Question about 2002 Suzuki XL-7
2001 Suzuzk XL-7 with 5 speed manual. When the engine is warm, I can't shift into reverse-gears grind bad. It's also a little tough to get in first gear. This problem has developed over the last couple months. I had the same problem-exactly-a few days after I bought this car. They had it in the shop for a couple hours or less and had the problem fixed. That was about 45,000 kms ago. When it was fixed the first time I asked the salesman what the problem was. He said some sort of sleve had worn oval shaped. II should have asked the machanic what the problem was I guess maybe I have an idea what to do now.
You have two temperature lights that come on when you start the car, one red and one blue. After the car is started the red light goes out and the blue one stays on. According to the manual, (and from my personal experience with my '03 SX), the car needs to warm up to a proper operational temperature. This temperature is reached once the blue temperature light turns off, (or within seconds afterwards). If you don't allow your car to warm up you will notice hard or long shifting, rough idle, and poor engine performance. Never drive your car if the light displays a constant red temperature light.
If this solution does not work see a Transmission expert of take it to your local Suzuki Dealer.
Posted on Jan 07, 2009
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Check the cable clearance. Too much clearance will cause clutch slippage or total clutch disengagement. Adjust the cable so that the clutch pedal will be hard to press by hand .5 to .75 inch from its initial point.
Posted on May 28, 2009
I have a Focus that had shifting problems. I tried different fluids, but eventually I tried Royal Purple Synchromax (I believe) and it actually shifts fairly well now. I used to hate the car for this. It has 130k miles and I like driving it now.
Posted on Jul 21, 2009
I had the same problem with my 2006 Forenza - the problem was the transmission range sensor. If you look under the hood, on the drivers side, you'll see your trans. cable connected to a round part that also has an electrical cable coming from it. That is it. Part costs $36.07 at oemsuzukiparts.com (search for Neutral safety switch in the mechanical catalog).
Posted on Aug 22, 2009
Hey mate, Had exactly the same problem. Suggest you take the car to your local auto transmission repair centre (not holden) and they can check the electrical diagnostics - if it the Transmission inhibitor Switch (as it was on mine - if so should cost you no more than 1 hour labour and about $75 - $95 for the switch.
Posted on Oct 19, 2010
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