Suzuki Samurai/Sidekick/Tracker 1986-1998 Repair Guide

Air Cleaner (Element)



See Figures 1 through 4

The air cleaner element helps prevent airborne contaminants from entering the engine through the intake system (carburetor or throttle body, intake manifold, cylinder head). Such airborne contaminants as dirt, soot, smoke, etc. can lead to an increase in engine wear if allowed into the engine. Also, a dirty or dusty air cleaner element can increase fuel consumption and lower engine power output. Therefore, it is important to periodically inspect and replace the air cleaner element.

During normal (non-severe) vehicle usage, the air cleaner element should be replaced with a new one every 30,000 miles (50,000 km) or 30 months, whichever occurs first. If the vehicle is driven under severe conditions, inspect the air cleaner element every 3,000 miles (5,000 km) or 3 months, and replace it at least every 15,000 miles (25,000 km) or 15 months (whichever occurs first).

The Samurai models utilize a cylindrical air cleaner element, whereas the other models use a flat, rectangular element. The air cleaner element is located in a large, black plastic housing (cylindrical for Samurai models and rectangular for all other models) attached to the carburetor/throttle body via large air tubes. To replace the air cleaner element:

  1. Open the hood.
  3. Locate the air cleaner element housing. If unsure of its location, trace the air tube from the carburetor or throttle body (depending on your particular model) back to the black plastic housing.
  5. On Samurai models, detach the air cleaner outlet hose (air tube) from the housing cover by loosening the hose clamp with a screwdriver, then by pulling the hose off of the cover flange.

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Fig. Fig. 1: Exploded view of the air inlet system, including the air cleaner element, used on Samurai models