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Old 13 Apr 2011, 05:51 pm
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Default ***HELP! '97 accord overheating not showing on guage!

I just bought a 97 accord special edition and i drove it home and once i pulled into my driveway and shut it down i could hear the radiator boiling. i opened the hood and found steam coming from the reservoir as well as from under the radiator cap. the temperature guage warmed up to about 1/3 the way up and stopped and never indicated an overheating engine. the drive was approximately 6 miles of highway followed by 5 miles of 40mph back roads. and it was 55 degrees out and very little traffic. so there shouldnt be any obvious reasons for overheating.

What i have diagnosed so far is that the primary cooling fan had blown the fuse but there should have been plenty of air flow to not need the fan. The radiator is full of perfectly green and fine radiator fluid and its not oily or anything so i dont think its a head gasket. I rremoved the cap and ran the engine and it bubbled for a minute then stopped and slowly rised until it overflowed. The car had been sitting for a month since before i bought it and the previous owner said that they have no idea why it would be overheating (What a surprise) they did however mention that someone cleaned the engine compartment with a chemical and that since then there has been a few little electrical glitches with the odometer and speedometer.

If anyone has any ideas any help is much appreciated. Im thinking it must be either a t-stat or a sensor or the lines are airlocked.
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