i have honda civic 1996. My car does not start unless i give it a rest for approx 15-30 minutes to cool the radiator top. My car did not overheat since the thermostat reading was 2/2 or 3/4 level.

Asked by Mar 16, 2013 at 12:14 AM about the 1996 Honda Civic LX

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Before this happens my thermostat reading is ok. I noticed I have to allow the radiator top to cool
before I can start the engine successfully. ( my radiator top part was replaced  by metal type i think
copper with the original radiator body. Only the plastic cover of the radiator was replaced ). I also
noticed occasional leaking on the cover of the reserve container which was reduced by changing the
cover with a new one. I also noticed that my radiator water level is low occasionally each time after i
park . I raised the car to check any leaks but there was none., Then only recently i noticed that the
thernostat starts to get to maximum. Only last night I noticed that the radiator faan does not turn on
even when maximum ( maybe explains the overheating ). I unlpugged then plugged back the
connector to the thermo sensor that turns on the fan and the fan starts to  turn. Then third time i did
it , it did not work so I installed a wire into the connector to make the fan tcontinuosly...what seems
to be wrong with my car. Also then i turn the headlights  off or on the reading on  thermostat dial on
the dash board is affected.

1 Answer

You're overheating, but not loosing any coolant? has the coolant been filled to the proper level? is the coolant return working properly? have you tried running without the thermostat altogether and see if it still overheats?

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