cooling system

perugino
45

Asked by perugino Feb 09, 2010 at 09:09 PM about the 1996 Acura TL 3.2 Premium Sedan

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I changed the thermostat, water pump and timing belt on my 1996 ACURA TL but it still over heats. Does anyone know what i may be missing or forgot to check?

25 Answers

jml12345
1,475

try the radiator.

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perugino
45

Sorry, I forgot to mention that too, that was the first thing i replaced it had a leak.

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jml12345
1,475

does your fan turn on?

perugino
45

Yes it does it even stays on after I turn the car...

perugino
45

After i turn the car off..

jml12345
1,475

thats good . do you have heat?

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jml12345
1,475

did you by any chance put the thermostat in upside down? it can go in 2 ways. some are marked and some arent. maybe theres not enough coolant, or theres a leak somewhere you cant see it.

perugino
45

YES... The car runs great For example today I drove about 50-60 miles when I stoped @ a light it started to heat up. I turned the heater on and drove off and it cooled off. I stopped for about 20 min and then when I left again I drove about another 15 miles with no problem. It over heats when i drive for a while then stop. Its driving ME crazy oh and I dont see any leaks.

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jml12345
1,475

what are you trying to tell me? im a little cofused.

jml12345
1,475

did you use radiator stop leak (liquid or pellets) before you did all this work? im thinking of that, thermostat flipped, coolant.

perugino
45

Yes I did. I used the poweder one. Should I change my thermostat or just take it out and go with out it?

jml12345
1,475

this is really mind boggling. when you put the thermostat in, did you put the round side in or cone side in?

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perugino
45

Its called Allumaseal..

jml12345
1,475

flush your system out. stop leak does what it says it does and more. i hate to say it but you acsidently clogged your radiator with the powder.

jml12345
1,475

or maybe your heater core.

jml12345
1,475

are you there? i hope youre not pist about my last post.

jml12345
1,475

are you there? please type back.

perugino
45

Yes im hear bro im just thinking if i should do it or if i should take it to a shop. No man im not mad thats why im hear i need advise...

jml12345
1,475

talk to a mechanic before you do anything else, by the way sh-t happens.

jml12345
1,475

its 10:16pm where im at, so ill see ya toomarrow.

perugino
45

THis is true, SH*T does happen! Thank you very much for your time and advise i decided to take it to a shop for the coolant flush. I will let you know what happens thanks...

Azneaster
10

hey i was reading ur post. one thing u want to check is for cracks on any of ur gasket. i had the same problem before with my 97 TL. brought it to the mechanic. they change my fan & fan belts. after that. he change my exhaust gasket. cause he said it have a crack. u can give that a try.

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freya34
275

I have practically the exact same thing happening. I'm finally taking into the shop. Did you find out what was wrong?

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freya34
275

I'm hoping you got this resolved. I just got my 96 TL back from the shop after it was having the same problem. It turned out I just had some hoses that were loose and fluid was leaking out. Since the cooling system is supposed to be pressurized, this was a big problem. Only $140 to fix.

3 out of 3 people think this is helpful.
anjy834u
2,745

well if the issue is not getting sorted out, then i think u should consult a dealer. http://www.acuratls.com/

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