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1991 Daihatsu Charade 3 Cyl

My car continually heats up I have replaced the thermostat and driving locally it is fine but when I drive 50km out of town the car starts to lose power and heat up again. Just before I lose power there is a burning smell from the car but on opening the bonnet everything appears fine Help Help


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Ok there are two common causes with the 3 cylinder when it comes to over heating. Because the engine is so robust it tends to mask the failure until put under load. The radiator may well need a flush, but generally the cause is either the thermostat which cycles the radiator fan or a failing head gasket.

Your first test should be to temporarily bridge out the fan contacts so that it runs continuously and take it for a trip. If the problem persists have a mechanic carry out a water analysis using a block tester (or buy one yourself from ebay).

It probably wouldn't hurt for you to remove the top and bottom hoses from the radiator and give it an internal rinse with a garden hose, top and bottom.

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Sounds like the radiator may need to be cleaned and bored. Under slow, in town driving conditions, the engine isn't working too hard. Long trips means the engine has to work a lot harder. If the cores in the radiator are plugged, the water can't get through to be cooled by the air.

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