'91 Accord engine overheat after timing belt change

Discussion in 'Accord' started by Dave Hau, Dec 7, 2003.

  1. Dave Hau

    Dave Hau Guest

    About a month ago, I took my car to a local Honda dealer for a timing belt
    change which includes water pump change as well. They also found some oil
    leak and replaced my oil pump. The whole job cost me one grand.

    Today as I was driving, I noticed the engine temperature getting up to high.
    Fortunately, I was just entering my parking lot. After parking the car, I
    noticed tthe hood emitting steam. I opened the hood and coolant was all
    over the gasket area.

    This is a car that has been pretty reliable all the time. I've never had
    any major problem with it. I was wondering if this might somehow be related
    to the recent water pump change. Did the mechanic at the dealer do
    something wrong?

    Thanks in advance for any comment.

    Dave Hau, Dec 7, 2003
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    N.E.Ohio Bob Guest

    N.E.Ohio Bob, Dec 7, 2003
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    Caroline Guest

    The dealer may have done something wrong. Sounds very fishy. But it's possible
    something else is wrong. E.g. a radiator leak. (But did they screw up and cause
    this? Press them if they deny culpability.) But you do have an old car. It may
    not have been the dealer's fault.

    Make sure the dealer shows you exactly the problem. If it doesn't make sense,
    post back here.

    The good news is dealers are probably better about guaranteeing their work than
    independent shops. Honda (not the dealer) was calling customers after service
    not too long ago, and may still be. The dealers want to make you happy, because
    if they don't, the head honchos come down on them big time. It's cutthroat.

    Which gasket do you mean below?
    Caroline, Dec 7, 2003
  4. Dave Hau

    Dave Hau Guest

    Thanks for all the comments and suggestions. I'll report back after I take
    it to the dealer. I hope they'll pay for the towing if it turns out to be
    their fault because they're 10 miles away from where I live, and I don't
    think I can drive this car for another 10 miles.

    When I mentioned coolant was all over the gasket area, I meant the gasket
    cover that has the Honda logo on it and has the four spark plugs. There's a
    lot of coolant especially around the left most spark plug area when I opened
    the hood.

    For the $1,000 they charged me last time, they didn't do a perfect job to
    begin with. I had to take the car back almost right away to adjust the
    accessary belts because there was a loud squeaky noise on starting up the
    car. They fixed that and now this happened.

    Thanks all,
    Dave Hau, Dec 7, 2003
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    E. Meyer Guest

    Did you get new radiator hoses when they did the belts? It sounds like you
    might've blown the top hose.
    E. Meyer, Dec 8, 2003
  6. Dave Hau

    Dave Hau Guest

    I didn't get new hoses with the timing belt job. Looks like that may be it.
    The car is still in the repair shop at the dealer's. They're going to do a
    pressure test tomorrow to find out where it's leaking coolant.

    Dave Hau, Dec 9, 2003
  7. Dave Hau

    Dave Hau Guest

    You were right. There was a leak in the upper radiator hose. The pressure
    test also showed that the upper radiator tank was leaking. Spent $770 to
    replace both the hose and the radiator. I guess it's about time to sell
    this car and get a new car to cut down on repair costs.

    Dave Hau, Dec 10, 2003
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    Eric Johnson Guest

    It always surprises me that people reach the conclusion that they would be
    better off selling a car that they've just invested money into making it
    more reliable rather than keep it and derive the benefits of their

    You need to carefully weigh all the costs of a new car against those of
    keeping an older car. For example, be sure to take into account the higher
    license fees and insurance costs in addition to the price of the car
    (including any financing costs if applicable).


    Eric Johnson, Dec 11, 2003
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