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Old 11-23-2009, 04:23 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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G'day
as being new to the site please excuse any mastakes i may have made
I have not long ago bought my first dream car a little sierra 1993 it only cost me $800 AUD which i thought was a good by.But i have since then found that it had a extremly shocking exhaust. I have also discoved that it uses alot of fuel and all of its oil on long trips the clutch is also making a ringing kind over noise when out of gear and foot off the clutch petal the only upgrades or you could say repares that i have done has been a reconditioned raditor and reconditioned carby it seems to run ok but the problems need to be fixed and i am havin problems were to start any help will be appreciated

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Old 11-23-2009, 12:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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one of the best things you can do for your little 1.3L engine is to put a header on it so it can breath better. I don't know what the emission laws are in your territory, but a high flow Cat with a 2" exhaust is a good investment. The engine will run cooler and stronger. If you have stock running gear and you are getting poor mileage then you could be having some binding issues in the gear cases or worn U-joints. The clutch is mechanical and is manually adjustable. You can play with that a little and see if you can get the off-pedal noise to go away. If the throw out bearing is making noise it may be time to replace the clutch. How many miles are on the vehicle? Is it leaking oil or is it burning it?
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Thank you for the reply
its is using all the oil on the long trips (4-5hours driving)
and have noticed that there is a large oil smear over the bottom of the engine i think once is is under exrteme presure it finds a leak some were
There is also 140,000 kms on the clock
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That is a lot of oil consumption. If it was leaking that much oil, you would see it all over everything under the vehicle and probably all over the engine under the bonnet as well.

Since you bought it used, I don't know if you have records of when the services were preformed on it. It's due for a timing belt. If it hasn't been done yet, get it done. That could be a big contributor to your oil consumption.
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It's due for a timing belt. If it hasn't been done yet, get it done. That could be a big contributor to your oil consumption.
While you are in there, if you see alot of oil buildup under the timing belt cover you probably should think of replacing the seals. I see many zooks with blown or leaking front main seals.
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thank for the response
hopefully late this week early next week it is going in for a service and i will ask the mechanic to take a look at it. i think it may be a seal some were, because there is oil over the sump and on some of the gear box thankyou
-by the way how much will this set me back?
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the advice is free..

depending on where you go and how much work your mechanic has to do.. and how honest your mechanic is... it can cost between $250 and $350 for just the timing belt and nothing else. Where I live, mechanics charge about $80/hour so it's around $300. Its about a 2 hour job but I think their book says 3 so they charge for 3.
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holy dooly! Ok thanks it may be wise to study a little more buy the parts needed to do the job and take my time getting threw it by my self
thank you for that
(are those prices in US or AUD)
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thats US dollars and that's US mechanics prices. I don't know what Aussi mechanics charge per hour. This inline 4cyl is one of the easiest engines to work on. Most of it's parts are fairly easy to access without ripping the entire engine bay apart and you don't need a lot of specialized tools or very tiny hands to disassemble it. Most home mechanics can change the timing belt on one of these engines. Even the ones that only do minor maintenance and repairs. Buy a kit that has all the gaskets and parts that you need to do the job and get a service manual for the vehicle. Take your time, and if you have questions don't hesitate to ask. This is also a great time to replace the water pump.

edit: Most kits contain the timing belt and idler pulley. If you want the gasket kit for the dust cover you usually have to buy that seperately... depending on the manufacturer both these kits together will set you back between 50 and 80 AU dollars.

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lewy9, mate is you're in Sydney i highly recommend that you take it to SuziFour who are located in St Mary's.

The bloke who runs the place and the mechanics there have been working on Sierra's and all other Suzuki's for as long as they've been around... They know their stuff and they're really nice to deal with.

I just had the 1.3 ripped out of mine and replaced with the 1.6 carb engine. They had the engine rebuild, new pistons/rings etc, new clutch, new starter.. Total cost was $2700 including the rebuild, labor and parts. I'll never look back!
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