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Old 08-31-2012, 06:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Good forum folks. I've have a 1993 EFI USA Samurai JL. Between boiling over at the overflow jug & the bubbles in my radiator, I think I have a blown head gasket or something bad. I also happen to have a rusty 1996 16v tracker sitting here with 230k, runs like a champ. Is there a how to guide anywhere for modifying the OBDII 1.6 wiring harness to a 1.3 EFI Sami harness? What would you do? Affordable options are best. I've considered swapping sooner & rebuilding later. Thanks in advance, ole Jedi's o' the Samurai.
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Your problem sounds very similar to what I just experienced with my Suzi. Read my post "Cooling System Overpressurising". It may save you some unnecessary work.
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Thanks for the follow up. One difference: my temp gauge would go to the red if I let it. I replaced a radiator hose 2 days ago, the old one was full of junk, like dirt or chewed up pencil erasers. (failed stop leak?) Had my cooling system flushed professionally today, only for no change in the temp. I wouldn't yank the head without a combustion leak test first, but if it is the head gasket, I've found a good deal on a 1.6 8v head I wouldn't mind tossing on it. If I'm gonna dump cash & headache in, I'll feel better with an upgrade. I'll give it what it needs though. I hope to own it for a long time. I'm a huge fan of the Samurai! It does for me something like what Elvis did for fainting young women haha. Thanks again.
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The headgasket really isn't that bad of a job half a day if you have everything in stock and nothing breaks........

Mine though (94Tracker) had been severely overheated which warped the head so bad I had to find a replacement. After that a new waterpump, radiator, timming belt all new hoses and belts everything was good except the rattling when it was cold (piston slap) I couldn't hear that before the repairs because it was running so bad.

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Glad to hear it's not too bad. Thanks for that Mike. I took it for a good drive last night after the flush & it just goes way up high in the orange now. The oil looks great as it should, the antifreeze is nice and green, new thermostat, new radiator cap, new clutch fan, fan turns the proper direction, new water pump belt. The water pump is silent & not leaky. I would think that leaves the head gasket, timing, or running lean. It would be nice to see that gauge hanging down in the cool for a change. Oh well, I'll share any results I can come up with.
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