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Overheat acura 96 tl3.2

Six month ago ,i had a overheat problem wiyh my acura 96 model,the mecanic sugest me a head gasket ,i did it,but now the problem come back,i went to see the same mecanic he say i have to change the radiator ,we replace it by a new one, but the problem still there. what do you thing about that? thank you

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  • ndiabdoul May 24, 2009

    Not yet, do you thing i should change the thermostat? cause even i run only 10 min the engine become hot and the fan turn on is it normal?

  • ndiabdoul May 24, 2009

    Not yet, do you thing i should change the thermostat? cause even i run only 10 min the engine become hot and the fan turn on is it normal?

  • ndiabdoul May 26, 2009

    this morning i try to see if there is some water in the radiator and i saw something seem like chocolate milk what do you thing about that?thanks!

  • ndiabdoul May 26, 2009

    thank you!

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    Keith Heavilin May 11, 2010

    Have you changed your thermostat?

  • de8fanatic May 11, 2010

    do you have any oil showing in the radiator or water in the crank case? this would be evident by a chocolate milk type or creamy kind of goo on the underside of either cap. also, is there any moisture or unusual smoke comming from the exhaust pipe? this could be something as simple as your thermostat sticking or gone bad, or something as bad as a warped or cracked head. the only way you will find out is with more info and a thorough diagnostic process.

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And since you already blown and replaced the gasket once, a repeat of the issue could mean a cracked or warp head or block... hopefully you didnt run the car very long when it overheated, then it is more likely just warped... that can sometimes be repaired by a good machinist. most importantly tho, DO NOT run the engine with that sludge in it. you will compound the problems. if you plan on fixing this yourself, remember your cooling system and oil need to be completely flushed.

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I would start with a thermostat and work from there.  You can buy it for around $15 from AutoZone.  Give that a try and if it doesn't fix your problem let us know.  I would definitely look at what de8fanatic said about the oil looking like chocolate milk and if it looks like that don't even worry about the thermostate.  However if oil looks good, replace the thermostat and hopefully that will fix it for you.  Good luck.  Thanks for rating my reponse and thanks for using FixYa!

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    Keith Heavilin May 26, 2009

    It sounds like your head gasket has blown and now you have oil flowing into the radiator and water into the oil.  You need to have the car towed to a mechanic so they can replace the head gasket and see if there is anything else wrong.

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