Suzuki Samurai/Sidekick/Tracker 1986-1998 Repair Guide

JACKING

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Your vehicle was supplied with a jack for emergency road repairs. This jack is fine for changing a flat tire or other short term procedures not requiring you to go beneath the vehicle. If it is used in an emergency situation, carefully follow the instructions provided either with the jack or in your owner's guide. Do not attempt to use the jack on any portions of the vehicle other than specified by the vehicle manufacturer. Always block the diagonally opposite wheel when using a jack.



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Fig. Fig. 1: To raise the front of the vehicle with a floor jack, position it beneath the crossmember ...



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Fig. Fig. 2: ... and position the jackstand(s) under the side frame rail(s)

A more convenient way of jacking is the use of a garage or floor jack. For Sidekick, Sidekick Sport, Tracker and X-5 models, you may use the floor jack beneath either of the axle differential housings (front and rear), or beneath the frame rails behind the front wheels and in front of the rear wheels. Ensure that the jack is supporting the vehicle on a frame rail or axle housing; NOT the floor panels or other body sheet metal. For Samurai models, position the floor jack or tire-changing jack under the leaf spring seats or differential housings only.



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Fig. Fig. 3: To raise the rear end of the vehicle, position the floor jack either under the side frame rail ...



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Fig. Fig. 4: ... or beneath the rear axle differential housing



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Fig. Fig. 5: Position the jackstands either under the rear axle housing tubes ...



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Fig. Fig. 6: ... or beneath the side frame rails (as long as the floor jack is not in the way)

Never place the jack under the radiator, engine or transmission components (unless otherwise instructed to do so in a specific repair procedure). Severe and expensive damage will result when the jack is raised. Additionally, never jack under the floorpan or bodywork; the metal will deform.

Whenever you plan to work under the vehicle, you must support it on jackstands or ramps. Never use cinder blocks or stacks of wood to support the vehicle, even if you're only going to be under it for a few minutes. Never crawl under the vehicle when it is supported only by the tire-changing jack or other floor jack.



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Fig. Fig. 7: When using the tire-changing jack to lift the front of the vehicle, ensure that it is positioned beneath the leaf spring seat (1)-Samurai models



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Fig. Fig. 8: The tire-changing jack should also be positioned under the leaf spring seat when raising the rear of the vehicle-Samurai models



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Fig. Fig. 9: When raising a Sidekick, Sidekick Sport, Tracker or X-5 model, position the floor or tire-changing jack at the points indicated



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Fig. Fig. 10: To raise the vehicle when changing a tire, position the jack beneath the side frame rail ...



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Fig. Fig. 11: ... then turn the jack handle clockwise to slowly raise the vehicle-Sidekick, Sidekick Sport, Tracker or X-5 models


CAUTION
When supported improperly (on cinder blocks, pieces of wood) or on the vehicle tire-changing jack, the vehicle is EXTREMELY unstable and can easily fall. If the vehicle falls from a raised position, severe damage can occur to the vehicle, and, if you are under the vehicle when it falls, severe physical injury or death.

Always position a block of wood or small rubber pad on top of the jack or jackstand to protect the lifting point's finish when lifting or supporting the vehicle.

Small hydraulic, screw, or scissors jacks are satisfactory for raising the vehicle. Drive-on trestles or ramps are also a handy and safe way to both raise and support the vehicle. Be careful though, some ramps may be too steep to drive your vehicle onto without scraping the front bottom panels. Never support the vehicle on any suspension member (unless specifically instructed to do so by a repair guide) or by an underbody panel.

 
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