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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-27-2001, 03:13 PM
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o.k., this sounds pretty straight up...but just wanna double check..last couple of nights shortly after restarting my Zuk after a small amount of driving, i'll get to a traffic light and notice my temp gauge pinned out at max. once i start driving, it quickly drops, and doesn't seem to go higher than normal, even sitting at idle for 5-10 min. is it a bad guage, sender, fan clutch, thermo,?????

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My Temp guage went haywire on me. I thought it was the water pump. I had my radiator flushed. It seemed to be okay at idle but when I started going it went pegged on hot. I had a friend check it with a infrared temp sensor and it was running at 180 degrees. Next I noticed that went I would put a load on the battery like heater fan or lights it would do the same thing. I yanked it and put in a aftermarket. No more problems.

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Re: temperature guage

Check to see if you are really overheating first. Aluminum motors don't like to be overheated at all. Check everything as it is easy enough to do. Also, check the connection on the temp sender. Sometimes they like to loosen up and give false readings. I didn't like relying on the OEM gauge, so I intstalled an Auto Meter temp gauge. With something so critical for the motor, I didn't want to take chances.

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This is the problem: replace that crappy ground wire from the distributor to the firewall. It is like 4.00 and will fix that. Even if it looks ok, throw it away.. A 4 guage ground strap will work just fine. You might want to put some heat shrink on it thought to make it look better...

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dude, i think you hit the nail on the head, because i noticed that both times the guage went nuts, i had just turned my amplified stereo on within a few seconds...load the battery, and the guage goes nuts...cause the rad. is full it didn't boil over etc. like an overheat, just looked like the guage went nuts, besides, can you really go from pinned out to normal temp in about three seconds???

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Mine took about 6~7 seconds. Freaked me out big time when I first saw I was driving with the meter pinned on red!!! I noticed when I turned lots of stuff on, the guage would jump up fast, turn everything off, smooth....

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by the way...i changed my PCV valve, and added a 12ga. ground wire from ditributor directly to ground on battery...and VOILA[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/wink.gif[/img] i'm hitting 70mph on highway again....i even lowered my tire pressure from 50 to 35psi!!!

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Re: temperature guage

I don't know what size tire you are running, but 35 is still way too high. Your contact patch is probably really small, just contacting on the center portion of the tire. Even with stock tires, the recomended pressure is 20/20 unloaded & 20/26 loaded. It might steer really easy, but you are better off at the lower pressures.
The psi rating on the side wall gives the max pressure and the load it can carry. To run those pressures and the tire to contact/support properly, your Sami would have to weigh 7000-8000 pounds. In reality, it's probably around 2000 or so pounds depending on how it is equiped.
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well, i didn't wanna drop it tooo low yet, because with the fronts at 35psi, and the rears at 50, i couldn't make 50-55 on highway!!!!235/75/15 BFG M/T stock carb, ceterforce stage1 clutch, 2" extended shackles

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Re: temperature guage

You still need to lose another 10-12psi or so. Don't know what the exact specs are for a sammi, but my 4 door 'kick only needs 23psi and the sammurai's several hundred pounds lighter. You're reducing your tire life by overinflating (wears out the center portion). Might save a few dollars on gas, but you'll spend those dollars replacing the tires early.

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