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Old 08-24-2010, 05:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Suzuki Vitara 1994 overheating when slowing down /stopping after 2 hours driving

We recently bought a 2nd hand suzuki vitara 94, in very good condition, only one previous owner and only around 40,000km on the clock (it was a second car i guess).
We hadn't had any problems at all(had it 3 months) until we decided to go away fro the weekend! We drove 2 and a half hours to our destination, the speed we cruised on the highway was about 110km average- most of the journey was highway.
When we arrived at our destination we were driving around the city for a while and noticed the car was seriously overheating, as in red. We eventually got it parked, and it was hissing. Thought we needed to add water, so we let it cool down, didnt actually use it for more than 24 hours, and then added water. When we set off home, it was fine for the first hour, then started to creep up again,just a bit, so we stopped anyway to get a drink, and noticed that it went right up when we slowed down and then stopped! Tried to start it again just to see, but wouldnt start.
We checked the oil and added more , same thing happened- stopped at the next garage and got some pre diluted anti freeze and added that to the coolent part. Then we just had one hour to drive and we kept it in neutral going down hills to try and cool it down- stayed on 3 quarters but when we got to our town and had to slow down it started to rise again.
I should add that the outside temp was around 40, 43 degrees celcius the first day, so very hot anyway!
Please if anyone knows what this could be, can you help.
We don't know alot about cars, but we love this one and want to get it fixed, whatever the problem is.
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Kinda sounds like a fan issue. it there lots of debris in the fins of the radiator or some other kind of obstruction? When you're moving fast air has no problem cooling the radiator, slow down and you don't have that natural cooling and the fan has to move all the air.

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Get a compression test or leak down test performed, you may have a head gasket problem.
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Kinda sounds like a fan issue. it there lots of debris in the fins of the radiator or some other kind of obstruction? When you're moving fast air has no problem cooling the radiator, slow down and you don't have that natural cooling and the fan has to move all the air.

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Water had gone again from radiator and coolent box :/
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