Welcome to the Samurai community!
The first think that you'll notice is that this truck is incredibly easy to maintain! It's a basic truck with a simple straightforward design.
The toughest part will be the intake. You have a throttle body injection system which conjures up horrible complexities that you may or may not experience depending on your additude and aptitude. You can fix it or you can toss it all and go with one of several aftermarket carburetion systems.
The Engine Control Module/Unit (ECM/ECU) tends to die from leaky electrolytic capacitors. There are folks out there on the other popular forums who can fix it for you if you are not comfortable with a soldering iron and a solder sucker.
Another thing to look for include the shifter sheet on the transfer case. The symptoms are a locked-up transfer case. The fix is a $20 part (if you go with Zuks Offroad's Brass shifter sheet replacement ZOR Zuks Off Road
Look to see if an Idiot
has tried to change the timing belt by removing the big bolt on the front of the crankshaft instead of the 4 smaller bolts that hold the accessory pulley to the crankshaft via the crankshaft timing pulley. If the above-mentioned idiot
did a bad job, there may be play or "wobble" in the accessory pulley that can be detected by shaking the accessory pulley with your hand. Any looseness means that the keyway that holds the crank timing pulley in place has been damaged. Depending on your skills and the amount of damage, you can do a JB weld fix or simply replace the crankshaft (and timing pulley/key) with a remanufactured unit. I dearly hope that this is not a problem with your new truck!
Finally, there is a lot of service information out there for the Samurai including the Factory Service Manual (FSM), a supplement covering TBI in newer models (the 90-92 FSM supplement), wiring diagrams, and lots of fixing and modding information. If I may toot my horn here, all of that stuff can be found via the search engine at Ack's FAQ - the link to which can be found in my signature, below!
I created Ack's FAQ as a 'pay it forward' project in honor of all those that helped me when I was starting out.
I hope that this helps!
searchable links to the Samurai/TracKick
info that you are looking for!
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