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Old 10-10-2010, 10:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Gents, I recently purchased a 1987 Samurai(my first one!). It has the 1.3 I4, 4X4, 5 speed manual transmission. The Engine looks new and runs good. While out in the desert today I attempted to go up a sandy incline. It was two soft/steep to tackle in 2WD but should have been no problem in 4WD. I got a little bit of a "running start" (maybe 10mph) and was in first gear the whole time. Once I hit the incline she quickly bogged down and would not go any further (the tires were not spinning once the forward movement stopped, it just seemed like the sand was bogging them down ). The engine sounded like it was about to stall out even though I maintained a smooth throttle advance. I then stopped shifted into reverse and backed down the hill. After attempting this twice (I figured I might have been late getting on the gas the first time). I then smelled the burning clutch smell. I thought the clutch might be slipping, but would that cause the engine to bog down? the transmission seems to shift fine otherwise. There is a lot of play in the clutch peddle, it needs to be pressed half way to the floor before you feel tension, and it must be pressed just about all the way to the floor to shift gears.
I realize that this is a bit of a rambling post, but I would appreciate and ideas you might have. Thanks
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Old 10-11-2010, 08:19 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The fact that the engine is bogging down shows that the clutch is gripping like it should. Sand hills are not easy not an easy thing in a stock zook. I usually take them in a higher gear to try and keep up wheel speed. If you lose momentum, you are lost.
Maybe others that have some dune experiance can throw in a tip or two (Alternator?).
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Yeah that makes perfect sense, I guess I need to get in my head that there is really not an excess of power at the stock level. O well now I have a "need" to start the upgrading. Thanks for the reply.
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Old 10-13-2010, 12:51 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Sounds like your clutch is on its way out,
As for the pedal, it should start to disengage about halfway down.
There should be about 3-5mm freeboard at the clutch lever at the side of the gearbox. (the one on the r/h side of the bellhousing with a cable on it)
If you lie underneath and push the lever forward on the side of the bellhousing by hand it should move freely for about 3-5mm before it stops or gets hard, if its more or less than that adjust the cable by holding the cable still (the rod part not the wire part) with a pair of vise grips to stop it from turning, then adjust the nut on the threaded part of the rod with a spanner until you have the correct freeboard.

Hope that helps
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This sounds like what happened to me except I was driving up a steep cement driveway.
I thought no matter what it would just crawl up in 1st gear so i started from the bottom going slow where it was flat then was releasing the clutch as i went up at first and then was trying to add more rev because 1st wouldnt handle it and i was slowing down, then i was full rev trying to shift and went to a complete stop in the middle of the driveway. then i tried to start from that spot on the incline and couldnt make it up smelled the clutch burning, so went down to the bottom full rev and small head start full throttle just barely made it. Seems like low power and or bad clutch?
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i have only 225 tires and stock everything else
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i run my tires as low as 4 psi depending on the terrain the type of tires you have tire pressures play a big part while out 4x4 driving i run 30x9.5x15r and have spent alot of money under the hood
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