I have a 2008 suzuki XL 7 with the engine light on. I took it to Auto Zone to get checked out. They said it was a code P0008. My timing chain was replaced by the dealer at 80000 miles. I now have 108000 miles on it.

Asked by Jan 21, 2016 at 09:01 PM about the 2008 Suzuki XL-7 Base

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My car has a engine light on saying Code P0008. My timing chain was
recalled and replaced by the dealer at 80000 miles. It had a nylon chain,
now a steel chain. I have 108600 on my car now. Why the light and is the
dealer responsible. They told me with the new chain I can go another
100000 miles.
What do I do.

2 Answers


Chains should go a lot longer than a 100k but you may be due for another one. I would definitely be talking to the dealer about that one. 28k on a timing chain is not acceptable.

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Same Suzuki model and year (2008), same problem (timing chain) in 2015 with less than 50,000 miles on the car. There are no Suzuki mechanics anywhere near where I live (Juneau, AK). I had my car towed to the Alaska Marine Lines dock, and from the Seattle AML dock to Brooks Biddle Automotive in Bothell. It was easier and less costly to get the car to Bothell than to ship it north across the Gulf to Anchorage. Still, the towing and sea transport cost me nearly $2500 ! Suzuki of America wouldn't pay transportation, only the "repair", and they said the work had to be performed by a Suzuki-authorized repair shop. At 78,000 miles, now the CEL is on again, with a P0008 code, which is what led us, 2 years ago, to find the service bulletin on-line about the known problem with faulty timing chains! I'm also getting a P0496 code and a P0030, P0451, P0134, P0496, and P0451. This is gonna cost me. Again! By the way, I called the shop in Bothell yesterday to ask what was the warranty on the repair work they did in Spring of 2015. The answer: 12 months or 1,200 miles! No wonder Suzuki Motors went out of business!

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