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Old 04-14-2019, 10:09 AM   #1
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Acura EL overheating / heat issues

I have a 2004 acura el, and recently the car started to overheat.

I already changed the timing belt, water pump, thermostat, and radiator cap.


The problem is when I'm going out in the morning, I would get no heat in the car, but when im on the highway , heat would come full on. When I exit the highway and get onto a red light, the heat would cut out. Also when im at a red light too long or stuck in traffic, the needle would start to creep up.


Any advice or shop that I can bring to?
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How's coolant level?
Does the radiator fan work?
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Could be head gasket. That generation Civic/EL has head gasket issues. When I worked at a Honda dealership, we'd see one a week.

I'm also assuming the system has been bled properly after the water pump was replaced.
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The inconsistent heat sounds like air pockets in the cooling system.
Could be from a head gasket failure or a leak.

I would check the oil for any signs of mayonnaise or smell the coolant for exhaust gasses; both are signs of head gasket failure.
Also, an over filled coolant expansion tank is another sign of gasket failure.
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Old 04-20-2019, 05:12 PM   #5
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Its most likely head gasket from the symptoms
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