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Old 09 May 2006, 11:57 pm
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I have a 1999 acura tl, i flushed the radiator and made sure there arent any leaks. i filled the radiator full and put coolant in the resevoir tank as recommended in the manual. after driving five minutes, the coolant in the resevoir tank is boiling and the heat and smoke starts to come out from under the hood. The fuse for the cooling fan relay is good, but both fans are not turned on when they are suppose to. any suggestions on what might be the problem?

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Old 10 May 2006, 08:13 am
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"DA1BRAT" <DA1BRAT.27kxev@no-mx.carstalk.net> wrote in message
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> I have a 1999 acura tl, i flushed the radiator and made sure there arent
> any leaks. i filled the radiator full and put coolant in the resevoir tank
> as recommended in the manual. after driving five minutes, the coolant in
> the resevoir tank is boiling and the heat and smoke starts to come out
> from under the hood. The fuse for the cooling fan relay is good, but both
> fans are not turned on when they are suppose to. any suggestions on what
> might be the problem??
>
>

There are two possibilities that come to mind. The first is a bad head
gasket; the second is that the coolant isn't circulating.

Start with a basic head gasket check - with the engine cold, remove the
radiator cap and start the engine. Pinch off the hose from the radiator to
the coolant reservoir and place the palm of your hand over the radiator cap
opening. If you feel a steady rise in pressure or (worse) pulsation, the
cylinder head will almost certainly have to come off for repair. A test for
hydrocarbons in the coolant can be done by a shop to confirm the diagnosis
before taking such a big step, but this is a pretty reliable indicator.

If not that, the next step is to replace the thermostat with a genuine
Honda/Acura thermostat. Others have had the same experience that I have:
aftermarket thermostats are not to be trusted. Be sure to purge air from the
system afterward... if you aren't familiar with that, check a service manual
or check back.

Don't drive it this way. If the overheating hasn't done damage yet it
certainly will before long.

Mike


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