Honda Civic DX coupe, 1994, 96,000 miles, 1.5 liter engine.
I drive this car 130 miles every day. It does fine for about 120 miles of the trip when I come to the long steep 10 miles of hilly terrain that leads up to where I live. So far I have replaced the radiator and cap then later I had the system pressure tested and there was no problem there. Recently, I replaced the fan switch as the fan was not coming on. Yesterday I replaced the thermostat with a new one and checked the old one in boiling water and it was working fine.
By the time I get up the hills and home, the water in the radiator resevoir is full. Once cooled, the radiator has sucked the reservoir dry. I have noticed that often, if not always, the radiator seems to be pressurized when I remove the cap to check the fluid level. Lots of bubbles emitted from the over flow hose into the overflow reservoir. This does not seem normal to me and I am suspecting a possible headgasket problem but do not see any cross contamination in either radiator fluid or oil. Is there an inexpensive check that I can do to be sure it is a head gasket or cracked head before I pull off the head and delve deeper into the problem?
have the same problem?
Thursday, June 21st, 2007 AT 10:16 PM