engine overheated, check engine light is on

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by albert.mills, Sep 29, 2007.

  1. albert.mills

    albert.mills Guest


    The radiator recently cracked on my 98 civic as a result of which the
    engine was overheating -- the engine temperature gauge was past the
    red line, which i onyl noticed once steam started comming out of the

    I took it to the mechanic, and he replaced the radiator and said
    didn't appear to be a problem with the engine as a result of it over

    so i drove the car for a day, and then all of a sudden the check
    engine light came on (the temperature of the engine with the new
    radiator is fine though according to the gauge ).

    Anyone have an idea what could be wrong with the engine?

    Is it safe to drive?

    I'll get the car fixed, but since i'm handing it down to my brother
    after i get a new car in four-five months, i don't want any expensive
    repairs. Might there be a cheaper repair to whatever the mechanic is
    likely to suggest?

    albert.mills, Sep 29, 2007
  2. albert.mills

    motsco_ Guest


    Fill the rad to the top and the reservoir to the MAX mark, per the
    owner's manual. You should not drive it until you get the cooling system
    in shape, since the reservoir level may drop as air is purged
    (automatically) as you drive the first couple days. You may have just
    left your gas cap loose, but if not, then get the codes read too.

    motsco_, Sep 29, 2007
  3. albert.mills

    Bumpy Guest

    First read the owner manual about CHECK ENGINE LIGHT.
    Second, Get the code read, you don't know what you have until
    you read the code. (The light would be better if it said, Please get code
    Bumpy, Sep 30, 2007
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    jim beam Guest

    need code.
    jim beam, Sep 30, 2007
  5. albert.mills

    Jeff Guest

    What did you find when you checked the oil? How about any oil in the
    radiator fluid?

    I would definitely find out what codes were being in the computer. The
    code might have nothing to do with the overheating.
    Would you want expensive repairs if you weren't handing it off to your
    Not drive it for four or five months.

    It would help if we know what the mechanic was going to suggest.

    Jeff, Oct 1, 2007
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