Engine Cooling problem
1997 Honda Accord 4 cyl Automatic 175000 miles
I was told awhile ago that there was a small leak in my radiator and that eventually I would need a new one. Last month, I was having to put coolant in my car every week so I finally took it in and got a new radiator. Coolant was still leaking from my radiator and now there is a milky discharge in the cap of my motor. I was told by my mechanic that the hoses were good, I also just had the water pump replaced, and the radiator is new and not leaking. As long as there is water in the reservoir, then the coolant level stays the same in my radiator, but it drops when water is not available in the reservoir. I was told by my mechanic that the only way to fix it is to send the head gasket to a machine shop and basically rebuild the motor. Is this correct? They told me it would cost $1300. Is this too expensive? My main question is: Will doing that fix the problem and is this the only thing that could be causing this problem? Should I just get a newer car? Thanks for your help.
Coolant was still leaking from my radiator and now there is a milky discharge in the cap of my motor.
Are you overheating? A blown headgasket, cracked head or block will cause it to overheat and coolant will find its way to the crankcase or engine oil at the radiator.
I was told by my mechanic that the only way to fix it is to send the head gasket to a machine shop and basically rebuild the motor. Is this correct? They told me it would cost $1300. Is this too expensive?
Its on the high side
to send the head gasket to a machine shop, sounds like resurfacing the cylinder head- Why? What is really wrong with your car-I still don't get it am looking at a blown headgasket-but your not overheating.
September, 16, 2008 AT 4:51 PM
My car is not overheating, but it probably would if I didn't keep putting water in the reservoir and coolant in the radiator. If I don't keep an eye on the fluids, then yes, the temperature gauge starts going up when my car is idling. I don't understand why there is water in the motor. Will resurfacing the head gasket fix this?
September, 16, 2008 AT 9:24 PM
It probably blew the headgasket and cylinder head needs resurfacing due to warpage.
September, 18, 2008 AT 9:14 AM
It does sound like your head gasket has blown--least expensive repair problem. It doesn't mean that your head is warped and has to be resurfaced, but it does need to be checked by a shop for warpage before reassembly. Pulling each of the spark plugs and looking at their condition might give you a clue to where the leak/crack is. A clean or different color spark plug will indicate a problem in the area of that particular cylinder.