First off, I'm so glad I finally got a samurai, I don't care what problems it has, I'll get them taken care of! Just glad to finally have one.
When I got it, this was the list of problems I had, in the order I need to fix them to get it to daily driver status (the ones further down aren't really necessary, just things I would like to do)-
1. Passenger side rear lights not working (wires cut and stuff is rusted)
2. Bad exhaust leaks from rust
3. Tapping (valves/rockers/lifters or whatever need adjusting?)
4. Some body damage (really just need to straighten up the bumpers a little)
5. Could stand to have a new top (rips)
6. Needs OTT steering (has a spoa lift)
7. Needs lots of rust areas cleaned up/patched
8. Leaks oil (rear main seal?) and burns some (not sure what I'll ever do about these two)
I didn't notice the tapping so much until I temporarily patched the exhaust with some exhaust tape. Even still, with all those things, it was "driveable".
After driving it around in the yard a little, now it's not. So the first thing on my list is now this-
When running, it won't go into gear, but when the engine is off it shifts fine. When it is in gear, engine running, it still pulls a little with the clutch pushed in. To me it seemed like sure signs of the clutch not disengaging all the way. After reading another thread on here, https://www.suzuki-forums.com/suzuki-...d-problem.html
, I'm sure that is what is happening.
My question is, does this sound right to everyone else? I really haven't had a chance to look at anything yet, other than I noticed a piece of the the steel cable of the clutch cable was poking out through the plastic outer part of the cable, so I snipped it off thinking it might be impeding the cable's movement inside the plastic, but that didn't help. I drove this samaurai two and a half hours to get it home, no clutch problems. As soon as I took it out in the yard, it did this. Does anyone think it could have anything to do with the fact that I was harder on the clutch? (trying to climb some stuff, etc.) What I think is weird is that if the clutch was wearing out, and I was a litle extra hard on it, wouldn't it just not be grabbing enough, instead of too much? What do you guys think, and what are the first components to look at?