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Old 11 Jun 2007, 12:51 pm
celliot75
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Default 96 Accord Running Hot in stop and go traffic.

Hi Guys,

You've helped me in the past, hope I can get your advice on my current
problem. I have a 1996 honda accord LX that runs hot when I'm in stop
and go traffic. On a straight away, the engine cools back down to the
proper level. Also, when I'm stopped for awhile and the engine starts
to over-heat....I noticed that the A/C would stop blowing cold air
also ( could this be a switch problem of some sort, with the A/C
fan). Right now I only drive the vehicle short distances, if its a
situation where it begins to over-heat, I turn the car off until it's
time to go again. Thank you in advace for any help you can provide
me.

--Craig

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Old 11 Jun 2007, 01:07 pm
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On Jun 11, 12:51 pm, celliot75 <craigellio...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Guys,
>
> You've helped me in the past, hope I can get your advice on my current
> problem. I have a 1996 honda accord LX that runs hot when I'm in stop
> and go traffic. On a straight away, the engine cools back down to the
> proper level. Also, when I'm stopped for awhile and the engine starts
> to over-heat....I noticed that the A/C would stop blowing cold air
> also ( could this be a switch problem of some sort, with the A/C
> fan). Right now I only drive the vehicle short distances, if its a
> situation where it begins to over-heat, I turn the car off until it's
> time to go again. Thank you in advace for any help you can provide
> me.
>
> --Craig


Also, my car has over 160,000 miles..... And the A/C does blow cold
again when I start to drive again.

--Craig

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Old 11 Jun 2007, 01:08 pm
nm5k@wt.net
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Default Re: 96 Accord Running Hot in stop and go traffic.

On Jun 11, 11:51 am, celliot75 <craigellio...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Guys,
>
> You've helped me in the past, hope I can get your advice on my current
> problem. I have a 1996 honda accord LX that runs hot when I'm in stop
> and go traffic. On a straight away, the engine cools back down to the
> proper level. Also, when I'm stopped for awhile and the engine starts
> to over-heat....I noticed that the A/C would stop blowing cold air
> also ( could this be a switch problem of some sort, with the A/C
> fan). Right now I only drive the vehicle short distances, if its a
> situation where it begins to over-heat, I turn the car off until it's
> time to go again. Thank you in advace for any help you can provide
> me.
>
> --Craig



You probably need a flush.. Maybe even a new radiator..
I would fix that *fast* if you like that car.. Overheating is the
fastest way on earth to kill a honda..
Make sure the fans are working right.. They probably are..
It's probably new radiator time..
MK

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Old 11 Jun 2007, 01:23 pm
Elle
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Default Re: 96 Accord Running Hot in stop and go traffic.

Top off the coolant in the reservoir using only OEM Honda
coolant. Start monitoring the level of coolant in the
reservoir: Start of day when cool, then when warmed up. If
the level appears to be going down and you have to regularly
top off the coolant, then this will be an indication of
whether there is a leak somewhere.

It's possible you just have a faulty thermostat, too,
especially if the thermostat installed is the original one.
It's worth replacing pre-emptively just to see if it fixes
this problem. Use only an OEM thermstat.

"celliot75" <craigelliot75@gmail.com> wrote
> Hi Guys,
>
> You've helped me in the past, hope I can get your advice
> on my current
> problem. I have a 1996 honda accord LX that runs hot when
> I'm in stop
> and go traffic. On a straight away, the engine cools back
> down to the
> proper level. Also, when I'm stopped for awhile and the
> engine starts
> to over-heat....I noticed that the A/C would stop blowing
> cold air
> also ( could this be a switch problem of some sort, with
> the A/C
> fan). Right now I only drive the vehicle short distances,
> if its a
> situation where it begins to over-heat, I turn the car off
> until it's
> time to go again. Thank you in advace for any help you
> can provide
> me.
>
> --Craig
>



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Old 11 Jun 2007, 02:17 pm
Joe LaVigne
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Default Re: 96 Accord Running Hot in stop and go traffic.

celliot75 wrote:

> Hi Guys,
>
> You've helped me in the past, hope I can get your advice on my current
> problem. I have a 1996 honda accord LX that runs hot when I'm in stop
> and go traffic. On a straight away, the engine cools back down to the
> proper level. Also, when I'm stopped for awhile and the engine starts
> to over-heat....I noticed that the A/C would stop blowing cold air
> also ( could this be a switch problem of some sort, with the A/C
> fan). Right now I only drive the vehicle short distances, if its a
> situation where it begins to over-heat, I turn the car off until it's
> time to go again. Thank you in advace for any help you can provide
> me.


Check that your radiator fan is running when the car is hot. If not, the
fan may be dead, or you may have an electrical issue.

Your symptoms are very common in a car whose fan is not running, since at a
stop there is no air flowing through the radiator fins.

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Old 11 Jun 2007, 05:15 pm
Jim Yanik
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celliot75 <craigelliot75@gmail.com> wrote in
news:1181584298.215604.225410@h2g2000hsg.googlegro ups.com:

> Hi Guys,
>
> You've helped me in the past, hope I can get your advice on my current
> problem. I have a 1996 honda accord LX that runs hot when I'm in stop
> and go traffic. On a straight away, the engine cools back down to the
> proper level. Also, when I'm stopped for awhile and the engine starts
> to over-heat....I noticed that the A/C would stop blowing cold air
> also ( could this be a switch problem of some sort, with the A/C
> fan). Right now I only drive the vehicle short distances, if its a
> situation where it begins to over-heat, I turn the car off until it's
> time to go again. Thank you in advace for any help you can provide
> me.
>
> --Craig
>


You need a new thermostat;use a genuine Honda TS for replacement.
They are not expensive.

--
Jim Yanik
jyanik
at
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Old 11 Jun 2007, 06:19 pm
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On Jun 11, 4:15 pm, Jim Yanik <jya...@abuse.gov> wrote:
> celliot75 <craigellio...@gmail.com> wrote innews:1181584298.215604.225410@h2g2000hsg.googleg roups.com:
>
> > Hi Guys,

>
> > You've helped me in the past, hope I can get your advice on my current
> > problem. I have a 1996 honda accord LX that runs hot when I'm in stop
> > and go traffic. On a straight away, the engine cools back down to the
> > proper level. Also, when I'm stopped for awhile and the engine starts
> > to over-heat....I noticed that the A/C would stop blowing cold air
> > also ( could this be a switch problem of some sort, with the A/C
> > fan). Right now I only drive the vehicle short distances, if its a
> > situation where it begins to over-heat, I turn the car off until it's
> > time to go again. Thank you in advace for any help you can provide
> > me.

>
> > --Craig

>
> You need a new thermostat;use a genuine Honda TS for replacement.
> They are not expensive.
>
> --
> Jim Yanik
> jyanik
> at
> kua.net



Dunno.. I don't think it's the stat. If the stat stuck closed, it
would
overheat at any speed. The more I think about it, the more it sounds
like the fans are not working.. You need the fans for both the engine
cooling, and the A/C condensor. Being he's reporting that both are
flaking out when still, kinda is making me lean to the fans being out.
If you had a bad radiator, that shouldn't effect the heat transfer
across
the condensor, being they are separate coils. Well, unless the
radiator
was really clogged..
So anyway, I'm starting to revise my first guess.. I'm starting to
lean to
the fan/s being out fer some reason..
MK

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Old 11 Jun 2007, 07:18 pm
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Default Re: 96 Accord Running Hot in stop and go traffic.

On Jun 11, 7:15 pm, Jim Yanik <jya...@abuse.gov> wrote:

>
> You need a new thermostat;use a genuine Honda TS for replacement.
> They are not expensive.
>
> --
> Jim Yanik
> jyanik
> at
> kua.net


Expensive to the Canadian consumer though.Paid $39 for one last
week.Major rip-off.

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Old 11 Jun 2007, 10:32 pm
Jim Yanik
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nm5k@wt.net wrote in
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> On Jun 11, 4:15 pm, Jim Yanik <jya...@abuse.gov> wrote:
>> celliot75 <craigellio...@gmail.com> wrote
>> innews:1181584298.215604.225410@h2g2000hsg.googleg roups.com:
>>
>> > Hi Guys,

>>
>> > You've helped me in the past, hope I can get your advice on my
>> > current problem. I have a 1996 honda accord LX that runs hot when
>> > I'm in stop and go traffic. On a straight away, the engine cools
>> > back down to the proper level. Also, when I'm stopped for awhile
>> > and the engine starts to over-heat....I noticed that the A/C would
>> > stop blowing cold air also ( could this be a switch problem of some
>> > sort, with the A/C fan). Right now I only drive the vehicle short
>> > distances, if its a situation where it begins to over-heat, I turn
>> > the car off until it's time to go again. Thank you in advace for
>> > any help you can provide me.

>>
>> > --Craig

>>
>> You need a new thermostat;use a genuine Honda TS for replacement.
>> They are not expensive.
>>
>> --
>> Jim Yanik
>> jyanik
>> at
>> kua.net

>
>
> Dunno.. I don't think it's the stat. If the stat stuck closed, it
> would
> overheat at any speed. The more I think about it, the more it sounds
> like the fans are not working.. You need the fans for both the engine
> cooling, and the A/C condensor. Being he's reporting that both are
> flaking out when still, kinda is making me lean to the fans being out.
> If you had a bad radiator, that shouldn't effect the heat transfer
> across
> the condensor, being they are separate coils. Well, unless the
> radiator
> was really clogged..
> So anyway, I'm starting to revise my first guess.. I'm starting to
> lean to
> the fan/s being out fer some reason..
> MK
>
>


I had the exact same problem symptoms with my 94 Integra GSR,and it was the
TS.
An OEM Honda TS will fail OPEN,so you don't overheat your motor.

The clue is that the motor cools down when she is moving,radiator problems
or low coolant will not do that.

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Old 11 Jun 2007, 10:35 pm
Jim Yanik
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Zippo <special.hfx@hotmail.com> wrote in
news:1181607502.478524.152120@w5g2000hsg.googlegro ups.com:

> On Jun 11, 7:15 pm, Jim Yanik <jya...@abuse.gov> wrote:
>
>>
>> You need a new thermostat;use a genuine Honda TS for replacement.
>> They are not expensive.
>>
>> --
>> Jim Yanik
>> jyanik
>> at
>> kua.net

>
> Expensive to the Canadian consumer though.Paid $39 for one last
> week.Major rip-off.
>
>


Not really;getting a new head or the old one milled because it warps after
your motor overheats because a cheap TS failed -closed- instead of open
like an OEM Honda TS wiil,and also you can't depend on the aftermarket TS
being the right temp for your motor;the one I checked out at PepBoys said a
180 degF TS was right for my Integra,but the manual says it's a 195degF TS.

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