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Old 31 Jul 2008, 08:59 am
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Default Odd overheating issue (and oil question)

'93 Civic Cdn CX with an original computer (P08) and a non-original
engine (D16Z6 - the D15 engine died a while ago) with a new radiator
(installed with the Z6 engine a little over a year ago) - this problem
showed up only in the past month.

Engine comes up to just-below-midpoint temperature reading normally.
After long drives (i.e. engine warmed up) when left idling (red
traffic light, stuck in traffic, etc) temperature reading starts
climbing. I've seen it go almost to the red line. If the engine RPMs
are brought up the temperature will come back to normal - either
through normal driving, or by putting the car in neutral (with brakes
on, of course) and gently touching the gas.

Any sort of engine load (RPMs up) and the temperature regulates
properly.

Coolant level looks OK - there's fluid in the overflow tank and the
inside rubber hose is 'wet'. Color is green, looks clear.

When the engine is warm, the 'low idle' seems to be quite low -
sometimes the engine seems to want to stall. I wonder if this very low
idle mode isn't conducive to proper coolant flow. Any other theories?
Water pump, maybe?

Second question: my mechanic is fairly insistent that older Honda
engines (> 200000 km) tend to start consuming oil, and that this isn't
a big concern. Agree/disagree, anyone?

I'm about 1500 km into an oil change and noticed that the dipstick
level has come down from 'full' to halfway between the dots. I also
see some oil under the engine on the driver's side where the plastic
of the bumper comes in under the engine compartment, so I suspect a
slow leak more than actual oil burning (tailpipe doesn't show any
signs of oil burning).
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Old 31 Jul 2008, 10:50 pm
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madmanguruman@gmail.com wrote:
> '93 Civic Cdn CX with an original computer (P08) and a non-original
> engine (D16Z6 - the D15 engine died a while ago) with a new radiator
> (installed with the Z6 engine a little over a year ago) - this problem
> showed up only in the past month.
>
> Engine comes up to just-below-midpoint temperature reading normally.
> After long drives (i.e. engine warmed up) when left idling (red
> traffic light, stuck in traffic, etc) temperature reading starts
> climbing. I've seen it go almost to the red line. If the engine RPMs
> are brought up the temperature will come back to normal - either
> through normal driving, or by putting the car in neutral (with brakes
> on, of course) and gently touching the gas.
>
> Any sort of engine load (RPMs up) and the temperature regulates
> properly.
>
> Coolant level looks OK - there's fluid in the overflow tank and the
> inside rubber hose is 'wet'. Color is green, looks clear.
>
> When the engine is warm, the 'low idle' seems to be quite low -
> sometimes the engine seems to want to stall. I wonder if this very low
> idle mode isn't conducive to proper coolant flow. Any other theories?
> Water pump, maybe?


not the water pump. does the electric cooling fan come on? does the
thermostat operate properly? [best to replace because it's now old
anyway.] are the radiator fins clogged with leaves/mud/insect debris?

low idle is another issue. ensure the ignition system is healthy,
correctly adjusted and that the idle system works within spec.



>
> Second question: my mechanic is fairly insistent that older Honda
> engines (> 200000 km) tend to start consuming oil, and that this isn't
> a big concern. Agree/disagree, anyone?


some burn a little oil, yes. unless it's excessive, it's not a concern,
no. and some oils burn off more than others.


>
> I'm about 1500 km into an oil change and noticed that the dipstick
> level has come down from 'full' to halfway between the dots.


that's within spec.


> I also
> see some oil under the engine on the driver's side where the plastic
> of the bumper comes in under the engine compartment, so I suspect a
> slow leak more than actual oil burning (tailpipe doesn't show any
> signs of oil burning).


it won't show signs on the tail pipe unless the catalyst is completely
shot. check the oil pan for bolt tightness, and try using a quality oil
with proper seal conditioners in it. also check the pcv valve.
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Old 01 Aug 2008, 09:52 am
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> not the water pump. *does the electric cooling fan come on? *does the
> thermostat operate properly? *[best to replace because it's now old
> anyway.] *are the radiator fins clogged with leaves/mud/insect debris?


i'll check the fan. the rad is definitely clean, as as for the
thermostat, it's probably original.

> it won't show signs on the tail pipe unless the catalyst is completely
> shot. *check the oil pan for bolt tightness, and try using a quality oil
> with proper seal conditioners in it. *also check the pcv valve.


i replaced the pcv valve not long ago, the old one was most likely
original and was stuck open. i'll have a look at the oil pan.

thanks for the advice.


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Old 01 Aug 2008, 07:56 pm
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madmanguruman@gmail.com wrote:
> '93 Civic Cdn CX with an original computer (P08) and a non-original
> engine (D16Z6 - the D15 engine died a while ago) with a new radiator
> (installed with the Z6 engine a little over a year ago) - this problem
> showed up only in the past month.
>
> Engine comes up to just-below-midpoint temperature reading normally.
> After long drives (i.e. engine warmed up) when left idling (red
> traffic light, stuck in traffic, etc) temperature reading starts
> climbing. I've seen it go almost to the red line. If the engine RPMs
> are brought up the temperature will come back to normal - either
> through normal driving, or by putting the car in neutral (with brakes
> on, of course) and gently touching the gas.
>
> Any sort of engine load (RPMs up) and the temperature regulates
> properly.
>
> Coolant level looks OK - there's fluid in the overflow tank and the
> inside rubber hose is 'wet'. Color is green, looks clear.
>
> When the engine is warm, the 'low idle' seems to be quite low -
> sometimes the engine seems to want to stall. I wonder if this very low
> idle mode isn't conducive to proper coolant flow. Any other theories?
> Water pump, maybe?
>
> Second question: my mechanic is fairly insistent that older Honda
> engines (> 200000 km) tend to start consuming oil, and that this isn't
> a big concern. Agree/disagree, anyone?
>
> I'm about 1500 km into an oil change and noticed that the dipstick
> level has come down from 'full' to halfway between the dots. I also
> see some oil under the engine on the driver's side where the plastic
> of the bumper comes in under the engine compartment, so I suspect a
> slow leak more than actual oil burning (tailpipe doesn't show any
> signs of oil burning).

Hi,
Basic thing first. You know for sure fan comes on when it supposes to?
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Old 02 Aug 2008, 12:35 pm
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i verified that the fan is working - when the temperature gauge comes
up to around mid-point, the fan cuts in.

i decided to replace the thermostat - what i found in my engine is
best described by a picture.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/angstfu...ee/2724998691/

needless to say, i *don't* think they're supposed to look like that!

(incidentally, the haynes manual underneath it says to pull off the
upper rad hose to get to the thermostat ... uh, no, that would be the
*lower* one - i'm very thankful that I have a PDF of the Honda shop
manual)

a quick test after purging shows improvement. i could feel flow
through the top radiator hose (it got warm) and the temperature gauge
was stable. i still have to take the car for a short tour before i
judge success or failure.

the rubber gasket and o-ring around the thermostat are showing signs
of deterioration. i can live with a slow leak until i can get to the
dealership and get those
replacement parts. it appears that the coolant needs replacement
anyway (looks a little cloudy).
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Old 02 Aug 2008, 12:54 pm
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madmanguruman@gmail.com wrote:
> i verified that the fan is working - when the temperature gauge comes
> up to around mid-point, the fan cuts in.
>
> i decided to replace the thermostat - what i found in my engine is
> best described by a picture.
>
> http://www.flickr.com/photos/angstfu...ee/2724998691/
>
> needless to say, i *don't* think they're supposed to look like that!


that's not a honda oem thermostat. for a few dollars more, it's worth
getting the real deal - much better temperature control /and/ the
correct vent valve. it also comes with the rubber gasket.


>
> (incidentally, the haynes manual underneath it says to pull off the
> upper rad hose to get to the thermostat ... uh, no, that would be the
> *lower* one - i'm very thankful that I have a PDF of the Honda shop
> manual)
>
> a quick test after purging shows improvement. i could feel flow
> through the top radiator hose (it got warm) and the temperature gauge
> was stable. i still have to take the car for a short tour before i
> judge success or failure.
>
> the rubber gasket and o-ring around the thermostat are showing signs
> of deterioration. i can live with a slow leak until i can get to the
> dealership and get those
> replacement parts. it appears that the coolant needs replacement
> anyway (looks a little cloudy).


you should replace that stuff periodically anyway. use distilled water
as the dilutant.
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Old 03 Aug 2008, 11:59 am
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no overheats yesterday. yay!

i took the car in to get the coolant system flushed and refilled. the
mechanic told me that there's combustion gas coming out of the
radiator, he suspects a head gasket problem (or worse, maybe a crack).

i'm not convinced that this engine is going to last much longer.
considering the amount of $ involved to even find out what's going on,
i'm seriously consdering getting a new car and being done with it.
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Old 03 Aug 2008, 12:08 pm
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madmanguruman@gmail.com wrote:
> no overheats yesterday. yay!
>
> i took the car in to get the coolant system flushed and refilled. the
> mechanic told me that there's combustion gas coming out of the
> radiator, he suspects a head gasket problem (or worse, maybe a crack).


it's easy enough to check for yourself. and if this person couldn't
figure out the thermostat before, you absolutely cannot trust them on a
head gasket diagnosis.

simply look for bubbles in the expansion bottle. drive the car around
for about 20 minutes to get it to full working temperature, then
carefully unscrew the lid of the expansion bottle [NOT the radiator].
hold the lid to one side so that the tube inside is still below the
surface of the liquid, but so that you can see in. use a flashlight if
necessary, then observe for bubbles. if you see any, the head gasket is
indeed shot. if not, then it isn't!

>
> i'm not convinced that this engine is going to last much longer.
> considering the amount of $ involved to even find out what's going on,
> i'm seriously consdering getting a new car and being done with it.


replacement jdm engines are seriously cheap. if your body is unrusted,
it's more economic to replace the motor than to replace the car. and if
you do consider replacement, be sure you're going to be satisfied with
the handling of the new vehicle. one of the reasons i stick with the
old stuff is that every time i try a new one with macpherson front
suspension, i'm disappointed. gotta love the old honda wishbone civics.
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Old 03 Aug 2008, 03:23 pm
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> it's easy enough to check for yourself. *and if this person couldn't
> figure out the thermostat before, you absolutely cannot trust them on a
> head gasket diagnosis.


no diagnosis of the overheat problem had ever been made by this
particular mechanic. in fact, this wasn't my regular mechanic - my
regular guy isn't open on sundays, and since this should have been a
simple drain/flush/refill, i trusted it to a local mass-market shop
(cdn. tire)

the engine from which the incorrect thermostat was pulled was
installed in the car around a year ago by my regular mechanic. i
suspect that the engine had this particular thermostat in it when it
was delivered to him.

should this engine turn out to not be economically repairable, i'd
have a hard time coming to grips with a second replacement.

> simply look for bubbles in the expansion bottle. *drive the car around
> for about 20 minutes to get it to full working temperature, then
> carefully unscrew the lid of the expansion bottle [NOT the radiator].
> hold the lid to one side so that the tube inside is still below the
> surface of the liquid, but so that you can see in. *use a flashlight if
> necessary, then observe for bubbles. *if you see any, the head gasket is
> indeed shot. *if not, then it isn't!


well worth checking. what concerns me is that if the head isn't shot,
how could combustion gases make their way to the radiator?
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Old 03 Aug 2008, 03:42 pm
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madmanguruman@gmail.com wrote:
<snip for clarity>

>> simply look for bubbles in the expansion bottle. �drive the car around
>> for about 20 minutes to get it to full working temperature, then
>> carefully unscrew the lid of the expansion bottle [NOT the radiator].
>> hold the lid to one side so that the tube inside is still below the
>> surface of the liquid, but so that you can see in. �use a flashlight if
>> necessary, then observe for bubbles. �if you see any, the head gasket is
>> indeed shot. �if not, then it isn't!

>
> well worth checking. what concerns me is that if the head isn't shot,
> how could combustion gases make their way to the radiator?


misdiagnosis.

bubbles are either improperly purged system, leaking head gasket, or
cracked cylinder/head. there are no other possibilities.
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