95 Civic overheats when not moving

Discussion in 'Civic' started by nick.sideshow, May 8, 2005.

  1. My 95 Honda civic overheats when the car is not moving. It only seems
    to over heat after I drive the car on the freeway. I've let the car sit
    for 20 min running and the temp stayed fine. But if I got about 5 miles
    on the freeway and get of as soon as I'm not moving it over heats. I've
    noticed the fan does not come on when the temp goes up. The fan only
    comes on at random times, like when the car is off. I replaced the
    thermostat today but that did not change anything. The water pump and
    radiator were changed about a year and a half ago. At this point I have
    no idea what to try. My next step is taking it to a shop if I can't
    figure it out.
    nick.sideshow, May 8, 2005
  2. It sounds like the relay for the fan is corroded. It shouldn't deliver
    power when the car is off.
    Kevin McMurtrie, May 8, 2005
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    Professor Guest

    Sounds like either your fan is not cycling properly.... or your
    radiator is partially plugged up and is having flow problems. By the
    vintage of the car... my guess is that your radiator has blockage due
    to mineral (lime) build-up. If you take your radiator cap off (when the
    engine is cold of course!) and stick your finger down to the core
    surface... when you rub across this surface and pull you finger out...
    is your finger all white? If so, that is mineral sediment. There are
    ways of extracting the sediment without replacing the radiator. Email
    me for details.

    Professor, May 8, 2005
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    motsco_ _ Guest


    Cold engine. When you open the rad cap, it has to be full to the very
    top, and the reservoir should be full nearly to the MAX line. Don't put
    any tap water in system, that's called Hondacide. Since the thermal
    sensors have to be immersed, your system won't work right unless it's
    full to the top.

    motsco_ _, May 8, 2005
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    Professor Guest

    How right you are... never a good idea to put tap water in any cooling
    system because of the mineral content. Always use distilled water. It's
    reasonably cheap and will help make your cooling system components
    (radiator and heater core) last longer.

    Professor, May 8, 2005
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    Elle Guest

    Just a reminder as you follow some of the advice so far given in this thread
    (which all looks familiar and sound to me):

    My 1991 Civic's fan takes as long as 40 minutes with the car idling to kick
    on in 70 degree F ambient temperature, from a cold start. All operates fine
    on my car.
    Elle, May 8, 2005
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    TeGGeR® Guest

    wrote in

    Sure sounds like your fan switch relay is bad. Common for your year.

    TeGGeR®, May 9, 2005
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    sideshow Guest

    Looks like I got it working. I replaced the Fan Switch Relay that was
    on the housing for the themostat and it apears to be fine now. Thanks
    sideshow, May 10, 2005
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    sideshow Guest

    Well it was working till the other day. It only over heated once since
    I replaced the fan relay. You guys said there was a fan relay and
    switch where are they located? I replaced the one on the thermostat
    sideshow, May 20, 2005
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    Mike Guest

    The radiator fan relay is located inside the under-hood fuse relay box.
    The relay is triggered by the Engine Coolant Temperature switch (ECT)
    mounted on the thermostat housing. The ECT operation is dependent on
    proper fill/bleeding of the cooling system...HTH
    Mike, May 20, 2005
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