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Old 16 Jul 2010, 08:01 am
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Default Why does my 2001 honda civic overheats and kills on me?

I just recently got my 2001 honda civic and I love it to death. But i can't ride in it for no longer than 30 minutes! I'm so upset. Somebody please HELP me!!!!!!!!!
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Old 16 Jul 2010, 08:16 am
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Check the water and oil levels.
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Old 16 Jul 2010, 08:31 am
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well if it overheats it has a cooling problem....whether its a leak or a bad fan sensor head gasket way to tell....have it looked at by a shop....

as for it turning off u are RUINING the car each time u do this.......driving until the emergency shutoff activates from overheating means more than likely u have blown the head gasket and maybe ruined the motor .....again no way to tell without looking at the car...which obviously cannot do over the internet...
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Old 16 Jul 2010, 09:01 am
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you need a new thermostat.
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Old 16 Jul 2010, 09:16 am
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If I were you I'd try to return the car before you blow a couple grand on repairs.

We have had mysterious overheating problems in our 2001 Civic LX for the past year.

We bought it new and the transmission took a crap at 60K and is now about to fail again at 150K.

Honda's are not what they were back in the 70's, 80's and 90's.

They threw their reputation in the trash can and started building cars from scratch every three years.

By the time they figure out all the bugs they're off building a completely new model.

You end up in the market for a new car or pay out the rear for costly repair$.


Car would intermittently overheat.

Heater would blow cold and the gauge would instantly skyrocket past the H.

Not even the dealer could figure out the problem.

No matter what we replace it will not go away:





(*over $2000)

We trying to trade it in for a used Toyota since we don't want someone knocking on our door with a baseball bat after they realize what a piece of junk these cars are.

Just be lucky you don't have an '06-'08 civic...the engines just crack and spew coolant everywhere!


If you have that sinking feeling in your heart try to channel it into anger and bring your big brother with you and tell them you want your money back.

It that's not an option you have to start replacing parts one at a time.

If you have $100 you can take it to a radiator shop to test for "exhaust gasses" in the radiator indicating a BAD HEAD GASKET.

If you don't have much cash you can start with the cheap stuff first.

Open the hood in the morning when your car is cool or at least a few hours.

There is a small cap in the front left side that says 'caution do not open when hot' etc.

That's your radiator cap. Push down and twist it off (but not when HOT or it will spray you!).

Use a rag or old towel over the top if the car is still warm. That way it will just let out a puff of air and won't splash you with hot coolant. *If you waited until the morning it's totally safe and you don't have to worry about heat or pressure.

You should see green coolant (also called antifreeze) in the radiator neck.

If you don't see any, add coolant ($5-$10 a jug at auto parts store).

Add it SLOWLY since it doesn't flow through the radiator well.

Look to your left and you'll see a long plastic tank next to the battery.

Shine a light or look really hard to see how full it is of coolant.

There is a FULL or MAX line and a MIN or minimum line.

Make sure it has coolant between the two lines (halfway between MAX and MIN).

Don't overfill it. If it's already up to the FULL or MAX line then don't add much to the radiator or the system will have too much coolant and blow it out.

The overflow tank has a cap on it. Make sure you screw it tightly after you're done.

Then run the car for about 20 minutes with the cap off and keep topping off the fluid until it is no longer dropping. The system has to bleed out air so a bubble now and then is normal. A LOT of bubbling could me a bad head gasket which is $1K-$2K repair.

Okay, 20 minutes have passed. The bubbles have stopped and you've tried adding more coolant and it just spills over.

Put on a new radiator cap and hope for the best!

If problem still exists move on to a new thermostat ($15)*

*this requires someone to install at the engine size of the big black hose going from the top of the radiator. A mechanic shouldn't charge more than $100-150 for this. The dealer will charge $400.

If it STILL overheats you're going to need to have it tested for gasses in the coolant.

They put a test tube with a hose into the radiator cap opening and run the car.

If the blue fluid in the tube turns yellow then you need a new head gasket.

The head gasket is only a $100-200 part but you'll have to tear the engine apart, (make SURE you have the head machined because these warp easy when hot and you'll have the same problem again in six months-ask for proof of this).

You'll probably replace the water pump and timing belt while it's apart just for good measure.

Expect to pay $800-2000 for a head gasket replacement.

You could gamble a bit and run a want add for a head gasket job on craigslist and offer $400-500 and provide the parts mentioned above.

I feel for you. I can't wait to be rid of our Civic.

Hope this helps. Provide more details if you can!

Good luck!
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