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Old 05 Aug 2013, 01:36 pm
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Default New Engine Block

I have a 2008 Honda Civic LX, 5-speed.

About two weeks ago the local Honda dealer had to install a brand-new
engine block due to coolant leakage from the block. (It was done under
an extended Honda warranty!)

I am not much of a car expert/mechanic, so here's my question:
Is there anything in particular I will need to pay attention to with
regards to this new engine block?
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Old 05 Aug 2013, 05:43 pm
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In article <xn0ilgexod7zm4000@reader.albasani.net>,
"tb" <nospam@example.invalid> wrote:

> I have a 2008 Honda Civic LX, 5-speed.
>
> About two weeks ago the local Honda dealer had to install a brand-new
> engine block due to coolant leakage from the block. (It was done under
> an extended Honda warranty!)
>
> I am not much of a car expert/mechanic, so here's my question:
> Is there anything in particular I will need to pay attention to with
> regards to this new engine block?


What was the problem? The dealer should have documented the problem on
the service paperwork.
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Old 05 Aug 2013, 08:14 pm
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"tb" <nospam@example.invalid> wrote in news:xn0ilgexod7zm4000
@reader.albasani.net:

> I have a 2008 Honda Civic LX, 5-speed.
>
> About two weeks ago the local Honda dealer had to install a brand-new
> engine block due to coolant leakage from the block. (It was done under
> an extended Honda warranty!)
>
> I am not much of a car expert/mechanic, so here's my question:
> Is there anything in particular I will need to pay attention to with
> regards to this new engine block?




You didn't get just a new block, you got a whole new "short block"
assembly, which means new pistons, rings, rods, bearings, and crankshaft in
addition to the new block. This means your engine is basially brand-new
again.

Follow the original break-in procedure as though the engine was brand-new.
Otherwise, enjoy your Honda.


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Old 06 Aug 2013, 12:33 am
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Default Re: New Engine Block

On 08/05/2013 11:36 AM, tb wrote:
> I have a 2008 Honda Civic LX, 5-speed.
>
> About two weeks ago the local Honda dealer had to install a brand-new
> engine block due to coolant leakage from the block. (It was done under
> an extended Honda warranty!)
>
> I am not much of a car expert/mechanic, so here's my question:
> Is there anything in particular I will need to pay attention to with
> regards to this new engine block?
>


no, no more than you would with any engine - assuming this new one's not
defective of course. just make sure you check the coolant system for
leaks, especially during the first few weeks, and you're good to go.

recommend you stick with honda branded coolant for the time being.
after that, never use tapwater to refill - only distilled water or
pre-mix "asian vehicle" formula.


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Old 06 Aug 2013, 10:16 am
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On 8/5/2013 at 5:43:55 PM H. Ford wrote:

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> What was the problem? The dealer should have documented the problem
> on the service paperwork.


The block started leaking coolant... Honda became aware of this
problem a few years ago and decided to extend the warranty for the
engine. That's how I ended up with a new engine block.
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Old 06 Aug 2013, 12:44 pm
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On 8/5/2013 10:33 PM, jim beam wrote:
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> recommend you stick with honda branded coolant for the time being. after
> that, never use tapwater to refill - only distilled water or pre-mix
> "asian vehicle" formula.


That's right. I learned it the hard way and costed me a new heater core.
Hopefully nothing worse happened from it because I haven't seen any
coolant level change since then. Unfortunately too many mechanics also
use tap water to mix concentrated coolant, too, figuring that by the
time a problem happens, nobody can nail it to them.


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Old 06 Aug 2013, 04:04 pm
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tb wrote:
> On 8/5/2013 at 5:43:55 PM H. Ford wrote:
>
>>
>> What was the problem? The dealer should have documented the problem
>> on the service paperwork.

>
> The block started leaking coolant...


that's too vague for the mechanics among us, but if that's all they told
you, we are left to wonder

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Old 06 Aug 2013, 07:28 pm
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Geoff Welsh <GeeDubya@some.rr.com> wrote in news:ktroeh$g48$1@dont-
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> tb wrote:
>> On 8/5/2013 at 5:43:55 PM H. Ford wrote:
>>
>>>
>>> What was the problem? The dealer should have documented the problem
>>> on the service paperwork.

>>
>> The block started leaking coolant...

>
> that's too vague for the mechanics among us, but if that's all they told
> you, we are left to wonder
>




There are a number of TSBs dealing with coolant- and oil-leaks from poorly-
cast blocks that have either cracks or porosity. The OP's vehicle
apparently falls under one of those TSBs.


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Old 06 Aug 2013, 11:05 pm
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On 08/06/2013 07:28 PM, Tegger wrote:

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> There are a number of TSBs dealing with coolant- and oil-leaks from poorly-
> cast blocks that have either cracks or porosity. The OP's vehicle
> apparently falls under one of those TSBs.
>
>


On some 2006-08 and early production 2009 Civics, the engine (cylinder)
block may experience coolant seepage that can result in engine
overheating. For this reason Honda extended their warranty of the
engine block to 8 years from the original date of purchase, with no
mileage limit.

In my case, the Honda dealer had to replace the whole engine block free
of charge.
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Old 07 Aug 2013, 12:36 pm
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On 8/6/2013 9:05 PM, tb wrote:
> On 08/06/2013 07:28 PM, Tegger wrote:
>
>>
>> There are a number of TSBs dealing with coolant- and oil-leaks from
>> poorly-
>> cast blocks that have either cracks or porosity. The OP's vehicle
>> apparently falls under one of those TSBs.
>>
>>

>
> On some 2006-08 and early production 2009 Civics, the engine (cylinder)
> block may experience coolant seepage that can result in engine
> overheating. For this reason Honda extended their warranty of the
> engine block to 8 years from the original date of purchase, with no
> mileage limit.
>
> In my case, the Honda dealer had to replace the whole engine block free
> of charge.


What happened at Honda that used to set a standard for car quality?
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