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96 civic over heating

I have had water in my car for about a month now and no antifreeze.the other day when i was tring to crank the car it made this bad noise and the car shook a little bit but then it was fine. the next day it started over heating really bad. i went and got some antifreeze today and the car is still over heating. someone suggested that i drain the old water out and replace it all with new antifreeze. once i do this and the car is still overheating what should be my next step?

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Hi from uk from your symptoms and you described very well ! your problem now is the water pump impellor has either broken ? or the impellor has spun on its drive shaft resulting in there will be no flow of coolant through the engine/radiator hence o/heating of static coolant? you are very lucky! normally the damage could be much worse and expensive? you should never try to start a car with frozen coolant i have seen thismany times resulting in cambelts shearing teeth due to frozen pumps resulting in serious engine damage to valves/pistons/cyl heads however? you will have to investigate coolant circulation? and take the appropriate repair measures this is not beyond diy if you have tools/manual and patience wish you good luck please update on what you discover ? in mean time do not drive car! till fixed you risk head gasket failure due to o/heating ?

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