Oil in coolant - 1998 Honda Accord 2.3 litre V-tec 4 cyl

Tiny
DICKYDID
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  • 1998 HONDA ACCORD
My vehicle (with 109,000 miles on it) over heated and I found excessive amounts of oil in the cooling system. I sought the advice of two auto mechanics and they both felt it was a bad head gasket. I've been a shade tree mechanic for years, and felt I could handle the job with the right repair info. I purchased the repair manual published by Honda Motor Co. And procceeded to do the job. I thought I had suceeded and patted myself on the back but soon realized I had the same problem again on a smaller scale. The only things I can say that I didn't do by the book were (1) I used an aftermarket gasket set instead of genuine Honda parts and (2) I did not have the head planed ( the head appeared to be within the allowable warpage limits of.002 inch ). Did I do a bad job or could the problem be caused by something other than a head gasket. I'm not sure how long the oil had been accumulating in the system before it over heated the first time I discovered it. Any insight on this will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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Friday, December 1st, 2006 AT 2:46 PM

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Tiny
KEN
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Anytime the cyilnder head is off the car for a blown head gasket you should have it surfaced. Is your car a automatic trans. Sometimes the cooler in the radiator can leak causing the same problem. If all checks our ok you could have a cracked block or head. :Cry:
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Friday, December 1st, 2006 AT 3:19 PM
Tiny
DICKYDID
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I did check the automatic transmission coolant line and it was o.K. Now I don't know whether to do another tear down and have the head resurfaced or what! What do you think?
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Friday, December 1st, 2006 AT 3:41 PM
Tiny
KEN
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If there is coolant in the oil we have to do something, remove the cylinder head and have presure checked, if ok and the head gaket is ok, the block could be cracked.
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Friday, December 1st, 2006 AT 3:52 PM
Tiny
DICKYDID
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Actually, the oil is in the coolant. Does this make a difference? If I need to have a pressure check, do I have to take the head to a garage to have that done?
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Friday, December 1st, 2006 AT 9:22 PM
Tiny
BRUCE HUNT
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Pull the head off and take it in to an auto shop to have it checked for cracks and warpage. The once the head is back put on the new head gasket.
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Friday, December 1st, 2006 AT 11:36 PM
Tiny
DICKYDID
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Thanks for the advice. I'll let you know how I make out.
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Sunday, December 3rd, 2006 AT 7:21 AM

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