Timing Tensioner Problems of Suzuki Grand Vitara



Suzuki Grand Vitara owners have reported 3 problems related to timing tensioner (under the engine and engine cooling category).

car image   Timing Tensioner problem of the 2000 Suzuki Grand Vitara 1
Failure Date: 12/10/2006

Noise coming from timing cover. Dealer indicated it was timing chain tensioner. Dealer stated this was a common problem and that there is a technical service bulletin (TSB) concerning this issue. Total cost to remedy the situation was approx $1600. The engine would need to be pulled from vehicle, oil pan, timing cover removed and three chains, and related tensioners replaced (12. 5hrs labor). This problem should be covered either in total or partial by manufacturer.

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car image   Timing Tensioner problem of the 2001 Suzuki Grand Vitara 2
Failure Date: 11/03/2005

I purchased a 2001 Suzuki grand vitarta with 8000 miles. At 24,500 miles the engine began to have noise. Took to dealer who stated it was timing chin tensioner. They replaced 2 tensioners at the dealers expense. I have put an additional 5000 miles on the car and the problem seems to be back. I have researched the tensioners and found 100's of complaints on the same part. Suzuki has not issued a recall on this item as of yet, however if the timing chain should break, accidents can occur. I have another appointment with the dealer in the next few days and am not sure if the problem with be fixed and is so at whose expense. The closest dealership is 65 miles away. There have also been TSB on this part so Suzuki is well aware of the problem.

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car image   Timing Tensioner problem of the 2000 Suzuki Grand Vitara 3
Failure Date: 10/27/2003

2000 Grand Vitara with 60k miles needs a timing chain tensioner. Have been told this part should not need to be replaced at 60k miles. Have read information from other Suzuki Grand Vitara owners with similar problems after warranty is expired.