Hi everyone, newbie to this site…Just got rid of GM (97 Grand Am GT) and went foreign.
Surfing for a decent Montero website was a PITA and the two that I did find didn’t have many posts. So happy to find a site with so much information, I am lovin this forum !
Anyhow, I have this 02 Montero Sport 3.0 AWD that I love and want to get some advice on a few critical areas. I have an aftermarket warranty (good to 100K, currently sittin at 84,800 miles) that covers a large array of items and I am not aware of any previous maintenance that has or has not been done (- some maintenance I have had done to it searching for a vibration I have yet to locate in the driveline).
First thing on my mind is the car is from CA…does anyone know what items I have on this related to the CA emissions regulations (if any)?
What are your recommendations for the Timing Belt replacement? Since I got the car at 83,750 or so I am reluctant to replace the timing belt prior to 100K, any thoughts on this? Dealer says it doesn’t “look” to have been done by looking at the bolts that have to be removed in the front of the engine…I don’t like listening to the stealership.
Next I have a slight vibration that ALWAYS shows itself @ 20 MPH, no matter the gear so I have erased a tranny issue from my list. It seems more profound on the floor in the driver seat, and I also notice some vibration at speed (40-60 MPH). An ideas on how to run this down? The places I have taken it to give me the run around and don’t have any ideas. The new tires have been balanced twice, and checked a third as well as rotated so I know they aren’t the issue.
Lastly since I don’t have a manual can someone tell me where the Fuel Filter is? Just want to change this out since I know this CAN be a fairly simple maintenance item.
Sorry for the lengthy post, if you have any tips or advice at all I would love to hear it. New to the SUV game and living in Colorado I really want to take advantage of the trails around here this summer!!! Maybe add a rear locker to my open diff some day…
Thanks and regards!
-------------------- 2002 Montero Sport 3.0L LS AWD, 130K - Stock
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