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Tracker hoses, what a hassle to buy...
I have the hardest time keeping H2O in my dang Tracker, last night it was the heater hose that sprung a leak. So I thought, no big deal, pull it off, quick to Autozone & back on my way. NOT!!
AZ has a listing and stocks a part, its just the WRONG PART! The one I need is from the heater to the pipe, not the heater to the intake manifold. The hose the helpful 'Zoner brought out was the heater to manifold hose. We double checked, then pulled the number for the heater to manifold hose. It did not look like any hose on a Tracker.
Had the same problem later with Checker, same mismatched hose & numbers. So, today I call my local Chevy dealer and my local Suzuki dealer, neither of them stock heater hoses! Have to special order it, 3-4 days! Tried 2 more Suzuk stores and a couple more Chevy dealers all with the same result... GRRRR!
Tried unsuccesfully tonight to put a bike tire patch on it as a temp fix till I could get a replacement. So now I'm down to 1 car for 3 drivers probably through the weekend. That is just asinine!
Heater hoses are normal wearout items, not expensive and not hard to warehouse but I can't find one within 60 miles of my house. Somebody give me 1 good reason this should not be a stocked item at every Suzuki dealer... (And a $6 difference in price between 2 dealers over the phone ; what's wrong with that!)
BTW, it wouldn't be such a big deal except this is a molded hose with a 90 degree bend at the front end. No good way to use normal heater hose as it would kink.