Suzuki Samurai/Sidekick/Tracker 1986-1998 Repair Guide

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



Sidekick, Tracker, Sidekick Sport and X-90 Models

See Figure 1

The Samurai model does not utilize a center console.

There are 3 separate boots on the shift lever assembly for these vehicles. An upper boot you can touch from the driver's seat and that is mostly for looks (called the upper boot by Geo or boot No. 3 by Suzuki), a middle boot that seals the passenger compartment from the hole in the vehicle's floor pan (called the lower boot by Geo or boot No. 2 by Suzuki) and a lower boot that seals the shift lever to the shift lever housing on the top of the transmission (called the lever case boot by Geo or boot No. 1 by Suzuki). For simplicity, the following procedure will refer to them as upper, middle and lower in reference to how they are physically mounted on the shift lever.



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Fig. Fig. 1: Each center console is retained by 2 screws at the front and 2 snap retainers at the rear-Sidekick, Tracker, Sidekick Sport and X-90 models

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable for safety.
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  3. For manual transmission models, remove the gearshift handle and boot.
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  5. For automatic transmission models, remove the shifter cover plate and handle.
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  7. From inside the passenger compartment remove the console cover or, on certain late-model vehicles, both the front and rear console covers. If equipped with 2 console covers, start at the rear one. To free a console cover, remove the 2 screws and the two plastic retainers, then carefully lift the cover from the floor of the vehicle.
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The plastic retainers are removed by first pushing the center inward using a small hex key or punch. The center will gently snap inward telling you that fastener is now free. At this point you should be able to pull it back and out by gently grabbing the edges. DO NOT force a retainer out using a prytool unless the center snap has pushed inwards releasing the fastener or it will break and require replacement.

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Fig. Fig. 2: To remove the console from a model equipped with a manual transmission, first unscrew the transmission gearshift handle ...



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Fig. Fig. 3: ... then remove the transmission gearshift handle boot from the console



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Fig. Fig. 4: If equipped with 4WD, loosen the transfer case handle setscrew ...



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Fig. Fig. 5: ... then remove the handle from the transfer case gearshift shaft



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Fig. Fig. 6: Loosen the console side retaining screws ...



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Fig. Fig. 7: ... then lift the console up and out of the vehicle

To install:
  1. For manual transmission models, install the upper boot over the shift lever, then screw the gearshift knob back into place on top of the shift lever.
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  3. Install the console cover (or covers) using the retaining screws and snap fasteners. To secure the snap fasteners, remove the center portion and insert the large piece into the hole, then gently insert the center portion of the fastener until it is flush with the top of the outer portion. Pull back gently to assure it is secure.
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  5. Check for the proper clearance between the front of the console cover and the bottom of the dash. There should be about 0.08 in. (2mm) of clearance. If not, the angled boot bracket may not be properly installed.
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  7. For manual models, make sure that the flare end of the upper boot is properly engaged with the console cover.
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  9. For automatic models, install the shifter handle and cover.
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  11. Connect the negative battery cable, but double-check shifter action before attempting to start the vehicle.
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