Engine Cooling problem
1997 Honda Accord 4 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic 136000 miles
Hi! This is my first question.
I've owned a 97 Honda Accord for two months and I'm not being lucky.
To celebrate the car purchase I drove from LA to San Francisco and back without any major issue.
One month later, I decided it was time to get the oil change since I didn't really know when the last change had been performed.
I got my oil changed and a courtesy check. They suggested some repairs I declined (like draining the cooling system) just because I didn't plan to use the car extensively.
After 15 miles driving (two days after the oil change) the car engine is suddenly overheated. The temperature gauge rises and I pull the car off the freeway. I open the hood and I see the radiator cap is half open and coolant liquid is poured everywhere.
I got towing assistance and at the repair shop they tell me that the engine is severely damaged. The bill ascends to $1500 and the car is still under repair (only one cylinder had water inside)
I want to know if there's any possibility for the radiator cap to open itself (maybe due to excesive pressure) and if I can have arguments to blame the mechanic responsable for the oil change and the courtesy check (they say they don't touch the cap for any reason during the courtesy check)
Monday, November 23rd, 2009 AT 10:04 PM