Guessing sucks

No start causes: (for the tool-less) or stalling… This page proves, why guessing SUCKS. Sucks SWAP GAS! 1.6L 16 valve engine case example: (the more cylinders and parts, the more that can fail) Why guessing fails, just my silly list of failures. (not wanting to test, but just guessing, wildly?) fuses blown? Bad fuel. CEL … Read more

No start but cranks – engine diagnosis page

The engine Cranks fast, but it does not start and stay running. Why guessing sucks? If your car is not cranking robustly, then go back here now (robustly? Is over 250 RPM) Preamble: BEGIN, “NO START” but cranks fast: The cause of NO Starts, are the same, on all gasoline engines from 1900 to today. … Read more

No spark – hints, diagnose, how to fix.

No spark? From 1989 to 2004 Suzuki Sidekicks, Trackers and Vitara’s See the no start page for a fast spark audit. Index: G16A, SOHC valve spark. Early 1989/90 G16B early (per 1996) G16B, SOHC 16v OBD2 (added CKP sensor ) 1996 and newer. All COP engines. V6 shown. also same for 2.0L I4’s and the 1.8L I4: All 1.8L … Read more

P0400 diagnostic code

DTC P0400’s What are they? In Canada the CEL don’t even glow for P0400s! 1996 and newer. (98 from some Canada cars and newer) 1.6 Liter. This 400 monitor, as it is called, runs only under specific conditions or not at all if it is suspended due to other ECU discovered failures. You are here, via … Read more

How to time the distributor G16A (8V)? (DIZZY)

How to time the distributor, ( aka: The Dizzy!) Suzuki Sidekicks or Geo Trackers VIN “U”, 1991 to 1995. 8 Valves TBI If your motor is a 16valve motor or Tracker VIN “6”. Jump to the 16v procedure page. The page is long, because is shows how to do this from a disassembled engine and … Read more

Swaps. Engine, transmission and other things swaps.

Suzuki Sidekick or Geo Chevy TRACKER, SWAP PAGE, it’s mostly just a list! with really good links! Swaps have no limits. (welder and plasma cutter in hand) Swaps can be the most complex topic of all. USA centric: (N. America, actually) 1989-98 and some newer motors / transmission and things, swapped between years or motor … Read more

Front wheel bearings

My Front Wheel bearings are, loose, bad, noisy, seized or the seals leak? USA Sidekicks and Trackers 1989-2012. (new coverage) If they feel loose or can be seen to move axially, they are bad! I will not cover: Removal, cleaning, repacking,, & etc. for early type of front wheel bearings. See hub evolution here. WARNING’S: Safety … Read more

Torque specification for Suzuki SideKick / Tracker

Torque specs for SideKick and Tracker 89 to 98. G16a/b,1.6 liter Engines. ( no Samurai or Sport 1.8L engines) This data is not Guaranteed, it is just a collation of facts for my journal. Please consult your FSM for you car! Values below 15 ft/lbs are best converted, to Inch/Lbs, just multiply by 12. and then an Inch/lb torque wrenched … Read more

How to tune up and service?

Tune Up and Service Information U.S.A. 1989-98+: Doing the SERVICE POINTS! Jargon: OEM = Original Equipment Manufacture, or OE. FSM; Factory Service Manual. (no, not a Haynes, rag, sorry ) All Jargon words are here. Some drive it until it drops dead, others like long car life and safety and reliability, this page is about doing … Read more

Why engine flooding?

Is your engine flooding? EFI ONLY Also known as, Over-fueling. (Can be, the under supply of air! at idle) A.k.a. My motor, is running way too rich or worse! See Jargon used here. Black exhaust cloud, or the CAT glowing red hot, or worse, the whole exhaust manifold glowing red hot? You smell the gas rich BLACK cloud? … Read more