How to Diagnose Problems of a Suzuki Samurai Hard Top
Suzuki Samurais come with removable hard tops that provide secure theft protection, weather control, and relaxing open-air driving. Problems with a hard top can include issues with operation, clearance, and indicator lights. Here are a few symptoms you may look out for to determine that your Suzuki Samurai hard top is not working up to par.
Not enough clearance
If there is not enough clearance for your Suzuki Samurai hard top, you will have problems installing or operating the hard top. Make sure there's enough clearance to open and close the top.
Erratic indicator lights
If your dashboard indicator lights are a mess and are sending you mixed signals, there is a high probability that your hard top is malfunctioning. Green LED's (light-emitting diodes) indicate successful opening and closing of the hard top. The LED will flash red if you release the switch before the top has fully opened or closed and will light up a solid red if there's a malfunction in the hard top.
The hard top is designed to drain water from the back of the roof. The drain must do its job and ensure that no water is left standing otherwise pooled water can enter the car. Parking on a slope can affect the efficiency of the drainage channel. If the water takes a long time to drain, there is a possibility that the pipes could be blocked or not fully pulled through. It is important that there are no loops in the pipe so that water can travel down as directly as possible.
Hard top leaks
If water is dripping into your vehicle, then things have now turned for the worse. Your hard top is now officially leaking. Check the drainage system to find out how big of a problem you have. Check the seals on hard top panels for debris or deformation and clean the seals with a rubber seal treatment or silicone-based lubricant.
Operational problems (difficulty in opening or closing)
If your Suzuki Samurai hard top is having trouble opening or closing, there might be a problem with its installation or how it was connected o the wires in your vehicle. Move the related connectors, wiring harness, and components to find the culprit.