I have a 1990 Samurai with a G13A engine, when running it around town or on open road the water temperature gauge reads about 2mm above the minimum orange line. When strained, or in (one of the many British)traffic jams it reads about 4mm above the line at the most. The outside air temperature in the UK is about 10 degrees C, Is this normal?
It used to read half way up the scale, but I had to replace the radiator because it was blocked, and after that the reading went way down.
The engine also misfires and lacks power when the gas is held half way down, if I keep driving for say 10 miles like this then it loses almost all it's power, and then if I let it idle it stalls and won't restart unless I leave it for about 10 mins.
It only does this when driving, If I start it and let it idle with any amount of gas it's fine.
I've just replaced the head gasket and there is no water or compression loss, but I did notice that when I disconnected the two water tubes at the top rear of the carb after draining the cooling system they were dry, but all the others were damp.
Any help would be greatly appreciated
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