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Old 30 Sep 2008, 01:46 pm
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Default Problem with my '92 Honda Accord engine thermometer...?

So I am not very knowledgeable when it comes to cars and am unsure what this problem could be. Whenever I am sitting at a stoplight or idling with the engine running, the engine thermometer gauge begins rising and I can smell burning rubber. As soon as I begin driving again, the thermometer goes down to normal and the smell goes away. Does anyone know what's going on? Thanks in advance for your help!
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Old 30 Sep 2008, 02:01 pm
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Check the fan. Behind the radiator is a fan that is actuated by the thermostat (the correct term, not thermometer. The Gauge is called the temperature gauge).Anyways, when you're moving, the motion of the car pushes air through the radiator, cooling the car. When you stop, the fan does that. If the fan isn't functioning, then your engine will being to heat up as you idle.The way to check it is very simple. Start your car and just let it idle in your driveway with the hood open, wait for the temperature gauge to reach half-way between H and C (that's generally where the fan should kick on). Watch (and listen) to see if the fan comes on. If it doesn't, then it could be the fan itself, or it could be the relay that turns the fan on based on the temperature. Both are fairly easy and inexpensive fixes.
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Old 30 Sep 2008, 02:16 pm
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your electric fan is not working. it could be the fan switch. have a mechanic check it.
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Old 30 Sep 2008, 02:31 pm
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as the others have said...it's the fan or the switch.however, on the 92, there are two different fan options, one made by nippondenso, and one made by mitsuba.the ND one tends to get so hot it melts the blade and the shroud until the blade stalls out on the radiator. the mitsuba one tends to tear the middle out of the blade.the ND one is gold and flat...the mitsuba one is black and not flat.you can find replacement parts at the dealer or at a salvage yard, or you can buy new aftermarket assemblies from places that sell aftermarket collision parts (keystone, certi-fit, new world industries, etc.)
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