Question about 1998 Honda Accord
I have a 93 accord Ex with 174 K miles - and have been having coolant leak problems for a while. A few months ago when it got overheated I had to replace the radiator and a bunch of other hoses.
Recently though, the coolant level has been going down every day - I kept filling it to avoid over-heating. When I took it to the mechanic, he discovered a leak in the water pump. I got the water pump replaced plus timings belts etc. as well - since he was going to open it up anyways. After putting the pump, when he went on a test drive, the car was spewing smoke like a railway engine.
He is saying there is a leak in the engine head that is causing coolant to leak and wants to have the head machined or replaced. This could cost me $1500 +/-. Could there be any other cause? what I am not sure of is why was the car not spewing smoke when I took it to the mechanic. He says replacing the water pump now builds more pressure inside the engine and coolant is now leaking through the craks al LOT more. I need feedback please.
The diagnosis is correct, either the head gasket is blown or the head is cracked or both, but in any case the head will have to be planed/machined to insure it is flat, otherwise the new head gasket will leak.
Posted on Sep 17, 2008
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