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BigJimny Meet 2019 (17 May 2019)

BigJimny Meet and off-road driving day



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09 Dec 2018 15:39 #198795 by Delux
Ann Update!

This week my Jimny has kept Paypal and the postie busy

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First on the agenda in the Hot rod shop was the gaping crater in the boot. My corrosion assesment tool was deployed

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I do not claim to be a panel beater and in an ideal world I'd be lifting the body off and spot welding a new boot floor in. However, in the real world I am just a mechanic with a welder and a patch is a decent enough

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Then blasted it with some etch primer

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Etch primer is good for repairs like this because it has acid that eats into the metal to stop it flaking off. I'll give it a coat of something better when it is dry

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At this point I had to stop to refuel

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09 Dec 2018 15:56 #198796 by Delux
Deluxs guide to replacing brake pipes!

My technique is one that has been honed and fine tuned over several years as a mechanic replacing rusty, leaking brake pipes on cars so bad you wouldnt let your dog cock a leg on them. All this while some old, failed mechanic hassles me to hurry up so he can give it back to the customer who assumes they are being ripped off! :laugh:

Anyway, its brakes so you dont want to mess about. The car has a recent MOT, the brake pipes are not the worst I have seen but, using my techniques they needn't be difficult or expensive. Cheap peace of mind is always good, right?

I start by clamping off the rear brakes. I'll be bleeding the whole braking system later but doing this now maintains the fluid level in the rest of the system and lessens the chance of having air trapped somewhere.
Rather than mess about I cut the old brake pipe at the brake pipe end.

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This means you can get a decent single hex socket on the end and remove it quickly. The original brake pipe ends on my 54 plate Jimny and every other Jimny I remember working on are 10mm.

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You obviously need to do this either end of the pipe. If you do it 1st, all the brake fluid will have dripped out before you remove it meaning less mess. Next remove the retaining clips

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They are 10mm self tapping bolts. If you can get them off 1st time, thats fine but a bag of 10 new ones off ebay is only a few pounds.
Before going any further I like to make sure the bleed screw is good enough to bleed the brakes. I have seen people replace all the brake pipes on a car only to discover one of the bleed screws is blocked/rounded off. No-one likes to see a mechanic cry!

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09 Dec 2018 16:16 #198798 by Delux
Ok, so if all went well you should have this on the floor.

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So now we need some shiney new pipes to fit on. Do not stress about making up a brake pipe the same length yet. We are doing a nice neat custom job rather than setting ourselves needless hurdles!
Making new brake pipes involves using one of my favourite tools. My brake pipe flaring tool was about £30 from ebay about 10 years ago. It does a great job every time, flares copper or steel pipe, has very few moving parts to go wrong and you dont need a vise.
Slide the new brake pipe end on first! You feed the new pipe in, finger tighten the 2 10mm bolts, tighten the 16mm bolt at the end. This positions the pipe to be flared. You then tighten the 10mms to clamp the pipe

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When the pipe is clamped you screw this bit in. This end gives you a male flare. On most Japanese cars the pipe has a female flare.

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So you unscrew it and screw the other end in, this gives the flared end a female flare

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Now you can refit it. Feed the pipe roughly in position ensuring it is routed the correct side of suspension components etc. Dont worry about the shape or length. Screw the end into the wheel cylinder etc with your fingers. This can be tricky on a jimny as the pipe does not fit in at right angles to the cylinder. Once its started tighten it up. I'm using a brake pipe spanner but you dont really have to. Remember you are tightning it up to compress the seal on the pipe. You dont want to tighten it up until your arm is shaking!

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Dont hold the spanner at this angle unless you want to punch the underside of a jimny! When this end is tight shape the pipe and fit the clamps/clips back on as you go. When you get to the other end cut the pipe. Leave a few cms of slack. Your bends are not going to be as sharp as the factory ones so your pipe needs to be a bit longer.

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Flare the new end on, screw it in. Tweak the position of the pipes as necessary and thats it! Easy!

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09 Dec 2018 16:36 #198799 by Delux
Deluxs guide to replacing your aerial

I done this guide today on my 54 plate convertible but its the same procedure for hardtop and older versions.
First step is to disconnect the old aerial, or whats left of it. If your car has its original aerial you will find there is a small extension lead between the end of th aerial lead and the back of the stereo head unit. Its usually under the dash next to the centre console on the drivers side.

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Its the fat, black cylinder in the centre of the pic. Cut the cable tie off and give it a pull, aerial lead should unplug. I mention this because someone was asking about reception problems and their aerial was ok. If corrosion is in this plug your radio reception will be rubbish! Anyway, follow it along, this one runs along the under dash bar thru some reusable cable ties. Follow it along until it disappears into the roof pillar to make sure its free all the way along.

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Its hard to picture, it leads over the top of that black box into the pillar. Easier to feel than show!
Next, tie a bit of string round it. You can tape a bit of wire to it but I prefer string as you can tie it and its harder to accidentally pull off!

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Now you can unscrew the aerial base and carefully pull it out the pillar. As mine is a convertible the aerial base is on the pillar facing forward. On the hard top the base is kinda above the front corner of the door but the procedure is the same.

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Keep going, gently until

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I just pulled a bit off the end of a big ball of string. If you are just using a length of string make sure you have enough length!
Anyway, my aerial (on the right) is off ebay (about £20) and the lead is much longer which makes it easier to refit.

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Feed the aerial plug in 1st gently pulling the string back thru. Dont pull too hard, some jiggling may be required. You may need to fish the new plug out the hole in the pillar. Once its thru bolt it back on. The one I bought was slightly thicker so I couldnt use the original screws, luckily it was supplied with new ones which were fine.

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As this aerial has a longer cable it will reach the head unit. I will remove the extension cable and run it straight into the head unit. Just not today as I forgot my radio pins!


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17 Dec 2018 21:39 #199122 by Delux
No update this week. Not because I am lazy! Had one of those weekends where you just cant get the matches to light!
Popped in to finish something off at work on Saturday morning, ended up working until 4!
Sunday, attacked the Jimny with an angry expression and a bag of tools. Tried taking the N/S/F hub assembly off to sort the leaky seal/kingpins etc. but got stuck with a spinning track rod end nut. Tried jacking it up but the nut was having none of it! Nothing in the tool bag to cut the nut to bits.
Decided to get stuck into the service instead. Drained the oil, realised I had nothing to take the oil filter off, or take the spark plugs out.
Switched to the timing belt. Removed the fan, radiator, fan belts. Realised I didnt have an 8mm socket with me so stormed off in the huff. Rest of the day was taken up with Tesco, top gear and candy crush. I promise a better update next week!


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18 Dec 2018 05:25 #199131 by Lambert
Been there, done that!

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18 Dec 2018 08:07 - 18 Dec 2018 08:07 #199136 by Max Headroom

Delux wrote: ! Had one of those weekends where you just cant get the matches to light!


Heheh similar but different- It's a bit like that working big jets with the clowns for managment that we seem to dig up from somewhere - its like trying to work with one arm tied behind your back and blindfold.
In fact in the RAF we had a saying...
“We the willing, led by the unknowing, are doing the impossible for the ungrateful. We have done so much, with so little, for so long, we are now qualified to do anything, with nothing.”


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30 Dec 2018 15:18 - 30 Dec 2018 20:29 #199712 by Delux
Een update!

Had to turn the Jimny round, so had to refit the rear wheels. Started with giving the brake drums a splash of paint...

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Slackened off the handbrake cable. Wound the nut off the cable to the last few threads...

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Once the cable had been slackened I removed the rubber cover and adjusted the brakes. I turned the ratchet wheel on the adjuster until a bit of resistance can be felt turning the drum. Then apply the footbrake a few times and recheck. Light resistance when spun means its ok.

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I then adjusted up the cable at the handbrake until I had 5 or 6 clicks.

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More observant readers will have spotted I forgot my plain screwdriver and used a small chisel to adjust the brakes, LOL!




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30 Dec 2018 15:35 #199713 by Delux
Now the Jimny was facing the other way round I could get stuck into the repairs at the front. Corrosion-wise this Jimny is far less work than my last one but mechanically it is far more labour intensive!

I noticed an oil leak...

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1st impression might suggest a leaky sump but leaks tend to work backwards so I need to find the signs of the leak at the frontmost point. (Is that even a word? Frontmost?)

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Could be the oil pump, crankshaft oil seal perhaps? I'm doing the timing belt anyway so the cover came off...

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Inside the cover was pretty dry suggesting the leak is down the back of the space and not being thrown about leaking onto a pulley.

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Not much oil on or behind the crank pulley but if you look close something is running down the engine in the background. So now we need to find the highest point of the leak...

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Bleurgh!

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Highest point, above pic, is the camshaft oil seal although there is a bit round the rocker shaft plug.
So thats it! Oil leak from the camshaft oil seal! Stick a new one in, end of story.
Or is it?
Why is it leaking?
Could be wear, could be the material has hardened over time.
Then I found this!

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PCV valve! A blocked pcv valve increases the pressure inside the rocker cover. Excessive pressure has to go somewhere, usually escaping from the weakest point, the worn, hardened camshaft oil seal!

Removed the valve and left it soaking in some brake cleaner. Its only a small spring loaded flap inside. PCV valve seal decided to resign by falling to bits on removal...

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30 Dec 2018 15:48 - 30 Dec 2018 20:32 #199715 by Delux
After cleaning the PCV valve was refitted with a new seal (courtesy of Bigjimy store!)

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Camshaft oil seal was replaced. I removed the end camshaft cap cleaned the area. Greased the inside of the new seal and tapped it into place using the old seal as a protector.

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Rocker cover was thoroughly steam cleaned and treated to a new gasket.

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Before refitting, I add a pea sized blob of sealer at the tight bits either side of the cam cap. You dont want to put too much on as it may find its way into the engine and block an oil hole. In this pic I've probably applied more than I usually would but the camera button on my phone decided to ignore my finger the first few presses!

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All built up and cleaned! I'm gonna do a timing belt fitting guide for the wiki unless someone has beaten me to it.

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I'll take it to work and steam clean all traces of the oil leak but in the meantime, after running for 30 minutes or so the oil leak had not returned!

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30 Dec 2018 19:35 - 30 Dec 2018 20:34 #199738 by Delux
To gain access to the timing belt and oil leak I removed the radiator. There are bound to be people reading this now thinking "I've done loads of timing belts and never taken the radiator out!' thing is, it isnt much hassle to take the radiator out and it improves access to everything so much, it is probably faster to take it out than it is to work round.
I started by draining the anti freeze out. I figured if it looked ok I'd probably just pour it back in. I've not sent any for lab analysis but I'm not pouring that anywhere other than the used anti freeze thing at the dump...

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It has a woody, almost chemically nose with undertones of stagnant water and algae.

While I was in there I attended to the power steering tensioner pulley. The belt had been noisy and was ripe for replacement but I thought I better check the pulleys etc. The idler outer section had completely seperated from the bearing and it was only the belt tension holding it in place!

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I built it back up with new fan belts. I already had them after buying the wrong ones for my last Jimny on ebay! LOL!

Carried out a full service while its in the garage, genuine Suzuki filters are still available in Big Jimnys store so there is no excuse really. I didnt take pictures because it wasnt that exciting but I was a bit confused by the sump washer.

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It appeared to have had some sort of cupped washer forced onto the plug, very strange. I'm sure the sump plug is happier now its been fitted with a colapsable mitsubishi washer.

Turning my attention to the nearside wheelarch I could see the front axle was leaking, there was excessive play at the wheel, death wobble at 40mph and the brake pads were worn almost to the metal. There arent many pictures because its messy work and I didnt want stinking kinpin 'grease' all over my phone!
The excessive play appeared to be in the bottom kingpin and the rear track rod end. Usually I would remove both track rod ends, vacuum pipes, brake caliper, kingpins and big seal then slide the whole halfshaft out with the hub and brake disc still on. Which is fine when working on a ramp in a large dealer workshop. However, when working in the smallest workshop that can legally be described as a lock up there isnt enough space to slide the shaft all the way out so I had to remove the hub assembly.
Having removed the complete hub assembly I tried again, only to find there still wasnt enough space! I had to remove the cv joint before I could get the so**ing half shaft out!
This is how it looked after removing the shaft...

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Yeah, I wish! Trowelled out all the stinking grease/CV grease/gear oil/mud slop. I had hoped I could get away with changing the oil seal, adding spacers to the kingpins and sticking it all back together. This was the plan until...

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I removed the bottom bearing to clean and check it. Familiar scene?! Kingpin bearings promptly ordered!
Its all back together now.

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Well, sort of! As I am off work I have to rely on ebay/Bigjimny for parts, usually thats fine but this time of year is a nightmare to be waiting on parcels. Then some blundering fool ordered the wrong side of track rod end! The disappointment faded a bit when I realised the boot it burst on the front track rod end so I can use the wrong one for that!

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30 Dec 2018 21:33 #199741 by Venter
Great thread, great info, keep it coming!

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