Review: Suzuki Grand Vitara (1998 – 2005)


Useful off-road and keenly priced. You can fold the seats down to make a double bed in the 5-door.

Fairly crude road manners. Heavily criticised in 2002 JD Power Customer Satisfaction Survey.

Suzuki Grand Vitara (1998 – 2005): At A Glance

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Alloy wheels stuck on - how can I remove?

I have recently bought a used Suzuki Grand Vitara, but discovered the wheels are seized on. My local Suzuki garage is willing to try to get them off, but as they aren't genuine wheels (which we also didn't know) they will charge us for four new wheels.
What will have happened is the alloy of the wheels will have fused to the cast iron hubs. The way to get them off is to slacken the wheel bolts very slightly with the car on the ground, then violently shake the wheels. Usually the weight of the car is sufficient to snap them off and, of course, the bolts prevent the wheels coming off entirely. If this succeeds, apply a thin smear of CopperEase high temperature grease to both surfaces and this should act as a sacrificial anode, preventing any trouble in the future.
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