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Suzuki Samurai Hard Top

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.

Poor drainage

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.

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  • How to Properly Take Care of Your Suzuki Samurai Hard Top 04 March 2014

    Long-term durability, rigidity, and quiet-these are things your Suzuki Samurai hard to is known for. However, like any automotive exterior, a hard top can get dirty and lose its showroom finish even though it requires a minimum amount of cleaning maintenance. It can even deteriorate and look like a cheap fixture without proper maintenance and tender loving care. Don't let your Suzuki Samurai hard top get that way; treat it right as a thank you to it for providing you with an added layer of security and more warmth in winter months by following these maintenance tips.

    • Place coverings on the interior of your hard top to keep it clean and protected at all times.
    • You can opt to cover the inside of your hard top with truck bedliners to prevent fine-grained cargo like sand from sifting into your vehicle, and to offer sound dampening.
    • Wash the hard top regularly to keep it clean, smelling like roses, and free from contaminants like mildew or rust.
    • Mix a car wash solution, for example Meguiar's NXT Generation Car Wash, in a large bucket. Mix it according to directions with warm water, then gently scrub the top with a sponge dipped into the solution. Don't forget to dry the hard top afterwards. Be sure the material you use for drying doesn't have dirt on it that can cause scratching of the surface; also, wash your hard top in the shade, out of direct sunlight.
    • Do routine checkups on the condition of your hard top.
    • Even the sturdiest of hard tops gets dents sometimes. Look for little punctures in your hard top and seal them with a rubber seal treatment or silicone-based lubricant as soon as possible-don't let them get bigger and become the cause of leaking in your vehicle!
    • Remove your hard top using a hoist system.
    • If you plan on removing your hard top by yourself whenever you are scheduled to clean it, you should be strong (strong enough to lift an awkwardly balanced 100-pound monstrosity). Otherwise, use a handy-dandy hoist system (either purchased or a do-it-yourself creation) or at least have a helping hand nearby. Why? Because you wouldn't want to make the mistake of removing your hard top by yourself, only to rough up its bottom ends a bit, scratch up some paint on your Suzuki Samurai, or worse, injure your back.