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Just purchased a 1997 Suzuki DD51T-need info

Discussion in 'Suzuki Carry References' started by shea, May 6, 2009.

  1. shea

    shea New Member

    First post and new to Mini Trucks....
    Just purchased a '97 Suzuki DD51T:). Looking for general information on it - capacities oil, filters, plugs that stuff? I have a couple specific questions first. One there is a light on the dash that looks like a muffler with waves of heat coming off it - is that emissions? If so is there a way of removing all the emmisions stuff? Two, the gas gauge does not work. What should I look for in the wiring?....
    Thanks for reading...:)
  2. cabinmini

    cabinmini Member


    Hi Shea.
    Welcome to the forum. Your light is a catalytic convertor high temperature. If you use the search feature above ^^^^^ then you should be able to find the info that you are looking for. There is also lots of info on how and where to get a manual for your truck if you are interested.
    Enjoy your mini. They're a blast:D.
  3. shea

    shea New Member

    Jim, thanks for the tips. That light was what I thought it was, but was not sure? So many new things to learn about - this thing is very cool....
  4. MiniBrutes

    MiniBrutes Member

    Gas gauge is often the ground wiring to the gas tank. Every one we had that was erratic or didnt work at all was fixed by simply adding a chunk of wire from the frame to one of the screws holding the sender into the tank.
  5. shea

    shea New Member

    Thanks for the tip... Although the gauge now is working when the tank is full it only reads 1/2 full? Any suggestions on this?
  6. MiniBrutes

    MiniBrutes Member


    Remove the sending unit from the tank completely.

    You can do this a couple different ways:

    1st off make sure the mechanism moves freely up and down. It may be binding and not going all the way up.

    With the sender on the bench put a multimeter between the ground of the unit and the sender output wire. Test for resistance (Ohms) the resistance should change evenly as you move the arm. If it stops changing at a certain level you can maybe clean it or its toast. Otherwise, it should be fine.

    Connect the sender back to the vehicle. Make sure to ground the frame of the sender to the frame of the truck. Move the arm of the sender and the gas gauge should move. It may take a few seconds to respond. Put the float right up like it should be if it was in a full tank of fuel. Make sure your gauge goes up to full.

    If it reads fine outside of the tank, reassmble. Re-test. If the gauge still doesnt go all the way, the ground is still a problem.
  7. shea

    shea New Member

    Many thanks, I'll give it a try...
  8. cwh

    cwh New Member

    The muffler lamp on the dash is a mileage thing. It is to remind the user to replace the cat. You can clip the wire at the sensor, put a loop connector and ground the wire to the frame. This will make the light go out. Just remember that the cat can plug up and hinder performance. It may need replaced down the road.

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