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1998 Acura CL Engine Cylinder Head Gasket 4 Cyl 2.3L Victor Gaskets

P311-5AD8980    54216  New

9958 PT-1 , 12251-P0A-004 , HG33662 , 035-1941 , 12251-PAA-A01 , 12251-PAA-A02

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Victor Gaskets Engine Cylinder Head Gasket
  • Engine Cylinder Head Gasket
  • ; Multi-Layered Steel
  • Product Attributes:
    • Additional Package Contents: Head Gasket
    • Cylinder Bore Diameter:
      • 3.45
      • 87.53
    • Cylinder Head Gasket Material: Multi-layered Steel
    • Gasket Sealant Included: No
    • Item Grade: Oem Standard
    • Material: Multi-layered Steel
    • Package Quantity: 1
    • Thickness:
      • 0.01
      • 0.25
    • Torque To Yield: Yes
  • MAHLE® gaskets provide world class sealing products trusted by OEMs & Technicians around the globe.
Brand: Victor Gaskets
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Vehicle Block Engine CID CC
1998 - Acura CL L 4 Cyl 2.3L - 2254
Victor Gaskets
2003 Acura TL Engine Cylinder Head Gasket 6 Cyl 3.2L Victor Gaskets

P311-47352A5    54524  New

12251-PGE-A01 , 26260 PT

Qty:
31.04
Victor Gaskets Engine Cylinder Head Gasket
  • Engine Cylinder Head Gasket
  • ; Multi-Layered Steel
  • Product Attributes:
    • Additional Package Contents: Head Gasket
    • Cylinder Bore Diameter:
      • 3.54
      • 89.79
    • Cylinder Head Gasket Material: Multi-layered Steel
    • Gasket Sealant Included: No
    • Item Grade: Oem Standard
    • Material: Multi-layered Steel
    • Package Quantity: 1
    • Thickness:
      • 0.04
      • 1.09
    • Torque To Yield: Yes
  • MAHLE® gaskets provide world class sealing products trusted by OEMs & Technicians around the globe.
  • Suggested Purchase Quantity: 2
    • Most jobs typically require 2 of this item.
Brand: Victor Gaskets
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2003 - Acura TL V 6 Cyl 3.2L - 3210
Victor Gaskets
2004 Acura TL Engine Cylinder Head Gasket 6 Cyl 3.2L Victor Gaskets

P311-251F030    54578  New

12251-RDJ-A01 , 12581780 , 26265 PT , 12251-PVJ-A01

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Victor Gaskets Engine Cylinder Head Gasket
  • Engine Cylinder Head Gasket
  • ; Multi-Layered Steel
  • Product Attributes:
    • Additional Package Contents: Head Gasket
    • Cylinder Bore Diameter:
      • 3.53
      • 89.71
    • Cylinder Head Gasket Material: Multi-layered Steel
    • Gasket Sealant Included: No
    • Item Grade: Oem Standard
    • Material: Multi-layered Steel
    • Package Quantity: 1
    • Thickness:
      • 0.05
      • 1.37
    • Torque To Yield: Yes
  • MAHLE® gaskets provide world class sealing products trusted by OEMs & Technicians around the globe.
  • Suggested Purchase Quantity: 2
    • Most jobs typically require 2 of this item.
Brand: Victor Gaskets
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2004 - Acura TL V 6 Cyl 3.2L - 3210
Victor Gaskets
2000 Acura EL Engine Cylinder Head Gasket 4 Cyl 1.6L Victor Gaskets

P311-0E109D7    54234  New

035-1971 , 12251-P08-004 , 9915 PT , 12251-PDN-A01 , 12251-P2J-004 , 0351938

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Victor Gaskets Engine Cylinder Head Gasket
  • Engine Cylinder Head Gasket
  • ; Multi-Layered Steel
  • Product Attributes:
    • Additional Package Contents: Head Gasket
    • Cylinder Bore Diameter:
      • 2.99
      • 75.95
    • Cylinder Head Gasket Material: Multi-layered Steel
    • Gasket Sealant Included: No
    • Item Grade: Oem Standard
    • Material: Multi-layered Steel
    • Package Quantity: 1
    • Thickness:
      • 0.03
      • 0.71
  • MAHLE® gaskets provide world class sealing products trusted by OEMs & Technicians around the globe.
Brand: Victor Gaskets
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2000 - Acura EL L 4 Cyl 1.6L 97 1590
Victor Gaskets
2005 Acura EL Engine Cylinder Head Gasket 4 Cyl 1.7L Victor Gaskets

P311-217D0F9    54459  New

12251-PLC-004 , 26236 PT , 12251-PLC-003

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31.15
Victor Gaskets Engine Cylinder Head Gasket
  • Engine Cylinder Head Gasket
  • ; Multi-Layered Steel
  • Product Attributes:
    • Additional Package Contents: Head Gasket
    • Cylinder Bore Diameter:
      • 2.99
      • 75.95
    • Cylinder Head Gasket Material: Multi-layered Steel
    • Gasket Sealant Included: No
    • Item Grade: Oem Standard
    • Material: Multi-layered Steel
    • Package Quantity: 1
    • Thickness:
      • 0.03
      • 0.69
  • MAHLE® gaskets provide world class sealing products trusted by OEMs & Technicians around the globe.
Brand: Victor Gaskets
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Vehicle Block Engine CID CC
2005 - Acura EL L 4 Cyl 1.7L - 1668
Ishino Stone
2001 Acura CL Engine Cylinder Head Gasket Ishino Stone

P311-3C96FDC    W0133-1708508  New

Qty:
59.70
Ishino Stone Engine Cylinder Head Gasket
  • This Original Equipment Manufacturer part is the same part that was made & installed by the car manufacturer at the factory where the car was produced.
  • ; 2 per Engine
  • Left/Right
Brand: Ishino Stone
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2001 - Acura CL
Genuine
2001 Acura CL Engine Cylinder Head Gasket Genuine

P311-4D83A97    W0133-1708508  New

Qty:
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Genuine Engine Cylinder Head Gasket
  • This Original Equipment Manufacturer part is the same part that was made & installed by the car manufacturer at the factory where the car was produced.
  • ; 2 per Engine
  • Left/Right
Brand: Genuine
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2001 - Acura CL
Ishino Stone
2003 Acura CL Engine Cylinder Head Gasket Ishino Stone

P311-3C96FDC    W0133-1708508  New

Qty:
59.70
Ishino Stone Engine Cylinder Head Gasket
  • This Original Equipment Manufacturer part is the same part that was made & installed by the car manufacturer at the factory where the car was produced.
  • ; 2 per Engine
Brand: Ishino Stone
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Vehicle
2003 - Acura CL
Genuine
2003 Acura CL Engine Cylinder Head Gasket Genuine

P311-4D83A97    W0133-1708508  New

Qty:
72.73
Genuine Engine Cylinder Head Gasket
  • This Original Equipment Manufacturer part is the same part that was made & installed by the car manufacturer at the factory where the car was produced.
  • ; 2 per Engine
Brand: Genuine
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Vehicle
2003 - Acura CL
Ishino Stone
2003 Acura TL Engine Cylinder Head Gasket Ishino Stone

P311-3C96FDC    W0133-1708508  New

Qty:
59.70
Ishino Stone Engine Cylinder Head Gasket
  • This Original Equipment Manufacturer part is the same part that was made & installed by the car manufacturer at the factory where the car was produced.
Brand: Ishino Stone
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2003 - Acura TL
Genuine
2002 Acura MDX Engine Cylinder Head Gasket Genuine

P311-4D83A97    W0133-1708508  New

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72.73
Genuine Engine Cylinder Head Gasket
  • This Original Equipment Manufacturer part is the same part that was made & installed by the car manufacturer at the factory where the car was produced.
Brand: Genuine
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2002 - Acura MDX
Ishino Stone
2005 Acura EL Engine Cylinder Head Gasket Ishino Stone

P311-54D6207    W0133-1713012  New

Qty:
30.14
Ishino Stone Engine Cylinder Head Gasket
  • This Original Equipment Manufacturer part is the same part that was made & installed by the car manufacturer at the factory where the car was produced.
Brand: Ishino Stone
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2005 - Acura EL
Payen
1989 Acura Integra Engine Cylinder Head Gasket Payen

P311-5D4ABEA    W0133-1630627  New

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38.31
Payen Engine Cylinder Head Gasket
Brand: Payen
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1989 - Acura Integra
Ishino Stone
2004 Acura RSX Engine Cylinder Head Gasket Ishino Stone

P311-2B7BC27    W0133-1710513  New

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40.51
Ishino Stone Engine Cylinder Head Gasket
  • This Original Equipment Manufacturer part is the same part that was made & installed by the car manufacturer at the factory where the car was produced.
Brand: Ishino Stone
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Vehicle Engine Designation
2004 - Acura RSX K20A3
Ishino Stone
1998 Acura EL Engine Cylinder Head Gasket Ishino Stone

P311-0D6D382    W0133-1622374  New

Qty:
39.98
Ishino Stone Engine Cylinder Head Gasket
  • This Original Equipment Manufacturer part is the same part that was made & installed by the car manufacturer at the factory where the car was produced.
Brand: Ishino Stone
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1998 - Acura EL
Nippon Reinz
1993 Acura Integra Engine Cylinder Head Gasket 4 Cyl 1.7L Nippon Reinz

P311-3BC9869    W0133-1623474  New

Qty:
81.30
Nippon Reinz Engine Cylinder Head Gasket
  • This Original Equipment Manufacturer part is the same part that was made & installed by the car manufacturer at the factory where the car was produced.
Brand: Nippon Reinz
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Vehicle Block Engine CID CC
1993 - Acura Integra L 4 Cyl 1.7L - 1678
Ishino Stone
2006 Acura MDX Engine Cylinder Head Gasket Ishino Stone

P311-250BD45    W0133-1709812  New

Qty:
27.75
Ishino Stone Engine Cylinder Head Gasket
  • This Original Equipment Manufacturer part is the same part that was made & installed by the car manufacturer at the factory where the car was produced.
Brand: Ishino Stone
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2006 - Acura MDX
Mahle
2017 Acura RDX Engine Cylinder Head Gasket Mahle

P311-4D07542    W0133-1855040  New

Qty:
42.94
Mahle Engine Cylinder Head Gasket
Brand: Mahle
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Vehicle
2017 - Acura RDX
Ishino Stone
1998 Acura TL Engine Cylinder Head Gasket 6 Cyl 3.2L Ishino Stone

P311-56FD61C    W0133-1628994  New

Qty:
47.20
Ishino Stone Engine Cylinder Head Gasket
  • This Original Equipment Manufacturer part is the same part that was made & installed by the car manufacturer at the factory where the car was produced.
  • Right
Brand: Ishino Stone
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Vehicle Block Engine CID CC
1998 - Acura TL V 6 Cyl 3.2L - 3206
Mahle
2014 Acura RDX Engine Cylinder Head Gasket Mahle

P311-28C5B81    W0133-1855041  New

Qty:
41.98
Mahle Engine Cylinder Head Gasket
Brand: Mahle
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2014 - Acura RDX

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1987 acura legend head gasket?

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Question From jstew on 1987 acura legend head gasket?

1987 acura legend 2.5 overheats, exhaust coming from radiator when hot, no smoke , no coolant in oil. I used K&W block/head gasket sealer in it, no difference. The fans turn on when a/c is on, but not when engine is hot. Is there a second sensor besides the temp sender that triggers the fans? I swapped all the relays around to be sure they are good, they all work. The car actually runs excellent, I just dont know how big of a job it is to change head gaskets.???

Response From Tom Greenleaf Top Rated Answer

There would be a separate sensor for hot engine and some engines don't need the fans much depending on how it's driven and the temperature outside. If they really won't come on you'd notice the gauge reading warmer then too hot.

Head gasket job is cheap on parts and big on labor. Head really must be checked out for damage and there's a risk it can't be resurfaced for reuse or fixed. It's an old car now so a used one should be availble if needed and you should get some quotes and will probably be told two prices - one if it needs a head and one if it doesn't. See what you find and decide from there on this old a car and it's overall condition what you want to do,

T

1999 Acura TL Compression

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Question From kenscar on 1999 Acura TL Compression

I have a 1999 Acura 3.2 TL with 130,000 miles that I have kept meticulous care of and now want to sell it. I was showing it to a perspective buyer when the radiator hose came off during our test drive.
Yeah, during the test drive!!! Has this not happened, it would have been sold and gone. Anyway, it was the temp gage that gave the warning...no idiot light came on. I cannot be certain exactly how long it was running since the hose became disconnected, perhaps a mile or two, but it was not until we were pulling over that the engine started to knock. I reconnected the hose, got it filled with water, and it ran fine as I drove back to the house. I had the cooling system flushed and refilled with coolant the next day. The cooling system tested good with no leaks. The buyer was still interested but wanted to have their (dealer) mechanic inspect the car. Their mechanic ran a hydrocarbon test on the cooling system. This came back positive and they said it has a blown head gasket. There is no water in the oil, the coolant level remains full, and there is no loss of power. I ran a compression test this morning and got 230, 210, 230, 205, 225, & 230. While this appears consistent I am not sure what spec is for compression.
I still want to sell the vehicle but do not want to screw anybody. I can have the head gaskets replaced and recoup my money in the sale but I do not want to expend any more effort than is really necessary...and I am leary of dealers; they tend to be go overboard with repairs to maintain their integrity.
So the first question i have is: What is spec for compression on a 1999 Acura 3.2 TL?
The big question: Is it necessary to have the head gaskets replaced? Also, what is the risk of not replacing them? How long can it run like this?

Thanks for your help
~Ken

Response From Sidom

Well 1st off Ken I would like to commend you on the way you are going about this..... Most people wouldn't give it a second thought & just move on to the next unsuspecting buyer.... You're a decent person....

I don't have a maxium spec but minimun is 135 lbs with a 28lb max variation. Those readings actually seem a bit high but the cylinders could be carboned up & that would account for high readings...... The reading don't look too bad but that 205 is right on the edge..... I would hate to see you spend unnecessary money but a leakdown test on the suspected cylinders would confirm a bad head gasket. Also a pressure transducer & labscope would confirm that & be easier to run.

Is the car using any coolant? HCs are measured in "parts per million", did they say how many ppms there was?

You said you ran the compression test, if you have an air compressor you could run a leakdown test (sort of) youself. I would bring the low cylinder up on the compresson stroke & run air in there with the rad cap off (you may need someone to hold the crank pulley with a breaker bar to keep the engine from turning over), if you get bubbles or the level rises, then you are probably looking at a bad head gasket....

As far as the risks go, you really can't calculate it...... If the alledged leak stay the same as it is right now, not getting any worse, then there wouldn't be too much of a problem. (not likely if there is a leak) If the leak got big quickly & overheated the engine severly, you could risk ruining the whole motor............

Hope this helps some........

Response From kenscar Top Rated Answer

Thanks for the response.
It does not appear to be using any coolant but then again I really have not driven it much since their mechanic inspected it.
They did not report a ppm on the hydrocarbons. He said it was a "lithmus" test; the tab turns cooler in the presence of hydrocarbons. From what I gather this test can also be done with SMOG test equipment?
Since I do not have an air compressore or the proper fittings, I probably need to have another shop diagnose it.

Thanks again

Response From Sidom

That is one of 2 tests I place no value in..... The other is a block test..... A tube with blue liquid that will turn yellow when air from the cooling system is passed into it with exhaust gases in it....... The only time I've see those tests being accurate was when it was such an obvious blown head gasket you didn't need those test to confirm it. In cases like yours (early on) I've seen those tests pass cars & just the opposite, when there was no gasket problem get a false positive.

Exhaust gas analyzer, pressure transducer or leakdown test are the only sure ways I go by to detect a leaking head gasket in the early stages...........

Response From kenscar

Hmmm.Thanks, Sidom. I will start with the exhaust gas analyzer. Is there a particular ppm reading above which I should be concerned or is anything above 0 ppm bad?

Response From Sidom

HCs are raw/unburned fuel so the reading should be zero..............

Response From Hammer Time

A compression test isn't what you need here. Have an independent shop check it out for you. They can pressure test the cooling system or they can use an exhaust analyzer to sniff for hydrocarbons in the radiator.

Is This A Blown Head Gasket

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Question From ratrace2 on Is This A Blown Head Gasket

Hello All,

Well, a buddy of mine has a 1993 accura Legend and the motor always overheats. BOOOOOHOOOOOO....

Now, being the friend that I am I told him that I would help......BOOOO Hooooooooo.....


OK, I thought it was a bad head gasket because it was overheating and seemed to run fine. I then
did a compression test on all six cylinders and here is what it said.

Cyl 1: 180 psi
Cyl 2: 180 psi
Cyl 3: 150 psi

Cyl 4: 179 psi
Cyl 5: 180 Psi
Cyl 6: 180 psi...

OK, Now I'm thinking, this is not a bad head gasket....

Could it just be a cooling problem that keeps the car overheating OR, should I do a Leak-Down Test........

P.s.: I did a "Block Test" with the test tube and the blue fluid that is supposed to turn yellow/green if there is exhaust in the radiator.....it was negative...no exhaust...


Anyone have the "end all " test for a bad head gasket.

Response From Hammer Time

None of the testing you did is conclusive.

The "end all" would be using an exhaust analyzer to sniff the coolant at the cap but I doubt you have one of those.

Here are some of the things we do.

  1. Remove all the spark plug and pressure test the cooling system. Hold it under pressure and see if it maintains or drops pressure. Do this long enough to try to accumulate some coolant in the cylinder so you can spin the motor and see if anything spits out.
  2. Start the engine after it was shut down hot and then cooled down. Walk around to the tailpipe and smell the fumes to see if you get any coolant odor near the back of the car.
  3. Look closely at the plugs you removed for any that seem to be "washed" clean.

Response From ratrace2

OK,

I put the "cooling system pressure tester" on the car and a couple of things happened.

1. the pressure needle--I noticed for a brief moment--was bounding a few pounds of pressure.
2. When I started the car without the radiator cap on it sprayed anti-freeze all over the front of the car.
3. A steady cloud--and I mean cloud--of white smoke, that puddles into clear water, comes out of the tail pipe.


But, it didn't over heat.................

Response From Hammer Time

OH, it's blown.... big time.

Response From ratrace2

Yea, she is a Blown.

OK, the fix.
Oh about we get a couple of head gaskets and swap them out.....Ta Da....New head gaskets...........

Anybody like that Idea????? Hum????




______________________________________________________
FYI: I updated my "chrome flakes in the oil pan" thread.....Bad Cam.

Response From Hammer Time

Forget it. Pull the heads and send them out to the machine shop for pressure testing and planing. You may need new head bolts also.

Response From ratrace2

Well, we got the heads off and they are "shot".

There is deterioration all around the area of the water jackets...........like.......about ........... (.25)........yea a quarter of an inch deep................

Response From Hammer Time

We can't keep 2 threads open on the same subject. I'm locking this one

Response From ratrace2

OK,........................................

Response From ratrace2

I'll try all of that..............thanks.................

Response From Hammer Time

A couple things I left out.........

Run the engine at idle with the radiator cap off and look for any bubbles coming up on a continuous basis, probably worse as the engine temp rises.

If the engine continues to consume coolant with no external explanation for the loss.

Response From ratrace2

OK, I'll do that.................I'm going to pressureize the water jackets too........see if they pump out some water.

I have thought about a "leak down test" and what it might show..........



Also, Do you know how to set up a timing light to test the timing on these 93 accura Legends?
I have the book and read the procedure but I don't get what the heck they are saying.

Response From Tom Greenleaf


OK, I'll do that.................I'm going to pressureize the water jackets too........see if they pump out some water.

I have thought about a "leak down test" and what it might show..........

Pressure testing from rad cap pressurises water jacket too and everything that would be under cap's pressure. Can't do water jackets separately, T

Response From Discretesignals

Does it overheat while your at cruising speeds or just at stops?

Response From ratrace2 Top Rated Answer

the owner, brought the car to my house a couple of weeks ago after a short drive (10 miles "I guess") complaining that it was overheating.

I'm going to treat the problem as an "over heat" cooling problem until I find evidence to prove otherwise.
I'll:
pull the thermostat, test the water pump, run current to the fans, check for blockage in the heater core and the radiator........




________________________________________-

P.s. HammerTime:

The timing is adjustable on the pre-ODBII 1993 Acura Legends (Haynes manual), because it is listed as a cause--in the troubleshooting section--of engine overheating..................................Crazy......

Response From Hammer Time

I know it's adjustable but it's not mechanical, it's electronic and there is no reason to suspect an issue with it so don't create one.

Response From ratrace2

..........O.K.

Response From Hammer Time

You could pressurize the cylinder and leave the radiator cap off to watch for bubbles.

There is no reason to mess with the timing. This is an electronic adjustment without a distributor.

1989 Acura Legend L

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Question From mike87 on 1989 Acura Legend L

Hi, recently with the last few months I was coming from North Carolina to Kentucky (600 some odd mile drive) and a little bit outside of Nashville, TN my car started smoking so I pulled off at a rest area

the water in the radiator was so hot that it was blowing it pure steam into the overflow the overflow was shaking like crazy because of the pressure being put on it I had to unscrew the cap for the overflow so it could blow all the steam out of the radiator

The cooling fans are working, thermostat is A ok replaced it 3 times, still doing it and the belts are OK my brother checked them for me

my dad says it is probably the head gaskets he works on cars a lot but hasn't got a chance to look at it at all yet

there isn't water coming out of the tailpipe, any leaks, nothing it's just like the water in the radiator is superheating and turning to pure steam and coming out of the overflow

it won't make it but about 5-10 miles before it starts doing it so I can't really drive it anywhere I had to have a tow track come tow it into kentucky

Any ideas what could be causing this? I don't really know much about cars
and also the only things different I did before the trip were add freon to the A/C (switched it over from old type to the new one) that's the only thing that was different

Response From carjunky

Who filled the radiator with fluid last? did you mix 50 / 50 water and antifreeze ? if your running mostly water that will lower the coolants boiling point. and you will need to add antifreeze to balance it out.


on the other hand if the coolant level is OK, you may need to wait for Tom, He is the AC expert around here and maybe the new freon did something.

Then again driving with ac on during hot days can have its toll on a car, especially an older vehicle.

Response From mike87

yes it was antifreeze and water but after it did it a few times I flushed the system and put water and block sealer in it

this stuff

Response From Tom Greenleaf Top Rated Answer

Hi - I'm here,

Let's get this cooling problem fixed first and hit back all you want with the A/C.

Sounds like you DO need a head gasket repair. Of many ways they can fail is to put exhaust into the cooling system. Test for that with a cold engine and feel the upper rad hose before you start it up. It should not build up pressure very quickly but is supposed to as it warms up.

OK: If you feel pressure too quickly you could take the rad cap off when safe to do so, then check for bubbles comming up. Those just strong indications of needing the head gasket and or head work to fix this. It's wicked not good for you engine to overheat so the sooner the better.

As said -- we'll take care of A/C later. If the engine doesn't run you can't have A/C, T

Response From mike87

I did what you said just now Tom

the car was cold (Hasn't been started in weeks)
I started it up the pressure didn't change right away but within the first 1-2 minutes of it being started the hose got warm and harder, I felt the componets of the car nothing to my reach was warm even

damaged head gasket then?

P.S..there was no bubbles... but if I tap the top radiator hose it knocks lose some bubbles in there and it bubbles up to the top and the water goes down a bit

Response From Guest

there are products that can check for exhaust in the the coolant . why hasnt anyone mentioned water pump failure. also is this electric fan or clutch driven fan as in is there a belt on the pulley with the fan. i dont know too much but its all i can think of now.

Response From Tom Greenleaf

Water pump failures are leakes and bearings. When I see the first one that doesn't pump water even while failing I'll post it, T

Response From Guest

i had a water pump failure at my shop recently where the shaft had broken. engine would run but no water being pumped. dont mean any disrespect T. ive read many of your replies and they are all good.

Response From Tom Greenleaf

That would be the fault that would stop a water pump. A missing belt would be obvious. I've never seen a water pump break like that in many decades but it sure doesn't mean it can't happen.

Thanks for the respose as you are the first that I've ever heard that happening to, T

Response From Tom Greenleaf

One to two minutes is just too quick except exhaust parts to warm up.

Tis is getting tricky by keyboard but next I would try to feel the hot water at the upper hose going into the rad and should be notably cooler at the bottom return hose or somehow the radiator isn't working.

It could be unable to transfer the heat from internal corrosion which is hard to see but if flushed would at least show the flow and some crusty stuff will NOT be removed by flushing it out.

Here to help. Tell me/us whatever you notice and we are doing our best. Any Ideas folks?

If all fails get this problem in to a trusted mechanic real soon with the info you have. Damn, I wish I could witness this! Many minds make great work but this should not go on for long or there will be more problems, T

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Question From bigT on help with acura

I have a 1997 Acura 2.2cl. 2.2 liter 4cyl, auto trans. Problem is the car was overheating at idle. I replace the electric cooling fan because it wasnt coming on. Also replaced the coolant fan switch. It was fine for a few days and then today started heating up again while sitting at a redlight. So I decided to replace the thermostat. Car did okay for a few minutes then started heating up while idling at a standstill. It got almost to the red before I shut it off. When I started it up again it was running real rough and a brief amount of white smoke came from the tailpipe, it also got hot again almost immediately, I shut it down and let it cool for a few minutes, then I removed the radiator cap and started it again. It ran very well at idle and even giving it a little gas it was fine, and did not heat up, but there was ALOT of steam coming from the radiator. I put the cap back on while it was running and it immediately strted running rough and blowing white smoke from the tailpipe, and getting warm fast. What do you think? I have my suspicions, but want a second opinion. Thanks in advance for any response.

Response From Jeff Norfolk Top Rated Answer

Sounds like a blown head gasket or cracked head. When you remove the radiator cap you allow the cooling system pressure to come out the top instead of through small crack or failed gasket. Sorry

Response From bigT

Unfortunately, that was what I was thinking. Not good. Thanks for the 2nd opinion.

Response From Jeff Norfolk

You are welcome. Hopefully it is just a gasket. Be sure if you do the work yourself, seek the help of a good machine shop to check over the head before reinstalling it. Good luck with the repair.

Response From bigT

Oh no, wont be doing the work myself. Just bought the car a week ago today. Car lot where I bought it said if there were any problems they would take care of me. Hopefully they meant it. Another question though, the check engine light was on, so I took it to an Acura dealer and it was an o2 sensor, and the egr valve. There was a warranty on emissions parts for this car for 14 years or 150000 miles. So they ordered the parts and are replacing them when they come in. There is no way the head was blown before this morning because I did not have any of the major symptoms until tonight. Would the emissions stuff cause this? Or could something they did have caused it?

Response From Jeff Norfolk

No to both questions. The emissions stuff won't cause this kind of failure. The car may have gotten to hot when the fan was not working and now another problem has shown up. Or the problem may have been there since the fan problem was discovered. Hard to say but I would think it got to hot when the fan failed.

Response From bigT

Ah well, one could hope! Thanks again, I suspected it, but hoped someone could have another idea.