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Hi--noticed oil accumulation on drivers floorboard mat.  Inspection from floorboard looking up revealed highest point of fluid accumulation is bottom side of cabin vent hose (center to side vent) which is above steering column and pedals.  Is source of fluid leak a speedo cable seal or???  How difficult is it to replace?  Thanks!

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Does it smell like transmission fluid?  Is it an automatic or standard?  The only way the speedo cable could be dripping oil is if the transmission vent is plugged and fluid is being forced backwards up the cable.  While that's possible, it's highly unlikely.  It's not that hard to pull the instrument cluster and get a good look at the upper firewall area from higher up.
Might also be a brake fluid reservoir leak.   Don't know whether later trackers have a cable or hydraulic clutch.  I have seen clutch master cylinders on hydraulic clutch systems leak like that....

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Questions regarding the advisability of different kinds of modifications to Samurai/Sidekick/Tracker for various kinds of off-road usage. IF IT'S NOT A SAMURAI/SIDEKICK/TRACKER, I MAY ENTIRELY AT MY OPTION, MAKE A GENERALIZED STAB AT THE ANSWER, BUT WHEN YOU ASK NON-SAMURAI SORT OF STUFF, REMEMBER THAT i'M NO LONGER IN A FIELD I KNOW WELL, AND SOME OF MY RESPONSES WILL NOT NECESSARILY BE OTHER THAN GENERAL INFO. The last Suzuki motorcycle I've had any experience with is a 1966 X-6, when I owned it in 1967.

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I've been a professional mechanic for over thirty five years, live in the center of the Rocky Mountains, and have been active in exploring the old mining/4wd roads for decades. I've specific experience with Samurai modification, because that's my personal vehicle.

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Thirty five years of advanced, intensive classes for experienced professionals only. Manufacturer seminars and training classes averaging four to six weeks per year. I'm now a professional heavy duty fleet mechanic, and no longer deal with issues such as MIL (check engine) lights, and electronics issues on late Suzukis such as Vitara.

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