Engine Cooling problem
1999 Honda Civic 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 110000 miles
Ok. I replaced the radiator, all hoses, and the thermostat on my 1999 Honda Civic Dx. After completing the installation, I filled the radiator with coolent. After doing this, I started the engine without the radiator cap on to 'burp' the cooling system. No noticeable burps occurred with the car idling but when the car was turned off, air bubbles were expelled into the overflow container.
At this point, we took the car for a drive around the block and immediately the temperature spiked and continued to rise. We parked the car, let it cool, and decided that the thermostat may have been installed upside down. I disassembled the housing and reinstalled the thermostat with the air bleeder located in the vertical position. Again, coolent was added to the engine and we idled it and, again, the car temperature spiked almost immediately after driving.
What could be causing this continued overheating? I thought possibly the water pump but the Autozone guys said the water pump would only be the problem if it was leaking. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
have the same problem?
Thursday, February 28th, 2008 AT 10:36 AM