If you own a 2009 to 2011 Suzuki Grand Vitara or a 2010 to 2011 Suzuki SX4, expect to get a recall notice from the manufacturer in the coming weeks. Suzuki is recalling some 32,300 vehicles, a substantial number for the low-volume automaker, to repair a potentially defective tension adjuster pulley. The pulley keeps the drive belt that runs the alternator, water pump, air conditioner and power steering pump in place; should it fail, drivers will experience a loss of power steering and potential engine overheating. If the battery gets discharged, the car is likely to stall, increasing the risk of an accident. Dealers will replace the pulley with a heavier-duty version when the recall begins later this week.
If you own one of the affected vehicles and have noticed a warning light on the dash (probably the battery warning light) or have experienced a squealing noise under the hood that wasn’t there before , I’d suggest you arrange a service appointment as soon as possible. Customers with questions or concerns can reach Suzuki’s customer service hotline at (887) 697-8985.