Losing Coolant

Tiny
MHPAUTOS
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From what you posted it read like you were not sure where the leak was coming from. The pressure test Will make the leak spurt and pin pointing the problem, if you can see where the leak is check that the housing, pipe what ever is not corroded and that there is a pin hole causing your problem.

Mark.(Mhpautos)
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ZIMMY30
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  • 1996 HONDA ACCORD
  • 4 CYL
  • 192,000 MILES
Recently had radiator replaced along with hoses and heater hose. Runs fine and does not over heat, but noticed drips some anti freeze still, what may be the problem? Thanks
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Tiny
HONDAMIKE
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How long ago was it replaced? There could be some residual coolant on the frame or undercarriage. Or, if it is a leak, I would take it back to get inspected. It could be the water pump leaking if the leak is behind the left front wheel. Park the car on a piece of clean cardboard over night. This will allow you to determine the location of the leak and to show your technician, too.
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Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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Make sure all hoses are tight, make sure the water pump isn't leaking from its weep hole. If you can't find a leak, they make a dye you can mix with the coolant. Drive the vehicle and then using a black light, look for the leak. They dye will glow.
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HEYITSMEYAISA
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  • 1996 HONDA ACCORD
I drive a 96 Accord.

I was at the store, turned my car on and made my way to another store about half a mile away. When I got there the car started making a strange clicking noise. I parked, turned the car off, and then I kept hearing the fan turning on and off all on its own. I popped open the hood and there was a little steam coming out and when I looked under the car the coolant was pouring out from underneath until there was none left.

I plan on jacking the car up and seeing where the leak may have been tomorrow morning, but I would like to know if anyone knows what could have triggered this because the coolant poured out instead of leaking and all of it was lost even when the car was already off it was like my car was puking. Any suggestions or ideas?
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Thursday, January 2nd, 2020 AT 8:07 PM (Merged)
Tiny
ROMYSPEC
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More than one things can cause this problem, a hose could burse, the bottom readiator tank can brake open. If you cant locate leak, Do a pressure test on the cooling system to find the leak.
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Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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Check for a broken radiator or a bad radiator hose.
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BEN30205
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  • 1996 HONDA ACCORD
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 185,000 MILES
I recently had to change all the hoses and thermostat on my 96 Accord. I need to know the proper way to bleed the cooling system. I looked at other posts but I didnt see one that exactly told me where the block bleeding screw was located. What I have is to take out the bleeder on the thermo housing add coolant until no bubbles come out. I want to do a complete coolant swap. From the engine and entire system. If someone can give me the exact locations of the 2 bleeding screws I would really appreciate it. This is a great car but had been overheating, I found a bad hose and replaced but even when the coolant seems full I can drive it, it runs fine, then starts to overheat and nothing is going into the overflow. I think the coolant level is not really filling all the way, as if its got big air pockets in the system. Thanks in advance.

96 Accord Ex 2.2 Vtec 185,000 miles
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Tiny
DOCFIXIT
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Only one bleed screw atthermostat housing. So your doing it right. Are cooling fans operating?
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Thursday, January 2nd, 2020 AT 8:07 PM (Merged)
Tiny
BEN30205
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Yes the fans are working properly. One runs as normal unless the A/C is on. Then they both kick on. I tried the old faithful filling and idling, but that didnt work. Thanks. I will use the bleeder on the T-housing and go from there. I was told that there is a bleeder on the waterpump. But I am not sure. Its not very easy to see the waterpump being located so low on the engine block. Thanks again for any help.
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Thursday, January 2nd, 2020 AT 8:07 PM (Merged)
Tiny
DOCFIXIT
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If overheating persists have block test done to see if traces of co/hc in coolant. Can get test kit at NAPA
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PHILAEAGLE
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  • 1996 HONDA ACCORD
I have a 96 Accord and while driving I noticed the temperature needle rise. I added antifreeze, as it was empty. The needle still rises but the car does not overheat. The fan comes on and stays on a bit after turning the car off. Would like to know what the problem is and how to fix. Thanks.
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Thursday, January 2nd, 2020 AT 8:07 PM (Merged)
Tiny
BRUCE HUNT
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You have air in the system. You need to crack a bleeder to release the air. Then if the antifreeze keeps going down and the tempermental heating up continues I would advise to locate the crack or leak in the system. You might find a hairline crack on the top of the radiator. It lets out steam sometimes and lets air in to the system.
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PINKY0519
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  • 1995 HONDA ACCORD
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 131,000 MILES
We replaced the thermostat in my car and it started overheating. We found out that you had to release the air out of the lines so we did that. Now it is not overheating but I am leaking antifreeze from the driver's side right beside the front tire, and I am also leaking oil from underneath the front of the motor. Everyone is telling me that I need to replace the timing belt and the water pump, but why am I leaking oil?
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Thursday, January 2nd, 2020 AT 8:08 PM (Merged)
Tiny
F4I_GUY
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The oil could be coming from anywhere. You have to investigate where it's coming from.

With regards to the coolant, have a pressure test done. This will help pinpoint the leak.
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SPELLMINDER
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  • 1995 HONDA ACCORD
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 160,000 MILES
My coolant overflow tank leaks coolant from the cap. I don't think the tank or cap is defective, I think my cooling system is acquiring too much pressure. I just removed my thermostat to see if that would help, but it didn't. What is a cracked block? Could that be the problem? What does it mean to pour a sealant in your radiator to fix a cracked block? Does this make sense, I think this is what was told to me.
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Thursday, January 2nd, 2020 AT 8:08 PM (Merged)
Tiny
OBXAUTOMEDIC
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Hello,

Ok, is is leaking or is it boiling out of your overflow? Does the coolant seem to boil as soon as you start the vehicle while the engine is cold? If so smell coolant with vehicle running, does it smell like exhaust. If so you most likely have a blown head gasket. You can try a Radiator Stop Leak to temparelly slow it down or stop it for a short time.

I would recommend having a garage you trust check it out. That is if you feel the vehicle is worth fixing.

If it is a head gasket it could cost up to $1000 depending on labor cost in your area.
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Thursday, January 2nd, 2020 AT 8:08 PM (Merged)
Tiny
SPELLMINDER
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Yes, the coolant boils (not leak) out of the overflow resevoir, but not right away with a cool engine. It takes some time to heat up. That's all I know. Thank you for your reply; I appreciate it.
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Thursday, January 2nd, 2020 AT 8:08 PM (Merged)
Tiny
OBXAUTOMEDIC
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Ok, Can you tell if the coolant is circulating? If it is you possible have a bad radiator cap or radiator. The cap would be the cheaper and easier way to go right now. You can check the radiator (while it is cold) by running your fingers up or down the fins, if they turn to dust or break off easily then you will need a radiator.
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REDDISHS
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  • 1995 HONDA ACCORD
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 243,000 MILES
My wife just came home and coolant is leaking everywhere. I popped the hood and the upper radiator hose was hot and the coolant reservoir was shaking around and bubbling. After it has cooled down the only coolant that is missing is from the coolant reservoir. My wife didn't notice if the gauge was showing hot or not. What should I look at first?

Thanks
Shane
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