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Old 08-13-2011, 04:21 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi how r u all doing? i'm new here and new with suzuki samuri!! i think i got cheated by the owner of the samurai i bought it couple adays ago and the owner said that it does not have any problem however i drove it yesterday down a hill and the transmition just went down and it doesn't shift!!?? please if anybody has experienced problem like that answer asap i'm in the dark now i don't know what to do thanks
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Old 08-14-2011, 12:28 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Sounds bad man
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Old 08-14-2011, 01:31 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Need a bit more info. Transmission going down dosen't mean alot. Does the shift lever move at all? Is it stuck in a paticular gear 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 ? Does the vehicle move at all when clutch is let out? Is there any noise when the clutch is out or pressed in?



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Hi Mate, just a shot in the dark, if the gearstick is stuck between gears you will need to remove the stick and possibly you will find there is a small (m6 i think) bolt in the side of the housing that has a none threaded end that acts as a guide to the stick base. This bolt sometimes sheers off the non threaded end and you will need to make a new one. relocate the gear selectors and put in the new bolt and you are away. A sympton of this fault is a very wobbly gearstick.
Also, if it is stuck in one of the short transfer gear ranges, again, remove the stick, align the two selector shafts so that the indents are opposite each other with as large flat blade screwdriver and re-insert the transfer gearstick. Both are quite common faults of well worn vehicles.

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Old 08-14-2011, 04:46 AM   #5 (permalink)
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yes the shift lever does move softly and normaly! it's not stuck at all, the clutch goes in and out with out any noise but when i shift and let the clutch out the car does not move at all!!!! also when i put the shift lever on R the engine dies then i have to start it again! i took it to the mechanic today and said it needs a new clutch and that will cost me 550 bucks i mean do u know what is wrong with it? is the mechanic right or another cheating im sick of those cheaters so please guys help solving it also tell me how much that problem should cost me thanks alot
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Is it possible that the transfer case is not engaged...that it is between hi and low range or 2 and 4 wheel drive ? Loathe to say in neutral because it not a true neutral.
Try moving the T/C lever through the positions.
The stalling in Reverse is a true conundrum.
A new clutch would not fix that.
Put the transmission in neutral, set the parking brake.
If you get under the Sami, don't touch anything hot.
Try to rotate the driveshafts.(they should rotate freely)
If they turn, try putting the T/C in the settings and turn the driveshafts.
Next put the tranny in any gear and try to rotate the driveshafts.(they should not budge)
Now you know more about the relationships between the T/C and Tranny.
Might help sort the problem.
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Not knowing what country your are in, cost is impossible to estimate.
Join a club and buddy up with someone to show you how to change a clutch...they are not rocket surgery.

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Old 08-15-2011, 12:49 AM   #7 (permalink)
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i am also thinking that its a problem with the transfer case being in nuetral
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guys i just noticed that the 4 wheel shift stick is stuck its on neutural and unmovable!! i relized i used it for like 10 seconds just to make sure that it works, so u guys think its the TC what if its not engaged and being in neutural can i fix it or do i have to buy a new one? is it possible that the problem in the driveshaft? its rusty do i have to change it or its not a big problem? if the TC is fixable how much it would cost me? im in USA. thank u guys for your support
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hi guys i forgot to tell u taht the prev owner said he regeared the axles to compensate for the bigger tiers! i don't know if that has anything to do with it?!
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You probably need a transfer case bushing about 20 bucks and u can fix it yourself.

also u might have to re-align the shift forks inside before putting back in the shifter?
i had to do this on the trail once with a long screwdriver. the shift forks have to be lined up right. try this:
Suzuki Samurai - Shifting Your T-Case With A Screwdriver
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