Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Kansas City, MO
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Some other stuff to look for:
"wetness" on the fuel pump vent tube - the one without the hose - located on the passenger side of the head at the firewall. If it is wet, check the oil for thinness and the smell of gasoline. This is a sign of a broken fuel pump diaphragm. If the truck has been driven in this condition, the engine will go out pretty quick as the bearings have already been washed clean of oil by the gasoline and will run very noisily.
The absolute CLASSIC item to look for is the "locked up transfer case". The evil side of me always wants to make an "this is gonna be a horrible expense... will you take $500??" pitch but I am too kind and end up telling the owner that the fix involves a 15 dollar part, a couple of long shank screwdrivers and a bit of manual dexterity... If you find a truck in this condition, try to take a middle ground approach. Your conscience will thank you.
searchable links to Suzuki/Geo modding and maintenence info - including the Tracker FSM Project!
'88 "SJ-416 Samurai"
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