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Old 06-10-2016, 08:49 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default timing belt and head gasket replacement in sj413: idiot-proof guide?

Greetings, fellow Zook enthusiasts.
I was told to seek help here, from the zook enthusiasts of Reddit.

Anyway, so heres the problem.
Ive got this 86 Suzuki sj413 (Fox) hightop, nicknamed "the cowshed" that needs an acute replacement of a head-gasket (I can see oil leak all around the head and under it) and to change the timing belt (will probs replace the water pump while Im at it).

Now, the problem lies here: Im a human mechanic (emergency specialist RN), not a car mechanic, and have minimal knowledge/skills in car repairs. Bought the zook mainly to learn how to do minor/semi-major repairs on a simple car - and also its the ultimate offroad beast in the Icelandic wilderness. I have all the right tools and spare parts at hand.

My brother, a trawler captain and zook enthusiast tells me this is not a technically difficult task, even for a man of my skillset, but unfortunately hes not around to help, since he battles the North Atlantic waters in search for fresh fish to be brought to international markets. However, Id love to have a step-by-step guide on how to do these things, what I should expect during the process, and what I should NOT do, in order to not totally fuck up my dear old Cowshed.

Does anyone know of such a guide, or could write/talk me through this process? I really want to get it road-safe (heading on a trip in the western fjords in early august and have to have it in road-reliable condition before that. Also, Im not paying a price equivalent to the car to have it done in a workshop. Ive got the sj413 manual at hand, but that doesnt give me any know-how.

Anyway, thanks in advance for the help. Any guide, video or just words of wisdom will be most well appreciated.

Cheers from Iceland
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Which SJ413 manual do you have? The factory manuals are usually pretty much self explanatory, and the one I have for the SJ413 is no exception, it does tell you, step-by-step how to disassemble the entire engine, you only need to figure out which steps aren't necessary for task you want to do.

Are there any other symptoms of head gasket failure besides the oil leak?

If not - I want to suggest that before you pull the head you thoroughly clean the engine and look to see where the oil is actually leaking from - cam seals, valve cover gasket and the distributor mount are all common problem areas.

A word of caution - if you do remove the head, when replacing the head gasket be sure to get it the right way up, if you don't, you'll end up blocking the oil way that feeds the valve gear and the cam will seize in the head.
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wow that site is great! Will be spending a LOT of time there in the next months
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Mr Gunner,
Brand new to forums and the world of owning a Samurai. I bought one for similar reasons, but didn't think I would be filling up the neighborhood with white smoke so soon.
What site did you find that helped you in the replacement of the head gasket?
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Mr Gunner,
Brand new to forums and the world of owning a Samurai. I bought one for similar reasons, but didn't think I would be filling up the neighborhood with white smoke so soon.
What site did you find that helped you in the replacement of the head gasket?
Thanks,
Matt
last post was 2016, how about starting a anew thread with your problem.
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