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Old 02 Mar 2005, 09:19 pm
tim1337
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Default 88 Accord Thermostat Problem

Ive been getting zero heat lately, and discovered it was a bad
thermostat.

When I go to start in the morning, the temp gauge is down as far as
the actual pointer will go. When I drive home (about 15 mins each
way), it gets all the way to the top.

The thermostat is stuck open (no heat) so is my engine really
overheating? Or is this incorrect because of the bad stat?

Also, can I drive it for 1 or 2 days like this, or will I kill it?

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Old 03 Mar 2005, 06:31 am
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Default Re: 88 Accord Thermostat Problem

tim1337 wrote:
> Ive been getting zero heat lately, and discovered it was a bad
> thermostat.
>
> When I go to start in the morning, the temp gauge is down as far as
> the actual pointer will go. When I drive home (about 15 mins each
> way), it gets all the way to the top.
>
> The thermostat is stuck open (no heat) so is my engine really
> overheating? Or is this incorrect because of the bad stat?
>
> Also, can I drive it for 1 or 2 days like this, or will I kill it?
>

Should be able to find a new engine after you burn up the one in there
now. Do you have any experiance working on Hondas? bob
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Old 03 Mar 2005, 08:58 am
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Default Re: 88 Accord Thermostat Problem

tim1337 <UseLinkToEmail@New & Used Cars Forums - AutoForumz.com> wrote in
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> Ive been getting zero heat lately, and discovered it was a bad
> thermostat.
>
> When I go to start in the morning, the temp gauge is down as far as
> the actual pointer will go. When I drive home (about 15 mins each
> way), it gets all the way to the top.
>
> The thermostat is stuck open (no heat) so is my engine really
> overheating? Or is this incorrect because of the bad stat?


How do you know the TS is stuck open? If your motor is hot,you should get
heat from the heater core,in the passenger compartment.If no heat,then the
motor is cold.Maybe you have a bad temp sensor or Temp gauge.

>
> Also, can I drive it for 1 or 2 days like this, or will I kill it?
>


When my Integra thermostat failed,the car's temp gauge would rise at stop
lights,then drop when the car was in motion.(open TS)


If the TS is stuck open,all that means is that the coolant always
circulates thru the radiator,and the car will take a lot longer to warm
up,especially on cold days.
If the TS is stuck -closed-,than the coolant never circulates thru the
radiator,and the motor can overheat.

If the car overheats,maybe the radiator fan is not working,that has a
separate temp sensor.Or you could have a bad hose,where the inner wire coil
has corroded and allows the hose to collapse under suction from the water
pump.
Or maybe you have a failed water pump.

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Old 03 Mar 2005, 10:55 am
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"N.E.Ohio Bob" wrote:
> tim1337 wrote:
> > Ive been getting zero heat lately, and discovered it was a

> bad
> > thermostat.
> >
> > When I go to start in the morning, the temp gauge is down as

> far as
> > the actual pointer will go. When I drive home (about 15 mins

> each
> > way), it gets all the way to the top.
> >
> > The thermostat is stuck open (no heat) so is my engine

> really
> > overheating? Or is this incorrect because of the bad stat?
> >
> > Also, can I drive it for 1 or 2 days like this, or will I

> kill it?
> >

> Should be able to find a new engine after you burn up the one
> in there
> now. Do you have any experiance working on Hondas? bob


No, but my dad does. I bought the new one yesterday and were
installingit today.

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Old 03 Mar 2005, 03:18 pm
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"Jim Yanik2" wrote:
> tim1337 <UseLinkToEmail@New & Used Cars Forums -
> AutoForumz.com> wrote in
> news:42268226$1_5@alt.athenanews.com:
>
> > Ive been getting zero heat lately, and discovered it was a

> bad
> > thermostat.
> >
> > When I go to start in the morning, the temp gauge is down as

> far as
> > the actual pointer will go. When I drive home (about 15 mins

> each
> > way), it gets all the way to the top.
> >
> > The thermostat is stuck open (no heat) so is my engine

> really
> > overheating? Or is this incorrect because of the bad stat?

>
> How do you know the TS is stuck open? If your motor is hot,you
> should get
> heat from the heater core,in the passenger compartment.If no
> heat,then the
> motor is cold.Maybe you have a bad temp sensor or Temp gauge.
>
> >
> > Also, can I drive it for 1 or 2 days like this, or will I

> kill it?
> >

>
> When my Integra thermostat failed,the car's temp gauge would
> rise at stop
> lights,then drop when the car was in motion.(open TS)
>
>
> If the TS is stuck open,all that means is that the coolant
> always
> circulates thru the radiator,and the car will take a lot
> longer to warm
> up,especially on cold days.
> If the TS is stuck -closed-,than the coolant never circulates
> thru the
> radiator,and the motor can overheat.
>
> If the car overheats,maybe the radiator fan is not
> working,that has a
> separate temp sensor.Or you could have a bad hose,where the
> inner wire coil
> has corroded and allows the hose to collapse under suction
> from the water
> pump.
> Or maybe you have a failed water pump.
>
> --
> Jim Yanik
> jyanik
> at
> kua.net


Also, how long should it take to put in?

I heard it was a simple thing, but stuff always ges wrong when I work
on vehicles.

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Old 03 Mar 2005, 05:12 pm
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This should be a simple job, but you probably have a 50/50 chance of
breaking the thermostat housing. Most dealers stock the housing so if you
break it, you should be able to get it.

>
> Also, how long should it take to put in?
>
> I heard it was a simple thing, but stuff always ges wrong when I work
> on vehicles.
>



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Old 03 Mar 2005, 08:42 pm
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"Jafir Elkurd" <jafir@nospam.no.spam.hotpop.com> wrote in
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> This should be a simple job, but you probably have a 50/50 chance of
> breaking the thermostat housing. Most dealers stock the housing so if
> you break it, you should be able to get it.


How does one break the thermostat housing?

A 50/50 chance??? (WTF?)

On my Integra GSR,the hard part was accessing one of the bolts.

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Old 04 Mar 2005, 06:22 am
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Jim Yanik wrote:
> "Jafir Elkurd" <jafir@nospam.no.spam.hotpop.com> wrote in
> newsRMVd.176$Qz.114@okepread05:
>
>
>>This should be a simple job, but you probably have a 50/50 chance of
>>breaking the thermostat housing. Most dealers stock the housing so if
>>you break it, you should be able to get it.

>
>
> How does one break the thermostat housing?
>
> A 50/50 chance??? (WTF?)
>
> On my Integra GSR,the hard part was accessing one of the bolts.
>

I broke one of the bolts on an '86 LX-i that we owned many years ago.
bob
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Old 04 Mar 2005, 07:24 am
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Default Re: Re: 88 Accord Thermostat Problem

>
> How does one break the thermostat housing?
>
> A 50/50 chance??? (WTF?)
>
> On my Integra GSR,the hard part was accessing one of the bolts.
>


I never said Integra.... we were talking about a 3rd gen accord. The t-stat
o-ring usually weeps a little bit, right over the bottom bolt. If you are
lucky, everything comes apart fine. On these accords, you are very likely
to break a bolt or even the entire housing.


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