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Starting problems with the suzuki vitara

Updated July 20, 2017

Suzuki's compact Vitara sport utility vehicle replaced the Suzuki Sidekick. It is available as a four-door wagon with a four-cylinder engine and as a two-door convertible with a shorter wheelbase. There are several reasons why these cars might not start.

Fuel Pressure Regulator Problems

The 1999 through 2001 Suzuki Vitara models were recalled due to a fuel pressure regulator defect. At cold temperatures, moisture can form in the fuel pressure regulator, which can cause fuel leakage and problems starting the engine.

ECU Problems

The Suzuki Vitara's engine control unit, or ECU, is manufactured by Mitsubishi Electric. Because of manufacturing and design defects, the ECU has been failing, which will cause the engine to not start.

Ignition Problems

If any of the spark plug wires are defective or have become loose or disconnected, this will cause the car not to start. Check to see that all plug wires are firmly connected on both ends and are free of damage. Tighten any loose connections and replace the wires if they appear to be defective.

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Will Ramsey wrote for Hoover’s Online beginning in 1997. For the Texas Legislature, he produced a summary of the State Auditor Offices’ mandate for publication in the University of Texas' “Guide to State Agencies" and composed “Action Alerts” for distribution to State Legislators. Will received a Master of Business Administration from Rice University and a Bachelor of Business Administration from University of Texas, Austin.