1988 Honda Civic Overheating

Tiny
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Engine Cooling problem
1988 Honda Civic 4 cyl Automatic 168000 miles

My '88 civic lx is overheating, The gasket has been repaired, the fan and fan motor for engine cooling have been replaced and the car is overheating again, what could it be this time, please help!
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Thursday, April 9th, 2009 AT 5:11 PM

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Tiny
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When does it overheat?

Does the cooling fan come on when it does overheat?

HAve you checked the theromstat? Are you loosing any coolant? Is it properly bled?

Answer all of these questions so I can further assist you.
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Thursday, April 9th, 2009 AT 6:04 PM
Tiny
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The fan was repalced yesterday, drove it for a little didn't overheat today when I drove it overheated. The fan was on when it overheated, not losing coolant, the thermostat was replaced bout a month ago
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Thursday, April 9th, 2009 AT 7:03 PM
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Does it overheat when you are driving or idling?

What condition is your radiator in? Are the fins all corroded/green and falling off?
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Sunday, April 12th, 2009 AT 11:08 AM
Tiny
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It over heats when driving it, the radioator is fine
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Monday, April 13th, 2009 AT 3:57 PM
Tiny
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If it overheats when driving you most likely either are low on coolant, have an air lock or you're radiator isn't functioning properly.

May I ask how you know the radiator is fine? Have you checked for hot spots with a thermal gun? Are the fins free of leaves and debris?
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Monday, April 13th, 2009 AT 4:53 PM
Tiny
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My mechanic checked the radiator bout 3 weeks ago, he didn't say anything was wrong with it, but I'll have him check again and check my coolant also.

Do you think it could possibly be the ECT switch if not the radiator, coolant, or an air lock?
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Monday, April 13th, 2009 AT 5:51 PM
Tiny
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Let me know your outcome of your car, we are having the exact same problem with ours. Same year and all. We have to add water everytime we are going to drive it. We are starting to think there is a blockage in the rad.
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Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009 AT 8:15 AM

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