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Old 07 Sep 2007, 02:36 pm
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Default 86 honda civic. it use to try to run hot at stop lite,but cool off when i start moving.now

its gets hot moving i all ready flushed the radiator...it` just had the head gaskets replaced...not sure what to try next?????
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Old 07 Sep 2007, 02:39 pm
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Not enough info to diagnos fully, but.... I would guess it is your fan or your thermastat. Start the engine when its been cold. If you have A/c turn it on when you just sit there, the radiator fan should come on. THis will test your fan. See if it heats up just sitting there... Fan should turn on before it gets too hot... The fan is used when your standing still, when you move you don't really need it. It could also be the sensor that turns the fan on. Or the themasat which is pretty cheap. If all else fails bring it to a radiator shop...they specialize in cooling systems and aren't as bad priced as dealerships. Goodluck.
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Old 07 Sep 2007, 02:42 pm
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Had a 4runner that did the same thing....the "thingy" (guage/thermometer/whatever) that let the fan know when to kick on was broken. Don't know what the part is called.
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Old 07 Sep 2007, 02:46 pm
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the problem seems to be your thermostat, however if you are leaking coolant, then that would also make the car hot at times, check your coolant level, if its low add some, and make sure you park in a level place and wait a few hours and see if there are any signs of anything leaking. if thats not it, then go to autozone and have them run a diagnostic screening on your car(its free) and that will let you know exactly what is wrong.
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Old 07 Sep 2007, 02:48 pm
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Define hot. And do it quickly. If you just had the head gasket replaced, yo're gonna have to do it again if you don't get this fixed soon, again, depending on how you define hot. End of lecture...So if you had the radiator flushed and refilled, I would check the thermostat next. But first, ask whoever flushed/filled if they happened to check the thermostat.
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Old 07 Sep 2007, 02:54 pm
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check the thermastat it might not be opening up for you
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Old 07 Sep 2007, 03:00 pm
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THE THERMOSTAT OR THE WATER PUMP.
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Old 07 Sep 2007, 03:08 pm
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I would check the fans as for when it got hot sitting still but now I would say your low on coolant, have a bad thermostat or have another blown headgasket.
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Old 07 Sep 2007, 03:10 pm
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buddy its most likely your water pump or your thermostat in the radiator.
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