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STEAM, OVERHEATING, BOILING

1997 Honda Civic • 4 cylinder FWD Manual • 197,000 miles

Okay I have a 1997 Honda civic ex it has 197000 miles. I keep it maintained. I've had it for a year and 3 months but since may it has been sitting in my driveway. Since I've had the car I've put new
1. Water pump
2. Timing belt
3. Thermastat
4. Distributor ( all of its components)
5. Radiator cap
6. 4 brand new tires
7. Spark plugs and wire on 1 of the things
8. Fuel filter

I think that's all. But my car overheats and then begins to smoke or steam I think steam from under the hood on the passengers side with this burning smell but not like fire smell. It overheats a lot when I'm stopped and then cools to normal temp when I start driving again but soon just stays overheating while stopped or going. And when I park and turn it off is when u hear the overfill tank boiling. I've watched it so I know that's where sound cones from. And there is now coolant all under my hood from it boiling out while I drive, please someone help me. And the radiator doesn't keep the coolant in it. I have to fill it like every other day. My fans work, there are no visible cracks in radiator, there isn't water in my oil so not a head gasket. HELP ME PLEASE!
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Beckalou
June 29, 2011.



Get it chemically and pressure tested to find out more-

Rasmataz
Jun 29, 2011.
What does chemically consist of?

Tiny
Beckalou
Jun 29, 2011.
Oh I forgot to say that it looses power. I will damn near have my pedal to the floor and it just does not even go. Or I will be driving on the freeway and it is just really slow. It happens more when it overheats but it has happened in the past shortly before it began this overheating bs.

Tiny
Beckalou
Jun 29, 2011.
Check with the major chain parts store-for the bloc chek-liquid in the bottle turns from blue to yellow when there's hydrocarbons in the coolant

Also check the exhaust for restriction to rule out the catalytic converter this could caused your overheating problem

Rasmataz
Jun 29, 2011.
This exactly happened to me also when I still had my Civic '94 last year. I had my radiator overhauled. I always kept my eyes on the temperature gauge, and once the car overheats again, I had to stop
the engine for it to cool down. In this case, you're better off taking your car to an automotive expert. We, as customers have peace of mind when taking our cars to well-established auto repair shop.

Since then, my Civic was working well. I just sold it last month. I decided to purchase a new one.

Tiny
Jeofjingjeff
Jun 29, 2011.
You are lucky that you found a repair shop that did you right. My mind is not at all at ease when dealing with them. My last car I took to a shop paid 800 dollars it ran for one week and never started again. I donated it to Polly Klass Foundation in January. So idk about shops.

But I looked for that chemical that turns colors at two different spots. I bought this stuff for the cooling system that you use a uv light to see where it leaks. I'm knowing already that's not what you were talking about. I'm going to return it. As far ad my cat. The guy recomended this stuff I think called sea foam? He swears by it. He said it will clean out any gunk that's in my exhaust system. And by the way. What is a radiator overhaul?

Tiny
Beckalou
Jul 1, 2011.
Oh, that's was too much of a hassle on your part. Paying $800 is not worth it at all. I even experienced my Civic '94 took two weeks before the engine started again. I had it repainted (at a shop which I would hardly recommend to anybody) before I sold it. Unfortunately some parts of the car were not properly returned, which affected the computer box. The engine wasn't working anymore. I was hopeless. I thought I'd end up with a junked car. Good thing, I had it fixed at a very affordable cost. By the way, my radiator was overhauled at only $50 and spent $160 for computer box labor. Well, I am in the Philippines (1USD= PhP43). We experienced the same car problem, same brand of car but the only difference is our country of origin.
My brand new car is still Honda. Afterall, Honda cars are known to be durable and of good quality. I forgot the brand of the coolant used for my previous Civic. I seldom used it. I just refilled it with distilled water. Just check your water reservoir. Make sure it has always water in it to prevent overheating. Some potential radiator problems may include a restricted or blocked grille that needs to be cleaned by overhauling the radiator. Enough work is done on the radiator unit to make it fully operational again. So you have a choice of either replacing your radiator or having it repaired. In my case, I chose to have it overhauled in one of the best shops here since they recommended it so I won't have to spend another bucks replacing it.

Before I sold my Civic since the radiator was last overhauled, I was using it for almost a year so I was confident it was in good condition. I also had the engine tuned up a couple of month before it was sold. Since then, my buyer gave me a positive feedback. I am happy now with my brand new Honda car.

Before you ask the shop to take on your car, be sure that the company offers a guarantee on the service that they give you. If it won't work for you, try calling Honda cars company whichever is closest to you. They know better what to do.

Tiny
Jeofjingjeff
Jul 2, 2011.
Could be caused by the catalytic converter if its clogged-no power and engine overheating

Rasmataz
Jul 2, 2011.
Okay.I really appreciate the time both of you have taken to help me. U have no idea esp. Rasmataz, since you're the expert! So I put this stuff in my gas tank to get to my exhaust system to clean it all out (the cat.) But it seemed to have worked so far. I drove it around the block a few times wit the AC on and no overheating or steaming occurred! But when I got back home I popped the hood and the overfill tank was boiling still. Not out, but still boiling. I know that couldn't possibly be normal because I know this never happened before. And it still smells kinda funny. So now what do ya think that means?

Tiny
Beckalou
Jul 2, 2011.
Try bleeding it out-could be airlock in it all that time you been refilling it- Thermostat how long ago could be sticking. I suggest you follow my instructions

The only thing you're getting from these other user here is their nightmare experiences-

For you two I'll be checking if you're legal to advertise if not you'll be immediately banned from here-

For the one selling Rolexes I'm right beside you not to far from PI. They call it Give Us American Money not Gooks Under American Management

Rasmataz
Jul 2, 2011.
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