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#128 of 410 I need help for my 1993 Honda Civic
Jan 25, 2008 (6:11 am)
My Honda Civic maybe on it's last leg and I desperately need help!
I will try and sum it up for you as best as I can. The car problems started about a year ago. My husband replaced the radiator with a brand new radiator from NAPA. However, he did NOT replace any of the hoses. At the time I did not realize this was a big NO NO. I do a lot of road trips and I took a 8 hour road trip a month after the radiator was put in. Well, on my way back [three hours from home] my car over-heated. I blew a hole in one of the hoses. The car got so hot, it shut itself off. I had to be towed. I know your asking yourself, was all my hoses replaced now. NO!
About three weeks ago, same situation only I was 10 minutes away from home. I blew another hose.
Yesterday, my car was waiting inline at my son's school and it started sputtering. Next thing you know it is smoking. My husband said it is blowing oil out the cap. There is no oil in the water and there is no water in the oil. I have over 200,000 miles on the original motor. I need to know what could be wrong before my husband totally destroys my car. Please help me!!!
#129 of 410 Re: I need help for my 1993 Honda Civic [amysboxers]
Jan 25, 2008 (1:41 pm)
You probably blew a head gasket, which sits on top of the engine block/cylinders, and under the head that contains the valves. The gasket keeps cylinder gas in the cylinders and engine where it belongs, and coolant water in the cooling circuit for cooling. When the gasket blows, coolant gets into the engine and oil (very bad), and oil gets into the coolant system (which can be easily flushed/cleaned).
For what it is worth, this was probably your original problem all along....which caused your radiator to leak to start with, then your hoses to blow out (the next weakest thing), etc.
#130 of 410 Belt noise
Jan 31, 2008 (7:53 am)
#131 of 410 Belt noise
Jan 31, 2008 (8:00 am)
I bought a 2002 Civic LX with 34K mi earlier this month. The Honda dealer replaced the alternator and power steering pump belts when the alternator belt began to fail (frayed). Since the repair the power steering pump seems to labor especially when under load ( slow speed turns). Is that belt just too tight or has another problem blossomed?
#132 of 410 Re: Belt noise [enver]
Feb 01, 2008 (7:42 am)
If you have noise (squealing) and hard steering at low speeds the belt is likely too loose.
#133 of 410 Re: I need help for my 1993 Honda Civic [kiawah]
Feb 01, 2008 (7:47 am)
Actually, it sounds more like a cracked head, where the crack is at the top of the combustion chamber in one of the cooling jackets. The pressure from the combustion chamber is getting into the cooling system, which is why you blew your radiator and then the hoses. It is also why you don't see coolant/oil contamination. Replacing the hoses with the radiator wouldn't have fixed the basic problem since they aren't the cause of your overheating. A compression test would help confirm this. It if is a cracked head, then the only solution is replacement--assuming the overheating hasn't damaged the engine further.
#134 of 410 Help with 04 Civic
Feb 01, 2008 (10:13 am)
What to do? I bought a certified Honda Civic DX Value from a local dealership. Had 52000 miles on it. I took it back in for its 60000 mile service and since then have put about 9000 miles over 9 months on it, I did get an oil change at about 65000 miles. I took it in to a local authorized Honda mechanic (no Honda dealership for about 60 miles) and I had to get an engine oil flush instead of just an oil change because of all the sludge in the oil. Is it at all possible under my driving conditions that in 4000 miles the sludge would have built up.
I just do not see how. I live in the mountains of NC but most of my driving is done on four lane hwy either to and from work or driving to Atlanta to catch an airplane.
How responsible do you guys feel the dealership that sold this to me is?
#135 of 410 Not the belt!
Feb 02, 2008 (3:31 am)
#136 of 410 Re: Help with 04 Civic [cgodwin1]
Feb 02, 2008 (6:06 am)
You wouldn't have sludge built up in 4K miles, if that is your question.
How many oil changes did you have from 52K, to the oil change at 65K?
#137 of 410 99 Honda Civic EX timing belt then check engine light
Feb 02, 2008 (2:57 pm)
Driving on highway car stopped. Towed to repair shop. Replaced Distributor Assembly, timing belt, spark plugs, ignition wire set, fuel filter, water pump and gave a cooling system transfusion. Get "fixed" car and drive <20 miles and check engine light comes on for the first time - ever - since owning the car - 9 years. Car has 110,000 miles. What could be happening now? Damage to engine they did not notice?