Grand Vitara Timing Chain Tensioners
OK, well I've been working up to this for awhile. Here's the background. My wife's GV is making a thrashing bicycle-chain kind of sound. The dealer says it's the Timing Chain Tensioner Adjusters. They quoted $1,200 just for the labor!
I bought the FSM's for the GV, and started reading. These tensioners went out at 40,000 miles, and here we are at 80,000 miles, and they're out again. The FSM is a little bit umm "fragmented". By the time I figured out what's REALLY required to replace the THREE timing chain adjusters, I was a wee bit intimidated. To do the job "by the book", you end up taking out the front diff, the steering rack, and PS pump, the radiator, the intake manifold and head covers, and the oil pan. On one of the three timing chains, you have to remove the CAMSHAFTS to replace the chain.
I am gonna document the heck out of this job, with lists of Suzuki part numbers, photos, and drawings from the FSM. When I put all the FSM sections together, there are over 100 steps, just to get everything disassembled! If you own a GV with a 2.5 V6, this is something you're gonna have to live with.
Wish me luck!