Chevy Tracker Problems

by Dennis Hartman

The Chevrolet Tracker, sometimes sold as the Geo Tracker, is a small SUV manufactured by General Motors from the 1990s to the early 2000s. Over the course of its model tun, the Tracker came in several versions including two- and four-door models and a semi-convertible sport model. Sold as an entry-level vehicle, the Tracker has been known to experience several common problems that potential buyers should be aware of.

Engine Problems

Common problems with the Chevy Tracker concern the vehicle's engine. Drivers have reported rough idling under certain conditions, as well as overheating and dashboard engine warning lights. While overheating is usually due to an issue with the cooling system, the check engine lights can arise from a variety of difficulties, including a faulty oxygen sensor, low quality fuel and problems with the exhaust system.

Suspension Problems

Suspension issues are another type of problem with the Tracker. Faulty ball joints can cause vibration and a loud crunching noise during sharp turns. Chevrolet addressed another suspension problem with the tracker by issuing a service bulletin detailing how to repair excessive corrosion on the front suspension crossmember. Besides these issues, auto critics have complained about the Tracker's poor handling and uncomfortable ride quality.

Electrical Faults

The Chevy Tracker has also been plagued by several different electrical faults. These include dome lights and power door locks that won't operate properly, malfunctioning radios and inaccurate dashboard gauge readings. The Tracker's electrical problems can be particularly difficult to deal with because they can come from a number of sources, including the battery, faulty wiring or a dead motor.

Safety Problems

Auto critics and safety reviewers have criticized the Chevy Tracker for its overall poor safety record. According to the Institute for Highway Safety, models of the Tracker from the early-1990s with two-wheel drive are among the worst vehicles tested in their respective model years. Death tolls for Tracker drivers and passengers ran as high as 3.2 for every 10,000 Trackers on the road.

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