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Old 01-31-2017, 06:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi to all, my name is Edward and after months of wanting it today I just bought a 2007 2.7 V6 automatic GV X sport, I must say this is not the first Suzuki I own, when I was younger I used to have a Suzuki Maruti Alto 800 and boy that car was indestructible and a real gas sipper!

Regarding the GV I already knew the model from years ago and always listened good things about them, being in the US now I was a little hesitant about buying one because of the possible lack of service/ parts but I pulled the gun and got it, and I'm happy about it.

First of all, the truck is far from being in perfect shape but I bought it REALLY cheap so I got myself a nice fixer upper.

As you can see in the pictures I dissambled the central console to perform a deep, deep cleaning (yes, it was that nasty) and while dissambling it I found what I think it's the pre wiring for the heated seats (the green plugs), it's that correct? If so I guess I only need to buy the switches, pick up a pair of heated seats from a salvage yard (difficult around here, but miracles happen) and wire everything?



Another question, maybe it's been answered a thousand times but I really couldn't find any information, there's a white plug under the driver's seat, anyone knows what it is for?



As you can see drastic situations require drastic measures:
This cover had on the underside a white fabric that was peeling off and leaving a trace as it was snow all over the engine and as soon I started moving it... Anyone knows what happened there or what's that fabric for? Have you ever cleaned your engine/ engine buy? This one needs a good cleaning.




Some more pictures of the truck, as I said, it needs love but it's in fairly decent condition and had no accidents, I like to work on my cars but I was afraid I couldn't find any resources to do so in this one, glad I was wrong



In the middle of the dissambling for the deep cleaning:


Last but not least, the previous owner was kind enough to leave a picture of him on the sun visor, found it while driving and started laughing out loud, really loud




Is there anything I should take especial care with this truck? I already know about the valves adjustment, the rear wheels alignment and that they have a special love for rust (mine has a couple of rust spots here and there).

Do you guys have some sort of sticker to identify the club? I guess we are not many in the US and less in the Eastern shore but still it would be nice to identify us!

Sorry for the long post, I wanted to ask everything in one same thread so it would be more straightforward. Thanks and any input is greatly appreciated!
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Edward, the white plug under the driver's seat is for the factory sub-woofer. Either your GV didn't come with it or someone has removed it.

The white sheet under the engine cover is there for sound insulation. Mine has fallen apart as well. I'd just remove the remains, I don't think it really serves much purpose.

I have cleaned my engine bay with just a garden hose and a brush. Be gentle and definitely don't use high pressure or much water. Avoid the fuse boxes and ECU. Start and run the engine immediately after to dry everything off.
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Edward, the white plug under the driver's seat is for the factory sub-woofer. Either your GV didn't come with it or someone has removed it.

The white sheet under the engine cover is there for sound insulation. Mine has fallen apart as well. I'd just remove the remains, I don't think it really serves much purpose.

I have cleaned my engine bay with just a garden hose and a brush. Be gentle and definitely don't use high pressure or much water. Avoid the fuse boxes and ECU. Start and run the engine immediately after to dry everything off.
Thanks for the answer! I guess someone removed the subwoofer because I have the owner's manual for that, I've been searching on Google and it seems like it wasn't that good, mostly just another regular speaker... Any experiences on this?

Regarding the white material under the plastic cover I assumed it was something like that but I wanted to be sure.

Today I completed the deep clean and assembled all the central console, armrest, etc. Looks like a completely different truck.



I'm trying to find out how to install the rear fog light (as far as I know it has a fuse designated for it) and I would like to find out the correct alignment specs for the rear wheels.

Kids, keep your filters clean!!!
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Today updates in case anyone is interested!

Interior cleaned, like brand new, ended up taking apart the whole central console and the front seats, vacuumed and steam washed all the carpet, cleaned with soapy hot water all the plastic parts from the central console, then appied spray silicone, looks brand new (sorry I forgot to take pics )

Today I spent some time under the hood just brushing and vacuuming dust, cleaned the battery terminals (they were corroded as hell), good old baking soda and metal brush made the trick.

Also found a crack on the throttle body boot (pic), just ordered the replacement from eBay, $24ish taxes and delivery included, a steal.




Next step, clean and then lubricate all the edges and joints, door jambs, latches, etc.
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06th Feb updates!

- Still waiting for the throttle boot (probably will get delivered tomorrow)

- Took apart the old boot, for that I had to take apart the air inlet duct, and for that I had to partially dismantle the intake manifold...

So, thing's got some gunk...



And obviously the throttle body too...


I didn't even attempt to remove the throttle body, as far as I've seen/ read this truck (or this engine) is not the most DIY friendly, even oil changes can get messy real quick so I'm going to throw some throttle body cleaner, swipe a rag and for now call it a day.

I tried to locate the PCV valve that I suspect it may be stuck and I found out that it's also in a pretty difficult spot.... sigh...

On a much lesser technical note I found out that at some point someone changed the speakers for cheap Pioneers (the ones you get at Walmart for $30), the one in the right door wasn't working so I took the door panel apart (easy peasy) and I found out the cheap speaker with a.... Let's say "ghetto" connection so they're out.





That's all for today!

Things still on the to do list:

- New throttle body boot
- New air filter
- Oil and filter change
- New PCV
- EGR cleaning
- Tires
- Transmission and differential fluid change (tans filter maybe?)
- The dreaded valve inspection/ adjustment (while we are there new valve cover gaskets as one of the sides is leaking)
- Rotors and pads change/ adjust rear drums
- Oil pan seals (it's also leaking a bit, I hope it gets better when changing the PCV valve, but still doesn't hurt to change it)
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08th Feb updates!

Throttle body boot arrived and installed! Throttle body also cleaned!


Engine cleaned, not washed, but cleaned nicely with compressed air, warm water and some shop towels, quite a difference before and after:
Before:


After:


Took the rear bumper, had a dent on the underside so good old boiling water made the trick:


Just ordered new retaining clips and bolts as they were rusted as hell.



On a side note, every time I switch from D to R or backwards I hear a "Clanck" noise under the truck, transmission works flawlessly, doesn't slip or anything, bushings maybe? Anyone had its trans bushings changed?

Thanks!
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Wow, with a clean engine compartment it looks like a different vehicle!

The throttle body is not all that hard to remove, except for the fact the engine coolant is circulated through it to keep it warm so it doesn't ice up. Have to drain the whole calling system to do it. I just cleaned mine in place, worked out fine.

Sorry I can't help you with the transmission clanck. I have a manual.
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