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Suzuki samurai fail smog

Got 1987 Suzuki samurai and have few problems with it. #1 When engine is cold and you start the car it dies, you have to push gas pedal to keep it running. What can it be? (starts good when engine is hot) #2 Went to do smog and failed, smog guy said it takes to much gas that's why it failed. Why it takes to much gas? (Im driving every day its like 20 miles for 1 gallon)

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  • ojohanson Nov 09, 2013

    #1 Chokes rarely function well anymore....pump the throttle a few times to help startup. #2 I have found most carburetors have too high float levels as one problem. Can you see float level in window? Under dash next to steering column is a very small switch; flip it and after the engine is warm, run it at 2000 RPM. Sensor light should flash if systems are good. If not, get manual and start checking. (return switch position)

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    Keith Mittan Jun 09, 2016

    it sounds to me like you just need to adjust the choke. When it is cold adjust it to barely close all the way then check when it is warm to be sure it is opening all the way. Don't try to adjust the choke when it is warm



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Does it also run quite rough (loads of vibration) and then smooth out when it gets warmer? The air to fuel ratio may be off for the carburator. Can be adjusted using the a small screw jus underneath the throttle body. It can easily be reached without having to remove any parts. there are other reasons as well, but this solution is the only one you can do without replacing parts or tearing apart the engine. Also, depending on the state your in (California for example) it will not pass more modern emissions standards.

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SOURCE: 1987 suzuki samurai engine problems

ok theres a pcv valve located between the carb and the valve cover. its screwed into the intake manifold. make sure it is hooked up. also check for any vacuume leaks. if you find any cracked hoses, replace them.

also for the guy whos sami sputters on turns. check the ground stud located above the battery on the firewall. if its loose or corroded clean it up and tighten it.check the ground strap coming from the distributor area between the engine and firewall. make sure its in good shape. alot of times the distributor o rings leak oil on the wiring and rot it out. thats easy to repair also. check your engine mounts by standing on one side of the hood and grabbing the engine and pulling it side to side. the mounts are known for wearing out. they are fairly easy to replce and cheap. about 20 a piece if not less.

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Help me please!

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