My 98 Honda Accord has been a great car. Never overheated, gets great gas mileage, ran great, no serious issues until now. So I gave the car to my brother in law who lives in San Diego. He got a DUI before he could even register it. So I flew down to drive it back to Bend, OR. After picking it up I drove it to my parents house and when re-parking I noticed some greenish mud looking film that had spilled out. I decided to pop the hood and noticed my upper radiator hose had burst a hole. When I further investigated I noticed this film almost seemed like a mixture of oil and coolant. I checked the oil stick and the oil was clean of water. I chose to replace the hose and continue on. One note. While replacing the hose I noticed the junk was mostly in radaitor end of hose. When I pulled the hose from the engine end I noticed bright green coolant that didn't look mixed. Wierd to say the least. So I changed the hose and started on my drive to Redding, CA. The car ran great and had no issues. I did notice it got about 5 miles less per gallon. But 31 mpg was still pretty good. The following morning I checked the oil. It seemed lower than it normally had after a long drive. I added oil and drove to Bend, OR. After successfully making it through 100 miles of blizzard conditions I arrived at my house. Parked it in the driveway and proceeded to go inside to unload some stuff. When I came out I noticed steam was coming from under the hood. I popped the hood and that slime was overflowing out of the reservoir for the radiator and the radiator cap. Basically spilling every where. I checked the temp gauge and noticed temps were high. I pulled the car into the garage after it had cooled and parked it. Prior to pulling it in I noticed engine oil was low again. Spent a few hours on the blogs and read about the different issues. I really have no clue what it could be. I recently lost my job so money is currently an issue. I have time until I go back to school to do some maintenance on my own prior to taking it to a dealer. Any suggestions? The motor is a 4 cylinder and the tranny is a manual 5 speed. Noticed there is two radiators. One is obvious for the engine and the one that sit In front of that looks to be for AC.
Wednesday, December 19th, 2012 AT 3:44 AM