How to figure out why my car is overheating

Asked by Apr 08, 2014 at 07:03 PM about the Honda Accord

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My 1995 Honda Accord Wagon is overheating within about 10 minutes of running. Idle
or not.

Symptoms:
Heat not working, but strong and constant blow, just cold
Overheating
Fans turn on and off intermittently
MAP sensor is broken and will be replaced. I'm 90% sure this is unrelated, but thought
I'd mention

I've swapped the fan relay for the power window relay and the symptoms seem to be
the same. I've nudged the fan blades when they were not spinning and they started
spinning a couple times, but not every time.Would appreciate any ideas on how to fix
this or things to investigate.

4 Answers

4,045

have you checked your coolant level?

Yes, the coolant is full. I also changed out the thermostat, so had to flush the coolant for that.

4,045

when you flushed the coolant, did you turn the heat on? that way the coolant can run throught the heater core

20

Have you had it checked for leaks? Like the coolant hoses, crossover tubing that's underneath. If it's just blowing cool air and no heat, it's likely the switch that controls ac/heat. The cable inside the dash comes loose from its bracket, and when you turn the knob, the cable isn't actually moving to go from ac to heat. You have to take the dash off, starting from the left of the steering column, and work your way across, removing each switch mechanism and screws. This is fairly simple, but I ran into a problem with reaching 2 screws that hold the dash on, and they are located at the bottom side, and you can't get to them unless you remove the entire console frame and radio. Fixing the cable is the easy part. You simply loosen the clamp screw, move the cable back into position on the clamp, and retighten the screw. It's getting the dash frame apart to get to the cable apparatus. Good Luck. There is a video you can watch online where the mechanic performs this entire "fix", but he didn't tell about those 2 screws you can't get to! But watching that video will show you exactly how to do it all. Very helpful!!

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

  • Why is my car overheating after I replaced the radiator? 2 answers

    My radiator had a leak and I only have one car so I had to use it anyway. During that period of time I used the car and had to add water to the radiator every time I stopped just to keep it from ge...

    1999 Honda Accord EX

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • OVERHEATING 10 answers

    I HAVE A 87 ACCORD LXI THAT OVERHEATS. I JUST REPLACED THE WATER PUMP AND THERMOSTAT. BUT NO LUCK. THE RADIATOR IS FULL AND THE FANS ARE WORKING PROPERLY. IT BUILDS PRESSURE BUT DOES NOT SEEM TO CIR...

    1987 Honda Accord LX Hatchback

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Why is my 98 honda accord OVERHEATING and when u drive it for a while it will turn off 2 answers

    I have to put cooliant and water in before I drive it each time

    1998 Honda Accord

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Honda accord dx hatchback 2.0 water leak and overheating problem 1 answer

    I have a 87 Honda Accord DX hatchback 2.0 Which has recently had to have the alternator fuel pump replaced after replacing the fuel pump and alternator car starts overheating and draining water f...

    1987 Honda Accord DX Hatchback

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Overheating 5 answers

    My sister car honda civic 2001model .When she tune on the heater it's start overheating when it's off doesn't overheat any help on this thanks in advance .

    2001 Honda Civic EX

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

Accord

Looking for a Used Accord in your area?

CarGurus has 77,640 nationwide Accord listings starting at $969.

ZIP:

Search Honda Accord Questions

Honda Accord Experts

#1 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 1,910
#2 FordNut
FordNut
Reputation 1,530
#3 Jonathan Ford
Jonathan Ford
Reputation 1,380
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Toyota Camry
1,452 Great Deals out of 100,043 listings starting at $700
Used Honda Civic
1,140 Great Deals out of 65,603 listings starting at $1,500
Used Honda Accord Coupe
257 Great Deals out of 11,656 listings starting at $1,350
Used Nissan Altima
1,097 Great Deals out of 84,967 listings starting at $695
Used Nissan Maxima
407 Great Deals out of 25,074 listings starting at $1,500
Used Toyota Corolla
1,368 Great Deals out of 67,939 listings starting at $100
Used Acura TL
329 Great Deals out of 7,131 listings starting at $2,000
Used Honda CR-V
1,259 Great Deals out of 73,997 listings starting at $1,650
Used Hyundai Sonata
947 Great Deals out of 49,546 listings starting at $700
Used BMW 3 Series
1,750 Great Deals out of 40,931 listings starting at $1,250
Used Toyota Avalon
318 Great Deals out of 15,789 listings starting at $2,100
Used Dodge Charger
532 Great Deals out of 28,971 listings starting at $2,275
Used Kia Optima
543 Great Deals out of 29,918 listings starting at $2,000
Used Chevrolet Malibu
1,089 Great Deals out of 79,456 listings starting at $2,495
Used Ford Fusion
1,218 Great Deals out of 72,877 listings starting at $1,295