1997 Honda Accord Water comes out of Radiator

Tiny
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  • 1997 HONDA ACCORD
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
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  • 104,390 MILES
Good day.
My Car is Honda Accord '97 VTiS A/T.
- Cylinder head Gasket is newly replaced.
- Drove everyday about 20kilometers and no overheating.
- Radiator is newly overhauled and tried using plain water now as I am observing if radiator has leaks before I put coolant.
The following were observed:
- drove uphill and the temperature rose to a half or a little above the half of the temperature gauge.
- When the engine is cold, I open the radiator cap and tried to start the engine and saw that water is coming out or flowing out of the radiator upon starting or while engine is running.
What could be the problem or what causes the water to come out of the radiator?
- Is it normal for a water to flow out of the radiator when cap is open while engine is running?
Thanks!
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Monday, August 2nd, 2010 AT 8:23 PM

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Tiny
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DO NOT run in on plain water. You need to get a concentration of about 50/50. You'll overheat it.
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Monday, August 2nd, 2010 AT 8:42 PM
Tiny
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Reply is so fast. Thank you so much!
How about the concern in the radiator?
Thanks.
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Monday, August 2nd, 2010 AT 8:51 PM
Tiny
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The water is expanding as it heats up and will push out.
Until the thermostat opens up, the waterpump may push out the water.
Regardless the system needs the antifreeze properties to perform correctly. Check the coolant level when cold and engine off. Top off as needed and just check the level in the reservior. Radiator should remain full. IF the engine gets too hot from just having water, it can cause damage including pooping the new headgasket.

Drain out 3 and a half quarts of the water if you have a 6 cyl or 3 quarts if it is a 4 cyl. This is approximatley half of the systems capacity.

Replace that with straight antifreeze.
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Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010 AT 5:02 AM
Tiny
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Thank you again, already followed the 50/50 concentration.
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Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010 AT 6:12 PM
Tiny
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No problem. If there is a leak, it will show, I doubt there though.
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Wednesday, August 4th, 2010 AT 9:45 AM
Tiny
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Was able to encounter a 3hour traffic last night, didnt overheat, I touched the hood and its cold, upon checking the reservoir water is only 1/4, radiator still full, I will try to drive in uphills to test if temperature will still go up. Thank you so much.
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Wednesday, August 4th, 2010 AT 6:24 PM
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Cooling systems sometimes seek their own level in the reservior. There may be a marking on the side for where it is suggested to fill it to, but the level may vary.
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Wednesday, August 4th, 2010 AT 8:03 PM

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