Sign in | Register | My account |

Coolant Loss

ianhillsman1
5

Asked by ianhillsman1 Jul 12, 2009 at 01:34 PM about the 2002 Honda Accord LX

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 2002 Accord LX 2.3 VETEC with 86K. I am losing coolant, but don't see any leaks. I have replaced the radiator, which was starting to seep at the upper tank. I also replaced the upper and lower hoses and two of the small water hoses that carry coolant to and from the throttle body. I also replaced the rad. cap, the thermostat and gasket. I don't see any white smoke from the exhaust, the car runs fine. The coolant reservoir does not leak, yet every time I fill up with gas I check the coolant reservoir and it is empty, which works out to be about every 350 miles. Has anyone else had this problem? Any ideas?

8 Answers

Stewart Carter
15

Check the transmission fluid for coolant contanination. The radiator might be leaking coolant into the transmission fluid.

ianhillsman1
5

Thanks, I had checked that before I changed the radiator and again afterward. The radiator had been seeping a bit from where the crimps secure the upper plastic tank, but there is no indication of coolant seepage into the trans fluid or the engine oil.

Stewart Carter
15

remove the spark plugs and check to see if they're wet with coolant.

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
ianhillsman1
5

Thanks! I'll give it a try. At this point I'm open to all suggestions!

A Facebook user
25

fluids don't disappear. it could either be leaking from your head gasket into your combustion chamber where it is burning. or it could be leaking into the oil. so when you are at wide open throttle there is no smoke coming out? have you had someone look behind you while you try it? does under your hood smell? kinda a sweet smell? what i would do is i would pressurized your cooling system see if its holding pressure.

Steve Hayes
155

I own the same car as you wit bout 10,000 miles less. I would check the oil and see if its a milky color. But i really cant see the head gasket goin bad at 85k miles. Otherwise go 2 a trusted mechanic of yours and have them pressure test it. Or if ur mechnically inclined buy yourself a pressure test kit and look for leaks.

A Facebook user
25

if you are mechanically inclined you could do a compression test. then a cylinder leak down test.

noodleterp
60

I have a 96 accord 4dr and im also losing radiator coolant without any obvious leaks. I do detect a burning/sweet smell from my under the hood every so often. what coukd this possibly mean??? please help

6 out of 6 people think this is helpful.

Your Answer

Related Questions

  • Loss of 5th gear in a manual transmission 1982 accord. 1 answer

    Lost 5th gear in a manual transmission, all the other gears work fine. Is their a way to adjust the linkage or is their a bolt in the transmission that can be adjusted.

    1982 Honda Accord Base Hatchback

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • setting clock 1 answer

    How do I set the clock after the battery has died and been recharged? The time is blinking and altho i followed the instructions in the manual it just keeps blinking.

    2005 Honda Accord Hybrid

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • I have to keep refilling my brake fluid every other day. What could be the problem? 3 answers

    1992 Honda Accord EX

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • 87 honda accord lxi automatic transmission problems 3 answers

    my honda will fall out of drive and not move. i have to turn off the car take the key out and then restart it to get it to go back into gear then it will move a few feet and i have to start over. I ha...

    1987 Honda Accord Lxi

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • where to find engine type 7 answers

    need to figure out what type of engine is my 1996 Accord. I tried using the vin to figure it out . But I came up with K24A4 2.4L DOHC 1VTEC.I don't think that is correct. Always thought it was a 2.2 ...

    1996 Honda Accord LX

    -

    General

Accord
Looking for a Used Accord in your area?
CarGurus has 82,376 nationwide Accord listings starting at $1,999.
ZIP:

Search Honda Accord Questions

Honda Accord Experts

#1 lightGear
lightGear
Reputation 940
#2 Jonathan Ford
Jonathan Ford
Reputation 700
#3 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 600
View All