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Old 29 May 2007, 12:35 pm
warlock162
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Default Coolant System, Existing Leaks

My 1998 Honda Civic EX Sedan (One month away from 9 years of ownership) has
about 182,200 miles.

I have been experiencing leaks lately. I checked the radiator reserve
tank on May 26, 2007, it was empty. I checked the radiator, it was near
empty too. I filled both areas, and proceeded to do some driving (on the
freeway too).

When I checked the radiator reserve after letting the car cool, the
reserve was at zero again. I refilled.

Also, the coolant seal was soaked with coolant. I have green stains all
over the engine, probably from leaking coolant hitting the fan and the fan
spreading it all over the engine where its noticed.

I checked the top hoses, the radiator cap, it all seemed ok, but there is
a problem. Will I have to get a new radiator, but not a new coolant fan?

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Old 29 May 2007, 12:46 pm
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warlock162 wrote:
> My 1998 Honda Civic EX Sedan (One month away from 9 years of ownership) has
> about 182,200 miles.
>
> I have been experiencing leaks lately. I checked the radiator reserve
> tank on May 26, 2007, it was empty. I checked the radiator, it was near
> empty too. I filled both areas, and proceeded to do some driving (on the
> freeway too).
>
> When I checked the radiator reserve after letting the car cool, the
> reserve was at zero again. I refilled.
>
> Also, the coolant seal was soaked with coolant. I have green stains all
> over the engine, probably from leaking coolant hitting the fan and the fan
> spreading it all over the engine where its noticed.
>
> I checked the top hoses, the radiator cap, it all seemed ok, but there is
> a problem. Will I have to get a new radiator, but not a new coolant fan?
>

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Whatever you do, keep the reservoir bottle full to the -MAX- mark all
the time and check the rad too. You don't want to warp your head, and if
there's even the tiniest hole in the system it can prevent the reservoir
from replenishing the lost coolant in the rad.

Why not wipe it all down with a damp rag and then take a look under
there with a good flashlight (late evening) to see if you can spot the
leaks. Hot engine would be best... Just don't remove any caps when the
engine is hot.

'Curly'
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Old 29 May 2007, 12:56 pm
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Default Re: Coolant System, Existing Leaks

How often (typically) does a radiator need to be replaced?

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Old 29 May 2007, 09:51 pm
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"warlock162" <bray@dwsd.org> wrote in news:e68f5a999d7ee5da645ae559858e8199
@localhost.talkaboutautos.com:

> How often (typically) does a radiator need to be replaced?
>



Whenever it's
1) internally blocked,
2) shedding its fins, or
3) leaking.

Yours may be leaking. The leak can come from the hose ends, the tanks, or
the core tubes.

You're certain it's not getting blown out the rad cap?

The way to find out where the leak is coming from is to add fluorescent dye
to the coolant in the rad, then run the engine until warm. The car should
not actually be driven for this, just warmed up. Driving the car will
result in the leaked coolant being flung all over the place, impeding
discovery of the source of the leak.

Once some pressure has built up in the system, you use a black light to
find where the leak is. The leak will glow under the black light as coolant
is squeezed out.

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Old 14 Jun 2007, 05:27 pm
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Default Re: Coolant System, Existing Leaks

POOR WARLOCK162 (MICHAEL JACOBS). AND TO THINK THAT YOU TOLD ME YOU
HAD TO WORK AT WALMART TO BUY A CAR. YOU LIAR AND SNAKE AND YOU ARE
IN A RELATIONSHIP WHICH YOU PROBABLY HAVE BEEN ALL ALONG. WHAT A
LOVELY MYSPACE SIGHT. WHAT MADE ME SUDDENLY LOOK FOR YOU ALL THIS
TIME. A DECEIVER OF THE BEST. YOUR TURN WILL COME MICHAEL FOR WHAT
YOU HAVE DONE TO ME.

GUESS WHO (THE ONE THAT WANTED MY KIDS TO WELCOME YOU TO THE FOLD) THE
ONE THAT WAS GOING TO CANADA TO VISIT ME AND THE ONE WHO LIED TO ME
SINCE MAY OF LAST YEAR. WHAT WAS THE GAME ALL ABOUT. YOU HAVE A
CAR. YOUR KARMA WILL GET YOU SOONER OR LATER. YOU ARE THE LOWEST OF
THE SNAKES. YOU ARE NOT EVEN A SNAKE. YOU NEVER WERE GOING TO COME
TO SEE ME YOU SCUM OF THE LOWEST. AND ALL THOSE WOMEN ON YOURSPACE.
SOMEONE TOLD ME LAST YEAR THAT SOMETHING WAS NOT RIGHT HERE. THAT
THERE IS SOMETHING HIDDEN AND THAT YOU HAD AN UNRESOLVED ISSUE WITH
WOMEN. WHICH ONE IS SHE. CHARITY OR CASSY. YOU WORM.
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On May 29, 11:35 am, "warlock162" <b...@dwsd.org> wrote:
> My 1998 Honda Civic EX Sedan (One month away from 9 years of ownership) has
> about 182,200 miles.
>
> I have been experiencing leaks lately. I checked the radiator reserve
> tank on May 26, 2007, it was empty. I checked the radiator, it was near
> empty too. I filled both areas, and proceeded to do some driving (on the
> freeway too).
>
> When I checked the radiator reserve after letting the car cool, the
> reserve was at zero again. I refilled.
>
> Also, the coolant seal was soaked with coolant. I have green stains all
> over the engine, probably from leaking coolant hitting the fan and the fan
> spreading it all over the engine where its noticed.
>
> I checked the top hoses, the radiator cap, it all seemed ok, but there is
> a problem. Will I have to get a new radiator, but not a new coolant fan?



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