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Old 10-19-2012, 01:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Alright i will admit right out of the gate that i know very little about these engines. I have done a fair bit of searching and can't seem to find an answer. Here is the problem i recently acquired a 90's era Samuria with a 89 tracker motor in it. To the best of my knowledge it is a 8v 1.6L. the engine will not run on its own. If i pour gas into the throttle body it will run until i stop pouring in the gas. I have checked the fuel pump and it does work and is pushing fuel to the throttle body. any help or ideas on where to start would be greatly appreciated as i said I know very little about these engines. :help:
Also is it a simple process to convert the TBI to a Carb i would consider doing that if it will solve my problem

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Old 10-19-2012, 08:54 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Is the check engine light on with the key on? Can you get a code 12 from it??
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What exactly was swapped over?
Have you checked the fuel pressure? Checked the injector (you should be able to hear it clicking when you are cranking - listen with a hose or mechanics stethoscope.....)
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Thanks for the fast reply. yes it has the check engine light on. as for codes i am going to try and see what codes it throws and the fuel pressure this afternoon. As for what was swapped over? i believe it was just the engine. it has a 96 wiring harness from a Samaria.

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???? Where are you located?? Are you carburetor or fuel injected? I believe you are talking about a Samurai, yes? The Samurai was discontinued in US in 1995 - I believe that when fuel injection was offered in this (1990 perhaps?) it would be an entirely different set up than the Sidekick and not compatible. Someone else may know more/better than me on this one.
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Located in ontario canada. from what i was told it is a 89 geo tracker engine in a samarai chassis with a samarai wiring harness out of an 94. It is TBI however i have considered converting it to a carb if that is a viable option.

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If you can get it running, the TBI is superior to the carb, IMHO. Although frankly, I cannot see how the Samurai harness will run the Sidekick ECU and engine. If the CEL is on, follow the link below and see if it is throwing a code. You can also put the diagnostic jumper in place and crank the engine and see if you are getting a code 41 or 42. If possible, duck your head under the driver's side speaker - see the gold or silver metal box just behind the speaker (the ECU) and get what the model number is and post it. It should be 33920-XXXXX - it's those 5 numbers/letters after 33920 that are of interest.
And, after the conversion/swap, did this car EVER run????
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Sorry i should have given you guys a little more background on what had happened. I purchased the truck as a fixer upper (it is basically a shell and a drive train no interior and most of the wiring harness laying on the floor. it had never run to the best of my knowledge as for the ecu and everything all else i completely agree however it runs if you gingerly pour gas into the intake manifold. it can be kept running and it appears to run smoothly. i honestly think the carb might be the way to go just to simplify the setup and prevent future problems. i will get the numbers and make an attempt at getting the codes later on today or tomorrow.

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I had a sammy with the 1.3 and carberated. It was immensely complicated and unreliable (the carb) I would get the computer and harness for the 1.6 and retain the tbi as it is simple and easy(er) to make reliable. Less to it than you might think
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