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#700 of 812 Not A typical Head Gasket Problem
Aug 13, 2007 (5:50 pm)
Not A Typical Head Gasket Problem
If somebody could help me who has some knowledge of Acura or Honda, Iíd appreciate it.
I have a 1993 4 door acura legend, itís been a great car for me but it does have 200k miles on it. Iíve had an off and on problem over the last 9 months of overheating. 7 months ago, I replaced the thermostat, and put in new radiator. Shortly after 3 hoses had broken, over the course of about 6 weeks, 2 from the radiator. We replaced them, they were old and needed replacing. At the time we tested the engine with block test , it should turn the fluid from dark blue ultimately to yellow if there was a head gasket problem, it did change slightly to a green blue, but was not conclusive as to being a head gasket problem. And that made sense in that the car showed no symptoms of a head gasket problem, there was no water in the oil, there was no smoke in the exhaust upon starting up in the morning and the compression was fine.
For the first 3 months of this year, it ran fine until it started overheating again. It wouldnít use much coolant. I would always pull aside at the first hint of overheating and checked my levels, usually to find that the radiator was down a quart but that the auxiliary reservoir was always full never augmenting the radiator coolant level. After letting it cool off, adding small amounts of coolant and turning on the heater, I could manage to continue where I was going or drive back home without a further incident.
A few months ago I took my car to another mechanic, he ended up replacing the thermostat again, the water pump, which was making some noise but I couldnít determine was really leaking, an o ring in the manifold, and several sensors that I knew werenít the problem. It cost me $1100 bucks.
Still a few days later, it overheated again,. The time between overheating incidents had became less and less , to the point they were happening every 75 miles if I didnít replenish the coolant levels. At a friends urging I had the thermostat removed. I had heard that Honda had problems with their replacement thermostats.
When I removed the thermostat, I had over 120 miles without an incident, I was feeling confident that was the problem until I took about a 100 mile trip and found it overheating again.
At one point I wondered if I had the right radiator. After coming home from a 50 mile trip I opened the hood to find it spraying through a pinhole leak for about 30 seconds. I took it to the guy who sold me the radiator, he tested it under 18 lbs. psi and it didnít leak. He said it was the right radiator and he couldnít replace if he couldnít find a leak it and that he suspected that it was a head gasket problem. We bleeded it , there were a few bubbles every once in a while but not enough to assume the worst.
More recently the symptoms are becoming more the same, the hoses feel very much under pressure after driving only say 15 miles. Without the common symptoms, could this still be a head gasket problem?
Thank You for any counsel
#701 of 812 Re: Not A typical Head Gasket Problem [kirkaja]
Aug 13, 2007 (7:31 pm)
I've had the same problem on my 95 Legend (189K)and have had simular issues than you. I also hooked the fan up directly so it run whenever the key is on. Found milkly white on my dip stick last Sat (head gasket, thermostat, waterpump, radiator and cap are less than a year old. SUCKS!
#702 of 812 AC receiver Dryer/ Head Gasket
Aug 26, 2007 (9:57 am)
Hello i have a 1995 Legend LS Coup with 140,000 mile, need to replace the ac receiver dryer is that a common problem with the ac's on the legend and by doing the regular maintenance will that slow the risk of a blow head gasket?
#703 of 812 Re: Not A typical Head Gasket Problem [kirkaja]
Sep 01, 2007 (10:10 am)
You have a seeping head gasket. Not as bad as a blown hg, but it will slowly get worse. That is why your blok-check kit did not go right to yellow. As it gets worse, you *may* see some of the traditional signs such as white exhaust, and gunk under the radiator cap. Better way to test for it is to have a shop "wand" your radiatior with his emissions testing equipment. He will pass his wand over the top of your open radiator to check for hydrocarbons. Its typically the #1 or #6 cylinder. If you pull those plugs, I am sure you will find one of them has been steam cleaned by the coolant.
#704 of 812 Re: AC receiver Dryer/ Head Gasket [jerome40]
Sep 01, 2007 (10:12 am)
the only thing you can do to slow that risk, is to service your cooling system religously, and only use acura coolant. AC has nothing to do with that.
Sep 01, 2007 (7:07 pm)
I need to replace my AC compressor and clutch, but the price I'm getting is ~$1,000, parts & labor.
I'm in Southern Cal and it's really HOT! Is there a cheaper solution to this situation? I did a lot of my car work in college, but modern cars are a bit out of my league.
Thanks a lot.
#706 of 812 security system nightnare!!!
Sep 08, 2007 (8:27 pm)
Somebody HELP ME!!! I have a 1989 Acura Legend I bought for $500.00. So far my only big problem is that the guy lost the original keys with the keyless entry. Nobody and I mean nobody but the dealer can get me another one but for a hefty price. Does anybody have or know the posible FCC# on the remote so that I can try that way on line via Ebay? If not does anyone know how to bypass the immobilizer (kill switch), if I don't stick the key in the ignition or open the door fast enough the car automatically activtes the kill switch and the car won't start for at least 20-30 minutes after that it works beautifully. Like all of the discussions I read prior to this message I too love my car and with gas prices the way they are I'd be a fool it get rid of a sweet ride!! Hope for a miracle.
#707 of 812 overheating but with a gas smell too
Sep 15, 2007 (8:46 am)
I have read the posts about overheating. Have 95 Legend with month old new timing belt & water pump and am 90Km or so. Last night after driving awhile had strong gas smell and then temp guage rose to top of red and then dropped back down again few secs later. Drove some more and it repeated to hot and back down. Second time did not have gas smell. Tank was filled earlier in day & had just turned a corner when smell first noticed.
Are these related??? Since timing belt installed engine seems to be louder too. A symptom?
a PS: Just drove it around the block: heater is blowing cold, and it revs strongly in idle. What are these signs of?? I am not savvy to know what I am looking at under the hood and so I would appreciate so input before I call the mechanic. Could the new water pump work be bad causing this new problem? Thanks.
#708 of 812 I think Head Gasket!
Oct 05, 2007 (6:09 pm)
Hello I have a 91 Acura Legend w/155 miles. The other day I went to start my car to go to work and it was making a funny sound and shaking as I was putting it into gears. Then I notice radiator fluid coming out my tail pipes. I am confuse on what might be wrong and ppl are telling me two different things. (blown engine or head gasket)! I just put a new radiator in my car in July and a VSS. Please tell me not my engine. I love my car!
#709 of 812 1990 Acura Lengend stalling.
Oct 15, 2007 (10:31 pm)
We have a 1990 Acura Legend with 125K on it. We are the original owners and it has been a great car. However, it has started stalling. Took some friends on a drive to Mt. St. Helens about 80 miles roundtrip. The car ran fine, but then when I had to slow down and stop for a pedestrian, the car just died. It started up fine, but when I pulled into the driveway the car died again. It started up fine again. Anybody have a clue what the problem might be? Thanks.