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My heater went from hot to cold

The water level on my 91 accord got really low due to a crack. When the car starting getting hot I stopped and realized water was really low I filled it up and for about 6 miles every thing seemed normal and then all of a sudden the Heater went from hot to cold and temp. guage started rising. What would cause that. Note that I had not change the radiator fluid since I got the car in Oct.93. Might the sludge in the bottom of the radiator clogged the thermostat or what

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  • crownbuilder Jan 31, 2009

    Ok well I changed the radiator and the thermostat the but now the car is still getting hot, but if I put the car on a decline the temperture will go to normal. Could this be the waterpump or something else



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Either you have a air pocket in the cooling system or the engine got to hot and hurt the head gasket .while engine is cold check level if low fill up slowly if full start car with radiator cap off is coolant spews out of radiator then look to the head gasket remember coolant should me cold!!

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    mike loshbough Feb 01, 2009

    the water pump is drivin by the timing belt and fin are metal is pump was bad it would over heat on a you have heat on decline.if you do and heat is fine low coolant still. or a air pocket?try putting car on decline rev engine to 2000 rpms for 3 minutes.if heat is good slow to idle with a rag CAREFULLY AND SLOWLY TAKE OFF RADIATOR CAP.SEE IF COOLANT IS LOW ON FLAT SURFACE.THE SHOULD TAKE OUT AIR POCKET.



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