I went out earlier in the week to complete some pre-flight checks for next Sundays visit to the tremendous site at Hogmoor (Sunday 14th June 2009 - are you coming!).
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If you have owned a Jimny for any amount of time you will have come across the "Death Wobble". As you accelerate through 30-40 mph the steering wheel starts to wobble and this can rapidly become un-controllable to the pointÂ where it is dangerous. But it doesn't happen everytime and most of theÂ time you can accelerate through it. On the way back from Oxley's Shaw mine started to do it.Â The problem can be caused by a number of problems:
1. Front Kingpin Bearings worn
2. Front Wheel Bearings worn
3. Steering arm/axle bent.
Sure enough, when I got home and jackedÂ it up it looked like it was time for a new Kingpin bearing. As I also had a clicking CV joint, I decidedÂ toÂ stripÂ the lotÂ down. However when I got it apart the Kingpins were fine. Feeling with my fingers I could just detect a slight movement in the wheel bearing. I took the wheel bearing out (see my guide)Â and found out something really strange......
Another common problem with Jimnys is a sticking/rough clutch cable. The clutch pedal becomes very heavy to press and there is a roughness you can feel under your foot. In fact this is such a common problem with off-road driven vehicles that I would check the clutch cable first rather than change the clutch.
The problem is that the cable seems to pull mud and dirt back into the cable sheath and gradually the cable liner wears through. So to changing the clutch cable.....
Wow! Little did I know what this would involve when I started. Previously I have changed the clutch on my SJ410 which was not simple, but was a reasonably acheivable task. However the Jimny is a different matter. All in all it has take nearly 3 weeks of various evenings (probably about 16 working hours in all) to do. Everything is against you, basically the bolts are all hidden and very stiiff and there is no space to work in. The Suzuki workshop manual was clearly written by someone sitting in a nice clean, air-conditioned office which was nowhere near a real vehicle.