Chevrolet Tracker Problems
A unique thing about the Chevrolet Tracker is that, even though it was sold as a compact SUV, it actually passed the certifications to be a light truck because of its off-road capabilities. Amazing, right? It's like seeing a hamburger being sold at its regular price when it's actually a cheeseburger! Known for its specs that can handle rough terrain, the Chevy Tracker definitely got the attention when it debuted. However, this amazing feat did not exempt it from experiencing problems. Some of the problems commonly experienced with the vehicle are discussed below.
When you drive a Chevrolet Tracker, you would likely have a blinking \"check engine\" light after a couple of months. The parts of the car, by themselves, can handle off-road driving but the way they were assembled makes the Tracker unsuitable for prolonged drives in rough terrains.
But even on normal roads, rough idling can be observed after a few months or a few thousand miles. The oxygen sensor, the exhaust system, and the serpentine belt are also problematic areas in the engine assembly. Overheating is also commonly experienced, but this is likely a result of a faulty the cooling system.
Handling and suspension
The thing that made us doubt the Tracker's off-road capabilities was its suspension assembly. The set-up makes it very easy for the stock ball joints (which are not the best quality for rough driving) to fail. Too much vibration and noise can be observed during sharp turns. This problem led Chevrolet to issue a service bulletin which outlines a guide on how to repair excessive corrosion on the front suspension crossmember.
Electrical connection problems
What we think is the most frustrating thing that you can experience with a Tracker is a faulty electrical connection. First off, it's hard to pinpoint which part went bad. The connection may be faulty because of a bad battery, a dead motor, a snapped wire, or a bad battery AND a snapped wire. Electrical connection problems shouldn't be a big deal if the Tracker didn't have a lot of electrical parts. It does. If you experience problems with the wirings, the dome lights, power door locks, and dashboard display can fail to function.