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My 2004 XL-7 engine light has gone off and on the past two days. I am at about 69K miles. Is it possible that it is just telling me to get a 70K check-up? Also, I failed inspection the other day due to a leaking axle seal that has leaked fluid on to my brakes. Do you think that I could just order the parts and have a friend fix it? (he has over a decade of experience working in shops, but is not a Suzuki "sepcialist") Or, would you recommend sucking it up and getting to the nearest dealer?

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  • jrterr9412 Sep 13, 2010

    Sorry--meant to say "SPECIALIST"!! Also, it may help you to know that it is the rear right axle that leaks.
    Thanks in advance for the help! :)

  • jrterr9412 Sep 13, 2010

    Thanks for the info. I will definitely have to consider what you have said. Does anyone else have an opinion? I appreciate as many comments as I could get! :)

  • jrterr9412 Sep 13, 2010

    Thanks so much for the info. I will definitely have to consider what you have said. Does anyone else have an opinion? I appreciate as many comments as I could get! :) It looks like I will be visiting the dealer this weekend. :( Unfortunately the nearest one is now 40 miles away and my budget is pretty much a shoestring. UGH!

  • jrterr9412 Sep 13, 2010

    I would greatly appreciate any other comments that anyone could offer. The more I hear the better I will feel about this...

  • jrterr9412 Sep 13, 2010

    THanks so much for your advice. I appreciate it. I am going to get to the dealer and have it fixed. No sense in taking chances, especially when I simply can't afford to be without a car! (Gotta get to work!!)
    Thank you! :)

  • jrterr9412 Sep 13, 2010

    Thank you to all who have given me insight. THis is really helpful. I will be making an appointment to get the car to the dealer since I worry about my well-intentioned friend not having proper tools, ordering wrong parts, etc. I need it done in a timely manner, so I will have to tighten my belt and take care of this ASAP.
    Thanks again to everyone! :)

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Your friend can do the job of fixing the oil seal on the axle and changing the engine oil, the required check up for the enigne/car for 70K. But since the OE spares must be sourced from Suzuki, it would be best ideal to have the check up done at the authorised centre instead of doing a part and then going back again to them in case of a hitch.
But what you must be able to do is not to get all thework done accordingly to the 70K maintenance schedule but choose to get the immediate action done like the oil seal, the engine oils, filters for oil and fuel, water coolant. Checks for suspension, brakes, electrics need to be done only if there is a fault detected or else can be put aside with a check up than to replace. It will only be to your risk of a breakdown and should be decided on the information after inspection.
So the final word is for you to decide after an estimate.

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    Donald DCruz Sep 14, 2010

    Callfor an opinion before you drive up 40 miles. No harm done if we are prepared with an estimate.

    Thank you

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I had a Suzuki Gypsy, a MUV. One day for some reason the rear axle cover broke and the oil leaked out and the axle pulled backwards a little resulting in the brake cable got pulled and the vehicle was running hard as the brakes were pulling. I took it to a workshop and he removed the axle covering and did a special welding. It needs a special one as normal one does not work on it as it has to be welded inside as well as outside. Then he assembled the whole thing and it worked for two years when I sold the vehicle off. It is still running. Why I told you my story is that it may not be a home repair job because of the special welding. But rest is easy. And you sure have a similar problem at your hands. Choice is yours. However, consulting a workshop before you actually tow the vehicle would be beneficial.

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  • Rinoo Kumari Sep 13, 2010

    I just contacted my workshop and they tell me that the type of welding that he did is known as three phase welding and not a single phase welding which happens to be not as strong as the three phase one. So it is three phase welding I spoke to you about.

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