1999 Honda Civic mileage: 120,000. The car heats up a lot and sometimes I can see white smoke coming out of the hood. I check the coolant and its always half empty so I filled it up. The car drives for a while until the problem comes up again with very low coolant. I rested the car, let it cool down, and then open up the radiator and the radiator boils very hot like a hot lava volcano. Well, to get rid of that problem, I went ahead and replace the radiator with a brand new one. It works for a while but the problem remains with hot boiling and coolant half empty. I got frustrated and took the car to the auto shop. He said it was a cracked head gasket. I said okay fine go ahead and re-surface it so he did. It cost me over $800.00 for the service. Well, feeling a little better, I thought the problem is fixed now. No more white smoke, no more hot heated engine. Well, that was roughly a year ago and today the problem is still the same? I replaced the radiator with another one and had it flushed. Still the car is over-heated and white smoke everywhere. The car is just seating at home in the garage and has not moved since April 2000. Now when I go and try to start the car, it sounds horrible like choking and then white smoke would come out of the muffler like crazy. What do I need to do? I thought having the auto shop re-surfacing the head gasket would cure the problem but it didn't. Do I need to have it done again? Can the head gasket be permanently fixed? I thought about just replacing the engine since it cost about the same to fix the head gasket. What is your opinion on this?
Monday, January 3rd, 2011 AT 11:30 PM