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1996 Honda Passport overheating

My 1996 honda passport is overheating. I don't see any coolant leak. I replace the water pump and removed the thermostat. I don't know what else to do.

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  • SERGIO S ROSA, JR Oct 02, 2009

    1996 passport V6 overheat in iddling. as soon as i crank the motor, in about 20 minutes the temp gage is over the half and is motor is still running will go all the way to HOT. radiator fan works.

  • Jerry Hardin
    Jerry Hardin May 11, 2010

    When is your car overheating? Is it while you are driving or it stop and go traffic or idling, is your radiator cooling fan coming on?

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It sounds like it may be a stopped up radiator or a possible blown head gasket. You need to take it to a repair shop and have the radiator flow checked and also check for the presence of hydrocarbons in the coolant which would indicate a possible blown head gasket or a cracked cylinder head.

Posted on Oct 02, 2009

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