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2001 honda ex-Car overheated and doesnt start anymore!

I let someone borrow my car, it has never overheated,on me. The driver said it went to H, and she kept driving it for almost 5mi. it died on her, I had to get a tow. It wont start and the batt died too.. what happened.. who's fault?

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The car overheated and something caused the overheating. Bad thermostat, low coolant level due to a leak or busted radiator hose, inoperative cooling fan, or a bad water pump. Lots of things can cause an overheating condition and I am not really sure that any blame can or should be assessed to anyone regarding what caused the overheating....something caused it and I would be hesitant to blame the driver. I doubt that the person did anything devious like drain the coolant out. However, poor judgement was used in continuing to drive the vehicle after it overheated. This can cause major problems like a blown head gasket or even a completely blown engine. Maybe the lady panicked or was unaware of the damage that it could cause to keep driving. I suspect that it wasn't something malicious (she probably feels bad enough, already), but just a simple error in judgement. I would probably give her the benefit of the doubt and explain (calmly), the mistake that she made and why it was a mistake. She didn't cause the original problem, she just handled it badly. I would check the condition of the vehicle out and go from there. What's done is done.
Start by trying to find out what caused the overheating and if it caused any permanent engine damage. Some of the things that I mentioned earlier would be a good start, or you could have a certified auto tech take a look at it. It was really nice of you to lend the use of your car to someone. I am really sorry for the trouble you are having and I hope this helped. Best wishes.

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