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PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2013 1:59 pm 
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Hi guys, my car is a 1992 suzuki cultus. 1 litre, 3 cylinder carby. AA44 G10

When I bought the car I suspected the head gasket was gone, I was told about this steel seal liquid head gasket repair stuff, so I tried it out.

It didn't fix the problem but temporarily made it better. After about a week it wasn't holding coolant at all so I pulled the head. I got it skimmed, replaced the gasket and refitted.

Now, when I removed the head the steel seal stuff seemed to have blocked my water jackets around the cylinders. It was quite a job cleaning it all out. I put it all back together and it was ok for a few days but I had a lot of pressure in the rad hoses, couldn't squeeze them at all.

I took it on a journey to relatives and it overheated on me again, this time the waterpump had packed in.

So as of now, the head gasket has been done.
I've done a co test on the cooling system and it detected none.
Replaced the waterpump.
Thermostat. (and tested its opening/closing temperatures)
New radiator cap
Replaced both temperature senders on the back of the thermostat housing.

It was perfect for the past few weeks until last friday on the way home it started to overheat again. It doesn't quite go to H but sits at 3/4 of the way towards it. When I stop the idle is very high and the radiator hoses are very easy to squeeze flat. After about 5 minutes the temperature drops back down to halfway and the pressure in the hoses increases a lot. So much that I can't squeeze them.

If anyone can shed some light I'd really be grateful.

Thanks,
shaun.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 24, 2013 6:24 pm 
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Sounds like you can do about all you can do without disassembling and cleaning it out again.
One thing that you didn't mention other than the cap was the radiator.
You might try swapping the radiator as well. Perhaps your radiator is gunked up too and is restricting flow so you aren't quite overheating but it isn't keeping up?
You could try running the car in the driveway without the cap for awhile and see what happens when the thermostat opens up.
Good luck!

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 25, 2013 3:53 am 
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Thanks for the reply, mate.

I replaced the radiator hoses yesterday as they were very soft and brittle. Ive suspected the radiator too, just needed to hear someone else say it. I had thought it may be restricted and under certain pressure on motorways or long journeys, its restricting water flow and causing excessive pressure build up.

Ive ordered a repacement, should have it during the week. Hopefully this will sort it. :)


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 25, 2013 5:37 am 
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Could be the water pump, any idea when the last time it was replaced?

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 25, 2013 5:30 pm 
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jrjd wrote:
Could be the water pump, any idea when the last time it was replaced?


Waterpump was replaced along with the timing belt by myself about 2 weeks ago.


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