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Old 31 Aug 2003, 12:04 am
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Are you sure you don't have a coolant leak? I have seen several of these
engines with broken head bolts causing a overheating condition when the
coolant level drops.

David Short
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"ruess" <not@telling.com> wrote in message
news:WGU3b.341$PX6.40171629@newssvr13.news.prodigy .com...
> Hi there,
>
> I have an 88 Acura Legend 2 door, with a 2.7 L engine, which is having

some
> very difficult overheating issues.
>
> Here's the background:
>
> I bought the car about 1.5 years ago, and the thing never overheated, nor
> did the guage fluctuate above a little less than middle. However, due to
> some major oil burning problems, I had an imported engine from Japan
> installed in the car with approximately 30k miles on it. (a new radiator

was
> not installed). Soon after the installation, I began to realize that in
> certain conditions the temp. guage would slowly rise and make its way to

the
> red. It would only take place however after about 5 minutes of stop and go
> traffic on the highway or such (of which there is a lot of in LA). Driving
> above about 30-40 mph or even if it was just sitting idle, it would not
> overheat. It would however cool down a little if I had my A/C on, for I
> think it automatically turned on another fan.
>
> After taking it to my mechanic, he said that the fans were turning on when
> they were supposed to, that he replaced the thermostat just in case, and
> that he himself could not get it to overheat (though I'm not sure he tried
> very hard). That was about 9 months ago, and I've just endured the problem
> since then.
>
> Yet just the other day I decided that I would try one more time. I took it
> to a radiator shop, and after hearing the story they quickly concluded it
> was the radiator, and replaced it, telling me it was now great. Sure

enough
> however, back on the freeway in traffic, it slowly started climbing to the
> red again. I took it back the next day, and they were able to get it to
> overheat. They concluded it was the fan thermostat switch, and that the

fans
> were turning on early enough, and so replaced that- and told me this time,
> it was definitely fixed and ready to go. Well, I found myself the next day
> again in traffic and there it went again, staying around a high middle of
> the guage and suddenly started shooting up.
>
> The thing is that it only began doing this after the new engine was
> installed. The engine runs beautifully otherwise, and the radiator shop
> tested to make sure it wasn't the head gasket. Nonetheless, it's driving

me
> crazy. My question is what could it possibly be!!?? Is there a possibility
> that the mechanic when installing the new engine forgot to plug in some
> electronic device that could affect this?
>
> Any ideas would be wonderful.
>
> Thanks much,
> kevin
> posted messages welcome or email at:
> ruess@yahoo.com
>
>



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Old 31 Aug 2003, 10:27 pm
ruess
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Default Re: cooling problem

Hi David,

Could you please explain more what you mean by the words: "coolant level
drops"? Do you mean when the coolant is low or something?

Also, what would be a good way to test if this is the problem?

Thanks much,
kevin

"Acura God" <djshort@NOSPAMlightbound.com> wrote in message
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> Are you sure you don't have a coolant leak? I have seen several of these
> engines with broken head bolts causing a overheating condition when the
> coolant level drops.
>
> David Short
> Acura God
>
> "ruess" <not@telling.com> wrote in message
> news:WGU3b.341$PX6.40171629@newssvr13.news.prodigy .com...
> > Hi there,
> >
> > I have an 88 Acura Legend 2 door, with a 2.7 L engine, which is having

> some
> > very difficult overheating issues.
> >
> > Here's the background:
> >
> > I bought the car about 1.5 years ago, and the thing never overheated,

nor
> > did the guage fluctuate above a little less than middle. However, due to
> > some major oil burning problems, I had an imported engine from Japan
> > installed in the car with approximately 30k miles on it. (a new radiator

> was
> > not installed). Soon after the installation, I began to realize that in
> > certain conditions the temp. guage would slowly rise and make its way to

> the
> > red. It would only take place however after about 5 minutes of stop and

go
> > traffic on the highway or such (of which there is a lot of in LA).

Driving
> > above about 30-40 mph or even if it was just sitting idle, it would not
> > overheat. It would however cool down a little if I had my A/C on, for I
> > think it automatically turned on another fan.
> >
> > After taking it to my mechanic, he said that the fans were turning on

when
> > they were supposed to, that he replaced the thermostat just in case, and
> > that he himself could not get it to overheat (though I'm not sure he

tried
> > very hard). That was about 9 months ago, and I've just endured the

problem
> > since then.
> >
> > Yet just the other day I decided that I would try one more time. I took

it
> > to a radiator shop, and after hearing the story they quickly concluded

it
> > was the radiator, and replaced it, telling me it was now great. Sure

> enough
> > however, back on the freeway in traffic, it slowly started climbing to

the
> > red again. I took it back the next day, and they were able to get it to
> > overheat. They concluded it was the fan thermostat switch, and that the

> fans
> > were turning on early enough, and so replaced that- and told me this

time,
> > it was definitely fixed and ready to go. Well, I found myself the next

day
> > again in traffic and there it went again, staying around a high middle

of
> > the guage and suddenly started shooting up.
> >
> > The thing is that it only began doing this after the new engine was
> > installed. The engine runs beautifully otherwise, and the radiator shop
> > tested to make sure it wasn't the head gasket. Nonetheless, it's driving

> me
> > crazy. My question is what could it possibly be!!?? Is there a

possibility
> > that the mechanic when installing the new engine forgot to plug in some
> > electronic device that could affect this?
> >
> > Any ideas would be wonderful.
> >
> > Thanks much,
> > kevin
> > posted messages welcome or email at:
> > ruess@yahoo.com
> >
> >

>
>



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