buck, but it ran a little h...

lisa hill, 1992 Suzuki Sidekick, 1.6L 4 Cylinder, Pine Knot, KY

when it is at a idle it runs fine but when u give it gas it sturdders what could be a cause of this

raykillips, 1990 Suzuki Sidekick, 1.6L 4 Cylinder, El Cajon, CA

i have a 89 suzuki sidekcik 1.6 ltr with ac 2 sp automatic. I need to replce the heater core sine it doe not blow hot air. The ac works great but I need heat. I would like to do this myself since b...

nidgreen, 1990 Suzuki Sidekick, 1.6L 4 Cylinder, Potwin, KS

This is 1989 Suzuki sidekick 2 door 5 speed 4x4

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Suzuki Sidekick Reviews

May 1991 Brought the Sidekick, been use for pulling a tent trailer and small hunting boat over the years. Now the last 8 years only for the winter,Love the snow, other then few normal repairs.it is a 160,000 mile relable car.

because i bought it used, there were a million things that needed attention and tending to, but i love my car as if it was a person however, the owners before me did not take care of it properly. This means i am stuck with all the "medical" bills. Other than its occasional repairs, it is a very reliable and resilient car.

This vehicle has worked great for me.I've had it for three years and have only replaced the
exhaust system, the water & fuel pump.The engine is powerful enough and I am getting around thirty one mpg city no complaints on the fuel economy.The steering and suspension are great and so is the four wheel drive.I've never gotten stuck even in deep
snow.

It is too funny to drive, but the engine has not enough trque to a great pick up. On close turns is fantastic, the best optinios for women doing u turn. In the highway is not the best, and also a gas spender. Doing 4x4 is good for steering but needs some xtr torque. I fu are a sporty person it will fit , if you are a racer forget about it. Pulling jetsky or a small boat it's fabouluos, wildlife lover die for it.. just try and then take your choise.

A great vehicle. Have had it for 15 years and very little repair. Change oil and you're good to go. I have had problems with door handles inside, they fall apart, so I stopped changing them. That' one complaint I have, cheap components of the door handle!

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