Question about 2003 Suzuki XL-7
* Have used 4WD with no problems
* Yet when it was in 2WD it would (at around 40mph) sound like we had it still in 4wd, and there would be a smell like hot rubber.
* Initially thought it was tires, but no rubbing (even though we had ice etc.)
* Found out in process my wife had not changed the oil, 4K over the due mileage. Uuhg.. So being it's Christmas day (everything closed) I added some STP oil treatment (You know, the goopy stuff)
* I then drove it myself. While at the gas station I put the 4WD shifter in Neutral, then 2WD. I then put the car in reverse while holding the brake and gently tapped on the gas.
It seems to be much better now, noise gone, no smell so far, BUT.. we are supposed to go on a trip tommorrow early and just want to be safe.
I don't know if it was the oil thing, or the Reverse thing after going into 2WD or what. Can you help me out on this one?
THanks! Mark in Snowy Montana
This is not an AWD car, that happened in 2004
so you are using part time 4wd totally wrong.?
part time needs ice under 1 or more tires, like old jeeps did.
never put additives in engine oil, that is super super bad idea.
change the oil, it has all that in the new oil, wow.
the owners manual told you how to use PT 4wd
and told you never use oil additives.
so did the oil maker tell you the same thing.
stop using SNAKE OIL, or lunch the still working good engine.
the hot rubber might be,fan belts slipping. (or victims)
i bet you have Part time system.
in 2004 this new system was added, (full time)
AWD , stay out of LOCK if you have this system. it too is PT in LOCK. mode.
next time say whats under the tires.
I cant guess. that.
and I been where you are before, dead winter.
Posted on Mar 08, 2017
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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