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Car overheating I have a 1996 honda accord with 170K miles. The car overheated today with the coolant topped up and driving at constant speed (no traffic). It started smoking with the smell of coolant. Topped up the coolant and drove for another 30 minutes, and the same thing happened. Does this sounds like a failed water pump? If so, is this something I can do myself as someone who is fairly handy with tools, but by no means a mechanic? Thanks for your help.

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Relative to the cause, in my 1996 Honda, the suction tube attached to the inside of the radiator overflow/filler tank cap fell off, causing my Honda to overheat. It was a real puzzler. If you don't have a foot long or so tube attached to the inside of the cap, you probably need one. It may be dropped down inside like mine was.

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If its blue smoke, thats a blown head gasket. This kind of repair is best left for professional mechanics, and should be taken in ASAP. I would be careful about filling the coolant  and continuing driving with it because you could possibly do more damage by continuing to overheat it. 

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