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Old 03-14-2010, 09:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi guys... Just registered on the forum. (From Scotland)
I'm on a few other forums under the same name, but no other car related forums... So hello to you all, and i'm looking forward to learning something from the forum. Unfortunately I won't be able to give much in terms of technical ability or advice, but that may come

I've been looking at a couple of these motors - Both '03 plates, lowish mileage.

Problem is, both have had the engine check light on whilst engine running. First one I looked at was private sale. Walked away from that one as i'd have little or no comeback.
Second one is from a dealer, so at least I have rights if owt happens. He's assured me it's going to have a full MOT, and the fault/s will be fixed 100% (Heard that one before, but fair enough)

Any ideas? I know dirty or faulty sensors can cause this light to come on, but also could be something much more serious I suppose.

I'd really welcome any opinions, especially from mechanics who work on these vehicles.
Thanks in advance!
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Old 03-15-2010, 09:22 AM   #2 (permalink)
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How many miles are on them?
On the older Sammies over here (US) the lights turn on at 30,000 miles, 60,000 miles, etc.
My guess is it could be the same...
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How many miles are on them?
On the older Sammies over here (US) the lights turn on at 30,000 miles, 60,000 miles, etc.
My guess is it could be the same...
Really? Why's that? So a service can be performed?

One was 35k approx, the other one 50K+.

No idea if these mileages were correct as I haven't seen any documents confirming mileage yet.
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Yep. So you would take it to the dealer for a check and they reach under the dash, flip a switch and charge you...
My guess is 25K and 50K???
Check the forum for a link to download the tech book and it should give more details.
There are also newer threads on this subject that gives more details.
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Here in the states we call it the $300 oil change...
If you do your own maintenance then it pays to know where to reach under the dash to flip the switch. But if you reach under and flip the switch and the light comes back on, then you reach for the service manual. Usually a sensor, most often the O2 sensor.
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Here in the states we call it the $300 oil change...
If you do your own maintenance then it pays to know where to reach under the dash to flip the switch. But if you reach under and flip the switch and the light comes back on, then you reach for the service manual. Usually a sensor, most often the O2 sensor.


Is it literally a flick of a switch, or do you have to plug into the OBD?
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Sorry, I didn't make myself clear. I was referring to the older (Samurai) model. And yes, with the Samurai it is just the flick of a switch.


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Right, I get it... It's a Jimny, though, so i'll have to have a look to see if it's still on it.

Makes sense if the mileage is 35k miles that this might have happened.

Worthwhile investing in an OBD2 reader? I'm guessing most of you guys use them quite often if you have Jimnys?

Thanks for your patience and the info... Starting to feel a bit better about any potential purchase!
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There is no mileage nag switch on a Jimny, thats a US thing. You should check behind the glovebox, some Jimnys have a diagnostic connector under there that allows you to pull the codes using a wire jumper/paper clip.
An OBD2 scanner is a good investment, I would advise getting an ELM based scanner, those usually work OK, others may not due to problems with the way that OBD2 is implemented.
The usual problem with a Jimny is the Crankshaft or Camshaft Position Sensors failing when hot. They aren't that expensive to replace so you could use the CEL on as a good bargaining tool.
There were two engine types in 2003, the SOHC G13BB which is based on the old SJ413 engine and the newer DOHC M13A engine which is more powerful and a little more efficient.
There is a very good forum here:

http://www.jimny.se
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Old 03-15-2010, 01:42 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Thanks for the additional info.

I've been reading up on the various sensors that can go. According to one source, some sensors incorporate a 2 driving-cycle something or other. Think I need to give the Jimny a really good test drive, stop and let it cool, and get it warm again.

Any more tips to look out for are most welcome!
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