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hardtopzuke
01-05-2007, 03:05 PM
im kinda new here and kinda new at ownin a samurai so bear with me please if my question is stupid. but i cant get my samurai to start. when i turn the key it only turns over the starter but the engine isnt even tryin to start. i thot it was probobly just the ignition coil because when i took it out and tested it. well to say the least it failed horribly. so i got a new one and put it in. NOTHIN. i still got the same problem. wut else could it be? i have new spark plugs. a new disributor cap. i dont know wut it is. or even could be. im out of ideas. i have had my samurai for 2 and a half years and i ve had it runnin off and on a few times but it keeps diein on me. its causin me so much stress. i would really appreciate some help.

felixnstiches
01-05-2007, 05:17 PM
have u checked fuses?

hardtopzuke
01-05-2007, 05:18 PM
no thanx. will do. i guess i was just thinkin to complicated. ill do that then get back. thanx

hardtopzuke
01-05-2007, 05:31 PM
nope wasnt a fuse. all fuses are good. Anyone got other suggestions. thanx anyway felixnstitches.

felixnstiches
01-05-2007, 05:32 PM
i'm going though the same thing, but my alt went out and shocked my sytem i am tring to figure why mines no running, the fuse is bottom left and it should be a 15 amp...trust me i went though alot of them

hardtopzuke
01-05-2007, 05:34 PM
ya i checked it. i looked in the chiltons repair manual to make sure i was lookin at the righ fuse. i have a 15 amp in there and there is nothing wrong with it. its pissin me off.

mkyhmltn
01-05-2007, 05:37 PM
Is it EFI or carb? If EFI maybe the magnetic pickup in the dist. Thats what was wrong with mine when I got it and got it for $150.

felixnstiches
01-05-2007, 05:37 PM
welcome to the club mine has been down for over a month, cant figure out whats wrong

hardtopzuke
01-05-2007, 05:38 PM
its carb. but i think i should welcome you to the club mine in the 2 and a half years that i have owened it has only run once or twice. its gone maybe 25 miles.

felixnstiches
01-05-2007, 05:40 PM
oh wow, my bad, does it turn over if it does, check the fuel filter, and try a bottle of sea foam if u think its the carb...

hardtopzuke
01-05-2007, 05:44 PM
the engine doesnt turn over. you can hear the starter goin butt the engine wont even try turnin over. and its a good motor it was rebuilt drove bout 25 miles like i said and now it wont start. i already got the starter tested.

mkyhmltn
01-05-2007, 05:44 PM
Check to make sure you have fuel going through the carb. If yes then try checking the igniter in the dist. They are expensive but go out once in a while.

hardtopzuke
01-05-2007, 05:45 PM
ill try that next. thanx for the suggestion. ill prolly try that tomorrow. im busy tonite.

mkyhmltn
01-05-2007, 05:46 PM
If the engine wont turn over but the starter does it sounds like the starter drive isnt pushing the drive gear to the ring gear.

hardtopzuke
01-05-2007, 05:47 PM
ill check next chance i get

DRAGGINZUZU
01-05-2007, 07:36 PM
yeah sounds like a starter... it can turn but isn't engaging the flywheel. I had one that would test on the bench fine but under load the shaft would just spin.
Tony

hillbilly
01-05-2007, 07:44 PM
Starter drive.:jumping:

beezz
01-05-2007, 11:26 PM
how bout any in line fuses? if your in line connectors go bad there's no spark to the distributor and can cause it not to start or even crank over. check by the battery, i had one go bad there.

hardtopzuke
01-06-2007, 02:39 PM
i found it! it turned out to be the timing belt. apperently when my dad and i rebuilt the motor both of us forgot to retighten the timing belt tensioner so it had some rubbing issues on the cover then eventually popped. we had a hell of a time findin it but we found it now. Now we just have to put the new one on. still a pain in the ass but it should make my zuk run. thanks for all the help. i tried every suggesion that was on here. but i had a hunch on the timing belt. cuz i was turnin the fan and the pisons but the crank wasnt turnin so the only thing that connects the cam to the crank is wut? THE TIMING BELT! Thank you everyone for all the help.

hillbilly
01-06-2007, 03:23 PM
Good job!:happy

hardtopzuke
01-06-2007, 05:39 PM
thanx i appreciate it. im not going to lie to you though it did take me a good bit of time.