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Still overheating no power

Hi guys.I havea1995 Vitara 5 door 16 valve 1.6.I took out the thermostat a while ago[it was sticking/broken].I live in the caribbean so its not needed really,or is it?I have just had the head shaved due to over heating severly a few times.I have also just changed my radiator for a new one.I have no apparent leaks,Yet after going about 5 miles over some pretty steep hills I must admit I have still got a bit of a bubbling going on in my coolant reservoir.The gauge seems to working and staying below or just on the half way mark[temp].I also don,t have any power in the engine.I had more power before I got the head done,it seems.Sorry for being so vauge about the no power issue.Any help/ ideas would be great.


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  • jamelparris Nov 26, 2008

    I have a 1996 suzuki vitara sport and it s over heating alot i changed the hoses because i got pressure in the water lines i flushed the system and it still has the same problem i live in the carribean and parts for that particular jeep are hard to find can you help me out



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If it never gets close to freezing point you dont need a thermostat as long as you let it warm up if its a cooler day. as 5 or 10 degres C is a lot cooler than 200C (the combustion chanber wil get hot quick once u start to rev above idle, aluminum displaces and takes on heat quicker than coolent) as well oil doesnt travel to your overhead valves for about 15 seconds apone start up so give as little warm up time.
Did they use a thicker gasket as this would cause a little power loss but probably not enough to notice. infact they probably didn't so you should have a little higher compression ratio which depending how much you may need to use a higher octane like premium fuel instead of regular as it resists predtination.
so far as the gauge its just a dummy gauge for a guide line a temp. gun is much more acurate my sidekick once warm showes half temp even if i reved her so hard i can smell burnt oil, makes peak horse power at 56000rpm but un less your smokes white out the pipe or you get a lot of bubbles at idle your heads probably fine a little air in the system is acceptable and your coolent system pressure should be a little under one atmasphere/bar or as many specifications say 11 psi.
as far as your power isue i dont know enough but i wonder what outher damage was done when you over heated who ever did the diognoses of the head warped should have done some simple tests when he had it apart. hope you get some knoladge out of this and good luck.

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Poor skimming or gasket job resulted in the problem not being solved and more overheating.mjnhgjfklhk.mnj.h,gmf

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