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Old 04-01-2011, 07:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi everyone,
I'm trying to search for the chassis number on a 2005 Grand Vitara, but i'm unable to find it. I searched through the whole engine compartment. May someone please tell me the location. Thank you for any assistance.
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Do you mean the VIN (Vehicle Identification Number)?

If so, it is on the left side of the dash, visible through the windshield.
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Hi max,

Well, I thought it was the VIN #, but i'm trying to order a part from the UK and the gentleman is asking for the Chassis number. So, i guess the chassis number is the same as the VIN number. Thank you for your help.

P.S. By the way, is the compressor delivery hose the same as the discharge hose?
Thank you ( I just don't want to order the wrong part because the parts are not returnable).
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From memory the number is also marked on the chassis rail inside the front RHS wheel arch (I could be wrong though!)

The VIN is the replacement for the old "Chassis number", the person you were speaking to was probably using the incorrect terminology.
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The compressor suction and discharge hoses are likely not the same. Not only because of their probable diameter and end fitting size differences, but how the hard metal end pieces are BENT to route the hoses properly for clearance and their more that likely overall length differences too. I don't have your exact model to actually verify this, but from my automotive experience, those two hoses are always different in design.

Suzuki shows two different hoses (one suction, one discharge) for your application. Based on the pricing differences, they are unique to each other. The part numbers are not displayed on this site linked below. Oddly enough, if you HAVE the part number, you can plug it in for a reverse search though.

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Is this a North American spec vehicle we are talking about?

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but i'm trying to order a part from the UK
YOU are in the UK or the PART is in the UK?
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The terms VIN & chassis number are often used interchangeably, but I believe the term VIN is american and as such a VIN is required to meet certain federal standards (including placement), which allow such things as the country & year of manufacture of any vehicle to be rapidly determined.

If Suzuki builds a vehicle destined for the US market, the VIN/chassis number will meet the federal requirements, but vehicles destined for other markets may not - and in such cases the term chassis number might be more applicable. For non US countries the placement of the ID tags may vary.

If I were to enter my GVs VIN/Chassis number into any of the widely available "VIN decoders" an "invalid VIN" will be returned.

Suzuki also maintains a database listing all of their vehicles by the VIN/Chassis number and this allows a dealer to "look up" a vehicle to determine it's type and is usually the best (safest) way to look up part numbers.

In most cases, such a look up will return the vehicle type, engine & transmission numbers, paint & trim codes and a host of other details - curiously enough, it does not return year of manufacture for all vehicles, although it will for US & Canada production.
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2005GV: You have one other possible remedy for your hose need. A local to you industrial supply house that specialized in hose manufacturing MAY be able to repair the hose assembly that you have, if equipped with the necessary bulk hose, end fittings (should yours not be reusable) and the specific crimping machine support. A few phone calls might get you the answer.

I've been down this road twice myself with my Chevrolet Nova, once to replace a ruptured section of discharge hose and then several years ago to have the hose sections replaced with up-graded Teflon "barrier" hose, in support of switching from the old R-12 freon .
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Max from my experience the hose is usually not so much the culprit as are the o-rings on the fittings. However I have seen a hose (half rubber,half hard line) fail on the hard line due to heavy oxidizing caused by salt.
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Yeah, we really don't know the full story on why he needs a hose and can only assume he has a leak SOMEWHERE on it. I think that if he had a simple "O" ring prob at the hose to compressor joint, he wouldn't be shopping for a whole hose though.

I can add another common hose assembly causality area...the metal tubing end sections (becoming holed or cracked) chaffing against an interference contact point. And of course the rubber portion as well, if not routed properly or a layer of anti-chaff protection applied at critical points.
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Max, I'm in the states. I'm trying to order the discharge hose because the one I have has a leak where the hose connect with the pipe. thank you for the idea of looking around for a company that deals with hose manufacturing to repair it. I don't need a "O" ring because the leak is not coming from the the hose compressor joint.
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