Suzuki Samurai/Sidekick/Tracker 1986-1998 Repair Guide



See Figures 1, 2 and 3

Fig. 1: Common Under Hood Maintenance Items

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Fig. 1. Battery7. Brake master cylinder fill cap13. Warning labels (beneath hose)2. Spark plug wires8. Air cleaner element housing14. Engine oil level dipstick3. Distributor cap and rotor9. Coolant reserve tank15. PCV valve (beneath the air intake case)4. High-tension coil wire10. A/C compressor drive belt16. Upper radiator hose5. Engine oil fill cap11. Radiator fill cap17. Evaporative (charcoal) canister6. Spark plugs (beneath boot)12. Water pump drive belt18. Windshield washer fluid reservoir

Fig. 2: Common Under Vehicle Maintenance Items

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Fig. 1. Accessory drive belts5. Engine oil drain plug8. Manual transmission fill plug2. Front differential fill plug6. Constant Velocity (CV)9. Manual transmission drain plug3. Engine oil filter7. Universal joint grease points10. Lower radiator hose4. Front differential drain plug

Proper maintenance and tune-up is the key to long and trouble-free vehicle life, and the work can yield its own rewards. Studies have shown that a properly tuned and maintained vehicle can achieve better gas mileage than an out-of-tune vehicle. As a conscientious owner and driver, set aside a Saturday morning, say once a month, to check or replace items which could cause major problems later. Keep your own personal log to jot down which services you performed, how much the parts cost you, the date, and the exact odometer reading at the time. Keep all receipts for such items as engine oil and filters, so that they may be referred to in case of related problems or to determine operating expenses. As a do-it-yourselfer, these receipts are the only proof you have that the required maintenance was performed. In the event of a warranty problem, these receipts will be invaluable.

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Fig. Fig. 3: To prolong the length and quality of your vehicle's usefulness, it is important to perform periodic preventive maintenance

The literature provided with your vehicle when it was originally delivered includes the factory recommended maintenance schedule. If you no longer have this literature, replacement copies are usually available from the dealer. A maintenance schedule is provided later in this section, in case you do not have the factory literature.