Hi so I recently purchased this integra and have had it for roughly 3 weeks now since ive owne it its driven good but my battery and check engine light have been on the whole time. The battery light would go off every once in a while and stay on majority of the time. And with the engine light it normally stays off for the 1st 5 mins of driving and then goes on. The guy said that the engine light has always been on since hes owned it and that it wasnt a problem so I didnt think a whole lot of it cuz it is an old car. 2 weeks in from driving the car after I bought it I decided to make a 45 min trip and on my way back the cars lights died down and the car lost alot of power I pulled over and then shut it off. Tried to start it but it wouldnt turn over at all. After 5 mins of leaving it alone it started up and had full power to the lights so I started driving and then after 2 mins it started losing power again so I parked and didnt turn it off but I reved the gas in park thinking it would charge up the battery a bit but to my mistake I heard a sound and saw smoke or steam coming from the hood. Got out, opened the hood and saw my radiator steaming and leaking under my car there was a decent amount coming out.
So thats what happened. I ended up leaving it on the side of the road for 2 days, I got my battery charged up and then went back to see if I could atleast drive it home. The guys at canadian tire said my battery was just under the minimum of it not being able to start a car. So they charged it up I went to my car and popped it in. Before I did anything else I filled the rad up with coolant and to my surprise I thought it would have all poured right through the rad cuz I thought I cracked it but I did not see any leaks whatsoever. After that I drove the car about 25 mins to my house and everything seemed good the temp gauge didnt go over half or anything. So as soon as I parked I checked under the hood and I saw a little bit of steam coming from the radiator. I couldnt tell if it was the coolant that I spilled trying to get into the radiator or if it has a minor leak now or crack or if the lid doesnt seal properly. Also I put my hand on the engine and it was burning hot. I had to take my hand off instantly, I dont think your motor should be that hot. And I also pulled out all 4 spark plug wires and there was alot of oil in the 1st two plug wells but none in the 2nd two.
so what I am assuming is that my altenator went bad due to what happened in the begining of the situation and that I might have wrecked my radiator, and that maybe I blew the o rings that seel my plug wells in the 1st to plugs. But I didnt see any leeks to my radiator as I had it sitting while running and saw no leaks, nothing compared to how bad it was spewing out when I was gassing it. What I would like to know is if my rad is most likely gone and if my radiator needs replacing aswell. Also if the engine and battery light indicate anything that would be directed to the situation that happened. Thanks. I was just gonna buy the rad and the altenator online and figure out how to replace them myslef. But I also dont know if I might have done more damage and that replacing those wont completely fix my problem.
Wednesday, February 6th, 2013 AT 4:58 AM