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Old 02-11-2017, 11:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
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It was bitter cold in Montreal yesterday, had a devil of a time getting it out of it's parking space because of ice. After setting off for a 180 km. journey I found out the wipers were not working. Fortunately the roads were dry because of the cold, so their was little use for them.

My usual mechanic was not available so I called the dealership, hoping that they would know what fuse it was should that be the issue.
Well fortunately they could see me at 2 PM.

Well when they removed the cover of the linkage they found the linkage encased in ice, the drainage holes were plugged. Lots of hot water did the trick. This was the first they saw a case like this.

Left Sherbrooke Suzuki a happy owner with a small invoice, paid.

Share with other your experience with your Esteem here.

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Old 02-14-2017, 09:19 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Haven't done anything today but last week I put in 2 new coil packs, new wires, new boots and new spark plugs. Really the only problem was with the right coil pack but I figured I'd go ahead and swap everything out. Everything together was under $100 and now I know everything there is good to go. Most importantly, my car no longer sputters-- wohooo!!!
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Have been spending a lot of time screwing around with an isuzu rodeo I got to replace my tracker (RIP). Since my beloved esteem is now finally closing in on 100k miles (and im laid off for the next 2 months) just finished replacing both drive axles, tie rod ends, fresh sparkplugs, oil, and jerry rigged my rusty fuel neck (no more p0440!). Next up is to find where my exhaust is leaking its loud as F atm lol.
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Old 05-11-2017, 11:33 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Went to the dealership to get a second opinion on oil usage.
They said I required valve cover gasket, crank seal, 6 grommets,reseal timing chain cover, valve guide seals, R.H. transmission seal.
They said that a special tool is required to change the valve guide seals, a dealer only tool. How can this be?
Car has 317k km. a 2000 GLX wagon with a 1.8L
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Old 05-21-2017, 08:59 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Went to the mechanic with the crank and R.H transmission seal this Friday past. He removes the transmission seal and it is not the same as the new one I'd purchased! We call around and the Suzuki dealership has two in stock. Drive the 35 min. to the dealership and it is not the same as the old one. The dealership got the number off the old seal and calls NAPA, they can get it, their part # 18894. The # off the seal is "AH8146E". They can deliver it for this coming Wednesday. The mechanic put the old seal back in and it appears to be holding up after the return drive and 360 other mi. put on it since. The mechanic said that the transmission seals on all cars has a forty percent chance of being incorrect from the part store. Crank seals are always correct, but not trans. seals.

The last stainless steal flex pipe lasted under a year. He put in a double flange with a metal doughnut, held together with bolts and springs off a 1999-2000 Honda Civic, just in front of the rear rear muffler. So far it sounds much better, good enough for stealth mode.

Now to fix the A/C(fixed last spring with a new condenser), noisy windshield, crank seal, rust on the inner of the rear doors etc.
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A small leak in the A/C compressor. It was unplugged, so the tech connected the plug and refilled it.
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Yesterday my tech tried to install the transmission seal, again the wrong part.
He changed the crank seal and that was the correct part.
He changed the battery terminal clamps, the original ones had stretched. They were the cause of a no-start, and a stall in the past year, I thought screwing in a small bolt to the clamp would add tension to the clamp, it didn't work, corrosion was in it, hence the stall. I ordered these from ebay and am very pleased. The car is running much better now, just better ignition.

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I checked the windshield for leaks by blowing compressed air from the inside while pouring soapy water on the outside.......lots of leaks. It looks as if the glass is becoming unlaminated(if that is a word), we'll see.

The to do list is slowly getting ticked off....along with the owner.
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I had to replace my radiator fan assembly last week, it died with no warning and right when I was stuck in a major traffic jam and the engine nearly overheated before I noticed it, RockAuto had it cheaper than Autozone.

Checked my back brakes a few days ago because they were squealing when ever I hit the brake pedal, turns out they are fine just caked with a lot of road grit, I'll blast them out with "Brake Clean" next time I go to the store I'll get some.

And a few weeks ago my odometer rolled "345678" miles and I took a picture of it, it doesn't have far to go now before it hits "350000" miles, I never expected the car to last this long.
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Glad to hear Jim of the mileage you've attained on your Esteem, super.

I heard of a home nurse in Barrie Ontario, she had 650,000 km (403,891 mi.)on her Esteem, she wanted a change and bought another Suzuki. Not certain of the motor.
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Well my mechanic installed the used windshield today(takes two tubes of urethane). Went smoothly, POR15 the flange as there was rust. Just drove home with it and it is super, no specks from sand, and very clear. My old windshield had lamination issues leaked and was noisy at highway speeds. This is a real joy, and it is from a car in a salvage yard with only 80,000 km (49,000 mi).
I bought the two rear passenger doors, and they were installed also, a bit of work transferring the electric locks and power regulators.
The hood on the car was in much better shape than mine, less stone chips so we pulled that also. I had my old hood resprayed two years ago.
The car was a '99, and the same colour as mine, silver, so it was far less that dealing with the rust on my old doors which was starting on the inner sides.
Parts were from a u-pull yard so very reasonable.
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