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I have a 92 honda accord and it seems to run through water fairly quick. there are no leaks that i can see..what seems to be the problem?

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  • Brandon http://ortamenxs.blogspot.com/

    As before get the compression checked, but also check your carpet, a wet carpet goes un noticed often, a bad heater core will leak down the inside of your firewall, and your carpet will absorb it. So feel the carpet as well.

  • David Melrose May 11, 2010

    you could have a cylinder head gasket leak, or a crack in the cylinder head or engine block. Water is drawn through the weak spot into a cylinder when the piston is on the down stroke and the vacuum in the cylinder is high. Once in the hot cylinder, the water flashes to steam and is expelled with the exhaust gases. So no leaks are evident. Have a mechanic perform a cylinder compression test. This will show if a cylinder is leaking. Another test is to check for exhaust gases in the water.

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My Civic has 7 or 8 hoses to distribute coolant and some were in some pretty difficult to see spots. If your Honda is similar then there may be a hose leaking that you missed. There is also a bleeder valve to get the air out. If you didn't bleed it the last time you filled the radiator you will have the air pockets eventually get pushed to the radiator so it will LOOK like you are losing water. Also freeze plugs (assuming you have them) might have sprung a leak somewhere and they are always difficult to locate.

If it's the head gasket you can also use a vaccum tester and a cylinder leak down tester to further evaluate the condition of your head & valvetrain before tearing your engine apart. Good Luck

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