Two problems related to engine belts and pulleys have been reported for the 2002 Suzuki XL7. The most recently reported issues are listed below.
The contact owns a 2002 Suzuki xl-7. While driving approximately 65 mph, the contact heard a knocking sound. The air conditioning shut off and she exited off the interstate. In addition, the power steering would not allow her to turn properly. She turned off the vehicle and attempted to restart it, but the failures continued. The contact managed to drive to a service station and the mechanic stated that the issue may have been the power steering. She purchased fluid, but another mechanic stated that the belt failed. The contact went to an auto parts store and a mechanic replaced the belt. She then took the vehicle to a dealer who stated that the air conditioning compressor needed to be replaced and would cost approximately $2,500. She went to an auto service shop and the mechanic disabled the air conditioning mechanism because it could potentially be a safety hazard, if activated. The compressor has not yet been replaced. A report was filed with the manufacturer and they stated that they could not assist. The current mileage was approximately 62,000 and failure mileage was approximately 59,000.
2002 Suzuki Xl7 a/c compressor. While driving at 65-70 mph on the highway, the air conditioning compressor locked up and snapped the belt causing the power steering to stop working and the car to overheat. I paid 1200 to have it fixed about 2 years ago. Now the new one is making a lot of noise and needs to be replaced. I looked on message boards and see that this is a huge problem on these cars for hundreds if not thousands of people. This company needs to correct this problem. It's a major safety issue and very expensive to fix multiple times.