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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-08-2002, 09:37 PM Thread Starter
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Rant on \'96 Tracker and parts

In adjusting the clutch on my vehicle, the threaded end of the cable snapped. I managed to patch it together well enough to get me home, but I needed a new cable as the old one is now too short (a one-inch length of the threaded part broke off with the adjusting nut and is corroded in place). The local auto place in Western PA claims to be able to get a new cable for $10.75 but there aren't any in stock. NAPA insisted I would receive a new one (a Beck Arnley replacement) by today if I prepaid on Saturday. Today, I call -- they say, "Oh yeah. That part is on national backorder. Nobody has them. I was going to call you."

Ugh. The local dealership doesn't have one but assures me it is a $56.32 part at any GM dealer. The Suzuki dealer has one for $49.xx that will probably work (Sidekick part). The helpful counter person at my local GM dealer said a dealer about 15 miles away has one (only one in Pittsburgh) but since I already ordered it from NAPA, decided to wait until today.

I cancel the order at NAPA (have to go back to credit charge card) and then pick up cable at GM dealer in the other direction. The cable is fine, but doesn't include the adjusting nut - it's $1.65 but this dealership doesn't have one -- another dealership about 10-15 miles on the other side of town has precisely four of them .... Ughhhh.

I swear everything on the vehicle is made of either bakelite (bakelight?) or some soft metal. Everything either strips or shatters into a gazillion pieces -- like the threaded cable end. I wonder about the previous owner, though, because there were so many things wrong when I got it -- half the wheelstuds were stripped and there were at least three different sized lug nuts on all the wheels. Also, the differential drain plug is all rounded out. Sheesh.

I'm ready to throw rocks at the thing -- or sell it very cheaply and get something else. Takers? 4x4, Runs great -- 65,000 miles, 2/3rds BFG All Terrains, 29+mpg with 215 tires. Also, have extra set of 235 tires on stock wheels (barely any rubbing except on inside frame). Will sell CHEAP !!!! Soon to have a new clutch cable; already has new wheelstuds and lug nuts .... located in Western PA -- Pittsburgh. Top in very good shape, body is fine with five spots of minor surface rust less than a dime in size. White; carefully driven -- at least by me. Very nice condition. Needs .... a new rear diff drainplug. Seriously, you won't be disappointed. I'm losing interest in the thing -- but it will probably pass once the cable is installed.

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Re: Rant on \'96 Tracker and parts

tempting, tempting...

BTW, while you have the clutch cable off, check the firewall carefully underneath the cable flange for cracks. If the steel is cracked, the firewall moves when you push on the pedal instead of the cable moving.

Cost me a weekend, an unneeded clutch kit and $400 at a garage to figure that one out!
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On the zukes there are 2 cable adjustments. One on the cable end and one on the cable housing. Can you gain enough on the housing to use the current cable a bit longer? till you can get a decent replacemnet?
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i'll give ya 500.00 for it
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Re: Rant on \'96 Tracker and parts

Patience, grasshopper.

An avocation without occasional pitfalls does not exist.

I, too have discovered the strange inacccessability of parts for my '88 Zuk with a 1.6. Nobody seems to have a 1.6 8-valve timing belt cover in stock except Hawks Strictly Suzuki. Not the auto parts stores, not even the dealerships (Chevy or Suzuki!).

When you get that new clutch cable, PM me your phone number and I'll be happy to pass on some helpful tips learned from my Samurai Master on how to set it up after installation.
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