Overheating

Tiny
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  • 2002 HONDA CIVIC
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 127,371 MILES
I Just bought the car a couple months ago it is my first car. Only had 114,000 miles on it when I purchased it. It now has 127,000. It over heats almost every time I drive it. I just replaced the radiator and the radiator cap. It obviously has not fixed the problem. I do not know how to tell if it is my head gasket that is blown, but it is so stressful. I have been reading and a lot of people have been having the same issues with the same kind of car. I even took it to a mechanic and they told me to replace the radiator but that did not help. Anything will help :/
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Tuesday, November 8th, 2016 AT 6:57 PM

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Tiny
JOHNNY G.JR
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Has thermostat been replaced, and are cooling fans working? A compression test will tell you if head gasket is blown. Also, there will be combustion gases inside of radiator.
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Tuesday, November 8th, 2016 AT 7:30 PM
Tiny
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Yeah, I replaced the thermostat before I replaced the radiator. And yes the fans are working. I hear them come on when my car is idling. How do I do a compression test?
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Tuesday, November 8th, 2016 AT 8:01 PM
Tiny
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What temperature on the gauge does the fan come on?
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Tuesday, November 8th, 2016 AT 9:32 PM
Tiny
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When it is a little less than half way.
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Wednesday, November 9th, 2016 AT 8:52 AM
Tiny
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And when I try to turn the heater on it blows cold air. Sometimes it will blow warm but then it just goes cold.
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Wednesday, November 9th, 2016 AT 8:55 AM
Tiny
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Did you use the bleeder screw on the cooling system to bleed the air out if the cooling system after replacing the radiator etc?Are both heater hoses getting too hot to hold when the engine is warmed up and there is no heat inside?
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Wednesday, November 9th, 2016 AT 12:18 PM
Tiny
JOHNNY G.JR
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Heatercore is clogged and cooling system needs to be bled down
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Wednesday, November 9th, 2016 AT 8:16 PM
Tiny
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He said he does not know of a bleeder screew but he burped the system to get the air out.
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Wednesday, November 9th, 2016 AT 9:05 PM
Tiny
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What size engine do you have?
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Thursday, November 10th, 2016 AT 12:47 PM
Tiny
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1.7 L
4 cylinder
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Thursday, November 10th, 2016 AT 3:53 PM
Tiny
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I've done a lot of research and unfortunately a lot of these cars have had blown head gaskets. I check the oil regularly and it seems to be fine. But that's they only way I know how to tell if it's my head gasket.
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Thursday, November 10th, 2016 AT 3:55 PM
Tiny
JOHNNY G.JR
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An auto parts store will loan you a compression tester and show you how to use it
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Thursday, November 10th, 2016 AT 5:22 PM
Tiny
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Auto zone rents a chemical block tester that the fluid will change from blue to yellow if there is exhaust gases entering the coolant system The rental is free with deposit you just have to buy the fluid.A compression test can be good and still have a blown head gasket.
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Thursday, November 10th, 2016 AT 7:35 PM
Tiny
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I just took my car to the shop and I am paying them to do a block test. They told me they will for sure be able to tell me what the problem is.
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Thursday, November 10th, 2016 AT 7:45 PM
Tiny
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OK please share what they find
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Friday, November 11th, 2016 AT 6:28 AM
Tiny
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They say blown or cracked head gasket. They did a block test and found fumes in the engine. Explains why I was constantly putting water and coolant into the system. That'll be the last time I purchase a Honda.
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Friday, November 11th, 2016 AT 1:22 PM
Tiny
KEN
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Yep sorry about that, Hondas do have a problem with blowing the head gasket.

Please use 2CarPros anytime, we are here to help and tell a friend.

Best, Ken
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Sunday, November 13th, 2016 AT 10:22 AM
Tiny
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So I ended up but a head gasket sealant called BlueDevil just until I can sell my car and get a new one. Bad mistake. I put it in there and the car doesn't over hear at all now BUT it's leaking an extreme amount of coolant while the car is running. After I noticed it was leaking I let it sit overnight with cardboard underneath it and I checked it in the morning and there was like 2 little drops. So I open up the radiator cap and it was completely full. No room for me to add water or coolant. But the night before it was losing quit a bit. I'm not sure what could have caused that?
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Sunday, November 13th, 2016 AT 3:06 PM
Tiny
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That's a hard one to say without being able to see where it was leaking.I would never recommend putting that stuff in.
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Sunday, November 13th, 2016 AT 6:47 PM
Tiny
KEN
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Can you snap a pic of where is it leaking from and upload it for us?
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Monday, November 14th, 2016 AT 9:37 AM

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