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2000 Honda Accord - engine overheats when stopped

The temperature gauge goes from normal to high when stopped in traffic. When the car begins to move again, the temperature guage goes back to normal. Any ideas on what we should check?

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  • Anonymous Mar 19, 2014

    temperature is normal when driving on the freeway, but rises when stationary or in traffic

  • Anonymous Mar 21, 2014

    when idling in traffin engine gets hot bt as soon as we start moving temperature goes back to normal

  • Anonymous Mar 21, 2014

    when driving in traffic the engine gets hot and temperature red lines but as soon as i start moving it goes back to normal

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There are only a couple things you can check. First, I would make sure the gauge is reading properly by checking the fluid temperature manually. Newer model cars have temperature sensors that can malfunction but they will usually set your check engine light off it that is the case. Check your radiator fluid. While the engine is cold!! See if it looks dirty. Rub it between your fingers and see how viscous it feels. Make sure the radiator is full. You may just need to get your radiator flushed. A lack of flow will cause an overheating condition. When your back in motion the engine has more pressure to circulate the fluid. When the car is moving there is airflow that also aids in the cooling process as well. Other than that you have a thermostat which could be sticking and causing it to overheat. Or the water pump is bad. A flush and fill and replacing the thermostat are fairly cheap and usually a lot easier to do than replacing the water pump. Especially on a Honda. Usually you will hear a squealing noise if your water pump is going out and there is, I think it is called a weep hole on the pump itself that will start to leak when the pump is going bad.

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  • rcor Dec 11, 2013

    make sure your fans are working as well.

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