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Old 05-18-2011, 06:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 2004 GV JLX 1.6 Transfer case seal

I need to replace the transfer case oil seal, and will be visiting the USA and would like to purchase one there. Where I live the item is $25. US and online about $6.00. My GV JLX 1.6 5 Speed 4 cyl. is not a model sold in the US market, generally would and OEM up there likely match what is in my vehicle? Just want to get it done and feel I am getting ripped off by the dealer, the other option is take it out, take it to the auto parts store and see what matches. Anyone take that road and can give me some support?
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Old 05-18-2011, 08:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm pretty sure there is more than one seal in the transfer case of your GV, so you need to know which one - now - here's what I can help you with...

I can do a look up on most Suzukis up to 2005 - the exception being used Japanese domestic production models - PM me the VIN/chassis number of your vehicle and the details of which seal(s) you need - I will attempt to look up the part numbers and cross reference them against Suzuki's database - the 1.6 GV was not sold in the US, but I'm pretty sure that the same transfercase was used on 2.0 Vitara which was.

I may be able to point you to an online supplier of Suzuki Genuine Parts as well as other online suppliers.
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Fordem: Thank you, I will get all the vehicle details, numbers etc. You know the vehicle, and that it was not sold in the USA, more of the rest of the world car. I have a feeling that it should match up. My JLX probably sold as a Sidekick in USA since it is a 3 door model. The only other 1.6 I saw listed was the X90 which something of a 3 door as well. I would guess the 5 speed on all would be the same but was concerned with the engine size it would be linked to, which most seem to be 6 cylinder GV models in the USA with the Suzuki badge. Thanks again, VNonna Just hoping $5 in the US will beat $25 US here in T & T.
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The SideKick was discontinued in '98 and although I'm not 100% certain, I believe the X-90 also - to the best of my knowledge your GV has no direct US market equivalent - but I don't see that as a problem, at least not as far as transfer case seals go.

Does LifeStyle Motors have the seals in stock, or do they have to special order them? There's a quirk in how special order parts are sourced that causes the price to skyrocket, and I have found I can often get the same part out of the US at a significantly lower price - the problem however becomes shipping - but if you're going to be visiting the US, you just have them ship it to a friend and you pick it up whilst you're there.
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Fordem: The purchasing the item(s) in the USA is the plan, but even though the parts are so much less I still don't want to waste my money or time and come back with a part that does not fit. In T & T whatever you want to buy you usually get killed in the $ department especially Suzuki. I had purchased this 2004 with low mileage, because there were so many here that parts would be plentiful, but they are not in the auto shops on the sister isle. Lifestyle had the seal in stock but they make is so difficult to get the part if someone will not pick it up from their dealership directly. Thanks I will see what part numbers match up and order what I need. My other thing is I want to replace the spark plug wires, but they did not sell 4 cyl. engines in usa, so I will have to wait for Lifestyles big knife when the time comes. thank you. VNonna
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I think you're missing an important point here - I can give you the part numbers - provided you let me know what vehicle you have, and what parts you need - as well as point you to a US based Suzuki dealer who will sell you them by mail.

The US may not have had the 1.6 engined Grand Vitara, but that engine was used in the 1.6 Esteem - so the plug leads are the same - your engine should have two coils located on the #2 & #4 plugs, with a short plug lead between the #2 coil and the #3 plug and a longer lead between the #4 coil and the #1 plug.

#33705-66D00 gets you both leads - $31.78 from SouthWest Suzuki in Texas - plus shipping.

There appear to be three seals in the transfer case - two of which are the same part numbers, roughly USD$12 each - again from SouthWest Suzuki - but - unless I have a little more than just a 2004 1.6 GV, I can't guarantee the parts will be the right ones.

It may be possible to locate aftermarket parts at a better price - once I know what I'm looking for - the same seals for example, may have been used in another transfer case.

So - may I help you locate what you need?
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Fordem: thanks again, The Esteem seems to be the right track which you mentioned the 1.6 engine. It is the rear transfer case seal that needs to be replaced, so if there is a part number available that would be great. The vehicle is a 2004 grand vitara 3 door JLX with the 1.6 engine. I am not sure if there is any other information you need to get the number. I have a friend with an older Jimny about 1990 who also needs a rear transfer case seal that cannot be found in T and T. Thank you. VNonna
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