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Old 03 Jan 2007, 06:13 am
Philip Kline
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Default 95 Accord overheating,

I have a 95 Accord LX with auto trans, 156,000 miles.
A few weeks ago it started exhibiting cooling system problems so I
took it to a family friend who does all kinds of auto repair. He had
it for a few days and told me the radiator had developed a leak so we
replaced that and both hoses and he said there were "corroded"
connections, something to do with radiator fan(s).

The dash temp guage used to go to about 1/4 inch below the mid mark on
the guage and stay there, that was what I believe was normal.

I got home yesterday after some short trips and everything seemed ok.
I even let it idle in the garage until I saw the fans go on.

The problem that started those weeks ago, and now seems to have
returned, is that if I drive to work (approx 20 miles non-stop on the
tollway, 65 mph, after about 10-12 miles the guage starts to creep up
higher than what I believe is normal.
Then, the last mile or so coming off the toll way and into the parking
lot, the guage continues to rise slowly until I turn the car off, but
not quite getting up the half way mark.

Could this be just a thermostat? It's driving me crazy!
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Old 03 Jan 2007, 07:30 am
Joe LaVigne
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Default Re: 95 Accord overheating,

On Wed, 03 Jan 2007 06:13:19 -0600, Philip Kline wrote:

> I have a 95 Accord LX with auto trans, 156,000 miles.
> A few weeks ago it started exhibiting cooling system problems so I
> took it to a family friend who does all kinds of auto repair. He had
> it for a few days and told me the radiator had developed a leak so we
> replaced that and both hoses and he said there were "corroded"
> connections, something to do with radiator fan(s).
>
> The dash temp guage used to go to about 1/4 inch below the mid mark on
> the guage and stay there, that was what I believe was normal.
>
> I got home yesterday after some short trips and everything seemed ok.
> I even let it idle in the garage until I saw the fans go on.
>
> The problem that started those weeks ago, and now seems to have
> returned, is that if I drive to work (approx 20 miles non-stop on the
> tollway, 65 mph, after about 10-12 miles the guage starts to creep up
> higher than what I believe is normal.
> Then, the last mile or so coming off the toll way and into the parking
> lot, the guage continues to rise slowly until I turn the car off, but
> not quite getting up the half way mark.
>
> Could this be just a thermostat? It's driving me crazy!


Yes. Sounds like a thermostat is very possible.

Also, did you use OEM Tranny fluid? Is it completely full in the radiator
and up to the max mark on the overflow bottle (when cool)?

Since the radiator was just changed, I would certainly check the fluid
level. Often, air can get trapped in there, and it will need to be topped
off after a short while...
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Old 03 Jan 2007, 07:49 am
Philip Kline
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Default Re: 95 Accord overheating,

On Wed, 3 Jan 2007 13:30:23 +0000 (UTC), Joe LaVigne
<jlavigne@hits-buffalo.com> wrote:

>On Wed, 03 Jan 2007 06:13:19 -0600, Philip Kline wrote:
>
>> I have a 95 Accord LX with auto trans, 156,000 miles.
>> A few weeks ago it started exhibiting cooling system problems so I
>> took it to a family friend who does all kinds of auto repair. He had
>> it for a few days and told me the radiator had developed a leak so we
>> replaced that and both hoses and he said there were "corroded"
>> connections, something to do with radiator fan(s).
>>
>> The dash temp guage used to go to about 1/4 inch below the mid mark on
>> the guage and stay there, that was what I believe was normal.
>>
>> I got home yesterday after some short trips and everything seemed ok.
>> I even let it idle in the garage until I saw the fans go on.
>>
>> The problem that started those weeks ago, and now seems to have
>> returned, is that if I drive to work (approx 20 miles non-stop on the
>> tollway, 65 mph, after about 10-12 miles the guage starts to creep up
>> higher than what I believe is normal.
>> Then, the last mile or so coming off the toll way and into the parking
>> lot, the guage continues to rise slowly until I turn the car off, but
>> not quite getting up the half way mark.
>>
>> Could this be just a thermostat? It's driving me crazy!

>
>Yes. Sounds like a thermostat is very possible.
>
>Also, did you use OEM Tranny fluid? Is it completely full in the radiator
>and up to the max mark on the overflow bottle (when cool)?
>
>Since the radiator was just changed, I would certainly check the fluid
>level. Often, air can get trapped in there, and it will need to be topped
>off after a short while...


Why trans fluid? What's the connection?

I'll check the coolant levels when (if) I get home. Do I check it
cold or hot and where should it be?
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Old 03 Jan 2007, 07:51 am
Tegger
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Default Re: 95 Accord overheating,

Philip Kline <pkline@ltdXnospamX.com> wrote in
news:ip6np2drji1378ilim8cu0at9ukdjlnfm7@4ax.com:

> I have a 95 Accord LX with auto trans, 156,000 miles.
> A few weeks ago it started exhibiting cooling system problems so I
> took it to a family friend who does all kinds of auto repair. He had
> it for a few days and told me the radiator had developed a leak so we
> replaced that and both hoses and he said there were "corroded"
> connections, something to do with radiator fan(s).
>
> The dash temp guage used to go to about 1/4 inch below the mid mark on
> the guage and stay there, that was what I believe was normal.
>
> I got home yesterday after some short trips and everything seemed ok.
> I even let it idle in the garage until I saw the fans go on.
>
> The problem that started those weeks ago, and now seems to have
> returned, is that if I drive to work (approx 20 miles non-stop on the
> tollway, 65 mph, after about 10-12 miles the guage starts to creep up
> higher than what I believe is normal.
> Then, the last mile or so coming off the toll way and into the parking
> lot, the guage continues to rise slowly until I turn the car off, but
> not quite getting up the half way mark.
>
> Could this be just a thermostat? It's driving me crazy!




Sounds like an old thermostat. 1/4" below the half-way mark is too low.

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Old 03 Jan 2007, 08:27 am
Philip Kline
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Default Re: 95 Accord overheating,

On Wed, 3 Jan 2007 13:51:17 +0000 (UTC), Tegger <tegger@tegger.c0m>
wrote:

>Philip Kline <pkline@ltdXnospamX.com> wrote in
>news:ip6np2drji1378ilim8cu0at9ukdjlnfm7@4ax.com :
>
>> I have a 95 Accord LX with auto trans, 156,000 miles.
>> A few weeks ago it started exhibiting cooling system problems so I
>> took it to a family friend who does all kinds of auto repair. He had
>> it for a few days and told me the radiator had developed a leak so we
>> replaced that and both hoses and he said there were "corroded"
>> connections, something to do with radiator fan(s).
>>
>> The dash temp guage used to go to about 1/4 inch below the mid mark on
>> the guage and stay there, that was what I believe was normal.
>>
>> I got home yesterday after some short trips and everything seemed ok.
>> I even let it idle in the garage until I saw the fans go on.
>>
>> The problem that started those weeks ago, and now seems to have
>> returned, is that if I drive to work (approx 20 miles non-stop on the
>> tollway, 65 mph, after about 10-12 miles the guage starts to creep up
>> higher than what I believe is normal.
>> Then, the last mile or so coming off the toll way and into the parking
>> lot, the guage continues to rise slowly until I turn the car off, but
>> not quite getting up the half way mark.
>>
>> Could this be just a thermostat? It's driving me crazy!

>
>
>
>Sounds like an old thermostat. 1/4" below the half-way mark is too low.


I bought the car with 24,000 miles on it. Since day one up until
recently it's always come up to temp and sat the needle about 1/4
inch below the mid line on the guage. I'm thinkig that's normal since
it always did it exactly the same way (except one time when the thermo
failed stuck open and I couldn't get cabin heat, after it was replaced
it went right back to the same place) and it never does come up to the
exact half way point. Are you saying it should be at the half mark
and it's been off all these years?
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Old 03 Jan 2007, 10:08 am
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Default Re: 95 Accord overheating,


Your owner's manual says that any time you've had the rad / cooling
system serviced, you're supposed to fill the rad to the top and coolant
reservoir to the MAX mark, and you'll have to check it next evening when
it's cool again.

Your MECHANIC should have told you this.

If there's no coolant in the reservoir, there's nothing to displace the
AIR that's trapped in the system.

Use Honda premix. No tap water. It's called HONDACIDE.

Move the owner's manual to the 'reading room' for a while..

'Curly'
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Old 03 Jan 2007, 10:45 am
Jim Yanik
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Default Re: 95 Accord overheating,

Philip Kline <pkline@ltdXnospamX.com> wrote in
news:ip6np2drji1378ilim8cu0at9ukdjlnfm7@4ax.com:

> I have a 95 Accord LX with auto trans, 156,000 miles.
> A few weeks ago it started exhibiting cooling system problems so I
> took it to a family friend who does all kinds of auto repair. He had
> it for a few days and told me the radiator had developed a leak so we
> replaced that and both hoses and he said there were "corroded"
> connections, something to do with radiator fan(s).
>
> The dash temp guage used to go to about 1/4 inch below the mid mark on
> the guage and stay there, that was what I believe was normal.
>
> I got home yesterday after some short trips and everything seemed ok.
> I even let it idle in the garage until I saw the fans go on.


It's good that your fans ARE working.

>
> The problem that started those weeks ago, and now seems to have
> returned, is that if I drive to work (approx 20 miles non-stop on the
> tollway, 65 mph, after about 10-12 miles the guage starts to creep up
> higher than what I believe is normal.
> Then, the last mile or so coming off the toll way and into the parking
> lot, the guage continues to rise slowly until I turn the car off, but
> not quite getting up the half way mark.
>
> Could this be just a thermostat? It's driving me crazy!


I hope you used a HONDA thermostat(OEM),not some aftermarket stuff.
(and installed it in the right direction)

And used the right antifreeze mix,and some here believe in only using HONDA
antifreeze,not the usual stuff found in stores.

When I replaced the OEM TS on my Integra,the new OEM Acura TS had the motor
a little bit hotter that the old one,from the reading on the dash
gauge,maybe an eighth of an inch more.Not enough to matter.

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at
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Old 03 Jan 2007, 01:26 pm
Joe LaVigne
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Default Re: 95 Accord overheating,

On Wed, 03 Jan 2007 07:49:07 -0600, Philip Kline wrote:

> On Wed, 3 Jan 2007 13:30:23 +0000 (UTC), Joe LaVigne
> <jlavigne@hits-buffalo.com> wrote:
>
>>On Wed, 03 Jan 2007 06:13:19 -0600, Philip Kline wrote:
>>
>>> I have a 95 Accord LX with auto trans, 156,000 miles.
>>> A few weeks ago it started exhibiting cooling system problems so I
>>> took it to a family friend who does all kinds of auto repair. He had
>>> it for a few days and told me the radiator had developed a leak so we
>>> replaced that and both hoses and he said there were "corroded"
>>> connections, something to do with radiator fan(s).
>>>
>>> The dash temp guage used to go to about 1/4 inch below the mid mark on
>>> the guage and stay there, that was what I believe was normal.
>>>
>>> I got home yesterday after some short trips and everything seemed ok.
>>> I even let it idle in the garage until I saw the fans go on.
>>>
>>> The problem that started those weeks ago, and now seems to have
>>> returned, is that if I drive to work (approx 20 miles non-stop on the
>>> tollway, 65 mph, after about 10-12 miles the guage starts to creep up
>>> higher than what I believe is normal.
>>> Then, the last mile or so coming off the toll way and into the parking
>>> lot, the guage continues to rise slowly until I turn the car off, but
>>> not quite getting up the half way mark.
>>>
>>> Could this be just a thermostat? It's driving me crazy!

>>
>>Yes. Sounds like a thermostat is very possible.
>>
>>Also, did you use OEM Tranny fluid? Is it completely full in the radiator
>>and up to the max mark on the overflow bottle (when cool)?
>>
>>Since the radiator was just changed, I would certainly check the fluid
>>level. Often, air can get trapped in there, and it will need to be topped
>>off after a short while...

>
> Why trans fluid? What's the connection?


None, except that I had just replied to another thread in which the Tranny
fluid had recently been changed on a car, and my relative lack of sleep
transposed that word to my reply in your thread... ;-) I MEANT coolant.
It is highly recommended to use OEM fluid. Many of the others are not
well suited to a Honda.


>
> I'll check the coolant levels when (if) I get home. Do I check it
> cold or hot and where should it be?


Check it cold. The radiator should be completely full, right up to the
cap. The overflow should be right up to the max line.
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Old 03 Jan 2007, 01:30 pm
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Default Re: 95 Accord overheating,

On Wed, 03 Jan 2007 09:08:30 -0700, motsco_ wrote:

> Your owner's manual says that any time you've had the rad / cooling
> system serviced, you're supposed to fill the rad to the top and coolant
> reservoir to the MAX mark, and you'll have to check it next evening when
> it's cool again.
>
> Your MECHANIC should have told you this.
>
> If there's no coolant in the reservoir, there's nothing to displace the
> AIR that's trapped in the system.
>
> Use Honda premix. No tap water. It's called HONDACIDE.
>
> Move the owner's manual to the 'reading room' for a while..


Probably the biggest problem with owning a Japanese car is that most
backyard mechanics have little to no real experience with working on them,
and apply detroit standards to them. It amazes me how much different they
are in some respects, and I have only had a Honda for a half a year.

For instance, someone intimately knowledgeable about American cars would
probably fill the coolant to the min line in the overflow when cold.
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Old 03 Jan 2007, 01:36 pm
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Default Re: 95 Accord overheating,

Philip Kline <pkline@ltdXnospamX.com> wrote in
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> On Wed, 3 Jan 2007 13:51:17 +0000 (UTC), Tegger <tegger@tegger.c0m>
> wrote:
>
>>Philip Kline <pkline@ltdXnospamX.com> wrote in
>>news:ip6np2drji1378ilim8cu0at9ukdjlnfm7@4ax.co m:
>>


>>> Then, the last mile or so coming off the toll way and into the
>>> parking lot, the guage continues to rise slowly until I turn the car
>>> off, but not quite getting up the half way mark.
>>>
>>> Could this be just a thermostat? It's driving me crazy!

>>
>>
>>
>>Sounds like an old thermostat. 1/4" below the half-way mark is too
>>low.

>
>
>
> I bought the car with 24,000 miles on it. Since day one up until
> recently it's always come up to temp and sat the needle about 1/4
> inch below the mid line on the guage. I'm thinkig that's normal since
> it always did it exactly the same way (except one time when the thermo
> failed stuck open and I couldn't get cabin heat, after it was replaced
> it went right back to the same place) and it never does come up to the
> exact half way point. Are you saying it should be at the half mark
> and it's been off all these years?




Where are you measuring the 1/4" from? The very end of the needle? From
directly across the little thermometer picture?


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