Cold air when overheating!?

Asked by Apr 23, 2016 at 01:42 PM about the 1997 Honda Civic LX

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Hi guys.  I have a 1997 honda civic lx 1.5 5
speed.  I bought it from a friend and
according to him its always ran hot. But he
drove it across the country twice, just had
to run the heat.  He put a new head gasket
and thermostat in it prior to selling it to me.  
I drove it for a couple of months and it was
fine, then it started blowing cold air instead
of heat and was overheating.  I just had a
new water pump and timing belt put in and
I had them flush it.  Its still overheating and
blowing cold air.  I dont know what to do
from here.  Any help or suggestion are
greatly appreciated.  Thanks in advance!

3 Answers


Sounds like it's still got an air pocket in the cooling system or the thermostat has failed. Take it back to where it was flushed, but be carful you don't want to blow a head gasket by running it too hot.

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If its an air pocket, I read that I can lift the the front end of the car and let it idle with the radiator cap off for about a half hour. Is that true? If so i can do this on my own!?


Lifting the front up about 2 feet sometimes helps, but you have to stay right with the car and keep adding coolant everytime it burps air so it does not overheat, if all goes well it usually takes about half an hour. So if your careful you can do it yourself. Be safe, make sure it is blocked so it won't roll, don't get burnt.

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