Engine Cooling problem
1997 Honda Accord 4 cyl Wheel Drive Type unknown Automatic 65000 miles
Recently, my honda accord 1997 VTEC model with automatic transmission had an overheating problem. When I was driving, I noticed that the temperature is rising and going to the red zone. So I stopped and opened the hood while the engine is still running. I noticed that the radiator fan is not running even when the engine is so hot at that time. I turned the AC on and both the AC fan and radiator fan turned on. But making the fans turn on at that time could no longer lower down the temperature which was already above the middle mark of the gauge. Turning the AC off also turned both fans off. So I shut off the engine to let it cool down. When it was cooled down, I opened the radiator cap and found the level of coolant ok, so I discounted any possible leaks. I called a friend and was advised to check for the thermostat. But I dont know where the thermostat is located. Is it the one connected to the upper radiator hose or the one connected to the lower radiator hose at the engine side? I also noticed that the upper radiator hose is too hot while the lower radiator hose is not hot or is just warm maybe. Is it possible that the water is not circulating? What could be the problem why the fan is not automatically turning on when the engine is hot? Please advise. Thanks.
Thursday, March 20th, 2008 AT 8:14 AM